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Police investigating two reports of shot…

17-11-2017 Hits:195 Local Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

New Life Seventh day Adventist Church Photo by Glynis KazanjianPolice are investigating two reports of shots fired at a Gaithersburg church which occurred this week. A parishioner from the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7401 Muncaster Mill Road notified police Wednesday evening about a bullet hole he found in a window frame at the building’s front entrance. Police responded to the scene and recovered a bullet fragment from the frame. Montgomery County Police officers from the Sixth District station responded to a second call at the same location on Thursday at 11:13 p.m. about multiple gunshots heard outside the church. Police said gunfire damage occurred again at the front and also along the sides of the church; several shell casings were recovered on Muncaster Mill Road. Police cannot yet confirm the total number of fired shots or from where the shots originated.

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Remembering veterans in a Rockville cere…

17-11-2017 Hits:120 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton celebrates Veterans Day at the Rockville American Legion. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  American veterans “show and demonstrate there truly is good in our communities,” and to look at those who serve, said Marine Corps veteran Cpl. Enrique Mazon Jr. on Saturday during a Veterans’ Day ceremony at American Legion Post 86 in Rockville, and asked those gathered there to “look at the people who serve” rather than those in the news who demonstrate “divisiveness, a lack of civility and kindness.” Mazon and his three brothers – all natives of Las Vegas, Nev. – have all served or are currently serving in the military, and have been involved in a combined total of six combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Rockville resident and married father of two praised his parents for showing their children that, “It’s not about us. It’s not about being entitled. It’s about the love. It’s about the duty and the selflessness” of being an American. It’s important to realize that many who have served in this country’s military are now teachers, doctors, police officers and elected officials. They continue to serve “all with the same duty and dedication” they had while in the military, he...

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Rice says debt, school capacity problems…

17-11-2017 Hits:205 Local Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

GAITHERSBURG – County residents say they are concerned about capital budget projects, such as the aging Poolesville High School never being refreshed and the security of temporary classrooms near elementary schools. On Monday, County Council Education Committee chairperson Craig Rice (District 2) told residents that the Purple Line – the light-rail service to connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties—as well as the Council’s new spending affordability guidelines and County debt are chipping away at the money County will permit to be spent on school building costs and capital projects for schools in the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Plan.

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State News

Affordable healthcare enrollment up thro…

10-11-2017 Hits:1350 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

New enrollment in the state healthcare exchange is up 15 percent according to numbers from state officials. On Nov.1, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the state healthcare exchange that started after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and allows residents to buy a subsided health insurance plan, opened for enrollment. 5,122 new people enrolled in the state exchange from Nov. 1 to Nov. 6, compared to last year’s number of 3,478 – a 15 percent increase. Total enrollment, which combines the number of new enrollees with those who manually renewed their plans, is up 100 percent with 10, 420 people enrolling or reenrolling Nov.1 to Nov. 6 compared to 5,212 last year at the same time. The number does not count the 120,000 people participating in the exchange who automatically had their plans renewed. “It’s been a very good first week of enrollment both at the state and nationally,” said Andrew Ratner, chief marketing officer for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

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Kushner Companies working with Maryland …

03-11-2017 Hits:364 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

A spokesperson for the real estate business of the Kushner family said the company is working with Maryland Attorney General’s Office. “We have been working with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to provide information in response to its request,” said Eric Wachter, a spokesperson for the Kushner Companies said in a written statement. “We are in compliance with all state and local laws.”

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Going UP!

27-10-2017 Hits:424 State Vic Simon - avatar Vic Simon

Local healthcare prices skyrocket as Trump tries to kill ACA Marylanders getting “Silver” plans from the state’s online health insurance exchange face a second round of premium hikes for 2018 following President Donald Trump’s Oct. 12 order stopping federal payments to health insurers to fund discounts for moderate-income patients. For a few people, the new rates will be 76 percent more than 2017 levels. The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) Wednesday approved emergency rate increases for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic, the state’s only two carriers serving the online exchange market for individual coverage. The emergency stemmed from the narrowness of the time frame between Trump’s action and when the annual “open season” begins for buying coverage on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange on Nov. 1. Silver plans generally provide a middle level of coverage for mid-range monthly premiums. Despite the large rate hikes from 2017 to 2018, Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. explained in an Oct. 23 telephone press conference that few people will pay the increases from their own funds. Most people to be charged the higher premiums will have the increases offset – completely or in large part – by higher tax credits, he said.

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Columns

It is time for a Shield Law

16-11-2017 Hits:235 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

For the reporter in the street, help is at hand. According to Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Jim Jordan (OH-04) the help is in the form of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2017 (H.R.4382), a bipartisan federal shield law that would protect the public’s right to know by safeguarding a free and independent press. The legislation would establish a federal statutory privilege that would protect journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources and ensure that they can do their jobs without fear of imprisonment or intimidation.The legislation was introduced after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee refused to commit to not jailing journalists for doing their jobs.Although many states have shield laws or some sort of reporter’s privilege, no such protection exists at the federal level. Dozens of journalists have served jail time, including former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who served more than 80 days in jail for refusing to reveal a confidential source in 2005 – and me.

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Enough with the prayers already

08-11-2017 Hits:1121 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

Somewhere in the United States right now, as you read this, the next victims of a mass murder are going about their business of life and have no idea what’s in store for them.They don’t know they’ll soon be victims – perhaps before the ink dries on our newspaper.They have no way of knowing how they’ll die, or when; whether they’ll die next to their loved ones or die running for safety.They will just be dead and the dead can’t do anything about it.

