UPDATE: Local authorities rule death of man found in house explosion site a suicide

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Rockville house explosion 1Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service responded Friday to a home explosion on Ashley Drive in Rockville. The bodies of a man and a dog were found Saturday. FILE PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Fire chief said investigators from Montgomery County Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms Bureau continue to investigate the cause of Friday’s house explosion where investigators found the remains of a man and his dog. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the man’s death a suicide.


The federal government: here today, gone tomorrow?

White House Front Twilight

If the goal is to undermine the effectiveness of the federal government to such an extent that it justifies all claims that it is ineffective, there are two surefire ways to achieve this end. One is to underfund the agencies that comprise it to prevent those federal agencies from having enough staff to carry out their individual missions.


Sixth body identified in Silver Spring

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Montgomery County Police said a sixth victim from the fire in Silver Spring has been identified, Aseged Mekonen, age 34.

Police previously identified the bodies of Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53, Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62, Saul Paniagua, 65, Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8 and Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, 3.

The office of the Chief Medical Examiner is still in the process of identifying the last body recovered from the wreckage of the Flower Branch apartment building located on 8701 Arliss Street in Silver Spring. In total, seven people died as a result of the fire.

“We have worked diligently toward confirming each of the victims’ identities and determining the cause of death for each victim,” Hamill said. “The identification process has been extremely challenging for reasons related to the blast, fire and collapse of the buildings on Arliss Street.”


ATF, time to do your job on guns!


It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of gun sales in the United States are not subject to background checks.  Most point to gun shows and the Internet as the loopholes in the existing background check law thus necessitating the need for additional legislation from Congress to close this universal loophole.  Although it may be true that the 40 percent figure is a result of gun show and Internet sales, the real loophole, call it a glaring pothole, is the result of the vagueness in the language defining "engaging in the business of selling guns".  It is this lack of specificity regarding what constitutes "engaging in the business of selling guns" that has made it so difficult for ATF to enforce existing background checks requirements for gun sales at both gun shows and via the Internet.

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