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Prince George’s County Voters Can Vote Early Beginning October 22 Through October 28

The Prince George’s County Board of Elections announces Early Voting!!  In addition to Election Day, now, Prince George’s County voters will have six additional days to vote.  Early voting begins on Friday October 22 through Thursday, October 28.  The early voting centers will be closed on Sunday, October 24 2010. 

“The Board of Elections is excited about early voting.  This will give Prince George’s County voters an opportunity to vote at their convenience.  Nearly three percent of the voters in the county voted early for the Primary Election.  I challenge the voters of Prince George’s County to take advantage of the opportunity” said Elections Administrator Alisha Alexander. 

Prince George’s County has five early voting centers:

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.

College Park Students Say Alcoholic Energy Drink Is Popular, Dangerous

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- As Ramapo College in New Jersey bans Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink, students in College Park drink up.

Ramapo College's president has publicly scrutinized these types of drinks and banned them from campus. He said it is because students are ending up in emergency rooms.

Four Loko has 12 percent alcohol in its 23.5 ounce can. It's the same as drinking 4.7 12-ounce beers.

Some students refer to the drink as "Liquid Cocaine."

"Drinking a couple of these is like doing a line of coke, not that I would know," said Nick Camerlengo, who is under 21.

Students say it's popular because it's cheap. It's being sold at a liquor store in Hyattsville for $2.49 a can.

Man Files $1.5 Million Lawsuit Against Prince George's County Police

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (AP) — A former Prince George's County police academy cadet has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking $1.5 million after he says he was dismissed for being outspoken about alleged cheating at the academy.

Attorneys for Steven LaPier filed the lawsuit Thursday. According to the lawsuit, LaPier was dismissed after a medical board declared him unfit for duty. Before being dismissed he had complained that instructors gave test answers to the cadet class. The lawsuit says the police department tried to "silence" LaPier as "retaliation for voicing his complaints."

The instructor denies wrongdoing, but an investigation is ongoing. A county spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Russell Simmons Held Free Seminar at The University of Maryland

Russell Simmons has been instrumental in bringing the powerful influence of hip-hop culture to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s. From producing and managing such early hip- hop artists as Kurtis Blow, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys to signing seminal luminaries like Jay Z, Foxy Brown and Ludacris. Simmons' groundbreaking vision was crystallized with partner Rick Rubin in the creation of the seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984, launching the cultural revolution known as hip-hop.

Student Entertainment Events along with the Omicron Delta Kappa Drury G. Bagwell Lecture, Pepsi, and NAACP hosted Russell Simmons on October 13th, 2010 at 6:30pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union.

Simmons shared his dynamic story with the University of Maryland community. The event was FREE and open to all UMD students and faculty.

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.