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With a thick skin and a big heart one of the county’s best prosecutors is honored

28-03-2017 Hits:30 Local OpenArc Support - avatar OpenArc Support

With a thick skin and a big heart one of the county’s best prosecutors is honored

Maryland Senior State's Attorney for Montgomery County Kathy Knight.          PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   Sure, it is great to be identified as one of the elite in your profession, but as far as Maryland Senior State’s Attorney for Montgomery County Kathy Knight is concerned, there’s much work to be done. After 21-plus years as a state’s attorney, where she has investigated and prosecuted pretty much any kind of crime you can think of, Knight looks at her induction as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers mostly as a great resource. As a member of this prestigious organization, where only the top 1 percent of the total lawyer population in each state can belong, Knight is humbled and very excited to have legal friends all over the country. Her boss, John McCarthy, state’s attorney for Montgomery County, called it “a great honor for one of our best...

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Cancer support group honors two volunteers and co-founder

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Cancer support group honors two volunteers and co-founder

(Left to right) Hope Connections’ honorees, co-founder-CEO/President Paula Rothenberg, May Benatar (Bethesda) and Afie Lattimer (Potomac), along with gala co-chairs Jim Baker and Liza Marshall, and from NBC4, the event's master of ceremonies Wendy Rieger. COURTESY PHOTO   WASHINGTON – A local organization that offers free mind and body treatment for cancer patients and their caregivers honored two volunteers who lead those programs and the organization’s co-founder at the Watergate Hotel March 16. Hope Connections for Cancer Support presented awards to volunteers Afie Lattimer and May Benatar and to Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Rothenberg during its 10th anniversary gala.

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Sessions says MoCo may face loss of federal funds

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Sessions says MoCo may face loss of federal funds

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that jurisdictions – like Montgomery County - that refuse to not fully comply with federal immigration law will face a loss of federal funding.

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Power to the Attorney General

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Democrats look to expand attorney general powers to sue the federal government   The General Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that will give the state’s attorney general more power to sue the federal government on the state’s behalf. After several executive orders from President Donald J. Trump alarmed Democratic leaders in Annapolis, members of the General Assembly, along with Attorney General Brian Frosh, have crafted a bill to expand the attorney general’s powers in the state. The bill passed the House of Delegates Wednesday after passing the Senate last week. The bill does not require the governor’s signature. “Frankly, the need for this arises from the, I would say, erratic and implosive and you might even say reckless nature of what’s going in the past few weeks,” Frosh said in a committee hearing on the bill. “There’s been blizzard of executive orders, many of which are ill-advised.”

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Maryland House debates safety commission as FTA cuts funding

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ANNAPOLIS – A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) union member said at a bill hearing that he was concerned about the future of due process for employees if Maryland legislators pass a bill to create a new safety commission. The commission would serve as WMATA’s state-level safety oversight agency, which Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are required to set up by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FTA has been acting as Metro’s temporary state-level safety oversight agency since October 2015 after it determined the previous oversight agency, the tri-state oversight commission, failed to fulfill its safety oversight role effectively. The Metro Safety Commission would take over from the FTA.

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Hogan, O’Malley agree on gerrymandering reform

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Maryland’s two most recent governors agree on one of the most divisive issues in the state – gerrymandering. Gov. Larry Hogan had faint praise for his predecessor, former Gov. Martin O’Malley, after getting wind of remarks O’Malley made at a speech at Boston College. In his speech, which O’Malley published online in January, O’Malley called for a nonpartisan commission to draw congressional districts, a reform that Republicans in Maryland are in support of. “America needs non-partisan redistricting commissions not only for drawing Congressional districts every ten years, but for state legislative districts as well,” O’Malley said. “This simple reform, already being adopted in some states, must become the new norm of American democracy.”

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It isn't a case of 'All hat and no cattle'!

27-03-2017 Hits:70 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

It isn't a case of 'All hat and no cattle'!

