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9NEWS NOW, Washington Post Bring You Maryland Gubernatorial Debate LIVE Thursday At Noon

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A heated debate on Maryland's jobs, education system and, of course, the economy is expected for the debate between Governor Martin O'Malley and Former Governor Robert Ehrlich, today at The Washington Post building.

Ehrlich started off the fireworks Monday by accusing O'Malley, who he referred to as "gov" throughout the debate, of lying about how much money he had saved as governor in the past four years.

O'Malley struck back, by saying that Ehrlich raised taxes throughout his tenure at the state's executive.

Another hot topic for the two candidates in their last meeting Monday morning was education.

Human Rights Office Announces Annual Contests For Students to Highlight Human Rights Day

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is sponsoring essay, poster and video contests for students -- with the theme “The Faces of Human Rights, Then and Now” --  in conjunction with its annual Human Rights Day Celebration. 

Participation will be open to all students who attend Montgomery County public schools, as well as private and parochial schools in the County, children who are home-schooled and students living in the County and attending school elsewhere.

Winners will be announced at the annual Human Rights Day celebration on Friday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Arts and Theatre Building.

Update-Teen Struck by Police Cruiser

Officers from the Gaithersburg Police Traffic Unit are investigating a collision involving a Gaithersburg Police vehicle and a pedestrian in Gaithersburg.

The investigation reveals that a group of young teenage boys began crossing from the eastbound lanes of Darnestown Road from the McDonalds to the Potomac Valley Shopping Center.  The group of boys crossed the street outside of the crosswalks and stopped in the center median.  The 14-year-old male, a student at Quince Orchard High School, continued running across the westbound lanes of Darnestown Road in between cars and into the traffic lane where the officer was traveling.

After striking the pedestrian, Officer J.B. Duke, a six-year veteran with the Gaithersburg Police Department immediately requested Fire Rescue personnel and began providing first aid as per her training. The child was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries and then later released.   

Montgomery Organizational Reform Commission to Hold Public Forum on Wednesday, October 20

        The Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission, appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council, will hold a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  Residents who can offer suggestions on ways to restructure and improve the current organization of County Government and County-funded agencies are encouraged to attend.

        The eight-member commission, named in July, was created at the urging of Leggett and Councilmember Roger Berliner.  It is composed of County residents who are experienced in government, business and non-profit service delivery. The volunteer commission is scheduled to provide recommendations to the County Executive and Council by Jan. 31, 2011. 

Programmable Thermostat Batteries Pose Potential Fire Hazard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Pepco has an important warning for its Energy Wise Rewards customers.

If you have a programmable thermostat, remove and dispose the batteries immediately.

The utility provider says leakage from the batteries can damage the thermostat's circuit board and cause it to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.

Steps To Remove The Batteries

If you have seen any signs that your batteries have leaked, please call 1-866-353-5798 to have your thermostat replaced.

Delmarva and SMECO programmable thermostats also have the same problem. 

These companies do not servie Montogomery County.

Teen Struck by Police Cruiser

GAITHERSBURG, MD. (AP) — Gaithersburg police say a 14-year-old boy has been struck by a police cruiser.

It happened Monday about 3:15 p.m. when the teen was in the median, crossing the street at Darnestown Road at Quince Orchard Road.

Police say the youth was outside the crosswalk when he was hit by the cruiser. He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The accident is under investigation.

Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center Hosts Classes and Meetings in October and November

The Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, located at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, will host a variety of classes and meetings in October and November. A description of these offering is listed below:

• Evening ESOL Classes. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes continue to be open to new students. The Beginner and Intermediate ESOL classes, for all adults who want to learn English, meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost for the classes is $20. There is also a $20 book fee. To sign up for a class or to receive more information, call 240-777-8400.