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  • Suspect in custody in shootings at mall, grocery store, high school

    05/06/2016 1:17:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2016 | Lynh Bui, Arelis R. Hernández and Peter Hermann
    Police in Montgomery County arrested a man Friday afternoon who is a suspect in the fatal shootings of a man at a mall in Bethesda and a woman at a grocery store in Aspen Hill, and is believed to have killed his estranged wife outside a Prince George’s County school on Thursday. The arrest of Eulalio Tordil, 62, a federal police officer, ended a manhunt that began Thursday and forced authorities to put Montgomery County schools, government buildings and retail establishments on lockdown. Three other people were wounded in the attacks. Police said Tordil was arrested after a brief pursuit...
  • Three People Shot at Westfield Montgomery Mall, One Dead in Second Shooting in Aspen Hill

    05/06/2016 10:29:19 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 62 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | 5/6/16 | Andrew Metcalf
    Police asking for help in search for man connected to Prince George's high school shooting Thursday; MCPS schools locked down............. UPDATE - 1:15 p.m. - Three people were shot at Westfield Montgomery Mall Friday morning and police are searching for the suspect involved. County schools and recreation centers have been locked down. A woman who was shot in a second shooting in Aspen Hill after the mall incident has died.
  • Obama Next Week Will Open The Largest American Mosque In The World Built (tr)

    03/26/2016 1:21:38 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 55 replies
    Shoebat ^ | Mar 25, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    America’s largest mosque complex, officially known as Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious foundation (Diyanet). The $100 million mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland, will soon be open for Muslim worshipers in the Washington, DC area
  • Prince George’s officer likely killed by friendly fire during chaotic gunbattle

    03/14/2016 6:35:45 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/14/2016 | Lynh Bui, Peter Hermann, Justin Jouvenal
    <p>Two of the brothers held in connection with the fatal shooting of a Prince George’s County officer on Sunday filmed the attack on a police station using their cell phones, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.</p>
  • Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple

    06/25/2015 4:03:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 25, 2015 | Michael Dresser
    Dashing Baltimore's hopes for an east-west light rail line, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will not build the $2.9 billion Red Line. "The current proposal makes no sense whatsoever," the governor told a State House news conference. But Hogan, making his first appearance since announcing Monday he has cancer, gave mass transit advocates a limited victory by giving the green light to construction of a slimmed-down version of the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs. During his campaign last year, Hogan had said the state could not afford either project. After he took office, however,...
  • [MD] Hogan Says State Will Move Forward with the Purple Line

    06/25/2015 3:11:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | 6/25/15 | Andrew Metcalf
    Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday the state will move forward with the Purple Line. The Republican governor made his decision after months of speculation about whether he’ll kill the $2.45 billion light-rail project. Hogan said the state will fund the project with $168 million, “a fraction” of the cost of what could have been up to a $700 million state investment. The governor said he will ask Montgomery County and Prince George's County to increase the size of their investments. “The Purple Line is a long-term investment and will be an important economic driver for Maryland,” Hogan said. “It will...
  • NAACP Leader Slams Obama’s Executive Amnesty: ‘Our Kids Have Dreams Too’ [VIDEO]

    03/10/2015 5:11:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 9, 2015 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    A local NAACP president spoke out against how illegal immigrants are using up public resources that would have otherwise gone to people of color in the country legally on "The Laura Ingraham Show" on Monday. Bob Ross, president of the Maryland Prince George’s County NAACP, was on the show to discuss his efforts to lobby against Prince George County’s efforts to create two high schools specifically for recent immigrants and dedicated to teaching students English. The local NAACP chapter is vocally against the proposal, with Ross calling it ”separate but equal.” (RELATED: NAACP Battles Latino Group Over Special Schools For...
  • Dump Truck [driver, not truck] Intentionally Hits 2 Pr. George’s County Cruisers

    01/08/2015 8:05:34 AM PST · by grundle · 13 replies
    CBS News Washington D.C. ^ | Janaury 7, 2015
    GLENARDEN, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A dump truck rammed into two Prince George’s County cruisers in Glenarden Wednesday, and police believe it was intentional. Police say the dump truck hit the two cruisers in the Woodmore Town Center parking lot near Route 202 and I-95. Preliminarily, police believe the dump truck intentionally hit the cruisers and the driver is in custody. No officers were in the cruisers at the time of the crash, and there are no reported injuries. Police say the driver likely faces first-degree assault and related charges.
  • Vanity: CPAC pumping money into Prince George's Co., Maryland...

