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Local Leads: 12/9/10

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    Gazette: "College Park officials are concerned that what they expected to be a "variety store" in North College Park is violating zoning laws by selling lingerie, pornographic videos and sex toys.  City code enforcers have accused owners of the Comfort Zone, located at 9721 Baltimore Ave., of violating their use and occupancy, or U&O, permit by selling adult items, said city public services director Bob Ryan.  Ryan said the store received its permit in January, after owners told Prince George's County planning officials they would be running a variety store that would sell retail items similar to those seen in a typical dollar store.  The city issued a zoning violation Oct. 12, after an inspection showed otherwise." 

    wtop.com: "Fairfax County legislators are considering new rules governing police officers' use of sirens, following a 2008 incident in which a woman was struck and killed by a police cruiser.   Ashley McIntosh, 33, was killed two years ago when a police cruiser ran a red light and smashed into her at a Route 1 intersection in Mt. Vernon. The officer driving the car, who did not have her sirens on, was acquitted of a reckless driving charge. She has since left the police force.   Now, the county government is considering legislation proposed by State Senator Toddy Puller, D-District 36, requiring police to stop at red lights and stop signs unless they have their sirens on."
    has already backed the policy.  "

    Loudoun Times: " Now that December’s here, Loudoun’s blizzard babies have arrived. The Birthing Inn at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne saw a 14 percent increase in babies born in September, October and November, likely due to the amount of bad weather the region saw last winter that caused people to be stuck inside for days at a time.
    In just the month of November – nine months after the back-to-back blizzards the county saw in February – Inova Loudoun Hospital handled 232 births, according to Deena Lanham, registered nurse and senior director of Women and Children’s Services at Inova Loudoun."

    Baltimore Sun "The Carroll County Christmas tree is officially back, a bit delayed by fiscal concerns, but now standing tall and ready to be lit in a festive ceremony Thursday evening. In one of their first official acts, the five newly inaugurated Carroll County Commissioners have reinstated the tree tradition abolished by their predecessors in a cost-cutting measure. The new board plans to participate in the 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony in front of the County Office Building in Westminster. One offered to help serve refreshments to the crowd of onlookers."