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27-year-old Marnobia Alegria Juarez was the $40,000 winner of the June 1st drawing as part of the VaxCash Promotion. The VaxCash Promotion was announced on May 20th by Gov. Hogan as a collaboration between the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Health to incentivize residents to…

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“BACK TO THE FUTURE NASA’S NEW NUCLEAR VISION” was the headline emblazoned on the cover this past month of the leading U.S. aerospace trade publication, Aviation Week & Space Technology.

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On April 23, junior Hana O’Looney was elected as Montgomery County Public School’s 44th Student Member of the Board (SMOB). This year’s race for SMOB was undoubtedly unlike any other, but Hana managed to gain the support of students with an entirely virtual campaign. “Instead of walking your…

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Recently, the House passed HR 1195: The Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers and Social Services Workers Act.  This bill, as the name suggests, seeks to provide legal protections against workplace violence for healthcare workers. This bill received little fanfare; aside from …

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This year’s General Assembly met to address the usual state business but will be remembered for the actions taken to meet the COVID pandemic. The Legislature found a way to come together to return to a full length session. Last year we adjourned after 71 days, nearly three weeks short of a f…

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On May 6th, therapy dogs met with nurses at MedStar Montgomery's Healing Garden as a way to honor the frontline workers and the incredible work they do.

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We are fortunate to live in Montgomery County where we share a set of key values. We strongly believe in education and providing opportunities for our children. We celebrate our diversity and our strong immigrant communities. We support our most vulnerable residents and help them become more…

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After the emotional three-week trial followed by a ten-hour deliberation, the jury in the case of Derek Chauvin finally reached a verdict: guilty on all three counts. The former police officer, who was seen by the world kneeling on the neck of George Floyd and ultimately murdering him, is se…

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United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently visited schools in Prince George’s County as part of his many visits to schools where he has given promises of help. Unfortunately, he didn’t travel just a few miles further to Montgomery County. Montgomery County Public Schools (M…

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Whereas: Montgomery County has placed police officers as school resource officers in our public schools since 2002. As recently as 2014, Montgomery County only had six police officers in MCPS schools. Today, MCPS has 26 police officers serving as school resource officers (one in each high school).

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“Disgusted, angered, and heartbroken,” said Ting Ting Li when questioned on her reaction to the recent Atlanta shooting targeting Asian Americans. Ting Ting, a Chinese-American sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is one of the many Asian-Americans whose past year, and most notably …

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About two dozen protesters, led by the youth of the Sunrise movement, rallied and car-caravaned this morning outside the Takoma Park home of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and won significant progress towards action on the County's Climate Action Plan (CAP.)

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If the COVID crisis has taught us anything about education, it's that parents, students, and teachers want choices. Some parents are ready for their kids to go back to school buildings now; others want to wait until they feel that things are safer. Some students are thriving in an online lea…

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Fifty climate activists rallied outside the Rockville office of Marc Elrich, the MOCO County Executive today to protest the woeful shortcomings in the County's new “Climate Action Plan” (CAP.) The protest was led by the young people of Sunrise Rockville and co-sponsored by Extinction Rebelli…

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Parents and families of MCPS students need substantive discussions and concrete actions from the Board of Education at their next meeting. We do not need more lengthy discussions of self-congratulations, pats on the back, or tangential topics.  The most pressing issue must be opening schools…

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            Every day, it seems that more good news is coming with regards to our ongoing fight against the COVID-19 virus.  Hospitalization rates are dropping, more and more vaccines are being administered, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was just approved.  All of this is incredibly pr…

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health,one in six U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. However, the taboo created in society surrounding the discussion of mental health prevents the transparency of this fact. It is essential that our society grows comfortable with the conve…

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Anthony “Tony” Capuano has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and has joined the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately after the passing of Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson on February 15, 2021.

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Every day, more and more people in Maryland are getting their COVID-19 vaccines.  While perhaps not progressing as quickly as some would like, over 880,000 Marylanders have received their shots.  The news that the Biden administration has increased orders for both the Pfizer and Moderna vacc…

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It has been two weeks since my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. It seems a bit surreal; I don’t feel any different. I was expecting this sense of calm or relief to sweep over me - I’m protected from getting seriously ill with Covid. But I don’t feel that sense of calm. Instead, I feel a s…

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I am a lifelong Maryland resident and a Junior at the University of Maryland. Growing up, I was encouraged by influential citizens to appreciate our environment. I recall that on Earth Day our "Outdoor Education" class in middle school gave us trees to plant in our backyard. Maryland schools…

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As an eighteen-year-old Freshman at the University of Maryland, climate change is something that has been on my mind throughout my teenage years. I’ve grown up hearing about how my family lost their home and possessions in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. They experienced firsthand …

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This past year has presented our community with unforeseen, distressing challenges with regards to politics, inequity, and more prominently, the coronavirus. Students—one of the groups most impacted by the pandemic—were forced to quickly adapt to an entirely new form of education; a complete…

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On January 28th, a new strain of the coronavirus, believed to have originated in South Africa, was identified in the U.S. in South Carolina. Soon after on January 30th, Maryland became the second state to contract the new variant. So far, three cases of the new South African strain known as …

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