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County lawyer at center of critical debate on drones

29-07-2016 Hits:189 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

County lawyer at center of critical debate on drones

SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County is finding itself at the center of a national discussion on drones as one flyer takes on the Federal Aviation Administration for its proposed drone registration policy known as Part 107. John Taylor, a Silver Spring-based attorney and recreational drone flyer behind the lawsuit, argued in a court document, “the FAA clearly violated the [2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act] which prohibits the registration of drones.” His lawsuit is still pending after he filed it in December 2015. Aviation law professor at the University of North Dakota, Joseph Vasek, takes a different view. “[Part 107] isn’t anything new, the FAA has the authority to regulate aircraft, model aircraft, and drones,” said Vasek.

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Metro derailment in Virginia injures one, shuts down East Falls Church station

29-07-2016 Hits:85 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Metro derailment in Virginia injures one, shuts down East Falls Church station

At least one person was injured Friday morning after a Metro Silver Line train carrying 75 riders derailed near the East Falls Church station in Virginia.

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County weighs in on police body cameras

28-07-2016 Hits:107 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

GERMANTOWN – For over a decade, Linda Plummer has campaigned on transparency in policing. As President of the Montgomery County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Plummer was glad to see that her campaign for police to wear body cameras has come to fruition in Montgomery County. “So this has leveled itself out over the years, but we, the NAACP, were the ones who began speaking about body cameras,” Plummer said. The national conversation over community-police relations was reignited this month after videos of police using lethal force in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn. went viral. “Social media has really opened up our eyes to the some of the crises going on really,” Plummer said.

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Critics say terror watch list isn't solving the problem

28-07-2016 Hits:109 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

ROCKVILLE – In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks around the world, counterterrorism has become a major topic of political discussion. On the presidential campaign, both major party candidates have weighed in with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) calling for expanding the watch list program while real estate mogul Donald Trump (R) supports restricting firearms sales to those already placed on the list. Gadeir Abbas, an attorney who represents individuals who have been placed on the list, said the government’s watch list program “has been an utter debacle from the start.”

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Maryland in DNC spotlight

28-07-2016 Hits:99 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Maryland in DNC spotlight

Mikulski nominates Hillary Clinton while Sanders supporters rant and rave Senator Barbara Mikulski nominated Hillary Clinton for President at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   PHILADEPLIA – The "little general in pearls," as Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) has been called, is ending her political career with a flourish. Tuesday she nominated her friend and former Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in American history. The five-term, retiring senator from Maryland had nothing but praise for her Senate colleague. “So on behalf of all the women who have broken down barriers for others and with an eye toward the barriers ahead, I proudly raise Hillary Clinton’s name in nomination to be the next President,” said Mikulski.

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Maryland delegation takes on Democratic convention in upheaval

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Maryland delegation takes on Democratic convention in upheaval

  Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke about party unity at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PHOTO BY PAUL SCHWARTZ  PHILADELPHIA – While Democrats planned on sending out a message of hope and unity during their convention, it was anything but, as loud boos echoed out through the conventional hall signaling that the party is still reeling from upheaval. On the Friday before the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks published about 20,000 emails from the Democratic Party that showed the key party leaders – including the Democratic Party Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – favored former Secretary State Hillary Clinton over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for the presidential nomination. After the revelations that members of the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton, Wasserman-Schultz resigned as chair, but that did not stop ardent Sanders supporters from holding up signs in protest and booing speakers.

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Big britches and little itches

28-07-2016 Hits:91 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Big britches and little itches

“Move over here,” the woman commanded. I moved. “We’re reporters working here. This is my work space. I need quiet,” a young AP reporter shouted from his seat at the Democratic Convention as 50,000 people refused to acknowledge his importance. “Hillary has to prove herself to me bro’,” a Bernie Bro shouted during an impromptu sit-in as the Bernie Bros defied the candidate they supported after he threw his support to Hillary Clinton. Earlier in the day Bernie, a man of the people, sat down with his Vermont delegation and the Secret Service and the DNC volunteers banned reporters and anyone else from entering “The Bowl” of the Convention floor except through one chokehold point because the man of the people wanted to show how populist he was by casting his vote with Vermont. The S.S. didn’t tell anyone what was going on. When asked why hundreds of people who already had to pass...

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Sliding into Philly

24-07-2016 Hits:117 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Sliding into Philly

  I saw my family Saturday night in Philadelphia. The last time the family got together for a reunion, it was rather remarkable to see all the different colors, shapes and demeanor of people who are in one way or another related to me. There are many cousins who are of different faiths than the Maronite/Roman Catholic faith in which I was raised. There were Jewish members of my family, a few Muslims and I think we even have some Methodists and Baptists – the ones who only drink outside of their own home- at our event. We’re a family of different beliefs, different sexual orientations and different opinions.

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The Donald 47 years later

21-07-2016 Hits:169 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The Donald 47 years later

In the last two days our offices have been swamped with emails, tweets and Facebook posts dedicated to the GOP National Convention. I’ve tried real hard to be angry, bored, or anything resembling interested in the faux issues being discussed by those who’ve sent me these communiqués. More often than not they are trivial at best and wildly uninformed.

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Sports

Combination of returners, newcomers, breed Thunderbolts’ success

Combination of returners, newcomers, breed Thunderbolts’ success

The 2016 team of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.  COURTESY PHOTO   Five Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts players earned trips to the 11th-annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game, scheduled for July 13. The North roster featured right-hander Nick Leonard and center fielder Zachary Racusin, who each played with the Thunderbolts last year, in addition to right-hander Chih-Yuan Lai, second baseman Grayland Fowler and catcher Nick Cieri.

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Former Silver Spring Library has new life as used bookstore

Former Silver Spring Library has new life as used bookstore

  The former Silver Spring Library now serves as a used bookstore for the Friends of the Library Montgomery County. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   Ryan Carmody knows with a few clicks, he can find any book he needs, order it and have it delivered to his Silver Spring home within a few days. Still, "a few times each month," he visits one of the county's two used bookstores that are operated by the Friends of the Library Montgomery County (FOLMC).  "There is sort of an aspect of surprise for what you are going to find," he said as he browsed through the books at the used bookstore that opened June 20 in the former Silver Spring library on Colesville Road.

Thousands celebrate Mandela and reading

ROCKVILLE – When Carolyn Thompson’s kids first showed an interest in reading, she didn’t think the passion would bring the family to creating a nonprofit organization to encourage literacy. Now she and her sons Julian and Jack run Velocity Books, which opened in 2014 with the hope of promoting literacy in Montgomery County. The Thompson family has since grown their operation, sending books to people in Jamaica and South Carolina. Thompson is preparing to set up shop July 16 for Nelson Mandela Day at Rockville Town Square in front of the library, with more than 10,000 books available for free.

Building bonds and mentoring as a Big Sister

Building bonds and mentoring as a Big Sister

Jessica Wentworth, left, and her 11-year-old "Little Sister" Lavender Wilson.  PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA WENTWORTH   When the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the National Capital Area (BBBSNCA) paired 11-year-old Lavender Wilson with her “Big Sister,” 41-year-old Jessica Wentworth, the news excited Lavender. “I really liked her even though I didn’t know a lot about her. When we were first told about her, we found her Facebook page and we found out that it seemed like she was a really nice person. We were really relatable,” Lavender said. Jessica said she felt the same excitement Lavender did. “I was excited. I had no idea what to expect as far as who I’d be matched up with,” Jessica said.

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