Nursing Simulation Program Expected To Expand Thanks To New Grant

Nursing Simulation Program Expected To Expand Thanks To New Grant
Two Metro Red Line Stations Closed till Labor Day
Montgomery Co. Council held a public hearing on Fire Safety
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Witness claims officer fought with man b…

16-08-2018 Hits:109 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA, D.C. — Residents say they heard numerous shots when a Takoma Park Police officer crossed into Washington, D.C. and exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a foot chase on July 25. “I saw the guy get chased out of the parking lot,” said James Carter, 64, a resident of the 6200 block of New Hampshire Avenue. “Then I heard the gunshots.” Just before 7 p.m, on Wednesday, July 25, Sgt. Charles Hoetzel of the Takoma Park Police had been conducting an investigation around the Advance Auto Parts store on New Hampshire Avenue involving 19-year-old Kenneth Carroll of Northwest Washington, D.C, according to a police report from the Metropolitan Police Department. Hoetzel “attempted to detain” Carroll, but Carroll allegedly refused to comply and “the two began wrestling” as Carroll attempted to get away, according to the report.

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"Unite the Right 2" Fails

13-08-2018 Hits:529 Local Abby Cruz - avatar Abby Cruz

Counterprotesters overwhelm alt-right organizers a year after Charlottesville Counterprotesters stage their own march against the Unite the Right 2 march and rally held by white nationalists at Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer than 25 white nationalists who arrived Sunday afternoon to march, speak and stage their “Unite The Right 2” rally at Lafayette Square found themselves overwhelmed by thousands of counterprotesters from groups like Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement, and finally left before the rally was scheduled to begin. “I hope this shows the white nationalists that we are willing to fight back,” said Prince George’s County resident Larry Hutchison, 31, who was one of a number of participants with handmade signs. “We are not just going to remain silent.” Christopher Young, 44, said his outfit was the perfect attire to wear for the “Unite The Right 2” rally’s counterprotest. Young, who was born and raised in the District, decided to wear a Colin Kaepernick football jersey because “this is what he stands for” he said. “Solidarity and numbers brings me out here today,” said Young, “because honestly, I wasn’t going to come. But I thought about for a while and I think the more...

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Takoma Park hardware store fights employ…

13-08-2018 Hits:3158 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

Employees of the Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store are at odds with the store owner over the formation of a union. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVTAKOMA PARK — Attempting to form a union, the employees of a locally-owned Takoma Park hardware store find themselves at odds with their employer. “They have declared war on us,” said Madeline Hale, 27, a sales associate at the Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store, which is involved in the effort. On Thursday, Aug. 2, the employees of the store publicly announced the formation of a union and their intent to seek recognition as a local branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Six days later store owner Gina Schaefer, who owns 12 Ace Hardware stores across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia sent a memorandum, with the advice of the company’s attorneys, asking the employees to “Vote no” on the unionization efforts.

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State News

Hogan vows to step up efforts to halt hu…

10-08-2018 Hits:495 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Human Trafficking hands grabbing nettingROCKVILLE – Calling Maryland a hotbed for human trafficking, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced several initiatives to combat the problem plaguing the state. Hogan signed an executive order Thursday creating the new position of anti-human trafficking director, an appointed position to help combat the problem. In addition, Hogan announced new funding for a variety of programs to help research and develop solutions to human trafficking. Finally, Hogan said he would support a bill, which legislators will introduce on the first day of the 2019 legislative session in January that will increase time served for some felony human traffickers. Hogan said three regions in Maryland are hotspots for human trafficking: Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. “The chilling reality is that Maryland’s central location and access to major highways and airports like I-95 and BWI make our state a hotbed for human trafficking,” Hogan said.

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Gov. Hogan continues to enjoy high appro…

10-08-2018 Hits:950 State Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) at the dedication of ICC in 2017. FILE PHOTOIn progressive Maryland, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, Gov. Larry Hogan currently enjoys a 70-percent approval rating. He’s politically outnumbered in the House of Delegates, where 90 of the 141 delegates are Democrats. But since taking office on Jan. 15, 2015, as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Hogan has achieved, at least in part, many of his campaign promises, including cutting tolls, regulations and taxes.

