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  • Construction to start on Maryland's $2.4b Inter County Connector Toll Road this week

    10/15/2007 4:40:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 68+ views
    Toll Roads News ^ | October 14, 2007 | Toll Roads News
    Maryland State Highway Administrator (MdSHA) has given contractors the OK to start construction work on the first part of the 30km (18.8mi) long $2.4b InterCounty Connector (ICC) tollroad. The ICC is an east-west connector mainly located in Montgomery County about 10km (6 miles) north of the Beltway (I-495) and about 23km (14 miles) north of the White House. It goes from I-370 at present a short spur off I-270 near Gaithersburg at the western end in direction a bit south of east across upper Montgomery County to I-95 and US1 near Laurel in Prince Georges County. The route is already...
  • O’Malley: Global warming a threat

    09/28/2007 9:20:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1,311+ views
    Baltimore Examiner ^ | September 27, 2007 | Kathleen Miller
    BALTIMORE - Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine called on Congress Wednesday to pass legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions, arguing the health of the Chesapeake Bay is at stake. “We now know with certainty that human activities — including coastal development, the burning of fossil fuels and increasing greenhouse gas emissions — are contributing to both the causes and consequences of climate change,” O’Malley told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. But his testimony did not go over well with critics of the Intercounty Connector — an 18-mile toll road that would connect Montgomery and...
  • Montgomery County (Maryland) Parents Ask Court to Stop Gay Curriculum

    09/06/2007 5:18:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 657+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/6/07 | Hilary White
    ROCKVILLE, Maryland, September 6, 2007 ( - Three parents' groups have filed papers in Montgomery Circuit Court on Tuesday to request a halt to the planned start of a homosexual curriculum in county schools. Barring a court decision, the school board, after a lengthy battle, will implement a curriculum that will introduce children to the homosexual movement's political doctrines in the eighth and 10th-grade classrooms this fall. If it is allowed to go forward, the curriculum, that teaches homosexuality is caused by a specific "gay gene," will include a lesson titled, "Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality." It will...
  • Ilegal Immigration Rage -- Local and National Frustrations

    08/21/2007 7:45:13 AM PDT · by HoosierGirl25 · 22 replies · 928+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8/21/2007 | Ericka Andersen
    After the immigration bill was killed, we let ourselves breathe a little easier. But just because that battle was conquered doesn't mean we don't have a long way to go. Last week's deportation of Elvira Arellano -- an illegal immigrant who'd been hiding out in a church for over a year -- has lifted the issue to the bubbling surface of controversy once again. My own Montgomery County is the center of a specific battle right now. An ID card is apparantly being issued by immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland. According to the Washington Examiner, the group has provided...
  • Maryland Schools to Teach that Sexual Deviance is Normal this Fall

    08/16/2007 4:36:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 186 replies · 2,525+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/16/07 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    ROCKVILLE, MD, August 16, 2007 ( - Barring a court overruling within the next few weeks, the Montgomery County School Board is scheduled to go ahead this fall and teach middle and high school students that various forms of sexual deviance are normal, the New York Times Reports.Parents & Friends of Gays & Ex-Gays (PFOX), Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC) and other pro-family groups have been battling the highly controversial material for years. Parents won a victory in 2004 when the courts granted a delay on the issue. After the Maryland State Board of Education (MSBE) approved the curriculum...
  • On Education: Lessons on Homosexuality Move Into the Classroom

    08/15/2007 3:02:25 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 35 replies · 1,414+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2007 | DIANA JEAN SCHEMO
    After five years, one legal defeat and a challenge on the way, Montgomery County, Md., is at the frontier of sex education in the United States. This fall, barring last-minute court action, the county will offer lessons on homosexuality in its 8th- and 10th-grade health education courses. To school officials, the lessons are a natural outgrowth of sex education and of teachings on tolerance and diversity...The lessons’ central message is respect and acceptance of the many permutations of sexual identity, both in others and in one’s self. School officials said they were not seeking to promote a political agenda, beyond...
  • Guatemalan arrested in crash (drunk illegal, hit-and-run, 2 Americans die)

