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MoCo makes bid for Amazon

21-09-2017 Hits:289 Local Vic Simon - avatar Vic Simon

Just two weeks since Amazon asked states and counties to bid for its second headquarters—a project that could mean 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment to the winning locality—Montgomery County and competitors all around the country were busy putting their proposals together. Seattle-based Amazon asked for bids on Sept. 7, and gave just six weeks for initial proposals due Oct. 19. From those, Amazon will select finalists to compete for the prize with fully-specified bids. According to the Seattle Times, more than 100 cities/counties and states/provinces in the U.S. and Canada are putting together proposals. Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener said at this early stage in the process, “Every city is on an equal playing field.” He indicated the company will choose finalists from the initial applicants, and will select a winner next year. Even within the state of Maryland and the D.C. area, Montgomery County faces substantial competition. On Sept. 13, Gov. Larry Hogan threw his support to a bid to bring the Amazon project to Port Covington in Baltimore, a site owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and investment firm Goldman Sachs. Hogan said he would personally lobby Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on behalf of the Baltimore bid.

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Prosecutors consider additional charges …

20-09-2017 Hits:1505 Local Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Laura Elizabeth Wallen   FILE PHOTO   Prosecutors in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office are determining whether a 33-year-old Damascus man charged with killing his girlfriend Labor Day weekend can also be charged with killing the woman’s unborn child. Olney resident Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, was four months pregnant when she was killed, family members said.   The Damascus man accused of her murder, Tyler Tessier, 33, is believed to be the father. Montgomery County Police charged Tessier Sept. 13 with the first-degree murder of Wallen. If Tessier is found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the Montgomery County state prosecutor's office has not ruled out requesting a sentence that would allow for consideration of parole.  "We have not made that decision yet," Korionoff said. 

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Country inn zoning hearing

19-09-2017 Hits:258 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Nearby residents of Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac packed the County Council hearing room Sept. 12 to speak out on a proposal to construct a banquet hall and four guest rooms in their neighborhood. Maryland Catering Company, which owns Old Angler’s Inn, has requested conditional use approval at a seven-acre lot that is up the hill from the Inn.

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State News

Hogan moves Taney statue from outside st…

25-08-2017 Hits:458 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan decided to remove the statue that stands outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice infamous for the majority opinion he wrote in the Dred Scott decision. “While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said in a statement. “With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately."

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Computer scientist runs for House of Del…

17-08-2017 Hits:1468 State Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

Brian Crider. COURTESY PHOTO    Brian Crider, a computer scientist, says he was compelled to run for the House of Delegates in District 19 because of his concern for Maryland and his background in activism. “I’ve been an activist for many years, and we’re just not making the progress we need,” said Crider. “I feel like we can do more, so my goal is to make Maryland better.” Crider, a Democrat, says that part of what he hopes to do if elected is make people aware of resources that can help them. However, he also has a lot of ideas for things he wants to change.

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Trone speaks at local BBQ on his new bid…

10-08-2017 Hits:867 State Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

David Trone speaks at a Smokey Glen Barbecue. PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULIS   At a barbecue at Smokey Glen to promote his run for the 6th congressional district, David Trone called to mind his simple farm beginnings and progressive ideas in the hopes of his message resonating with Maryland voters. “You know I’m in a farm, we learned a couple of things, most important thing is hard work,” said Trone. “What we do on that farm, whether it was shoveling chicken manure, literally 13 tons of manure every day, that would be good practice in Washington.” “We also did a lot of time feeding hogs. That could be good practice in Washington too,” said Trone.

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Columns

Maybe it really is all a flashback - POT…

20-09-2017 Hits:989 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

I woke up in one of “those” moods.What kind of mood do you ask? Well, I guess somewhere between “Come on people now, smile on your brothers, everybody get together try to love one another right now,” written by Chet Powers and famously recorded by the Youngbloods and H.L. Mencken’s feelings about religion: “In America it is used as a club and a cloak by both politicians and moralists, all of them lusting for power and most of them palpable frauds.”

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It's all about Russia -stupid

14-09-2017 Hits:1828 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

Sarah Huckabee Sanders walked out to the podium twice this week and once again spread a false narrative about former FBI Director James Comey. She accused him of illegally leaking information to the public when she and everyone in the present administration have absolutely no proof of it – and in fact have absolute proof that when Comey leaked memos he wasn’t leaking classified information and therefore he didn’t do anything illegal.It doesn’t matter. The President’s base will buy it. They’ll believe it. They’ll endorse it. They will repeat it. They will cheer it and they will yell “Fake News” at anyone who says otherwise.

