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Maryland schools battle with limited funding and space as enrollment grows by Michael Bimbaum, WAPO

Michael Bimbaum for the Washington Post reports: More than 200,000 Maryland students streamed back to crowded classrooms Monday as school systems dealt with growth but little money to hire more teachers.

In Montgomery County, the state's largest school system, parents said they were anxious about increased class sizes but sanguine about the schools' future under a successor to Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, who is retiring in June. Enrollment swelled by 2,200 students -- 1.5 percent -- this year, hundreds more than forecast. Howard and Charles counties also returned to school Monday.

Ambulance Crash In Potomac Sends Four Firefighters To Hospital

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- Four firefighters are said to be o.k. after the ambulance they were riding in crashed in Potomac this Friday morning.

Captain Oscar Garcia, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, says the ambulance had just refueled after dropping off a patient at Shady Grove Hospital and was heading back to Station 3 when for some reason, the ambulance went off the road and down a hill into a ravine on Falls Road near Liberty Lane.

Garcia says the four firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Suburban Hospital as a precaution.

Montgomery County Police are working to determine what caused the crash. A separate investigation will also be conducted by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Where Are Montgomery County's New Speed Cameras?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WUSA)  Montgomery County announced 25 new locations for speed enforcement.   All but one of the following locations will be enforced using six mobile speed vans.  Fixed cameras will be installed at the New Hampshire Avenue location.

Deployment begins August 30th.  Enforcement will be rotated among the sites periodically.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming To Montgomery Rec Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers.

Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use this fall at three centers, and will be expanded to all the county's centers next year.

Privacy advocates say the measure is intrusive and unnecessary. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says it isn't appropriate for a community pool.

Woman Dies In Potomac Home of Former Abia State Governor

Chinwe Ogbonna, 47, died from what is suspected to be cardiac arrest.

Ogbonna  and some friends had been visiting the home of former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu in Potomac, Md.  She had become acquainted with Kalu last June and was interested in Nigerian politics.

According to reports, Ogbonna arrived at the home around 8:15 on Thursday of last week to talk about the latest political developments in Abia State and Nigeria.

While getting comfortable in the home with her friends, she suddenly screamed out in pain. Clutching her chest, she started vomiting.

An ambulance was called with medics trying their best to help, but Ogbonna died at 8:38pm.

The home was searched by Potomac Police and eyewitnesses were questioned.  No suspicion of foul play was found.

Ogbonna is being treated as a case of cardiac arrest. Her health history proves that she in fact had been living with a heart condition.

Potomac’s Own Wins Two Titles at USATF National Junior Olympics

Ronald Darby from Potomac, Md. defeated many; winning two sprint titles at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Ca.

A member of the 747 track club, Darby won the 100 and 200 meter dashes in the intermediate boys age group. He ran the fastest qualifying time in the 200 meters (21.52) and performed even better the next day, lowering it to a winning and personal-best time of 21.24.

This isn’t the first win for Darby, he also won three gold medals in the Maryland 3A State Meet held in May.

Funeral Mass Held Today For Alaska Crash Victim

POTOMAC, Md.(AP) -- A funeral Mass is being held for Alaska plane crash victim and lobbyist Bill Phillips.

The Mass is taking place at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

Montgomery County resident Phillips served on former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' staff for five years and died in the crash last week with Stevens and three others.

His 13-year-old son, Willy Phillips, was on the fishing trip as well and is one of four survivors of the crash.

An older brother of Willy Phillips told ESPN in an interview that Willy was the only survivor who was mobile after the crash and he had tried to help the others as they waited for help.