    08/14/2007 7:19:46 PM PDT · by ruination · 39 replies · 1,095+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 14, 2007 | Michael Dresser
    A Guatemalan man who is in the United States illegally was arrested early Tuesday on hit-and-run charges after a traffic accident that killed two Baltimore-area men and injured three other highway construction workers on the side of U.S. 29 in Montgomery County, police said. The crash just over the Howard County line was the latest in a series of fatal traffic accidents involving illegal immigrant drivers in Maryland. It also added two names to the list of highway workers killed in on-the-job crashes recently. James Cronin, 37, of the 7200 block of Judy Road in Glen Burnie, was flown to...
  • County neutral on alien policies (Montgomery Co., MD)

    08/09/2007 11:38:24 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 220+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-9-07 | Kristen Chick
    Montgomery County will not follow Prince William and Loudoun counties in denying public services to illegal aliens, but neither will the county enact any sanctuary policies, County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett said yesterday. "It's not something that would be on the agenda for Montgomery County," he said of policies such as prohibiting police in all cases from inquiring about immigration status or giving identification cards to undocumented residents. "I think it would add to the toxic debate we've had and I don't think that would be helpful at this point." Mr. Leggett, a Democrat, spoke at a forum in the...
  • Did Montco slaying victim have two wives?

    08/08/2007 9:50:09 AM PDT · by Think free or die · 6 replies · 347+ views ^ | Posted on Tue, Aug. 07, 2007 | Emilie Lounsberry and Thomas Fitzgerald
    Myra Morton told police investigating her husband's shooting death early Sunday in Whitpain Township (Pennsylvania) that he had recently taken a second wife in Morocco and was to have traveled there that very day, according to court papers released yesterday. In documents that painted a sad portrait of their marriage, Myra Morton said her husband, Jereleigh Morton, had persuaded her to approve the marriage, as required by her Muslim religion. snip . . .
  • Maryland Faces Lawsuit as it Approves Schools Teaching Anal Sex, Trangenderism, as Normal

    08/01/2007 4:10:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,164+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/1/07 | LifeSiteNews
    ANNAPOLIS, August 1, 2007 ( - A public school district's program promoting anal sex, homosexuality, bisexuality, and transvestitism as normal sexual variations was recently approved by the Maryland State Board of Education despite strenuous opposition from several pro-family groups. Montgomery County Public School's controversial sexuality curriculum for eighth and tenth grade students is the result of pressure by homosexual advocacy groups. In response, the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it will assist the pro-family groups in their appeal of the Education Board's decision to the Montgomery County...
  • Sex-ed fliers cause ruckus

    07/17/2007 11:07:53 AM PDT · by JZelle · 27 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-17-07 | Kristen Chick
    Montgomery County public school employees censored and discriminated against a group opposed to the county's new sex-education curriculum, an Alliance Defense Fund attorney said yesterday in a letter to the county school board president. Teachers and a principal violated the First Amendment right of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, known as PFOX, by encouraging students to throw away the group's literature, said Jeremy D. Tedesco, an attorney for the conservative legal group, which is often involved in issues of religious freedom. Teachers and the principal at Winston Churchill High School put the group's name on school trash cans...
  • Restaurateurs Arrested for Illegal Workers (Local PD Played Role In Wheaton, MD Fed Investigation)

    07/12/2007 8:55:52 PM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 205 replies · 3,515+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | Friday, July 13, 2007 | Ernesto Londoño and Mariana Minaya, Washington Post Staff Writers
    Francisco Carlos Solano... Inés Solano... Consuelo Solano... Juan Faustino Solano... were charged with employing and harboring illegal immigrants, money laundering and structuring deposits to avoid financial reporting requirements... Nine employees of their El Pollo Rico restaurant in Wheaton were taken into custody and will be placed in deportation proceedings...Federal agents say the Solanos deposited more than $6.6 million into a business account between June 2002 and September 2006 in increments of $7,000 to $9,000, which authorities say was done to avoid filing currency transaction reports that must be submitted with deposits that exceed $10,000....Federal agents seized more than $2 million...
  • Gay-Friendly Curriculum to go Ahead in Maryland Schools

