Brian Karem on Free Speech

Brian Karem on Free Speech
Brian Karem on Free Speech
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Witness claims officer fought with man b…

16-08-2018 Hits:242 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA, D.C. — Residents say they heard numerous shots when a Takoma Park Police officer crossed into Washington, D.C. and exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a foot chase on July 25. “I saw the guy get chased out of the parking lot,” said James Carter, 64, a resident of the 6200 block of New Hampshire Avenue. “Then I heard the gunshots.” Just before 7 p.m, on Wednesday, July 25, Sgt. Charles Hoetzel of the Takoma Park Police had been conducting an investigation around the Advance Auto Parts store on New Hampshire Avenue involving 19-year-old Kenneth Carroll of Northwest Washington, D.C, according to a police report from the Metropolitan Police Department. Hoetzel “attempted to detain” Carroll, but Carroll allegedly refused to comply and “the two began wrestling” as Carroll attempted to get away, according to the report.

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"Unite the Right 2" Fails

13-08-2018 Hits:586 Local Abby Cruz - avatar Abby Cruz

Counterprotesters overwhelm alt-right organizers a year after Charlottesville Counterprotesters stage their own march against the Unite the Right 2 march and rally held by white nationalists at Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer than 25 white nationalists who arrived Sunday afternoon to march, speak and stage their “Unite The Right 2” rally at Lafayette Square found themselves overwhelmed by thousands of counterprotesters from groups like Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement, and finally left before the rally was scheduled to begin. “I hope this shows the white nationalists that we are willing to fight back,” said Prince George’s County resident Larry Hutchison, 31, who was one of a number of participants with handmade signs. “We are not just going to remain silent.” Christopher Young, 44, said his outfit was the perfect attire to wear for the “Unite The Right 2” rally’s counterprotest. Young, who was born and raised in the District, decided to wear a Colin Kaepernick football jersey because “this is what he stands for” he said. “Solidarity and numbers brings me out here today,” said Young, “because honestly, I wasn’t going to come. But I thought about for a while and I think the more...

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Takoma Park hardware store fights employ…

13-08-2018 Hits:3380 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

Employees of the Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store are at odds with the store owner over the formation of a union. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVTAKOMA PARK — Attempting to form a union, the employees of a locally-owned Takoma Park hardware store find themselves at odds with their employer. “They have declared war on us,” said Madeline Hale, 27, a sales associate at the Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store, which is involved in the effort. On Thursday, Aug. 2, the employees of the store publicly announced the formation of a union and their intent to seek recognition as a local branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Six days later store owner Gina Schaefer, who owns 12 Ace Hardware stores across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia sent a memorandum, with the advice of the company’s attorneys, asking the employees to “Vote no” on the unionization efforts.

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State News

Hogan vows to step up efforts to halt hu…

10-08-2018 Hits:511 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Human Trafficking hands grabbing nettingROCKVILLE – Calling Maryland a hotbed for human trafficking, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced several initiatives to combat the problem plaguing the state. Hogan signed an executive order Thursday creating the new position of anti-human trafficking director, an appointed position to help combat the problem. In addition, Hogan announced new funding for a variety of programs to help research and develop solutions to human trafficking. Finally, Hogan said he would support a bill, which legislators will introduce on the first day of the 2019 legislative session in January that will increase time served for some felony human traffickers. Hogan said three regions in Maryland are hotspots for human trafficking: Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. “The chilling reality is that Maryland’s central location and access to major highways and airports like I-95 and BWI make our state a hotbed for human trafficking,” Hogan said.

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Gov. Hogan continues to enjoy high appro…

10-08-2018 Hits:977 State Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) at the dedication of ICC in 2017. FILE PHOTOIn progressive Maryland, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, Gov. Larry Hogan currently enjoys a 70-percent approval rating. He’s politically outnumbered in the House of Delegates, where 90 of the 141 delegates are Democrats. But since taking office on Jan. 15, 2015, as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Hogan has achieved, at least in part, many of his campaign promises, including cutting tolls, regulations and taxes.

