Local Leads: 07/21/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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UN-COMFORT-ABLE MOVE?
The Navy is considering moving the hospital ship USNS Comfort from its home in the port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Va., when its current berthing agreement expires in 2013, officials said Tuesday. Maryland's representatives in Washington are trying to block such a move. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is seeking federal funding to study the impact that moving the ship would have on its wartime and humanitarian missions. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the Navy to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before making a decision. (Baltimore Sun

ELVIS HAS RETURNED TO THE BUILDING
Ever since Elvis Presley's death 33 years ago, people have breathlessly reported Elvis sightings here, there and everywhere. On Tuesday morning, he was spotted again, hanging out in a cemetery with a pair of angels. As it turned out, it was a fiberglass Elvis, a 6-foot-tall statue that had gone missing a couple of weeks ago from the roof of a diner on Pulaski Highway in Baltimore County, much to the consternation of the restaurant's owners and regular customers. (Baltimore Sun)

BRAZEN BURGLAR GETS $6,500 IN LOTTERY TICKETS
Just before dawn on Friday, the wall behind the front counter of an Edgewater convenience store shook so violently that cigarettes, suntan lotion and other items fell off the shelves and onto the tile floor. But it wasn't tremors from the 3.6-magnitude earthquake in nearby Montgomery County that rattled Sam's Market at 949 Mayo Road. It was a burglar using heavy-duty tools strong enough to knock a hole through thick cinder block, county police said. (The Capital)

DC, #2 FOR NEW COLLEGE GRADS
The best advice for new college grads? Head south.  The most promising area in the country for grads is the South, according to a ranking of 30 cities by Bloomberg Businessweek.com. (wtop.com)

LASER LIGHT ABUSE IN OCEAN CITY
Laser pointers are more likely found in the boardroom than the Boardwalk, but this summer they're selling so quickly that beach retailers can't keep up with demand. Resort officials and police, however, say the green laser pointers, more powerful than their red-hued predecessors, are becoming a public safety problem. (delmarvanow.com)
 

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