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Rockville man confesses to murder

21-05-2015 Hits:478 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Rockville man confesses to murder

ROCKVILLE – Police say a Rockville man confessed he brutally murdered his neighbors and then left town for a vacation cruise to Alaska with his parents.   Police arrested Scott Tomaszewski, 31, late Saturday for the murder of Richard “Dick” Vilardo, 65, and Julianne “Jody” Vilardo, 67. Police in Alaska detained him when the cruise ship pulled into Juneau on a scheduled stop, said Capt. Paul Starks, spokesperson for the Montgomery County police. Tomaszewski waived his extradition Tuesday, which means he will not fight Montgomery County’s request to bring him to the county to stand trial, said Montgomery County state’s attorney’s spokesperson Ramon Korionoff. “The defendant waived his extradition (Tuesday), so the judge decided to hold him for us on a no-bonds status,” Korionoff said. “He is going to be picked up by Montgomery County police for arraignment here. There is no set date, but (police) are working on the logistics for that transfer.” Korionoff...

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MCPS appoints Bowers

21-05-2015 Hits:194 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

MCPS appoints Bowers

The Montgomery County Board of Education Wednesday selected acting Superintendent Larry Bowers as the interim superintendent for another year, scrambling after its top choice withdrew his name from consideration. Bowers took over when Joshua Starr, who had held the position since 2011, stepped down Feb. 16 prior to his contract’s end after it appeared a majority of the board would not renew his post. Bowers had planned to retire on July 1 after 37 years with Montgomery County Public Schools but agreed to step in for another year. His appointment will be official after approval from State Superintendent Lillian Lowery. “I appreciate everybody’s support, and I especially appreciate the board’s support. Again it wasn’t exactly what I was planning, but as everyone knows I’ve dedicated 37 years of my life to the school system. I’ve been extremely committed to the work that we’ve been doing to make this not only the best...

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Exelon accepts PSC conditions to merge with Pepco

21-05-2015 Hits:359 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Exelon accepts PSC conditions to merge with Pepco

Chicago-based Exelon Corp. agreed on May 18 to the Maryland Public Service Commission’s conditions to approve its merger with local utility Pepco Holdings Inc.   The Maryland Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on May 15 to approve the $6.8 billion merger, which will make Exelon the power provider for about 85 percent of Maryland customers. Exelon would gain control of Pepco Holding’s three utilities: Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. “After a thorough review of the order, we have concluded that it is constructive, but the conditions it imposes – including those to which the companies already committed in our settlement – will also be challenging. It poses some stringent conditions that will be difficult to fulfill, but all of us at Exelon accept the challenge and commit to proving ourselves in an expanded role in Maryland,” said Chris Cane, CEO of Exelon. The commission approved the merger with a...

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Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate

05-09-2014 Hits:4805 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate

Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom. But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom. “There were a lot of folks from Maryland who helped me out” in his successful race for governor of Virginia 20 years ago, Allen told a crowd of about 50, and he was happy to return the favor. Venkatesan is running against Democratic Del. Guy Guzzone for the seat now held by retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Robey. In 2010, Venkatesan lost the Republican primary for the seat that represents much of eastern and southern Howard County, but ran unopposed in June. “In every way, Jody is running on the issues that matter...

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Gansler faces more trouble with latest campaign comments

01-05-2014 Hits:9156 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Gansler faces more trouble with latest campaign comments

ROCKVILLE - Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Doug Gansler is in hot water after comments he made regarding his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, went viral.

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Pepco Asks For More Money

24-04-2014 Hits:8717 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Pepco Asks For More Money

BALTIMORE - Pepco is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) for its third rate increase in three years. The company is asking for more than $43 million in rate increase which, if approved, will become effective on July 4, 2014. The increase will raise the monthly bill of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County customers by $4.80. 

