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THE MARYLAND TRIBUTE TO DR. KING AND ARIZONA VICTIMS-SATURDAY

 THE MARYLAND TRIBUTE TO DR. KING AND ARIZONA  VICTIMS-SATURDAY

Citizens are urged to come and honor Dr King and victims through bringing canned goods for the Manna Food Bank in Rockville that is struggling.

The tragedy in  Arizona has devastated citizens in Montgomery County.   On this Saturday, January 15, over 100 individuals from around the Washington metropolitan area will hold a Community Tribute for Dr. King and the Arizona victims at the Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 727 West Montgomery Avenue in  Rockville(Exit 6 off of 270) from 11 AM to 1:15 PM.

DC's Vote Officially Gone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the first acts of the new Republican-controlled House is to take away the floor voting rights of six delegates representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

Five of those delegates are Democrats, while one, from the Northern Marianas Islands, is an independent.

The GOP decision to rescind the ability of delegates to vote on amendments on the House floor was the predictable outcome of a longtime dispute.

Democrats extended those voting rights in 1993 when they controlled the House. Republicans disenfranchised the delegates when they became the majority in 1995, and Democrats restored delegate rights when they regained control in 2007.

Virgin Islands Delegate Donna Christensen calls the Republican action "a very undemocratic way" to start the new Congress.

Md Has Longest Serving Female Senator In U.S. History

Md Has Longest Serving Female Senator In U.S. History

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Maryland will soon officially celebrate electing the longest serving female senator in the nation's history.

Senator Barbara Mikulski will be sworn in on Wednesday.  The milestone is one of many she hopes to achieve in Congress.

"I'm going to break other records," she told 9NEWS NOW'S Brittany Morehouse on Monday. "I'm going to reduce unemployment. I'm going to raise graduation rates.  I'm going to bring more jobs to Maryland and to our country."

Her ambition is rooted in her childhood.  As a great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants, she learned a lot from her grandmother who owned a local bakery in Baltimore.  

Her father owned a grocery store across the street from the house in the Highlandtown neighborhood of East Baltimore. 

Potomac Teacher Charged With Heroin Possession

By Elizabeth Jia

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Montgomery County officials say an elementary school teacher has been charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop in Silver Spring.

Police say 25-year-old Rebecca Amick was one of three people in a car that was stopped for speeding at the intersection of Georgia and Thayer avenues on Tuesday night.

Montgomery County Police official Paul Starks says the police report indicates the driver's hands were shaking. Police officers noticed signs of nervousness.

Police searched the car and the occupants and found Amick with nine bags of heroin. She was charged with possession of heroin and released on personal recognizance. A court date has not been set.

"The story they gave to the officers [was] they had just purchased the drugs in Washington, DC and were returning to Montgomery County," says Starks.

Montgomery County Same Sex Benefits Bill for Domestic Partners of Contractors Becomes Law

Montgomery County Same Sex Benefits Bill for Domestic Partners of Contractors Becomes Law

ROCKVILLE, Md., December 30, 2010—An “equal benefits” bill that will extend to employees of many contractors and subcontractors performing work for Montgomery County—a benefit already granted to County employees—became law on Jan. 1. District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro was the chief sponsor of Bill 37-09, which was unanimously approved by the Council in February and also had the support of County Executive Isiah Leggett.

The County has a longstanding policy, in law and practice, against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Montgomery County already grants equal benefits to a same sex domestic partner of a County employee that are offered to an employee’s spouse, through Bill 29-99, effective March 3, 2000. Bill 37-09 extends this law to many employees of County contractors and subcontractors.   

Seven Marathons on Seven Continents

Kensington, Md. (WUSA) -- For Michael Heyl of Kensington, the journey began at the Marine Corps Marathon.  It wasn't planned.

Heyl says, "I wasn't even registered for that one.  It was a friend of mine who was registered and he couldn't run it, he had to go out of town."

"He asked me 'Hey, do you want my bib?' I said sure", he adds.

Heyl ran 5k and 10k races often, but he never ran a marathon.  Running a marathon was the next step.

It was the first of many races for Heyl, all around the world... literally.  Michael has run a marathon in every continent on the planet, including the icy tundra of Antartica.

Heyl says, "this was just a course that was mashed up ice and snow."

Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured In Northwest DC

Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured In Northwest DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A woman has been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle in Northwest DC.

DC Fire officials say the incident occurred on Chevy Chase Circle at Connecticut Avenue shortly after 8:00 Wednesday morning.

The woman is being evaluated by EMS and will be transported to a local hospital in serious condition.