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Women’s issues dominate county executive…

23-03-2018 Hits:167 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

County Executive Candidates square off in forum at the Silver Spring Civic Center PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVSILVER SPRING — With just over three months to go before the June 26 primary, former Rockville mayor Rose Krasnow said Thursday that voters should choose her out of the six candidates running for County Executive, all of whom got another chance to make a case as to why they should replace the term-limited Isiah Leggett as the occupant of the highest office in the county. “I have a track record of getting things done,” said Krasnow -- the only woman in the race – in response to a question from Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. “I do have governmental executive experience … and I learned when I went from being on the city council of Rockville to mayor that it is very different being in that executive position.”

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Second Day of Spring?

23-03-2018 Hits:171 Local Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

MoCo sees largest snowstorm in the last two years on the second day of Spring Snow finally comes to Montgomery County as, with schools closed, Paige Smith and Nicole Clark and her dogs enjoy this final blast of winter on the second day of spring.                PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Dangerous road conditions arose from a nor’easter that began dropping snow on Montgomery County late Tuesday, leading to a Wednesday morning traffic nightmare. It was the most significant snowfall in the region since a blizzard in early 2016. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Pete Piringer said a large percentage of drivers who took to the roads Wednesday morning – the second day of spring - became involved in crashes, many of them single-vehicle accidents due to the weather conditions. One such incident, county officials said, stopped traffic in both directions on U.S. Route 29 – known as Columbia Pike – between Greencastle Road and Sandy Spring Road (Maryland Route 198). As a result of the early-spring snowstorm, Montgomery County closed all non-public-safety government offices Wednesday, county officials said in a statement. Josh Faust, public outreach manager for county highways, said County trucks mobilized with materials Tuesday as...

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Leggett proposes modest spending increas…

23-03-2018 Hits:236 Local Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

County Executive Ike Leggett.      FILE PHOTO  Calling it a prudent attempt to guide Montgomery County through fiscal uncertainty, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) released the final budget proposal of his last term as county executive Thursday, putting forward a $5.56 billion operating budget – increasing spending by 2 percent – for Fiscal Year 2019, with most of the increase directed to Montgomery County Public Schools. “This budget continues my commitment to prudent fiscal policies critical to sound fiscal management,” Leggett said. “I have increased our reserve levels to cushion the taxpayers against any future unanticipated economic setbacks and included the required level of funding for retiree health benefits." Leggett had stressed caution in the weeks leading up to the budget announcement, promising that it would not include a property tax increase, with the caveat that it was unlikely that he would propose drastic spending increases in most areas thanks to the current budget’s $120 million shortfall.

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State News

Maryland legislative update

16-03-2018 Hits:223 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

With less than a month left to go in this year’s legislative session, both chambers of the Maryland legislature are still working their way through several key pieces of legislation as their final deadline draws near. Here is an update thus far on a select number of a few state bills:

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Maryland crafts legislation targeting pr…

16-03-2018 Hits:396 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

A Maryland bill that would require all future presidential candidates to release their tax returns passsed the Maryland Senate last week, taking aim at President Trump.  The Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act – which passed the state Senate last week 28-17 – would make Maryland the first state to require future presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition of appearing on the ballot, so as to let voters evaluate any potential conflicts of interest.

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Kagan says video shows evidence of inapp…

16-03-2018 Hits:384 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Cheryl Kagan (left) and Gil Genn (right). FILE PHOTOSNewly-released security camera footage of an interaction between State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17th District) and lobbyist Gil Genn is leading to different explanations from both parties roughly two weeks after Kagan accused Genn of touching her inappropriately. The footage from a March 1 event at Castlebay Irish Pub in Annapolis shows shows Genn, a former state delegate and Kagan greeting one another with Genn putting his hand on Kagan’s back and whispering something to her before sliding his hand off her back, after which both spend the rest of the video in conversation. The footage does not make it clear how exactly Kagan reacted to Genn’s touch, as both continued talking in the crowded Annapolis bar. Kagan – who in a March 2 statement accused Genn of touching her inappropriately by placing his hand on her back and then “[sliding] it down” – claimed the video validates her accusations. “I was really uncomfortable,” Kagan said in a press conference Tuesday. “I wanted the incident to end. I wanted the interaction to end. He kept talking.” However, Genn’s lawyer said the video exonerates Genn of any inappropriate behavior.

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Keep your hands off the pension, dude

23-03-2018 Hits:237 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

Back, way back, in the early 1980s, the New York office of the United States Customs Service experienced a full-fledged scandal concerning illegal kickbacks, graft, extortion and more, much more, including obstruction of justice. High-level customs officials went to jail.The Area Director of the Port of Newark was charged with illegally raising the prices a bit extra, shall we say, for licenses and permits in the port. The extra proceeds, apparently, were directed to his personal coffers, not the government's. Other high-ranking officials were indicted for other illegal activities such as outright theft of imported goods and, as did the Area Director, served time in prison.While I was working at Newark I recall quite vividly the morning anxiety of wondering who was going to be taken away in handcuffs that day, the goal of which was to put all employees on notice. (Note to my right-wing readers: no, I wasn't among them.)What was not done, however, was not allowing those who were eligible to retire and collect their earned pensions. The pensions had nothing to do with the penalties for the crimes committed. That was determined in a court of law. Yes, people lost their jobs but, if they were...

