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21 MCPS Students Named Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Montgomery County Public Schools students have been named semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship. The scholarship program, administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes promising African American students throughout the nation.

More than 1,600 public, private and home school students, nationwide, were identified as semifinalists for the 2011 scholarship program, based on their performance on the PSAT. These students can now compete for up to 800 Achievement Scholarships.

Last year, 14 MCPS students from six schools were named semifinalists for the award, and eight received the scholarship. This year, the 21 MCPS semifinalists are from seven high schools across the county—Blair, Blake, Magruder, Richard Montgomery, Poolesville, Watkins Mill and Whitman. Overall, MCPS accounts for more than one-third of the public school semifinalists in the state of Maryland.


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An Interesting Metro Discovery

The other day I was in the parking lot elevator at the Grosvenor Metro when I spotted the elevator certificate above.  Seeing how it’s 2010, can anyone please explain to me why there was an elevator certificate with an expiration date of 3/25/05 displayed?  Now most of the time, there is usually something wrong with one of the two elevators that service the garage.  So you can imagine how uncomfortable I felt when I noticed the expiration date on the certificate of the one elevator that was working. 

This is yet another example of how Metro continues to receive a failing grade.  The public's safety is in the han

Class Trip Turns Deadly After Bus Overturns On Highway

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- One person is dead after a commercial Wolf's bus, filled with children, overturned under the northbound sky ramp onto the I-270 spur, according to officials.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley identified the driver as 66-year-old Joseph A. Clabaugh Jr. of Hanover, Pa. He said Clabaugh died at the scene.

Fire rescue spokesman Captain Oscar Garcia tells 9 News Now that the accident happened at about 4:02 pm, and at northbound lanes of 270 spur between Rockledge and Montrose roads.

According to family members of the children on board the bus, the children were in town for a trip to the National Zoo from Carlisle, Pa. Family members say they were headed back home when the accident happened.

Garcia says the preliminary information is that the bus went off an area of the sky ramp.

The injured were transferred to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Court Orders Vote On Montgomery Co. Ambulance Fee

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

The lower court had ruled that elections officials were correct to bar referendums because thousands of people signed their names on petition forms in a manner that conflicted with state law. The county board of elections rejected thousands of petition signatures, including illegible ones and some from people who signed without a middle initial.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

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Maryland Teen Gets 25 Years In Death Of Car Salesman

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A 16-year-old Potomac resident faces 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2009 death of a 57-year-old car salesman.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Dugan sentenced Artie Ellis to life in prison on Wednesday, with all but 25 years of the sentence suspended. Ellis pleaded guilty to murder in March.

Prosecutors say Ellis and another Potomac teen, Emily Geller, met car salesman Ali Zare when he offered her a ride and that she had sex with him in her basement for $60 several days before he was killed. They say Geller used sex to lure Zare down a darkened path near Bells Mill Elementary School in Potomac where Ellis hit him in the head with a shovel.

Attorneys for Ellis and Geller say neither intended to kill Zare. Geller will be sentenced in late October.

You Have To Check Out J. Chows In White Flint Mall

When one thinks of a sensible meal, a food establishment located in a mall eatery doesn't usually come to mind.  That is unless you are referring to J. Chows located in White Flint Mall.  For decades J. Chows has been a staple in the Rockville/Kensington/N. Bethesda community.  Located in a mall where vendors continue to dwindle, J.

Celebrate National Coffee Day With A Free Cup

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Wednesday is National Coffee Day in the United States.  32% of Americans say they need coffee to get through the day.  Today, 9NEWS NOW is teaming up to help you get a free cup for the day.

THE BUZZ: Learn more about National Coffee Day and who drinks the most java

All day Wednesday, visit the Mayorga Coffee stores in Rockville, or National Harbor, Md, as well as the Takoma section of Washington DC.  Mention that you are a friend of WUSA9, 9NEWS NOW, or wusa9.com, and you will get a free cup of drip coffee.

Here are the locations involved:


801 Pleasant Drive

Rockville, Maryland

Open 6:00am - 7:00pm