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As you know, on September 27, 2021, the Court conducted a 12-hour hearing on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction to block the sale of the property containing the Moses African Cemetery to a developer.  Just a few minutes ago, Judge Karla Smith de…

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As you know, on September 27, 2021, the Court conducted a 12-hour hearing on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction to block the sale of the property containing the Moses African Cemetery to a developer.  Just a few minutes ago, Judge Karla Smith de…

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On Aug. 29, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida reached the shores of New Orleans as a category four storm with winds reaching speeds of 150 miles per hour. The hurricane set records as the second deadliest storm to hit the state. 

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As the United States moves further into the 21st Century, there has been an increased demand for the removal of monuments, plaques and other objects that commemorate historical figures who had ties to slavery and the Confederacy. One school, Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL, is …

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today released the following statement in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 denial of a request from Texas abortion providers to freeze a state law (SB8) that bans abortions after …

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hannah Quigley, Brookville, is one of 94 young women selected to attend the 74th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session July 24-31 in Washington, D.C. As part of the premier ALA program, two outstanding high school seniors are selected to represent their resp…

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Anti-Asian hate crimes have risen by 150% in 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.  This recent uprise has coincided with COVID-19 spreading across the country and its ties to China. Additionally, on March 16, eight people were shot and killed at Atlanta spas, si…

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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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For those of you who follow my writing in the Sentinel newspapers, you are probably aware that as far back as September of 2019, yes, 2019, that I, like many other pundits, expected a Joe Biden candidacy to likely be successful in the Midwest states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan an…

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After Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was killed by police officers in Kentucky, the grand jury indicted a former police officer who was involved in the shooting for wanton endangerment. They did not announce any charges against the two officers who also shot, nor did the…

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If police are our body guards, who are theirs? Surely it can’t be the patrol of lawyers tailing behind law enforcement officials with their briefcases of cash to bail them out? Or could it be the small shiny badge that officers hold to serve as a get-out-of-jail-free card? Regardless, it is …

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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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HYATTSVILLE – Jonathan Hernandez, 22, walked inside a Langley Park apartment building on Jan. 23 with a group of canvassers, ready to talk to local residents about the 2020 U.S. Census. The downtown Silver Spring resident could recall being a young child in 2010 and seeing his mother struggling to look at the questionnaire pages. […]

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SILVER SPRING – Amanda Barry-Moilanen of Wheaton is scared that a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule allowing its grant recipients to discriminate, would result in fewer children ever being adopted. On Nov. 1, the Trump administration published a notice that it intends only to comply with explicitly spelled out U.S. Supreme […]

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POTOMAC – About 250 members of the Jewish community listened as federal, state and county politicians pledged to fight hate-based crimes and beef up security at religious institutions during the fourth annual Schmooze and Nosh Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 5. The two-hour event was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac and sponsored by the […]

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By Dan Novak and Gabrielle Wanneh Capital News Service WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump abused his power by withholding military aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting to get that nation to probe political rival Joe Biden and 2016 election meddling, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said in a report released on Dec. […]

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SILVER SPRING – After six months of monitoring the Afghanistan army, Maryland Sen. Will Smith (D-20) recently returned home and is striving to catch up on legislative work in Annapolis. Smith was first elected at the end of 2016. He replaced Jamie Raskin, who then became a U.S. congressman. As a member of the Navy […]

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By Dan Novak Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The military’s medical school in Bethesda has been targeted by the Defense Department for significant budget cuts that could force the closure of the university, officials say. As a part of a Pentagon-wide review of “time, money, and manpower that can be re-allocated to our highest priorities,” […]

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GAITHERSBURG — Maryland Congressman David Trone (D-9) appeared with U.S House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Nov. 17 to urge voters to support his campaign and fellow Democrats in the coming election year. The two held a spaghetti dinner at Gaithersburg High School for which attendees bought tickets. “I’ve worked tirelessly with Speaker Pelosi […]

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ROCKVILLE – The United States Department of State recently installed a county native and longtime foreign service member as an ambassador. Back in April, President Donald J. Trump (R) appointed Silver Spring resident John L. Carwile, 61, to be an ambassador for the U.S. to the Republic of Latvia. His installation occurred on Oct. 28. […]

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SILVER SPRING – The City of Gaithersburg, Baltimore City, Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-18) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) request to make it harder for immigrants to qualify for permanent legal residence if they receive any government assistance. The federal […]

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By Ayana Archie Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a repair backlog of $1.5 billion at its Bethesda facility, and some help may be coming from Congress, where Maryland lawmakers have urged increased spending for the agency. An Aug. 26 study by the National Academy of Sciences estimated repair […]

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By Elliott Davis Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — Just in time for the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, religious institutions across Maryland recently received grants toward security improvements, and a majority of the recipients are synagogues. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency announced last month $1.7 million in federal Non-Profit Security Grants, […]

