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Montgomery County Is Battleground For Swing Votes

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County's troubles could be former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich's ticket back to the governor's mansion.

The state's largest, wealthiest and arguably most liberal jurisdiction is broke. County leaders wrestled to plug a roughly $1 billion budget deficit this year.

Ehrlich has made the county a focal point in his campaign. He announced he would challenge Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in Rockville, the county seat. His running mate, former Maryland Secretary of State Mary Kane, is from Potomac, one of the county's plushest communities.

Have Fun at the 2010 Montgomery Country Fair and Help Feed the Hungry While Doing It

The 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be held in Gaithersburg, MD from August 13 to 21.

Choose from over 40 carnival rides; participate in BINGO, cake auctions, and dance contests; and eat as many funnel cakes and snow cones your stomach can handle.

General admission is $10.00 per person while children 11 and under are free.  Parking is $5.00 per vehicle.

And please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Countrywide Food Drive benefitting the Manna Food Center.  Your canned food donations will help provide food to neighbors in need.

For more information about the 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, please click: http://www.mcagfair.com/default.asp

Lanham Murder Victims' Family Talks

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- After a torturous six days of weeping and asking why, family members mourning the loss of two slain women and two slain children in Lanham are speaking out.

Loved ones who knew Mwasiti Sikyala, 41, say she is not the drug dealer living in squalor that so many news reports have suggested since the woman was killed on Friday.

Rahter, she was described as a single mother of two who was proud to send her firstborn to college thanks to her hard work as an entrepreneur. They said she was starting a business where she would send hand-me-downs to people in need in her native Congo. That is the reason the family's old home in Lanham was so jam-packed with stuff. As Sikyala's eldest brother described: what is garbage to some in America may be treasured belongings in other countries.

Star Student Gets Reprieve Days Before Scheduled Deportation

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- A major development has unfolded in the case of Yves Gomes, a Montgomery County student due to be deported to India. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a big decision in his case.

The deportation is off. The young man, who came here as a baby and watched both his parents deported in recent years, can now stay here and pursue his American dream.

The news was met with shock and relief in his Silver Spring home, where the 17 year-old was days away from deportation.

"I'm really happy. I'm really excited," said Yves. "I no longer have to look towards that deportation anymore. Now I feel like this is the first step for me to move on with my life and realize my goals."

"For this kind of joy, I would do anything. Sacrifice anything," said Yves' elated great aunt, Dominica Gomes.

"I'm a little bit overwhelmed," said his cousin, Harold Gomes. "Stunned. It's amazing."

Man Wearing Burqa Robs Md. Bank

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division, Robbery Section and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring.

Police said the robber was wearing a long black burqa, blue jeans, and tan boots. He entered the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded cash.

Investigators said he obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspect, who spoke with a Middle Eastern accent, is in his late 20s to early 30s, and is about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, police said.

A silver vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet, was observed leaving the scene directly after the robbery, police said.

Anyone who has information about this bank robbery and/or the suspect involved is asked to call the robbery section at (240) 773-5100.

Star Student Gets Reprieve Days Before Scheduled Deportation

 SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (WUSA)--A major development has unfolded in the case of Yves Gomes, a Montgomery County student due to be deported to India.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a big decision in his case.

The deportation is off. The young man, who came here as a baby and watched both his parents deported in recent years, can now stay here and pursue his American dream.

The news was met with shock and relief in his Silver Spring home, where the 17 year-old was days away from deportation.

"I'm really happy. I'm really excited," said Yves. "I no longer have to look towards that deportation anymore. Now I feel like this is the first step for me to move on with my life and realize my goals."

Hearing for Fired Teacher Abruptly Cancelled

Wheaton, Md. (WUSA) An unemployment appeals hearing for a fired teacher at the center of allegations of workplace intimidation against the principal at the Kemp Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring was abruptly cancelled Monday when 9news attempted to record the public proceeding.

The hearing examiner in the case told the participants that she was behind schedule and there was not enough time to conduct an proper hearing.

The case concerns former Kemp Mills teacher Dan Picca, who is among ten teachers at the school who have filed employment complaints alleging workplace intimidation and sexual harassment against principal Floyd Starnes.