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Prosecutors consider additional charges …

20-09-2017 Hits:673 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:207 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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Takoma Park City Council debates bikes o…

15-09-2017 Hits:330 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK – The Takoma Park City Council discussed amending the city’s laws to allow bicyclists to ride on sidewalks Wednesday. “I’m not a bicyclist myself, but there’s a few things I understand, bicycling in a city or urban area, is understood to be inherently dangerous,” said Council member Fred Schultz (Ward 6). “But when you’re walking, walking is not supposed to be a dangerous endeavor,” he added. The city’s current laws do not allow the riding bicycles on sidewalks within the city limits but the law remains unenforced. Earlier this year, the council decided to explore a proposal to change the city’s laws to grant bicyclists the same privileges afforded to pedestrians when using sidewalks.

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State News

Hogan moves Taney statue from outside st…

25-08-2017 Hits:425 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:1442 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:832 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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Maybe it really is all a flashback - POT…

20-09-2017 Hits:409 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian 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:1792 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:282 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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Gonzaga dominates Georgetown Prep, wins …

18-09-2017 Hits:312 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

Gonzaga's Dean Engram (6) celebrates with teammate Aidan Rafferty (66) after their second touchdown in the second quarter. Gonzaga went on to defeat Georgetown Prep 40-0. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON — In a battle of two D.C. area powers, the Gonzaga Eagles rolled over the Georgetown Prep Hoyas to the tune of a 40-0 victory, and won the Jesuit Gridiron Classic Saturday. The Gonzaga offense was rolling throughout the game, and it didn’t take long for it to get going. On the opening drive of the game, Gonzaga junior John Marshall made it to the end zone with a 22-yard touchdown run.

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RM Rockets slip past Wootton Patriots, 4…

16-09-2017 Hits:818 Sports Eva Paspalis - avatar Eva Paspalis

Richard Montgomery running back T'Kai Ayoola (30) gets through the Wootton and scores in the 4th quarter, PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE – There are rivalry games and then there are barn burners. When the Richard Montgomery Rockets clashed with their rivals the Wootton Patriots on Friday at Roy Lester Stadium, the two squads delivered the latter in a penalty-riddled scoring fest that saw the Rockets ride home on a 40-34 victory. The game came down to the wire as the Patriots geared up for a game-deciding fourth-and-two on the Richard Montgomery 12-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock. Wootton senior quarterback Grant Saylor passed to his right and Rockets senior defensive back Daryn Alexander was there. Alexander broke up the pass and ended the Patriots’ final chance at earning a win. “I just saw the ball in the air and I just attacked it,” he said. “I just trusted my instincts. Defense wins games.”

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Bullis Bulldogs pull away from Avalon in…

16-09-2017 Hits:825 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

POTOMAC — In a very long affair, the Bullis Bulldogs did away with the Avalon Black Knights, pulling away in the second half to win the game 30-14. The first quarter was sloppy for both teams, but Bullis was able to turn an Avalon mistake into points. On Avalon’s first play on their second drive of the game, quarterback Aaron Gibson, who was standing in his own end zone to take the snap after a great Bullis punt, dropped the snap, and Bullis’ Dalton Lewis fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown. Gibson would leave the game later with a shoulder injury, and would not return. The Black Knights weren’t able to get much going with Gibson in the game, but it didn’t get any better without him.

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Special theater integrates talents of di…

15-09-2017 Hits:441 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:391 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:452 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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