    03/09/2014 11:58:44 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 42 replies
    Personal Observation: For the second consecutive year, CPAC has held its annual conference at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, about 5-7 miles away from the U.S. Capitol. Oxon Hill is in Prince George's County, Maryland -- which is heavily Democrat and majority black in residents. CPAC attendees, legislators, staff, radio & TV personalities & their staff have been at National Harbor spending their money there for the past few days at restaurants, bars, pharmacies, gift shops, etc. Is the mainstream media going to report on how "mean, racist, bigot & homophobe Republicans and conservatives" are spending money in...
  • Mailman, 26, shot dead while making his rounds(Prince George's County, Maryland)

    12/03/2013 5:59:22 PM PST · by Route797 · 40 replies
    Daily Mail from AP ^ | 11-24-2013 | Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press
    A postal worker has been shot and killed while delivering mail in Prince George's County, Maryland, on Saturday evening. Police have identified the victim as 26-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette of Upper Marlboro. Authorities are still trying to identify suspects and a motive in the case. Officers were called to Reed Street in Cheverly-Landover just after 7.20pm on Saturday and found Barnette suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • 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...
  • P.G. key in votes on Maryland ballot questions

    11/06/2012 4:19:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2012 | David Hill
    Prince George’s County voters could tip the balance in Maryland’s two most closely contested ballot initiatives on Election Day. Polls have shown that Maryland voters are closely divided on referendums to expand gambling and legalize same-sex marriage, and Prince George’s residents have been courted heavily in both campaigns. The county’s voters have unofficial veto power over part of the gambling initiative that would allow a Prince George’s casino, and its abundance of religious, socially conservative black Democrats are widely seen as a pivotal demographic in the marriage battle. “This is a really important election for us,” said Pat Myers, an...
  • In Prince George’s, cameras to monitor speed cameras. Really.

    09/13/2012 2:43:56 PM PDT · by Woodsman27 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Michael S. Rosenwald
    "WTOP’S Ari Ashe is reporting that Prince George’s County is mounting cameras to monitor its traffic cameras. This comes following a half dozen incidents of vandalism and general meanness toward the cameras in the county." "A camera was actually shot with a gun. Another was set on fire. Those attacks mark a step up in looniness from a man who allegedly fired glass marbles at a Howard County traffic camera earlier this summer."
  • Girl’s violent death stuns P.G. neighbors

    08/24/2012 9:07:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A 17-year-old Prince George’s County honor student who aspired to attend Harvard University was killed in her bedroom after a gunman burst into her house, police said Thursday — a crime considered unthinkable to residents who remembered the girl for her ambition and intellect. The shooting occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday inside a split-level home on a quiet street of single-family houses in the Kettering neighborhood. Detectives are investigating a report that the gunman came through the front door, made his way into the house in the 100 block of Chartsey Street and shot Amber Deanna Stanley. Other family...
  • Maryland gambling expansion passes General Assembly

    08/17/2012 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday night to expand gambling in the state, setting up a November referendum that will determine the proposal’s ultimate fate. After six hours of passionate debate, the House voted 71-58 in favor of the bill, which would allow table games at the state’s slots casinos and at a sixth gambling facility to be built in Prince George’s County if voted into law. The Senate approved the House amendments to the bill shortly after midnight, finalizing the legislation and wrapping up a four-day special session. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, is expected to sign...
  • Md. Senate approves gambling, pit bull bills

