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26-06-2017 Hits:86 Local Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

Family and community come together to help a local girl battling a dangerous neurological condition Michele Sloan, Elouise Sloan, and Britt Sloan. COURTESY PHOTO  Elouise Sloan, 12, sits in her wheelchair at a table at the Manor Country Club, smiling. People come up to her to banter, compliment her on her pink dress, or talk to her about her favorite artist, Bruno Mars. She is happy and surrounded by family and neighbors. Those family and neighbors are the ones who organized a golf and silent auction fundraising event to help fund research for the foundation her parents created: The Foundation to Fight H-ABC. In starting it, her parents hoped to find a cure for her progressive neurological condition H-ABC, hypomyelination with atrophy of basal ganglia and cerebellum.

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County Council interviews potential econ…

26-06-2017 Hits:81 Local Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Council interviewed five appointees for the board of directors of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation during its weekly meeting Tuesday.

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Takoma Park moves forward with library

26-06-2017 Hits:90 Local Carlos Alfaro - avatar Carlos Alfaro

TAKOMA PARK- The bond issuance for two major projects in Takoma Park has passed its first reading unanimously and has moved onto a second one, a major step forward for the renovation of the Takoma Park Library. The bond will also finance improvements to the Ethan Allen Gateway and the Flower Avenue Green Street project.

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State News

Maryland lawmakers disagree with Trump o…

26-06-2017 Hits:97 State  Emily Blackner - avatar Emily Blackner

SEABROOK — Climate change may not be at the top of the president’s agenda, but local representatives are keeping up the fight against it in the wake of the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

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Trump's budget would force state, county…

26-05-2017 Hits:672 State Vic Simon - avatar Vic Simon

President Trump proposed a detailed budget May 23 that kept the themes of his March budget blueprint: steep cuts to science-based agencies, many headquartered in Montgomery County, and to programs to aid lower-income people, offset by sizable increases for defense and Homeland Security. Compared with the 80-page budget released in March, the new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) is a vast, eight-volume document with details on Trump’s proposals for every agency. Other subjects newly addressed include how the deficit would be affected, the major changes from previous budgets, revenue forecasts, and economic growth assumptions. Given the size of the new document, reactions to it this week are only preliminary, with the meanings of many provisions yet to be unearthed by congressional review over the coming months. If the proposed major cuts are enacted to Medicaid, food stamps (called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “SNAP”), elderly and school nutrition, “It would be up to the County or state government or both to pick up the pieces,” said Joy Nurmi, special assistant to County Executive Ike Leggett. For instance, she predicted, if SNAP cutbacks are adopted, many people would go to food pantries such as Manna Food Center in...

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CareFirst files for massive health premi…

18-05-2017 Hits:923 State Vic Simon - avatar Vic Simon

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield proposed monthly premiums averaging more than 50 percent higher for 2018 than for 2017, in filings to the Maryland Insurance Department for the online health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The three other companies offering coverage in Maryland’s online/individual market, CIGNA, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, and Evergreen Health, applied for substantial but smaller 2018 rates that average 37.4 percent, 18.1 percent, and 27.8 percent, respectively. CareFirst has the largest market share by far over the company’s Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia market area, said the company’s CEO, Chet Burrell. It covers two out of every three people in that area with coverage purchased through the ACA online exchanges. The public may comment online about the proposed rate increases through June 20. The Maryland Insurance Department will hold a public hearing on the proposals on June 21 at its offices in Baltimore. Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr., said the agency would make a decision by late summer. The ACA requires the agency to approve rates that are adequate to meet the costs of the coverage.

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Columns

Go To Your Room - and Grow up!

21-06-2017 Hits:1115 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The simplest requests can often lead to the most obtuse results.When my children were extremely young my wife and I tried to persuade them to “use their words,” when they were angry.

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The best speech Trump has made yet

20-06-2017 Hits:678 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

In the stifling heat of the muggiest day in recent D.C. memory, last Monday President Donald Trump made his most enduring and remarkable speech since he took office. With hundreds of spectators gathered on the South Lawn of the White House, president Trump spoke of sacrifice and challenges. He spoke of inspiration and hard work. He spoke of selfless leadership and victory over insurmountable odds. He spoke of teamwork and appealed to the spirit of cooperation and becoming a part of something larger than ourselves.

