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"It's Not Sexy"

29-09-2016 Hits:118 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

"It's Not Sexy"

"Water Supply Challenges" Part Two of Five: Firefighters and consumers in Rockville face water pipe problems ROCKVILLE – For at least the last decade, corroded water pipes in the city have restricted water flow to fire hydrants across the city, limiting the amount of city water firefighters can use to fight fires. In a dozen sites across the city, water pressure at those hydrants is less than half of the national guidelines city officials follow as their standards. Since 2009, Rockville has replaced most of its low-flowing water fire hydrants, but there are still a dozen remaining in the city potentially hampering firefighters’ ability to put out fires. Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said the 12 remaining low-flowing hydrants create “potential problems” in public safety.  “With infrastructure, it’s not sexy to replace pipes. People don’t see it like new parks or buildings,” said Newton.

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Debris sets off two Metro Center track fires

29-09-2016 Hits:115 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Debris sets off two Metro Center track fires

COURTESY PHOTO FROM TWITTER WASHINGTON – Inspection and communication problems continue to plague Metro this week. Tracks at Metro Center station caught fire twice over the weekend within three days of American Public Transit Association (APTA) representatives telling management and a board committee that filthy tracks can cause fires. Metro spokesperson Morgan Dye said there were no injuries or significant damage reported related to the weekend fires. 

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Hoggle still incompetent to stand trial

29-09-2016 Hits:115 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

ROCKVILLE – District Court Judge Holly Reed found Catherine Hoggle, the diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic mother of two children who have been missing for two years, still incompetent to stand trial Tuesday morning. Hoggle’s mother, Lindsey Hoggle said Catherine looked worse at this hearing since the beginning of the series of hearings. “There’s just no effect, she’s flat. At least in the past she’s had her hair pulled back. Imagine seeing your own child in handcuffs and leg shackles,” Lindsey said. “She just looked ready to cry. She just didn’t look like she was with it. She just looked the worst yet.”

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New laws begin in Maryland

29-09-2016 Hits:67 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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Democrats support, Republicans oppose Question 1 on fall ballot

08-09-2016 Hits:274 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Democrats support, Republicans oppose Question 1 on fall ballot

State Del. David Moon (D-20) authored HB 260, a constitutional amendment to change how officials are appointed to fill vacancies in the comptroller's and attorney general's offices. FILE PHOTO   Maryland voters this fall will decide whether the governor must pick someone of the same party as the attorney general or comptroller if either of them cannot complete their elected terms. A special election would follow the next year to complete the term, according to the terms of the proposed constitutional amendment voters are set to consider Nov. 8. Voting down the measure would allow the governor to make the temporary appointment without regard for party affiliation. State Del. David Moon (D-20), whose district includes Takoma Park, authored House Bill 260, a constitutional amendment which passed the General Assembly this year and now is up for a statewide referendum. It’s often referred to as Question 1.

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'Let Summer be Summer'

01-09-2016 Hits:278 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

'Let Summer be Summer'

Hogan echoes the sentiment with an executive order which pushes public school start date after Labor Day Principal Cabell Lloyd of Meadow Hall Elementary School greets students on the first day of school.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said he wanted to "let summer be summer." On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan granted Meehan's wish, signing an executive order mandating the state's public schools start after Labor Day. The executive order will take effect beginning at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Hogan said starting school after Labor Day will generate $74 million in economic activity citing a 2013 study done by the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates saying starting school after Labor Day will bring in $3.7 million in new wages and $7.7 million in state and local tax revenue. “Starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day is not just a family issue – it’s an economic and public...

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Scarred for life and then some

29-09-2016 Hits:73 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Scarred for life and then some

At the end of the day, I will be held accountable for my actions – but do not try to hold me accountable for anyone else and whatever lunacy that strikes their fancy. This comes after a liberal friend of mine said I was a “Cis-Gen” and that’s what Donald Trump’s troubles are all about. Apparently, according to this logic, I am an example of “toxic masculinity,” and so is Donald Trump.

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Anyone else tired of being afraid?

22-09-2016 Hits:156 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Anyone else tired of being afraid?

Bombings in New York, New Jersey and a stabbing elsewhere in the country this week sent the Chicken Little in all of us scurrying about once again - ranting the end of the world was coming, the sky was falling and terrorists would soon consume us all.I have but one question: When do you get tired of being so scared?If I ever was fearful terrorists would end us – and I can tell you I never have been convinced a bunch of yahoos in pickup trucks and IEDs could do anything more than instill fear – then all of us should be long over the spell of fear these sidebar characters cast.

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Facts, opinions and Snowden

22-09-2016 Hits:111 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Facts, opinions and Snowden

Economics teaches us the more of a commodity we have, then usually the less valuable that commodity is to us – or as the economics professor used to say, “The demand curve slopes down.”With that being said, if you couple that thought with the well-known maxim regarding opinions and their proliferation, then one must come to the logical and factual conclusion that opinions are worthless.Edward Snowden didn’t get in trouble for releasing “opinions.” He got in trouble for being a whistleblower regarding hard data – real information – you know “facts.”

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Staff picks for Sept. 29, 2016

Last week totals: Montgomery Marty: 14-3 Season: 54-16 Unknown editor Last week: 15-2 Season: 60-10

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The Small Press Expo returns to Bethesda

The Small Press Expo returns to Bethesda

  Comic book artists and writers gathered at the Small Press Expo in the Bethesda Marriott and Conference Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   BETHESDA – The Bethesda Marriott Hotel hosted the Small Press Expo (SPX), the biggest indie comic event in the nation, where both small-time comic book artists and big-name novelists gathered together to meet fans. “This is our first time [here] so I’m really excited,” said Linnea Kataja, a student at the School of Visual Arts. “It’s great for [our school] to have a table here so students can have a chance to sell their art and get exposure.” “(SPX) wants people who have never tabled before or just starting out because some of those people will be big names in the future,” said Tony Breed, the author of the comic strip “Finn and Charlie are Hitched.”

Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character in Oliver Stone's new film "Snowden." COURTESY PHOTO Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a biopic of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of that agency’s domestic spying operations, is a serious, well-made, and genuinely frightening film. Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the movie, based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. Stone met personally with Snowden multiple times in Russia, where he has lived under political asylum during the last three years, while researching the film. Open Road Films, which last year brought “Spotlight” to the big screen, produced the movie. “Snowden” is framed by the title character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meeting in Hong Kong in 2013 with filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).

Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Local artists gathered to display their work in the annual Glen Echo Art Show at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO  GLEN ECHO – During the holiday weekend, local artists displayed their work at the Glen Echo Labor Day Art Show at the historic Spanish Ballroom. Now in its 46th year, the show is a lightly-juried festival that displays artwork in a variety of different media. A percentage of revenue from artwork sold at the show supports the park’s educational programs. “There’s a long history in the show of artists who are affiliated with the park, and also sometimes they are instructors or resident artists or they take lessons here, and some are just community members,” said Meredith Forster, Education program manager for Glen Echo Park.

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