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Transparency?!!#

27-05-2015 Hits:95 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Transparency?!!#

For 35 years I’ve been engaged in an exploration of facts.On June 1 I will join more than a dozen other reporters who, like me, went to jail to try and protect a confidential source and promote the First Amendment. Please join us at The National Press Club for this event.We may not be heroes, but we aren’t the problem either.I relish the role of being a disinterested third-party observer. I have no hidden agenda other than to uncover the facts. I work very hard to refrain from putting opinions in news stories. I want to provide my readers and viewers with the facts and let them come up with their own opinion. If my facts are wrong, then correct me. Give me the facts.Don’t sit on the sidelines complaining the media never “gets it” when you aren’t providing it.Don’t claim a bias exists because your side doesn’t get printed....

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For a good movie?

21-05-2015 Hits:169 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

For a good movie?

So there I sat, huddled with my wife last night around the hi-def 60” flat screen television watching Carl Sagan’s “Contact,” when my blushing bride turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we actually did contact another species. It would make all of our troubles seem so small.” She had to tell me this twice and the reason is because as I sat watching this movie, all I could think about at the end was the hearing being held in Washington D.C. There sat Jodie Foster being grilled by a host of senators and James Woods as a menacing politician – sort of a cross between Mitch McConnell and James Carville. After she is grilled in front of hundreds of people she walks outside of the building and out by the reflecting pool and is greeted by thousands of well wishers. I couldn’t get beyond one thing: How did all of...

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The Real Division

14-05-2015 Hits:238 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The Real Division

  The fallout continues over Deflategate. The worst travesty in the history of man has been perpetrated in the NFL. Wait. Sorry, I don’t really care about Tom Brady and his flat balls.I do care about the fallout continuing from the riots in Baltimore and the police shootings across the country.There is also continuing dialogue about increasing the minimum wage, the affordable health care act, affordable education, veterans benefits and illegal immigration.People seem to be convinced race relations are the worst they’ve been in years, lazy people are taking advantage of the minimum wage, health care shouldn’t be for everyone, no one should gripe about paying student loans and veterans should be favored over illegal immigrants.

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Sports

Bullis quarterback decides to stay close to home as a Terp

Bullis quarterback decides to stay close to home as a Terp

POTOMAC – Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. announced his college decision on Friday in the school’s Blair Center auditorium amidst a gathering of friends, family, students and supporters. The junior chose to commit to Maryland after narrowing his list down to seven schools including Alabama, Rutgers, Florida, Penn State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Haskins, who holds more than three dozen offers from major Division I programs, said Maryland’s family atmosphere attracted him to the school’s campus. “It’s the right spot for me, [they have] great people there,” said Haskins, who was recruited to College Park by head coach Randy Edsall and Terps’ offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. “I can be very successful there.” Haskins, a highly-touted pro-style quarterback, now becomes the centerpiece of the DMV Movement in which local products opt to stay in-state instead of going elsewhere. “A lot of kids in a lot of different cities and states stay home,” said Haskins, a...

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Actors, musicians and dancers to perform at Rockville theater

Actors, musicians and dancers to perform at Rockville theater

Actors, singers and dancers will bring life to the stage at Rockville’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in the coming weeks.  

Rockville native to be featured in Fox comedy series

Rockville native to be featured in Fox comedy series

ROCKVILLE - At Meryl Hathaway’s fifth-grade graduation from Luxmanor Elementary School, she told the class she wanted to be in a movie. Years later, Hathaway is achieving part of her dream as a cast member on Fox’s “Riot”, a show that Hathaway describes as a mix of ABC’s “Wipe Out” and improvisational comedy.  The show is produced by actor/comedian Steve Carell and will feature a celebrity host every week.

Doorway Arts offers new view through Miranda’s view

Doorway Arts offers new view through Miranda’s view

BETHESDA- Theater enthusiasts who want to attend the world premiere of a provocative new play have no need to travel to Broadway this month. From March 20-April 12, the Writer’s Center in Bethesda will host the Doorway Arts Ensemble’s production of the new play Morning, Miranda.

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