    08/12/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Senate voted Friday to approve a gambling expansion bill, sending the legislation to the House where floor debate is expected to begin Monday. The Senate voted 28-14 in favor of the bill, which would legalize table games at the state’s slots casinos and allow a new casino to be built in Prince George’s County, pending approval in a November referendum.
  • P.G. council member Toles to welcome new Chick-fil-A

    08/09/2012 9:15:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    The decision whether to eat at Chick-fil-A has become a hot-button issue since the fast food company’s president opened up about his support for traditional marriage, but one local politician says she’s not making a political statement by welcoming the company with open arms. Prince George's County Council member Karen R. Toles, a Democrat, said she’s attending the opening of a Chick-fil-A in District Heights on Thursday to celebrate the economic development in her community. “When you have someone who hires over 100 people from your county alone, that is something to celebrate,” Ms. Toles said. Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy...
  • Maryland special session will address gambling questions

    07/30/2012 9:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    Maryland legislators will be cutting their summer vacations short after Gov. Martin O'Malley announced a special session for Aug. 9 to address gambling questions left unanswered in the spring. But after Mr. O'Malley repeatedly urged state leaders to “put the issues behind us so we can move forward,” some people are wondering whether the decision was a risky bluff. It’s the second special session this summer — Mr. O'Malley called the first one in mid-May to wrap up the budget — and the issues of table game expansion at Maryland’s existing casinos and adding a sixth casino in Prince George’s...
  • O’Malley calls August session to mull casino, table games in Maryland

    07/27/2012 8:43:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2012 | Emily Hatton
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will call a special session of the General Assembly between Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 to discuss a sixth casino and allowing table games in the state. Delegate Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat who chairs the subcommittee that deals with gambling, confirmed Mr. O'Malley’s plans Thursday. Mr. O'Malley, flanked by Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. will formally announce the session in Annapolis Friday morning. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, is the only person with the power to call a special session in Maryland. On Wednesday, Mr. Busch,...
  • Metro: Heat likely the cause of train derailment

    07/08/2012 7:02:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Matthew Cella
    Metro officials on Saturday said excessive heat was the probable cause for a train derailment Friday in Prince George’s County. Investigators said a “heat kink” due to extreme high temperatures and direct exposure to sunlight likely caused the rails to expand, resulting in the derailment. The derailment was reported on the inbound stretch of the Green Line near the West Hyattsville Station around 4:45 p.m.
  • Metro Green Line reopened with likely delays

    07/08/2012 7:15:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    High temperatures caused a “heat kink” along a stretch of Metrorail track, officials said, closing a portion of Green Line service throughout the weekend and likely impacting the Monday morning rush hour. Service between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza was suspended Saturday and Sunday while crews repaired the 1,000-foot section of track bent out of shape because of the hot weather. Metro officials announced Sunday night that service had restarted between the two stations, but trains were single-tracking.
  • Lawmakers told Maryland can support 6th casino

    06/13/2012 8:13:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 12, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland can support a sixth casino and adding table games would more than make up for the revenue that competing casino operators could lose, representatives from a consulting firm told state lawmakers Tuesday. Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the state’s Department of Legislative Services presented a report Tuesday to the state’s Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion - a panel of legislators and executive-branch officials charged with deciding whether the General Assembly should hold a special session next month to consider a bill legalizing table games and adding a casino In Prince George’s County. Opponents have argued that adding...
  • Md. officials await findings on impact of more gambling

    06/11/2012 4:10:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2012 | David Hill
    A consulting firm will present its findings Tuesday on the potential impact of expanded gambling in Maryland as lawmakers continue to discuss possible legislation to add table games and a sixth casino in the state. Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers are expected to testify at the second meeting of the state’s Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion, a panel of lawmakers and executive-branch officials charged with deciding whether the General Assembly should pursue a gambling expansion bill at an expected special session next month. State officials say the panel’s recommendation will be largely based on the firm’s findings. Lawmakers have said the...
  • Maryland Assembly may take bite out of ruling on pit bulls

    06/05/2012 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | David Hill
    The Maryland General Assembly could consider legislation that would soften the impact of an April court ruling classifying pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” in the latest of several recent cases that have highlighted the checks and balances between the state’s legislative and judicial branches. A panel of Maryland lawmakers will meet later this month to study the possible effects of a state Court of Appeals decision that makes owners of pit bulls or pit-bull mixes liable if their dog attacks another person, even if the dog had no prior history of dangerous behavior. The assembly is expected to hold a...
  • Will Maryland do another tax hike in 2013?

