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Officials urge change to pro-Confederate state song

03-08-2015 Hits:29 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Officials urge change to pro-Confederate state song

  Maryland officials are urging the General Assembly to change the lyrics to the controversial state song, which sympathizes with the Confederacy and berates President Abraham Lincoln.

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Creighton demands judge recuse herself from case

31-07-2015 Hits:640 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Creighton demands judge recuse herself from case

  Updated Friday evening to include the court transcript of events SILVER SPRING - In one of her first cases as an attorney after retiring from the bench, former Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton accused a County District Court judge of being biased against her in a DUI case this week. Creighton said Judge Jeannie Cho should recuse herself from a case in which Creighton acted as a defense attorney because of an oral statement Cho gave to Carol Crawford, part of the investigative counsel of the judicial disabilities commission. Creighton then brought up Cho’s application for a position as Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge,  a position Creighton previously held before her resignation earlier this year.

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BREAKING NEWS: Workers Box Confederate Statue

30-07-2015 Hits:442 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

BREAKING NEWS: Workers Box Confederate Statue

Updated to reflect the cost of cleaning and boxing the statue and current picture ROCKVILLE - Workers on Friday began boxing up the controversial Confederate Cavalry Statue on the grounds of the Old Red Brick Courthouse after someone defaced the monument on Monday. "This is just temporary," County Executive Ike Leggett said. "We had to clean it and we need to protect it because temperatures are running high right now." Thursday a committee reported to the county that members had reached a consensus on three points regarding the statue:

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Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate

05-09-2014 Hits:5232 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:9666 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:9228 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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Once more into the breach

30-07-2015 Hits:125 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Once more into the breach

  Nothing has filled our in-basket during the last few weeks as much as the story of the Confederate Cavalry statue in Rockville. Most of the letters are respectful though some have accused us both of being “Confederate sympathizers” and “Union apologists,” for reasons which quite frankly escape us. Meanwhile, this week local denizens found the statue defaced with graffiti which in part reads “Black Lives Matter.”While many have argued for the statue’s removal, no one – according to our mail so far - is supporting the defacement of public property. So now there are folks up in arms about the vandalism of a statue they want removed from the public square anyway.Three council members from Rockville have apparently signed a letter in support of County Executive Ike Leggett’s intention to move the statue and put it in storage.

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A Monumental Concern

23-07-2015 Hits:199 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

A Monumental Concern

  “I may disagree with what you say, but will defend to death your right to say it” - often attributed to Voltaire is a sentiment dead on arrival in today’s world.This week County Executive Ike Leggett unilaterally decided to remove the Confederate Statue from the old Red Brick Courthouse.This comes after two weeks of teeth gnashing in the wake of a shooting in South Carolina and the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the statehouse there.While we agree with Leggett on many things, and understand he probably has deep feelings on this, we will respectfully disagree on the statue’s removal and we will also disagree with Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore’s assessment of Leggett’s move as a “bold” one.It wasn’t. While the statue is offensive, it was largely ignored by politicians and the public - even those now most angrily denouncing its existence - until the national sport of...

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Honor meeting honor and the Confederate statue in Rockville

09-07-2015 Hits:798 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Honor meeting honor and the Confederate statue in Rockville

  Nestled behind a large Holly tree near the old Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville is a statue which faces south and commemorates those soldiers from Montgomery County who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.This week someone deposited some roses at the foot of the statue and someone also posted a sign denouncing the monument with the words “Treason” and “Slavery.”The county council, the Rockville city council and at least one state legislator have contacted Peerless Rockville directly or indirectly about the monument and there is now talk of moving and/or removing the monument.While removing a confederate battle flag that has become a rallying point for hate groups is one issue, the eradication of a historical monument is entirely different.  

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Spirit shut down Houston, 3-1

Spirit shut down Houston, 3-1

Buy photo View album View gallery The Washington Spirt shut down the Houston Dash in a very physical game Saturday night. The final score was 3 to 1. 

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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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MoCo Budget Cuts

23-07-2015 Hits:365 Political Cartoons Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

MoCo Budget Cuts

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