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DEER COLLISIONS ON THE RISE
Vehicle-deer collisions increased by 5.6 percent in Montgomery County last year, according to incidents recorded by county police. The 1,945 crashes represented the first increase in six years — since 2,127 collisions were recorded in 2002. The increase indicates that management efforts need to be stepped up, said Rob Gibbs, natural resources manager for the county Department of Parks and chairman of the Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group. (Gazette)
DOG STUCK IN BATTLE
People don't see Kay Tunney's disability. It's nearly invisible. It's Mulligan Sue, the little white dog she takes everywhere, that makes her noticeable. The dog is at the center of a dispute about what exceptions an Annapolis condominium complex with a no-pets rule must allow for those who use "emotional support animals" to help them overcome pain and psychological anguish. (The Capital)
DRONE FLIES INTO RESTRICTED AIRSPACE
A rogue drone flew away from a Webster Field control center into restricted airspace on a test flight earlier this month before control was reestablished and the unmanned aerial vehicle was brought safely back to its home base in St. Inigoes. The NAVAIR Fire Scout program has been suspended while an investigation is conducted to uncover why the aircraft flew into restricted airspace. (The Enterprise)
BIRTH RATE DOWN, RECESSION?
The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century. Births fell 2.6 percent last year even as the population grew, numbers released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics show. “It’s a good-sized decline for one year. Every month is showing a decline from the year before,” said Stephanie Ventura, the demographer who oversaw the report. (ap/The Daily Record)
DC, TOP ONLINE DATING CITY
Washington is again a top online dating city, according to numbers from Match.com.
The online dating site says the District came in at No. 5 based on numbers from the cities where singles are the most active in their search for romance. (Washington Business Journal)
TESLA TO DC
A luxury car dealership and service station is on its way to downtown Washington, but don't expect to get your oil changed there. Luxury electric carmaker Tesla Motors is nearing a deal to lease space for its first D.C. store on K Street, in what would add to the Washington area's status as a testing ground for the nascent electric car industry. (Washington Post)