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HOME PRICES INCREASE
Washington Business Journal : "Existing home prices in the Washington market posted the biggest year-over-year gain in the nation last month, even as prices and sales declined nationally. The National Association of Realtors says existing home prices in Washington were up 8.4 percent compared to October 2009, with a median price of $327,700. Existing home sales in Washington were down 23.9 percent."
FINGERNAIL LENGTH COST TEAM TITLE
Gazette: "In the 12 years his daughters have been in active in competitive cheerleading, Potomac's Trey Blalock says he has learned to appreciate the difficulties of the sport. 'People think they're just cute cheerleaders, [but] there's a lot to it,' he said. 'There's gymnastics and a lot of hard work that goes into it.' That is, in part, why he and other parents are rallying against a decision to penalize his daughter's -- sophomore Leslie Blalock -- squad during the Montgomery County Public Schools Cheerleading Competition that he said cost them a county title."
BUSY BEE GREEN ROOF
The Capital: "One Baltimore highrise now offers a home to some pretty uncommon residents of city life: honeybees. On Nov. 9, Baltimore's first honeybee haven was installed atop the historic Ice Storage House on W. 23rd Street. The rooftop garden is meant to help reduce the building's energy consumption, store contaminated storm-water runoff, reduce air-borne pollutants."
HAITI AID AND FREE GAS THEFT
Frederick News Post: "The manager of a Frederick gas station who enticed customers to help with Haitian earthquake relief gets to continue her community service efforts. But this time, she has been ordered to do it by a judge. Convicted of theft in September -- for giving away gasoline without the permission of the station's owners -- Alice Wars Butler must complete 80 hours of community service and pay back about $11,367 in restitution, said her lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Matthew Frawley."
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