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Local Leads: 08/13/10

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    The trees were along the edge of Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., an 800-acre facility that real estate mogul Donald Trump purchased in Loudoun County last year. Two weeks ago, John Mathwin of Rockville and a friend canoed up the river and counted about 465 tree stumps. Mathwin, who has fished along the Potomac for more than 30 years, said he is concerned that floodwater "will eat away at the unprotected banks," sending dirt and chemicals into the river. (Washington Post)  

    The poison in poison ivy is apparently increasing, and that's creating an itchy scenario in the region. The Maryland Invasive Species Council is getting requests from the State Highway Administration to treat affected areas. Residents have been having problems after a stray weed gets in a shoe, or after they pick up the poison ivy oil from contact with their pets. (The Capital)

    High temperatures and pollution have made conditions ripe for a potentially dangerous bacteria carried in Chesapeake Bay waters, leading state and local health officials to warn swimmers, fishermen and shellfish eaters to take precautions. The naturally occurring bacteria, vibrio, can cause gastrointestinal illness as well as nasty skin infections -- and sometimes can kill. So far this year, 24 Maryland cases of vibrio have been recorded, close to the average annual count of 30, but the season is far from over and officials say many cases likely go unreported. (Baltimore Sun)

    Okra’s restaurant in Manassas probably gets its share of out-of-town guests: tourists, Civil War buffs and the like. But the Old Town eatery was host to some especially high-level patrons from north of the city Thursday night: the Obama family. First lady Michelle Obama and 9-year-old daughter Sasha ate dinner at the Louisiana bistro, owner Charles Gilliam confirmed after the Secret Service-escorted contingent left Manassas just before 9 p.m. The Obamas spent about two hours at the restaurant, Gilliam said, and had supper and dessert. (Insidenova.com)

    On Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., a coyote stopped by to visit Tom and Cheryl Steinhice of Saddlebrook, just north of Leesburg. In an e-mail sent to their neighbors, Tom Steinhice said that the coyote had also visited a neighbor’s rear pasture and approached their horse, but caused no trouble before leaving. "I called Animal Control and they were not concerned," Steinhice said in his e-mail. "They said that it is not uncommon to see them in our area." Animal Control told the Steinhices coyotes like to feed on small animals, including cottontail rabbits and wild field cats, but would not bother an animal larger than itself. (Loudoun Times)