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Disturbing the Snow of Your Thoughts

21-03-2018 Hits:371 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

Curious how old habits stay with you.When I was a young boy and it snowed I loathed walking into either the front or backyard disturbing the fresh powder. It looked too pristine, too gentle and way too cool.I wanted to preserve the moment – or the myth of the “perfect snow day”.

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Everyone needs to establish standards

16-03-2018 Hits:455 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

There are certain expectations we, as citizens, have for the individual occupying the White House. We expect that they have a certain level of integrity, honesty, morals, intelligence, experience, judgment and so forth even if we do not always agree with positions, political or otherwise, they may take.Clearly there have been times in which we may have been let down by occupants of the White House, but just as certainly failure to live up to expectations should not result in lowering our expectations. We should always demand the best of our elected officials even if, at times, we are let down by their actions and judgment.

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Ohio State’s Snyder earns dramatic decis…

21-03-2018 Hits:358 Sports Lem Satterfield - avatar Lem Satterfield

Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder’s takedown with 24 seconds left secured his third straight NCAA crown with a 3-2 decision over 285-pound Adam Coon of Michigan last Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder, won in dramatic fashion for the second time over a two-week span against Coon, who has a record of 29-2 and was the only man to defeat Snyder this season. Snyder, of Woodbine, reached the finals on a technical fall, a major decision and a pair of decisions to improve to 17-1 on the year, having now won two straight NCAA titles at 285 after being a runner-up as a 197-pound freshman, his 3-1 loss to the 21-year-old Coon on Feb. 11 being his first collegiately since the NCAA finals of that freshman season. Snyder, whose parents are Steve and Tricia, is a two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds who became the first American wrestler ever to return to college after winning his Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. “I’ve been blessed, and I’ve got a lot of natural gifts that I’m thankful...

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Landon baseball gets first win of the se…

21-03-2018 Hits:123 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score. Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning. With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.

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Georgetown Prep boys lacrosse team defea…

21-03-2018 Hits:186 Sports Eva Paspalis - avatar Eva Paspalis

Georgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH   ROCKVILLE — Another thrilling chapter in the storied rivalry between the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas and the Gonzaga Eagles varsity boys lacrosse teams unfolded Friday as the Little Hoyas hosted and defeated the previously unbeaten Eagles, 7-6. The Little Hoyas (2-2) fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game on a T Ridgway goal with just five seconds left in regulation. Even though Gonzaga threatened to score at the start of the overtime period, Georgetown Prep regained possession just in time for another last-second goal, the game-winner, courtesy of senior midfielder Thomas Graham. However, the game wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Little Hoyas. Turnovers, penalties and a prolific first-half Gonzaga offense threatened to hand Georgetown Prep its third loss in four games.

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Latest Dance Exchange project zeroes in …

22-02-2018 Hits:401 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Andy Torres, pictured in the foreground, is a collaborator in the Dance Exchange project “Growing Our Own Gardens.” COURTESY PHOTODance involves not only movement and music but community involvement. That’s the viewpoint of Dance Exchange, a Takoma Park-based, non-profit arts organization devoted to dance-making and creative practices that engage individuals and communities of all ages to cultivate a deeper understanding of one’s world. “Dance Exchange collaborates across generations, disciplines, and communities to channel the power for performance as a means for dialogue, a source of critical reflection, and a creative engine for thought and action,” said Matthew Cumbie, associate artistic director. One of the communities Dance Exchange is now exploring is the D.C. area’s queer community. With the collective title of “Growing Our Own Gardens,” the organization has created an ongoing project that promotes “dialogue and action about issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities and centers the stories, lives, and questions of LGBTQ+ throughout history,” Cumbie said. “We’re looking at the history of these communities but bringing the conversation into the modern day.”

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Landscape painter finds outdoor inspirat…

30-12-2017 Hits:1461 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

PHOTO OF “BAIE ST. PAUL CREEK by Leni BerlinerLocal artist Leni Berliner did some painting as a high school student many years ago, and like most student artists, she laid down her brushes after graduation.  But with the new millennium came what she called "a very difficult time" in her personal and professional life, the burden of which her mother sought to alleviate with a gift. “My mother gave me the gift of drawing and painting classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C.," Berliner said. The classes reawakened a passion for painting and led her to rediscover and cultivate that talent.

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Exhibit pays tribute to laborers with ex…

26-12-2017 Hits:1363 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

“Woman Cleaning Shower” by Ramiro Gomez from National Portrait Gallery exhibit on work. COURTESY PHOTO  “The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American Workers,” an exhibit on view at the National Portrait Gallery, contains well-known, even iconic, images. These include “Power House Mechanic,” a black-and-white photograph by Lewis Hine; “The Miner,” an oil painting by Pat Lyon; “American Gothic,” by Gordon Parks, oil on beaver wood; “Mine America’s Coal,” by Norman Rockwell, “Cotton Pickers,” oil, by Winslow Homer, and “Migrant Mother,” a print by Dorothea Lange. Other images are less known and even surprising, such as daguerreotypes by Joseph T. Zealy of semi-dressed slaves. Richard Avedon, best known for his work with celebrities and fashion icons, portrays migrant workers in a series of photographs. But co-curators Dorothy Moss and David C. Ward are hoping that regardless of the individual images, viewers understand the exhibit’s goal.

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