    07/09/2007 8:25:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 920+ views ^ | July 9, 2007 | Hilary White
    ROCKVILLE, Maryland, July 9, 2007 ( - The Maryland State Board of Education will not interfere with a local school board's efforts to insert curriculum material legitimizing homosexuality. The board agreed that while parents may have some say in what is taught to their children, that "right is not absolute. It must bend to the State's duty to educate its citizens." Parents in Montgomery County have been battling the school board on the insertion of homosexual material in schools for two and a half years. In November 2004 the parents won a delay in the courts after the Montgomery Board...
  • State's Right Supercedes Parent's Rights (Mandatory homosexual indoctrination)

    07/08/2007 10:39:01 AM PDT · by nancyvideo · 122 replies · 2,984+ views
    RightBias ^ | July 8, 2007 | American Family Association
    The Maryland State Board of Education has ruled that the right of the state supersedes the rights of parents in teaching children about homosexuality. The Board said the "right (of parents) is not absolute. It must bend to the State's duty to educate its citizens." The ruling means that the teaching of homosexuality as an accepted and approved lifestyle in Maryland public schools can move forward
  • Md. State Board Approves County's Sex-Ed Curriculum

    07/06/2007 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Sopater · 37 replies · 751+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, July 4, 2007 | Daniel de Vise
    The Maryland State Board of Education has ruled in favor of a sex-education curriculum adopted last month for use in Montgomery middle and high schools, finding nothing illegal in the new lessons on sexual orientation and condom use, school officials said yesterday. In a 17-page June 27 opinion, the state panel declined to "second guess the appropriateness" of the curriculum approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education. Instead, the state panel said it could reverse the county's action only if it violated the law. And after reviewing more than a dozen claims alleged by curriculum opponents, the state board...
  • What Will MoCo Ban Next? Skeeters? Wind Chimes? [Montgomery County Maryland Bans Trans Fats]

    05/16/2007 12:34:10 PM PDT · by freespirited · 7 replies · 396+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/16/07 | Marc Fisher
    Montgomery County, where only county-run stores can be trusted to sell liquor and where the county has tossed smokers out of bars and restaurants, is now the first county in the nation to ban trans fats. The county council voted yesterday to prohibit restaurants, bakeries and delis from using the unhealthful fats in their cooking and food preparation. Apparently oblivious to the fact that a trans fat ban in New York City is forcing some chefs there to abandon butter because it contains small amounts of natural trans fat, the nannies who run Montgomery County unanimously voted to take choices...
  • Most students present for sex-ed class (Mont.Co.MD)

    03/27/2007 11:38:41 AM PDT · by JZelle · 8 replies · 605+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3-27-07 | Kristen Chick
    Roughly 10 percent of Montgomery County students did not attend the school system's new sex-education classes that include lessons on homosexuality and condom use.Three lessons were taught last week for 10th-graders at Watkins Mill and Bethesda-Chevy Chase high schools. And two lessons were held for eighth-graders at Argyle and Julius West middle schools.Of the 488 students enrolled in the classes, 24 presented a parental-permission slip excusing them, and 17 failed to bring a permission slip allowing them to take the classes, said county schools spokesman Brian Edwards.
  • Board allows sex-ed classes

    03/08/2007 11:42:10 AM PST · by JZelle · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3-8-07 | Aaron Groen
    The Maryland State Board of Education ruled yesterday that a sex-education curriculum in Montgomery County public schools that includes discussions on homosexuality and condom use can continue, denying a request by resident groups to stop the classes. Though the board denied the appeal from a coalition led by the Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC), members said they would hear the appeal this summer.
  • Arrest in racial slurs case (Dirty Dem trick exposed)

