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Local Leads: 6/19/2010

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    Hundreds of police officers will join family and friends in Landover today for the funeral of Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Wesley Brown, who was shot and killed eight days ago outside a Prince George's County restaurant.  Police officers will assemble at 8:30 a.m., and the funeral service begins at 10 a.m. at the Jericho City of Praise in Landover.  Governor Martin O'Malley is among the dignitaries scheduled to attend.  A huge crowd packed a Capital Heights church on Friday for Brown's viewing.  Earlier this week, Prince George's County Police arrested two men in connection with the killing.  Cyril Williams and Anthony A. Milton are charged with first-degree murder.  Brown will be buried at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland.  Several roads in Prince George's County will be blocked after noon tomorrow to allow the funeral procession to move through

    Ever want to belt out a tune in the Metro?  Metro is holding auditions for performing artists who want to sing, dance, play music or perform other acts at Metro entrances. This is the third year the program will showcase local artists.  Auditions will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metro headquarters downtown Washington. Participants will register on site. Audition slots are first-come, first-served.  Judges from the Washington arts scene will select about 25 performers for the season. Performances will be scheduled in July and August during the evening rush hours and on weekends.  The program, Metro Performs, is a joint effort by Metro and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The commission will pay performers a stipend.

    The Prince George's County board of education adopted a policy banning cell phone use Thursday night in a 7-to-2 vote, after residents and students expressed disapproval, calling the policy broad and unclear earlier in the evening.  "This is a flawed policy and I'm asking that we take it back [to committee]," said student board member Edward Burroughs III, who voted against the policy with board member Linda Thomas (Dist. 4) at Thursday night's school board meeting. Board member Rosalind A. Johnson (Dist. 1) was absent from the meeting.  The policy, which would ban student cell phone use during school hours and require students to keep their phones turned off and hidden, was tabled May 13 after board members said the policy banned phones in too many instances and failed to define clear punishment for violations of the policy.

    President Barack Obama ventured from the White House for some Friday night baseball as his hometown Chicago White Sox took on the Washington Nationals and their new star pitcher, Stephen Strasburg.  Obama made a surprise trip to the Nationals' stadium in Southeast D.C. to kick off Father's Day weekend and watch Strasburg, a sensation in Washington and the world of sports, make his third career start.  Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia and brother-in-law Konrad Ng, arrived at the stadium with an entourage that included White House senior adviser David Axelrod.  Flashbulbs began popping along the third base side as fans realized the president was there.