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

    ROSECROFT CLOSING
    Rosecroft Raceway, the bankrupt racetrack in Prince George's County, will close July 1 after running out of money to operate — in yet another setback for the ailing horse racing industry in Maryland. Rosecroft had been struggling for years as it saw a revolving door of owners, stopped running live racing and then lost the right to broadcast simulcast thoroughbred races. Earlier this year, the state legislature rejected a bill sought by the track to legalize poker and table games there. (Baltimore Sun)

    ANGRY TRASH TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED
    A man in a trash truck is accused of attacking a woman he was walking in a Stafford County neighborhood yesterday, police said. Sheriff's Maj. David Decatur said the incident occurred about 7:35 a.m. in the Quail Run subdivision off Hope Road, east of Stafford Courthouse. Decatur said the 46-year-old victim was walking on Bob White Lane when a green and white truck owned by Davis Disposal went by. The truck came back by her a short time later and stopped in the middle of the road. (Fredericksburg.com)

    SKIMMERS HITTING CHARLES COUNTY
    Forget holding up a bank the old-fashioned way, with a mask and getaway car. Now, police say, some crooks are letting technology do the dirty work. With the help of card "skimmers" they attach to ATMs, a group of thieves moving through the area has siphoned just less than $20,000 from the accounts of Charles County bank patrons since August 2009. And, investigators say, the scheme isn't plaguing Southern Maryland alone. (The Independent)

    LOUDOUN HOME SALES RISE
    Loudoun home sales were nearly double in May compared to snowbound February – with 461 sales to February’s 248 – but the real good news for homeowners is that the median home sale prices are on the rise. Prices had been on the decline for the past three years, but the trend has reversed so far in 2010.  The median sales prices for every month in 2010 has exceeded the median sales price for the corresponding month in 2009, according to a market analysis by Rosemary deButts, housing analyst with the Dulles Area Association of Realtors. (Loudoun Times

    MORE LIQUOR LICENSES FOR GEORGETOWN
    D.C.'s alcohol board voted Wednesday to increase by seven the number of liquor licenses in the Georgetown neighborhood, according to a report in the Washington City Paper. The increase, which brings the total number of licenses in the neighborhood to 68, is the first since 1989, the report said. (Washington Post)

    BETHESDA THEATRE TO BE AUCTIONED
    The long-running Bethesda Theatre is going on the auction block. Paul Cooper, vice president of Alex Cooper Auctioneers, says the Wisconsin Avenue theater will be auctioned June 29 after its owners defaulted on their mortgage. (AP/wtop.com)