    05/18/2012 8:40:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2012 | David Hill
    After voting this week to raise income tax rates on the state’s highest earners, Maryland lawmakers aren’t ruling out more tax increases next year. The General Assembly passed legislation that will raise taxes on the top 14 percent of earners in an effort to balance the state’s $35.5 billion budget and cut half of Maryland’s $1 billion structural deficit, which measures expected revenue shortfalls in the future. Lawmakers could look to eliminate the remaining $500 million deficit over the next year by methods such as expanding gambling in the state, cutting spending or passing a long-debated tax increase to fund...
  • Maryland GOP gives voters the last word

    05/08/2012 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | David Hill
    When Marylanders go to the polls in November, the most interesting races might not involve political candidates. The state’s voters will elect eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. senator, and will help choose a president, but an unprecedented slate of ballot initiatives is expected to set the state’s course on social issues, including same-sex marriage and illegal immigration, and potentially on gambling and congressional redistricting. This will be the first time in 20 years that a voter-petitioned referendum makes the state’s ballot, and as many as three could appear. All were initiated by Republicans who...
  • Progress made on Maryland revenue package

    05/03/2012 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly likely will return May 14 for a two- or three-day special session on a revenue package including income-tax increases and a shift of state-paid teacher-pension costs onto counties, state officials said Wednesday. Democratic leaders say the extra revenues are needed to bolster the state’s $35.4 billion spending plan and undo more than $500 million in cuts that went into effect when last-minute bickering caused the assembly to adjourn April 9 without passing two key revenue bills. The House and Senate still have slightly differing proposals to raise taxes, but leaders said they are making progress...
  • Maryland Court Rules Pit Bull Dogs Are "Inherently Dangerous"

    05/03/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 151 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | David Nelson and
    A new ruling makes it easier for anyone attacked by a pit bull or pit bull mix in Maryland to take legal action against the dog's owner. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner. The Maryland SPCA, which arranges adoptions for dogs that need homes, currently has three pit bulls under its care: a five-month-old Brutus is scheduled to be adopted this week,...
  • Maryland special session goals conflict

    04/26/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | David Hill
    With the Maryland General Assembly looking toward two possible special sessions this year, some lawmakers are calling for an expanded agenda to address long-term transportation funding. Gov. Martin O'Malley and House leaders have made clear that they want to devote a May special session exclusively to passing new revenue and income-tax increases to supplement a $35.4-billion budget that currently includes more than $500 million in cuts because of the assembly’s failure to pass a revenue package during the regular session. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said Tuesday that is his only priority for a May special session. Other proposals would have...
  • O’Malley pushes two sessions on Maryland revenue, gambling issues

    04/25/2012 8:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 20112 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley emerged Tuesday from a much-anticipated meeting with the state’s two leading lawmakers and revealed that he is not only leaning toward calling a special session, but he might even call two of them. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said he hopes to bring the General Assembly back into session by mid-May so legislators can pass a set of tax and revenue increases to erase $512 million in cuts that were put into place when the assembly adjourned April 9. The governor said he wants to focus strictly on finances and hold off on debating a gambling...
  • Miller pushes for a broader tax increase in Maryland budget talks

