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The television Perry Mason, as played by Raymond Burr in the 1950s and 1960s, is a cool, professional attorney. He is ever on the side of right and of having his wrongly-accused innocent clients acquitted. Aficionados of the show may be interested to learn that there is a new version of Mason, this time as […]

International Children’s Book Day occurs this year on April 2, 2020, on the birthday of children’s storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, with National Children’s Book Week not far behind in May. In anticipation of these events, we recently came across a unique children’s book called “The Mouse Made of Dough,” written by Steven Thomas Oney. He […]

The harsh treatment of women in Taliban-occupied Kabul is viewed through a dark lens in Arena Stage’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” on stage at the Kreeger Theater through March 1. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s 2007 novel, the play explores the last 33 years of Afghanistan’s tumultuous history of war and oppression through the eyes of […]

LANHAM — DuVal High School’s Academy of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology (AEAT) began as part of an ongoing effort by Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) to prepare students for postsecondary success and expose them to STEM-related career fields. Fast forward five-and-a-half years later, and the program remains a critically important component of the […]

HYATTSVILLE – At its town meeting on Jan. 6, Hyattsville City Council addressed police response in deadly situations and heard from one notable non-resident: a council member from Mount Rainier. Scott Cecil, a council member for neighboring Mount Rainier, attended the Hyattsville meeting to make a public and formal request for the town to show […]

Last Updated: Jan. 10, 2:00 p.m.  LANHAM – For two consecutive days, students were evacuated following small fire incidents at DuVal High School in Lanham. The first incident took place on Jan. 9. According to Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, a fire broke out and quickly extinguished in a toilet at approximately 11:45 a.m. while […]

SEABROOK – When a plane crashed through a carport in New Carrollton days before the new year, Mark Brady said it just made sense. The public information officer for the county’s fire and EMS department was preparing for his final days before his retirement, but remained on call for any breaking news development around the […]

SEABROOK – As cranes continue to move steel beams at the site of the future University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, Prince George’s County is progressing forward as well in terms of land acquisition and opportunities. In 2019, the county continued its expansion of development growth to bring in more revenue into its coffers. […]

UPPER MARLBORO – Michael Woods was perfect for almost three quarters of basketball on Jan. 4. The Frederick Douglass High School guard drained his first 10 shots against Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School during their Buzzfest Invite matchup without even noticing. His teammate, guard Mikhai Arnold did and continued to feed the ball to […]

“By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs,” an exhibition of the lunar photos from the infancy of photography up to the human-crewed moon landing, is set to close after its final weekend on Jan. 5 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit contains stereoscopy albumen photographs […]

Recorded some two decades ago, “A Stan Kenton Christmas” by Capitol Bones, an area “all brass” big band, is suddenly gaining traction: this unusual compact disc spent several weeks on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Holiday Chart, peaking at No. 3. The album is based on the simply-titled Capitol release “A Merry Christmas!” by […]

BOWIE – The City of Bowie has its first new mayor in 21 years and the first African American mayor, as Tim Adams took the reins from previous Mayor G. Frederick Robinson in his swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 19. “I consider today one of the greatest honors of my life, to have the opportunity to […]

UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council convened for its weekly legislative session on Nov. 12 to deliver proclamation presentations, announce appointees to a few local agencies and discuss newly adopted resolutions expected to have an immense impact on local communities. Councilmembers in attendance were Chair Todd Turner, Derrick Davis, Monique Anderson-Walker, Vice Chair […]

LARGO – A Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) teacher was charged and arrested for child abuse and assault after a physical altercation with a student, which was posted on social media. Largo High School educator Vivian Noirie, 36, of Clinton was arrested and charged with second-degree physical child abuse and second-degree assault after engaging […]

ANNAPOLIS – Hundreds of students, faculty and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered outside of the House of Delegates Building on Nov. 13 to demand state officials to end an over 13-year-old lawsuit over higher education funding. Hundreds of people stood outside in Annapolis, demanding that Gov. Larry Hogan change his mind […]

