Local Leads 11/2/08

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the assignment desk at News4:

    14-YEAR-OLD KILLED, TWO TEENS IN CRITICAL

    Three teens were shot on a Ride On bus in Silver Spring late Saturday night, according to the Montgomery County Police Department. The shooting happened shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday on Piney Branch Road at University Boulevard, police said. One of the teens, a 14-year-old from Silver Spring, died as a result of his injuries. The other two teens, ages 14 and 15, remain in serious condition. The shooting happened after a confrontation between the three victims and another group of passengers, police said.

    CASH FOR GRADES SENDING MIXED MESSAGES?

    The inducements range from prepaid cellphones to MP3 players to gift certificates, but most of them are cash: $10 for New York City seventh-graders who complete a periodic test; $50 for Chicago high school freshmen who ace their courses; as much as $110 to Baltimore students for improved scores on the Maryland High School assessments. The District joined the list this fall, launching a one-year study of 3,300 middle schoolers who can earn up to $100 every two weeks for good grades, behavior and attendance. Critics denounce the initiatives as bribery and say the money could be better invested in ideas known to work, such as smaller class size. They also point to a body of psychological research suggesting that tangible rewards can erode children's intrinsic motivation. (Washington Post

    OVER AIRLIFTING?

    The emergency workers first on the scene of a Waldorf car accident in September that preceded a fatal medical helicopter crash classified the patients' injuries as not immediately life-threatening and in a category that rarely meets the criteria for an airlift, state officials said yesterday. Four people died in the helicopter crash that occurred in Walker Mill Regional Park as the teens were being flown from Waldorf to Prince George's Hospital on Sept. 27.   (Washington Post)

    CRASH KILLS FAUQUIER TEEN

    Michael Anthony Eggleston, 19, of Broad Run in Fauquier County, died Friday evening after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and was ejected from the car.  (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

    OBAMA WRAPS CAMPAIGN IN MANASSAS

    Barack Obama will hold his final campaign rally at the Prince William Fairgrounds in the Manassas area Monday night. The event will begin at 9 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. Organizers expect nearly 40,000 people to attend. The presidential nominee is expected to talk about the economy, health care and providing tax relief for Virginia residents, campaign spokesman Bobby Whithorne said.  (Inside NoVa)

    MCCAIN DOES SPRINGFIELD, SNL

    McCain had two events in Virginia before heading to Pennsylvania and then New York, where he was to appear on "Saturday Night Live." John McCain is seizing on Democratic rival Barack Obama's comment that his victory in Iowa's caucuses last winter had "vindicated" his faith in the American people. (NBCWashington)