    04/24/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. is pushing for broader income-tax increases and a last-ditch attempt at expanding gambling as lawmakers look toward a possible special session, but the House appears reluctant to embrace either proposal. Mr. Miller will meet Tuesday with Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to discuss the scope of a potential special session, during which the General Assembly likely would pass several tax and revenue increases to cancel out $512 million in cuts resulting from their failure to pass the increases at the regular session’s close. Mr. Miller is waging...
  • Budget compromise near, Md. legislators say

    04/14/2012 1:13:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday he wants to call a special session for lawmakers to raise taxes and reverse $500 million in planned budget cuts but is waiting on House and Senate leaders to meet beforehand and work out a unified plan. During a day in which he conducted several radio and television interviews, the Democratic governor said he would call legislators back to Annapolis “a half-hour from now” but needs assurances that a special session will not include the bickering and gamesmanship that caused a revenue package to fall through Monday on the General Assembly’s last day, triggering...
  • Maryland House, Senate adjourn without revenue plan

    04/10/2012 9:02:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly adjourned Monday night after a chaotic closing session in which members failed to pass a set of proposed tax increases or a bill to expand gambling in the state. Lawmakers passed a balanced budget and hoped to pass accompanying bills raising income taxes and shifting teacher-pension costs onto counties, but they ran out of time before the assembly’s required midnight adjournment. The House attempted to extend the session by passing a resolution shortly before midnight, but the Senate did not address the measure in time. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said he was...
  • O'Malley may try for sales tax increase to fund roads, transit

    04/05/2012 5:08:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 3, 2012 | Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey
    Gov. Martin O'Malley says he still hopes to convince the legislature to raise money for highway and transit projects — possibly by adding another penny to Maryland's six-percent sales tax and dedicating the extra revenue to transportation. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, O'Malley conceded that his initial proposal to apply the sales tax to gasoline is dead in the General Assembly. But he said an alternative would be a delayed implementation of that proposal, with the sales tax not being applied until gas prices fell to a certain level. A second option, he said, would be to raise...
  • Maryland bills still to be settled: Budget, wind, casinos

    04/03/2012 9:35:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — With just a week left in the 2012 General Assembly session, lawmakers have hundreds of bills left to consider. But only a handful of proposals will get most of their attention. The House and Senate still must approve a joint version of the state budget, which they are required to do before adjourning Monday. Legislators also will consider bills that would implement offshore-wind energy and set up a referendum on whether to allow table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County. A conference committee of House and Senate representatives got to work Monday on hashing out...
  • Prince George’s Del. Alston indicted on theft charges

    09/23/2011 3:17:08 PM PDT · by freespirited · 12 replies
    WaPo ^ | 09/23/11 | Aaron Davis
    A state lawmaker who was a central figure this year in the drama over whether Maryland would approve same-sex marriage was charged Friday with stealing campaign funds to pay for her wedding. Charges brought by the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor allege that Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George’s) spent thousands of dollars of campaign contributions to pay for wedding expenses and for the salary of an employee in her law firm. In several instances, Alston wrote herself checks from the account of “Friends of Tiffany Alston” and then cashed the checks for personal use, according to the prosecutor’s...
  • Leslie Johnson resigns P.G. council seat

    07/05/2011 9:35:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    AP ^ | July 5, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leslie E. Johnson resigned Tuesday from the Prince George's County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.
  • Johnson pleads guilty to public corruption charges

    05/18/2011 5:14:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2011 | Andrea Noble
    Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two felony charges involving thousands of dollars in bribes he solicited as part of a “pay-to-play” culture federal authorities say he fostered throughout his two terms in office. Johnson, who led Prince George’s from 2002 to December and was the county’s top prosecutor for eight years before that, entered his guilty plea in federal court in Greenbelt on charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering. As part of the plea, he admitted accepting a $100,000 check from a county developer in exchange for securing federal funding...
  • Prince George's schools sued for discrimination (black on white, public school union alert)

