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Sargent Shriver Passes Away At Age 95, Family Releases Statement

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- R. Sargent Shriver, the Kennedy in-law whose career included directing the Peace Corps, fighting the War on Poverty and, less successfully, running for office, died Tuesday. He was 95.

Shriver, who announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer's disease, had been hospitalized for several days. The family said he died surrounded by those he loved.

His death came less than two years after his wife, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who died Aug. 11, 2009, at age 88. The Kennedy family suffered a second blow that same month when Sen. Edward Kennedy died.

Speaking outside Suburban Hospital in Maryland, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, said his father was "with my mom now," and called his parents' marriage a great love story.

At Eunice Shriver's memorial service, their daughter Maria Shriver said her father let her mother "rip and he let her roar, and he loved everything about her." He attended in a wheelchair.

Tiger Mom's Strict Parenting Style Called Abusive

MCLEAN, Va.  (WUSA) -- In the Tu home, the children are not allowed to watch TV during the week, and there's no option when it comes to playing the piano and violin or viola.

"The choices are you play the viola or the violin. Not, 'you play or you don't play,'" says Haiyi Tu, a father two boys, ages nine and six.

Tu was born in China and says he was brought up from a young age learning to get his work done. He says he and his wife are strict with their children about homework and music, but they don't agree with the way Amy Chua's has raised her daughters.

The Yale law professor's memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," describes times when she called her daughters names, like lazy or garbage, or threatened to burn their stuffed animals if they performed below expectations.

"They lost their own personalities. 'Cause they're, they're kind of like slaves, right? 'Cause, whatever mom says, you do it," said Tu. 

THE MARYLAND TRIBUTE TO DR. KING AND ARIZONA VICTIMS-SATURDAY

 THE MARYLAND TRIBUTE TO DR. KING AND ARIZONA  VICTIMS-SATURDAY

Citizens are urged to come and honor Dr King and victims through bringing canned goods for the Manna Food Bank in Rockville that is struggling.

The tragedy in  Arizona has devastated citizens in Montgomery County.   On this Saturday, January 15, over 100 individuals from around the Washington metropolitan area will hold a Community Tribute for Dr. King and the Arizona victims at the Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 727 West Montgomery Avenue in  Rockville(Exit 6 off of 270) from 11 AM to 1:15 PM.

Man Sentenced To 15 months For Embezzlement

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Potomac man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for embezzling more than $1.7 million from a firm he partly owned.

Fifty-year-old Dwayne Wells was also ordered to pay restitution at Monday's sentencing.

According to his plea agreement, Wells, Charles Fash and another partner bought a mechanical engineering firm in Laurel. In 2008, Wells and Fash began lending money from the first to a restaurant owner; when the owner began repaying the loan, Wells and Fash keep the proceeds.

Fash pleaded guilty to his participation in the scheme and was sentenced to probation with three months home confinement.

Md Has Longest Serving Female Senator In U.S. History

Md Has Longest Serving Female Senator In U.S. History

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Maryland will soon officially celebrate electing the longest serving female senator in the nation's history.

Senator Barbara Mikulski will be sworn in on Wednesday.  The milestone is one of many she hopes to achieve in Congress.

"I'm going to break other records," she told 9NEWS NOW'S Brittany Morehouse on Monday. "I'm going to reduce unemployment. I'm going to raise graduation rates.  I'm going to bring more jobs to Maryland and to our country."

Her ambition is rooted in her childhood.  As a great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants, she learned a lot from her grandmother who owned a local bakery in Baltimore.  

Her father owned a grocery store across the street from the house in the Highlandtown neighborhood of East Baltimore. 

Potomac Teacher Charged With Heroin Possession

By Elizabeth Jia

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Montgomery County officials say an elementary school teacher has been charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop in Silver Spring.

Police say 25-year-old Rebecca Amick was one of three people in a car that was stopped for speeding at the intersection of Georgia and Thayer avenues on Tuesday night.

Montgomery County Police official Paul Starks says the police report indicates the driver's hands were shaking. Police officers noticed signs of nervousness.

Police searched the car and the occupants and found Amick with nine bags of heroin. She was charged with possession of heroin and released on personal recognizance. A court date has not been set.

"The story they gave to the officers [was] they had just purchased the drugs in Washington, DC and were returning to Montgomery County," says Starks.

Montgomery County Same Sex Benefits Bill for Domestic Partners of Contractors Becomes Law

Montgomery County Same Sex Benefits Bill for Domestic Partners of Contractors Becomes Law

ROCKVILLE, Md., December 30, 2010—An “equal benefits” bill that will extend to employees of many contractors and subcontractors performing work for Montgomery County—a benefit already granted to County employees—became law on Jan. 1. District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro was the chief sponsor of Bill 37-09, which was unanimously approved by the Council in February and also had the support of County Executive Isiah Leggett.

The County has a longstanding policy, in law and practice, against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Montgomery County already grants equal benefits to a same sex domestic partner of a County employee that are offered to an employee’s spouse, through Bill 29-99, effective March 3, 2000. Bill 37-09 extends this law to many employees of County contractors and subcontractors.