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Stuck inside? During these tough times, it’s important for us to get out of the house once in a while, whether that means going on a walk or taking a road trip with your family. Fortunately for the WJ community, Maryland and surrounding states are filled with COVID-safe travel destinations f…

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In Montgomery County, thousands of students, aged 5-18, log onto screens for up to four hours a day. It’s an unprecedented school year, and it’s due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But does it have to be this way for schools? Is there another solution?

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Students in MCPS are trading their backpacks for laptops for the first semester of school this year after the Montgomery County Board of Education announced in July that learning would be held online through February. With this change came many adjustments, such as a platform switch to Canva…

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The first of three presidential debates between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger Democratic Nominee former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night quickly spiraled into chaos, insults and interruptions, leaving voters uneasy about what’s to come.

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“The country would be better served, if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions.” Chris Wallace’s words set the tone for the first presidential debate. As I watched the two candidates interrupt each other over and over, one question came to mind: if either of the candidates …

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On Friday, October 2, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that both he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus. Later that same day, he was abruptly transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he spent the weekend and received various treatme…

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“The work, my friends, is peace. More than an end of this war—an end to the beginnings of all wars. Yes, an end, forever, to this impractical, unrealistic settlement of the differences between governments by the mass killing of peoples.” Those were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevel…

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During the recent Vice Presidential debate, Mike Pence was relentless in asking Kamala Harris if the Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court if they win on November 3rd.

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Judean Memorial Gardens, October 3, 2020 – It is difficult to capture in a brief eulogy the essence of a person or a person’s life when that individual had such a significant impact and such a varied, rich, multi-faceted meaningful life and career. I do not need to stand before you, his fami…

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My name is Dustin Jeter, and I am a Social Studies Teacher at Springbrook High School and a member of the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). I want to address the importance of transparency in education decisions.

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Richard Schifter who died October 4 at the age of 97 was known around the world as a champion of human rights. He served three presidents over 20 years as ambassador and assistant secretary of state. For the last 20 he continued his humanitarian and human rights advocacy with the quiet firmn…

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This Monday, October 5th at 11:20 A.M.-12:20 P.M., Bethesda- Chevy Chase High School will introduce, “News Makers and Breakers”, a Speaker Series featuring the people in and behind today's news. The rest of the series will take place on Wednesdays. 

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As chair of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad’s COVID-19 Task Force, Megan O’Brien has spent countless hours poring over the latest data and science to ensure the health and safety of patients and EMS clinicians. It’s a job she is uniquely qualified for: O’Brien, 45, has a PhD in epidemi…

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After mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nation began to speculate whether President Trump would go against Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish and fill the vacancy left by her death, and more notably who he would fill her seat with.

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I feel a profound personal loss with Cokie's passing. I have known her since she was about three or four years old and her older sister Barbara was in the third grade. In their younger years they attended the Rosary, the Sacred Heart School in New Orleans, for half the year and Stone Ridge f…

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On Friday, 9/11, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hosted a press conference at DC Engine company 16 to honor and recognize first responders. In observance of 9/11 Day of Service on the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, 9/11 Day teamed up with Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to deliver more than 35,000 meals from independently-owned local restaurants to support first responders and frontline healthcare workers in more than 30 cities nationwide. At least 5,000 of these meals were delivered in Washington, D.C.

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Montgomery County has been plagued by maladies for decades: choked roads, no jobs, a rickety tax base relying almost entirely on homeowners, under-served neighborhoods—just to name a few. Residents in Clarksburg travel two hours one way to get to their jobs in Northern Virginia. Prince Georg…

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Gaithersburg /Germantown, MD (September 15, 2020) –The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) held its 30th Annual Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club, 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, Maryland on Friday, September 11, 2020. Tournament participants enjoyed a variet…

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I want to address one of the open issues causing an impasse in contract negotiations between my employer, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and my union, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). What is the open issue? Teachers want to add the four social justice words “sch…