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MD MAN FACING ANIMAL NEGLECT, POSSIBLE DOGFIGHTING CHARGES
WTOP: "A 45-year-old Gaithersburg man is facing animal neglect charges after police say a number of pit bulls were found without proper water and shelter and one dog had apparent fighting wounds.
Montgomery County Police say Charles Copeland Jr. is charged with failing to provide pit bulls with water and shelter and failing to provide veterinary care to a pit bull. He also has been charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person."
LOCAL DELEGATE WANTS VA TO MINT ITS OWN MONEY
Washington Post: "The Commonwealth of Virginia would begin minting its own gold and silver coins as an alternative currency to the U.S. dollar under a bill that Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) says he will file in coming days.
Marshall will ask the General Assembly to consider the idea when it convenes for its annual legislative session Jan. 12. It is a companion bill to a proposal he has already filed to establish a study committee to examine alternative currencies to that distributed by the Federal Reserve System "in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System.""
The 37-foot boat, equipped with two carved, leather-upholstered chairs, dates to the mid-1800s. It was brought to the United States by painter Thomas Moran, who got it as a souvenir from his last visit to Venice.
The gondola is on loan from a museum in Newport News, Va., and will accompany an upcoming exhibit on Venice running Feb. 20 to May 30 at the National Gallery."
THE BEER GARDEN SAGA CONTINUES
Falls Church News-Press: "As the flakes of Snowmageddon piled high last winter, Arlingtonians from the Westover neighborhood quickly got their priorities straight. Some hearty souls traipsed over to the Westover Market's white-blanketed beer garden, where they helped the manager shovel out the place and open the taps.
These suburban adventurers spearheaded a movement from all walks and beer preferences to enjoy the open-air brew, brats and bands that for two years have injected a hip spirit into the Westover shopping strip."