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Human Remains Found on Tracks in North Bethesda

The Gazette.net reports that Montgomery County Police are investigating human remains found on the CSX train tracks in the vicinity of 11700 Parklawn Drive. Detectives arrived at the tracks about 6:30 p.m. following a call made to police about an hour earlier.

The location of the remains is just south of where a man killed himself Oct. 13 by walking in front of a train near Randolph Road in North Bethesda, according to county emergency responders.

MARC trains 893, 879, 881, and 895 are being delayed, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. As of 6:15 p.m., there was no estimate of how long the delay would last. Metrorail is honoring MARC tickets. Washington Metro will honor MARC tickets on the Red Line.

Gas Main Leak Causes Traffic Headache On Route 355 In Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Hazmat crews responded to the scene of a gas leak that shut down a portion of Route 355 in Gaithersburg early Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for Washington Gas says a paver ran over a valve in a gas main causing a leak in the area of Route 355 and Professional Drive.  It happened around 2:20 a.m.  Fire officials say the damage occurred in a six-inch main.

A Washington Gas repair crew is still on the scene addressing the problem.

According to Montgomery County Police officials, all lanes of Route 355 were closed for a time, however, the southbound lanes were reopened fairly quickly, and one lane of northbound traffic began to move around 6:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Workers Get Word out on Ambulance Fee

The Gazette Reports that uniformed firefighters in Montgomery County, according to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), are allowed to distribute information during their shifts about ambulance fees — an issue that is the subject of a general election ballot question.

Leggett's viewpoint is backed by the county attorney and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), but is drawing criticism from at least one County Council member, who says it is inappropriate and a waste of taxpayers' money.

An attorney, representing a group opposed to the fees, says the action violates a state law that prohibits government employees from campaigning while on the job.

"This is highly inappropriate," said Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3), referring to Leggett's actions. "It's an abuse of taxpayer dollars, and I think the public would agree."

Montgomery County Schools Win Cash For Scholarships

 

ROCKVILLE, Md., (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Public Schools won a $250,00, second place prize in a national contest Tuesday.

 

The money will be used for college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

"Being a finalist for the Broad Prize is a wonderful tribute to the progress that MCPS has made over the past 11 years to raise student performance and narrow the achievement gap," said Board of Education President Patricia O'Neill. "Our students are making tremendous strides thanks to the hard work of our teachers and staff, and the continued support of the community."

The Eli and Blythe Broad Foundation gave $1 million for the first place school district, Gwinnett County, Ga. schools.

 

Avon Foundation for Women Program Awards Montgomery County Sheriff's with $50,000 Grant

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a ($50,000) one-year grant to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at the Family Justice Center (FJC) for the creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program to make an immediate, tangible difference for Domestic Violence survivors by providing them with guidance and assistance to create independent, violence-free lives. The Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program is the focus of the 2010 Avon Foundation for Women's annual awards program under the auspices of the Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.  The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is among one of the 32 grant recipients selected from among close to 150 applicants nationwide.

Ehrlich, O'Malley Square Off In Heated Debate

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- There was no love lost between incumbent Governor Martin O'Malley and former governor Robert Ehrlich in Thursday afternoon's debate at The Washington Post building.  WUSA9 was a media partner for the debate, along with WAMU 88.5 radio.

"While Bob Ehrlich appointed his unqualified cronies to important positions on the Public Service Commission, we've restored professional regulators..." O'Malley said.

"Governor O'Malley calls immigrants 'new Americans,' if someone breaks into my home, does that make him a new family member for the evening?" Ehrlich asked.

Those types of comments started almost immediately as one candidate blamed the other for ruining Maryland's economy, ignoring schools and cutting jobs in the state.

O'Malley's main message throughout the hour-long debate was to bring Maryland people together "positively and diligently."

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.