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17-year-old accused in Rockville rape awaits trial

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ROCKVILLE – Prosecutors will have until May 5 to decide whether to go forward with rape and sexual assault charges against Jose O. Montano, a Rockville High School student accused of raping a fellow student. Montano, 17, along with Henry E. Sanchez, 18, was charged with first-degree rape and two first-degree sexual offense charges after police said the two Rockville High School students raped a 14-year-old girl during school hours. District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe set Montano’s trial date for May 5, which means the state’s attorney will have until then to either proceed or drop the charges against Montano. “Hopefully, they’ll make the right decision and realize Mr. Montano was arrested hastily without an investigation,” said Montano’s attorney, David Wooten.

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Council gets its turn to comment on budget

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Council gets its turn to comment on budget

ROCKVILLE – Last week the County Council heard from the residents. Now it has its chance to craft a budget. After County Executive Ike Leggett released his $5.4 billion proposed budget in March, the Council took comments from the community in a series of public hearings before it deliberates during the next month or so to craft a budget. Unlike last year in Leggett’s proposed budget, this fiscal year’s does not contain any considerable tax increase, and Council President Roger Berliner (D-1) said a tax increase over the County charter limit is not on the table this year. Many of the people who showed up last week to testify asked the County to fund their particular interests, whether they are Montgomery College or one of the County’s nonprofit partners such as Manna Food Center.

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Stormwater fees discussed in Takoma Park and may nearly double

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Stormwater fees discussed in Takoma Park and may nearly double

Takoma Park held a presentation on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, introducing new expenses and possible changes, including an increase to the city’s stormwater fee. The plans are currently in a proposal stage and will go through public hearings and other stages. There were areas of contention for some of the council members, such as a proposed increase to the stormwater fee from $55 to $92.

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Franchot looks to reform alcohol laws

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The state comptroller said Tuesday he is starting an alcohol task force to review state laws because the state is more “restrictive” on craft breweries than every other state in the country. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he wants to see reform in Maryland alcohol laws. He said the task force, called Reform on Tap, will meet at breweries across the state and discuss concerns about existing laws as well as ideas for new legislation to propose to the General Assembly. Stakeholders such as breweries would make up the task force.

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State passes legislation to give one-year write-offs for manufacturing equipment

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The Maryland General Assembly included one-year write-offs of manufacturing equipment for tax purposes in its end-of-session legislative rush on April 10. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the new tax law on April 11. It was part of Hogan’s job creation initiative, attached to better-known provisions allowing for special tax incentives for manufacturing in less prosperous areas of Maryland, including parts of Baltimore, Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

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State’s Congressmen and Senators meet with Bay advocates

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CAPITOL HILL – An annual gathering of clean water advocates took on more urgency this year in the wake of President Donald Trump’s budget, which proposes deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and eliminates entirely federal funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration. The Choose Clean Water Coalition held a reception April 5 to bring together representatives from its 225 member organizations and elected representatives in Congress to discuss the negative impacts of Trump’s proposal to eliminate $73 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, which funds local restoration efforts in Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to a reception, the group facilitated 36 individual meetings between water groups and members of Congress. “This gathering could not happen at a more important critical moment given the budget that came down,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) “This is an hour, a moment of great need for this coalition and with your...

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Pondering straight answers during Easter

20-04-2017 Hits:200 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Pondering straight answers during Easter

  From the time I was very young, I have often pondered the question: What is it all about? Since I am made up of the atoms from an exploding star, am I merely nothing more than the Universe struggling to make sense of itself? Are all of us extensions of the vastness of creation experiencing itself consciously? Why is there anything? These thoughts often occur to me before my morning coffee and fade away into the shallowness of my daily existence before I take them on again each night before I fall asleep.  

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For the briefest of shallow Hitler moments

12-04-2017 Hits:457 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

For the briefest of shallow Hitler moments

There are gaffes and there are “Even Hitler didn’t gas his own people,” gaffes.From “alternative facts,” to record setting inaugural numbers that didn’t occur to budget directors thumbing their nose at the poor and the Third World, the current presidential administration has been nothing if not amusing in a Machiavellian way.But Tuesday Sean Spicer found the “Hitler didn’t gas his own people,” moment.Kind of like when Fonzie jumped the shark tank.

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The missing Russian and the POTUS check

06-04-2017 Hits:650 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The missing Russian and the POTUS check

I found a missing Russian in Washington D.C. yesterday. He’s a funny guy and an easy guy to get along with overall. Boris Epshteyn, an assistant to the president, a friend of President Trump’s son and a well-known surrogate on the television circuit for this administration has gone walk about. Last week the administration quietly acknowledged Boris has left to “pursue other interests in the administration,” according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Paulie, you won’t see him around no more,” Clemenza warned us as he made spaghetti sauce and the Corleones went to the mattresses. Sorry. Strong sense of déjà vu.

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Sports

R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted. The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.

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Center Stage: Merging Celtic tradition and folk rock

Center Stage: Merging Celtic tradition and folk rock

Jennifer Cutting’s uplifting OCEAN brings with it a touch of The Beatles too Jennifer Cutting (far right) with the OCEAN Orchestra. COURTESY PHOTO NORTH BETHESDA — Celtic tradition and high-spirited folk rock came together when Jennifer Cutting’s OCEAN orchestra performed its new “Waves” album at Strathmore’s AMP on March 31. OCEAN, described as “Celtic music for ancient moderns,” is grounded in the Celtic tradition while mixing in genres like Beatles-style pop, Southern rock and even Bollywood in the “Waves” album.Some of the songs in “Waves” come from the start of Cuttings’ music career 23 years ago, which makes it the culmination of “many, many years of work.” The orchestra has created a long and loyal following, many of whom were present at the “Waves” debut.

Center Stage: Bill Viola’s art slows time to create mindful contemplation

Center Stage: Bill Viola’s art slows time to create mindful contemplation

Performers John Hay and Sarah Steben take part in Bill Viola's video art piece "The Fall into Paradise," part of his exhibit "The Moving Portrait" now featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. COURTESY PHOTO WASHINGTON D.C. — Moving pictures meet portraiture. Video, a popular media form used for almost any purpose, is rarely utilized for slow, perceptual contemplation often achieved in paintings or music. Bill Viola’s work “The Moving Portrait” does exactly that. His work is more akin to portraiture rather than narrative stories often seen in video. His work focuses on facial language and slow-motion to allow a calmer, meditative attention to his footage. These videos focus on the physical actions of his subjects rather than the promise of a narrative climax or conclusion to maintain interest. Examples include “The Raft”, a high-definition video projection of nineteen people suddenly hit by a high-pressure stream of water.

It’s a game of musical chairs at Second Story Books

It’s a game of musical chairs at Second Story Books

Allan Stypeck of Second Story Books. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   In their own version of musical chairs, those gathered on the ground floor of Second Story Books in Rockville on the last Saturday of each month continually move to the next chair. They reach their goal when it’s finally their turn to meet with the used bookstore’s president, Allan Stypeck. Stypeck, who has spent 40 years appraising books and other documents, carefully handles all books, checks their conditions, scans the pages and pulls from his memory a wealth of history and recollections. Often that is enough to say what the book is worth. If not, he knows the right internet sites to determine the book’s value. On a recent appraisal day, Stypeck examined a first edition of “Cujo” by Stephen King and immediately knew when it was published. He also reviewed a book that had an authentic signature of a few...

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