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SILVER SPRING – Volunteer firefighter departments in Montgomery County received about $780,000 of federal grant money to fund and retain their recruits. Most of the money, $536,000, was awarded to the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, and the remaining $245,000 will go to the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department. The money comes from the […]

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SILVER SPRING – One hundred fifty Northwood and Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of their classes and marched down busy Colesville Road on Sept. 20, carrying signs and chanting, “Whose water, Our water… Whose planet, our planet.” They joined students throughout the county, who packed the Metro into Washington, D.C., to join an […]

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By Joshua M. Freedman Special to the Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Department of the Interior recently proposed weakening large aspects of the Endangered Species Act. Almost immediately, on Aug. 12, the Trump Administration received backlash from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is the senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “The new […]

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SEABROOK – In response to a change in a federal immigration rule, Maryland, along with 13 other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. On Aug. 12, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a change in the “public charge” rule, which means that the federal government will place greater emphasis on […]

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BETHESDA – It has been several decades since retired Col. Charles McGee flew his last mission. However, the 99-year-old Tuskegee airman still talks about it as if it was yesterday. “I fell in love with flying on my first flight; just to be able to loop, roll and spin and then come back and put […]

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SEABROOK – Three mass shootings in one week, including two incidents within 15 hours on Aug. 3, killed 34 people in different sectors of the United States, leaving many citizens to ask for solutions to solve the growing number of gun-related killings sprees in the country. The series of events began on July 28 around […]

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ROCKVILLE – As part of their class-action lawsuit filed in March against the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is claiming that families are still being separated a year after an executive order was signed to stop the practice. Court documents filed on July 30 by ACLU reveal that more than 900 children […]

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ROCKVILLE — The House of Representatives is inching ever closer to impeachment. On July 26, the House Judiciary Committee applied for the release of grand jury information, in another escalation toward the possible impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. As of now, the Judiciary Committee is only conducting an impeachment investigation of the president. While […]

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WASHINGTON – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 that sent astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon, NASA programmed several events from July 16-20 around the country to celebrate the mission. Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the moon, a feat […]

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In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts cannot interfere in partisan congressional maps, effectively upholding the practice of partisan gerrymandering. The case, which was brought by voters in North Carolina and Maryland, challenged the constitutionality of redrawing congressional districts to favor one political party over another. In Maryland, lawmakers, including […]

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By Lyna Bentahar WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On June 20, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) reintroduced the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act to Congress, in partnership with Rep. Jahana Hayes and Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (all D-Conn.). Van Hollen had first introduced the bill in 2015 in the House, and […]

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WASHINGTON — Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging them to stop proposed regulations that could hurt local public broadcasting channels. On June 12, Van Hollen sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressing his concern over the regulations. According to Van Hollen’s office, the […]

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SILVER SPRING – After Saketh Sundar correctly spelled “bougainvillea” to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he said: “It was just surreal. I wanted to win the national bee ever since fifth grade, but I never thought I would.” The 13-year-old eighth grader at Clarksville Middle School in Columbia was one of eight spellers out […]

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WASHINGTON – Four U.S. Senators announced at a press conference plans to propose a bill to renew the 10-year funding commitment for Metro’s capital budget, which will end after the fiscal year. On May 23, U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), along with Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both […]

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In the hope of closing loopholes that allow companies to avoid paying federal taxes, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has co-sponsored two bills that would eliminate a tax incentive for corporations to keep their tax-money abroad. The bills would eliminate an incentive that companies use to avoid paying U.S. taxes. There were also which are […]

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TAKOMA PARK—The Takoma Park Emergency Preparedness Committee met to discuss such issues as severe weather and emergency signals for the area to improve awareness among its citizens. The committee is composed of 12 members, some from the community and others from local emergency response organizations, such as the Washington Adventist Hospital and the Takoma Park […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C – A group of American nationalists interrupted a book reading at Politics and Prose bookstore. On April 27, members of the American nationalist group American Identity Movement (AIM) interrupted author Jonathan M. Metzl during a reading of his latest book “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.” […]

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WASHINGTON D.C.— Maryland Senator Ben Cardin introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would restore voting rights to people released from jail. The bill, called the Democracy Restoration Act of 2019, was introduced on April 9 and received unanimous Democratic support in the House of Representatives. The legislation is designed to give formerly incarcerated […]

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By Madeline Rothfield ROCKVILLE – The American Lung Association said the state of Maryland must do more to reduce and prevent tobacco use among youth in order to help end the nationwide e-cigarette epidemic. Maryland earned a grade of “F” in the minimum age category in the ALA’s 17th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, […]

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Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program, providing millions of dollars to aid in the upkeep of the bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act would provide $90 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020, with a $500,000 increase every subsequent year […]

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