SEVERN – Before the St. Vincent Pallotti High School football team began to warm-up for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference Championship game, Head Coach Anthony Ashley called for a quick chat in a huddle. The second-year coach reminded his players of the journey to get to the final and the last two […]

PASADENA – As the final whistle blew to cement the 2-0 result between the Francis Scott Key and International High School at Langley Park (IHSLP) in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Class 1A boys’ soccer state semifinals on Nov. 8, tears rolled down the eyes of some IHSLP players. Some walked away […]

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” This is a quote from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” a book many of us remember from childhood, not least of all because of the dark, heavily stylized illustrations. Imagine such […]

UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Council unanimously enacted multiple bills in a brief yet lively legislative session on Nov. 5, including fund appropriations to specific departments. One of the first enacted bills was an act that reduces food truck licensing fees. The Fire Department charged $75 per hour for a technical assistance fee, […]

FOREST HEIGHTS – After failing to pass a school construction bill that would have given Prince George’s County millions of dollars for their rebuilding projects, state lawmakers joined county leadership on Nov. 6 at Forest Heights Elementary School to announce their new efforts to get the proposal passed during the 2020 legislative session. The Build […]

SEABROOK – Historical results came in during Election Day 2019 on Nov. 5. Bowie, Laurel and Greenbelt held their mayoral and council elections before the start of the 2020 session. Here are the results: Bowie elects first African American mayor Business owner Tim Adams becomes the first new mayor of Bowie in 21 years after […]

BOWIE – Eleanor Roosevelt High School was only 12 minutes away from pulling off perhaps the biggest upset of the football season, but Bowie High School’s special tandem showed up just in time. Quarterback Rodney Manning lobbed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to wide receiver Vincent Vines, the first on the first drive of the quarter and […]

GREENBELT – Almost one year after being elected as the county’s first female county executive, Angela Alsobrooks released her priorities on Oct. 30 that her administration will hope to achieve within the end of her first term. In front of an audience of 100 residents at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Alsobrooks outlined size policy areas that will […]

GLENN DALE – After receiving the first question in the Civility Conversations panel on Nov. 4, Sonya Zollicoffer hesitated on the microphone before speaking. The lieutenant of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) was going through the process of a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other fellow police officers about […]

LANHAM — Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks kicked off her Proud to Give Back Campaign for this year’s holiday season on Nov. 1 in the county’s Public Safety Warehouse. This year’s food drive is especially important, given the incredibly low amount of food the county currently has to give away to families. Officials explained […]

SEABROOK – During the county council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 29, councilmembers voted quickly and unanimously to approve the Prince George’s County Planning Board’s recommendations to create a resolution to remove the historical designations of two schools in Upper Marlboro. The two schools, Upper Marlboro Primary and High Schools, were built in […]

SEABROOK – An Oxon Hill man is dead after a fatal stabbing incident following an alleged fight in the line of a local Popeyes restaurant on Nov. 4 in Oxon Hill. According to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan, the 28-year-old male victim, Kevin Tyrell Davis, was standing in line at a […]

BRANDYWINE – With time ticking away, the Potomac High School football team’s defense was ready to defend any last-second heave Gwynn Park prepared to throw. As quarterback Elyjiah Mitchell launched the ball 40 yards to the end zone with two seconds remaining, three Wolverines were prepared to knock the ball down. Cornerback Travon Green dove […]

FORT WASHINGTON – The Friendly High School football team has had its share of highs, lows and struggles throughout the year. However, the Patriots were able to culminate the regular season with a much-needed home victory, using a reliable ground attack coupled with a stout defensive effort to secure a 30-12 win over Surrattsville High […]

By Emily Top Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – Halloween is known as one of the spookiest times of the year, filled with witches, ghosts and scattering bats. But Maryland’s flapping, black creatures may be less prevalent this year, like years in the recent past. From cold-loving fungus to high-powered wind turbines, Maryland’s bats have been […]

