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  • Trump supporter, 15, beaten during Rockville protest

    11/17/2016 9:53:15 AM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 16, 2016 | Rick Massimo
    A march of students in Rockville, Maryland, protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency turned violent on Wednesday morning as a teenager wearing one of the Trump campaigns "Make American Great Again" hats was beaten. A student involved in the beating is facing assault charges.
  • Students at Montgomery County high schools stage walk-out, march to protest Donald Trump's election

    11/14/2016 3:38:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    FOX 5 DC ^ | November 14, 2016 | fox5dc.com staff
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - More than one hundred students from several Montgomery County high schools staged a walk-out and march Monday to protest Donald Trump’s presidential victory. The demonstration began at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring at around 10:30 a.m. Students at Northwood High School, Albert Einstein High School, and John F. Kennedy High School also reportedly took part in the protest. The student protesters marched north on Route 29 to University Boulevard and then made their way to the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center in Wheaton, Md. Police officers were close by as the students marched. Some students...
  • School System Pays Thousands of Dollars in Tolls So Buses Can Use Intercounty Connector

    10/10/2016 10:42:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | November 23, 2015 | Andrew Metcalf
    Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill asked the county’s state legislators Wednesday if they could help eliminate tolls for county school buses that drive on the state-operated Intercounty Connector. A Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman said in an email Friday the school system spends nearly $18,000 per year on ICC tolls. Buses that typically use the ICC include those for cross-county special education routes and sports trips, according to spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala. “It would help us a great deal to make a more efficient transportation system for the 100,000 students we transport every day if we could use...
  • Citizens with AR-15s Stand Guard Outside Texas Police Departments

    07/11/2016 4:45:07 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/11/2016
    On July 9, two days after the heinous ambush on Dallas police officers, citizens armed with AR-15s stood guard outside various police departments in Texas. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, James Evans, Roger Tarrant, and Paul Wilson went to the Patton Village Police Department with “their AR-15s in hand” and stood guard. They also stood outside the City of Splendora Police Department (SPD), where passing drivers “honked their horns in approval, while others stopped for photos, selfies, and to personally thank them for what they were doing.” In fact, the men garnered so much support in the form...
  • Serial drunk driver sentenced to life in prison

    06/09/2016 9:37:03 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2016 | By Associated Press
    CONROE, Texas — A Houston man convicted of drunken driving nine times since 1980 has been sentenced to life in prison. The Montgomery County judge who sentenced Donald Middleton on Tuesday said the 56-year-old man is a habitual offender. Prosecutors say Middleton has already served four prison terms for alcohol-related convictions.
  • Montgomery County Judge Gives Man Life Sentence After Ninth DWI Conviction

    06/08/2016 7:42:08 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 29 replies
    ABC13 ^ | June 7, 2016
    Montgomery County Judge Gives Man Life Sentence After Ninth DWI Conviction A Montgomery County judge has sentenced a man to life in prison after he was found guilty of drinking and driving a ninth time. Donald Middleton was arrested May 30, 2015 on a DWI charge. It was his ninth since 1980. Authorities say Middleton was trying to turn at a stop sign but didn't stay in his lane and struck another vehicle nearly head-on. After the wreck, he ran to a nearby convenience store and begged the clerk to hide him. "He tried to flee, get away. He called...
  • Bill Cosby WILL STAND trial on sex assault charges

    05/24/2016 12:06:53 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 May 2016 | Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
    Bill Cosby is heading to trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman over a decade ago. The disgraced comedian, 78, learned the news inside a Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday after Montgomery County prosecutors spent the morning presenting their case to the judge and laying out why they believe they have enough evidence to send the case to trial. Cosby decided to waive his right to a formal arraignment after the judge's decision, which would have taken place on July 20. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in January 2004 and is...
  • Montgomery school scores, rankings fall on Weast's watch(liberals destroy schools)

    01/03/2010 8:29:38 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies · 775+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 3, 2010 | Leah Fabel
    In 10 years on the job, Montgomery County Superintendent Jerry Weast has watched graduation rates slip, SAT scores decline and the racial achievement gap linger. His school system — once hailed as the best in the Washington area and among the top in the nation — has fallen by some measures in comparison with its neighbors in Fairfax County, Howard and Calvert counties.
  • Two students at Virginia Tech now face charges involving the death of a Blacksburg teenage girl.

