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Laurel Five-O

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- Cal Kirby sits in his living room showing 9NEWS NOW's, Andrea Roane, one of his longest scenes in the Hawaii Five-0 of the 1970's.

"This is my scene when I'm in the taxi cab getting out."

Kirby appeared as an extra on the original show 17 times.

"I was 40 pounds lighter, and 38 years younger," smiles Kirby.

In the scene he shows 9NEWS NOW, Kirby is playing an undercover officer.  One of Steve McGarrett's guys.  McGarrett was portrayed by Jack Lord.

"He was very quiet, but very professional on the set," says Kirby.  "He was a private type of person.  And he didn't like a lot of horsing around. But he was always friendly to me."

7-Year-Old Finds Fossil At Laurel Dinosaur Park

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy from Elkridge has found a fossil at a dinosaur park in Laurel that appears to date back about 116 million years.

Aidan Isenstadt found the approximately 1 1/2 inch jawbone fragment last month while fossil hunting.

Matthew Carrano, curator of dinosaurs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, says the fragment is part of a juvenile meat-eating dinosaur. He believes the find is the first jawbone from a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Maryland. It's also believed to be the first find from the Early Cretaceous period anywhere in the Eastern United States.

This isn't the first time a young person has found a fossil at the park. Almost as soon as the park opened last October, 9-year-old Gabrielle Block of Annandale, Va., found a dinosaur tailbone.

New Bike Buffer Law

LARGO, Md. (WUSA) -- A new state bicycle safety law is in effect less than two weeks after a recent deadly crash in the county involving a bicyclist and a sport utility vehicle.

The new law requires at least a 3-foot buffer between vehicles and bicycles and that motorists yield right-of-way to bicyclists.

Prince George's County - with its high population, dense living spaces and few sidewalks along major roads - tops the state in pedestrian deaths and fatal motor vehicle crashes, according to the State Highway Administration. More than 100 pedestrians and drivers have died each year since 2002.

"The new law is very specific and does give a specific buffer so the motorist and the rider can share the road safely," said Peter Moe, bicycle safety coordinator for the Maryland Highway Safety Office at the State Highway Administration.

Moe said bicycle safety "is a two-way street."

Laurel Man Dies “Suspiciously”

A man’s body was found off a roadway in Laurel early Friday morning, rounding up police investigation.

Police were called to Cranberry South Road at around 5:30 am from a sick or injured person. When officers arrived, they found Roy Jackson, 41-years old, already dead. He was suffering from some trauma to his upper body.

Jackson's body was taken to the medical examiner where an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

For now police say they are investigating Jackson's death as suspicious.

Handsfree In Maryland

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) - - The first time you're caught driving in Maryland with your cell phone to your ear it will cost you $40.00 every violation after that carries a penalty of $100 and a point on your driving record.

"People really get distracted when they're on their phone," said Tia Goodwater.

MORE: 9NEWS NOW's Great Hang Up Campaign

But admit it. We've all done it before.

Roger Sullivan said, "I feel a need to see what's happening in my other world when i'm driving so it is a temptation."

"Yes, I have and it's dangerous because i have a kid and i shouldn't be doing it," admitted Sherreen Tolliver.

"It's going to be difficult to enforce." 

Natasha Pettigrew’s Mother Will Take Her Place as Green Party Senate Candidate

Kenniss Henry, mother of deceased Green Party Senatorial candidate Natasha Pettigrew, filed her certificate of candidacy Monday afternoon to fill the nomination left vacant by the death of her daughter last week. Pettigrew was bicycling along the shoulder of Route 202 in Prince George's County when she was hit early last Sunday morning by an SUV. She died last Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The party's Coordination Council unanimously approved Henry's nomination on Sunday and has submitted nomination papers on her behalf. "The Maryland Green Party is grateful to Natasha's mother Kenniss Henry for filling the vacancy left by Natasha's untimely passing", said Brian Bittner, Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party.

Prince George's Leader Backs County Worker Raises

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (AP) — The top elected official in Prince George's County is recommending raises for county workers that could cost $12 million a year, despite ongoing budget problems.

County Executive Jack Johnson made a recommendation this month to increase pay by 2 percent for roughly 6,000 union and nonunion employees.

The county has had severe budget difficulties; school system workers took a day of mandatory, unpaid leave Friday and have several more furlough days scheduled. Other county workers have had 20 furlough days in the past two years.

Term limits prevented Johnson from running for re-election and he will have left office by the time the county would fund the increases.