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Takoma Park union at odds over performan…

16-03-2018 Hits:403 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK — With contract negotiations at a standstill, the employees at Takoma Park’s Public Works Department say the city’s pay-for-performance system is an obstacle in their union negotiations with the city. “The public should know if the city employees are being paid fairly,” said David Burbank, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3399. “The pay-for-performance system is a total misnomer … it’s a corporate-based pay system.”

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Chief says Takoma Park crime is declinin…

16-03-2018 Hits:283 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK — Highlighting the declining crime rate, Takoma Park police chief Antonio DeVaul delivered his first report as head of the city’s law enforcement agency Wednesday evening in front of the City Council. “We’ve seen a slight decrease in reported crime over the last year,” DeVaul said during the meeting. “I’m pleased to announce that violent crime has decreased.”

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B-CC students organize gun violence foru…

16-03-2018 Hits:242 Local Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Sen. Chris Van Hollen met with students Sophie Cobb, Gabriela Jeliazkov and Julien Cary at a forum at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to discuss gun violence. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEYWASHINGTON — Members of Congress joined three Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School students Tuesday at a forum on gun violence, continuing the student-led debate over guns after a massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and giving the students another opportunity to take their issues to those in power. “I had my opinion and I had my beliefs and, obviously, I felt very discouraged by the recent presidential election, but definitely I’m seeing that we do have the power to make a difference because prior, I think, I just felt helpless,” said Sophie Cobb, a B-CC senior who helped organize the event with two fellow students, Julien Cary and Gabriela Jeliazkov

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State News

Maryland legislative update

16-03-2018 Hits:170 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

With less than a month left to go in this year’s legislative session, both chambers of the Maryland legislature are still working their way through several key pieces of legislation as their final deadline draws near. Here is an update thus far on a select number of a few state bills:

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Maryland crafts legislation targeting pr…

16-03-2018 Hits:170 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

A Maryland bill that would require all future presidential candidates to release their tax returns passsed the Maryland Senate last week, taking aim at President Trump.  The Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act – which passed the state Senate last week 28-17 – would make Maryland the first state to require future presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition of appearing on the ballot, so as to let voters evaluate any potential conflicts of interest.

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Kagan says video shows evidence of inapp…

16-03-2018 Hits:172 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Cheryl Kagan (left) and Gil Genn (right). FILE PHOTOSNewly-released security camera footage of an interaction between State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17th District) and lobbyist Gil Genn is leading to different explanations from both parties roughly two weeks after Kagan accused Genn of touching her inappropriately. The footage from a March 1 event at Castlebay Irish Pub in Annapolis shows shows Genn, a former state delegate and Kagan greeting one another with Genn putting his hand on Kagan’s back and whispering something to her before sliding his hand off her back, after which both spend the rest of the video in conversation. The footage does not make it clear how exactly Kagan reacted to Genn’s touch, as both continued talking in the crowded Annapolis bar. Kagan – who in a March 2 statement accused Genn of touching her inappropriately by placing his hand on her back and then “[sliding] it down” – claimed the video validates her accusations. “I was really uncomfortable,” Kagan said in a press conference Tuesday. “I wanted the incident to end. I wanted the interaction to end. He kept talking.” However, Genn’s lawyer said the video exonerates Genn of any inappropriate behavior.

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Everyone needs to establish standards

16-03-2018 Hits:231 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

There are certain expectations we, as citizens, have for the individual occupying the White House. We expect that they have a certain level of integrity, honesty, morals, intelligence, experience, judgment and so forth even if we do not always agree with positions, political or otherwise, they may take.Clearly there have been times in which we may have been let down by occupants of the White House, but just as certainly failure to live up to expectations should not result in lowering our expectations. We should always demand the best of our elected officials even if, at times, we are let down by their actions and judgment.

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Remember the Hawking Legacy

14-03-2018 Hits:595 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all." – Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking’s last warning for us before he died is chilling: Get off the planet or face extinction.We are an ignorant, nasty, brutish lot – us humans. But we are also a curious, loving lot. Our dichotomy is apparent by simply looking at the U.S. electoral landscape.However, this isn’t one of those columns.This is about hope.

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Before you go too far . . .

08-03-2018 Hits:1007 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

The late comedian Richard Jeni once said in reference to American politics if you’ve gone too far to the right or too far to the left then you’ve . . . gone too far.And here we are in 2018. Our president says to the nation during a joint news conference how much he enjoys conflict and how happy his White House is. “Believe me everyone wants to work in the White House,” he said an hour before Gary Cohn became the latest to say “Not so fast.”

