The Night Note: 09/09/2010

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    NEWSLETTERS

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

    New Accusations Call Arundel Exec. Leopold 'Addicted to Women'

    The new allegations are part of an amendment to a complaint filed last month by former county employee Karla R. Hamner. The document, filed Thursday afternoon in county Circuit Court, alleges that Leopold is "addicted to women" and would often survey women coming and going from the county government building in downtown Annapolis using his "pair of binoculars," and it was "not unusual" for Leopold to call the building's uniformed guards and ask for the identity of women he found attractive. It also says that Leopold ordered county police to "run down" the license plates of cars driven by women he found attractive. (Baltimore Sun)
     

    Sex Store Owner Surprised at Opposition

    Fearing probable litigation, the Manassas City Council on Tuesday evening went into a special closed meeting to discuss the future of a sex retail store in Old Town Manassas. There is a lot to be discussed and we want to know how we got to where we are and what our staff and legal counsel recommends pertaining to municipal regulation of adults businesses,” said Mayor Harry “Hal” Parrish II prior to the closed meeting. The store, KK’s Temptations, is set to open at 9411 Battle St., in Old Town Manassas in October--after the Fall Jubilee. (InsideNoVa.com)

    More Tourists, Shorter Stays in D.C.

    More tourists have been visiting the Washington area this summer, but they’re cutting their stays short, according to the Federal Reserve’s monthly Beige Book report. The report, based on economic observations from the Federal Reserve’s 12 regional banks, noted continued economic expansion, though it also observed “widespread signs of deceleration” in July and August. Five banks reported moderate economic growth, while two noted improvements and five other said conditions were mixed or decelerating. (Washington Business Journal)
     


    Crop-Chomping Snails Seized at Dulles

    Customs agents see foreigner travelers try to bring a lot of unusual items into the U.S., but one slimy seizure over Labor Day weekend could have been devastating to crops.  A traveler from Ghana tried to bring 14 Giant African Land Snails into the U.S. at Washington-Dulles International Airport Sunday. The snails, which were as large as a child's fist, are said to be one of the worst invasive species in the world and have caused economic damage to crops. (WTOP)