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Local Leads: Metro Work is On Track, Craigslist Censors Itself

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    Local Leads: Metro Work is On Track, Craigslist Censors Itself
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    Craigslist appears to have surrendered in a legal fight over erotic ads posted on its website, shutting down its adult services section Saturday and replacing it with a black bar that simply says "censored."  The move comes just over a week after a group of state attorneys general said there weren't enough protections against blocking potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution. It's not clear if the closure is permanent, and it appears to only affect ads in the United States.  The listings came under new scrutiny after the jailhouse suicide last month of a former medical student who was awaiting trial in the killing of a masseuse he met through Craigslist, a popular site that lets users post classified ads, often for free.  Craigslist's adult services section carried ads for everything from personal massages to a night's companionship, which critics say veered into prostitution.  Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster said in a May blog posting that the company's ads were no worse than those published by the alternative newspaper chain Village Voice Media.

    Metro says that one of the largest maintenance projects in Metro's history, that has closed five Red Line metro stations over Labor Day weekend, is on schedule.   The Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Takoma stations will be closed Friday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 5 a.m.   The project will include changes that have been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board in the wake of the 2009 Fort Totten crash.   The main focus of the work is the replacement of two track switches at the Silver Spring station.   The work also includes replacing 525 feet of track, installing 6,400 feet of emergency fire lines and 2,400 feet of new communications cables to support cell phone access

    Maryland Transit Administration officials have announced they'll extend light rail service hours to accommodate "Bieber fever."  Large crowds are expected at the Maryland State Fair for pop star Justin Bieber's performance.  Light rail was to open at 7 a.m. today and operate every 60 minutes until 11 a.m., when the normal schedule resumes. From 8 p.m. until midnight, service will operate every 30 minutes. The last train will leave Timonium at midnight.  The sold-out concert begins at 7 p.m.

    A disappointing performance by Albert Haynesworth in the Washington Redskins' preseason finale has renewed concerns about the Pro Bowler's commitment to the team and apparently has affected his status for the regular season opener against Dallas, three people familiar with the situation said Saturday. Haynesworth was "awful" Thursday during the Cardinals' 20-10 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium, said two of the team sources who recently reviewed game film. It often appeared he gave little effort while participating in 49 of the Redskins' 55 defensive plays. On the few occasions he did play hard, the two sources said, Haynesworth failed to adhere to the principles of the new 3-4 scheme. He was credited with four tackles, including three unassisted.

    From the Lake Barcroft blog comes news of the Rotary Club of Baileys Crossroads raffle of a CLASSIC MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE - something they've done for 25 years. This year’s car is an Arcadian Blue 1966 Mustang Convertible with 70,000 actual miles.
    The raffle will be held on September 25, at the annual Mason District Park Festival in Annandale. Three winning tickets will be drawn at 2:00PM – the first ticket drawn will be the winner of the Mustang while the ticket holders of the next two tickets drawn will each win $500 cash.  Raffle Tickets are $25 each or 5 Tickets for $100.