    01/20/2007 10:06:38 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 1,401+ views ^ | 1/20/07 | MARGARET GIBBONS
    COURTHOUSE - Democratic poll worker Jacqueline A. Kilroy, accused of lying to detectives when she claimed that she heard Republican state House candidate Jay R. Moyer make racial slurs against Democratic challenger Netta Young Hughes, is now in custody. And authorities now believe that the 41-year-old Kilroy was responsible for a second racial complaint filed in connection with that campaign. "We believe that Jacqueline Kilroy is responsible for the racial text messages," said county District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. "Jay Moyer and his campaign workers had absolutely nothing to do with either incident," Castor emphasized. Authorities last Friday had...
  • Crabbs Branch is county pick for day-laborer center

    01/19/2007 4:53:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 357+ views
    The Gazette ^ | January 18, 2007 | Sebastian Montes
    A parcel in the County Service Park, a county-owned cluster of industrial facilities just south of Shady Grove Road, will be the site of a new employment center for day laborers, county officials announced Thursday. The center will be located on a half-acre parcel behind a Department of Liquor Control warehouse at 16640 Crabbs Branch Way. According to a statement from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), the location is more than half a mile from the closest residential area. It is also about 700 yards from the nearest bus stop. The Shady Grove Metro station is a little more than...
  • Court Ruling Prompts Ban on Groups Sending Fliers Home With Students

    08/17/2006 8:26:10 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 321+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Lori Aratani
    Montgomery County school officials announced yesterday that they are temporarily banning outside groups such as parent-teacher associations and the Boy Scouts from distributing fliers about activities and events in student backpacks. The decision comes less than a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the school system's policy for flier distribution was unconstitutional because it gave educators unlimited power to approve or reject materials. The case is the outgrowth of a dispute between the school system and Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maryland. The group filed suit in 2001 after the school system denied its request to distribute fliers about...
  • Montgomery Co. Police Investigate Report Of Silver Spring Rape

    08/10/2006 7:36:15 AM PDT · by chris_ab · 35 replies · 992+ views
    NBC 4 - Washington DC Metro ^ | UPDATED: 6:34 pm EDT August 9, 2006 | staff writer
    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A Silver Spring woman reported to police Tuesday evening that she was raped early Monday morning. According to police, the 35-year-old woman said she was walking home from work between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Piney Branch Road near Long Branch Park when a man armed with a machete approached her. "He forced her into a wooded area of Long Branch Park and there raped her," said Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur.
  • Advice to well-dressed politician: Read the label (Illegal Alien Living Wage Bill - MONT Co. MD.)

    08/07/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT · by JZelle · 20 replies · 671+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-7-06 | Metro
    • Bill of rights Several Montgomery County Council candidates last week rallied behind a "bill of rights" proposal that would create a living wage for immigrant and illegal alien domestic workers in the county. Democratic contenders Duchy Trachtenberg, Cary Lamari and Valerie Ervin were among the candidates who attended a press conference Tuesday to present a George Washington University study on the abuses of domestic workers -- nannies and housekeepers who are the female equivalent of predominantly male day laborers.
  • Boys arrested for aiming toy gun at woman (Montgomery County Nanny State Alert!)

    08/02/2006 9:42:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies · 1,386+ views
    The Gazette (Mont. Co.) ^ | Aug. 1, 2006 | Olivia Doherty
    Two Potomac teens were arrested for flashing a toy gun at a woman last week... (snip) At about 9:55 p.m. on Thursday, a 29-year-old Rockville woman reported that two boys had aimed a gun at her while driving near the intersection of Westlake Drive and Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda... (snip) The brothers were arrested and charged as juveniles with first-degree assault and released to the custody of their father, police said. Under state law, first-degree assault is a felony that can carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Using a toy weapon in a crime carries the same...
  • Day-Care Worker Charged With Sex Abuse (MD)

    06/20/2006 4:14:45 PM PDT · by DBeers · 34 replies · 697+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2006 | Ernesto Londoño
    <p>A teacher at a Chevy Chase day-care center was arrested over the weekend for allegedly fondling a 14-year-old male in a restroom stall at a Rockville bookstore, Montgomery County police said yesterday.</p> <p>John P. Salinas, 37, of Silver Spring was charged with attempted third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense following an alleged May 20 incident in which he forcibly pulled down the pants and underwear of a teenager who was using the restroom at the Barnes & Noble store on Rockville Pike.</p>
  • Corrupt People's Republic of Montgomery County - The Latest

