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

    FAIRFAX BUDGET 
    The big budget cuts that were once thought to be a reality in Fairfax County will now be avoided if the Board of Supervisors approves a new budget proposal Tuesday. In the proposed budget, the property tax rate goes up a nickel to $1.09 per $100 of assessed value. But because assessments are down, county officials say the average homeowner will pay about $48 less in property taxes in 2011. (wtop.com)

    FIRE ENGINE WITH KIDS ON BOARD CRASHES
    Eight children escaped injury Saturday afternoon after the fire engine they were playing on rolled down a hill and hit a tree, county firefighters said. (The Capital)

    MAN HIT BY SOFTBALL DIES
    A man died this morning after being hit with a ball during a softball game at the Potomac Lakes Sportsplex Saturday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun rescue crews were called to the fields for report of a man in cardiac arrest.
    Fire-rescue spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the man, whose name has not been released, was pitching in a softball game when he was hit in the throat by a line drive. (Leesburg Today)

    PEDICABS ADHERE TO NEW RULES
    The increasingly pervasive D.C. pedicab, those three-wheeled bicycles that often transport tourists on and around the National Mall, will have to meet new safety standards under rules proposed Friday by the District’s Department of Transportation. (Washington Business Journal)