Local Leads: 5/2/11

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
     
    MOW YOUR LAWN, OR ELSE
    wtop.com: "Homeowners who tend to be lazy when it comes to mowing your lawn: If you don't start cutting your grass soon, it could cost you. Starting this Sunday and continuing through Oct. 31, you could face fines of more than $500 if grass or weeds on your property in D.C. are more than 10 inches high. You could also get in trouble with the city if vegetation in your yard is tall enough to cover trash, provide a hiding place for burglars, or give a home to creepy creatures like rats or snakes. The District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will hang warning notices on the doors of homes where grass is getting close to the maximum allowable height."  

    VINCENT D. CAT
    Fredericksburg.com: "Vincent D. Cat was in rough shape when he arrived at Rikki's Refuge Animal Sanctuary in Orange County about 11 years ago. He'd been crossing a road in Richmond--his caretakers assume he was on his way to visit a lady friend--when he was struck by a car. His right hind leg had to be amputated, and his other hind leg was broken in four places. Spinal injuries made it hard for him to use a litter box, and he relied on a catheter for nearly two years.
    But Vincent thrived in the loving environment of Rikki's Refuge and has become a celebrity of sorts, visiting local schools to teach compassion for the disabled as well as the importance of spaying and neutering your pets."

    SNAKEHEADS ARE BACK
    wtop.com:"A northern snakehead has been caught in the Potomac River above Great Falls for the first time, raising concern that the predator fish is spreading to new territory. The snakehead, sometimes called "frankenfish," is an invasive species brought from Asia, and first discovered in this region in a Crofton, Md. lake about a decade ago. It has a voracious appetite, teeth and has been known to walk across mud when necessary. A two-foot-long northern snakehead was caught near White's Ferry last month."