    02/01/2016 5:50:00 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 9 replies
    The Virginia Tech student charged with killing teen Nicole Madison Lovell knew the girl and an investigation shows that he used that relationship to abduct her before disposing of her body with the assistance of another Tech student, police said Sunday. Blacksburg police announced the second Tech student’s arrest, one day after Tech freshman David Edmond Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and abduction. Lovell’s remains were discovered Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina. The second Tech student, Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested Sunday morning and faces a felony charge...
  • Spike in homicides linked to MS-13 ("Illegals")

    01/14/2016 5:51:19 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 07 2016 | By: Alexandra Limon
    WASHINGTON - Local police departments are concerned about a spike in homicides in our area linked to the notorious and dangerous MS-13 gang. At least seven recent murders in the region have confirmed ties to MS-13, and there are two other cases with possible links to the gang known for its brutality. "The spike, if you would call it, occurred at the end of the year. So there were a number of cases right at the end of 2015, and that's concerning because you don't want to see that carry over into 2016," said Capt. Darren Francke of the Montgomery...
  • AP report: Bill Cosby charged in sexual assault case

    12/30/2015 7:18:53 AM PST · by NRx · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12-30-2015 | Abby Ohlheiser
    For the first time, Bill Cosby will face criminal charges in connection with an accusation of sexual assault, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday morning, just ahead of a scheduled press conference by prosecutors in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. The AP, citing two unnamed sources in the prosecutor’s office, did not specify the charge or charges against Cosby. People Magazine was also reporting on Wednesday that Cosby would face charges. This is the second investigation into allegations that the comedian drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand 12 years ago. Constand first accused Cosby of assaulting her in 2005. At the time,...
  • SOME NEVER LEARN: Intruder Dies Robbing Same House Where He Was Shot Last Time

    09/14/2015 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 78 replies
    Concealed Nation ^ | 9/11/15 | James England
    DAYTON, OHIO — Dayton Police Department arrived on the scene to find a 22-year-old man had been shot and killed by a 43-year-old female homeowner in the early hours of Wednesday morning.What was shaping up to be just another great tale of home owners defending themselves took a turn for the strange when WHIO began to uncover the checkered history of the robber.  Apparently, in 2013, DeBrandon Jurrod Dickerson, 22, of Detroit, had broken into this exact same residence.  He was a teenager back then and he had attempted the home invasion with the assistance of another teenager.  The female...
  • Reversible toll lanes on 270? Maybe

    02/27/2015 7:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WTOP ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ari Ashe
    ROCKVILLE, Md. — With a new governor viewed as road-friendly in Annapolis, one Montgomery County lawmaker hopes toll lanes on Interstate 270 are a possibility. County Councilmember Roger Berliner supports converting the two High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-270 into reversible toll lanes. “We backed a plan six years ago with two reversible lanes. People in carpools or transit vehicles ride free; everyone else would have to pay a toll,” says Berliner. The concept would be similar to the new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia between Stafford County and Alexandria. Similar to Virginia, any project in Maryland would likely require...
  • Why Schools Cost So Much in Maryland

    01/06/2015 6:52:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 5, 2015 | Ed Amatetti
    It is time for the State of Maryland to make it a top priority to find ways to build schools more cost-effectively. At the current pace of enrollment, it is expected that more than 30 percent of all Montgomery County schools will be at or over-capacity within the current construction improvements planning (CIP) cycle. Already, 11,000 MCSPS students, mostly elementary children, make the journey in winter coats to 450 portable classrooms. Unfortunately, reliable data on school construction in Maryland is difficult to come by. But, it is clear that we can do much better. Anne Arundel County’s new Executive, Steve...
  • Delaney favors toll lanes for Interstate 270

    12/18/2014 7:02:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Gazette ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ryan Marshall
    U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney said Thursday that toll lanes might be needed to ease traffic and congestion on Interstate 270, a corridor vital to the future of Montgomery and Frederick counties. Leaders in the region must make sure the highway operates as efficiently as possible, Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac told legislators and business leaders from the two counties Thursday in Frederick at a meeting on the I-270 corridor. Del. Michael Hough (D) of Brunswick, an incoming state senator from District 4, said Virginia has done a good job of combining ideas such as high-occupancy toll lanes and private...
  • Local Maryland Gov't Vietnam Memorial honoring Viet Cong

