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<sh>Store Discount for Educators

<bt>To honor local educators for their hard work and dedication, Borders Books and Music stores will offer educators a 25-percent discount on regularly priced items, including items not intended for classroom use. On Educator Appreciation Weekend, from Friday, Oct. 8, to Sunday, Oct. 10, teachers, librarians, principals, home-schoolers and other educators can stop by their local Borders to enjoy discounts on thousands of books, CDs and videos/DVDs to use at school or for personal enjoyment. Borders will also treat educators to free coffee and tea and a 50-percent discount on food and beverage items from Café Borders.

<sh>State to Issue Retired Officer Plates

<bt>Del. Brian J. Moran (D-46th) introduced legislation honoring law-enforcement officers who reside in Virginia. The law makes license plates available to all retired, sworn federal, state and local law-enforcement officers as a display of the appreciation of the commonwealth for their many years of service and line-of-duty injuries. Those interested in obtaining the new Retired Law-Enforcement Officers license plate should go to the Department of Motor Vehicles Web site at www.dmvnow.com. Under “Forms and Publications,” go to form VSA-10 and print the form. Fill out the form, and under the "Other" section, write in the name of the plate (Retired Law-Enforcement Officer). Send the completed application, a check for $10 payable to "Retired Law-Enforcement Plate" and a photocopy of retirement identification demonstrating valid retired sworn law-enforcement status to Retired Law-Enforcement Plate, P.O. Box 2574. Purcellville, VA 20134. These license plates will be designed and issued once 350 prepaid applications have been obtained by the DMV. The 350 applications must be received no later than mid-December 2004.