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PRINCIPAL URGES COMMUNITY TO IGNORE WESTBORO PICKETERS
Inside NoVA: "The principal at Woodbridge Senior High School has asked students not to give additional publicity to the controversial group planning to picket at the school Monday.
“While the words and actions of this group may be hurtful to many members of our community, I urge you to exercise discretion by speaking to your son or daughter about not engaging or counter-protesting this group on Monday morning,” Principal David Huckestein wrote in a letter to parents."
MAN STIFFS CABBIE AFTER PASSING OUT DRUNK
Alexandria Times: "A Richmond man faces multiple charges after stiffing a cab driver for a ride from Washington to Alexandria and then allegedly passing out drunk in the back seat of the taxi.
Police charged Wade R. Hess, 30, with failing to pay his cab fare and public drunkenness after arresting him about 7:08 a.m. on Halloween. Upon arrival in Alexandria, Hess gave the cab driver vague directions about his final destination before losing consciousness, said Jody Donaldson, department spokesman."
ARUNDEL SLOTS MEANS SHUTDOWNS ARE LIKELY
The Gazette: "A decision by voters in Anne Arundel County to allow a slot machines near Arundel Mills Mall will likely lead to the end of live horses at a race track near Laurel, an active horse stable in Bowie and a major cutback on racing at Pimlico in Baltimore in the near future, the owner of the facilities said this week.
"I don't think there are a whole lot of options," said Thomas Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, which owns Laurel Park race track off Fort Meade Road and the Bowie Training Center, a 96-year-old former race track to the south where about 1,000 horses are kept."
HEROIN-IN-DRESS-BUTTON SCHEME REVEALED AT BWI
Washington Examiner: "Drug dealers from around the world have tried to use a variety of ways to smuggle drugs through the international airports in Baltimore and Washington, including through juice boxes, soup and statues of the Virgin Mary.
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Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport intercepted a package from the Philippines that contained eight large dresses, according to federal charging documents."