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Judge for U.S. Court of Appeals rules in…

16-08-2017 Hits:232 Local Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

MCPS not required to teach disabled child Orthodox Jewish faith A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judge affirmed a U.S. District Court judge’s decision that religion is not one of the educational needs that Montgomery County Public Schools must meet by law. Judge G. Steven Agee of the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit said Monday under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, MCPS is providing a free and public education (FAPE) for the plaintiff’s child M.L., who was born with Down syndrome. The parents, Rabbi Akiva Leiman and Shani Leiman, had alleged that the proposed plan for M.L.’s education was inadequate because it did not include teaching practices observed in M.L.’s Orthodox Jewish community. “MCPS provided M.L. with equal access to an education, on the same basis as it provides to all other students with disabilities,” Agee said in his opinion. “It does not provide religious and cultural instruction to its students with or without disabilities and has no duty under the IDEA to administer such instruction to M.L.”

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McNulty Seeks Gaithersburg Council Seat

10-08-2017 Hits:596 Local Peter Rouleau - avatar Peter Rouleau

GAITHERSBURG — City Council hopeful Jim McNulty says his commitment to public service began after the Montgomery County Police saved his life in 2010. A longtime media producer, McNulty was working at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring when he and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint. The hostage-taker, John Jay Lee, was eventually fatally shot by the SWAT team. "That brush with my mortality gave me a newfound perspective on what is truly important in life," McNulty said.  He subsequently founded The Upper Room, a support group for veterans and victims of violent crime who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined Gaithersburg's Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee and was elected president of the Saybrooke Homeowner's Association.

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And Then There Were Two

10-08-2017 Hits:880 Local Vic Simon - avatar Vic Simon

County faces renewed healthcare problems as insurance providers drop in Montgomery The Maryland Health Connection, the state’s online health insurance market or “exchange” under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, will have just two companies offering individual health coverage for 2018. The two health insurance providers are: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Much of Maryland will have only one choice, CareFirst, for individual health coverage next year. Kaiser’s service area in Maryland covers the D.C. suburbs and the Baltimore metro area –but not Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore or parts of Southern Maryland. In May, when health insurers applied to the Maryland Insurance Administration for rate increases for the plans’ upcoming year, four firms sought to participate in the Maryland individual market next year. The other two companies were CIGNA, a major national health insurer, and Evergreen Health, a company operating only in Maryland that participated in the state’s exchange in 2016 but not 2017. In June, the number of insurers in the running for providing health care under the ACA decreased to three when CIGNA dropped out, citing uncertainties in pricing as well as a small market share of Maryland exchange business. On July 25, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al...

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Trone speaks at local BBQ on his new bid…

10-08-2017 Hits:341 State Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

David Trone speaks at a Smokey Glen Barbecue. PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULIS   At a barbecue at Smokey Glen to promote his run for the 6th congressional district, David Trone called to mind his simple farm beginnings and progressive ideas in the hopes of his message resonating with Maryland voters. “You know I’m in a farm, we learned a couple of things, most important thing is hard work,” said Trone. “What we do on that farm, whether it was shoveling chicken manure, literally 13 tons of manure every day, that would be good practice in Washington.” “We also did a lot of time feeding hogs. That could be good practice in Washington too,” said Trone.

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ACLU Sues Hogan

04-08-2017 Hits:384 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Blocking people on Facebook comes back to haunt governor and county takes notice   ROCKVILLE – Members of the Montgomery County Council say they’re taking notice after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against Gov. Larry Hogan. The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that Hogan’s staff members deleted comments and blocked constituents from viewing his Facebook page. “The highest purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the right of Americans to engage in political speech and to petition the government to address their concerns," said Deborah Jeon, legal director for the ACLU of Maryland in a statement.

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Democrats look for opportunity in health…

03-08-2017 Hits:383 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

One week ago Republican Senator John McCain stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate floor and with a thumbs-down gesture and a firm and loud “no,” killed the last Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The possible end of Republicans’ “Obamacare” repeals now opens a bipartisan window for some healthcare reforms according to congressional Democrats. “I am of the view that we just closed the door on these repeal and ravage campaigns,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8).

