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Tears Flow As 'Everyday Hero' Meets Couple He Saved

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- It was an emotional moment between strangers that no one expected when FedEx driver Earl Spence met Frank and Janet McMurtray of Laytonsville at an event to honor "Everyday Heroes" in Montgomery County.

Tears streamed down Mr. McMurtray's face as he and his wife hugged a man they don't remember meeting on the day they almost died.

The McMurtray's and a friend were discovered by Spence unconscious and near death inside their minivan on a Laytonsville roadside July 7th. The seniors had been overcome by gasoline fumes from a leaking tank inside their mini-van on that blazing hot afternoon.

Spence was driving his delivery route at the time, but was drawn to the car because it was parked askew and had senior citizens inside. He called 9-11 while knocking on the car window.

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Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

In Montgomery County, Ride On Is The Way To Go!

When taking public transportation throughout Montgomery County, the primary choice is Metro.  But if you are a current Metro customer who gets sick and tired of the late to non arrivals, then you should go for the reliable choice and choose Ride On. 

Ride On is Montgomery County’s alternative to Metro.  Offering similar schedules as Metro to destinations throughout the county, Ride On is not only more convenient, but gets you to your destination on time.

I really put their service to the test during the Snowpocalypse of 2010.  In the midst of the massive snowfall, I found most of their routes to be up and operating on time!  When it seemed like the competition didn’t even bother during the storm (and the massive clean up), Ride On (which often runs though residential areas) didn’t even seem to have a delay in service. 

Rockville Restaurant Week Underway

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Dozens of area restaurants are offering you a deal you might find hard to refuse.  It's all part of Restaurant Week in Rockville.  The event runs from Monday, October 4 through Sunday, October 10.  Participating restaurants are offering two options: an $8 lunch/$15 dinner fixed price menu, or a $10 lunch/$25 dinner fixed price menu. 

The Rockville Restaurant Week web page has a list of restaurants from which to choose.

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Montgomery County to Get $2.6M for Snow Removal

(AP)-Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Montgomery County will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover some of the costs for snow removal last December.

Mikulski said Friday that the agency had allocated the money to the state of Maryland.

A federal disaster declaration after the heavy snow storm made federal funding available to state and local governments for their cleanup costs.

On Thursday, FEMA also awarded funds to the District of Columbia, Virginia and Baltimore County.

Customers Scramble To Buy Hands-Free Devices For New Md. Law

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) --- Gloria Gross visits the electronics section of her local Target in search for a wireless headset. She does not want to be fined the $40 to $100, if police catch her driving and talking on her cell phone.

Starting Friday, Oct. 1, 2010,  drivers in Maryland will no longer be able to talk on their cell phones while driving, unless they are using a hands-free device. 

"I think it's terrific. I think all phone talking should be banned from the roads. I saw a lady pull off from the parking lot on a red light with two children in the car," says Gross.

Maryland's new law is a secondary offense meaning a police officer has to cite another driving violation as the primary reason for pulling over the driver.

1st Annual CureSearch Walk

Come out for the 1St Annual CureSearch Walk – Rockville to raise funds for children’s cancer research

WHEN:          Sunday, October 3, 2010

                     8 a.m. Registration; 9 a.m. Walk

WHERE:       Rockville Town Center

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. Every day, 35 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer. One out of five children with cancer dies, and three out of five who survive suffer devastating, long-term side effects.