    06/08/2006 4:49:40 PM PDT · by khnyny · 12 replies · 649+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, June 8, 2006 | Miranda S. Spivack
    CHEVY CHASE Panel Says House Is Over the Line Unhappy Neighbors Want Walls Moved By Miranda S. Spivack Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 8, 2006; Page B02 Marianne and Marc Duffy say their dream home renovation in Chevy Chase has turned into a suburban nightmare. Their neighbors say the Duffys intentionally flouted building rules when they expanded their $725,000 house on Thornapple Street and have no one to blame but themselves. Yesterday, a Montgomery County appeals board reaffirmed an earlier ruling that the Duffys had rebuilt their house too close to the street and to neighbors. The Duffys say...
  • Demolish Home or Move It, Couple Told - The People's Republic of Montgomery County

    06/03/2006 9:42:31 AM PDT · by khnyny · 50 replies · 1,766+ views ^ | April 12, 2006 | Chris Williams
    A Chevy Chase couple has been ordered by the county to demolish their partially renovated home — or to move it 1.7 feet back from the property line. Marc and Marianne Duffy believe they are victims of a backlash against oversized homes being squeezed into small lots in older neighborhoods. They say they are being punished for a county agency’s mistakes. Neighbors who opposed the construction believe the Duffy’s problems are their own creation. Marc Duffy, an attorney, and Marianne Duffy, a stay-at-home mom and former attorney, served as their own general contractors on the project. ‘‘Three times my husband...
  • The Dirty Business of Politics, Money and Public Schools

    04/18/2006 7:11:11 AM PDT · by khnyny · 4 replies · 391+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2006 | Editorial
    Montgomery's Unseemly Windfall How the rich get richer Monday, April 17, 2006; A12 AN UNHERALDED, fine-print change in federal tax law means that Montgomery County will reap an accidental windfall in state education funding, in the range of $20 million or more annually, starting in July of next year. That's nice for Montgomery. The trouble is, the windfall is largely at the expense of 20 of the 23 other jurisdictions in Maryland, especially Prince George's County. As a result of the federal change, Prince George's schools would be shortchanged by roughly the same amount, an estimated $20 million. The arrangement...

    04/12/2006 6:51:45 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 30 replies · 896+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 4/12/2006 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    Many parents are outraged over learning that their kids are being used by school administrators and teachers to further their own political agenda. Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland say those students who attend the upcoming pro-illegal immigration rally can get credit for their Student Service Learning hours. However, no credit is being offered for attending rallies that are opposed to open borders or illegal immigration. The immigration rally scheduled to be held in Montgomery County on Monday is expected to attract thousands, including some children from a local school district. Every high school student in MCPS must...
  • Montgomery Is Criticized Over Credit for Students

    04/10/2006 11:59:36 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 14 replies · 489+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2006 | Lori Aratani
    The Montgomery County schools' decision to grant students community service credit for attending Monday's immigration rights protest is raising concern among some parents as well as activists who say officials should focus on education, not political advocacy. Montgomery is the only Washington area school system offering students credit for taking part in the event, to be held on the Mall -- a decision Superintendent Jerry D. Weast said is consistent with how the system has operated. "This is nothing new,'' schools spokesman Brian K. Edwards said about the decision. "Advocacy is allowed." But in the superheated atmosphere surrounding the immigration...
  • School District Gives Credit to Students Who Rally Lawbreakers

    04/09/2006 11:42:32 AM PDT · by Coastal · 20 replies · 658+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 04-09-06 | Jim Kouri
    Many parents are outraged over learning that their kids are being used by school administrators and teachers to further their own political agenda. Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland say those students who attend the upcoming pro-illegal immigration rally can get credit for their Student Service Learning hours. However, no credit is being offered for attending rallies that are opposed to open borders or illegal immigration.

