Local Leads: 09/14/09

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

    DC SHOOTINGS
    Two people were killed and two others wounded in shootings over the weekend in northeast Washington. In one incident, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the head, according to D.C. police and neighbors.  The violence, in the 6th Police District, began at 9:27 p.m. Saturday. Officers were called to the 5000 block of Just Street NE for a shooting and found Antonio Ward, 16, of the District, dead. Two other people were reported wounded: One in the abdomen, the other in the leg, neighbors said. They were taken to hospitals in stable condition, police said. Police did not release their names or ages. (Washington Post)

    KRISPY KREME SUES
    Prince William County has been swept up in a legal battle between its northern neighbor and Krispy Kreme over a destroyed sewer system. The doughnut maker, facing a $19 million lawsuit from Fairfax County, is counter-suing not only Fairfax but also Prince William. At the center of the dispute is a broken sewer that served Krispy Kreme's plant at the Gunston Commerce Center in Lorton. Fairfax officials say years of the company dumping yeast, grease and other doughnut byproducts clogged and eventually destroyed the pipes. (Washington Examiner)

    ANTI-GREEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS
    Katie Roberts' environmental ethic runs strong. She grew up on a farm, now works for an eco-conscious company and has renovated the inside of her Odenton home to conserve energy. But when she decided to add a rain barrel to an out-of-sight nook of her backyard, she had a problem: her community association. "The barrels are very attractive and they're the same color as my deck and would fit in aesthetically, but anything bigger than 2 feet is considered a statue," she said of the barrel, made locally from an old wooden wine cask. "It's great that Maryland has tax incentives and otherwise supports doing great things for the environment, but many homeowners associations don't let you do them." (Baltimore Sun)

    DOCTOR HONORS WIFE
    Dr. Roberto Canizares and Dr. Teresita Canizares were regulars at the flu shot clinic sponsored each year by local Philippine doctors. For more than 15 years, the husband-and-wife team were volunteer vaccinators as hundreds of people stood in line for free flu shots. But Teresita Canizares died last year at age 66 of lung cancer. And, unrelated to her death, the Philippine doctors stopped sponsoring their annual event. So Roberto Canizares decided that a good way to remember his wife would be to once again give away flu shots. (Free Lance-Star)

    SHORTER WORK WEEK ...
    A majority of Frederick's Board of Aldermen said that they would be willing to look at legislation to shorten workweeks for city employees to help mitigate the fallout from more than $2.5 million in state budget cuts to the city. Mayor W. Jeff Holtzinger (R) made the proposal to the aldermen Wednesday at their weekly workshop, and board members agreed that giving full-time employees the option of reducing their weekly hours from 40 to at least 32 would be a decent alternative to layoffs or furloughs. (Gazette)