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VIRGINIA DECLARES EMERGENCY
Hurricane Earl has prompted a hurricane warning in North Carolina and hurricane watches in Delaware and Virginia.
The National Weather Service has posted a hurricane watch in Virginia for Chesapeake, Norfolk, Northhampton and Virginia Beach. The storm is expect to pass Virginia early Friday. (WTOP.COM)
The town where the Civil War's tide-turning battle was waged is fighting dissension in its own ranks, with even hard-core preservationists split over a proposed casino that would rise near the historic battlefield and be named for the line that divided North and South. It's the second time in five years that Gettysburg has fought over a plan to build a casino. This time it's the Mason Dixon Resort & Casino, proposed on a hotel and conference center site within a mile of the southern boundary of Gettysburg National Military Pa. (The Capital)
GIRL CYBER BULLIES
The advent of social networking sites and text messaging has allowed young girls the opportunity to take on a role traditionally reserved for boys, experts say.
The girls have become bullies - or, more specifically, cyber-bullies. The Virginia Department of Education defines cyber-bullying as "using information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging and websites to support deliberate, hostile behavior intended to harm others." (Fairfax Times)
Metrorail riders can now call to find out when the next train is expected to arrive. Metro officials say customers can get train arrival information by calling their customer information number at (202) 637-7000 and saying “next train.” Riders will then be asked to say a station name or enter the first four letters of a station name to find out when trains will arrive within the next 20 minutes. (AP/ Frederick News Post)