Local Leads: 6/23/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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Local Leads: "We Were Being Stupid"

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ETHANOL FACILITY HERE TO STAY
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that federal law preempts Alexandria’s attempt to regulate Norfolk-Southern’s transloading and transfer of ethanol at its Van Dorn Yard. In 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ruled that Norfolk-Southern was not subject to restrictive haul routes designated by the City. Alexandria appealed the decision and maintained that the ruling still allowed City regulation of the trucks. (Alexandrianews.org)
 
RIDE ON, PAY MORE
Ride On is increasing its fares, beginning Sunday, to coordinate with new fares set by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for Metro buses. County officials say the fare changes are needed to make transfers between Metrobus and Ride On buses simpler, and they also will help close the county's nearly $1 billion budget gap for fiscal 2011. (Gazette)

"WE WERE BEING STUPID"
County police believe two high school lacrosse players charged Thursday with pelting pedestrians with rocks from a moving car are responsible for two more similar incidents that took place in Severna Park that night. (The Capital)

CENTER IN SEARCH OF VISITORS
With the Claude Moore Community Center and its larger neighbor the Claude Moore Recreation Center a scant three miles away, Sterling Community Center has languished in search of visitors, as many potential guests have opted for those facilities located outside the center of Sterling Park, which has been plagued by crime and poor press. As an example, summer camp slots at Claude Moore are full, while spaces are still available at Sterling Community Center, even though summer is upon us. (Loudouni.com)

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