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Prince George's County Executives Clear Officers of any Cheating

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- The Prince George's County executive, along with the county's chief of police, have cleared all of their officers from any cheating or wrong doing.

In a news conference at the Prince George's County Police headquarters, county officials said that "no officer is guilty of cheating."

They said the similar test scores can be attributed to a "lazy instructor," coupled with inaccurate media reporting.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton said police and county officials will continue their investigation.

“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):

Shells And Clay Could Be Key In Cleaning Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Could crab shells and clay help clean oxygen-robbing algae blooms from the Chesapeake Bay?

That's the idea of a group of students at the University of Maryland that will be studied with the help of an $880,000 federal grant.

Dr. Allen Place of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science will test the efficiency of the process. Place says the mixture of clay and a crab shell polymer known as chitosan causes the algae to clump together and fall to the bottom. Seeds for underwater grasses are also added to the mix so the grasses will help absorb the decomposing algae.

Place says similar work has already been done in China and the Maryland researchers plan to test the approach on small lakes and the upper reaches of some tributaries.

County Sets First Health and Wellness Expo

The Prince George’s County Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Council (HWRAC) and County Executive Jack B. Johnson are sponsoring the first health and wellness expo, “Wellness Works,” for county employees on October 7. All county employees are encouraged to attend and may be granted up to four hours of administrative leave by their agency or department appointing authority. Executive Jack B. Johnson will be attending.

The expo will feature demonstrations, vendors, informational handouts and various health screenings. This is the first major event sponsored by the HWRAC, which was created earlier this year.

Appearances will be made by County Executive Jack B. Johnson; Dr. Donald Shell, Department of Health Director; and others.

 

WHEN: 

Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Two sessions: one from 8 a.m. to noon, and a second from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

 

WHERE: 

Fire Prevention Week and Open House Activities

Firefighters throughout Prince George’s County are participating in Fire Prevention week. This year’s theme is: “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3-9, however, fire prevention is an everyday of the year activity for firefighters and we hope that our citizens and residents practice common sense fire safety habits as well.

Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad – 15454 Annapolis Road, 301-883-7739
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm

Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad (College Park) 301-883-7711
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

UMD Terps Marching Band Urges Vote On Last Day Of 'Hawaii Five-O' Competition

COLLEGE PARK, MD (WUSA) --- The more than 250 members of the University of Maryland's Marching Band urge people to log online and vote for their rendition of the theme song, 'Hawaii Five-O.'

After Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, the band finds out if their version of the famous TV theme song becomes the winner of a CBS online contest with a prize of $25,000. The Terrapins are competing against other college marching bands in 33 other states.

"It's a pretty challenging song especially for a guy like me who's pretty new at this instrument," says Ike Elele who has been playing the mellophone for about one year.  But he also says being in the band is a fantastic experience where the person temporarily escapes to the pleasures of performing music in a large group.

Terp Student Leaders Say School Must Address Robberies

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- University of Maryland Student Government Association leaders say the school, especially administrators, needs to do more to end the string of violent robberies that has plagued the campus since summer. The plea comes after Sunday's latest strong arm robbery which happened in the very heart of campus. 

The group met Sunday night, just hours after the latest incident, to discuss what steps can be taken to improve student safety. Campus police say a male student was tackled by three men and had his wallet and cell phone stolen around 4:30 Sunday morning. This time the strong arm robbery happened in the center of campus near Anne Arundel Hall.  The victim was not seriously hurt.