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Passionate to the end

20-07-2017 Hits:962 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Jonathan Shurberg COURTESY OF KEVIN GILLOGLY Jonathan Shurberg, a Silver Spring attorney and Democratic activist, died Thursday morning after suffering from cancer and pneumonia. He was 54 years old.

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Gaithersburg Council votes on new develo…

20-07-2017 Hits:229 Local Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

GAITHERSBURG -- The City Council discussed and voted on development plans in the Kentlands, salary increases for the mayor and City Council members and amendments City policy at its meeting Monday night. Saul Holding Limited Partnership presented its sketch plan for development in the Kentlands, which, while corresponding well with the vision for the master plan, left the Council members with some questions. The sketch plan presented at the meeting displayed a 12-acre plot of land which is set for multiple uses including both commercial and residential. The city council members expressed some reservations regarding the plan, including the wording of the plan as well as height limits of the buildings. Most notably the plan included the phrase “up to” when describing most of the developments, which concerned City Councilmembers who thus did not know exact specifications of what will be built. In the end, however, the City Councilmembers voted unanimously to support the sketch plan. “It’s early, but the sketch plan conforms very closely to the master plan that was adopted and planned years ago by the city,” said Gaithersburg mayor Jud Ashman. “I think it’s got that going for it. I remain concerned about potential for large densities and its...

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County Council gets cheers over circus a…

20-07-2017 Hits:212 Local Neal Earley  - avatar Neal Earley

Circus animals may no longer be welcomed in the County as the County Council is likely to pass a bill banning performance animals from staying in the County.  Eight of the nine County Council members are co-sponsoring Bill 23-17, which would ban businesses and traveling shows such as circuses from keeping their performance animals in the County. The bill was well received during its public hearing Tuesday with almost all testifying in support saying it would be a strong stance against animal cruelty.

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Montgomery County resident Richard Madal…

20-07-2017 Hits:89 State Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Kensington resident, state senator and vocal critic of the incumbent governor Richard Madaleno announced his candidacy for governor of Maryland on Monday. Madaleno, if elected, would be the first openly gay governor in history of Maryland. “I am running for governor, and I am going to win,” said Madaleno to applause at the Universities of Shady Grove.

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Bernie supports a Jealous vote

20-07-2017 Hits:189 State  Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

Though Gov. Larry Hogan says he did not vote for President Trump, Ben Jealous, a progressive candidate and former NAACP president, is trying to turn his campaign for governor in 2018 into a referendum on the two Republicans. “We are a great state with a great future with great people, but our children will not be able to realize their full potential if we continue to tolerate the status quo,” said Jealous. Hogan is popular in the state, but certainly not among progressive voters in Takoma Park, many of whom were drawn to Bernie Sanders’ appearance at the rally. Trump, however, is not as popular in Maryland, and Jealous is ready to capitalize on that.

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Raskin hopes to train next gen politicos

20-07-2017 Hits:192 State Nickolai Sukharev  - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

Since his first campaign for elected office in 2006, Congressman Jamie Raskin has trained young adults to become political organizers. "Politics at its best is all about education," said Raskin, who represents Maryland's 8th Congressional District. "You're educating people about the process, you're educating people about the substance of the issues, and then you're educating and getting educated by people about the prospects for real social and political change," he said. Known as Democracy Summer, the program was formed alongside Raskin's first campaign for the Maryland State Senate in 2006 as a way to not only conduct political outreach but also to educate and encourage young adults to become involved in politics.

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The president is right - and here's to y…

19-07-2017 Hits:3817 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The caller on the other end of the phone was adamant. “Have reporters lost their mojo?” She asked.Before I could respond she explained all the reasons why reporters are taken advantage of by the current presidential administration, how and why reporters need to react and how she was “tired of watching you all take it all the time.”She was also upset with reporters who “constantly tell me what to think,” and said the media are their own worst enemy.

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The president finally makes sense

13-07-2017 Hits:2065 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

I finally get it.All these months I could not understand why our president tried so hard to disrupt and destroy the investigation into Russian hacking of our elections. There are those who are convinced it is because the president was directly involved in collusion with the Russians.Still others think the president is just a buffoon, but I’ve never bought into that theory – he has some innate intelligence and survival instincts or he wouldn’t be able to thrive in the cutthroat world in which he’s cruised all these years.

