Local Leads: 5/2/2010

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    VIRGINIA SEAL COVER-UP
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is opting for a more modest depiction of the state's seal.  The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder with her left breast exposed. But on the new lapel pins Cuccinelli recently handed out to his staff, her bosom is covered by an armored breastplate.  Workers in attendance when the new design came up at a staff meeting said Cuccinelli joked that it converts a risque image into a PG one.
    (WASHINGTON POST)

    JOKES FLY AT CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER
    Going into Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, the advice for Leno was this: Be funnier than Rich Little, but not as brash as Stephen Colbert. Both comedians were criticized for their past WHCD performances.   In those respects, Leno succeeded, earning his reputation as one of the safest comedians around, neither tearing the house down nor causing a room full of awkward silences. He adhered to the dinner's primary rule: "Singe, but do not burn."   After making the requisite mother-in-law joke (about Obama’s gray hairs coming from his close proximity to Michelle’s mother), Leno opened: "This is every comedian's dream: Rich people eating. I can see the White House press corps is very excited tonight. This is as about as close [as you get] to a White House press conference, so this is it! Enjoy it while it lasts!"
    (POLITICO.COM)

    LONGER DAY FOR PW STUDENTS?
    Kids across the area may have been happy to have all those days off due to the snowy winter, but kids in one district are learning now that they have to make some of that time up.   Some school districts have received waivers, others have added a day or two to the end of the year, but Prince William County students may have to stay an extra 10 minutes each day starting Monday, May 10.
    Initially, Prince William County school officials thought they didn't need to make any changes because it has 15 extra instruction days built into the calendar, but someone has done the math and the district will fall a bit short of the 990 hours of instruction time required by the state.
    (WTOP)

    BODY FOUND AFTER SHED FIRE
    A body was found Saturday in Fairfax County inside a shed that was heavily damaged by fire, a county fire department spokesman said.   The fire was reported about 6:20 p.m. in a detached garage or shed in the 6200 block of Villa Street in the Franconia section of t he county, said Capt. Robert Konczal, the fire spokesman.   He said the body was discovered after the fire was knocked down. No additional information about about the body was available immediately.   The area is about one mile south of the Capital Beltway and about two miles east of Interstate 95.
    (WASHINGTON POST)
     

    SPEED CAMERA LOOPHOLE
    A Bethesda woman escaped her speed camera ticket after she uncovered maintenance problems with Gaithersburg's cameras.
    Peggy Lucero was nabbed by a speed camera in a 30-mile-per-hour zone on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. Instead of paying the $40 fee like most Maryland motorists, Lucero dug up records on camera maintenance and asked the State Highway Administration to validate the area's speed limit.   "I devoted five months of my life to unearthing the contradictory and circuitous path of trying to find justice in this mess," Lucero said.   Maryland law requires police to test speed cameras for proper functioning daily. But Lucero discovered the camera that ticketed her wasn't tested the day it photographed her license plate.
    (WASHINGTON EXAMINER)