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Rockville's Skarupa celebrates her victo…

19-03-2018 Hits:223 Sports Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Rockville’s Haley Skarupa proudly celebrates her Olympic success with a gold medal around her neck and the American flag in her hands. COURTESY PHOTO  For Rockville native Haley Skarupa, the world slowed down a little when a sudden-death shootout against Canada ended in a 3-2 victory, making her and the rest of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team gold medalists at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. “Honestly, it’s like a blur. I just started jumping,” recalled Skarupa, who could recall few details from the moment other than leaping around on the ice and onto a pile of her teammates. “It was obviously an amazing experience.” For the 24-year-old Skarupa – who saw success early on as part of Wootton High School’s 2013-2014 state champion boys’ hockey team – an Olympic gold medal was something she thought about ever since she first gained success on the ice, advancing from high school and club hockey at Wootton and the Washington Pride to play for the Boston College Eagles before turning pro with the Connecticut Whale and the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League.

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Maryland Terps men’s lacrosse team falls…

11-03-2018 Hits:470 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Maryland defenders Jared Bernhardt (10) and Curtis Corley (42) keep out Albany’s Connor Fields (5). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — In a matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the Albany Great Danes, the nation’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse programs, Albany’s Connor Fields proved to be the difference on Saturday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Fields, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining to lift No. 1 Albany to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 Maryland. Albany rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win over Maryland before an announced crowd of 7,475. “It’s huge for our confidence,” said Fields, who registered four goals and two assists. “I think it says a lot about our team and how we face adversity.”

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Town rallies behind victorious Falcons

11-03-2018 Hits:2053 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

Poolesville girls have perfect season, and win first state title ever Erin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points for the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  TOWSON — “I had someone email me last week after we won the region” Poolesville head coach Fred Swick said. “They said, ‘Congratulations, coach, your team just woke up the town.” With a 63-23 victory over the Queen Anne’s Lions, the Poolesville Falcons completed an undefeated 2017-18 season, winning the Maryland Class 2A state championship. Before this season, the Poolesville girls basketball team had never won a state championship in program history, let alone a regional title. A final record of 27-0 this season changed that, and the Falcons will be placing a banner commemorating their undefeated season in their gym. “It was a storybook finish to a storybook season,” Swick said.

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Latest Dance Exchange project zeroes in …

22-02-2018 Hits:87 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Andy Torres, pictured in the foreground, is a collaborator in the Dance Exchange project “Growing Our Own Gardens.” COURTESY PHOTODance involves not only movement and music but community involvement. That’s the viewpoint of Dance Exchange, a Takoma Park-based, non-profit arts organization devoted to dance-making and creative practices that engage individuals and communities of all ages to cultivate a deeper understanding of one’s world. “Dance Exchange collaborates across generations, disciplines, and communities to channel the power for performance as a means for dialogue, a source of critical reflection, and a creative engine for thought and action,” said Matthew Cumbie, associate artistic director. One of the communities Dance Exchange is now exploring is the D.C. area’s queer community. With the collective title of “Growing Our Own Gardens,” the organization has created an ongoing project that promotes “dialogue and action about issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities and centers the stories, lives, and questions of LGBTQ+ throughout history,” Cumbie said. “We’re looking at the history of these communities but bringing the conversation into the modern day.”

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Landscape painter finds outdoor inspirat…

30-12-2017 Hits:1262 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

PHOTO OF “BAIE ST. PAUL CREEK by Leni BerlinerLocal artist Leni Berliner did some painting as a high school student many years ago, and like most student artists, she laid down her brushes after graduation.  But with the new millennium came what she called "a very difficult time" in her personal and professional life, the burden of which her mother sought to alleviate with a gift. “My mother gave me the gift of drawing and painting classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C.," Berliner said. The classes reawakened a passion for painting and led her to rediscover and cultivate that talent.

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Exhibit pays tribute to laborers with ex…

26-12-2017 Hits:1159 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

“Woman Cleaning Shower” by Ramiro Gomez from National Portrait Gallery exhibit on work. COURTESY PHOTO  “The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American Workers,” an exhibit on view at the National Portrait Gallery, contains well-known, even iconic, images. These include “Power House Mechanic,” a black-and-white photograph by Lewis Hine; “The Miner,” an oil painting by Pat Lyon; “American Gothic,” by Gordon Parks, oil on beaver wood; “Mine America’s Coal,” by Norman Rockwell, “Cotton Pickers,” oil, by Winslow Homer, and “Migrant Mother,” a print by Dorothea Lange. Other images are less known and even surprising, such as daguerreotypes by Joseph T. Zealy of semi-dressed slaves. Richard Avedon, best known for his work with celebrities and fashion icons, portrays migrant workers in a series of photographs. But co-curators Dorothy Moss and David C. Ward are hoping that regardless of the individual images, viewers understand the exhibit’s goal.

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