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Volunteer at the 8th Annual Celebration of Gorgeous Prince George's County

This story comes to us from Linda Lowe, Public Information Specialist for Prince George’s County:

Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson will host the 8th annual Celebration of Gorgeous Prince George’s County from 8 a.m. to noon on October 16, 2010 with street litter pickup activity, and cleanup and pruning of existing Gorgeous Prince George’s Day sites throughout the county.  A volunteer celebration picnic will take place at the Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park from noon to 3 p.m.

 

“For the past eight years, my administration has made building and maintaining livable communities one of its most important goals,” says Johnson.  “I am proud to say that celebrating the beauty of Gorgeous Prince George’s County has become a tradition and it continues to make our county a great place to live, work and play.”

 

Magic Technology Upgrade

BLADENSBURG--Residents of Bladensburg's Autumn Woods apartment community have new technology to help them with homework, tutoring and even professional training.

All it took was a little bit of Magic.

NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson brought a technology upgrade Sept. 30 to Autumn Woods' Magic Johnson Foundation Community Empowerment Center. The Autumn Woods center, first opened in 1999, is one of 18 community empowerment centers across the country funded by the Magic Johnson Foundation. The center offers free classes ranging from basic math tutoring for younger students to resume writing and financial training for adults.

The upgrade was provided in partnership with Best Buy, whose technical support division, Geek Squad, supervised the installation.

Prince George's County Executives Clear Officers of any Cheating

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- The Prince George's County executive, along with the county's chief of police, have cleared all of their officers from any cheating or wrong doing.

In a news conference at the Prince George's County Police headquarters, county officials said that "no officer is guilty of cheating."

They said the similar test scores can be attributed to a "lazy instructor," coupled with inaccurate media reporting.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton said police and county officials will continue their investigation.

Gaylord National's Holiday Attraction Returns; Will Feature 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'

This story came to us from Amie Gorrell of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center:

Guess WHO is coming to the Capital Region this year? He’s mean; he’s green, and he’s taking over the holidays at Gaylord National Resort, the Washington D.C. region’s “Capital of Christmas.”

ICE!, the smash-hit attraction that amazed nearly two-hundred-thousand visitors to the Gaylord National Resort last year, returns with an exciting new theme:
“ICE! featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Prosecutions May Be Jeopardized By Police Academy Questions

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- Fallout from an alleged cheating scandal at the Prince George's County Police Academy could include cases against some accused criminals being dropped, according to State's Attorney Glenn Ivey.

"We'll made decisions on a case-by-case basis on where there may be problems and what information we may have to disclose to the defense bar," Ivey said.

Ivey has asked for and audit from the Police Department in the wake of an internal investigation at the police academy.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton says he is investigating whether dozens of cadets cheated on police academy tests.

The probe includes 146 officers from three classes since July 2009. At least 34 officers are facing specific cheating allegations.

Department records show cadets had perfect scores on at least 11 tests measuring basic skills, arrest procedures and how to testify in court. That raised suspicions among some officials.

The Importance of Fire Safety

In recent days, there have been stories of debilitating fires, that have destroyed homes and taken lives all across our region, even in the Oxon Hill area.  Most recently, there was a fire in the Rosecroft Mews Apartment Complex, on the 2400 block of Corning Avenue in Fort Washington, MD, which is very close to the Oxon Hill/Fort Washington border off of Brinkley Road.  The fire at Rosecroft Mews is still under investigation, but it is a reminder of just how important it is to take precautions to prevent such an occurrence to happen, if at all possible.  At the end of 2009, there was a fire at the Brookside Park Condominiums that caused an estimated $1.5 million worth of damage and displaced 67 residents into temporary homes.  The cause of this fire was an unattended candle.  And what's even more glaring is the effect these fires have on a number of families who live in multi-family residents.

Area Residents Support More Cooperation and Regional Planning on Issues

This story comes to us from Olivia Petersen:

Despite general satisfaction with their overall quality-of-life, a majority of Metropolitan Washington residents want stronger regional accountability on long-range planning decisions by our area leaders, according to a comprehensive survey of residents from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia released today.  Further, according to the non-profit organization that commissioned the survey, the 2030 Group, residents are willing to consider new models of regional cooperation to tackle issues such as transportation and housing and their greater impact on the entire the Washington area.