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Muslim families push for school holiday in Montgomery Co.

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) - Muslim families in Montgomery County are pushing to make the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha a full-fledged school holiday.

Muslim leaders have started a petition in recent weeks and have won support from some elected leaders and religious groups. Montgomery County has a growing Islamic population, though there are no county or census figures on the Muslim community.

This year, the Eid al-Adha holiday falls on Tuesday. Some families plan to keep their children home from school, even though they will miss classes and sporting events. But they point out that school is closed for Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and for the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

"It's like we don't feel equal to other people who get their holidays off," said Hannah Sharim, 14, who is a sophomore at Northwest High School in Germantown.

Shutout of back pay subcontractor tells WUSA9

DAMASCUS, Md. (WUSA9) --  Throughout the shutdown, WUSA9 has been asking our viewers to share their shutdown stories.

Dan Cosman emailed us. He is a shutout subcontractor who drives for a living.  As a courier, and subcontractor with Washington Express, he must use his own car to do his job.

"I'm not going to get any back pay, and people who are in the same line of work aren't going to get any back pay either," said Cosman, who lives in Damascus.  He has secret clearance which allows him to transport sensitive documents for people who travel for or work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, whose website is shutdown.  Because the federal government is shutdown, Cosman is out of work. 

Ex-husband and current wife charged in Md. homicide

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) --  An ex-husband and his current wife have been arrested for the homicide of Preeta Paul Gabba in Germantown, Montgomery County Police said.

Gabba was found with a gunshot wound in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive on Saturday at 7:46 a.m. after people reported hearing gunshots in the area, police said.

She was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Several witnesses reported that a woman was seen walking near Gabba at the time of the shooting, but she left before police arrived at the scene, police said.

Gabba's former husband, 62-year-old Baldeo Taneja of Nashville, Tenn. was scheduled to be in court in Montgomery County on Thursday regarding a domestic issue but failed to appear for the hearing, police said.

Food stamp system restored after hours of disruption

(AP) - Xerox says its electronic benefits system is up and running again in the 17 states where food stamp recipients use debit-style cards to access their accounts.

Glitches prevented the cards from being used in states including Ohio, Michigan, Texas and California. A Xerox spokeswoman says restarting the EBT system required time to ensure service was back "at full functionality." The problem was apparently triggered by maintenance procedures.

It meant shoppers were unable to acquire groceries. Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine.

An emergency voucher process was available in some of the areas while the problems were occurring,.

The government was quick to point out that the problems were not related to the government shutdown.

Woman fatally shot in Germantown

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say a 49-year-old woman was gunned down Saturday morning in Germantown.

It happened around 7:45 a.m. on Crystal Rock Dr, south of Rt. 118 in a busy area mixed with residents and businesses.

Charlene Turner was on her way to the grocery store when she heard gunfire.

Woman missing from Montgomery County FOUND

ASPEN HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman from the Aspen Hill area who was missing since September 27 has been found, police said. 

Police say 36-year-old Candice Reece was last seen on September 27 at her home on Sun Valley Circle. According to police, Reece was wearing a light blue, long-sleeved t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. She was carrying a grocery bag containing clothes, her identification, and medication information, officials said. 

Heads-up on Monday evening! Meteor shower coming

(USA Today) -- The Draconid meteor shower will sweep across U.S. skies early Monday evening just after sunset.

Although not among the showiest showers of the year, the Draconids stand out for one reason: Unlike most meteor showers, they are best seen in the evening rather than before dawn. That makes them a great introduction to sky-watching because they don't require getting up early.

The shower this year should also be good watching because the moon is waxing and won't reflect enough light to significantly interfere with the display.

Some Draconids should also be visible just after sunset Tuesday evening, but that display is not expected to be as large.

Last year's Draconid shower was especially lively, which means this year the meteors are likely to be a little more sedate, according to EarthSky, a science news blog.