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Unsung Heroes Of Local Brush Fires

Unsung Heroes Of Local Brush Fires
GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- Local officials are still assessing the staggering damage caused by the devastating brush fires that swept through parts of Maryland and Virginia. In Montgomery County, more than 400 acres burned, but firefighters were able to save more than 40 homes.

Montgomery County has faced almost every natural disaster this year--an earthquake, blizzards and now brush fires. Firefighters did an extraordinary job containing the fire, but the unsung heroes may be the people who live here who pitched in to help.

"It was absolutely crazy. Just smoke everywhere. Hot flames. It was crazy," said Nina Lopez, who shot photographs with her cell phone camera.

"I was really nervous and scared. I didn't know what was on fire at first. We thought somebody was just burning brush. But then it was so extensive, the smoke was just going everywhere," said Brenda Hungerford, who witnessed the chaos.

Montgomery And Prince George's County Officials Share Their Findings After Brush Fires

Montgomery And Prince George's County Officials Share Their Findings After Brush Fires

Written by Andrea McCarren
9NEWS NOW & WUSA9.COM

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery and Prince George's County officials are assessing the damage caused by dramatic wind-driven brush fires. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Fire Chief Richie Bowers took a helicopter tour of the areas charred by fire.

9NEWS NOW has also learned that six Montgomery County firefighters were injured battling the brush fires, suffering minor burns and orthopedic injuries. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

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Bridging the Generation Gap in Egypt and the American Workplace

The historical transfer of power in Egypt has seen the departure of an entrenched 82-year-old dictator and a movement toward a democratically elected government where young Egyptians will have a major voice in politics and policies of the future.  A major key to a successful transition that will allow Egypt to move forward as a stable, innovative nation lies in respect and understanding between generations.

The same is true with American businesses.

Innovation is the intersection of the past and present that leads to the future.  That’s why it is so important that business leaders publicly acknowledge the contribution of each generation, applaud the unique strengths brought to the table by workers of different ages, and encourage everyone to share their viewpoints as a way to make a strong team even stronger. 

Germantown Grows Most -- and Most Diverse -- in Last Decade, Per 2010 Census

Germantown Grows Most -- and Most Diverse -- in Last Decade, Per 2010 Census

SILVER SPRING, MD – The largest leap in Montgomery County’s population occurred in Germantown, which added close to 20,000 residents in the last decade. Germantown’s 2010 population was 86,395, and includes a 149-percent jump in the Hispanic population. Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group in the county.

Demographic experts in the county Planning Department analyzing the 2010 Census data released Tuesday identified population characteristics for communities such as Germantown, Wheaton, Aspen Hill, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Fairland and Silver Spring to create a snapshot of the people who live in the county.

Maryland Receives C- Grade for Infrastructure

Maryland Receives C- Grade for Infrastructure

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- For the first time, Maryland is being graded on its infrastructure. The state received a "mediocre" rating, which is considered better than the national average.

The "2011 Report Card for Maryland's Infrastructure" was released Tuesday by the American Society of Civil Engineers. They assigned grades based on several categories including condition of infrastructure, maintenance, capacity, funding, and future needs.

County Takes Legal Action Against Plumbing Firm

County Takes Legal Action  Against Plumbing Firm

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has filed a lawsuit against All State Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. and its master plumber, Wayne E. Garrity, for charging extra for permit fees but failing to obtain permits and inspections when installing hot water heaters.

Delegates Introduce Bill That Could Penalize Pepco

Delegates Introduce Bill That Could Penalize Pepco

ANNAPOLIS, Md (WUSA) -- Fed up with what they see as Pepco's trouble keeping the lights on, some 40 Maryland legislators Wednesday co-sponsored a bill that would set standards -- and fine utilities if they fail to meet them.

Delegate Brian Feldman, the leader of Montgomery County's House delegation, is the author of the bill, which set utility reliability standards, provided for penalties and pushed for any fines to be given back to customers.

"Here we fancy ourselves in the region, Montgomery County, as this tech corridor, high tech corridor. And here we have this utility that literally is underperforming several third world countries," says Feldman.

As a regulated utility, Pepco usually is allowed to pass any costs right along to ratepayers. One big challenge for legislators is ensuring any fines come out of the pockets of the company and it's shareholders. And not its customers.