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Learning lessons the hard way

15-06-2017 Hits:571 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

Wednesday morning, shortly after I got up to go to work, I received a tweet that would change my day and should change our world.While practicing for a charity baseball game, a GOP congressman (Steve Scalise) apparently got shot by a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois.Witnesses say there were as many as 100 shots fired, five people injured and the Capitol police along with the congressman’s security (he’s the majority whip and as a member of the leadership had security with him) “attacked” and took down the shooter.The immediate, chilling affect soon gave way to accusations and finger pointing.Again, we ask, “How can this happen?”

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Sports

Big Train Buries T-Bolts 8-2

27-06-2017 Hits:86 Sports Carlos Alfaro - avatar Carlos Alfaro

T-Bolts pitcher Huei-Sheng Lin looks for the sign on the windup. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — It was a rough Tuesday night for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, as the Bethesda Big Train dominated in a 8-2 rout of the home team. Some innings went quickly, with nothing of note happening. Other innings had a run and some missed opportunities. “We just decided we’re not going to play against the scoreboard; we’re going to play against the game,” said sophomore outfielder Brant Blaylock.

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. . . After Dodgers blasted The Big Trai…

27-06-2017 Hits:102 Sports Harry Lichtman - avatar Harry Lichtman

Baltimore Dodgers catcher Shamoy Christopher at bat.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BETHESDA — With the Bethesda Big Train at 7-1, Thursday night’s game looked like a surefire win against the 2-7 Baltimore Dodgers, but Baltimore pitcher Josh Hejka put on a show on the mound and got the run support he needed as his team upset Bethesda, 10-5, at Shirley Povich Field. The Dodgers got on the board early when center fielder Jaren Shelby advanced to first base on an error as second baseman Joey Ortiz headed home to put his team up 1-0 in the first. Then in the second, right fielder Nick Ortega grounded out on a 6-3, but left fielder Brian Tagoe scored as Baltimore led, 2-0. Bethesda was able to get on the board in the bottom of the second when center fielder James Outman headed home even though catcher Michael Emodi grounded out to cut the deficit to 2-1. But the rout was on for the Dodgers in the third. First, third baseman Taj Porter hit an RBI single to score Shelby and shortstop Austin James and give his team a 4-1 lead. James appeared to have been thrown out at the plate by a couple of...

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D.C. Grays top Gaithersburg Giants 8-6

27-06-2017 Hits:118 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Giants’ Jake Huggins at bat in a game won by the DC Grays. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – DC Grays outfielder Lamar Briggs had a solid performance in Friday night’s 8-6 victory over the Gaithersburg Giants at Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park. Briggs, a Jackson State University product, finished 2-for-4 including a three-run double that helped propel the Grays to victory. Down 4-2 in the fourth inning, Briggs smacked a double that put the Grays ahead, 5-4. “We got down to an early deficit but we stuck it out [and] kept fighting,” said Briggs. “We got a couple clutch hits when we needed them.”

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Features

Takoma Park lights it up with Jazz Festi…

26-06-2017 Hits:82 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

The Chuck Redd Quartet performing at the Takoma Park Jazz Festival.   PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE  TAKOMA PARK – On Sunday Takoma Park hosted its 22nd annual jazz festival. The two-stage, 12-act event showcased representatives from multiple genres, from traditional dixieland and bossa nova to modern go-go interpretations. “We are promoting America’s unique music: music that connects people from around the world,” said Bruce Kohner, the president of Takoma Jazz Inc.

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Local music festival features young tale…

26-06-2017 Hits:79 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Silver Spring rappers Mike of Doom and Kasey Jones perform at the Strange Adventures Music Festival. COURTESY PHOTO  On Friday and Saturday, the Twin Moon Arts Collective, a record label and community organization, hosted its third annual Strange Adventures music festival at St. Stephan’s Church in Columbia Heights. The festival was a celebration of the eclectic greater D.C. music scene, with several Montgomery County-based bands performing.

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Heritage Days to celebrate 20 years of b…

23-06-2017 Hits:55 Entertainment Peter Rouleau - avatar Peter Rouleau

Heritage Days, a project of the non-profit historical organization Heritage Montgomery, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend. Held annually on the last weekend of June, the event is a collaborative effort of organizations throughout the County to provide interactive exhibits showcasing life in different eras. “Heritage Days is always one of our favorite events,” said Heritage Montgomery executive director Sarah L. Rogers. “It’s grown massively over the years. The first year we only had four participating organizations; this year we have 40.”

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