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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."

9NEWS NOW, Washington Post Bring You Maryland Gubernatorial Debate LIVE Thursday At Noon

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A heated debate on Maryland's jobs, education system and, of course, the economy is expected for the debate between Governor Martin O'Malley and Former Governor Robert Ehrlich, today at The Washington Post building.

Ehrlich started off the fireworks Monday by accusing O'Malley, who he referred to as "gov" throughout the debate, of lying about how much money he had saved as governor in the past four years.

O'Malley struck back, by saying that Ehrlich raised taxes throughout his tenure at the state's executive.

Another hot topic for the two candidates in their last meeting Monday morning was education.

Programmable Thermostat Batteries Pose Potential Fire Hazard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Pepco has an important warning for its Energy Wise Rewards customers.

If you have a programmable thermostat, remove and dispose the batteries immediately.

The utility provider says leakage from the batteries can damage the thermostat's circuit board and cause it to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.

Steps To Remove The Batteries

If you have seen any signs that your batteries have leaked, please call 1-866-353-5798 to have your thermostat replaced.

Delmarva and SMECO programmable thermostats also have the same problem. 

These companies do not servie Montogomery County.

“Move Over” Law Now In Effect

On October 1st, a newly enacted law went into effect throughout the state of Maryland.  It has been referred to as the “Move-Over” law and is designed to increase the safety of first responders stopped alongside the roadways throughout the State. 

The purpose of this law is to provide an increased layer of separation between the law enforcement officer, fire/rescue personnel, and/or motorists stopped on the shoulder of a highway.  This is accomplished by motorists either safely moving out of the travel lane next to where the emergency vehicle - operating it’s emergency lights is, or if that is not possible, to reduce their speed while passing the stopped emergency vehicle.

 

Under Transportation Article Title 21, Section 405 (e):

Affordable Time Saving School Lunches That Are Easy To Prepare

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA) -- The average family spends $4 to $5 a day to pay for their child's school lunch.  For picky eaters, that means money down the drain.

Aviva Goldfarb knows how challenging it can be to prepare a satisfying lunch for her school-aged children and save at the same time.

"I pack a waste-free lunch which is a time saver, and a money saver, and it's also better for the planet," she says.

Aviva packs her waste-free lunches for a paltry price tag, all under two dollars.

She says, "We have this great tortellini lunch for $1.82.  And over here, we have our black bean and corn salsa with a Burrito for only $1.76."

You may ask yourself how is this Chevy Chase author and mom of two able to prepare these tasty midday meals so cheaply.  She says it's easy, and you can do it, too.

Graduation Rate Rises to 90 Percent for Class of 2010- Rate Jumps for 24 of 25 MCPS High Schools

The graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools increased to 90 percent in 2010, spurred by dramatic gains among the district’s African American students. The graduation rate for the MCPS class of 2010 showed an increase of more than 2½ percentage points over the Class of 2009, with African American students gaining more than 4 percentage points.

“This is outstanding news for our district. More of our students are graduating on time with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful,” said Patricia O’Neill, President of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “Congratulations to the students, parents and staff that made these results possible.”
   The MCPS graduation rate of 90 percent is 3.4 percentage points higher than the rate for the state of Maryland (86.6 percent).

Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.