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Jealous lays out plan for Maryland as ne…

09-08-2018 Hits:7291 State Abby Cruz - avatar Abby Cruz

Ben Jealous, Democrat candidate for governor. FILE PHOTOThere are three key issues that Ben Jealous wants the residents of Maryland to know he stands for: education, healthcare, and building a better economy. “Our focus is on fully funding education, making sure that we have a healthcare system that works better for everyone, and building a more robust economy,” Jealous said during a phone interview last Friday. Jealous, who represents the Democratic candidate nomination for governor, says he is very focused on speaking to the people who support him and to the rest of the people, who are getting to know him for the first time. “Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed on Larry Hogan’s watch,” said Jealous, “we have the worst economic growth in the region, Hogan is the first governor in decades to lose a Fortune 500 company, and our schools have fallen from first to sixth [in the country] on his watch,” said Jealous. “Also, there is a need for a governor who will actually stand up to Donald Trump!” he said.

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There’s always a question in the White H…

16-08-2018 Hits:217 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

I am a proud member of the profession of journalism, or, as one resident of the White House more commonly refers to it, “the fake, fake disgusting news!”The First Amendment to the Constitution, which reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is first for a reason.As Thomas Jefferson so appropriately stated, if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press is not, as the current president would have you believe, the “enemy of the people;” the press is the people. It is the primary mechanism for the people to receive information; it is the tool to hold government officials accountable for their actions.All this is to say, simply, that I take my role as a journalist quite seriously even if I find some of the people about whom I write quite comical, if not an absolute joke.

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About The Free Press

15-08-2018 Hits:1554 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

The United States has been a curious experiment in government from its inception.Highly influenced by the Magna Carta, our forefathers sought to govern themselves. No King. No despot. No Tyrant. A nation of ordinary people making decisions for their own lives and working together to help each other – that was the ideal upon which our government was founded.The bedrock to this experiment was and has been a well-informed electorate. That free flow of information has been instrumental in exposing the evils of slavery, the hopes of a Civil Rights movement, the dreams that landed man on the moon and giving parents a thrill at seeing their son and daughter in print. Sometimes, when first published, those facts were contested and called false - though they later turned out to be true. The struggle then boils down to writing things with which the government disagrees versus the government's spin on events. Because of this, and much more, an independent press is specifically protected in the First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution.

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Holding three of a kind

10-08-2018 Hits:373 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

“Excellent Smithers. Release the hounds.”Or, if you prefer, “The die is cast.”New or ancient reference, the bottom line is there’s a three-way race now underway for County Council.Marc Elrich, the Democrat is squared off against Republican Robin Ficker - the notorious gadlfy popular for a variety of things, including yelling at professional basketball players and getting a term limit measure leveled on county councilmembers.That move alone has earned Ficker a huge following as county voters, unable to move themselves into a voting booth, can now rely on term limits to automatically kick out the best, the worst and the mediocre councilmembers after three consecutive terms.Ficker hopes to turn his popularity into a trip to the County Executive’s chair and guess what? He has a better chance than most Republicans in this very blue county at getting the results he wants.The reason is twofold. It isn’t just that voters love the idea of automatically kicking out the rascals.One of those rascals, Nancy Floreen (a Democrat) has apparently obtained enough signatures to enter the race as an independent.

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Local teen to represent US in Fiji swim …

14-08-2018 Hits:170 Sports Justin Fitzgerald - avatar Justin Fitzgerald

Phoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTO  In many ways, 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon is like many kids her age. The Chevy Chase native is learning how to drive and is looking at potential colleges as she heads into her junior year of high school. In one big way, though, Bacon is different. In the pool, Bacon, who swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club at its American University site, has become one of the best young swimmers in the country. After a stellar meet at last month’s U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California, Bacon will represent the United States in at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27. The meet brings together many of the top swimmers ages 13 to 18 from non-European countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and Japan. Bacon qualified based on her performance in the 100-meter backstroke, a race in which she finished fourth in the finals, in 59.31 seconds. That time was a little off her preliminary swim of 59.12, which is the second-fastest U.S. performance ever in the 15-16 age group. It was the first time she had been under a minute in the...

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Warrior Dash obstacle course makes its M…

13-08-2018 Hits:378 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Participants use different strategies to maneuver through the mud pit and barbed wire section of the 2018 Warrior Dash obstacle course in Clarksburg.    PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  CLARKSBURG — The Warrior Dash made its Montgomery County debut over the weekend. Dozens of weekend warriors made the trek to spacious High Point Farm Saturday to participate in one of the nation’s dirtiest events. Runners from all around the region and points beyond competed in the 5k obstacle course race and festival that attracts more than three million participants worldwide.

