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    MOST METRO BIGWIGS NOT METRO RIDERS
    As Metro contemplates job and service cuts to help eliminate a budget shortfall, some riders are wondering how board members can make such decisions when many of them rarely use the system. Half of Metro's 12 board members, including Chairman Jim Graham, do not regularly ride the train or bus system they oversee. And even as members say they need to trim expenses and boost revenue, several haven't paid their parking fees at Metro headquarters for at least 2 1/2 years.  (Washington Post)
     

    OSCAR SWAG, VIRGINIA BAG
    Celebrities will use bags made by a Richmond company to carry their free swag from the Academy Awards. During the days surrounding the Oscars, celebrities will have access to private rooms where jewelry, clothes, gadgets and luxury vacations are for the taking. Those visiting The Secret Room Celebrity Gifting Suite in Beverly Hills will get bags called S.H.O.P. Totes made by Calypso Studios. (WTOP/AP)


    WHOLE LOTTA POOCHES
    Almost all of 31 abandoned dogs rounded up in Frederick and Walkersville early this month have been placed with adoptive families. It's a good thing, too. Shelter staff soon found themselves bringing in 75 more dogs, including 29 puppies, of various breeds from a Thurmont residence, Animal Control Director Harold Domer said Saturday. Some dogs had litters of puppies several weeks old. (Frederick News-Post)

    SUING SANTA
    This is no jolly matter. Antoinette Basso filed a lawsuit Thursday against a man dressed in a Santa suit who she said stumbled and fell on top of her, knocking her face-first into the sidewalk outside a Chicago restaurant. Basso claims in the Cook County Circuit Court lawsuit that she suffered "pain ... disability and disfigurement." She's asking for damages in excess of $50,000. (AP/MSNBC)