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Jealous lays out plan for Maryland as ne…

09-08-2018 Hits:7338 State Abby Cruz - avatar Abby Cruz

Ben Jealous, Democrat candidate for governor. FILE PHOTOThere are three key issues that Ben Jealous wants the residents of Maryland to know he stands for: education, healthcare, and building a better economy. “Our focus is on fully funding education, making sure that we have a healthcare system that works better for everyone, and building a more robust economy,” Jealous said during a phone interview last Friday. Jealous, who represents the Democratic candidate nomination for governor, says he is very focused on speaking to the people who support him and to the rest of the people, who are getting to know him for the first time. “Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed on Larry Hogan’s watch,” said Jealous, “we have the worst economic growth in the region, Hogan is the first governor in decades to lose a Fortune 500 company, and our schools have fallen from first to sixth [in the country] on his watch,” said Jealous. “Also, there is a need for a governor who will actually stand up to Donald Trump!” he said.

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There’s always a question in the White H…

16-08-2018 Hits:400 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

I am a proud member of the profession of journalism, or, as one resident of the White House more commonly refers to it, “the fake, fake disgusting news!”The First Amendment to the Constitution, which reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is first for a reason.As Thomas Jefferson so appropriately stated, if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press is not, as the current president would have you believe, the “enemy of the people;” the press is the people. It is the primary mechanism for the people to receive information; it is the tool to hold government officials accountable for their actions.All this is to say, simply, that I take my role as a journalist quite seriously even if I find some of the people about whom I write quite comical, if not an absolute joke.

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About The Free Press

15-08-2018 Hits:1902 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

The United States has been a curious experiment in government from its inception.Highly influenced by the Magna Carta, our forefathers sought to govern themselves. No King. No despot. No Tyrant. A nation of ordinary people making decisions for their own lives and working together to help each other – that was the ideal upon which our government was founded.The bedrock to this experiment was and has been a well-informed electorate. That free flow of information has been instrumental in exposing the evils of slavery, the hopes of a Civil Rights movement, the dreams that landed man on the moon and giving parents a thrill at seeing their son and daughter in print. Sometimes, when first published, those facts were contested and called false - though they later turned out to be true. The struggle then boils down to writing things with which the government disagrees versus the government's spin on events. Because of this, and much more, an independent press is specifically protected in the First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution.

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Holding three of a kind

10-08-2018 Hits:384 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

“Excellent Smithers. Release the hounds.”Or, if you prefer, “The die is cast.”New or ancient reference, the bottom line is there’s a three-way race now underway for County Council.Marc Elrich, the Democrat is squared off against Republican Robin Ficker - the notorious gadlfy popular for a variety of things, including yelling at professional basketball players and getting a term limit measure leveled on county councilmembers.That move alone has earned Ficker a huge following as county voters, unable to move themselves into a voting booth, can now rely on term limits to automatically kick out the best, the worst and the mediocre councilmembers after three consecutive terms.Ficker hopes to turn his popularity into a trip to the County Executive’s chair and guess what? He has a better chance than most Republicans in this very blue county at getting the results he wants.The reason is twofold. It isn’t just that voters love the idea of automatically kicking out the rascals.One of those rascals, Nancy Floreen (a Democrat) has apparently obtained enough signatures to enter the race as an independent.

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Maryland cuts ties with coach in wake of…

16-08-2018 Hits:209 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

In the fallout from Jordan McNair’s death, the University of Maryland has parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court and placed head coach DJ Durkin on paid administrative leave. Matt Canada, who was hired by Durkin in January, has been promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach. Court, who was hired by Durkin in 2015, sent a resignation letter on Monday addressed to University of Maryland staff which included Durkin and Maryland athletic director Damon Evans. “As a coach, it is critical for me to live what I strive to instill in my players, which is to be committed to the welfare of the team and to be a good man on and off of the field,” he wrote. “After thoughtful reflection, prayer and support, I have offered my resignation to the University of Maryland.” McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman, died on June 13 after being hospitalized following a workout on May 29. The cause of death was ruled as heatstroke.

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Redskin rookie suffers season-ending inj…

16-08-2018 Hits:52 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Derrius Guice. COURTESY PHOTO  Derrius Guice’s rookie season was over before it began. Guice, who was selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round of this year’s draft, suffered a torn ACL last week in the preseason opener against the New England Patriots. “He’s a great kid, he’s going to work hard, he’ll recover and – so there’s no problem there,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “You know, we are disappointed for Derrius. You know we had high hopes for him and what he could do for this football team and what he would accomplish in his rookie year as a person and all that good stuff. But I know that knowing him and knowing the doctors we have and the rehab that we are going to give him, provide for him, he will be 100 percent in no time.” Guice, who was the 59th overall pick in the draft, rushed for more than 3,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU and became the first and only player in Southeastern Conference history to register three career games of 250 or more rushing yards.

