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Sentinel wins News Organization of the Year

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The Sentinel square logoANNAPOLIS — Montgomery County Sentinel editorial staff took home three prestigious awards and dozens of others at the annual Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association Conference Friday. 

The paper won the Association’s 2017 News Organization of the Year in its division, by earning the highest number of awards, for a third year in a row.

Sentinel staff earned a handful of awards for “Broken Promises - Bad Dreams, A Metro Investigation,” its months-long investigation of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The Sentinel tied with the Baltimore Sun to earn the James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award, one of the highest honors available.

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Registration deadlines loom for coming elections

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The last chance of local residents to register to vote is June 5 if they wish to vote in the primary election.  The deadline to update voters’ home addresses or party affiliations or to request a more-accessible polling place is also June 5, less than three weeks away. 

To vote in the primaries, residents who are eligible to vote but not registered, including 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by Nov. 6, the date of the General Election, must register to vote by June 5.

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Metro may reduce rail service through fiscal 2019

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WMATA metro logoWASHINGTON — A Metro Board committee voted to adopt a resolution to continue the schedule of reduced, post-SafeTrack hours of service through fiscal year 2019. 

The Board Safety and Service Delivery Committee voted unanimously at Metro Headquarters Thursday to approve renewing the schedule of rail service in anticipation of year two of the preventive maintenance plan, as scheduled. The plan involves several actions, including inspecting cables and testing rails for a power problem called “stray current,” which contributed to smoke incidents in 2016. Another practice is torqueing, which includes tightening bolts of rail fasteners.

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Chief Manger receives award

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J. Thomas MangerChief Thomas Manger COURTESY PHOTOThe County Police Chief on Monday received recognition from the Anti-Defamation League for his years of distinguished public service, with the ADL William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award.

“Chief [J. Thomas] Manger’s commitment to the highest ethical standards, to transparency, and accountability, and to building a department that reflects the diversity of the community it serves has fostered trust throughout the country,” said Adam Gerry, who presented Manger with the award.  “He is nationally recognized for his work building bridges with the Muslim and immigrant communities.”

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Northwest in lead for boys and girls track and field

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Northwest junior AJ Woods won the 100m dash with a time of 10.5 seconds, beating senior teammate Khaloni Mganga at 10.8 seconds and junior teammate Andrew Howard at 10.9 seconds at a track meet at Clarksburg High School Monday. 

Mganga and Howard took second and third places overall, respectively. 

Woods said his race had a positive tone to it, beginning when his feet left the starting blocks at the start. Woods, who has run track since he was in the first grade, earned a personal record along with the win.

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Hundreds visit the memories of an American Hero

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Visitors line up early to visit John Glenn’s former home in Bethesda.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKVisitors line up early for the estate sale of the late John Glenn at his former home in Bethesda.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — It was more than an estate sale – for those who visited the late John Glenn’s home last weekend, it was a chance to connect with an American hero and icon and pay their respects.

Several people who attended the estate sale in the home of military pilot-turned-astronaut-turned-U.S.senator John Glenn Friday said the sale was a special way to connect with American history.

A queue of people extended from the front doorstep past the end of the driveway and into the street. Estate sale workers allowed 20 prospective patrons in the house at a time.

Inside, a chandelier hung from the tall foyer ceiling and a staircase with a light-colored, wooden railing leading to the second floor. Natural light from windows on the front of the house and from glass doors between the kitchen and back deck also brightened the foyer. To the left of the foyer was a table and chairs, seeming to signify a dining room. In the kitchen, the counter was covered with a mixture of plates, dishes and bowls for sale.

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Fare Game

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Delegate Korman suggests less of a need for fare increases if budget proposals are met

Maryland Flag Metro LogoThe Maryland General Assembly likely will fully fund Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s request for the operating budget, reducing the risk of untimely fare increases or service cuts, a local delegate said.

“I haven’t heard any pushback for the operating [budget],” said the delegate, Del. Marc Korman (D-16), who represents Montgomery County, on Tuesday.

Korman said Friday’s news that Gov. Larry Hogan said he supported the idea of a dedicated funding source added to his confidence. Wiedefeld in his 2017 plan requested all three jurisdictions find means to supply money on which Metro can sell debt each year. Wiedefeld left the decision of where to find the dedicated funding up to the jurisdictions.

“We spent a lot of time on it; on Friday, he [Hogan] agreed,” Korman said.

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Senate urges independent Metro inspector

metro logoWASHINGTON — Members of the Senate committee overseeing the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration said in a letter sent last week to WMATA CEO Paul Wiedefeld they are concerned the agency’s Office of Inspector General lacks the independence necessary to do its job properly.

“WMATA’s apparent control over the OIG appears to limit the OIG’s ability to act independently and may ultimately hinder effective oversight and transparency of the agency,” wrote Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who serve as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The senators’ letter came after WMATA Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington informed them that the transit agency has implemented policies that have hampered his office’s independence.

Of particular concern to Johnson and McCaskill was the revelation that the WMATA OIG lacks its own IT department and its own computer systems. This, Cherrington noted, has allowed WMATA’s IT department to install keystroke logging software on OIG computers in the past, and could still allow WMATA’s IT administrators to keep tabs on current investigations.

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Family and friends reflect on two deported brothers

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Two brothers deported 2 20626272 10155283193379473 4533424118588186121 oJonathan Claros, 29, is flanked by brothers Lizandro,19, (left) and Diego,22, (right) who were deported to El Salvador Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO  Members of a local family said they feel a combination of sadness, concern and hope in the wake of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detaining and deporting two brothers to their home country.

Jonathan Claros, 29, his sister Fatima Claros, 25, along with their parents are making efforts to assist the two youngest children, Diego Claros-Saravia and Lizandro Claros-Saravia, ages 19 and 22, in their adjustment to life back in El Salvador.

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Local soccer players deported to El Salvador though high school graduates

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Two brothers deported 2 20626272 10155283193379473 4533424118588186121 oJonathan Claros, 29, is flanked by brothers Lizandro,19, (left) and Diego,22, (right) who were deported to El Salvador Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO  A local man said his two brothers were deported to El Salvador Wednesday.

The man, Jonathan Claros, said his brothers Lizandro and Diego Claros were deported and he and his family members are trying to figure out what to do. He said he is concerned for his brothers.

“The only thing we’re feeling was get them picked up from the airport and get them home safe,” Jonathan Claros said. “The situation in my country that is happening right now is not the best thing for them right now,” Jonathan said Wednesday.

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