SEABROOK – Concern surrounded College Park City Council’s Oct. 22 meeting as it passed preliminary plans for housing and commercial development on 4422 Knox Road that could impact businesses, walkability and affordable housing in the area. Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC, a property developer, applied for approval on a multi-use building for 341 student apartments, […]

SEABROOK – A local criminal justice organization has begun a public campaign that demands the removal of Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) Chief Hank Stawinski. Community Justice, also known as the Prince George’s County Community Justice Coalition for Justice & Accountability, began an online petition on Oct. 28 for the removal of Stawinski following […]

UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council discussed its proposed animal control ordinance and the ban of pit bulls in the county during their meeting on Oct. 22 and voted to approve both items. The council spent the majority of the meeting talking about the ban of pit bulls in the county, which included […]

WASHINGTON – Early in the third quarter on Oct. 25, DeMatha Catholic High School running back MarShawn Lloyd knew he was ready to break free for a huge run. The senior had already scored a touchdown and was prepared to continue running. After receiving the handoff from quarterback Malakai Anthony, Lloyd ran through a hole […]

Alumni of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program took to the stage on Oct. 19 to benefit its mentorship programs for talented young musicians on the rise. Hosted by the Strathmore Cabaret series, the evening was a tribute to the music of legendary singer and musician Stevie Wonder, one of the most successful and creative musicians […]

HANOVER  – Professional boxing is hard enough by itself, but to fight against an opponent and to battle personal health issues is a double whammy. Laurel boxer Demond Nicholson fought hard on both fronts. He discovered he had severe kidney failure earlier as he was preparing to fight for an undercard fight EagleBank Arena on […]

UPPER MARLBORO — Enrollment in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) during the 2019-2020 school year has seen its largest single-year increase in 15 years. With schools already seeing immense overcrowding, the school system is putting forward solutions to address its large number of students. PGCPS announced on Oct. 17 that enrollment this year is […]

LANDOVER – Bowie High School senior Justin Zavala was set to take a free kick approximately 40 yards from the goal. His task was to get the ball to the post, in a position for the Bulldogs attackers to put a shot on net and break a 1-1 tie. He did more than that. From […]

GLENN DALE – County residents provided their recommendations to members of the Prince George’s County Council, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation and the redevelopment team on what they would like to see on the Glenn Dale Hospital site as officials begin their search for a developer. The open house, which took place at the […]

BOWIE — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) held a forum to get community input on their staff proposal to move sixth grade into middle school, expand Spanish and Chinese immersion programs into middle school years and change neighborhood school boundaries in the Bowie area on Oct. 16. The forum, which took place at Benjamin […]

OXON HILL — A 24-year-old man received severe injuries during an arrest by the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) on Oct. 18. However, Police Chief Hank Stawinski insisted during a press conference that officers did not mean to cause physical harm. “This individual was in our custody, it was our responsibility to protect him,” […]

OXON HILL – With less than 10 seconds remaining and the game wrapped up in his team’s favor, Oxon Hill High School cornerback Rod Chapman Jr. wanted to end it on a high note. As Northwestern High School quarterback Emil Medina, dropped back to pass a touchdown attempt down the field, the junior was ready. […]

By Elliot Davis Capital News Service GREENBELT— Former Maryland Delegate Tawanna Gaines (D-Prince George’s) pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal wire fraud charge in the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, after prosecutors say she used an undisclosed PayPal account to defraud campaign contributors. Gaines, 67, was charged earlier this month with using the account to […]

Those interested in the visual arts, and in paintings, might be interested to learn about an exhibit a stone’s throw from Prince George’s County. Currently, paper and canvas works by Stephen Lewis are on display at the Salve Regina Gallery at Catholic University. The works on paper are mixed media, mainly comprised of Sumi ink […]