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Second Inner Loop Lane Opens In Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland State Police have opened a second Inner Loop lane after being closed for most of Monday morning's rush hour, officials said. 

A crash, on Old Georgetown Road and Route 355 left one person dead, after a tractor trailer overturned.  It was blocking two of three Inner Loop lanes. Most traffic is being diverted onto northbound I-270.

The driver of the truck was killed.  A person in the car was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene, along with hazmat.  Assistant Chief Scott Graham says hazmat crews will have to offload approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel which is leaking from one of the truck's saddle tanks.

Maryland State Police tells 9NEWS NOW the road will likely be shut down for several hours.  Stay with 9NEWS NOW and WUSA9.com for updates on this traffic mess.


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.

Programmable Thermostat Batteries Pose Potential Fire Hazard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Pepco has an important warning for its Energy Wise Rewards customers.

If you have a programmable thermostat, remove and dispose the batteries immediately.

The utility provider says leakage from the batteries can damage the thermostat's circuit board and cause it to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.

Steps To Remove The Batteries

If you have seen any signs that your batteries have leaked, please call 1-866-353-5798 to have your thermostat replaced.

Delmarva and SMECO programmable thermostats also have the same problem. 

These companies do not servie Montogomery County.

Housing Deal Frozen, Economic Fears Raised

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- Fears now that paperwork problems could crush the fragile recovery in the housing market.

Across the country thousands of people looking to buy vacant homes worry the deals will fall apart as banks go back through foreclosure records.

Nick Chaconas thought he'd found his client the perfect fixer upper in Potomac -- a home he could afford in a great neighborhood.
"It's in pretty rough shape. Fixer upper would be a pretty gentle term for this particular property."

The bank agreed to unload it for $470,000 -- and Chaconas was hoping to close later this week. But then came an email from the title company freezing the deal. "PNC has put a halt on foreclosings for at least the next thirty days." "So what was your clients reaction?" "He's pretty upset. He had prepared everything with his family to have the house close. He has contractors lined up. He was ready to get the work started."

Police Try to Reunite Baseball Collector with Valuable Baseball Cards

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the rightful owner of this substantial baseball card collection. 

On June 24, 2010, a large number (more than five hundred) of baseball cards was found in a grassy area in East Potomac Park near the Tennis Center.  The person who found the cards recognized their potential value and notified the police who recovered the items as found property.  Thus far, the Police Department has been unsuccessful in locating the collection’s owner.

Above is a photograph of the collection, which show Topps® and Fleer® cards from the early 1980s and a variety of teams.  There are additional years and varieties that are part of the overall collection, but they will have to be specified by the claimant, who will also have to provide additional information to further identify the scope of the collection.

Graduation Rate Rises to 90 Percent for Class of 2010- Rate Jumps for 24 of 25 MCPS High Schools

The graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools increased to 90 percent in 2010, spurred by dramatic gains among the district’s African American students. The graduation rate for the MCPS class of 2010 showed an increase of more than 2½ percentage points over the Class of 2009, with African American students gaining more than 4 percentage points.

“This is outstanding news for our district. More of our students are graduating on time with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful,” said Patricia O’Neill, President of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “Congratulations to the students, parents and staff that made these results possible.”
   The MCPS graduation rate of 90 percent is 3.4 percentage points higher than the rate for the state of Maryland (86.6 percent).