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County Executive Challenges Mayor of Arlington, TX Prior to Redskins-Cowboys Game

Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson is offering a friendly challenge to Mayor Robert Cluck of Arlington, Texas to kick off the 2010 Redskins Week activities.  The two will talk via conference call on the field at FedEx Field this morning.

Redskins Week is launched via OFFICIAL PROCLAMATIONS in Prince George’s County, Md., Washington, D.C., and Loudoun County, Va., as well as Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD. 

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York will hold separate press conferences at 10 a.m. at FedExField, 1:30 pm at Powell Elementary School in DC, and at the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting in Leesburg at 6:30 p.m. to announce the official proclamations, and each will issue a friendly wager on the outcome of the game with their counterparts in Texas.

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.

A community in Prince George's county claims Baltimore Gas and Electric is not doing its job and they want answers.

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- A power company not named Pepco is in hot water over service problems.

A community in Prince George's county claims Baltimore Gas and Electric is not doing its job and they want answers. Apartment renters who live in a Cherry Hill Road complex said they are dealing with power outages on a frequent basis and the power company often is not warning them when crews know it's going to happen.

"This problem has been going on for about a month because they have been redoing power lines under the ground," said William Fletcher, who works as the apartment building's maintenance manager. "This week has been really crazy. A lot of people called me about spoiled food. They think it's the rental office's fault. It's actually BGE."

Baltimore Gas and Electric Power Outage Leaves Laurel Residents Outraged

WUSA9 received calls early this morning from Laurel residents in the Cherry Hill community regarding a power outage.

The residents claim they had been without power for over 24 hours with no explanation from Baltimore Gas and Electric.  The power came back on earlier this afternoon leaving some residents even more frustrated.  Not only had BGE failed to give them explanations, kept pushing back the estimated restoration, but at this point, residents had begun removing food from their refrigerators, letting it spoil in preparation to deal with the outage.

“I can’t speak specifically to what a customer may have been told, but I can tell you that generally we try to give customers the best available information at the time.  It’s possible that initially we were not sure how long the outage would last. More details were known as time goes on and we can get more information for the field,” says Linda Foy with BGE.

Man Robs Game Stop Store In Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) - The Prince George's County Police Department is asking the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Game Stop store.

Police said the man entered the store Monday and posed as a customer. He then approached the registers and displayed a handgun and forced the victims to a back storage room of the store.

The man then took money, video games and video game systems before fleeing, police said.

The man is described by investigators as a black male about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 195 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a red shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call the Prince Georges County Police Department's Robbery Unit at (301) 772-4905.

Prince Georges County experiencing highest Foreclosure Rates in the Region

Prince Georges County has been experiencing a continued spike in foreclosures despite a new ruling that went into effect July 1. On July 1, the Maryland legislature’s “Mediation before Foreclosure” rule went into effect. Under this ruling, homeowners facing foreclosure can ask for a mediation hearing to explain their specific situation to the Judge and maybe get more time to improve their situation. Unfortunately, Judges have not been enforcing this ruling and many homeowners are still losing their homes at a rapid pace. Many of these homes now sit empty and are becoming a blight which is negatively impacting the Prince Georges housing market. Area real estate agents have no choice but to sell these homes through the short sale process which affects the housing prices in the surrounding area.

Local Bluegrass Musician at Laurel Museum

Laurel, Md. native George McCeney, a singer, songwriter and trustee of the International Bluegrass Music Museum will sing songs related to Laurel's history at 6 p.m., Sept. 9, 2010 at the Laurel Museum located on 817 Main Street.

Students from the Laurel School of Music will also be performing.

This event is free.  Families are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic dinner while enjoying the music.

For more information, please contact: Lindsey Baker, Executive Director at 301-725-7975
www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org