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There is no clear path to peace with Tru…

16-08-2017 Hits:1198 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

I walked through the deserted streets of Charlottesville Saturday afternoon thinking of Baltimore and Ferguson in the aftermath of riots there as well as the empty streets of Kuwait City in the aftermath of its liberation during the Gulf War.Chaos, then a nervous calm and finally reflection followed each experience.Lost in the chaos in the aftermath of the riot in Charlottesville was the news that North Korea had decided to step back from the brink.It is perhaps the greatest victory of the Trump era and no one was talking about it – including the President of the United States – who in a raucous exchange with the press at Trump Tower Tuesday seemingly defended Alt-Right demonstrators and other white supremacists who sparked violence Saturday near the campus of the University of Virginia.

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Trump tries to reboot and steps on his C…

09-08-2017 Hits:1404 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

As the helicopter soared off the South Lawn last week members of the media and even White House staff members issued a sigh of relief – 17 days with President Trump away from Washington D.C.The president, dressed in a red-tie, white shirt and dark suit looked like an emasculated Rodney Dangerfield as he headed off into the sunset almost as if it were a scene in the movie perpetually playing in his head. It was the end of the first act of this frenetic presidency while the second act in the psychodrama began with Prosecutor Robert Mueller opening a second grand jury into the Russia/Trump “Witch Hunt” and issuing the first of what may be many subpoenas.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is always right!

02-08-2017 Hits:7732 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

In Tuesday’s press briefing Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally told me the truth.When a reporter asked Sanders how the administration would deal with members of the GOP who believe the president isn’t being truthful Sanders said “I think by being truthful and transparent as he has every single day.”

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Adrian Feliz-Platt Leaves Towson

15-08-2017 Hits:918 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Adrian Feliz-Platt evades tacklers during a game in October of last year. FILE PHOTO       Former Seneca Valley running back Adrian Feliz-Platt has left the Towson University football program. A Towson athletic department official confirmed Platt’s departure in an email on Tuesday. “Adrian Platt is not currently on the Towson football roster,” wrote John Brush, Director of Media Relations in Towson’s Department of Athletics. “He left over the weekend. There will not be an official statement from us in regards to his departure.”

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

15-08-2017 Hits:279 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel. During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks. Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Redskins Fall To Ravens

11-08-2017 Hits:194 Sports  Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet. “I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”

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On stage in Downtown Silver Spring with …

10-08-2017 Hits:453 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

The cast of the Highwood Theatre production of “Into the Woods.” COURTESY PHOTO BY HIGHWOOD THEATRE   Downtown Silver Spring has become a hub of activity, featuring stores, restaurants, and various forms of entertainment, ranging from a skating rink to movie theaters to outdoor concerts. It’s also the home of two live theatres. The 140-seat Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, located at 8641 Colesville Road, is home to four theatre groups, which perform there regularly as part of the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring. But the community-owned building also rents out space for one-night engagements and limited runs, giving the opportunity to new artists and arts organizations to put on fare as varied as plays, set lists, improv comedy, open-mic and dance concerts, said Jonathan Ezra Rubin, managing director of the Consortium. There’s even a pole-dance competition on August 12, produced by the Titans of Pole.

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Daymé Arocena brings modern Cuban sounds…

10-08-2017 Hits:190 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena (center) with bassist Rafael Aldama (left), and drummer Raul Herrera (right). PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE   “Give these people more alcohol,” yelled Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena in response to the quietly seated crowd at Strathmore AMP on Friday. In the end, her pleas worked, and the audience got out of their seats en masse to groove to Arocena’s unique take on Cuban music. “I’m not trying to make something brand new, I’m just trying to follow my sense,” said Arocena. “I’m from the 21st century. My music isn’t going to sound like what was made 50 years ago; it’s going to sound how I sound.”

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It’s a Free for All . . .

10-08-2017 Hits:190 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

Shakespeare company makes "Othello" a free for the summer fest Faran Tahir stars in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All production of “Othello.” COURTESY PHOTO BY SCOTT SUCHMAN   It’s a long-established practice for theater companies to present the plays of William Shakespeare to the public at no charge during the summer months. Locally, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C. has been doing that since 1991 – presenting one production during the hot months (although indoors) in what it calls “Free For All.” Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” was the first Free For All production. Michael Kahn, STC’s artistic director, found inspiration in the pioneering achievements of Joseph Papp. Kahn had worked with the legendary producer and director who established almost 60 years ago New York City’s famed Shakespeare in the Park. “Michael Kahn wanted to make sure Shakespeare was accessible to as many people as possible,” said Joy Johnson, director of audience services at STC who organizes and manages Free For All. “The best way to do that is through free performances.”

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