    11/24/2010 5:05:17 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-11-23 | Michael Burnbaum
    A group of current and former Prince George's County school employees has filed a lawsuit against the school system, alleging that a principal engaged in systematic discrimination against white teachers and the African American teachers and staffers who came to their defense. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Monday, alleges that Angelique Simpson Marcus, the principal of Largo High School, has targeted white teachers because of their race, and the African American teachers and employees who stood up for them, since she became principal in 2007. The lawsuit alleges a pattern of name-calling, derogatory language and...
  • Jack Johnson, Prince George's county executive,..his wife, Leslie, arrested (toilet,bra)

    11/13/2010 10:07:02 AM PST · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-13-10 | Paul Schwartzman, Ruben Castaneda, Cheryl W. Thompson
    *snip* "Don't answer it," the county executive said, unaware that more agents were listening in. Johnson ordered his wife to find and destroy a $100,000 check from a real estate developer that was hidden in a box of liquor. "Do you want me to put it down the toilet?" Leslie Johnson asked. "Yes, flush that," the county executive said. But what about the cash? she asked - $79,600. Put it in your underwear, the county executive told his wife. She replied, "I have it in my bra" - which is where agents discovered the money after she answered the door.
  • Jack Johnson, Prince George's county executive, wife, Leslie, arrested ($79K stuffed in bra)

    11/13/2010 7:48:31 AM PST · by Liz · 87 replies ^ | Saturday, November 13, 2010 | Paul Schwartzman, Ruben Castaneda and Cheryl W. Thompson, Washington Post Staff Writers
    <p>Jack B. Johnson, and wife, Leslie, were arrested Nov. 12 as federal investigators served search warrants at the County Administration Building. Each was charged with evidence tempering and destroying evidence. Just after 10:12 am Friday, Leslie Johnson frantically phoned her husband. Two FBI agents were at the front door of their two-story brick colonial in Mitchellville. "Don't answer it," the county executive said, unaware that FBI agents were listening in. Johnson ordered her to destroy a $100,000 check from a real estate developer hidden in a box of liquor. "Flush that," he said. And the cash? "Put it in your underwear." She replied, "I have it in my bra" - which is where agents discovered the money after she answered the door.</p>
  • P.G. County Executive Jack Johnson, Wife Arrested in FBI Sting (80K cash stuffed in her bra)

    11/12/2010 4:26:42 PM PST · by kristinn · 62 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 12, 2010 | Jim McElhatton
    Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, arrested in a corruption probe Friday, told his wife to hide tens of thousands of dollars in her underwear as federal agents arrived at his house to search for illegal payoffs from a developer, federal prosecutors have charged. Caught in an FBI sting taking a $15,000 payment from an unnamed developer Friday, Mr. Johnson later told his wife by telephone not to answer the door when two FBI agents came to their home, authorities said. The county executive, a Democrat who was previously the county's top prosecutor, then told his wife, Leslie Johnson, to...
  • Prince George's County (Maryland) Executive Jack B. Johnson arrested [NAME THAT PARTY ALERT]

    11/12/2010 1:57:13 PM PST · by freespirited · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Wapo ^ | 11/12/10 | Ruben Castaneda and Avis Thomas-Lester
    Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson was arrested at his home Friday morning by federal law enforcement agents, and he is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on federal charges later Friday afternoon. Johnson and his wife, Leslie E. Johnson, were taken away in handcuffs shortly before 1 p.m. Johnson, wearing a camel-colored suit and white shirt, did not address reporters' questions. Johnson, who is coming to the end of his term next month, is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Their appearances are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The charges will be unsealed...
  • Census Shows Incomes Rising, Marriages Declining for Blacks in Prince George’s

    08/02/2010 9:03:49 AM PDT · by Senator Goldwater · 18 replies · 5+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2010 | Carol Morello and Ovetta Wiggins
    Kris Marsh's household doesn't have two incomes. But in Prince George's County, she is increasingly becoming the face of the black middle class. Marsh, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, moved to Bowie last year from Los Angeles, determined to live in a place she had always heard was the promised land for educated, successful African Americans. She bought a large, single-family house in a development where many of her neighbors are also single women. Prince George's residents personify many demographic and socioeconomic trends playing out among African Americans on a national level. In 2008, about half of the...
  • Pr. George's leader wants to curb county's fast-food eaterie