    10/28/2014 12:05:08 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 30 replies
    Montgomery County Gov't Building | 27 Oct 2014 | 11th_VA
    How low can we go In Montgomery County, Maryland, they have a Vietnam Veterans Memorial at a local Gov't building (dis)honoring Americans and Honoring Communist VC. In the photo below, the Vietnam Vet hat is on a shelf with a copy of the "Pentagon Papers". On the shelf below, is a worn out American flag sitting next to a pair of dirty VC slippers (a sign of disrespect in many cultures) with the inscription, "Vietnam Vet worn 'Ho Chi Minh Sandals," with a short narrative how the Ho Chi Minh trail was used to supply VC.
  • Maryland County Proposes Lowering Voting Age To 16, Allowing Noncitizens To Vote

    09/18/2014 1:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller's DC Trawler ^ | September 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the wealthiest and most liberal counties in America. If there’s a dumb progressive idea that didn’t start there, it will get there sooner or later. Along those lines, the powers that be in Montgomery County are very concerned about low voter turnout. So concerned, in fact, the all Democrat County Council formed a “Right to Vote” Task Force to come up with ways to encourage more people to vote. The task force produced a 76-page report with more than a few suggestions that could raise a few eyebrows. Recommendations 1-3 are: 1. The Task...
  • String of nearby abandoned homes concerns Montgomery Village man

    04/25/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT · by detective · 45 replies
    gazette.net ^ | 04/23/2014 | Jenn Davis
    When Alberto Trigo moved into his wife’s Montgomery Village townhome over a decade ago, the block was full of occupied, well-kept homes. Now, he says, the street is plagued with several abandoned residences that have severely deteriorated. Trigo said he believes up to four properties on Coltfield Court, which is across the street from Watkins Mill Elementary, have been abandoned by their owners and left in disrepair. Chipped exterior paint, trash in the yards and other issues have him concerned that his own property value is sinking and that the neighborhood is losing its appeal to prospective buyers. “I cannot...
  • Police get break, identify sex offender, in 1975 missing girls' cold case [Lyon sisters]

    02/13/2014 3:39:04 AM PST · by deks · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11. 2014 | Ben Brumfield
    The two little girls [Katherine and Sheila Lyon] vanished nearly 40 years ago, their disappearance long faded from the public consciousness, their names etched in a stone marker their hope-sapped parents placed in a local cemetery. But Maryland police have been tenacious about solving this cold case. And on Tuesday they breathed new life into it, when they announced a possible breakthrough. Convicted sex offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., 57, who's been serving a prison sentence in Delaware since 1997, was near Sheila and Katherine Lyon on that March day in 1975 when they went missing, Montgomery County Police Chief...
  • Mother Charged With Murder in Deaths of Children

    01/18/2014 10:11:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    NBC ^ | NBC
    Detectives in Montgomery County, Md., have charged a mother with the deaths of her two children. Police charged Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, of Germantown, with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. She is currently being held without bond. The deceased children are identified as Norell N. Harris, 1, and Zyana Z. Harris, 2. The other two children are still hospitalized. They are identified as Taniya Harris, 5, and Martello Harris, 8. Police were called to the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive Friday morning and discovered the victims. Avery attempted to run from officers,...
  • Principal Kicks Nativity Scene Out Of School

    12/18/2003 6:35:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 1,300+ views
    Principal Kicks Nativity Scene Out Of School Parents Want To Speak With School Officials POSTED: 7:30 PM EST December 17, 2003 UPDATED: 8:39 PM EST December 17, 2003 A controversy over holiday decorations at a school in Montgomery County continues over the removal of a nativity scene where other holiday displays were allowed to remain. There's a Christmas tree in the lobby of Horsham's Dorothea Simmons Elementary School, along with a Menorah and items representing Kwanzaa. Around the corner, a holiday display is complete just in time for the school's first holiday concert in 12 years. But there's a problem,...
  • Mystery illness claims 4 lives in Montgomery County (Texas)

