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Deputy chief fire marshal and FBI agent …

10-12-2017 Hits:791 Local Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

Deputy Chief Sander Cohen, 33, of the State Fire Marshall's Office (shown above) and FBI Agent Carlos Wolff, were struck and killed by a vehicle after Cohen stopped to assist Wolfe on I-270. COURTESY PHOTO  A deputy chief from the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal and an FBI agent were both struck and killed by a vehicle on Friday after the deputy chief stopped to assist the agent after he became involved in an accident on Interstate Highway 270, Maryland State Police said. Deputy Chief Sander Cohen, 33, and Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, were struck by a Honda Accord traveling southbound on I-270, after Cohen stopped to assist Wolff after discovering the latter’s involvement in a single-car accident late Friday night. When Cohen – who was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle – came upon Wolff’s car, he requested assistance, blocked the car with his own, and activated his emergency lights. Cohen then exited his vehicle and joined Wolff on the left shoulder of the highway, before both were struck by the Accord and propelled over the center barrier into the northbound lanes of I-270. Emergency responders pronounced Cohen dead at the accident scene, then they transported Wolff to Suburban...

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County defers on Leisure World plan

08-12-2017 Hits:430 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

The County Planning Board voted 3-1 to defer a decision on plans for a new $7.2 million administration building for Leisure World after some two dozen residents testified in opposition to the proposal and nearly 2,000 residents from the 5,659 residential units signed a petition opposing the new building, The Board urged Leisure World executives to try and work things out with residents and return in a few weeks with improvements to the plan for a two-story, 20,555 square foot administration building where there currently is a parking lot.

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Rockville undecided on new Pike plan

08-12-2017 Hits:187 Local Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

ROCKVILLE – The Rockville City Council continued its discussion on a zoning text amendment that would alter the City’s Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan to increase maximum heights along Rockville Pike. In 2016, the Mayor and Council passed the Rockville Pike Neighborhood plan that allowed for increased development and density along Rockville Pike. The plan is part of a region-wide effort to center increased development near mass transit such as Metro.

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State News

Lt. governor candidate says 2018 will be…

08-12-2017 Hits:251 State Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Susie Turnbull - Courtesy PhotoAs the number of candidates for governor of Maryland keeps growing, so far, only one person has declared for the lieutenant governor position, and that is Susie Turnbull of Bethesda, who will be running with gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, a former national president and CEO of the NAACP. “My campaign is about building a movement of working families to get Maryland back to doing big things again, and I can't think of a more dedicated and proven partner in this effort than Susie Turnbull,” Jealous said. “She has devoted her life to elevating the voices of working families and fighting for progressive policies and candidates with the courage to move our state and country forward.” Turnbull has been active in the Democratic Party on the County, state and national level for 40 years.

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Affordable healthcare enrollment up thro…

10-11-2017 Hits:4996 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:542 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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About that White House Press Christmas p…

02-12-2017 Hits:8511 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

The annual White House Christmas party for reporters is always worthy of a few jokes.During the course of the year a popular joke among the press corps is “Man you pissed them off. You won’t get an invitation to the Christmas party.”Apparently April Ryan, the African-American reporter from American Urban Radio Networks, did just that. She angered the Trump administration so much she didn’t get invited to this year’s Christmas party.“I’m okay,” she said later. “Everybody’s more upset than I am.”

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Trump and two empty chairs

29-11-2017 Hits:842 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

The White House continued several of its insipid, divisive and ultimately boring games this week. Boring because they are not as Nazi-like as the Far Left would have us all believe - unless you’re specifically talking about the Nazis in “Hogan’s Heroes.”And I’ve seen all of those episodes.

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Be Thankful - always

21-11-2017 Hits:2094 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

“The Hypnotized never lie”– Pete Townshend “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It has none of the trappings of the LSD-induced imagery of Christmas or the Meth-induced imagery of Halloween – let alone the opioid-induced imagery of chickens laying chocolate eggs you get at Easter.It’s just a time home with friends, family and those who matter. If you can watch football without feeling guilty about the head injuries or angry someone is or isn’t taking a knee, then you’ve got the makings of a great extended weekend enjoying those you love.Losing a loved one at this time is bitter and remembering them becomes bittersweet.But I’ve always found Thanksgiving to be the most heartfelt time to remember those we’ve lost and to enjoy those still with us. It is a time to celebrate our shared experiences and to remember the things that divide us are not as consequential as those which bind us together.

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Churchill Lady Bulldogs dominate Sherwoo…

10-12-2017 Hits:147 Sports Eva Paspalis - avatar Eva Paspalis

Cat Correa (22) of the Churchill Lady Bulldogs crosses into the lane under pressure from a Sherwood player.     PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  POTOMAC — The Churchill Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball team once again fulfilled their goal of holding opponents to less than 35 points a game on Friday as they soundly defeated the visiting Sherwood Warriors, 59-34. The 35-point threshold exists thanks to a theory by head coach Kate Blanken that suggests keeping opponents below that mark will allow the Lady Bulldogs to win games. So far, so good. The plan worked against a 1-1 Sherwood team that struggled to score just one bucket in the entire first half, other than 12 points at the free throw line.

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Northwest Jags keep Watkins Mill Wolveri…

09-12-2017 Hits:147 Sports Carlos Alfaro - avatar Carlos Alfaro

GERMANTOWN — The Northwest Jaguars had their work cut out for them as they eked out a 59-52 victory against the Watkins Mills Wolverines Friday night. The Jaguars held the lead for most of the game as the Wolverines stayed close behind, at one point tying it up. But the Wolverines could never muster enough momentum to score enough and overcome the Jaguars. Inopportune fouls and inaccurate shots held back the Wolverines, but what hurt the most were the missed free throw shots.

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Rucker leads Springbrook Blue Devils to …

09-12-2017 Hits:292 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

Springbrook's Xavier Harris and B-CC's Elijah Wood and Camilo Bascolo battle for the boards.   PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — In a varsity boys basketball showdown between the Springbrook Blue Devils and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, the top two teams in Montgomery County, Springbrook forward Cam Rucker stepped up to lead his team to a 82-72 win. The Blue Devils started fast with Springbrook point guard and Quinnipiac commit Matthew Balanc in the game in the first quarter, during which he earned his first technical foul for an altercation with Barons forward Miles English. “He was frustrated,” Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers said of Balanc’s foul. “He learned from this mistake, he’ll grow and get better from it.” The tenacious Springbrook defense forced turnover after turnover, and capitalized on the offensive end. With the exception of English, B-CC struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter, and trailed Springbrook 25-13 as the game headed to the second quarter. In the second quarter with B-CC behind seven points, Kevin McAuliffe, tried to make a run and come back for the Barons. However, just like in the first quarter, turnovers killed B-CC’s momentum, and the Blue Devils answered any Barons run with a run of...

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Award-winning author speaks at Gaithersb…

05-10-2017 Hits:1448 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:1054 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:845 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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