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Local Leads: 5/16/2010

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    First lady Michelle Obama will address some 5,000 students graduating from George Washington University and their families on the National Mall.  She agreed to speak at Sunday's commencement after challenging students at the beginning of the school year to complete 100,000 hours of community service.  Earlier this month the first lady gave a commencement speech at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically black college. Obama, who graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School, will also speak next month at the graduation of Anacostia Senior High School in Washington, a public school she visited last year as part of her mentoring program for young women.

    A father of three was lost in the Potomac River Saturday afternoon, and rescue workers still have not found his body.   Rescue teams searched by air and by water until sundown for Daniel Figueroa.  The man was out fishing with his friends near the Potomac River Bridge under Route 340 near Harpers Ferry.   The group tried to cross the river to get a better fishing location when Figueroa slipped and disappeared into the water.  Friends say he was wearing a life preserver at the time.   The 39 year-old Landscaper from Germantown, Maryland is a father to three kids.  Two of the children were at the river when he fell in.

    A 37-year-old Maryland man who was spotted by police weaving in traffic on his moped was arrested for drunken driving late Thursday in Dewey BeachJesse W. Duffy of Earleville was charged with a third DUI and assorted other offenses after he was seen by officers about 11:45 p.m. leaving the Sea Spot Shopping Center by driving over the sidewalk .  Officers attempted to stop him but he turned off the Coastal Highway and headed north on King Charles Avenue toward Rehoboth Beach.  When they caught up with him, Duffy was driving back and forth from the northbound to the southbound shoulders and nearly collided with a southbound vehicle, said Dewey Beach police Sgt. Clifford Dempsey. 

    The Triple Crown will have to wait another year.  Lookin At Lucky pulled away from the field Saturday to win the 135th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course and ended Super Saver's bid for the first Triple Crown in 32 years.  On the final turn, Lookin At Lucky made his move and raced to the finish ahead of First Dude by three-quarters of a length. A jockey change was all it took as Martin Garcia, a 25-year-old from Mexico, replaced Garrett Gomez on Lookin At Lucky and ran a flawless race. Jackson Bend finished third and Yawanna Twist was fourth. Gomez was fifth on Dublin, who broke to his right out of the gate from the 12th post position and almost left the track.  Kentucky Derby champion Super Saver, who entered the Preakness as a 2-1 co-favorite with Lookin At Lucky, finished a distant eighth after running near the front for three-quarters of the race.

    Nearly 30 Washington and Lee University students were injured when a deck collapsed at an off-campus house.  Rockbridge County Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Foresman says rescue crews got a call around 11:20 p.m. Friday about the collapse of the wooden deck, which was about 10 feet high.  Foresman said eight people were taken to the hospital. At least 14 others went to the hospital on their own. Several other students were treated at the university's health center.  University spokesman Jeff Hanna says none were seriously injured. All were treated and released except one, who was scheduled to have surgery Saturday on a compound ankle fracture.  The collapse happened in an area of two-story “pole houses” along the Maury River in Lexington.

    Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team honored the memory of women’s player Yeardley Love, then the No. 1 Cavs dismantled Mount St. Mary’s 18-4 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night.  By winning, the Cavaliers advance to next weekend’s quarterfinal round, where they will face No. 8 Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. The game will be played at Stony Brook, which was chosen as this year’s quarterfinal host site long before the season began.  The Cavs took the field an hour prior to the opening draw, and were greeted with a standing ovation from the fans scattered around the stadium. The team was wearing shirts that read “One Love” in script on the back, and JTB was imprinted on the sleeves.