    12/18/2013 6:45:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 117 replies
    KHOU 11 News Houston ^ | December 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM | DREW KAREDES
    According to the health department, all of the patients have had flu-like and/or pneumonia like symptoms. However, all of them have tested negative for the flu. There have been eight confirmed patients ranging in age from 41 to 68. Four of those patients have died.
  • Common Core Student Survey Wants Parents' Political Affiliation

    10/16/2013 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | October 16, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Parents of high school students in Montgomery County School District in Maryland were outraged recently by a survey given to sophomores under the new Common Core education standards. The survey asked numerous intrusive questions that a school has no business asking students. Among them were questions like "what is your sexual orientation," "what's your religion," "what's your parents' political affiliation" and "should assault rifles be banned?" Angry parents notified the news website The Blaze about the survey, and shortly after a Blaze reporter began to ask about it, the survey disappeared from the Poolesville High School website. According to The...
  • The Road Less Traveled

    10/01/2013 1:48:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Bethesday Magazine ^ | September 2013 | Eugene L. Meyer
    Driven on the Intercounty Connector lately? No? You’re not alone. Many haven’t. The 18.8-mile highway—the first stretch of which opened two and a half years ago after great hype and amid great controversy—is the road less traveled. Traffic counts are well below early projections, and revenue from tolls—needed to pay off the bonds that were sold to build the road—is far less than originally anticipated. The initial estimated cost of $1 billion has ballooned to $2.4 billion—or as much as $4 billion if you include interest payments. Consequently, all tolls on Maryland highways, bridges and tunnels have been raised in...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Pa. county agrees to same-sex marriage licenses

    07/23/2013 1:40:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
    Officials in the third-largest county in Pennsylvania have agreed to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite a state law that bans the practice. D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills in Montgomery County in southeast Pennsylvania, said he wants to come down “on the right side of history and the law.” He agreed to issue a license Tuesday to two women who contacted him last week. …
  • Illinois GOP leader sends racist email aimed at former Miss America

    06/23/2013 4:37:57 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 36 replies
    FOX NEWS 32 ^ | June 23, 2013 | Larry Yellen
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Erika Harold is a Harvard educated lawyer, a former Miss America, and a conservative Republican who's now running for Congress. Her beauty queen credentials have gotten her lots of attention, but an email that surfaced today could get her a lot more. Harold is running against incumbent Rodney Davis in a primary next March. Since she is bi-racial, GOP activist Doug Ibendahl wrote that she'd be good for the party. "Just be a great face for the Republican party," Ibendahl wrote. "We could actually do, in Illinois, we could do more than talk about diversity....
  • Assembly Session 2013: prepping for the creeping lunacy (Maryland)

    01/08/2013 2:12:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 7, 2013 | J. Doug Gill
    Dread. Usually not a word one associates with the New Year… well, provided one is not a glass half-empty sort. Hopeful, encouraged, positive… that sort of rot is what travels the aural circuit in the week or so following clean-slate day. But ‘round these parts – and near the nether regions of other state capitals – the newly-birthed year is greeted with a level of enthusiasm rivaled only by the anticipatory feeling derived from the possibility of a TSA cavity search. And that point of comparison is frighteningly accurate; given said cavity is the only place our local legislators have...
  • I-270 gridlock cries out for solutions

    01/08/2013 6:40:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - Interstate 270 is considered one of the most choked roads in the Washington region, but solutions for the gridlock are few and far between. Figures from the Maryland Department of Transportation show about 114,000 cars use I-270 daily, and that number is expected to jump to 200,000 in the next 10 to 15 years. "Everyone who is familiar with 270 knows it is jammed up in the morning rush hour and evening rush hour," says Gus Bauman, who studies transportation and funding and who chaired a Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding. One proposal to ease congestion...
  • 6-Year-Old Suspended For Saying, “Pow”

    01/02/2013 4:49:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 2, 2013 | Philip Hodges
    Michael Moore recently said that the only reason white people are buying a bunch of guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting is that they’re fearful. Afraid of black people specifically. He said, “Calm down, white people, and put away your guns.” So if we’re all buying guns and ammo out of fear of the black man, what emotion would cause this idiocy: a 6-year-old boy was suspended from school for making his hand in the shape of a gun and pretend shooting it, saying, “Pow,” as it was pointed at a fellow student. Were school officials actually...
  • Local politicians call the NRA's response "stupid."

