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Prince George's County Bus Drivers Strike

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Bus drivers in Prince George's County are on strike and say they won't return to work until their demands are met.

Service on TheBus was limited Monday and Tuesday. Veolia Transportation, which operates the service, says it brought in workers from other areas to drive some routes.

About 14,000 people ride TheBus daily.

Union members say they want better job security, health insurance and higher wages. They're also seeking changes to a disciplinary policy.

A spokeswoman for Veolia says the dispute is primarily about cameras installed on the buses to monitor driver behavior.

The county has suspended fares on all routes until the strike ends.

Residents can call 301-324-BUSS (2877) or visit this site for schedule information.

Bowie Maryland Farmer's Market

Just minutes from Washington, D.C. and Metro accessible, Bowie’s Farmer’s Market has something for all. Buying locally not only supports local farmers, but also helps protect the environment by reducing packaging and transportation demands.

Open from May to October, the Market hosts more than 15 local farmers and producers. Vendors offer fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, and wine.

Located at 15200 Annapolis Road (Adjacent to Bowie Center for the Performing Arts,) the Market is held every Sunday from 8am to Noon.

Community Outreach Committee Meetings

The Community Outreach Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Meetings begin at 7 p.m., at Bowie City Hall.

To confirm a meeting date/time, please call 301-301-809-3068 or email Leni Stern.

Something Horrible Descends On Bowie

Boxscore News reports the Bowie Baysox and Tulip Gulch Productions announce today that a research project has gone horribly wrong at Prince George's Stadium. The resulting chaos, the Patuxent Research Lab, is a haunted attraction open to thrill-seekers every Friday and Saturday in October, as well as Halloween Sunday. Tulip Gulch Productions produces the longest-running haunted attraction the region, now in its ninth year at Prince George's Stadium and 24th year in Bowie.

The Patuxent Research Lab is rated PG-13 and parental discretion is highly advised. The show features more than 30 live actors along with props and special effects, and takes approximately 20 minutes to walk through. Tickets for the haunted house are $15, and special rates are available of groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.baysox.com or by calling the Baysox at (301) 805-6000.

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.

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.

Two Baysox Named All-Stars

The Bowie Baysox and the Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that Baysox designated hitter Joel Guzman and second baseman Ryan Adams have been named to the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Team. The team is voted on by Eastern League managers and coaches, sportswriters, radio and television broadcasters and other members of the media.

Guzman leads the league with 29 home runs, is second with 234 total bases and ranks fourth with 83 RBIs. He was named to the Western Division All-Star team earlier this year, but was not able to attend the game. The slugger is batting .271 this season and leads the Baysox in runs scored (80), home runs, RBIs and total bases.

Adams has 41 doubles this season, leading the Eastern League and setting a new franchise record for two-baggers. He is second on the team in runs scored (72), total bases (226), walks (42) and on-base percentage (.370), and third in home runs (12) and RBIs (62).