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Plaster: focus on health care and veterans

29-08-2016 Hits:114 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Plaster: focus on health care and veterans

3rd Dist. Congressional candidate Mark Plaster (R)   COURTESY PHOTO ROCKVILLE – As a Navy reservist and a medical doctor, Mark Plaster (R) is focusing his race for the third congressional district on veterans’ issues and health care. That includes overhauling how former members of the military receive treatment at medical centers operated by the Veterans Administration. Plaster faces fifth-term Rep. John Sarbanes (D) and Green Party nominee Nnabus Eze in the general election. “My first pledge is to try to fix the VA and I think we need to offer our veterans health care that they can actually put their hands around and do something for them,” said Plaster. “The primary thing I'm trying to emphasize is taking care of our veterans. That's something near and dear to my heart.”

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Government demands Sprint explain 911 outage

29-08-2016 Hits:71 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

A Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments committee called Sprint representatives to meet with them next week to explain why Sprint customers couldn’t dial 911 Aug. 16 and to explain their plans to prevent that from happening again. Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-1), who chairs the Council of Governments, said he believes the COG ongoing 911 directors committee is the best group to schedule an investigation of the Sprint incident and review it.  “COG is the natural forum for it,” said Berliner, who had yet to select an exact date for the meeting as of Wednesday.

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Trying to find jobs for local senior citizens

29-08-2016 Hits:69 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

For 14 years, 69-year old Washington Armstrong worked odd jobs and volunteer work. His primary focus: helping raise his grandson, who has cerebral palsy, while his daughter continued her military career. “My daughter needed me. In 2004 I left (my job) and went to Fort Lewis, Washington, and I helped out my daughter,” Armstrong said. Upon returning to his native city of Washington, D.C., Armstrong noticed an advertisement in an employment office about a program from the Jewish Council of the Aging (JCA). “They had classes for seniors on how to approach world for seniors. I’m a certain (age) and they tell you what you’re going to do when you’re out there and how to approach it,” Armstrong said.

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Sarbanes pushes back against public cynicism of government

15-08-2016 Hits:187 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Sarbanes pushes back against public cynicism of government

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3)  PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM   ROCKVILLE – “I wish the country wasn’t so angry at the government right now.” Public cynicism about politics and people spending more time online than outdoors at events has made it harder for public officials to communicate with their constituents, according to Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3). “The public is so cynical. They’re so turned off,” said Sarbanes Monday at the office of the Montgomery County Sentinel.

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Legislator takes aim at guns

15-08-2016 Hits:184 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

State Del. Luke Clippinger (D-46) said he is planning to reintroduce a bill that would prevent people on the federal Terror Watch list from purchasing a firearm in Maryland. The bill by the Baltimore delegate would use the federal terror watch list, which bans people from boarding airplanes, from purchasing a firearm in Maryland.  After the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a similar bill was introduced in the United States Senate that would have banned anyone on a federal watch list from purchasing a firearm.  Many congressional Democrats argued such a ban would have prevented Orlando shooter Omar Mateen from purchasing a firearm.

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Hoffberger dead at 91

10-08-2016 Hits:189 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Hoffberger dead at 91

  To some he was a visionary, an artist, a writer and a developer. But to Montgomery County residents, he remains one of the guiding influences behind what is now Germantown. Leroy Hoffberg died last week at the age of 91.

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Here's another clue for you all

25-08-2016 Hits:95 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Here's another clue for you all

      Boy did I take a beating this week – pun intended. Not physically, but by several of my so-called liberal friends who told me I’d sold my soul to the devil or worse, to the GOP or perhaps Donald Trump, because I suggested corporal punishment – in some cases – is warranted by parents. When browbeaten by a dozen or more of these do-gooders, my first reaction was, “Hey, it wasn’t me. It was my evil twin Skippy.” Kind of like John Lennon saying, “Here’s another clue for you all. The Walrus was Paul.” Nobody believes it and it isn’t true anyway.

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Rockin' in the Free World

18-08-2016 Hits:223 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Rockin' in the Free World

  For those visiting the beautiful Washington D.C. area there is much to offer the casual tourist. The right time of year and you can see the wonderful cheery blossoms. There is always the Smithsonian and the Nation’s toy box of museums down on the mall that can keep you busy for a week. Then there’s the seat of Democracy – a little bar that offers great deals on bourbon – just kidding. But besides Congress, the White House and the usual history, you can branch out and take day trips to a variety of historical locales that show the First World splendor of the Capital of the Free World. Just don’t look too closely at the worn varnish and rusted metal.

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Newspapers and the Cosmic Future

10-08-2016 Hits:203 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Newspapers and the Cosmic Future

Moving forward beyond the GOP and Democratic Conventions we are forced to once again evaluate the effectiveness of our media in presenting news we can use. As we wrote last week the short answer is we’re not doing so well. We are producing news you want rather than news you need. The bottom feeding, bottom-line nature of our business has become so overpowering even John Oliver on Last Week Tonight mentioned it on his HBO series this week. It was part of his declaration that local newspapers are in trouble and without them we’d all be reduced to watching Wolf Blitzer bat around a ball of yarn.

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Rockville’s Helen Maroulis brings home wrestling gold from Rio

Rockville-native Helen Maroulis won the first-ever gold medal for an American woman wrestler at the Olympics Aug. 18, defeating Japanese three-time gold medalist Saori Yoshida 3-1 in the 53kg freestyle.

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Folk music will still reign in Takoma Park though the festival will not

Folk music will still reign in Takoma Park though the festival will not

  Folk music enthusiasts will be able to listen to a day’s worth of their favorite music Sept. 11 despite the Takoma Park Folk Festival planning committee cancelling the city’s annual Folk Festival. Two local organizations scheduled a series of performances to remind people of the annual festival. “It’s not a replacement event but rather an event to fill in the gap in the year,” said Laura Barclay of the Old Takoma Business Association. “(We want to) continue the tradition and recapture the thousands that come to Takoma.”

Center Stage: An exhibition of Romaine Brooks' revolutionary style

Center Stage: An exhibition of Romaine Brooks' revolutionary style

Romaine Brooks' Ida Rubinstein.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON DC — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is holding an exhibition of Romaine Brooks, an early 20th century painter notable for her revolutionary depiction of women. Unlike traditional paintings that depict female subjects with bright, flowery colors, Brooks’ paintings are characterized by her use of muted tones and portrayal of women in androgynous attire. Brooks’ later works are notable for the bold outlines of her subjects mixed with lightly blended colors, giving her paintings a uniquely modern feel. These techniques emphasize the assertive poses taken by many women in her paintings, allowing her subjects’ features to carry a distinct vibrancy that carries throughout her later works.

The Powers of the midway

The Powers of the midway

Life on the County Fair's midway is the main attraction for some fair-goers.     PHOTO BY JAKE BRODSKY   GAITHERSBURG – The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair would be vastly different without Powers Great American Midways, who has been the fair’s midway provider for the past 11 years. “[The Montgomery County Fair] has just grown and grown,” said Marc Janas, the GM of Powers. “We have a great rapport with the folks that run the fair, they’re good friends of ours and that’s really important. It just keeps getting better every year. Weather permitting, knock on wood, the attendance just keeps going up.” The Montgomery County Fair is part of what Janas calls "big fair season," meaning Powers carries around 400 employees to the event.

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