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Wile E. Coyote and the Metro rider

07-09-2017 Hits:309 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

There is little doubt the Metrorail system is in desperate need of repair.Despite a “Safetrack” plan by Metro to bring Metro “Back 2 Good” and despite all the inhouse ads on Metro touting its increased efforts to fix escalators, tracks, bring new metro rail cars online and clean up the metro stations, the federal government recently outlined more than 100 deficiencies the system still faces.We at The Sentinel decided it was best since our readers are some of the most frequent Metro riders as they go to and from work, to take a close look at the Metro system.

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Sports

Sherwood’s second half shutout leads to …

23-09-2017 Hits:48 Sports Eva Paspalis - avatar Eva Paspalis

SANDY SPRING – The Sherwood Warriors varsity football team orchestrated a second half defensive shutout to put away the Richard Montgomery Rockets 42-18 Friday at Caruso Memorial Stadium. The Sherwood offense fired on all cylinders as senior receiver Aubrey Hobbs registered three touchdowns and 87 yards in the first half alone. Senior Michael Mbony, an Army commit, continued to prove that he is a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 350 yards and making plays with his legs, including a six-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Bullis victorious against Quince Orchard…

23-09-2017 Hits:112 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Quince Orchard’s Aaron Derwin (5) gets spun around while being tackled by Bullis’ Jason Hersh (22). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Bullis junior Eric McKan ran wild Friday night at the Cougar Dome. The talented running back helped lead the Bulldogs to a 42-41 overtime road victory against the Cougars. “He could hit hard, that’s for sure,” said Quince Orchard junior linebacker Johnny Hodges, who returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. “He was like a rock.”

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Churchill Bulldogs defeat Kennedy Cavali…

23-09-2017 Hits:61 Sports Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

POTOMAC – The home team Churchill Bulldogs defeated the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers 4-1 in boys varsity soccer Friday evening. The scoring began early in the first half as the Bulldogs, playing at home, found themselves with a 3-0 lead before halftime. The Cavaliers pushed forward early in the second but were able to find the net only once before a controversial penalty kick solidified the Bulldogs’ victory. Churchill began by scoring after just 45 seconds. Junior winger Tamino Brown found himself unmarked to slot in a goal, leaving Kennedy goalkeeper Rexford Frimpong with no time to react. Churchill's early momentum paid off as senior forward Darius Siahpoosh found the net twice in twelve minutes to triple the score. "If you look at my goals, they're all from five yards away because my teammates are sending me up," Shiapush said. "I appreciate my teammates, always."

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Features

Special theater integrates talents of di…

15-09-2017 Hits:509 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Cast members rehearse for the Open Circle Theatre Retrospective. COURTESY PHOTO  Rob McQuay’s formal theater experience began in junior high. He acted through high school and college, then trained at Studio Theatre. He performed in area dinner theaters and several professional ones, including Montgomery County’s Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, and Imagination Stage. “It’s a full-time thing,” said McQuay. Next, he is headlining “To Reach the Unreachable Star: an Open Circle Theatre Retrospective,” a 90-minute stage performance filled with song, dance, and humor to familiarize audiences with its work and raise funds to support it.

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Two local theaters launch seasons with “…

15-09-2017 Hits:613 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

J. McAndrew Breen stars as scheming playwright Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin’s Broadway hit "Deathtrap" at Silver Spring Stage. COURTESY PHOTO   Montgomery Playhouse, an all-volunteer theater, has a varied season ahead. First up in 2017-2018 is “The Canterville Ghost,” a play Marisha Chamberlain adapted from the short story by Oscar Wilde. In January, the Playhouse presents “The Reluctant Dragon,” a comedy for young audiences, and, in March, a Live Radio Show recreates the Austin Blackie Radio Series of the 1940s and ‘50s. “Our mandate is to entertain and educate audiences,” said Loretto McNally, board president.

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Folk Festival Draws Hundreds in Takoma P…

15-09-2017 Hits:493 Entertainment Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK – Hundreds of Takoma Park residents gathered Sunday afternoon for the city's annual folk festival to celebrate cultural diversity. "Today's event is terrific, one, we have perfect weather for it, second we have amazing organizers who have taken up the planning of the folk festival this year and they've done an amazing job," said Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. "It appeals to all different tastes," she added. Set on the grounds of Takoma Park Middle School, the festival attracted musicians, dancers, and artists from across the region who displayed their talents and crafts to an observant crowd that strolled between booths and stages. "I think it's terrific, the music is good, people seem to be enjoying themselves, the weather is perfect, and hopefully next year it's going to be bigger, bolder, and stronger," said 40-year Takoma Park resident and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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