UPDATED: Police officer shoots and kills man in Silver Spring

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In a statement earlier today, Montgomery County Police identified Anand Badgujar as the police officer that shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Monday afternoon in Silver Spring.

Badgujar is a two-year veteran of Montgomery County Police and currently assigned to the patrol division for the 3rd district. He has been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation, as is standard protocol.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said after the shooting that Badgujar had just finished responding to what was possibly a 911 call when he encountered an African-American man, later identified as 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White, in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive, and attempted to speak to him. According to Manger, the man then became “combative and a physical altercation occurred.”


Ring announcer and motivational speaker has more than a notion

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Even though it is no longer Black History Month, some stories are worth telling year-round. The story of boxing ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones is one of them.

Jones is also a motivational speaker, a D.C. Public Schools social worker and author of an autobiography titled “It’s More Than A Notion!” Currently he is competing to be the headliner ring announcer for fight cards at the new MGM Grand at National Harbor.


Raskin successor in state senate named

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Del. Will Smith (D-20) was selected to replace outgoing Congress-bound Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) in the Maryland Senate last Wednesday.

A former appointee by President Obama to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Smith will become the first African American to represent Montgomery County in the state Senate.


Nothing to fear but . . . what?



When did we become so damn scared? When did fear overtake us? Was it on 9/11? Why is everyone so afraid of Donald Trump? Or, why is everyone so afraid of Hillary Clinton?
Fear is nothing I would use to describe either one of them.
It isn’t just the Presidential race which strikes fear in our hearts.


Ministers speak out against violence

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Sometimes life’s challenges are too vast to be resolved by a single discussion.

That sentiment moved the Montgomery County Black Ministers Conference to invite the community to prayer at Good Hope Union United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Mt. Calvary in Rockville July 20.

The recent killings of African-American males and police in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, drove citizens across the nation, including the Black Ministers Council, to dig deeper for solutions.

“This was an opportunity for members of the faith community lead by pastors (and) churches in the Baltimore-Washington area to mourn and join together to disavow violence against police officers and police brutality against communities of color,” said Elwood Gray, president of the Black Ministers Conference.

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