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Redskins looking forward to coming seaso…

10-08-2018 Hits:170 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Simmie Cobbs, Jr. (15) makes a catch as safety Troy Apke (30) tries to cover at Washington Redskins Training Center on Fan Appreciation Day. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  RICHMOND, VA. — Washington Redskins diehards got a chance to watch their beloved Burgundy and Gold during Fan Appreciation Day Saturday at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Fans lined up one by one outside the facility before practice to get a glimpse of the NFC East title contenders. “It’s awesome,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “The fans come out here, we’re very appreciate of our stay here in Richmond. They have been great to us. Bon Secours has been excellent to us, the Omni has been great so, it’s a first-class organization here and we’re happy to be part of it.” Redskins defensive end Jonathan Allen, who was selected with the 17th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, enters his second season with high expectations. He was glad to see the fans in attendance. “Oh I love it, man,” said Allen. “I love D.C. fans and it’s kind of crazy just ‘cause, like five or six years ago, that was me out there when we had the camp back in Ashburn. So, just being...

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Area arts centers continue Leonard Berns…

13-08-2018 Hits:476 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

AFI Silver will have a sing-along screening of the musical “West Side Story” on Sept. 2, as part of the Leonard Bernstein centennial birthday celebration. COURTESY PHOTO  There may not be a bouncing ball, but the upcoming presentation of the movie “West Side Story” at the AFI Silver will include lyrics to the songs in subtitles on screen. At which point, audience members will be invited to sing along. The screening is part of a centennial celebration of the birth of Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, pianist, author, music lecturer, and teacher – born on August 25, 1918, said Todd Hitchcock, AFI Silver’s director of programming. “West Side Story” and two other films to which Bernstein contributed the music are the American Film Institute’s contribution to the celebration. One is “On the Waterfront,” a dark drama about a stevedore who confronts the mobster who rules the docks, starring Marlon Brando; the other is the film version of the Broadway musical “On the Town,” about three sailors who find love while on leave in New York. AFI is one of many arts organizations in the D.C. area presenting concerts, stage shows, and other events to pay tribute to Bernstein, who died on Oct. 14, 1990...

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Free Space art exhibit invites audience …

10-08-2018 Hits:252 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Jackie Hoystead’s ‘MixMatchV3’ at Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO  No two visits to “Free Space,” an interactive art exhibit at Silver Spring’s Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, are the same. Each time a visitor walks into the eight-year-old gallery and looks at a piece like “MixMatchV3” by artist Jackie Hoystead, it is unlikely that the 780 acrylic discs velcroed to four different 4-foot-by-40-inch PVC panels will remain unchanged. The constant transformation is not due to Hoystead being a finicky perfectionist constantly changing her work, but rather to the audience. She invites the viewers to alter the piece according to their own whims, to create their own patterns and designs. “I think people don’t spend a lot of time looking at artwork anymore,” said Hoystead. “They come into an exhibition, and they think it’s daunting. But by integrating the audience into your work, they spend more time with it. They think about it, and they have a say in the artwork."

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‘Grandmother of Hip Hop’ reflects on ban…

06-08-2018 Hits:1630 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Carolivia Herron displays her children’s book “Nappy Hair.” PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE  TAKOMA PARK — Washington, D.C. resident Carolivia Herron, clad all in purple, carefully leans into the microphone at Takoma Radio. One moment the 71-year-old Howard University professor praises the 17th-century writer John Milton; at another, she laments the loss two years earlier to gun violence of young local rapper Douglas Brooks, known by his stage name “Swipey.” Unfortunately, this year is a dubious one for Herron, as it marks the 20th anniversary of her children’s book “Nappy Hair” being banned by New York City Public Schools. The ban occurred in 1998, after a white teacher taught the book to her third-grade class. Although the students enjoyed the book, protests broke out, as some considered the book racially insensitive. According to Herron, the majority of parents who complained about the book did not have children in the class. “They felt a white teacher had no business teaching about black hair,” said Herron. “Because the word nappy had been used as an insult in their families, but it was never used that way in mine.” The book itself is an uplifting story, telling African American girls to take pride in their natural hair. Nappy Hair...

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