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House joint committee grills Metro Board, union and FTA

02-12-2016 Hits:48 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

House joint committee grills Metro Board, union and FTA

  WASHINGTON – Members of a joint House committee pointed fingers at witnesses called to testify, including a federal safety official, Metro’s board chairman and a Metro union representative, during a hearing for Metro SafeTrack Friday.  The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and subcommittees on Transportation & Public Assets and Government Relation hosted the hearing.

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Hate Crimes Spike in MoCo

02-12-2016 Hits:140 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Acts of vandalism motivated by the presidential election have caused a surge in hate crimes, according to police. In the last few weeks, vandals have drawn racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on private and public property. On Sunday, a Silver Spring resident who lives along Williamsburg Drive found a red swastika spray-painted on his front door and saw noticed his American flag was stolen from his yard, according to Montgomery County Police spokesperson Rick Goodale. Goodale said the homeowner had a “Trump/Pence” sign in his front yard late last month.  These incidents are part of the more than 75 hate crimes or bias incidents reported to police in Montgomery County this year. “We did see an increase you know during the election cycle, just prior to the election and immediately after the election,” said Goodale.

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Combating racism

02-12-2016 Hits:129 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Combating racism

Local musician Daryl Davis has unique way to combat racism. COURTESY PHOTO Daryl Davis has spent most his life trying to answer one question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?” The 58-year-old African-American author, musician and actor from Silver Spring, has spent years studying, interacting and befriending white supremacists. Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, who he said has energized white supremacists; Davis maintains the best way for people to confront racists is to talk with them face to face. “The way I would challenge them is to invite them to the table,” he said. “Not shout at them but invite them to the table for a roundtable discussion.”

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Legislators examine police surveillance power

03-11-2016 Hits:214 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

The General Assembly House Judiciary Committee is revisiting whether police use of surveillance technology without a warrant is constitutional as delegates prepare for the 2017 legislative session. State Del. David Moon (D-20), who represents Montgomery County and sits on the committee, said the committee halted two surveillance bills marked “unfavorable” during the 2016 legislative session, to schedule a study, or briefing, which they held in Annapolis Oct. 25. Moon and state Del. Charles Sydnor III (D- 44B) of Baltimore County each sponsored one of the bills. Moon said he is concerned law enforcement officers can test new technology without notifying the public. “We know the trend is law enforcement is going to use it until they’re told not to or until (they’re regulated),” Moon said.

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Noah’s Law takes effect in Maryland

06-10-2016 Hits:657 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

  ROCKVILLE – A new law intended to curb drunken driving went into effect in Maryland on October 1, 10 months after a drunk driver struck and killed Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta. “Noah’s Law” expands the ignition interlock installation requirements of those convicted of drunk driving. The devices require the driver to take a breathalyzer test prior to driving. If the driver has a blood alcohol level above a predetermined amount the vehicle will not start thus keeping an inebriated driver off the streets.

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New laws begin in Maryland

29-09-2016 Hits:471 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Starting Oct. 1, various laws will go into effect in Maryland, including laws to deter drunken driving, increase police accountability and public safety, promote workers’ rights, establish opioid addiction outreach programs and protect the freedom of the press. 

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Columns

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Trying to make my dad proud

01-12-2016 Hits:69 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Trying to make my dad proud

When my father was my age he had about three months to live. The lung cancer which cost him his life ravaged his body for close to two years.The doctors in their infinite wisdom had given him but three to six months to live when he was diagnosed, but pop was a contrarian by birth and it was joyful to see him in his element telling doctors to kiss his nether regions.He told me his greatest regret in life was spending too much time working and not enough time with his children – and that knowledge guided me in bringing up my own children.I want to apologize to them for that – they spent a lot of time with me growing up.Moreover I believe my generation as a whole should apologize to their children. The actions of the last few weeks, neigh the last few years have driven home a...