    04/08/2006 5:35:41 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 60 replies · 1,327+ views ^ | April 08, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    SCHOOL CREDIT FOR PRO-ILLEGAL KIDS?! By Michelle Malkin   ·   April 08, 2006 04:59 PM Monday is national illegal alien day. (List of events here.) Some schools are suspending students who walk out, but not here in the People's Republic of Montgomery County, Md. They're going to earn school credit for skipping school and protesting enforcement of our immigration laws (via WaPo): The Montgomery County schools' decision to grant students community service credit for attending Monday's immigration rights protest is raising concern among some parents as well as activists who say officials should focus on education, not political advocacy. Montgomery is...
  • Rockville, MD. - Racist, Sexist Police Union Web Site Postings Draw Ire

    03/23/2006 1:37:53 PM PST · by Idisarthur · 28 replies · 871+ views
    NBC 4 - Washington DC Metro ^ | UPDATED: 3:22 pm EST March 23, 2006 | NBC4
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Racist, sexist and disparaging comments on a Montgomery County police union Web site have some police officers calling on union and department officials to take steps to curb the name-calling. Some officers complain that the union has refused to require officers to identify themselves on the web site, a step they say would lead to more civil discussions. Commanders, meanwhile, could restrict access to the site from department computers.
  • Couple told to raze Chevy Chase home

    03/17/2006 11:22:04 AM PST · by JZelle · 218 replies · 6,443+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-17-06 | Tarron Lively
    A couple who bought and renovated an 82-year-old house in Chevy Chase must tear it down because Montgomery County officials erred in approving the project. Marianne and Marc Duffy said the oversight was pointed out by some high-powered neighbors who pressured the officials into rescinding approval, which will force the Duffys into bankruptcy and to demolish their $725,000 home in the 3700 block of Thornapple Street. "Our neighbors complained, then county officials informed us that they issued our building permits in error and that we'd have to seek a variance," Mrs. Duffy said. "This is after a county official testified...
  • Duncan backs state ban on military-style weapons (Md)

    03/13/2006 11:39:42 AM PST · by JZelle · 51 replies · 845+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-13-06 | Metro
    Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, testified in Annapolis last week in support of a state ban on military-style weapons. "I lived through what one of these weapons can do during the sniper shootings," Mr. Duncan said, referring to the shooting spree in October 2002 that killed 10 persons and terrorized the Washington area for three weeks. "We don't need these guns on the streets." The bill by Delegate Neil Quinter, Howard County Democrat, would replace the federal assault-weapon ban that expired in September 2004. It would outlaw the sale or possession of 19...
  • Panel awaits sex-ed course (Mont. Co. MD)

    12/20/2005 11:19:40 AM PST · by JZelle · 1 replies · 295+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-20-05 | Jon Ward
    The chairwoman of a new advisory committee on sex education for Montgomery County public schools said her panel will not hold substantive meetings until school officials devise a curriculum that can be reviewed. The schools "have said what our job is, and that is to advise. Once there is a curriculum, we can do that," said Carol Plotsky, medical staff president at Shady Grove Hospital and advisory committee chairwoman. Dr. Plotsky's 15-member panel was scheduled to meet last night. The school system plans to deliver a new curriculum to the committee in March. Last year, the previous 27-member committee created...
  • School Board's Pro-Homosexual Appointments Have Maryland Citizen Activists Concerned

    12/19/2005 5:23:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 669+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 12/19/05 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) - A Maryland school board is under fire for placing members of three pro-homosexual groups on its new Citizens Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development (CAC). Among the groups represented on the committee are the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and Teach the Facts, a homosexual advocacy group whose founder has close ties to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).Members of a conservative parents group called Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC) are criticizing the Montgomery County Public Schools ((MCPS) for the pro-homosexual appointments to its...
  • Matthews to run for lieutenant governor (Chris Matthews' brother)

    11/28/2005 2:09:25 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 27 replies · 1,202+ views ^ | 11/23/05 | MELISSA MILEWSKI
    Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman James Matthews, a Republican, is running for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. County GOP chairman Ken Davis confirmed that Matthews will announce his candidacy early next month. Davis said the party notified county Republican row officers, state officials, area leaders and municipal chairmen and women via letter that Matthews is running and that they were invited to come and support him at a press conference on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse on Dec. 7. Matthews acknowledged Tuesday that letters were sent out to Republicans but he did not wish to comment further. The Montgomery County Republican...
  • Board picks members of new sex-ed panel(Montgomery County, Md.)

