Local Leads: 7/16/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Friday, Jul 16, 2010  |  Updated 12:46 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Trump Slumber Party and Booze and Strippers Don't Mix

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TAX AMNESTY IN DC
The District will launch a tax amnesty program the last week in July, providing thousands of scofflaws the opportunity to pay their back bills with interest but without penalty. The two-month amnesty program will cover most taxes, income and sales included, sources in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer said. The D.C. Council legislation that authorized the program excluded real property taxes and ballpark fees, but it is unclear whether those are the only taxes omitted. (Washington Business Journal)

NO HARD LIQUOR AT STRIP CLUBS
A federal appeals court has upheld Virginia laws prohibiting the sale of hard liquor at strip clubs. Two clubs in Richmond and one in Springfield claimed there is no rational basis for allowing the sale of beer and wine, but not mixed drinks, at establishments that feature dancers clad only in G-strings and pasties. The three Papermoon clubs alleged that the laws violate the First Amendment. (ap/wtop.com)

KEEP FANS HAPPY
Today's visit to a minor league ballpark might feature — besides a baseball game, of course — a pre-game magic show, a host of guests and their dogs, all-you-can-eat packages, a pillow fight and an appearance by the Lone Rangers. It's all to keep both hardcore fans and casual spectators coming to the games, sports managers say, as they look forward to more profitable seasons now that the recession is over. (Gazette)

WATERMEN - OYSTER PLAN GOES TOO FAR
Watermen at a public hearing Tuesday denounced the state's oyster restoration plan, particularly the establishment of more sanctuaries that would put some productive areas off limits to harvesting. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources unveiled the oyster plan last December and is holding public hearings this month to get more feedback. The plan is to go into effect this September before the start of the next oyster season. (The Enterprise)

THE DONALD STOPPED BY
The Trump National Lightning swim team welcomed a surprising guest July 9 when Donald Trump entered the room at their Slumber Party Pep Rally.  Trump chatted and hung out with the kids, as well as giving a motivational speech before the team’s swim meet against the Country Club of Fairfax.  The defending Dominion Country Club League champions used Trump’s words to fuel their desire, defeating Fairfax, 325-191, for their third consecutive win this summer. (Loudoun Times)
 

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