Local Leads: 11/23/08

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In all, the bikers rode about 95 miles in chilly weather, delivering Thanksgiving goodies to families falling through the cracks. When the Motorcycle Outreach Ministry of Salem Fields Community Church conceived the idea of a Thanksgiving charity ride, members immediately decided to focus on those who struggled but couldn't get help in other places. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

If you're a Marylander who wants to be at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration and you've sent your request to your two U.S. senators or congressional representative, good luck. "We've stopped taking requests," said Lisa Wright, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's spokeswoman.  Bartlett's office, like that of Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, has received thousands of inquiries looking for tickets. "The overwhelming demand exceeding supply is not new," Wright said. "It's what's happened for every inaugural." (Frederick News-Post)

The bells of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church have been music to the ears of some neighbors, but others say the ringing disturbs them. Julie Winston, whose back yard faces the Rockville church on Montrose Road, said she was first bothered by the light that shone from the bell tower into the upstairs of her house, but became more horrified when she heard the bells tolling. Winston, who has lived 38 years in the Tilden Woods community, located across Montrose from the church, said the bells originally rang out every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week for "a minimum of 48 different times a day. (MONTGOMERY GAZETTE)

Recognized widely for his catchphrase - "the family that prays together stays together" - the Rev. Patrick Peyton spread his message to millions by radio and later television, using Hollywood stars to emphasize prayer and moral values.  Now, the man known as the "Rosary Priest" for his penchant for using rosary beads to say Roman Catholic prayers even during activities such as riding in a car is being considered for sainthood. The Archdiocese of Baltimore celebrated a Mass on Thursday to mark the start of the investigating process. (Washington Times)

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