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Cardinal McCarrick resigns after allegations

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McCarrick COURTESYCardinal Theodore McCarrick. COURTESY PHOTOPope Francis on Saturday accepted a cardinal’s letter of resignation from the College of Cardinals following a child sexual-abuse allegation.

It is unclear at press time as to whether or not the Cardinal will face criminal charges.

The pope suspended Archdiocese of Washington Cardinal Emeritus Theodore McCarrick from ministering in public and ordered him to pray and do penance until his canonical trial is completed.

“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” the Vatican press office said Saturday.

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Activists want answers after police shooting

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policecar1 300x200 1More than three weeks after a Montgomery County Police officer shot and killed an unarmed African-American man, community members and activists are demanding more transparency from the police.

After prosecutors from Howard County, who are conducting the investigation into Anand Badgujar, the Montgomery County Police officer who shot and killed Robert Lawrence White on June 11 in Silver Spring, asked MCP to not release body-camera footage from the encounter, angering activists.

On June 27, two days after MCP officials met with Howard County prosecutors, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger met with activists to discuss the shooting and their demands.

“I wouldn’t say that we learned anything new,” said Laurel Hoa, an organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice Montgomery County.

According to police, White attacked Badgujar, and after a confrontation in which Badgujar attempted to pepper spray White, Badgujar shot White multiple times after White assaulted him again.

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Police hold back footage of officer’s shooting

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policecar1 300x200 1Howard County prosecutors requested Monday Montgomery County Police not release body camera footage from a June 11 officer-involved shooting – a move that has sparked an outcry for transparency from local activists.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police department met with Howard County Deputy State’s Attorney Mary Murphy Monday about the ongoing investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed black man, Robert Lawrence White.

On June 11, Montgomery County Police Officer Anand Badgujar shot and killed White, after police say White attacked Badgujar.

As per the agreement between the two counties, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s office is conducting the investigation into the shooting. Since the investigation is still ongoing, Murphy asked Montgomery County Police to not release body-camera footage from the shooting, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, a spokesperson for the Howard County State’s Attorney's Office.

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Rockville Police continue investigation into threats

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Nimah NayelNimah Nayel. FILE PHOTO  A Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson said the school system will defer to Rockville Police as it continues to investigate Islamophobic and racist harassment directed at a Richard Montgomery student who ran for the Board of Education.

MCPS Spokesperson Melissa Rivera said the school system will wait for police to finish their investigation of the incident before it looks into whether any MCPS students were involved in writing any of the racist messages.

“There is no way for us to know if the threat is from another student,” Rivera said. “We have to wait until the investigation is over and let the police do the work.”

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UPDATED: Man and woman found dead in parked car in Burtonsville

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MCPD car MCFRS rescue vehicleMontgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded Thursday evening to a 911 report of a man and a woman found dead in Burtonsville; they will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore and will undergo a scheduled autopsy Friday, a Montgomery County Police spokesman said.

A resident called 911 at approximately 9:56 p.m. Thursday after discovering the bodies in a parked car – with the engine still running – in a townhouse parking lot on Aldora Circle. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the two occupants of the vehicle were deceased.

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Derailed!

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Metro officials continue to investigate Red Line derailment 

metro logoWASHINGTON — Metro has not yet determined the cause of Monday’s Red Line derailment, but they are pleased with improvements to emergency responses made in the wake of the fatal L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident two years ago, WMATA officials said.

“The final cause has not been determined,” said WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, while noting that a crack or break in the rail may have led to the derailment, which took place at 6:40 a.m. outside Farragut North station on Monday. Metro is also considering whether human error was a contributing factor, he said.

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Kushner Companies working with Maryland AG

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Kushner Companies logoA spokesperson for the real estate business of the Kushner family said the company is working with Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

“We have been working with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to provide information in response to its request,” said Eric Wachter, a spokesperson for the Kushner Companies said in a written statement. “We are in compliance with all state and local laws.”

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MCPS unaware of investigation prior to HS counselor’s arrest for sex crimes

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ColinBlack e1508424533352MCPS officials said they were unaware of police investigation of Colin Black prior to his arrest.  FILE PHOTO  Officials from Montgomery County Public Schools said they were unaware police had been conducting an investigation of a local high school guidance counselor for sexual assault allegations until the man was arrested this week. The investigation began nearly seven months ago, according to Montgomery County Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti.

"We just learned of the investigation and arrest yesterday," Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said.

Colin S. Black, 33, a guidance counselor at Albert Einstein High School, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of second-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault, according to an Oct. 19 MCPD press release.

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Metro examines possible effects of heft and vibrations from newer subway cars

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WASHINGTON – Metro is investigating residents’ complaints that trains are causing damage to D.C. homes, according to a spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the organization has been looking for rail fasteners that can hold more weight.

Spokesperson Richard Jordan said in a statement Metro is investigating the claims as well as whether Metro even has a role in the vibrations that those D.C. residents reported.

“Metro has retained an independent third-party expert (Wilson Ihrig) to conduct field measurements following complaints of vibration from residents along a specific section of the Green Line,” Jordan said Wednesday. “While Metro has not confirmed the cause or severity of these vibrations – or even confirmed that the complaints are Metro-related, we have committed to conducting independent testing to determine next steps.”

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