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September 30, 2005

FBI asked to probe vandalism at mosque

BETHESDA - The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the FBI to investigate vandalism last week at a mosque in Silver Spring.

The council's Maryland and Virginia office said the incident Sept. 22 at the Muslim Community Center on New Hampshire Avenue should be investigated as a possible hate crime.

Someone sprayed paint on the word Muslim and drew a Star of David on the mosque's outdoor sign. Montgomery County police are investigating the incident.

"Given recent incidents targeting Muslims across the country, we urge local and national law enforcement authorities to seriously consider the possible bias motive in this incident," said Shama Farooq, CAIR-MD/VA director of civil rights.

Bigger police presence planned at games

ROCKVILLE - Additional police officers will be at Montgomery County high school football games today after the stabbing death of a teenage girl last week.

It was the second killing after a game since the school year began.

Police Chief Tom Manger said the stabbing of Kanisha Neal of Rockville at James Hubert Blake High School is being investigated. The suspect's name has not been released because she is charged as a juvenile.

In the previous case, Stephone Wiggins, 23, of Germantown died Sept. 16 when he was beaten with a miniature baseball bat after a football game at Seneca Valley High School, police said. Two teenagers have been arrested.

While not offering specifics, police and school officials say the number of additional officers will depend in part on the rivalry between the schools involved and the number of people expected to attend. Police Chief Tom Manger said two officers have patrolled football games in the past.

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