Local Leads: 6/3/11

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

    MARYLAND TOLLS INCREASE
    Washington Examiner: " The Maryland Transportation Authority board preliminarily approved raising tolls at every major bridge and tunnel in the state and would charge Intercounty Connector users 25 percent more if they don't use E-ZPasses.
    Under the plan, cash tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge would rise to $5 on Oct. 1 and $6 on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway turnpike on Interstate 95 near Delaware."

    BELTSVILLE TRAIN DEPOT WORRIES
    Gazette: " There could soon be a lot more traffic and congestion in and around Beltsville. That's what residents and some officials fear if a new train-loading station is built in that community. The proposed 70-acre facility, which is slated for completion in 2015, would be a transfer point for double-stacked containers of consumer goods coming from the Port of Baltimore on trucks. There, the containers would be loaded onto on-site CSX trains for transport to local stores."
     
    DEATH EDUCATION PROFESSOR DIES
    Washington Post: "Daniel Leviton, 80, a University of Maryland public health professor whose popular course “Death Education” attracted the grieving seeking catharsis, the curious seeking clarity and, sometimes, the suicidal seeking help, died May 13 of esophageal cancer at his home in Adelphi. A burly six-footer, with a clean-shaven head and handlebar moustache, Dr. Leviton taught at U-Md. from 1967 to 2006. His “Death Education” class was one of the most popular electives, attracting more than 200 students a semester and turning away as many.  Shunning the maudlin, Dr. Leviton explored attitudes toward death: what we think we know about dying, the process of bereavement, and the feelings of grief and fear often associated with death."