Local Leads: 10/4/10

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The captain of the North County High School football team spent two nights in jail last week, facing a litany of charges stemming from the robbery and assault of a 16-year-old boy after an apparent drug deal last month. Senior James Patrick Downey III, 18, was released Friday from the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Parole on $50,000 bail. County police charged the Linthicum teenager with 17 counts including assault, robbery, theft, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, conspiracy, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and mayhem. (The Capital)

Whites are leaving the Maryland suburbs, while more are moving into D.C. and Northern Virginia's close-in communities as urban renewal programs entice more people to cities. Recent Census Bureau figures show the number of whites living in Montgomery and Prince George's counties has dropped over the past 10 years by about 2,000 and 18,000, respectively, as the minority populations there have increased. (Washington Examiner)

Seven-year-old Aidan Isenstadt likes to collect stuff. He likes looking for bugs, mostly, and different kinds of rocks and coins. Last month, he and scores of others tried their hands at looking for dinosaur fossils at the Dinosaur Park in Laurel. And barely five minutes after he began his search, Aidan found what looked like a piece of a jawbone, about 11/2 inches long, with holes where the teeth should be. (Baltimore Sun) 

Hood College freshmen next fall will have an entire library at their fingertips wherever they go. And it will only weigh 25 ounces. A new initiative, which has been tested in only a handful of colleges nationwide, will equip every first-year student on the Hood College campus with a free iPad – Apple's touch-screen, tablet laptop, which debuted on the market in April. (Gazette)

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