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Trump and the "Peculiar Institution…

01-11-2017 Hits:2728 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

There were many contributing factors to the Civil War, but Slavery was the root cause.The “Peculiar Institution,” was defended by Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens in his March 1861 “Cornerstone Speech” after secession swept the South and just weeks before the Civil War began. He went so far as to say Thomas Jefferson words in the Declaration of Independence, declaring that “All men are created equal” were wrong.

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Sports

WJ makes state record in cross country, …

13-11-2017 Hits:207 Sports Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

Seen here in earlier races, Abbey Green led the WJ Lady Wildcats to a fifth state championship win while Adam Nakasaka repeated his winning performance from last week’s regionals to lead the B-CC Barons to a fourth-place finish. FILE PHOTOS A Montgomery County cross country team made a new state record and three county athletes finished their high school careers as state champions in the 5-kilometer run Saturday. The Walter Johnson High School girls cross country team overcame the loss of two top runners (who were both injured before Saturday’s meet) to win their fifth consecutive state championship – a state record according to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. WJ head coach Tom Martin told the Sentinel that during a Friday night team meeting, he warned the healthy portion of his squad that they would have to run faster to win the race. But his team rose to the occasion, as the Lady Wildcats’ score of 83 points was sufficient to claim the state 4A crown. Walter Johnson senior Janet Scott said she and her teammates each had to put in extra effort during their races to get the win. “It’s been a lot of challenges, but it’s been a lot of us...

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B-CC defeat Sherwood 1-0 to advance to s…

11-11-2017 Hits:135 Sports Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

UPPER MARLBORO — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team advanced to the Maryland state championship came on Saturday by defeating Sherwood Warriors 1-0 in a semifinal match held at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School. Following a scoreless first half, the Barons scored once in the second half and held on to secure their narrow victory. “My boys played with a lot of heart today, discipline but everything else heart and love of each other,” said B-CC coach Gui Melendez. “That’s why we won, that simple.”

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Wolverines defeat Maryland Football 35-1…

11-11-2017 Hits:153 Sports José Umaña - avatar José Umaña

COLLEGE PARK – The No. 21-ranked Michigan Wolverines scored 28 unanswered points in the opening half, providing a big enough cushion to defeat the Maryland Terrapins, 38-10, in front of 44,325 at Capital One Field on Nov. 11. For Maryland (4-5), the result is their fifth loss out of their last six games. Redshirt sophomore walk-on Ryan Brand started as quarterback for Maryland, becoming the team’s fourth starter this season. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager, who started the past six games, was removed after an injury during Maryland’s 31-24 loss at Rutgers on Nov. 4 and was still listed as a game-time decision before kickoff. Listed at 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, the Detroit, Mich. native struggled early against the second-best defense in the nation, going 7-for-19 for 24 passing yards and throwing an interception in the first half. Maryland only entered Michigan territory once and missed a field goal, staying shutout into halftime. “There were some drives that we could of and should have finished,” Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin said. “And when you turn over the ball, it’s hard to win those games and we did do that at times and we have to score more points.”

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Features

Award-winning author speaks at Gaithersb…

05-10-2017 Hits:1207 Entertainment Rachel Cain - avatar Rachel Cain

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke at Gaithersburg High School on Sept. 26, as part of the One Maryland, One Book program. COURTESY PHOTO  GAITHERSBURG — Award-winning and world-renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to an audience of about 1,000 people at Gaithersburg High School on Sept. 26 as part of the One Maryland One Book program. Adichie is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award and her work has been translated into over 30 languages.  She divides her time between nearby Columbia and Lagos, Nigeria. The Maryland Humanities Council established the One Maryland One Book program 10 years ago to encourage Marylanders to read and discuss a certain book every year. A committee with the council chooses a book that aligns with the year’s theme. This year’s book is “Purple Hibiscus” by Adichie and the theme is “Home & Belonging.” This year, there are 350 programs in the state focused on this book, including three events with the author, said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities. “Purple Hibiscus” is a coming-of-age novel that follows the account of 15-year-old Kambili as she navigates a fraught relationship with her abusive father during political upheaval in Nigeria. Kambili and her brother spend time together living in...

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Chekhov-inspired comedy opens Highwood T…

05-10-2017 Hits:871 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

The cast of Christopher Durang's comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” now playing at Highwood Theatre. COURTESY PHOTO  Richard Fiske admits to being an adrenaline junkie. He fulfilled that need in the past by serving as a U.S. Navy officer for 27 years, then as an engineer and diving and salvage engineer, also for the Navy. Now he gets that fix onstage. For over six years, he’s performed as an actor in the D.C. area. “I get to do fun stuff and be different people,” Fiske said. His current role is Vanya in Christopher Durang’s comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the production launching Highwood Theatre’s 2017-2018 season. The play also stars Margaret Condon as Sonia, Rachel Varley as Masha, Thomas Shuman as Spike, Kecia Campbell as Cassandra, and Amber James as Nina.

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Halloween attractions gear up for openin…

03-10-2017 Hits:668 Entertainment Peter Rouleau - avatar Peter Rouleau

In 1993, the venture that would eventually become Markoff's Haunted Forest began modestly as a haunted bus ride that visited area. Brothers Matt, Nick, and Alex Markoff conceived of the haunt as a means to raise money for their goal of starting an outdoor educational summer camp. In subsequent years, the haunt was relocated to the grounds of the Markoff family farm in Dickerson. "I didn't know if anyone would come," said Matt Markoff. "I hoped people would make the drive." Markoff's Haunted Forest, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is now a beloved annual tradition for thousands of area residents. The haunt, which employs hundreds of seasonal employees, includes two trails, a haunted western trail, and a waiting area with bonfires, games, rides, and food vendors. Proceeds from ticket sales fund the Markoff's nonprofit organization, Calleva, Inc, which provides educational activities for hundreds of students every year.

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