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Giving Thanks - Not Lip Service

22-11-2016 Hits:154 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Giving Thanks - Not Lip Service

  When I was but a wee lad and the extended family met for the holidays, most notably for Thanksgiving or a Christmas dinner, we’d separate into two camps.The adults had a long, extended table where my grandparents and their children and spouses ate dinner. The kids, well we were assigned a couple of card tables replete with paper plates, plastic cups and dishes while the adults ate from the fine china.While the kids constantly fought and argued about cartoons or football, the adults held discussions about art, literature and business – for my grandfather forbade any discussions on politics or religion.

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And these children that you spit on

15-11-2016 Hits:233 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

And these children that you spit on

  On Monday students at Blair and a handful of other nearby high schools marched peacefully through Montgomery County to protest the Presidential election – and some of the proposed appointments by President-Elect Donald Trump.While no educator authorized the Blair students to leave a proposed demonstration on the school’s football field, no one put up serious opposition to the students when they decided to leave the school and meet up with others.The County Police escorted the protesters, urging them to keep to the sidewalks. There were no arrests and only one incident of violence reported – someone threw a bottle with no injuries.The event began trending nationally on social media websites as it coincided with other protests across the country.Many of the comments were denigrating toward the high school kids – saying they should be suspended or kicked out of school. Some of the comments were sexist, misogynistic and racist. Some...

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Sports

Damascus wrestler commits to Penn State

Damascus senior Scottie Obendorfer, a Class 4A-3A state champion and runner-up the past two seasons, verbally committed to wrestle at NCAA power Penn State University. A three-time county and regional champion who placed first and second during the past two Class 4A-3A state tournaments, Obendorfer led last year’s Swarmin’ Hornets to their second straight and fifth overall state tournament crown, an unprecedented fifth straight state dual meet championship and their 14th county tournament title. “We’ve gone to their team camps for the past three years and gotten to know the coaches and the team pretty well,” said Obendorfer. “The atmosphere is similar to what it is at our high school. I don’t think the transition will be as difficult because of that, given the similarities between the environments. But this will be on a much larger scale.”

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Center Stage: Stuart Davis leaves lasting artistic impressions

Center Stage: Stuart Davis leaves lasting artistic impressions

An example of artwork created by modernist painter Stuart Davis, from the "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. COURTESY PHOTO   WASHINGTON – An exhibit of the early 20th century American modernist painter Stuart Davis just opened to the public at the National Gallery of Art. Entitled “In Full Swing”, this exhibit is a comprehensive examination of Davis’ career, including 5 rooms of his artwork and a short documentary created by the museum. Davis, as described in the background summary adorning the entrance, was born to artists in New Jersey and dropped out of high school to study painting in Manhattan under Robert Henri. Henri, among other things, encouraged his students to “find their own voices.”

Conger talks about some of his greatest wildlife

Conger talks about some of his greatest wildlife

Wildlife photographer Ken Conger displays his work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. PHOTO BY REECE LINDENMAYER   GAITHERSBURG – Ken Conger, wildlife photographer and author of the new book, “Wildlife’s Greatest Connection: A Mother and Her Young”, recently attended the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to display his work. Conger is from New Kent County, a small county in Virginia 20 miles west of Williamsburg. This was Conger’s fourth visit to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.  “[The festival] has been great, today’s weather is blowy and cold, but we have a nice turnout,” said Conger. Conger showed affection for every natural place that he has visited. “Every place is special for different reasons. I love the big cats in Africa, I love the big bears in Alaska, I love the jaguars in the Amazon, and I love the tiger in India.” “But if I had to choose, I would...

Center Stage: An in-depth talk with Watkins Mill's Scott Tarzwell

GAITHERSBURG – Watkins Mill High School Theater’s “The Laramie Project” closed Saturday after a run in which students portrayed the stories about a tragic, real-life murder in Wyoming. They told the dramatic story of a gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and killed in the small town of Laramie, Wyo. in 1998, before most of the Watkins Mill students were born. The play is a series of vignettes based on hundreds of interviews following the murder, exploring the culture of the town and the nature of the murder, which was denounced as a hate crime. Scott Tarzwell, one of the two theater directors at Watkins Mill offered his perspective on directing high school students for a play with mature themes. “I like this play because it’s a true story, it’s about real people, and I like that it’s not a simple plot: it’s little vignettes,” said Tarzwell.

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