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FIFA Comes to FedEx Field

On Tuesday, U.S Soccer Officials said they're going all-out to impress a team of FIFA inspectors assessing the country's bid for a future World Cup.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, who is leading the American effort to land the 2018 or 2022 tournament, told The Washington Post his goal is to convince a group of six inspectors representing soccer's international governing body that the United States is sufficiently excited about soccer.

"The primary purpose is to show that we can meet all the standards necessary to put on a first-class World Cup," Gulati said.

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.

Police: Man Takes 1-Year-Old Son At Gunpoint

GLENARDEN, Md. (WUSA) - Members of the Prince George's County Police Department are searching for a man who allegedly took his 1-year-old son from his mother at gunpoint Monday night.

Police spokesman Officer Evan Baxter said 24 year-old Cornell Antonio Bennett, of NE Washington, reportedly forced his way into a home in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road and took his son Jo'Ell Jackson, at gunpoint.

Baxter said Bennett and the boy's mother have joint custody of the son, but authorities are worried because of the way Bennett took his son.

Baxter said Bennett is wanted on a 1st-degree assault warrant.

Anyone with information on Bennett's whereabouts are asked to call District III Detectives at (301) 772-4910 or anonymously to the Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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.

Giant Food of Landover and the Baltimore Ravens Team Up

Talk about teamwork! Giant Food and the Baltimore Ravens have come together for a magnificent cause.

The Ravens named Giant Food their official supermarket partner as the two organizations begin a season-long campaign giving back to the Maryland Food Bank.

Giant will support the team’s annual “Ravens Family Food Drive” at Baltimore-area stores from November 7 to November 28; leading up to the November 28 Giant Food Game Day Sponsorship at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The Ravens and Giant hope to donate more than 40,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Maryland Food Bank, but that's not all: Giant and the Ravens will also team up to support community events including breast cancer awareness and prevention efforts in the month of October.

D.C. Divas Heading to International Women’s World Championship in Football

The Landover, Md. based professional women’s football team, the D.C. Divas, have announced that three of their players were selected to play in America’s first women’s national football team.

The national team is set to travel to Stockholm, Sweden for the inaugural International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championship.

Representing the Divas on the 2010 U.S. club are: Okiima Pickett (RB); Michelle Riddle (OL); and Donna Wilkinson (TE/WR).

 

Md. Police Arrest Alleged Serial Bank Robber

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) - A suspect wanted in connection with six bank robberies that occurred in Largo and Bowie was arrested Thursday, police said.

In a joint operation the Prince George's County Police Department's Robbery Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Anne Arundel County Police Department arrested 47 year-old Damon Keith Roberts Jr., at his home in Landover.

Police said Roberts allegedly entered each bank posing as a customer and then would pass a note to the tellers demanding money.

Once Roberts obtained the money, detectives said he fled the banks on foot.

No one was injured during any of the robberies, police said.

Police said Roberts is charged with six counts of Robbery and is remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections.