Local Leads:12/07/2009

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Salahis Not Alone in Gate Crashing

An internal Secret Service document used for training purposes indicates 91 security breaches since 1980. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the agency used the 2003 report to evaluate security procedures and help agents improve their response to breaches. Donovan says that since 2001, there have been 10 security breaches, including an incident last month where a couple was allowed to enter a White House state dinner despite not being on the guest list. (AP/WTOP)

Capitol Police Documents Found Outside a 7-Eleven

Internal U.S. Capitol Police documents marked as "law enforcement sensitive" containing maps from near where a congressional leader lives to a relative's house were found near a curb recently in front of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Washington. The 10 pages of U.S. Capitol Police dignitary protection unit papers also include information on the security systems in place at a hospital along the mapped route in Maryland. (Washington Times)

Dropout Rate for Hispanics in Va 19.1%

Both locally and nationwide, Hispanics have higher high school dropout rates than their white and black peers. Among the reasons given are the pressure to work and help the families, having to learn English and poverty. Statewide, the dropout rate among Hispanics for the Class of 2009 was 19.1 percent, compared with 11.3 percent for blacks and 5.6 percent for whites, according to a recent report by the Virginia Department of Education on on-time graduation. (Times-Dispatch)

Slots by the Mall?

The Anne Arundel County Council has been planning to act on legislation that would allow a 4,750-machine facility to be constructed outside the food court of the Arundel Mills mall, which draws about 14 million visitors a year to its outlet stores and other attractions. A state location commission, impressed by how much revenue the casino could generate for education programs, appears ready to give its blessing to the site earlier Monday. (Washington Post)

Tourist in Space

A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. (USA Today)

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