    12/24/2012 5:43:17 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 43 replies
    abc2news.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Cheryl Conner
    BALTIMORE, Md. - The NRA leader appeared on Sunday morning talk shows, defending his stance to put armed guards in all schools. Local lawmakers are pushing back. "They're stupid. It doesn't make sense to add more guns to schools. When you add more guns to reduce violence I think you increase violence," said Sen. Lisa Gladden, (D) Baltimore City. The largest gun lobbyist broke its silence on Friday, a week after 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary by a man with three high-powered guns. "If it's crazy to call for putting police in our school then call me crazy....
  • Md. Dems face redistricting mutiny

    10/06/2012 8:13:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2012 | Charles Mahtesian
    As Maryland voters prepare for a November referendum to decide the fate of the state’s new congressional map, Montgomery Gazette columnist Blair Lee chronicles the quandary faced by Democratic Party leaders in strongly Democratic, earnestly liberal and good government-oriented Montgomery County. On one hand, the newly drawn map — one of the most ridiculously gerrymandered in the nation — maximizes Democratic opportunities across the state. On the other, the new congressional lines are an indefensible affront to good government — an issue of concern in the affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., one the nation’s top goo-goo outposts.
  • Local officials look at BRT options as transportation budgets shrink

    06/10/2012 9:37:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 8, 2012 | Rachel Baye
    Government officials in the Washington region, as well as nationwide, are looking increasingly to bus rapid transit for new transit options as they face tightening public purses. BRT plans are under way in Alexandria and Arlington County, where buses are planned to travel from Braddock Road to Pentagon City. Alexandria expects to begin construction in July and start running buses in dedicated lanes in December 2013, said Abi Lerner, Alexandria's deputy director of transportation. Arlington expects to complete its half of the system in spring 2014. Across the Potomac, Montgomery County officials have proposed a 160-mile system with 23 routes....
  • I’m Batman … Getting Pulled Over In A Lamborghini

    03/23/2012 4:24:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Mar 23, 2012 | Matt Hardigree
    I’m Batman … Getting Pulled Over In A Lamborghini Batman drives the Batmobile when he's Batman and, as we've learned, he typically drives a Lamborghini when he's Bruce Wayne. Unfortunately, Bruce Wayne forgot to put a license plate on his Lamborghini Gallardo and went out while still dressed as Batman. Silly, silly Batman. You're not Steve Jobs. You can't get away with that. UPDATE! We've unmasked the Batman Here's what they said: "Yes, Batman was stopped by MCPD on Wednesday,S/B Route 29 at Prelude Dr. for no tags on Batmobile" His repeated attempts to use the Bat Signal as a...
  • Why higher gas taxes are the right medicine for Maryland (BARF)

    02/18/2012 1:44:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post (BARF) ^ | February 17, 2012 | Douglas M. Duncan
    For years, we’ve been hearing from experts across the political spectrum about the need to invest more in our failing transportation infrastructure in Maryland. The D.C. region is at the top of the list of the most-congested cities in America, and Baltimore is not far behind. Almost half of Maryland’s roads and bridges are in poor or mediocre condition, and 55 percent of our urban highways are heavily congested. Maryland’s construction industry and its thousands of workers have been decimated by years of severe cuts in transportation investment. Despite what is clearly a growing need, Maryland’s transportation program is a...
  • Are ex-gays 'really, really disgusting'?

    02/16/2012 12:13:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WND ^ | February 15, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A spokesman for the school board in Montgomery County, Md., says the slurs against a minority group by the superintendent are not an “issue.” That’s after Supt. Joshua Starr told students that a flyer sent home by an advocacy organization supporting those who have chosen to leave the homosexual lifestyle contained information that was “really, really disgusting.” Officials with Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays had utilized the school district’s services to outside groups that allow them to distribute flyers to students on occasion. Students at a public forum then had asked Starr about the flyers, which provided information...
  • Major flaws in concrete in Silver Spring transportation project

    01/31/2012 4:59:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 30, 2012 | Adam Tuss
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - There are major flaws with the way the concrete was poured in the $101 million Transit Center in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. During a news conference Monday, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner outlined the issues, calling the situation a "serious problem." He also hinted at the possibility of legal action against the contractor. "Specifications for the project called for there to be 10 inches of concrete. The analysis that has been done has shown that for significant portions of the second floor and the third floor, there's only eight and a half inches," Berliner...
  • Take the ICC and exit at Norwood — where?

