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District 20 candidates show few differences

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TAKOMA PARK — Seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent District 20 voters in the Maryland House of Delegates found themselves mainly in agreement as they spoke to voters at a forum Tuesday evening.

With little daylight between them, the candidates gave similar responses to questions on a variety of topics, including Interstate 495 traffic, taxes, education, economic development, and the environment.

Hosted jointly by the Women’s Democratic Club, The District 20 Breakfast Club, The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Montgomery Green Democrats, and the District 20 Caucus at Takoma Park Middle School, and moderated by former State delegate Karen Britto (District 16), the event featured incumbent delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins, immigration attorney Fatmata Barrie, community activist Lorig Charkoudian, data analyst Malik Lendzondzo, labor organizer Darian Unger, and lawyer George Zokle.

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Women of color forum held in Silver Spring

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women of colorPanelists pose together following their Montgomery County Women Candidates of Color forum in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKSILVER SPRING — Seventeen women of color who are running for local political office urged those attending a panel discussion at the Silver Spring Civic Center June 7 to elect minority candidates so that members of County Council, school board, judicial bench and Democratic committee will be more representative of the population at large.

“When you look across the table, you see all beautiful women, of all shades,” said Brandy Brooks, a candidate for County Council at large. “Then think who’s on council now,” she said at the two-hour forum.

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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.”

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MoCo celebrates pledge to healthier environment with GreenFest

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SILVER SPRING — More than 1,000 attendees participated in the free, all-day festival GreenFest, held on Saturday at Jessup Blair Park in Silver Spring. Inspired by people who want a healthier environment, GreenFest is the largest annual environmental festival in Montgomery County. 

At the event, solar energy cars were lined up one by one; about 100 environmentally-influenced booths were present, including those that featured vegan food, local plant vendors, and government agencies and residents of Montgomery County gathered in the hope of building a healthier community.

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County names the Teacher of the Year

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Kristen Kane has all the right ingredients of a new student. She’s eager to learn, likes to make new friends, and enjoys embarking on new experiences.

But Kane is not your average student. In fact, she’s not a student at all. The Silver Spring lifelong resident is the 2017-2018 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and is in the running to be Maryland’s Teacher of the Year.

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Three suspects in custody in Silver Spring rape case

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Montgomery County Police have charged suspects (left to right) Martin “Fat Mo” Chery, 21, Jordan Cobbs, 20, and Tombong Saidy, 18, in connection with the rape and assault of a 19-year-old woman in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTOS Montgomery County Police have charged suspects (left to right) Martin “Fat Mo” Chery, 21, Jordan Cobbs, 20, and Tombong Saidy, 18, in connection with the rape and assault of a 19-year-old woman in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTOS  ROCKVILLE — District Court Judge John Moffett denied bond Monday for two men charged with the rape and first-degree assault of a 19-year-old woman who alleged that five men raped her at an apartment in Silver Spring.

"The nature of this crime is a heinous one, with the details being almost really too gory to be heard on television or in the news media,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.

The survivor of the rape and assault was a 19-year-old woman whose name has been withheld, according to charging documents. She told police five men had raped and assaulted her in an apartment located on the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring.

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MoCo residents celebrate Easter in Silver Spring

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Children prepare to take part in a sack race as part of the Easter celebration in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZChildren prepare to take part in a sack race as part of the Easter celebration in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  SILVER SPRING — Although Peter Cottontail did not make an appearance, Easter in Montgomery County was still full of surprises this weekend as residents enjoyed a variety of events in Silver Spring.

Children of all ages got a chance to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, sack race, egg spoon race, and scavenger hunt at the Civic Building in Downtown Silver Spring Saturday morning. The event hosted by Jesus House DC, a church also located in Silver Spring, was made to bring the community together and celebrate the holiday with one another.

“We are really do this to give hope to the community, to encourage people [to come to the event] especially since Easter is tomorrow we just wanted to reach out,” said Joel Olujide, 17, a volunteer during the Easter celebration.

Olujide’s mother Chinyere Olujide, an associate pastor at Jesus House who organized the Easter event, said over 700 people registered online to participate. Olujide also said the prizes given at the event included gift cards donated by Chick-fil-A, Dave & Busters, Cooper Canyon Grill, 50 free quarter legs from Nando’s Perri Perri, and tickets to the nearby ice skating ring.

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Hundreds attend Raskin pre-rally

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postersPosters at the Silver Spring Civic Center PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKHundreds of people, ranging in age from those too young to walk to Dr. Anne Riley who described herself as “83 years old and still marching,” packed the Silver Spring Civic Center Saturday morning for pre-rally event prior to the national March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. 

The event, led by U.S Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), offered attendees a chance to gear up for the day’s march. Those who preregistered and paid $20 left the 90-minute rally and climbed aboard one of more than 25 buses that took them to the march in D.C.

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Two Silver Spring men charged with murder of Germantown resident

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policecar1 300x200 1Police arrested and charged two Silver Spring men with the murder of 18-year-old Germantown resident Andrew Turner, who was killed at his home in December.

Police charged both Christopher Arthur Breeden Jr., 23, and Kairee Deyonte Dorsey, 27, with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the Dec. 16 killing of Turner.

“We're working with police with this case, and we're going to go forward in this case to prosecute those individuals,” said Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to police charging documents, Breeden and Dorsey traveled to Turner’s house in Germantown to buy marijuana from Turner, but shot and killed Turner instead and fled the scene, according to witnesses.

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Old library now new daycare

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Former Silver Spring libraryFormer Silver Spring library FILE PHOTOThree years ago, the Silver Spring Library closed its doors for the last time. But three years from now, the building located on Colesville Road will once again welcome area residents when it reopens as a bilingual, multicultural child care center.

County officials selected the Martha Gudelsky Child Development Center as the former library building’s new tenant, and gave permission to add a two-story wing which will house a preschool serving about 150 children.

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