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Local teen to represent US in Fiji swim …

14-08-2018 Hits:191 Sports Justin Fitzgerald - avatar Justin Fitzgerald

Phoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTO  In many ways, 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon is like many kids her age. The Chevy Chase native is learning how to drive and is looking at potential colleges as she heads into her junior year of high school. In one big way, though, Bacon is different. In the pool, Bacon, who swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club at its American University site, has become one of the best young swimmers in the country. After a stellar meet at last month’s U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California, Bacon will represent the United States in at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27. The meet brings together many of the top swimmers ages 13 to 18 from non-European countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and Japan. Bacon qualified based on her performance in the 100-meter backstroke, a race in which she finished fourth in the finals, in 59.31 seconds. That time was a little off her preliminary swim of 59.12, which is the second-fastest U.S. performance ever in the 15-16 age group. It was the first time she had been under a minute in the...

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Area arts centers continue Leonard Berns…

13-08-2018 Hits:492 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

AFI Silver will have a sing-along screening of the musical “West Side Story” on Sept. 2, as part of the Leonard Bernstein centennial birthday celebration. COURTESY PHOTO  There may not be a bouncing ball, but the upcoming presentation of the movie “West Side Story” at the AFI Silver will include lyrics to the songs in subtitles on screen. At which point, audience members will be invited to sing along. The screening is part of a centennial celebration of the birth of Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, pianist, author, music lecturer, and teacher – born on August 25, 1918, said Todd Hitchcock, AFI Silver’s director of programming. “West Side Story” and two other films to which Bernstein contributed the music are the American Film Institute’s contribution to the celebration. One is “On the Waterfront,” a dark drama about a stevedore who confronts the mobster who rules the docks, starring Marlon Brando; the other is the film version of the Broadway musical “On the Town,” about three sailors who find love while on leave in New York. AFI is one of many arts organizations in the D.C. area presenting concerts, stage shows, and other events to pay tribute to Bernstein, who died on Oct. 14, 1990...

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Free Space art exhibit invites audience …

10-08-2018 Hits:265 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Jackie Hoystead’s ‘MixMatchV3’ at Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO  No two visits to “Free Space,” an interactive art exhibit at Silver Spring’s Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, are the same. Each time a visitor walks into the eight-year-old gallery and looks at a piece like “MixMatchV3” by artist Jackie Hoystead, it is unlikely that the 780 acrylic discs velcroed to four different 4-foot-by-40-inch PVC panels will remain unchanged. The constant transformation is not due to Hoystead being a finicky perfectionist constantly changing her work, but rather to the audience. She invites the viewers to alter the piece according to their own whims, to create their own patterns and designs. “I think people don’t spend a lot of time looking at artwork anymore,” said Hoystead. “They come into an exhibition, and they think it’s daunting. But by integrating the audience into your work, they spend more time with it. They think about it, and they have a say in the artwork."

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‘Grandmother of Hip Hop’ reflects on ban…

06-08-2018 Hits:1655 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Carolivia Herron displays her children’s book “Nappy Hair.” PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE  TAKOMA PARK — Washington, D.C. resident Carolivia Herron, clad all in purple, carefully leans into the microphone at Takoma Radio. One moment the 71-year-old Howard University professor praises the 17th-century writer John Milton; at another, she laments the loss two years earlier to gun violence of young local rapper Douglas Brooks, known by his stage name “Swipey.” Unfortunately, this year is a dubious one for Herron, as it marks the 20th anniversary of her children’s book “Nappy Hair” being banned by New York City Public Schools. The ban occurred in 1998, after a white teacher taught the book to her third-grade class. Although the students enjoyed the book, protests broke out, as some considered the book racially insensitive. According to Herron, the majority of parents who complained about the book did not have children in the class. “They felt a white teacher had no business teaching about black hair,” said Herron. “Because the word nappy had been used as an insult in their families, but it was never used that way in mine.” The book itself is an uplifting story, telling African American girls to take pride in their natural hair. Nappy Hair...

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