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County schools closing Wednesday due to …

21-03-2018 Hits:279 Local Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed Wednesday due to “emergency weather conditions,” according to MCPS officials. “All school and community activities in school buildings are also canceled,” MCPS officials said. “All administrative offices are open. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled.”

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Local officials unimpressed by Trump’s t…

19-03-2018 Hits:806 Local Andrew Feinberg - avatar Andrew Feinberg

WASHINGTON — Despite President Trump’s unveiling of a three-prong strategy to combat opioid addiction and his claims that his administration is “involved more than any administration, by far” in efforts to end the nationwide opioid epidemic, Montgomery County officials and a member of President Trump’s own opioid commission remain unconvinced that an executive branch led by a President who dismisses the efficacy of his own presidential commission while calling for the death penalty for drug dealers is truly committed to fighting opioid abuse. The new plan comes nearly three weeks after the White House held an opioid summit featuring cabinet secretaries and officials from various executive branch agencies who highlighted their accomplishments over the past year and previewed future plans for an audience of addiction treatment professionals, law enforcement, and ordinary Americans who have been affected by the epidemic or lost loved ones to it. “The administration is going to be rolling out policy over the next three weeks, and it will be very, very strong,” Trump said while speaking toward the end of a White House’s opioid summit, which featured cabinet secretaries and officials from various executive branch agencies who highlighted their accomplishments over the past year and previewed future plans for...

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Takoma Park union at odds over performan…

16-03-2018 Hits:515 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK — With contract negotiations at a standstill, the employees at Takoma Park’s Public Works Department say the city’s pay-for-performance system is an obstacle in their union negotiations with the city. “The public should know if the city employees are being paid fairly,” said David Burbank, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3399. “The pay-for-performance system is a total misnomer … it’s a corporate-based pay system.”

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State News

Maryland legislative update

16-03-2018 Hits:205 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:205 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:205 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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Disturbing the Snow of Your Thoughts

21-03-2018 Hits:260 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian 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:268 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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Remember the Hawking Legacy

14-03-2018 Hits:623 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all." – Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking’s last warning for us before he died is chilling: Get off the planet or face extinction.We are an ignorant, nasty, brutish lot – us humans. But we are also a curious, loving lot. Our dichotomy is apparent by simply looking at the U.S. electoral landscape.However, this isn’t one of those columns.This is about hope.

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Ohio State’s Snyder earns dramatic decis…

21-03-2018 Hits:306 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:96 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:149 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:211 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:1288 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:1181 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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