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    DC OFFICER KILLED IN CRASH
    (WTOP)
    "A D.C. police officer has died in the line of duty early Saturday morning following a car crash.   Police say two officers were responding to a call when their cruiser was involved in a single-car accident close to the intersection of Howard Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast.   Other officers were called to the scene around 3 a.m.   One officer in the cruiser is dead. It's not clear if the officer died as a result of the crash.   The second officer was taken to the hospital complaining of neck and back pain."

     FULL BODY SCANNER AT DULLES
    (WASHINGTON POST)
    "Full-body security scanners will be used at Dulles International Airport starting next week, ending a years-long rollout of the technology that has prompted privacy concerns because of the revealing images it displays.   The Washington region's three airports will now have two versions of the scanning technology, which was introduced in 2007 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The devices, dubbed virtual strip searches because of the outlines of the unclothed human body they produce, had been slow to catch on at some airports partly because of privacy concerns raised by some members of Congress and civil liberties groups.   The scanners will be used in certain areas of Dulles, but officials would not be specific because of security reasons. They will not entirely replace conventional equipment. "

    TEACHER TEXTING ARREST
    (INSIDE NOVA)
    "A high school football coach has been charged with sending inappropriate text messages and e-mails to a 16-year-old girl, Prince William County police said.  William Hayes Dignan, 42, of 14229 Town Commons Way in Gainesville was arrested and charged Friday with taking indecent liberties with a minor and use of a communication device to facilitate an offense with a minor, Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok said. Dignan has been employed as a social studies teacher and assistant varsity football coach at  Stonewall Jackson High School for three years, said Keith Imon, associate superintendent for Communications and Technology."

    SAFETY FIRST THIS HALLOWEEN
    THESENTINEL.COM
    "This Halloween weekend, law enforcement officers and taxicab companies throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area in conjunction with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program are ensuring your safety on the roads.  Nationwide, 60 percent of all Halloween deaths are traffic related, according to WRAP research.  This year, the Prince George’s County Police Department’s special operations division will be conducting DUI (driving under the influence) patrol enforcement Friday evening into the early morning. The patrol will take place throughout Prince George’s County and will last from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m."  “We patrol randomly at different times,” said Corporal Larry Johnson from the PGPD Press Information Office. “We realize this weekend there will be different events going on and that people will be out.”

    UMD SCOOTER CRACKDOWN?
    (DIAMONDBACK)
    "University Police and officials are mobilizing to keep student motorists and pedestrians safe after several accidents involving bicycles and motor scooters sent students to the hospital in recent weeks.  Earlier this month, a bicyclist in Lot 1 was struck by a car. Last week, Terrapin football right tackle Pete DeSouza was rushed to the hospital with two broken legs after his a car collided with his scooter. Monday, a 16-year-old riding on a scooter in Rockville was killed in a similar accident. These recent incidents have university officials questioning the need for heavier enforcement of existing law and establishing a campus wide helmet policy."