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Local Leads: 12/23/2009

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    Crews Bracing for More Bad Weather

    Under normal conditions after a snowstorm and before a rain-and-sleet storm arrives, Mike Ramsburg would be cleaning out Frederick County culverts and drains to prevent flooding. However, with almost 2 feet of snow accumulation from last weekend's storm, crews are still clearing snow and what drains and culverts they can, he said. Ramsburg is the maintenance supervisor for the Frederick County Highway Department. (Frederick News Post)

    Airport Food Bad

    Airport restaurants packed with holiday travelers have been cited in the past year for hundreds of food safety violations, local health department reports show. A USA TODAY review of inspection records for nearly 800 restaurants at 10 airports found items such as tuna salad and turkey sandwiches stored at dangerously warm temperatures, raw meat contaminating ready-to-eat foods, rat droppings and kitchens lacking soap for workers to wash hands. (USA Today)

    Gas and Milk Shortages

    Three days after Saturday's 20-inch snowfall, the effects still lingered Tuesday. Some people discovered they couldn't buy gasoline at certain stations or milk at Wal-Mart. More than a foot of snow on the ground delayed 18-wheelers' ability to deliver the goods, several merchants said. (Frederick News Post)

    Go-Go Show a Go Despite Concerns

    After a go-go show at Show Place Arena was canceled last month over safety concerns, another show scheduled for Saturday at the same venue is planned to go forward, despite Prince George's County officials' concerns. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which operates the 4,500-seat venue in Upper Marlboro, will be in charge of security at the event and will have "dozens" of park police officers on site for security, said spokeswoman Angela Pesses. (Gazette.net)

    Metro Riders Trapped

    About 75 Metro riders got stuck on a train for an hour and 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon when the transit agency struggled to restore power to the rails after a man was found walking the tracks.  The transit agency shut down power to the rail system outside the Cheverly station on the Orange Line in Prince George's County so the man on the tracks would not be hurt by the electrified third rail, said spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. (Washington Examiner)

    Miniature Christmas Village

    As soon as the weather starts turning cold, Chase Garland starts thinking about the holidays. "All my life, I've always loved Christmas," he said. "The rest of the holidays are just another day on the calendar for me."A lifelong resident of Spotsylvania County's Partlow, the 83-year-old Garland makes the holiday special for others, too, who visit his enormous Christmas village. He's always had a train running under his Christmas tree. But about 15 years ago, he started building a little village. A decade ago, it grew into a whole Christmas city. (Fredericksburg.com)