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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.

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."

Local Trucker Killed Hauling Beer on I-495

Newsleader.com reports, ROCKVILLE, MD. — A Verona trucker killed Monday was delivering a load of beer when his truck struck a car that had stopped on the interstate, Maryland State Police reported.

Jeffrey T. Meade, 49, died at the scene.

Police said the accident took place shortly after 4:30 a.m. on the inner loop of Interstate 495 in Montgomery County. Police said Meade was unable to avoid hitting the 1993 Honda Accord, driven by 28-year-old Romolio Phillip St. G. James of Germantown, Md., forcing the tractor-trailer into an embankment, where it overturned and collided with a tree.

Meade died at the scene. The driver of the Honda was hospitalized and remains in intensive care, police said Tuesday.

Meade was a driver for the Meade Trucking Company in Verona.

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.

Six Residents to be Inducted Into Human Rights Hall of Fame

Six residents will be inducted into the Human Rights Hall of Fame by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) at a 2 p.m. program and reception on Sunday, October 24. The event will be held at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown,

The honorees will be recognized for their visionary leadership, outstanding achievement and altruism on the road to eliminating discrimination and advancing human rights.

The following will be inducted at the 2010 ceremony: Esther R. Delaplaine, Warren Fleming, Dr. Suresh K. Gupta, MD, Henry Hailstock, Monsignor Ralph Kuehner and Betty L. Valdes.  The inductees were nominated by community members and selected by a panel of judges.  This is the sixth induction into the Human Rights Hall of Fame which was established in 2001. The names of the inductees will appear on a sculpture displayed in the lobby of the Executive Office Building in Rockville.

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."