    01/26/2010 10:14:19 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 30 replies · 803+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2010 | Ovetta Wiggins
    Travel along a two-block stretch of Central Avenue in Prince George's County, and you'll find a staggering 11 fast-food restaurants. For community activist Arthur Turner and state Sen. David C. Harrington (D-Prince George's), the strip is evidence of the proliferation of burger joints and Chinese takeouts in the county, especially in poorer, inner Capital Beltway communities. Pointing to studies that rank Prince George's residents among the least healthy in Maryland, Turner and Harrington want to limit new fast-food restaurants in the county, a far stricter approach than what has been enacted in such places as New York City and Montgomery...
  • Homicide totals in 2009 plummet in District, Prince George's

    01/18/2010 6:37:17 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Washington POst ^ | 1/1/10 | Allison Klein
    The District and Prince George's County, long considered the region's most violent jurisdictions, logged their lowest homicide totals in years in 2009, with D.C. hitting a 45-year -low. The number of slayings last year in the District, once known as the murder capital of the United States, was 140, a 25 percent drop from 2008. Prince George's recorded 100 killings, the county's lowest in nine years. Montgomery and Fairfax counties also had significant decreases in homicides in 2009. But the drop in the District was unprecedented and significant for its size and its scope: Every police district in the city...
  • Take a look at Hasan's old mosque

    11/07/2009 3:56:01 PM PST · by opentalk · 24 replies · 1,523+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2009 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    What interpretation of Islam influ enced Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? As often before, the trail leads to the official sect of Saudi Arabia -- known as Wahhabism to most of us of who denounce it. Confronting the role of radical Islam here is not Islamophobic, but common sense -- and the first response moderate Muslims themselves will have. Hasan, though born in America, refused to have his picture taken with women -- an attitude distinct to fundamentalist radicalism among Muslims. The Prophet Mohammed cautioned his followers that when they go to live in non-Muslim lands they must accept the laws...
  • Blacks vying for all-white Md. council (Greenbelt, PG County, MD)

    10/30/2009 3:17:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 965+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/30/2009 | Jeffrey Anderson
    Greenbelt, a city that prides itself on its heritage as a New Deal-era social experiment, is finding its commitment to inclusiveness tested as two black candidates contend for seats on its all-white City Council in Tuesday's elections. Until this year, only two blacks had ever run for the council and none had been elected, even though blacks account for nearly half the 21,000 residents of the 6-square-mile city just outside the Capital Beltway, according to the most recent census estimates. Asians and Hispanics make up 20 percent. The disparity has caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union and...
  • Prince George's Furloughs Violated U.S. Constitution, Judge Rules (Maryland)

    08/21/2009 10:34:42 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 27 replies · 1,153+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jonathan Mummolo and Maria Glod
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Prince George's County violated the U.S. Constitution when it furloughed 5,900 workers in the last fiscal year, a decision that could force the county to repay millions in wages in the midst of a crippling economic downturn. The ruling, which the county plans to appeal, has the potential to upend a key Prince George's strategy for combating deficits. A county spokesman said in a statement that the decision would result in "massive layoffs" if it stands. "As a result of this [economic] crisis, the county made a difficult decision to furlough its employees for...
  • No angry mobs, but tough questions at Maryland town hall (PG county against it??)

    08/09/2009 8:36:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies · 1,711+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/7/2009 | Peter Hamby
    There were no angry mobs or Nazi SS symbols at a health care town hall in Maryland’s heavily Democratic 4th Congressional district on Thursday night, but the member of Congress in the spotlight did face some tough questioning from small but vocal crew of administration critics in the audience. (snip) Mark King of Germantown — who warned that the President is implementing socialist policies — compared himself and other administration critics to those who rallied against King George during the American Revolution. “If we just reflect a little bit, this is how the country got started — people came to...