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The real problems in the press

05-07-2017 Hits:1184 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

“Why didn’t someone in the press stand up for themselves before?”That question has been in thousands of emails, tweets and snail mail correspondence we’ve received at the newspaper this week following a viral moment I had with Sarah Sanders during an on-camera briefing at the White House last week.I don’t know. Well, I have an idea.The other question I’ve seen quite often is – “What is wrong with the press?”On that issue, I have a few more ideas.

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No matter the age, chasing the baseball …

20-07-2017 Hits:124 Sports Marc Lande - avatar Marc Lande

In Montgomery County, the dream of being involved in baseball lives on for umpires Chazz Smith, 68, and Steve Murfin, 62, of the Ponce de Leon Baseball League. Ponce de Leon Baseball is a recreational league for fast-pitch baseball for men and women over 30 years of age who play in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia. Some of their fields are Wheaton Regional Park, Blair High School and Martin Luther King Park. Registration for the league is open for spring, summer and fall seasons. But what about the umpires?

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Jenkins Camp Gives Parents Recruiting Ti…

20-07-2017 Hits:170 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

OLNEY – J. Everette Pearsall, founder and executive director of the National Alliance of African American Athletes, was among the keynote speakers Saturday at the parent’s seminar during the third annual Jelani Jenkins Youth Football Camp at Good Counsel High School. Since 1992, Pearsall’s organization has been responsible for presenting the annual Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award trophy to the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete. Various major college football programs recruited Jenkins, who was a Watkins Award finalist and boasted a 3.96 grade point average during his senior campaign at Good Counsel, before he opted to sign with the University of Florida in 2009. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, and although he left school early, he returned to Gainesville last year to pick up his undergraduate degree in applied physiology and kinesiology.

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Whitman eliminated from summer league pl…

20-07-2017 Hits:141 Sports Eva Paspalis - avatar Eva Paspalis

ROCKVILLE – When Georgetown Prep took on Whitman Monday in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League, one thing was certain: The loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. Both squads showed how badly they wanted to enter the postseason in a game that saw several ties and lead changes at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium. The Little Hoyas made sure nothing was left to chance and avoided a last-minute Whitman surge to earn their fourth win of the summer season, 67-62. 

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Fringe festival has enough for everyone …

20-07-2017 Hits:200 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank  - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Only five more days remain in the vast, multifaceted, and overwhelming (in a good sense) Capital Fringe Festival 2017. Though only in its 12th year, the annual event founded by artist and community organizer Julianne Brienza seems to have been around forever. Its goal according to the web site, is “expanding audiences’ appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance, and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art – and serving as a catalyst for cultural and community development.”

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Imagination Stage offers fun for those s…

20-07-2017 Hits:179 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Elyon Topolosky has been in the area only about four years, but he’s already performed in four productions at Imagination Stage. Most recently, he appeared in “Bye, Bye Birdie” in one of the summer camps run by the community arts organization, whose mission is to integrate the arts into the lives of children. “I love Imagination Stage,” said Topolosky, 13. “It’s not just a month of auditioning, learning your part, and putting on a performance. It’s a whole process – of learning different techniques, like drama, music, makeup, puppetry, dialects, and stage combat.”

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Plath and Dietrich take a new turn in th…

13-07-2017 Hits:418 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank  - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Marlene Dietrich. COURTESY PHOTO  The two women couldn’t have been more different. Marlene Dietrich was an internationally known movie star who radiated sexual magnetism. She was also unapologetically androgynous and bisexual, at a time neither was openly accepted. A married woman whose list of lovers seemed endless, Dietrich was defeated only by aging, which made a dent in her prodigious selfconfidence. Sylvia Plath was a shy but influential poet and novelist. While she captured the public imagination of other artists and lovers of her art forms and won a Pulitzer Prize, she never became the household name Dietrich was. Plath is also known for her turbulent relationship with husband and fellow poet Ted Hughes. After several bouts of depression and suicide attempts (possibly due to bipolar disorder), Plath took her own life at the age of 30. Dietrich and Plath are now posthumously “sharing the same space,” in exhibitions dedicated to them at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

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