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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 […]

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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 […]

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By Hannah Gaskill and Elliott Davis Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs postponed the Capital Gazette shooting trial on Oct. 30 after the defense asked for more time to review information provided by the prosecution’s mental health expert witnesses. Attorneys for the gunman responsible for the murders of […]

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COLLEGE PARK – University of Maryland officials broke ground on a new addition on Oct. 29 to its College Park campus as the School of Public Policy will have its own home starting in 2022. The School of Public Policy building, a 70,000 square-foot facility, will host undergrad and master students for the major as […]

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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 […]

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COLLEGE PARK — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-MD) announced $280,000 in grant funding to support a partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD), Bowie State University and Prince George’s County to recruit and train mental health professionals to work in Prince […]

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SEABROOK – Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. announced on Oct. 24 that he will not seek reelection as president of the Maryland Senate. Miller, who was announced at the beginning of the 2019 legislative session that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent chemotherapy in 2018, has been state president since […]

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SEABROOK — Two volunteer fire departments in Prince George’s County will receive over $121,000 in funding as part of a federal grant program, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced on Oct. 9. A combined $121,904 was awarded to the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad […]

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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 […]

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ROCKVILLE – Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who has represented Maryland’s 7th district in the House of Representatives since 1996, died on Oct. 17 at a hospice center in Baltimore. Cummings’ office reported that the democratic congressman died at approximately 2:30 a.m. from “complications concerning long-standing health challenges” at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 68 years […]

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SEABROOK – State Del. Tawanna P. Gaines (D-22) announced her resignation from her post in the Maryland State House after federal officials charged her with wire fraud. Gaines, 67, served as a delegate since 2001 and was the vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee. She worked closely on the committee with three other Prince George’s […]

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COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland Extension (UME) was awarded $1,099,865 in federal funding for their Strengthening the Capacity of Rural Maryland to Address Opioid Misuse project where they will deliver training and resources to communities struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. The funding, announced by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Sens. […]

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By Horus Alas Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Oct. 16 over whether to uphold Virginia’s life sentences without parole imposed on Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo for murders and other crimes committed when he was 17. Malvo and his partner, John Allen Muhammad, terrorized Washington D.C., […]

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SEABROOK — A new law passed with unanimous support in the Maryland General assembly giving residents access to convenient at-home medical lab testing went into effect on Oct. 1. The new law, HB 526, would allow Marylanders to purchase at-home kits for laboratory tests, which are available for conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, sexually trasmitted […]

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BALTIMORE – Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined 17 other attorney generals and the City of New York on Sept. 25 in filing a lawsuit over the Trump administration’s rollback of parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Frosh joins Xavier Becerra (California), Maura Healey (Massachusetts), Phil Weiser (Colorado), William Tong (Connecticut), Kwame Raoul (Illinois), […]

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SEABROOK – Several members of Congress that represent Maryland expressed their support of the decision made by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to start an impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24 on President Donald Trump following the news that he may have withheld military aid funding for Ukraine to start an investigation against presidential candidate Joe […]

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LANDOVER — The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted its 2019 Emergency Preparedness Summit in recognition of September’s National Preparedness Month at Fairmont Heights High School on Sept. 28. The theme for the event was “Creating Resilient Communities” where individuals, families and communities were encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters before […]

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SEABROOK — Maryland members of Congress wrote a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opposing a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) where 50,000 Marylanders would be at risk for losing their SNAP benefits. According to the USDA, the proposed rule would close a loophole, known as categorical eligibility, […]

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Our climate is changing. We have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of violent storms, multi-year-long droughts in the heartland and the American West, recurring severe heat waves, wildfires and sea level rise. In Maryland—where 70% of the population lives in coastal areas—we are already seeing the impact on our communities. Damaging and […]

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JOINT BASE ANDREWS — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) toured the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center on Sept. 13 to hear the staff’s concerns following the cancellation of federal funding to rebuild their facility. The Child Development Center received $13 million in federal funding to rebuild the aging and […]

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LARGO — Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-05) released a report compiled by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee highlighting the impact of the high cost of healthcare and prescription drugs on the residents in Maryland’s Fifth District on Aug. 21. The “Prices of Diabetes Drugs for Seniors and the Uninsured in the United States and […]

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By Lyna Bentahar Special to The Sentinel COLLEGE PARK – Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) held his 17th annual Women’s Equality Day Luncheon at the Hotel at the University of Maryland on Aug. 21. Women’s Equality Day is a commemoration of the adoption of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1920, which gave women the federal […]

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ROCKVILLE — In response to a decision to not ban a popular pesticide, six states, including Maryland, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hoping to get it banned. Maryland has joined California, New York, Washington, Massachusetts and Vermont in suing the Trump Administration’s decision on the pesticide. In July, the EPA announced it would […]

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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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COLLEGE PARK — A total of $296,041 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was awarded for a collaborative project between the University of Maryland College Park, Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College to train Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educators on Aug. 7. Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer announced the funding (MD-05) […]

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LARGO — Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford hosted the Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force regional summit for Prince George’s County to discuss how county leadership and the task force is looking to take advantage of the county’s Opportunity Zones on Aug. 7. The Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force has had meetings in different regions throughout the […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — Local farm Pure Micro-Greens, located at the Historic Perrywood Manor in Upper Marlboro, became the first micro-greens farm in the state to become Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). Farmers and beekeepers who use all-natural practices participate in the CNG certification program. CNG certified farms do not use any synthetic chemicals or GMO’s in […]

