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Union's Negative Ads Target Sheriff Michael Jackson

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A healthcare workers union has endorsed Rushern Baker for Prince George's County Executive. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson has been the target of it's negative ad campaign.


The pamphlets sent to voters by Service Employees International Union local 1199, include an incident that happened two years ago. Two dogs sheriff's deputies shot and killed during a misinformed drug raid are now front and center on those pamphlets. It happened while Jackson was sheriff.

Here's Jackson's response:

"They don't live here in Prince George's County. They know nothing about Michael Jackson or my accomplishments over the past eight years," Jackson says.

According to an SEIU spokeswoman Pat Lippold, the union represents 1700 health care workers at Prince George's Hospital.

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.

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.

Prince Georges County experiencing highest Foreclosure Rates in the Region

Prince Georges County has been experiencing a continued spike in foreclosures despite a new ruling that went into effect July 1. On July 1, the Maryland legislature’s “Mediation before Foreclosure” rule went into effect. Under this ruling, homeowners facing foreclosure can ask for a mediation hearing to explain their specific situation to the Judge and maybe get more time to improve their situation. Unfortunately, Judges have not been enforcing this ruling and many homeowners are still losing their homes at a rapid pace. Many of these homes now sit empty and are becoming a blight which is negatively impacting the Prince Georges housing market. Area real estate agents have no choice but to sell these homes through the short sale process which affects the housing prices in the surrounding area.