Obama Endorses O’Malley, Encourages Marylanders To Vote. President Barack Obama is weighing in on Maryland’s race for governor.Obama was featured in a new radio ad endorsing fellow Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley.In the ad, Obama says, “I’ve seen Martin work. And I know this governor has made the tough decisions to put education, safety and job creation first. So stand with me, Barack Obama, in moving Maryland forward with my friend, Martin O’Malley.”The governor’s challenger, former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich, downplayed the ad, saying, “Maryland voters like to make up their own minds.”
Arundel Officer Revives Child Who Was Not Breathing. An Anne Arundel County police officer saved the life of a child who wasn’t breathing early Tuesday morning.Police said officers responded to the 7700 block of Vena Court in Pasadena shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday after getting a 911 call that a child was unresponsive and not breathing.Police said Cpl. Luke Ringler got to the home within one minute of the call and began performing CPR on the 4-year-old girl, eventually reviving her.”As it turns out, I just happened to be right around the corner and got there rather quickly,” Ringler said. “I checked her airway, cleared it as best I could, began to administer CPR — throughout the process she attempted to breath. She kept gagging and gasping. We repeated this for several minutes at least until at last she finally did take one big breath of air in.”
Maryland Handheld Cell Phone Ban To Start Friday. Maryland will become the eighth state to ban drivers from talking on a handheld cell phone under a new law that takes effect this week, a change cheered by safe driving advocates and insurers who say it will prevent distracted driving accidents and save lives. Advocates described the law as an important tool in changing bad driving habits.
Tropical Depression Headed Our Way With Lots Of Rain. The update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated Tropical Depression #16 has not yet reached tropical storm strength. Maximum sustained winds are still around 35 mph and the satellite imagery indicates the storm is still disorganized. In fact, to quote the NHC, “clearly, this is not a classical tropical cyclone”. Still, the forecast is for some strengthening and TD #16 is expected to become Tropical Storm Nicole over the next 24 hours. The forecast track takes the low pressure system north toward Miami and eventually near Wilmington, NC Thursday afternoon. From there computer models bring the tropical moisture north into Virginia and Maryland with the potential for 3-5″ of rain along the path of the storm. If the forecast verifies, Thursday could be very soggy around here with the possibility of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in parts of central and eastern Maryland. Stay tuned to this blog for updates and check out our hurricane section.