Kamenetz dies of massive heart attack

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Baltimore County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz died early Thursday morning from cardiac arrest.  COURTESY PHOTOBaltimore County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz died early Thursday morning from cardiac arrest. COURTESY PHOTO  Baltimore County Executive and Democratic candidate for governor, Kevin Kamenetz died early Thursday morning of a cardiac arrest, according to police.

Kamenetz, who was 60 years old, leaves behind a wife and two sons.

“Kevin was a bold and effective leader in Baltimore County and a strong voice on issues affecting all Marylanders. More importantly, he was a good man. That is rare enough,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in a statement.


The Quince Orchard family mourns the loss of student athlete Terry

Tyler Terry.   COURTESY PHOTO  Tyler Terry. COURTESY PHOTO  The Quince Orchard High School community is mourning the death of senior football star Tyler Terry.
Terry, a two-way standout at the Gaithersburg school, died Sunday at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., nearly two weeks after being hospitalized with a heart condition. He was 17.
“For those of you who knew Tyler, we ask that you remember and celebrate his passion for football, his love of his family and friends, and his great big infectious smile,” Quince Orchard Principal Carole Working wrote in a letter addressed to the Quince Orchard High School Community. “For those of you who did not know him, we ask that you support Tyler’s friends and family during this time of loss.”


First flu death in state

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swine fluA Maryland child became the 54th pediatric fatality of the 2018 flu season as the number of flu-related hospitalizations in both the state and county continue to increase significantly, the Maryland Department of Health announced Tuesday.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene statistics show this year’s flu season – which typically runs from October to March – has seen 6.8 percent of visits to “sentinel providers” come from influenza-like illnesses, which is well above the 2 percent average usually seen during the week of Jan. 24 in a typical year.

“This year we know there has been a higher-than-average h3n2 cases which is a more severe strain of the influenza virus,” said Dr. Travis Gayles, the County’s Health Officer and Chief of Public Health.

Gayles said children and the elderly have been hit hardest by the more severe h3n2 strain of the influenza virus. County health officials’ response to this year’s more hard-hitting strains has included working with hospitals to monitor local cases and renewing a public relations campaign to remind people of the importance of hand washing and encourage them to be mindful of symptoms.


Progressive icon mourned by county

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IMG 0297 1Marcus Raskin playing the piano COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN RASKINMarcus Raskin, father of Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and an icon within the progressive community, died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington, at age 83. 

“Generations to come will cherish his memory and be inspired by his remarkable life,” Rep. Raskin wrote in an online statement. “He was a piano prodigy and musical sensation, a born philosopher and magical teacher, a political visionary, organizer and risk-taker.” 

Marcus Raskin was born in 1934 to Russian-Jewish immigrants in Milwaukee, Wis. After briefly studying music at the Juilliard School in New York, he earned his bachelor's degree, and later, his law degree, at the University of Chicago.


Missing local woman found dead

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Kristin Danielle BessixKristin Bessix.   COURTESY PHOTO  A woman who was reported missing in late November by family members has been found dead.

On Friday, Montgomery County Police confirmed that Kristin Danielle Bessix, 36, has been identified as the deceased adult female discovered in a Burtonsville pond on Jan. 3. Family members reported Bessix missing to Montgomery County Police on Nov. 22, according to a Dec. 8 police press release.

Capt. Paul Starks of Montgomery County Police said a cause of death has not yet been determined. The case is currently being investigated as a death, as opposed to a homicide.


Police launch internal investigation into teen’s death

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Montgomery County Police is investigating its role in a missing person’s case where a 17-year-old Walt Whitman student ended up dead nearly 15 hours after his father first contacted police with concerns.

“Internal Affairs has a role in the investigation,” MCP Spokesman Captain Paul Starks said. “We’re looking at the investigative steps taken and we’re also looking at decisions made by patrol officers.”

Starks said Montgomery County Police Chief Manger will conduct a thorough review of events and whether policies were followed or if they will need to be changed. Starks says the findings will be shared with the public.


Fighting Boys to the Rescue!

4315146 1513539905.5639When my children were small I often told them bedtime stories surrounding the adventures of “Fighting Boys to the Rescue!” Based on the stories my father told me and the stories his father told him, the stories I told had a central character of Ritzinputz the talking squirrel.
He was at the center of a group of friends including Captain Velvet from the planet Mars, Ghost Man – who was scared of himself, Frog Man who had a terrible flatulence problem and King Dinosaur who was a big Elvis Presley fan. Together this group righted wrongs, went on adventures and had fun. Of course my children were included in these tales and many a night getting the kids to go to bed was made easier with a “Fighting Boys to the Rescue!” story.


UPDATED: Police investigate death of Walt Whitman student

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A Montgomery County Police spokesman said police should have taken a missing person’s report when the father of a deceased 17-year-old Walt Whitman High School student first contacted them with concerns about his missing son who later turned up dead.

“Based on circumstances presented to us, a report could have been and probably should have been taken by a police officer at that point,” Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said.

The father of Navid Sepehri said he gave police the location of his son's cell phone when he first contacted them at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but Starks says police did not note Sepehri as missing until the afternoon.

“It’s under investigation,” Starks said.


Police investigating death of Walt Whitman student

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Navid SepehriNavid Sepehri. COURTESY PHOTO  Montgomery County Police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Walt Whitman High School student who was reported missing after he did not return home Saturday night, according to Montgomery County Police.

On Sunday, a search team found Navid Nicholas Sepehri of Radnor Road deceased in a wooded area behind Bannockburn Swim Club in the 6500 block of Laverock Lane of Bethesda.  

“The cause of death remains under investigation,” Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti said. “There is much we are not able to confirm at this time.”

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, located in Baltimore, will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.


Be Thankful - always

Norman Rockwells Freedom From WantThe 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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