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DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search




The year’s highest science honor for high school students was awarded to astrophysics research on star formation and computer science research on identifying emotion in the human voice in the 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, America’s premier science research competition for high school students. B-roll, photos and additional information on winners are available here.

The Siemens Competition, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, is administered by the College Board. The twelfth annual awards were presented at the George Washington University, host of the 2010 Siemens Competition National Finals.

Car Falls In Sinkhole During Water Main Break In Chevy Chase

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA) ---  A sinkhole nearly swallowed a parked car on Friendship Blvd. near Willard Ave, Friday morning. No one was hurt. The sinkhole opened up after a 12-inch water main break.

Area residents watched near yellow caution tape surrounding the scene and workers from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.


The workers continued to dig up chunks of pavement nearby while searching for the exact location of the water main break.

WSSC spokesperson Lynn Riggins said the water exerts a powerful pressure even for a 12-inch water main pipe.

Two area residents tell 9NEWS NOW, they plan to buy water after their condominium at Wisconsin Place announced water loss. 

Tough Year For Wife Of Man Detained As Spy In Cuba

Tough Year For Wife Of Man Detained As Spy In Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the year since her American husband has been detained in Cuba, accused of spying for the U.S., Judy Gross has been forced to sell the family home in Maryland and move into a small apartment in Washington.

Their younger daughter, distraught and crying as her father's birthday approached, crashed and totaled her car. Their older daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

More than 1,100 miles away, Alan Gross passes his days in a Cuban military hospital, watching baseball on a small television or jamming with his jailers on a stringed instrument they gave him.

Judy Gross tells The Associated Press in an interview that every day she wakes up and for a few seconds it's like a normal morning, but then she remembers her husband is gone.

Associated Press

New Md. Law Will Change Traffic Ticket Process

New Md. Law Will Change Traffic Ticket Process

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- People who get traffic tickets in Maryland will have three options under a new law taking effect in January.
Now, drivers automatically have trial dates scheduled, but that won't happen under the new law.

They will be able to either pay the fine, ask for a waiver hearing instead of a trial or request a court date for a trial.

Drivers will have to comply within 30 days or risk having their driver's license suspended by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Payable traffic violations like speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, or failure to stop for a school bus are affected by the new law. Violations like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or under a suspended license are not.

Bethesda Man Sentenced to Jail and Fined $60,000 for the Sale of Illegal Rockfish

One of Washington's largest seafood wholesalers has been fined over $500,000 for the sale of illegal rockfish for over 10 years.

Federal prosecutors say Ocean Pro, Ltd, which also operates by the name of Profish, has been ordered to pay a $575,000 fine. The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office states that the Vice President of Ocean Pro, Ltd, its fish buyer, and a waterman were sentenced to jail.

Timothy Lyon of Bethesda, Md. officer and part owner of the company has been sentenced to 21 months in jail and a $60,000 fine alone.  The fish buyer Benjamin Clough of Graysonville, Md. was sentenced to 15 months and a $7,000 fine. Lastly, waterman Gordon Jett of Fredericksburg was sentenced to five months and $4,572 in restitution.

Md. Pension Commission To Consider Changes Dec. 13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A state commission reviewing how to get a handle on large unfunded liabilities in Maryland's pension and health benefit system for state employees is scheduled to begin voting on recommendations Dec. 13.

Casper Taylor, Maryland's former House speaker who chairs the Public Employees' and Retirees' Benefit Sustainability Commission, said Monday he hopes the commission will be in position to vote on a preliminary report during the week of Christmas to present to Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Legislature, which convenes in January.

One major proposal under consideration includes a five-year freeze on cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. The commission also is aiming to reduce state health care costs by 10 percent.