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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.”


Silver Spring Man Indicted in $1.7 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Wayne James Carter, 47, of Silver Spring, Maryland, on wire and mail fraud charges in connection with a $1.7 million mortgage fraud scheme. Carter had his initial appearance at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.

According to the 13 count indictment, Carter allegedly made false statements on loan documents as to his monthly income, outstanding judgments against him and lawsuits to which he was a party.  Carter is also believed to have represented that he was not responsible to pay child support, when in fact he was obligated to pay child support.  The indictment alleges that based on Carter’s false statements, lenders approved loans on five properties, totaling $1,794,675.80, which is the amount the government seeks to forfeit as the proceeds of the scheme.

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.

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.

Calvert County Man Indicted for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

                Grenbelt, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Lawrence Francis Robinson, age 30, of North Beach, Maryland, today for distribution and possession of child pornography.

“Children are sexually abused to produce these images.  Anyone who has information about sexual abuse of a child should contact the FBI at (410) 265-8080,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.  “Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are united in our commitment to combat sexual exploitation of children.”

County Sets First Health and Wellness Expo

The Prince George’s County Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Council (HWRAC) and County Executive Jack B. Johnson are sponsoring the first health and wellness expo, “Wellness Works,” for county employees on October 7. All county employees are encouraged to attend and may be granted up to four hours of administrative leave by their agency or department appointing authority. Executive Jack B. Johnson will be attending.

The expo will feature demonstrations, vendors, informational handouts and various health screenings. This is the first major event sponsored by the HWRAC, which was created earlier this year.

Appearances will be made by County Executive Jack B. Johnson; Dr. Donald Shell, Department of Health Director; and others.



Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Two sessions: one from 8 a.m. to noon, and a second from 12:30 to 4 p.m.



One Million Miles from Earth, Hubble’s Successor Promises Groundbreaking View of Universe

* Amazing New Visuals Depict Origins of the Universe
* Show Your Audience a LIVE DEMO of the Extreme Cold this New Telescope Must Withstand

When it launches in 2014, NASA’s newest space-bound observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, will be able to peer farther back in space and time than we’ve ever been able to see before, helping to resolve some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.
But in order for the Webb telescope to see these incredible sights, it has to sit one million miles out in space, where it must endure extreme conditions, including temperatures less than minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
On October 7th, from 6:00am-10:00am ET, NASA experts will unveil remarkable new visuals showing just how far back in time Webb will be able to see, and perform a live demonstration of the extreme cold Webb will experience in space.