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Woman dies in suspicious auto accident

24-06-2016 Hits:222 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Woman dies in suspicious auto accident

The remains of Victoria Hitchins' Camry following an accident Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLES KMETZ SILVER SPRING – One woman is dead following a car accident on Randolph Road near Kimblewick Drive early Friday Morning. Police say they are still investigating the cause after a second collision occurred less than a minute and a block away which included drugs and fleeing passengers. 71-year-old Victoria Hitchins died at the scene after her 2009 Camry struck a tree. A mile away and about a minute later, a black SUV crashed at Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue. There were no casualties in the second accident, but police said they believe the two collisions were related and are still investigating the whereabouts of missing passengers who fled afterwards from the SUV.

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90-year-old lives history and teaches students

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90-year-old lives history and teaches students

Florence Binstock greets her two daughters at the Springbrook High School luncheon honoring Binstock's many years of service.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  SILVER SPRING – For one local substitute teacher teaching history may just involve remembering significant events from her own life. Florence Binstock Avigan, a 90-year-old school teacher, has several stories to tell about growing up during the Great Depression and her formative teenage years during World War II – not to mention her 49 years of substitute teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools.

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Cleveland Park Flooding Mezzanine

24-06-2016 Hits:232 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Videos showing flood water entering Cleveland Park Station following a torrential downpour. There were no injuries. Red Line service was unaffected; however the station was closed for several hours to dry out and inspect the escalators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phUmVT7tZcY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E10us74vZJI

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Hogan decides to just say "NO" to Trump

24-06-2016 Hits:59 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Wednesday he will not vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post. “No, I don’t plan to,” Hogan told the Post on whether he would vote for Trump. “I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.”

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Local student reaches out to assist incoming immigrants

10-06-2016 Hits:240 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

SILVER SPRING — Since the deportation of his parents years earlier and possibly facing a similar fate, Yves Gomes, 23, has battled to remain in the United States, campaigning for other undocumented immigrants like himself, and pushing state and national legislators to reform current immigration laws. Gomes is currently staying in the U.S. under a two-year waiver from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were 16 or younger to apply for temporary legal status. The last time Yves Gomes saw his father Robin Gomes in person was almost eight years ago, when he was being escorted out of their Silver Spring home in handcuffs by federal authorities. The family ordeal began a week earlier when the elder Gomes was pulled over by police for a broken taillight, not knowing for sure whether police would...

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State considers curtailing use of Tasers by cops

03-06-2016 Hits:237 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

  SILVER SPRING – State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-18) said she is considering introducing a bill that would require all police agencies in Maryland to follow a common set of Taser guidelines and standards. "It was clear that there was a need to put in place some of the recommended guidelines and standards,” said Gutierrez of federal standards on police Taser use. Gutierrez attended a May 25 meeting featuring Montgomery County Police Officers Frank Stone and Greg Woodman. The two officers discussed the Montgomery County Police Department’s use of force policy on Tasers and how they’re upgrading Taser equipment. The Montgomery County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland hosted the forum.

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Transparency? NOT!

22-06-2016 Hits:108 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Transparency? NOT!

  One of the leading cries heard by politicians from the local to the federal levels is how they are struggling hard to be “transparent” in their dealings with the public.Don’t believe it. Not for one minute. Last year this newspaper joined others in the state as some local politicians – under the guise of “cost cutting” decided cutting costs would mean cutting out local newspapers from certain revenue streams while at the same time allowing the local governments to post important notices on their own websites without the public’s involvement. It’s just the opposite of transparency, but if you say it often enough there’s the thought you can get most people to believe anything.Luckily the measure failed. Meanwhile we have some local politicians who – since the demise of The Gazette – continue to say there are no newspapers left in Montgomery County – despite the fact The Washington Post and...

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Guns, Men and Mass Murder

15-06-2016 Hits:212 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Guns, Men and Mass Murder

Callous. That is the new word to describe life in the United States. We can also add in “uncaring” but that may be gilding the lily. Following the latest mass shooting in the U.S. it says something that so many Americans, including the presumptive GOP and Democratic nominees for the highest office in the land took to tweeting their respective political stances regarding gun control, terror and Muslims before the bodies were even cold. Elsewhere on social media the masses divided themselves into pro-gun and anti-gun corners while also drawing themselves into Muslim, gay and Hispanic corners as they took aim at each other – hopefully only figuratively speaking. The shooting was Obama’s fault for not “recognizing our enemies”, and “The problem wasn’t one guy with a gun but 103 that didn’t have one,” and “Ban all guns Now,” while elsewhere others hinted our current President had something to do with...

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Float like a butterfly

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Float like a butterfly

The first major award Muhammad Ali received as a boxer was the “Paul Karem” memorial award when he won the local Golden Gloves championship in 1960. Named after my great-uncle, it is symbolic to me of how Ali personally touched my own life. I take issue with a recent article I read which said my hometown never really came to terms with Ali and some still called him “Cassius Clay”. I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I can assure you this Lebanese white boy born and bred in Louisville Kentucky not only accepted him for who he was, but what he stood for – honor, dignity, rebellion and respect. I’ve traveled across the world and in most parts of the world I’ve been met with indifference when I talk of my birth city. Many simply have never heard of it – or don’t know where it is. But mention Muhammad Ali and...

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Former All-Sentinel Player Selected in NBA Draft

Former All-Sentinel Player Selected in NBA Draft

Patrick McCaw, Montrose Christian alum, when he signed his letter of intent to attend UNLV in May of 2014. FILE PHOTO  Patrick McCaw is staying out west after the Milwaukee Bucks selected the 2014 Montrose Christian graduate early in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft and then dealt the 6-foot-7 shooting guard to the Golden State Warriors for financial considerations.

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Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club was the site of last year's Sentinel Awards ceremony.   FILE PHOTO   Disagreements between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club’s owner and investor have led to the possibility of foreclosure on the property. Auction Markets, LLC has already set the foreclosure auction for June 29 at 11 a.m. According to club owner Rick Brown, the conflict of interests began last spring, when the club’s investor, Kenneth Welch, filed two lawsuits regarding two other properties in North Carolina and Virginia. Welch refused comment through his attorney David Musgrave. Brown said this foreclosure suit is a “vengeful act” from Welch’s part from not winning the other lawsuits. “He’s taken this action, we think, because of revenge after the other two properties have been substantially repudiated as his attempt to sue us. So it’s a shame because (with) a simple phone call, we would have been able to resolve, at least...

Gaithersburg welcomes new citizens in ceremony

  GAITHERSBURG – Forty-six people from 29 countries took the Oath of Citizenship on Sunday during the 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg festival, an event attended by several thousand people. The festival began at noon with a naturalization ceremony for several local residents who had completed the requirements to attain United States citizenship. “It’s a great achievement, now I’m aligned with all three of them,” said Daniela Goina, a Romanian immigrant who lives in Potomac, referring to her husband and two children. “It’s easier to travel and find good jobs.”

Museum offers glimpse of transit’s wartime history

Museum offers glimpse of transit’s wartime history

National Capital Trolley Museum. COURTESY PHOTOCOLESVILLE – During Memorial Day weekend, the National Capital Trolley Museum offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the vital role public transit played in the Washington, D.C. region during World War II. The exhibit, entitled “Homefront Street Cars,” featured displays and historical documents illustrating the role of street cars in Washington during the early 20th century.

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