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County adds two more circuit court positions

28-06-2016 Hits:36 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

There will be two more judges in the Montgomery County Circuit Court but who will fill those positions is still an open question. Applicants for these vacancies must fill out a personal data questionnaire, which can be found at www.mdcourts.gov. They also must submit two writing samples to the Administrative Office of the Courts by 4:30 p.m. on July 14. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will then select the final candidates.

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Rockville hits reset on Chestnut Lodge townhouses

28-06-2016 Hits:35 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

ROCKVILLE – A controversial plan to build seven townhouses at Chestnut Lodge is now being pared down to six townhouses. However, the developer will need to start the application process over again before the City Council decides whether to approve it. “We’re not thrilled about starting over again,” said Stephen Orens, an attorney representing the developer. “So much of it has been vetted over and over and over and over again.”

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Recurring fire and smoke at Gallery Place Metro

28-06-2016 Hits:120 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Recurring fire and smoke at Gallery Place Metro

  Metro closed Gallery Place for repairs after smoke filled the station early Monday evening due to a "smoldering bolt." PHOTO COURTESY OF HELEN STARKWEATHER D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services investigated a “smoldering bolt” at Gallery Place Metro station that occurred around 6 p.m. Monday night. Staff closed the station after another fire occurred later in the same area so crews could repair that section of the track. D.C. Fire/EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said firefighters responded to the station due to a report of smoke in the station. They arrived after Metro staff had already put out the fire using fire extinguishers in powdered form. 

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Hogan decides to just say "NO" to Trump

24-06-2016 Hits:79 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Wednesday he will not vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post. “No, I don’t plan to,” Hogan told the Post on whether he would vote for Trump. “I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.”

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Local student reaches out to assist incoming immigrants

10-06-2016 Hits:253 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

SILVER SPRING — Since the deportation of his parents years earlier and possibly facing a similar fate, Yves Gomes, 23, has battled to remain in the United States, campaigning for other undocumented immigrants like himself, and pushing state and national legislators to reform current immigration laws. Gomes is currently staying in the U.S. under a two-year waiver from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were 16 or younger to apply for temporary legal status. The last time Yves Gomes saw his father Robin Gomes in person was almost eight years ago, when he was being escorted out of their Silver Spring home in handcuffs by federal authorities. The family ordeal began a week earlier when the elder Gomes was pulled over by police for a broken taillight, not knowing for sure whether police would...

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State considers curtailing use of Tasers by cops

03-06-2016 Hits:249 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

  SILVER SPRING – State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-18) said she is considering introducing a bill that would require all police agencies in Maryland to follow a common set of Taser guidelines and standards. "It was clear that there was a need to put in place some of the recommended guidelines and standards,” said Gutierrez of federal standards on police Taser use. Gutierrez attended a May 25 meeting featuring Montgomery County Police Officers Frank Stone and Greg Woodman. The two officers discussed the Montgomery County Police Department’s use of force policy on Tasers and how they’re upgrading Taser equipment. The Montgomery County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland hosted the forum.

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Transparency? NOT!

22-06-2016 Hits:145 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Transparency? NOT!

  One of the leading cries heard by politicians from the local to the federal levels is how they are struggling hard to be “transparent” in their dealings with the public.Don’t believe it. Not for one minute. Last year this newspaper joined others in the state as some local politicians – under the guise of “cost cutting” decided cutting costs would mean cutting out local newspapers from certain revenue streams while at the same time allowing the local governments to post important notices on their own websites without the public’s involvement. It’s just the opposite of transparency, but if you say it often enough there’s the thought you can get most people to believe anything.Luckily the measure failed. Meanwhile we have some local politicians who – since the demise of The Gazette – continue to say there are no newspapers left in Montgomery County – despite the fact The Washington Post and...

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Guns, Men and Mass Murder

15-06-2016 Hits:224 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Guns, Men and Mass Murder

Callous. That is the new word to describe life in the United States. We can also add in “uncaring” but that may be gilding the lily. Following the latest mass shooting in the U.S. it says something that so many Americans, including the presumptive GOP and Democratic nominees for the highest office in the land took to tweeting their respective political stances regarding gun control, terror and Muslims before the bodies were even cold. Elsewhere on social media the masses divided themselves into pro-gun and anti-gun corners while also drawing themselves into Muslim, gay and Hispanic corners as they took aim at each other – hopefully only figuratively speaking. The shooting was Obama’s fault for not “recognizing our enemies”, and “The problem wasn’t one guy with a gun but 103 that didn’t have one,” and “Ban all guns Now,” while elsewhere others hinted our current President had something to do with...

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Float like a butterfly

09-06-2016 Hits:268 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Float like a butterfly

The first major award Muhammad Ali received as a boxer was the “Paul Karem” memorial award when he won the local Golden Gloves championship in 1960. Named after my great-uncle, it is symbolic to me of how Ali personally touched my own life. I take issue with a recent article I read which said my hometown never really came to terms with Ali and some still called him “Cassius Clay”. I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I can assure you this Lebanese white boy born and bred in Louisville Kentucky not only accepted him for who he was, but what he stood for – honor, dignity, rebellion and respect. I’ve traveled across the world and in most parts of the world I’ve been met with indifference when I talk of my birth city. Many simply have never heard of it – or don’t know where it is. But mention Muhammad Ali and...

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Northwest holds on against W. Johnson

Northwest holds on against W. Johnson

Ben Dressman of Northwest is surrounded by Walter Johnson defenders. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH BOYDS – Northwest junior forward Lameek Lumsden looked forward to his team’s upcoming game against Walter Johnson for one reason. He wanted to beat the Wildcats and return the favor after WJ grabbed a victory against the Jaguars jayvee team in the regular season.  The two squads clashed Tuesday at the Maryland Soccerplex and Lumsden got his wish. Northwest hung on to a late lead to slide past the Wildcats, 53-50.

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Former police station in Silver Spring may become haven for artists

Former police station in Silver Spring may become haven for artists

Artspace has plans for the old 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO  The former 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring may soon become both an affordable place to live and work for artists. ArtSpace Projects, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit company that creates affordable living and working space throughout the country, has submitted plans to convert the former police station into 30 artist studios amid an affordable housing development that will include up to 68 multifamily homes and 11 townhouses.

She was the next contestant on "The Price Is Right"

She was the next contestant on "The Price Is Right"

Eva McQueen-Gates with host Drew Carey on "The Price Is Right." COURTESY PHOTO    While waiting in line for "The Price Is Right" tickets March 29, Eva McQueen-Gates offered her pricing strategy to her three sisters and their friends if someone selected her for the show. It was an idea the 63-year-old Brandywine resident thought about when she began watching the show while she was in high school. “No matter what nobody did, I was going to bet $1,” McQueen-Gates said. “Even if they bid $2, I would still bet $1. It was a big joke.”

Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club was the site of last year's Sentinel Awards ceremony.   FILE PHOTO   Disagreements between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club’s owner and investor have led to the possibility of foreclosure on the property. Auction Markets, LLC has already set the foreclosure auction for June 29 at 11 a.m. According to club owner Rick Brown, the conflict of interests began last spring, when the club’s investor, Kenneth Welch, filed two lawsuits regarding two other properties in North Carolina and Virginia. Welch refused comment through his attorney David Musgrave. Brown said this foreclosure suit is a “vengeful act” from Welch’s part from not winning the other lawsuits. “He’s taken this action, we think, because of revenge after the other two properties have been substantially repudiated as his attempt to sue us. So it’s a shame because (with) a simple phone call, we would have been able to resolve, at least...

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