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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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SILVER SPRING – Following the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Gov. Larry Hogan’s release of his 2020 climate plan draft, 25 advocacy and community organizations wrote a letter denouncing the plan and calling for “stronger action.” The letter, delivered on Jan. 2, was signed by 25 organizations, including the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and […]

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ROCKVILLE – After months of hearings, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 18. The House approved two articles of impeachment against the president, charging him with abuse of power and obstructing Congress. For the first article, abuse of power, the House voted 230 to 197. For the second […]

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SILVER SPRING – A standing room only crowd of homeowners afraid of losing their properties, environmental groups concerned about increased emissions, and others opposed to adding expensive toll lanes loudly voiced their opposition to the $11 billion widening projects proposed for Interstates 495 and 270. The two-hour pep rally held at the Silver Spring Civic […]

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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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ROCKVILLE – State Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-20) will lead the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee, one of only four standing committees in the Senate. Smith, who was born and raised in Silver Spring, will succeed Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Democrat from Baltimore County when the next 90-day General Assembly session opens on Jan. 8. […]

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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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BETHESDA – Electronic cigarettes are relatively new, and the medical community is only beginning to understand how they affect the lungs.  However, a panel of medical professionals told about 100 high school students gathered at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda on Nov. 19 that it took decades for doctors to know […]

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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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SILVER SPRING – During a briefing about Maryland’s six-year capital budget for transportation projects, State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn revealed that the governor is no longer considering an alternative the county proposed to widening Interstate Highway 270 and the Beltway. In 2017, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) unveiled a plan to fix traffic congestion in the […]

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ROCKVILLE — State legislators from Maryland and Virginia announced that they would work together to create a unified Capital Beltway and replace the American Legion Bridge, which has created a significant bottleneck for commuters. The bridge connects Fairfax County, Virginia, with Montgomery County over the Potomac River. Its narrow width creates a significant bottleneck for […]

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SILVER SPRING – Hundreds of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employees, parents and students gathered at Montgomery Blair High School to learn about objectives and concerns of a commission that focuses on public education. People learned about what the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, popularly known as the Kirwan Commission, wants to be […]

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GERMANTOWN — Members of the nonprofit group Brothers Before Others handed out Thin Blue Line Flags along with coffee and donuts at the Fifth District Police Station in Germantown on Nov. 8 in a show of support for Montgomery County Police (MCP). The charity’s demonstration comes about a week after Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich […]

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ROCKVILLE— Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan are at odds over a wooden American flag that was meant to be a show of support for local police. On Nov. 2, a young boy and his father delivered the wall hanging to the Fifth District Police Station in Germantown. The wooden flag […]

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GERMANTOWN — Local elected officials and members of the community have been disappointed to find out that Maryland transportation officials have nixed plans to fund bus transportation that would connect the up-county with more populated areas closer to the District. Designs for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) have been in the works for the last […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Maryland State Board of Elections voted 4-1 to direct the Montgomery County Board of Elections to propose an early voting site on Oct. 8. The county board of elections voted back in September not to pursue a 12th early voting site for the 2020 presidential elections, emphasizing the cost it would create […]

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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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ROCKVILLE — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) paid a visit to Montgomery College in Rockville on Oct. 7 to meet with students specializing in STEM fields and entrepreneurship. Cardin also met with university administrators to discuss issues facing Montgomery College and other institutions of higher education. The group talked about topics ranging from tuition to […]

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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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GAITHERSBURG – Members of the Maryland Congressional delegation recently attempted to put a stop to a risk of thousands of Marylanders and millions of U.S. residents not receiving benefits for their families.  The delegation on Sept. 17 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in opposition to his proposed rule […]

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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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ROCKVILLE – The proposed $150 million for Metro capital funding in FY 2020 is one step closer to approval by the U.S. Congress as the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the respective budget bill. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Appropriations Committee member, said the fact that the proposed bill includes money for Metro […]

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ROCKVILLE – Maryland State Department of Education named Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) 2019 Teacher of the Year a finalist for the state’s Teacher of the Year award.  MCPS staff wrote in a news release that the teaching of Hallie Wells Middle School English teacher Madeline Hanington produces results.  “Hanington’s style is dynamic, challenging, innovative […]

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WASHINGTON – Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn said after a Sept. 12 Metro Board Committee meeting that the state’s transportation department will likely soon release the $53 million it withheld from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for more than two months. Rahn, in a letter to Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld in […]

