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Maryland Schools Must Teach Environmental Education

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland officials have ruled that schools must include environmental education in their pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to make environmental education part of students' education, but it will not be an official graduation requirement. Still, all students must complete a "local action" project to improve the environment either individually or with their school.

It's not clear how much schools will change as a result. In Montgomery County, for example, students already create butterfly gardens and vegetable patches, and "Green Teams" collect recycling items.

Beginning in 2015, superintendents will have to certify every five years that the regulation's requirements are met.

FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”

Police Investigate Shooting

POTOMAC, MD. (AP) — Montgomery County police are investigating a shooting that occurred outside a party in affluent Potomac, Md.

Police say a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm early Saturday morning after a dispute between a group of people at a party. The victim had just left the event with friends, but was approached in the street by another group of people believed to have been involved in the earlier dispute.

The two groups exchanged words and someone threw a bottle, according to police, before the victim was shot. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Potomac Man Charged After Embezzling Over $1.6 Million from His Company

A criminal complaint has been filed charging Dwayne Wells, age 50, of Potomac, Maryland, with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle over $1.6 million from a mechanical engineering firm in which he was a part owner. The complaint was filed yesterday and unsealed today upon his arrest. His initial appearance is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

The charges were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Man, 22, Shot In Arm In Potomac

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm early Saturday after a dispute between two groups of people at a party in Potomac, police said.

At about 2:30 a.m., Montgomery County police responded to the 7600 block of Heatherton Lane for a report of shots fired. Police said the two groups had left the party, words were exchanged, and a bottle was thrown before shots were fired.

The victim was transported to a local hospital.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call police at 301.279.8000. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Crimes Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment.

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.