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Single-tracking on Metro Red Line this weekend to test for electrical problems

28-04-2017 Hits:85 Local OpenArc Support - avatar OpenArc Support

Single-tracking on Metro Red Line this weekend to test for electrical problems

Metro will begin single-tracking Red Line trains and reducing service this weekend, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, so its contractor can test for electrical problems on its rails, Metro spokesperson Ron Holzer said. "I have said consistently that when we identify problems, we are going to address them head-on," said Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. "We now have a pattern of electrical issues all in the same area, and we are going to act to resolve the issue and improve service for our customers."

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Solving the mystery of the John Brown bridge

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Drivers in Rockville are struggling to find out more about Margaret S. Fletcher, her death at age 25, and why her gravestone is at the corner of Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive. The tombstone, until recently, was part of the John C. Brown Bridge. This bridge in Rockville is dedicated to the memory of the first Maryland man killed in the Korean War.

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Court date set in Gaithersburg annexation lawsuit

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Court date set in Gaithersburg annexation lawsuit

GAITHERSBURG – A lawsuit concerning a controversial annexation will have its day in court. On December 19 last year, Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council took up two resolutions concerning the annexation of the Johnson Property, an area near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Boulevard and authorizing City manager Tony Tomasello to execute an agreement to develop the property for mixed-zone commercial and residential use.

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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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He blinded me with Science double talk folks

27-04-2017 Hits:84 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

He blinded me with Science double talk folks

People who are convinced of the absolute righteousness of their single cause on any issue are as enjoyable to have a conversation with as discussing the actuary table with an insurance agent. It’s a long, slow boring march into the obvious with the chance of being distracted by the obtuse and miscellaneous. There are few exceptions to this rule. Zealots of any brand, whether religious or otherwise are among the least enjoyable people to be around on the planet. Politicians in Washington D.C. are the poster children for this sentiment – and I care little if we’re discussing the far left or far right. This past weekend scientists marched for common sense in several cities across the country – not convinced of the righteousness of a single cause – but convinced the country shouldn’t abandon the process of scientific research – you know the research which in the past has...

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Pondering straight answers during Easter

20-04-2017 Hits:237 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:491 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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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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