Local Leads: 5/23/11

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 11:32 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Charles County Bankruptcy

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

CHARLES COUNTY, NO. 1 IN BANKRUPTCY
The Independent: " Charles County led the state in personal bankruptcy filings in 2010, a statistic local leaders and economic experts said signals an exasperatingly slow recovery from the Great Recession that started in 2008. The county's economy has gone from "Oh my God" three years ago to "OK" now, Charles County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ken Gould Jr. said Wednesday, but government statistics point to a slow recovery, lack of business confidence and a long road back to robust growth." 

PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
Gazette: "In separate decisions Wednesday, the Montgomery County Council indicated its intention to approve an increase in the county's property tax rate this year and cutbacks in government employee benefits. The tax hike the council appears to favor is a 4.2 cent increase per $100 of assessed property value — raising the rate from 90.4 cents to 94.6 cents."

MCNABB, BASEBALL PLAYER?
Insidenova.com: " When news broke that Donovan McNabb was interested in a baseball career, the Potomac Nationals wasted no time and have reached out to the Redskins quarterback to discuss his future with the club. “Maybe I'll play for the [Washington] Nationals,” McNabb said during a charity appearance in Washington on Wednesday – and the P-Nats were listening. Potomac Nationals general manager Josh Olerud was thrilled to hear that the five-time NFC Champion was open to a switch from the gridiron to the diamond."

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