The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
LIQUOR AND POLITICS IN PRINCE GEORGE'S
"The arrests of a Prince George's County liquor store magnate and his wife by federal authorities last week as part of a broad corruption probe involving County Executive Jack B. Johnson has pulled back the curtain on the complex and often incestuous world of liquor and politics in the county. The county's chief liquor inspector is also the head of the local Democratic Party. One of the five members on the Board of Liquor License Commissioners - responsible for granting and revoking liquor licenses - is also on the party's central committee, which helps choose the board members. The liquor board's chairman was first appointed while his wife led the county Democrats in the mid-1990s. And a third board member is married to a senior state delegate. The relationships open the licensing and inspection process to the perception of political influence and might lead some liquor store owners to think that they can curry favorable treatment by cozying up to elected leaders. "
"Jeff Fisher gave his Titans a little history lesson on how teams bounce back from an ugly loss to prepare them for the Washington Redskins. Really, the coach only needed to remind his Titans of what they did themselves a year ago. His Titans responded to a 59-0 loss in New England by reeling off five straight wins, and that first game was a 30-13 rout of their own. So the Titans plan to be careful, and ready, when the Redskins visit Sunday fresh off an ugly 59-28 loss to Philadelphia last Monday night."
"They just had one of those nights, and we've all been through that," Fisher said.
FLAT TIRE FOILS BANK HEIST
"Three suspected bank robbers were arrested Friday after their getaway car got a flat tire, police said. Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said police had the three Maryland men in custody within 20 minutes after an armed robbery at the Union Bank and Trust at 700 Kenmore Ave. According to police, a Fredericksburg woman pulled up to the drive-through window at the bank about 5:55 p.m. and saw what she believed to be bank tellers on the floor tied up. Bledsoe said it turned out that they weren't restrained. The witness also saw a person dressed in all black inside the bank, and as she was leaving the parking lot she saw two males also dressed in black running around the corner toward Hanover Street. The woman called 911 as she was leaving the parking lot."
BWI SURVIVAL GUIDE
"If you haven't ventured inside BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport since last Thanksgiving, you'll be happy to hear the bathrooms are in the same place. So are the runways. That is to say, not a lot has changed physically. But the airport has had a banner year otherwise, breaking passenger records in July and August, being among the airports with the lowest fares in the nation and receiving an award for providing just about the best food and drink of any airport in North America." Now comes a real test: Thousands of travelers headed to Grandma's house will descend on the airport this week, stuffed carry-ons in tow.