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6 Md. House Members And Sen. Mikulski Re-elected

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil faced a strong challenge Tuesday from Republican state Sen. Andy Harris in Maryland's most competitive congressional race.

The former Queen Anne's County prosecutor narrowly won the 1st Congressional District two years ago after the GOP had held it for 18 years. In Tuesday's rematch, Harris, a Baltimore County physician, sought to win back the seat for the Republicans.

With 6 percent of precincts reporting, Harris had 51 percent of the vote to Kratovil's 46 percent. Libertarian Richard Davis had 3 percent.

Maryland Early Voting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WUSA)-- For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 am until 8 pm each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. From the list below, select the county where you live to find out where the early voting center or centers are in your county.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Human Remains Found on Tracks in North Bethesda

The Gazette.net reports that Montgomery County Police are investigating human remains found on the CSX train tracks in the vicinity of 11700 Parklawn Drive. Detectives arrived at the tracks about 6:30 p.m. following a call made to police about an hour earlier.

The location of the remains is just south of where a man killed himself Oct. 13 by walking in front of a train near Randolph Road in North Bethesda, according to county emergency responders.

MARC trains 893, 879, 881, and 895 are being delayed, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. As of 6:15 p.m., there was no estimate of how long the delay would last. Metrorail is honoring MARC tickets. Washington Metro will honor MARC tickets on the Red Line.

Montgomery Workers Get Word out on Ambulance Fee

The Gazette Reports that uniformed firefighters in Montgomery County, according to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), are allowed to distribute information during their shifts about ambulance fees — an issue that is the subject of a general election ballot question.

Leggett's viewpoint is backed by the county attorney and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), but is drawing criticism from at least one County Council member, who says it is inappropriate and a waste of taxpayers' money.

An attorney, representing a group opposed to the fees, says the action violates a state law that prohibits government employees from campaigning while on the job.

"This is highly inappropriate," said Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3), referring to Leggett's actions. "It's an abuse of taxpayer dollars, and I think the public would agree."

Montgomery County Schools Win Cash For Scholarships

 

ROCKVILLE, Md., (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Public Schools won a $250,00, second place prize in a national contest Tuesday.

 

The money will be used for college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

"Being a finalist for the Broad Prize is a wonderful tribute to the progress that MCPS has made over the past 11 years to raise student performance and narrow the achievement gap," said Board of Education President Patricia O'Neill. "Our students are making tremendous strides thanks to the hard work of our teachers and staff, and the continued support of the community."

The Eli and Blythe Broad Foundation gave $1 million for the first place school district, Gwinnett County, Ga. schools.

 

Avon Foundation for Women Program Awards Montgomery County Sheriff's with $50,000 Grant

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a ($50,000) one-year grant to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at the Family Justice Center (FJC) for the creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program to make an immediate, tangible difference for Domestic Violence survivors by providing them with guidance and assistance to create independent, violence-free lives. The Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program is the focus of the 2010 Avon Foundation for Women's annual awards program under the auspices of the Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.  The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is among one of the 32 grant recipients selected from among close to 150 applicants nationwide.

Cuba, U.S. Talk on Jailed Potomac Man

Juan O. Tamayo of The Miami Herald reports that the Obama administration's top diplomat on Latin America has met with Cuba's foreign minister to press for the release of a U.S. citizen jailed in Havana since December -- the latest in a recent string of high-level bilateral sessions.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Arturo Valenzuela and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez met in New York during a U.N. gathering last month, the State Department's top spokesman said Monday.

The previously unknown session was the most recent in a string of meetings between officials of the two countries, which have not had full diplomatic relations since the early 1960s.

``The meeting was to encourage the release of Alan Gross,'' Philip J. Crowley, assistant secretary for public affairs, told reporters during a briefing in Washington.

Asked if Havana gave any sign that Gross would be freed, Crowley said, ``I'm not aware that they did.''