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

    ACLU TO VIRGINIA POLICE CHAPLAINS: AVOID JESUS
     The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on Tuesday offered pamphlets to state police chaplains warning that prayers invoking Jesus remain illegal at government events.  The ACLU's request to distribute the information was immediately rejected by Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration, which last week overturned a year-and-a-half-old ban on sectarian prayers at police-sponsored events. (Washington Examiner)

    RACING IN THE STREETS OF B-TOWN
    A plan to bring competitve automobile racing to streets around the Inner Harbor is expected to win city approval on Wednesday, potentially bringing Baltimore in league with Sao Paulo, Brazil, Long Beach, Calif., and other spots that host world-class motorsports on downtown roads. (Baltimore Sun)

    END IN SIGHT FOR FORECLOSURES
    Maryland is experiencing a second wave of foreclosures, but there are signs that the tide is ebbing, Raymond A. Skinner, secretary of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, said Monday in North Bethesda. Skinner addressed more than 400 government officials, real estate agents and brokers, and housing lenders at the 19th annual Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County Summit. (Gazette

    PARENT BUILDS CROSSWALK FOR KIDS
    When Frederick County Public Schools changed its bus transportation policy to limit which students are eligible, Seth Ritta did not get cross; he's building a crosswalk. A Carroll Manor Elementary School parent and owner of A Finer Surface, an asphalt paving company, Ritta recently got permission from the Frederick County Office of Transportation Engineering to complete a $10,000 crosswalk renovation outside the Adamstown school free of charge in the wake of a decision by the school system to increase the distance elementary students must live from school to be eligible for school bus transportation. (Frederick News Post)