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SILVER SPRING – The mercury service gas regulators that the National Transportation Safety Board blamed for causing the deadly explosion at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring three years ago needed to be replaced at least three years before the accident that killed seven people.   According to a report released by the Public Service […]

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SEABROOK – In a letter to a federal appeals court released on Aug. 27, Deutsche Bank confirmed it possessed tax returns that it would allow the House of Representatives to view in order to fulfill a subpoena related to President Donald Trump. The letter names all the people that they have tax returns for but […]

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SILVER SPRING – A new organization launched at the recent Montgomery County Agricultural Fair supports the State Highway Administration’s plans to relieve traffic congestion on Routes 495 and 270. Citizens4TrafficRelief was created to give a voice to those who support plans for the managed lanes and road widening that the state currently is working on, […]

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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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ROCKVILLE — The start of school is only a few weeks away, and to help parents get their students ready to hit the halls, Maryland’s Tax-Free Week has begun. The cost-saving event runs from August 11-17 this year. Retailers in Maryland will not charge the usual 6% sales tax on apparel and footwear that are […]

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ROCKVILLE – Dozens of members of the Maryland General Assembly say they share Maryland’s secretary of transportation’s concerns about Metro transparency and want him to update them on his efforts working with the agency.    Forty-one Maryland state senators and delegates signed a letter to Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn dated July 29, in response […]

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By Alexander Tuerk Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – A bipartisan bill to ensure prescription drugs are priced fairly was introduced July 31 by Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rick Scott, (R-Fl.) amid a political deadlock on other issues like gun control and healthcare coverage. The We Protect American Investment in Drugs Act of […]

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WASHINGTON – Metro Board committee members gave mixed feedback to a consultant’s drafted strategy and accompanying suggestions to overhaul bus operations throughout the D.C. metro area. Rich Davey, associate director of the Boston Consulting Group – joined by the chairman of the project’s executive steering committee Rob Puentes –  presented to the Metro board’s safety […]

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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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ROCKVILLE – Two members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee wrote a letter on July 16 to the chairman of Metro’s Board of Directors, requesting documents about the ethics committee’s investigation of ex-board member Jack Evans.  “The apparent lack of documentation about the investigation raises questions about whether this effort was a genuine one, […]

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By Lyna Bentahar Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE –The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) is now introducing a Master of Science in medical cannabis science and therapeutics at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. It will be the first graduate program in the country to specialize in medical cannabis. As state legalization […]

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A year from now, Maryland could be the 12th state to have legalized recreational marijuana. The question of how and by what means is something that lawmakers in the state are currently exploring, as a working group of legislators met for the first time on June 25. For Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D), he […]

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ROCKVILLE – Maryland is withholding money scheduled to be sent to Metro for capital projects due to concerns about transparency, the Maryland transportation secretary wrote in a letter to the general manager on July 1.  Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said he does not want to give the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) funding as […]

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WASHINGTON – Following a week of investigations into their leadership, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors approved the transition of the new board leadership during their meeting on June 27.   The Metro Board unanimously voted to approve Board Member Paul Smedberg, who represents Virginia, as the new chairman. Members accepted the […]

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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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ROCKVILLE – A Maryland senator has accused Gov. Larry Hogan (R) of accepting illegal campaign contributions, prompting the state’s Democratic Party to file a complaint with the Maryland Board of Elections. In an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, Senator Clarence Lam (D-12) accused Hogan of accepting campaign contributions for an aggregate total of $115,000 over […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Metro Board of Directors Ethics Committee’s investigation of the board chairman found that he violated the code of ethics and the Metro compact, possibly leading to his announcing his plans to resign. The Board Ethics Committee’s Chairman Clarence Crawford, who represents Maryland, revealed in a letter to governors Larry Hogan and Ralph […]

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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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ROCKVILLE – Measles cases are at a 25-year high, and Maryland has not avoided the outbreak. As of May 9, there were five reported cases of measles in the state — a number that can continue to grow as the disease spreads throughout the country. While Maryland is the not one of the harder-hit states, […]

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ROCKVILLE — Local community officials and members of the public attended the fifth Managed Lanes Study workshop in large numbers to learn more about possible widening of interstates in the area. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) are in the process of looking for viable […]

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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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LAUREL – The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) voted unanimously on March 20 to spend nearly $30 million for two contracts to upgrade and repair water and sewer mains throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The bulk of that amount is $28 million for emergency water and sewer main repairs. The smaller amount is for […]