    01/07/2012 8:28:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Drivers leaving the newly opened Intercounty Connector at Exit 10 for Layhill Road have a choice listed on the big, green overhead sign: They can head south onto Layhill to go to Glenmont or travel north to go to Norwood. Norwood? “Anybody who’s lived here any length of time would say, ‘Norwood? Where’s Norwood?’ ” said Elizabeth Hartge, a lifelong resident of the area whose great-great-grandfather built the family homestead in 1855. Even local history buffs are stumped. “I wouldn’t know to call it Norwood,” said Cathy Case, interim director at the nearby Sandy Spring Museum and a resident of the...
  • Sibley Announces Write-In Candidacy for President of the United States and Sues Obama

    01/06/2012 8:46:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    MMD Newswire ^ | January 6, 2012 | MMD Newswire
    Scion of Prominent 19th Century Political Family Announces Write-In Candidacy for President of the United States and Files Quo Warranto suit challenging Obama's "natural born Citizen" Status Washington D.C. (MMD Newswire) January 6, 2012 -- Montgomery Blair Sibley, scion of the Blair Family whose ancestors first called the anti-slavery Republican Party to order at its preliminary convention at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 1856, represented Dred Scott and from whence the Blair House gets its name, has announced the commencement of his campaign as a Write-In Candidate for President of the United States. Given the vagrancies of the Electoral College system,...
  • Wow! Free pass to shower with opposite sex

    01/05/2012 8:09:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    WND (formerly WorldNetDaily) ^ | January 4, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A county ethics commission in Maryland has determined that if you make negative statements about transgenderism, your word is not reliable. The stunning conclusion, now under appeal at a state ethics panel, was made by the Montgomery County Ethics Commission and signed by member Nina Weisbroth in a four-year-old dispute over an effort to hold a referendum on the county’s adoption of what’s become known as the “coed showers” bill. The law provides “discrimination” protections for transgenders, and critics say it opens up virtually all of the county – from shower rooms to restrooms to other private areas – to...
  • $4 Mil To House 12 Homeless People

    09/10/2011 11:02:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch Blog ^ | September 7, 2011 | Judicial Watch
    In an example of how government at every level wastes tax dollars, one U.S. county is spending around $4 million in combined federal and local funds to house a dozen homeless people in an affluent community.That translates into more than $330,000 per person, which means that Uncle Sam might as well buy them each their own, fully furnished house. After all, the median single-family home in the U.S. costs around $172,000 so the government could also throw in a few years worth of utility bills and even groceries.Instead officials in Bethesda Maryland will spend the money to operate a three-story...
  • Trachtenberg's former aide appears before Ethics Commission (More PC Bullying)

    10/22/2010 3:08:20 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Rhe Gazette ^ | October 20, 2010 | Erin Cunningham | Staff Writer
    The group claims that Beyer interfered with its efforts to gather petition signatures to place a question repealing the county's new transgender protection law on the November 2008 ballot. Witnesses, including one who works for Giant, said they heard Beyer say that the county might penalize Giant for asking that Beyer and some members of her advocacy group, Teach the Facts, not interfere with the signature gathering. The group also claims that Beyer intimidated members and those who wanted to sign the petition, saying they would be labeled as bigots and their information would be published online.
  • Montgomery union leader on leave after domestic dispute [assault, threat to kill]

    06/24/2010 9:18:02 AM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/24/10 | Brian Hughes
    The leader of Montgomery County's government employees union, accused by police of threatening to kill his wife and pointing a gun at her, is on leave for the next month, according to union members. Multiple county employees told The Washington Examiner Wednesday that Gino Renne is on leave until mid-July. They did not want to be identified because the union is refusing to speak about the matter. Renne did not return calls seeking comment, but his cell phone voice mail says he will be "out of the office until July 20." Renne charged at his wife with a gun during...
  • Powerful unions drive Montgomery's huge spending [Montgomery County MD]