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SEAT PLEASANT — Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant and other city administrators met with U.S. Congressman Ben Cardin to explain the city’s efforts in becoming a smart city on Aug. 2. During the meeting, Grant and his administration explained how the City of Seat Pleasant became the world’s first authentic small smart city. Other smart […]

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LANHAM — Doctors Community Health System (DCHS) and the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) finalized their definitive agreement to solidify their partnership and merge into one health system on July 1. Doctors Community Health System is a network of hospitals providing medical and surgical services throughout Prince George’s County and in Anne Arundel County with […]

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COLLEGE PARK – The University of University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is at risk of losing accreditation as a learning institution and may lose out on federal financial aid after a higher education commission placed it under a warning status on June 27. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education announced that the university […]

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ROCKVILLE – Many residents will be required to pay more for water on July 1 due to a rate increase with the start of an upcoming inauguration of the new structure.  The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), which supplies water and sewer services to customers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, adopted a new rate […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a majority decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of keeping the Bladensburg World War I Memorial, locally known as the Peace Cross, standing in its current spot, citing that it does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution that separates church and state. The vote […]

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LARGO — Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D-05) and Anthony Brown (D-04) held a roundtable discussion on health care disparities among minorities in Maryland, particularly Prince George’s County, and improvements that can be made in the future on June 14. The discussion was part of Health Care for All Americans Weekend, where Democrats and participating organizations around […]

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COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE) held a forum with state and community leaders to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ways to strengthen Maryland Health Connection ahead of the 2020 enrollment period on June 13. MHBE, a public corporation which operates intending to make health coverage more affordable for all […]

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June 6, 1944 marked the amphibious landing of allied troops on the beachhead of Normandy.  This monumental achievement of World War II showed the bravery of U.S. and Allied troops, resulted in countless casualties and spelled the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. Seventy-five years later and a day, a commemoration of the D-Day landing was […]

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) voted to move forward with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s (MDOT SHA) Managed Lanes Study, which will expand Interstate highways 495 and 270, with amendments. However, the Prince George’s County Council is still not on board with the plan. The BPW, which consists […]

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SILVER SPRING—Local officials held a press conference to discuss alternatives of plans to expand local roads to ease traffic congestion. Led by Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker, the officials announced a comparison proposal for the widening of interstates 270 and 495. Hucker also serves as the chair of the Transportation and Environment Committee on the […]

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LANDOVER —  Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04) held a town hall meeting to give residents a chance to get more information, as well as voice their concerns, on the proposed plan to widen and toll the Capital Beltway (I-495) and I-270 on May 23. The town hall, which drew a full house at the Wayne K. […]

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BOWIE — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) met with county officials in a roundtable discussion to talk about infrastructure needs throughout Prince George’s County on May 24. Mayors and city councilmembers from Riverdale Park, Greenbelt, College Park, Laurel and Hyattsville, as well as county councilmembers, members of the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Metro’s Board of Directors voted unanimously on May 23 to give the general manager and his designee authority to buy property in Landover for a future maintenance facility. Metro staff wrote in a memorandum for the meeting that construction of the facility, called the Rail Heavy Repair and Overhaul Facility, would speed […]

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SEABROOK – In a letter to state lawmakers, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on May 15 that he will not sign The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future bill but will allow it to take effect, citing fiscal planning and accountability measures. The move comes after the bill, which was created after recommendations made by the Kirwan […]

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates elected Baltimore County Delegate Adrienne Jones as the first female and African American Speaker of the House on May 1. “As you all know we’ve been in there a few hours back and forth,” she said in a press conference following her nomination. “Everyone is very passionate, and […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — A review of the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) budget at the Prince George’s County Council’s Education and Workforce Development Committee budget work session gave specifics about teacher compensation and what the additional funding for fiscal year 2020 provided from the state through the Kirwan Commission’s Blueprint For Maryland’s Future will […]

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GREENBELT — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) held a public workshop for their I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study on April 23. It was the third of eight workshops following the release of the Managed Lanes Study on April 13 which cites the need […]

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SEABROOK – A Managed Lanes study released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) on April 13 states that the need for widening state highways will require the removal of homes and businesses in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The study says 34 residential homes […]

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BOWIE — U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) made an appearance at Bowie State University’s Financial Literacy Day; an annual event focused on helping students begin to build financial independence, on April 17. “It is really the one course that is really not offered whether in grade school or middle school or high school,” Van […]

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By Elliott Davis Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced on Friday a $1.4 million grant for public housing in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund, will be split up between five different housing authorities, […]

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SEABROOK – Prince George’s County will receive $1.5 billion in state aid for education, youth athletics, beautification and street improvements after months of successful lobbying, said County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. With the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session coming to end on April 8, Alsobrooks claimed success in obtaining funding for the betterment of the county. […]

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ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s Speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael Busch, died on April 7. He was 72-years-old. Busch, who is the longest-serving House of Delegates speaker in Maryland passed away while receiving treatment for pneumonia. He laid in state at the Maryland State House on April 15 and mourners were able to pay their […]

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ANNAPOLIS — On the last day of the Maryland General Assembly session on April 8, the Build To Learn Act, which would have given millions in extra funding to Prince George’s County to build 18 new schools, was not passed. According to County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ Deputy Chief Of Staff John Erzen, the county executive […]

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ANNAPOLIS — A roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) brought together elected officials, public health experts, community leaders and stakeholders to discuss causes and solutions to the gun violence epidemic on April 1. Sarbanes noted the number of recent mass shootings that seem to be becoming the “new normal” from the Capital Gazette […]