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More inspections planned after 911 failure

24-09-2016 Hits:107 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Sprint Wireless leaders said they will put new measures in place to prevent another outage that prevented customers last month from dialing 911 on their mobile phones. Brian Hedlund, a Sprint Wireless representative Brian Hedlund, told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) said last week a defective part prevented Sprint Wireless from sustaining wire line service during a PEPCO power outage Aug. 16. Hedlund said Sprint had “redundancy,” or alternate power sources, in case there was a power failure. He said such an incident is unlikely to occur but Sprint needs to be ready in case it does. “This particular switch failure was a very unusual circumstance,” Hedlund said.

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Get The Lead Out!

23-09-2016 Hits:198 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Get The Lead Out!

"Water Supply Challenges" Part One of Five: Sentinel investigation finds little lead in water supply but other problems Surface water in Montgomery and Prince George’s County contains fecal matter, while tap water and well water in the two counties has a variety of chemicals, turbidity and hardness issues – according to a six-month long investigation conducted by The Sentinel newspapers. The path your water takes from the banks of the Potomac and Patuxent rivers to your tap at home is a long and complicated one.

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MCPS investigating racial chant on middle school bus

23-09-2016 Hits:83 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

MCPS investigating racial chant on middle school bus

Children chanted racial slurs on school bus Tuesday. Links to the video are available on our media option and bottom of this page. A student from Robert Frost Middle School recorded her classmates on the bus singing a song that included a racial slur Tuesday. In the video posted online, students sang, “One, two, three, four, how many (n-word) are in my store?” Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said the Office of School Support and Improvement reported the incident to MCPS.

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Democrats support, Republicans oppose Question 1 on fall ballot

08-09-2016 Hits:215 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Democrats support, Republicans oppose Question 1 on fall ballot

State Del. David Moon (D-20) authored HB 260, a constitutional amendment to change how officials are appointed to fill vacancies in the comptroller's and attorney general's offices. FILE PHOTO   Maryland voters this fall will decide whether the governor must pick someone of the same party as the attorney general or comptroller if either of them cannot complete their elected terms. A special election would follow the next year to complete the term, according to the terms of the proposed constitutional amendment voters are set to consider Nov. 8. Voting down the measure would allow the governor to make the temporary appointment without regard for party affiliation. State Del. David Moon (D-20), whose district includes Takoma Park, authored House Bill 260, a constitutional amendment which passed the General Assembly this year and now is up for a statewide referendum. It’s often referred to as Question 1.

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'Let Summer be Summer'

01-09-2016 Hits:234 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

'Let Summer be Summer'

Hogan echoes the sentiment with an executive order which pushes public school start date after Labor Day Principal Cabell Lloyd of Meadow Hall Elementary School greets students on the first day of school.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said he wanted to "let summer be summer." On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan granted Meehan's wish, signing an executive order mandating the state's public schools start after Labor Day. The executive order will take effect beginning at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Hogan said starting school after Labor Day will generate $74 million in economic activity citing a 2013 study done by the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates saying starting school after Labor Day will bring in $3.7 million in new wages and $7.7 million in state and local tax revenue. “Starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day is not just a family issue – it’s an economic and public...

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Sarbanes pushes back against public cynicism of government

15-08-2016 Hits:369 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Sarbanes pushes back against public cynicism of government

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3)  PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM   ROCKVILLE – “I wish the country wasn’t so angry at the government right now.” Public cynicism about politics and people spending more time online than outdoors at events has made it harder for public officials to communicate with their constituents, according to Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3). “The public is so cynical. They’re so turned off,” said Sarbanes Monday at the office of the Montgomery County Sentinel.

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Anyone else tired of being afraid?

22-09-2016 Hits:87 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Anyone else tired of being afraid?

Bombings in New York, New Jersey and a stabbing elsewhere in the country this week sent the Chicken Little in all of us scurrying about once again - ranting the end of the world was coming, the sky was falling and terrorists would soon consume us all.I have but one question: When do you get tired of being so scared?If I ever was fearful terrorists would end us – and I can tell you I never have been convinced a bunch of yahoos in pickup trucks and IEDs could do anything more than instill fear – then all of us should be long over the spell of fear these sidebar characters cast.

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Facts, opinions and Snowden

22-09-2016 Hits:58 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Facts, opinions and Snowden

Economics teaches us the more of a commodity we have, then usually the less valuable that commodity is to us – or as the economics professor used to say, “The demand curve slopes down.”With that being said, if you couple that thought with the well-known maxim regarding opinions and their proliferation, then one must come to the logical and factual conclusion that opinions are worthless.Edward Snowden didn’t get in trouble for releasing “opinions.” He got in trouble for being a whistleblower regarding hard data – real information – you know “facts.”

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Facts, Opinions and Snowden

14-09-2016 Hits:189 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Facts, Opinions and Snowden

Economics teaches us the more of a commodity we have, then usually the less valuable that commodity is to us – or as the economics professor used to say, “The demand curve slopes down.”With that being said, if you couple that thought with the well-known maxim regarding opinions and their proliferation, then one must come to the logical and factual conclusion that opinions are worthless.Edward Snowden didn’t get in trouble for releasing “opinions.” He got in trouble for being a whistle-blower regarding hard data – real information – you know “facts.”Those facts are the coin of the realm and increasingly hard to come by.

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Staff picks for Sept. 22, 2016

Last week totals: Montgomery Marty: 12-6 Season: 40-13 Unknown editor Last week: 15-3 Season: 45-8 This week: B-CC@Northwood W.J. @ Gaithersburg Northwest @ Whitman

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Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character in Oliver Stone's new film "Snowden." COURTESY PHOTO Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a biopic of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of that agency’s domestic spying operations, is a serious, well-made, and genuinely frightening film. Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the movie, based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. Stone met personally with Snowden multiple times in Russia, where he has lived under political asylum during the last three years, while researching the film. Open Road Films, which last year brought “Spotlight” to the big screen, produced the movie. “Snowden” is framed by the title character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meeting in Hong Kong in 2013 with filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).

Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Local artists gathered to display their work in the annual Glen Echo Art Show at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO  GLEN ECHO – During the holiday weekend, local artists displayed their work at the Glen Echo Labor Day Art Show at the historic Spanish Ballroom. Now in its 46th year, the show is a lightly-juried festival that displays artwork in a variety of different media. A percentage of revenue from artwork sold at the show supports the park’s educational programs. “There’s a long history in the show of artists who are affiliated with the park, and also sometimes they are instructors or resident artists or they take lessons here, and some are just community members,” said Meredith Forster, Education program manager for Glen Echo Park.

Bethesda 'Laugh Riot' Ensues Featuring Celebrity Comedians

BETHESDA – At the Positano Italian Restaurant, a new comedy show is in town. Formerly at a different venue, “Laugh Riot” is a comedy show being hosted weekly in a section at the back of the eatery. On a stage no bigger than some of the tables, stand-up comedians do their bits for the cheap price of $10 admission. “[Laugh Riot] always gets great shows, they’re well-organized, and you always get a laugh. I come at every opportunity,” said Trish, a local resident.

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