Local Leads: 11/9/08

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Camera Failed in White's Death
A video camera that Prince George's County jail guards were required to use in June as they rushed into the cell of an unconscious inmate accused of killing a police officer failed to record the crucial minutes when the guards arrived and moved his body, according to confidential jail reports.  The reports -- handwritten statements signed by guards, supervisors and jail nurses -- say the camera malfunctioned and did not capture the first five minutes when a team of guards entered Ronnie White's cell, began CPR and called 911. The camera did not begin recording until after White, 19, was removed on a stretcher and his cell was ordered sealed shut, according to the reports.  (Washington Post)

Uncle Tom's Cabin Overhaul
The 18th-century Bethesda home described in the memoirs of Josiah Henson became the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel about the evils of slavery. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission purchased the property in 2006. On Wednesday, the state Board of Public Works unanimously approved a $50,000 grant for the planning and design phase of a multiyear effort to preserve the structure. (Gazette.Net)

Salvation Army Bets On Bell-Ringers
The red apron is certainly familiar to Christmas shoppers. The red kettle, too.  But the bell … the bell is the key.  And it's taking on greater importance.  The Salvation Army's bell-ringers, who wear those aprons and ring those bells outside of retail stores, will be especially significant this year because the nonprofit organization is seeing donations drop and requests for assistance rise.  Those requests—most for help with buying groceries or with paying rent and utility bills—are up by about 50 percent.  Salvation Army Maj. Thomas Friddle said Saturday. So he's hoping for a good showing this year from bell-ringing, which is the organization's number one fundraiser for the year.  (Inside NoVa)

Turkeys: Still In Demand
Even with a price increase this year, Myron and Cathy Horst aren't worried about selling the 300 turkeys they are raising on Jehovah-Jireh Farm this Thanksgiving.  The price increase for the birds -- from $3.39 a pound in 2007 to $3.79 this year -- is due to the high cost of the certified organic feed for the birds, the Horsts said. Last year's 200 turkeys sold out.  (Frederick News Post)

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