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O'Malley Includes About $90 Million For Light Rail

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Two planned light rail lines in Maryland could get an infusion of nearly $90 million under a spending plan by the O'Malley administration.

The six-year draft spending plan unveiled Monday would include $41.5 million for the red line in Baltimore that would run from Woodlawn to Bayview. It also includes $48 million on the 16-mile purple line in the Washington suburbs that would run from New Carrollton to Bethesda.

Transportation officials say the state funding is expected to draw federal matching funds of more than $225 million.

The proposed light rail funding from Gov. Martin O'Malley could figure into the November elections. Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich has said he would cancel plans for the two light rail lines. Ehrlich says money should be spent on fixing other transportation problems.

Maryland’s Biggest Consignment Sale – Tot Swap – returns to Montgomery and Frederick Counties

Thousands of items babies, kids, and teens at bargain prices; consignors make up to70% from their items

Discovery Hostages Knew Gunman Was Ready To Die

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- As they lay on the floor of the Discovery Communications' lobby, listening to a gunman James Jae Lee rant about overpopulation, religion and the channel's programming and watching him strap a bomb to himself, two hostages came to the same conclusion: The gunman had no intention of leaving the building alive.

Jim McNulty and Christopher Wood tried to placate gunman James Jae Lee the best they could during the Sept. 1 standoff. They lied about their jobs at Discovery's sister network, TLC, hoping not to fuel his anger.

McNulty prayed for guidance. Wood broke down in tears, then got angry and started to formulate an escape plan. It didn't come off seamlessly -- but they both got out alive and unhurt, as did a security guard who was held hostage with them.

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.”

Man Drives Purple Bus in Bethesda

There is a man driving around Bethesda in a Purple Campaign bus.

His name is Jerry Cave and he is running for the Maryland State Senate from Bethesda, (District 16).

The Purple color stands for bi-partisanship, a mix of Democrat Blue and Republican Red. It also symbolizes his position on the Purple Line which is that it should be a underground spur of the metro and not a light rail on top of the Crescent Trail which will ruin the Crescent Trail.

For more information about Jerry Cave and if his bus is heading for a stop near you, visit: www.CaveForSenate.com.

Bethesda Farmer's Market

Saturdays, June 19 - October 30
9am - 1pm
Norfolk Avenue between Fairmont & St. Elmo Aves.

Shop for pasture-raised meats and eggs, artisan cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cut flowers, plants and more. Markets are open rain or shine. The Market will not be held on July 10 or October 2, 2010.

Ronald Walters, Rights Leader and Scholar, Dies at 72

The New York Times reports that Ronald W. Walters, who organized one of the nation’s first lunch-counter sit-ins to protest segregation as a young man and went on to become a leading scholar of the politics of race, died Friday in Bethesda, Md. He was 72 and lived in Silver Spring, Md.

The cause was cancer, his wife, Patricia Turner Walters, said.