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Maryland Schools Must Teach Environmental Education

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland officials have ruled that schools must include environmental education in their pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to make environmental education part of students' education, but it will not be an official graduation requirement. Still, all students must complete a "local action" project to improve the environment either individually or with their school.

It's not clear how much schools will change as a result. In Montgomery County, for example, students already create butterfly gardens and vegetable patches, and "Green Teams" collect recycling items.

Beginning in 2015, superintendents will have to certify every five years that the regulation's requirements are met.

FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Concern for Missing Girl from Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are asking the public for help to locate a missing Gaithersburg teenaged girl. 

Talia Minero, age 14, from Gaithersburg, left her home on June 6, 2010. She is known to frequent the areas of Northern Virginia, Rockville, and Takoma Park, Maryland.  She was last seen in August in the company of a friend, Rudy Hernandez. 

 She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5” tall, weighing 155 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair.  Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male, 5’2” tall, weighing 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

There is no foul play suspected, but police and family are concerned because of her age.     

Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison

        U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Charles Aboke, age 28, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Judge Titus enhanced Aboke’s sentence upon finding that he is a career criminal, based on two previous felony drug convictions.  Judge Titus also ordered Aboke to forfeit $13,783 seized during a search of his home.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and  Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”

Proposal For Changes to Wheaton HS, Thomas Edison HS & Watkins Mill HS

The Parents' Coalition obtained a copy of a federal grant application submitted by MCPS to transform three local schools: Watkins Mill HS, Thomas Edison HS of Technology, and Wheaton HS. According to the grant abstract:

"Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Maryland is requesting federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funds to transform two of its lowest performing, highest poverty high schools-Wheaton and Watkins Mill-into whole school magnets. Wheaton High School and the collocated half-day Thomas Edison High School of Technology career and technology education program will be transformed into the comprehensive Montgomery County High Tech High School (MCHTHS). Watkins Mill High School will become the International Baccalaureate School of Engineering, Digital Design, and Performing Arts (IBEDPA) at Watkins Mill."

Hunting for Courageous Legislators to Ban Pigeon Shoots

YDR.com reports, Twenty minutes South of Harrisburg, on a two-hour drive to her home near Gaithersburg, Md., Heidi Prescott shed a tear. No one else saw it, only one other person could hear it in her voice. It was about 9 p.m., June 29.

Prescott, senior vice-president of campaigns for the Humane Society of the United States, values her reputation as a compassionate but tough lobbyist, but more than two decades of grief and hope was in that tear.

For five straight days, she had driven to the state Capitol; this would be the week, she was led to believe by the House leadership, that the Legislature would finally bring forth a vote to ban live pigeon shoots. But, in a late night deal, the Legislature had come to a decision about the next year's budget, and that meant it would recess before voting on the bill to ban pigeon shoots.