    10/26/2005 12:03:51 PM PDT · by JZelle · 8 replies · 277+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-26-05 | Jon Ward
    The Montgomery County school board has assembled a panel of parents, students and representatives of special-interest groups that will help create a sex-education curriculum, but has not included a representative from a parents group that won a lawsuit blocking a previous sex course. Late Monday, the school board named 14 of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development's 15 members, leaving unfilled a seat for a representative of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC). School officials said the parents group did not nominate any representatives who had not served on the earlier panel. "That seat on the...
  • 'Ex-gays' study central to debate (Montgomery County, MD. cont.)

    09/27/2005 11:25:37 AM PDT · by JZelle · 22 replies · 857+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-27-05 | Jon Ward
    A 2003 study on whether homosexuals can change their sexual orientation has become a central issue in the Montgomery County sex-education debate. The study conducted by psychiatrist Robert L. Spitzer of Columbia University found that some homosexuals "can and do change." Interviewing 200 former homosexuals, Dr. Spitzer conducted the study in response to a request by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2000 to determine the risks and benefits of "reparative therapy." Reparative therapy is psychiatric or religious counseling that former homosexuals, or "ex-gays," say has helped them overcome "unwanted same-sex attraction." "There is evidence that change in sexual orientation...
  • Parents seeking tolerance of gays (Montgomery County, MD)

    09/26/2005 11:03:44 AM PDT · by JZelle · 44 replies · 856+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-26-05 | Jon Ward
    A Montgomery County parents group yesterday hosted a forum in Bethesda to promote teaching about and acceptance of homosexuality in public-school sex education. "It is critical for [Montgomery County public schools] to continue its tradition of promoting tolerance in a population as diverse as ours," said Christine Grewell, co-founder of (TTF). The group hosted an afternoon forum at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, which was attended by about 100 people. One speaker, David Fishback, said conservatives see the county's sex education debate as "the next Kansas," referring to the debate over evolution versus intelligent design. "We cannot let that happen...

    08/25/2005 10:23:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 609+ views
    Corridor Watch ^ | August 25, 2005 | Corridor Watch – IN THE NEWS (08.25.05) KCEN-TV CHANNEL 6 NBC AFFILIATE TO AIR TTC SPECIAL FRIDAY A locally produced special report, "The Road to Change," will air at 6:30pm Friday, August 26, 2005, immediately following the six o'clock news throughout Central Texas including Waco, Temple, and Killeen. The special will preempt the popular Wheel of Fortune and should attract a large Texas audience. co-founder David Stall and TxDOT Turnpike Authority Director Phillip Russell will discuss the TTC with KCEN-TV anchorwoman Kelley Barr. Also appearing in a segment of the special is Blackland Coalition President Chris Hammel. KCEN-TV has a...
  • Taxpayers also will feel Duncan's compassion (Montgomery County, MD. Illegal Alien Invasion)

    08/23/2005 12:21:38 PM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 814+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-23-05 | Tom Knott
    Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan is urging his part of the state to roll out a welcome mat to illegal aliens after returning from a fact-finding mission to El Salvador. Mr. Duncan thinks we must express compassion to those who enter our country illegally. He thinks we must be tolerant and enlightened, warm and hospitable. He sees the issue of illegal immigration as being incredibly complex and multilayered, and anyone who expects government officials to enforce the laws of our land is a small-minded Neanderthal incapable of grasping the nuances of it all. Mr. Duncan says we cannot send...
  • Urination bill a relief for some