  Updated 3/27 So, what comes next in healthcare? After Friday’s flame out in Congress of an attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, even the staunchest defenders of the current system admit it needs to be repaired.Paul Ryan, meanwhile, proved his ability to coordinate his caucus resembled a wrangler trying to herd spastic cats and the president proved while he has a bully pulpit Steve Bannon is no bully from the pulpit.For many, the bombast before the healthcare vote was simply a matter of the president being all hat and no cattle.Still, it occurs to me the other shoe hasn’t dropped.While the Democrats, some of the Republicans, television news and the uninformed electorate are either bemoaning, defending or cheering and taunting one another because of the failed GOP plan, as Sean Spicer pointed out in his Monday afternoon press briefing – it ain’t over til it’s over. (With apologies...

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The politics of a local tragedy

23-03-2017 Hits:265 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The politics of a local tragedy

Somewhere in this county right now a 14-year-old girl is confused, angry and hurting. Dragged into a bathroom at her high school and repeatedly raped, she has been violated and her humanity torn from her in a way no child should ever face. An 18-year-old illegal immigrant stands accused of the crime along with a 17-year-old juvenile illegal immigrant – one of whom was facing deportation hearings - and because of who they are the story has taken on national significance.

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Don't do that in my ear and tell me it's raining!

21-03-2017 Hits:324 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Don't do that in my ear and tell me it's raining!

When I was just a little boy – standing to my daddy’s knee - I learned the gentle art of appreciating artful dodging from my mother who was a successful local actress, my father who was a very successful car salesman, uncles who were attorneys and politicians, and grandparents who were lawyers and judges.My grandmother once told me my dad was so good at spinning the truth she would know he was lying to her and she’d still believe him. Perhaps that is why I enjoy standup comedy and politics so much – both offer great yarns.Imagine my hope when I first saw President Donald Trump arrive on the scene. He brought with him Steve Bannon, a man who is a legend in his own mind. He brought us Kellyanne Conway, a woman I debated a few times in Philadelphia some 15 years ago. She was defending Dan Quayle and...

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Sports

Mencarini becomes a Turtle!

Mencarini becomes a Turtle!

Former Quince Orchard coach takes position on Terrapin football staff Dave Mencarini at Quince Orchard. FILE PHOTO Former Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini has joined DJ Durkin’s staff at the University of Maryland. Mencarini, a Rockville High School graduate, has been named a Senior Recruiting Analyst for the Terrapins football program. “Dave has a great deal of passion and love for the University of Maryland,” said Durkin. “He brings great energy, and we're thrilled to have him on our staff." 

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Center Stage: Olney’s “Fickle” does commendable nod to French theater

Center Stage: Olney’s “Fickle” does commendable nod to French theater

Performers in the production of “Fickle," now playing at the Olney Theatre. COURTESY PHOTO OLNEY — An amusing production of “Fickle” is running at the Olney Theatre based on the French play “The Double Inconstancy.” In the play, a prince, his servants and countryside peasants interact together in a series of comical twists. “Fickle” begins when a prince falls for for a peasant girl named Silvia (Kathryn Tkel) and kidnaps both her and her husband, Harlequin (Andy Reinhardt), bringing them to his castle. The Prince, played by Christopher Dinolfo, is a naïve fellow who enjoys wearing costumes and thinks that impersonating others is the way to win over Silvia’s heart. Meanwhile, Harlequin as the starved peasant is played for laughs since he is obsessed with eating cheese throughout the play.

“All the world is a stage”

“All the world is a stage”

And this theater group teaches local youths how to become empowered as players Traveling Players Ensemble founder & director Jeanne Harrison. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – Students who joined a theater program with the intention of learning to act said they received more than they expected. Maereg Gebretekle, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School junior, and Jeremy Wenick, a Walt Whitman sophomore, said they had wanted to acquire theater experience outside what their high schools had to offer. “It’s given me a lot of theater experience that I never thought I would get,” Gebretekle said after a rehearsal Friday. “I didn’t know theater was run this way because I only did one show and it wasn’t even that big of a deal in middle school,” she said, remembering her school play.

Center Stage: An astounding “Avenue Q” at Montgomery College

ROCKVILLE — Absolutely astounding. Two words to describe Montgomery College Theatre’s production of “Avenue Q” last week. It was intriguing to learn that “Avenue Q” was an homage to “Sesame Street,” and the opening seconds of the show were mindblowing.

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