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Prince George's County Public School System Going Virtual

Prince George's County is adding a brand new element to their education system.  Prince George's County Public School students will soon be able to take classes online.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 14th, the 60 juniors and seniors that sign up first will learn subject matter both in the classroom as well as on the internet.

"It'll be a great benefit ... not having to report to a physical campus," said Agnes Brown-Jones, the principal at Annapolis Road Academy in an interview with Megan McKeever of Gazette.Net. "Anything we can do that increases the likelihood of getting your diploma is a good thing."

This is the first internet oriented initiative that the Prince George's County Public School system has undertaken.

Additionally, parents will be able to view their children's grades online.  The grades will be updated weekly or even daily.

County Executive Challenges Mayor of Arlington, TX Prior to Redskins-Cowboys Game

Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson is offering a friendly challenge to Mayor Robert Cluck of Arlington, Texas to kick off the 2010 Redskins Week activities.  The two will talk via conference call on the field at FedEx Field this morning.

Redskins Week is launched via OFFICIAL PROCLAMATIONS in Prince George’s County, Md., Washington, D.C., and Loudoun County, Va., as well as Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD. 

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York will hold separate press conferences at 10 a.m. at FedExField, 1:30 pm at Powell Elementary School in DC, and at the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting in Leesburg at 6:30 p.m. to announce the official proclamations, and each will issue a friendly wager on the outcome of the game with their counterparts in Texas.

Profane Lessons In Prince George's Classroom

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA) -- A middle school history teacher was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after a lesson that involved profane words.

The teacher told eighth graders at Drew Freeman to define several cuss words including bastard and son of a b----, according to students who were in the class.

"I was shocked," said Marquis Quigley, "We were all like is she serious or is joking. Is she really teaching us this?"

When Quigley's mother and other parents learned of the assignment after school on Tuesday, they went to the principals office to complain.

"We talked about it and I told him we don't use these words," said Janiece Trimble, a mother of three who in addition to Marquis, has another child in the Prince George's school system. "I really feel bad that I am not able to afford in a private school if this is what my child is going to learn in a public school system. If he didn't already know these words now he knows them."

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

Big on Flying? Visit the Airmen Memorial Museum

Want to go to a museum but don't want to trek all the way to DC?  Check out the Airmen Memorial Museum at 5211 Auth Road in Suitland. 

The AMM, which was opened in 1988 by the Air Force Sergeants Association, pays tribute to airmen and women who have served in the Signal Corps, the Army Air Service, the Army Air Corps, the Army Air Forces, and the U.S. Air Force.

The museum is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. and features:

  • Artifacts
  • Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Personnel records
  • Letters
  • Books

For more details regarding the Airmen Memorial Museum, call 301-899-3500 or send an e-mail to planspro@hqafsa.org.

Suitland’s Tanisha Mitchell Gets Fit in Front of Millions

The much anticipated Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back debuted on August 9, 2010 at 7pm on the Style Network.

The show’s conception evolved during a time when research shows children as young as seven-years-old are showing signs of puberty as a result of obesity.

Tanisha Mitchell of Suitland, Md. is already a show favorite.  On her first day at the weight loss boarding school, the measuring tape didn’t even fit around her waist. She was the largest student to ever enroll at the boarding school at 510 pounds.

A girl who needed to be driven to and from the cafeteria, lost 130 pounds by the time she came home for summer vacation.

You can watch Mitchell’s journey to weight loss on the Style Network Mondays at 7pm.

Bible Classes Available in Suitland

The Hunter Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church is offering bible study class this Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 P.M..

The class is held every Wednesday at the same time, in the same location.

Hunter Memorial, which is located at 4719 Silver Hill Road in Suitland, also has a Power Lunch at 11:45 A.M. every Wednesday.

For more information about the class, the power lunch, or any other events at Hunter Memorial, visit their website at http://www.huntermemorialamec.org/.