    06/07/2010 3:38:07 PM PDT · by freespirited · 9 replies · 25+ views
    Examiner ^ | 06/07/10 | Brian Hughes
    Montgomery and Fairfax counties, while similar in size, wealth and demographics, are headed in radically different directions in resolving their budget crises, partly because of strong unions in the Maryland county. Montgomery was left with a $1 billion budget crater for next fiscal year that it is filling with huge tax increases on everything from utilities to cell phones to ambulance rides. Fairfax faced a budget gap only a quarter the size of Montgomery's and has handled it with minimal pain to county residents. To some analysts, the tax increases in Montgomery are the result of years of ballooning payments...
  • Arizona immigration law will boost crime in U.S. cities, police chiefs say

    05/26/2010 5:52:45 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies · 903+ views
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 26 MAY 2010 | WASHINGTON POST
    Arizona's new crackdown on illegal immigration will increase crime in U.S. cities, not reduce it, by driving a wedge between police and immigrant communities, police chiefs from several of the state's and the nation's largest cities said Tuesday. The new Arizona law will intimidate crime victims and witnesses who are illegal immigrants and divert police from investigating more serious crimes, chiefs from Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia said. They will join their counterparts from Montgomery County, Md., and a half-dozen other U.S. cities in meeting Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday morning to discuss the measure.
  • For Gutierrez, D.C. arrest was fitting protest conclusion

    05/18/2010 8:01:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 332+ views
    Gazette.Net ^ | May 7, 2010 | Erin Cunningham
    State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez got her wish to be arrested Saturday in Washington, D.C., while protesting Arizona's controversial immigration law. The arrests of Gutierrez and 33 others at a rally of thousands outside the White House were for failing to obey a police order to move. Gutierrez (D-Dist. 18) of Chevy Chase and the other protesters urged President Obama to take the lead on the issue of immigration, she said. "It's time for him to deliver on his promise," she said. Congress is considering two immigration reform measures, and activists have implored Obama to actively oppose Arizona's new law....
  • MontCo welcomes illegals, as neighbors crack down (Md. liberals love illegals)

    04/09/2010 9:52:37 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,629+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2010-04-02 | Hayley Peterson
    Montgomery County is opening its doors to illegal immigrants as its neighbors around the Washington region crack down on them. While counties across the area are slamming their doors shut to illegals through federal enforcement, Montgomery County's communication with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials is limited to a weekly fax of names. And now the county is fighting an effort to crack down statewide. The county's Department of Corrections sends the name of every inmate detained on charges of violent crime — without regard to their immigration status — to ICE weekly, according to county spokesman Patrick Lacefield. "If...
  • Advanced Abacus

    03/15/2010 11:07:04 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 239+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 15, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Advanced Abacus Malcolm A. Kline, March 15, 2010 The Washington, D. C. suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland is one of America’s richest—in dollars. Its’ public school curricula is a bit more impoverished. “A top Montgomery County schools official has called the district’s tenacious and much-publicized push for all middle school students to complete high-level mathematics a ‘mistake,’” Leah Fabel reported in The Washington Examiner. Specifically, Susan Marks, the district’s associate superintendent for human resources and a former teacher and principal said that “One mistake that we did make is that we pushed every kid into eighth-grade algebra.” “Hallelujah,” Gordon Brenne,...
  • Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Recruiting Violent Jihadist Fighters

    03/09/2010 12:56:58 PM PST · by Doogle · 152 replies · 3,304+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 030910 | FOX NEWS
    A Pennsylvania woman known to authorities as "Jihad Jane" was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose, and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
  • Food bank visits go up in affluent American suburb

    12/28/2009 1:42:47 AM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 1,074+ views
    UPI ^ | December 19 | Chandrani Ray
    As a national recession wears on, more middle-class people are asking for food, even in places like affluent Montgomery County, Md. About 24,000 families have been added to the rolls of Manna Food Center in Rockville, Md., in the last year and a half, said Kim Damion, director of development and communication. Close to 400 families picked up food boxes on Thanksgiving Day this year, more than any other year since the center opened in 1983, Damion said. Manna gave food to 1,600 families on Thanksgiving week. Nationally, 49 million Americans are at risk of not getting enough to eat...