Local Leads: 8/5/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 2:43 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Lifeguard Saves Child

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QUICK-THINKING LIFEGUARD SAVES CHILD
Julia Phillips says she didn't think about her newly acquired CPR training when she dived into a swimming pool last week to rescue a drowning six-year-old girl and got her breathing again."I just did it," Phillips said. The child, Lauren McLaughlin, returned home Sunday from a hospital, her mother said this week. (The Enterprise)

TEACHER WANTS JOB BACK
Although he was exonerated in Fairfax County Circuit Court more than two months ago, the saga of former elementary school teacher Sean Lanigan continues. On May 27, a Fairfax County jury took less than 50 minutes to find the Centre Ridge Elementary School teacher and soccer coach not guilty of sexual assault and abduction of a 12-year-old female student. Now, with four weeks left before the start of a new school year, the Fairfax County Public School system has not yet offered Lanigan his job back. When Lanigan initially was arrested Jan. 29, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave from the school system and was suspended indefinitely from all his coaching duties.
(Fairfax Times

BUSINESS OFF, PARKING FARE INCREASE CAUSE?
Want to park in Old Town Alexandria? Better stock up on quarters. The city's recent parking meter rate increases have frustrated some local business owners, who say they're losing customers because of the onerous parking process. "The city might have gained an extra few quarters per hour, but they're losing a lot more in tax revenue from businesses," said Danielle Romanetti, owner of the Fibre Space knit and crochet shop on Fayette Street. (Washington Examiner)

NEW CARROLLTON ELECTRICITY ABUSE ?           
The city of New Carrollton officials are concerned after finding 18 city lights are being left on 24 hours a day, rather than just during the nighttime. The New Carrollton City Council discussed the issue at a recent meeting, when public works director Gregory Wills reported his staff found the lights on during the day. A councilmember who noticed lights on in his neighborhood during the day first raised the issue.  (The Sentinel)
 

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