    07/26/2005 11:22:45 AM PDT · by JZelle · 30 replies · 785+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-26-05 | Amy Doolittle
    Montgomery County officials, prompted by complaints from business owners and residents, is set to approve a bill that would make it illegal to answer nature's call in public. Montgomery County is the only area jurisdiction that does not have a law prohibiting public urination, but the council's Public Safety Committee yesterday unanimously recommended a bill to address the issue. Council President Tom Perez and County Executive Douglas M. Duncan sponsored Bill 1805 after a Wheaton public safety audit completed in November labeled public urination as a top health concern in the downtown area. Business owners and local officials said the...
  • Worried About Wegmans

    06/28/2005 3:07:59 PM PDT · by Angry Republican · 47 replies · 5,393+ views
    The Business Gazette ^ | June 11, 2004 | Steven T. Dennis and Catherine Dolinski
    Montgomery County residents are voting with their wheels, driving over the Potomac River and out past Dulles International Airport for -- a supermarket. Not just any supermarket, mind you. Shopping at the new Wegmans in Sterling, Va., may mean driving 20-plus miles across the American Legion Bridge. But the 130,000-square-foot store -- more than twice the size of a typical Giant Food -- has people flocking to its free while-you-shop baby-sitting, its deluxe sushi and hot food bars and its second-floor mezzanine, where there are couches, coffee and seating for 200. "We were just blown away," said Shelton Binstock of...
  • Part of Trans-Texas corridor may be in Montgomery County, TxDOT officials say

    06/01/2005 11:54:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 914+ views
    The ^ | June 1, 2005 | Howard Roden
    The Texas Department of Transportation is in the process of identifying preliminary routes for its proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor, some of which could be located in Montgomery County. According to Gaby Garcia, spokeswoman for TxDOT's Turnpike Authority Division, TxDOT will conduct approximately 38 public meetings this summer, at which time the proposed routes would be unveiled. A public meeting is tentatively scheduled in Montgomery County in August, she said, although the date and time have not yet been determined. The initial study areas of the I-69/TTC corridor, which is to extend from Mexico to northeast Texas, range from 20 to...
  • Sex-ed opponents part of movement to reclaim schools

    05/27/2005 10:38:50 AM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 525+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-27-05 | Jon Ward
    Parents who stopped a new sex-education curriculum in Montgomery County, Maryland are at the nexus of a national trend in parental activism in school matters. "Montgomery County has become a symbol for parental activism," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America. Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, said parents "are beginning to take matters into their own hands and are looking for ways to collaborate with other like-minded parents to protect their kids."
  • Sex-ed battles inspire Fairfax

    05/17/2005 11:06:46 AM PDT · by JZelle · 26 replies · 715+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-17-05 | Jon Ward
    Parents in Fairfax County are using a Montgomery County parents group as a model in their attempt to challenge the school system's sex-education curriculum. "Parents want to get together and move forward in an organized fashion," said Kathy Stohr, a Centreville mother of two. "I think there are people all over the county who have had concerns over the years and would like to come together and ... have a voice." The group will be focused on sex education -- an issue that prompted several parents in Montgomery County to form a nonprofit organization last year.
  • Due warning in a 'risky world'

    05/09/2005 11:31:34 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 716+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-9-05 | RUTH M. JACOBS, M.D.
    In the early 1990s during my infectious disease training program, I asked a homosexual HIV-infected patient if he told his sexual partners of his HIV infection. The patient solemnly told me "that it was a risky world." In a recent study more than 75 percent of HIV-positive individuals did not tell casual sex partners their HIV status. I have come to understand it is indeed a very risky world. As a physician, I warn of health risks. I believe Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) should do the same.
  • Veggie porn in school?

    05/09/2005 11:15:31 AM PDT · by JZelle · 61 replies · 1,981+ views
    The sex educators in Montgomery County, Md., have devised a film for 10th-graders that features a young lady putting a condom on a cucumber. You do wonder, when you read about these things, why they stop there. After all, if the assumption is kids are too stupid to know how to unroll a condom unless it is demonstrated for them, why would they be smart enough to know it goes on a penis and not on a vegetable? But guess what? They are indeed worried about that. Wendy Shalit, in a City Journal piece in 1998 described a New York...