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March 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Top 10 Stories for March 17-23

Talk about a sad week for the news. Stories about Rockville High School — the rape allegations and their aftermath — dominated our web traffic reports. But the week also saw the horrific explosion of a home and the owner’s death.   Callers Threaten Rockville High UPDATED: Montgomery School Board Raises New Objection to Labor Day […]

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March 23, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Young Harry’s Greenbelt Editorials

In this glimpse of Harry’s life, he was volunteer editor of his city newspaper, for 10-12 years in the 1950s and ’60s. Named the Cooperator in 1937, Greenbelt, MD, residents changed its name to the News Review in 1954. After reading several editions he had saved in old boxes, I skimmed the online archives and […]

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March 23, 2017 | Staff Writer

Man Charged with Burglary, Theft of Jewelry from Sears

A 34-year-old Silver Spring man faces commercial burglary and theft charges after he stayed inside a Sears store past closing and tried to steal $830,000 worth of jewelry, Montgomery County police said in a statement. Daniel E. Grant of the 3400 block of Robey Terrace in Silver Spring is being held in lieu of bail, police said. About 11:30 […]

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March 23, 2017 | Staff Writer

Silver Spring Biotech Receives State Award

United Therapeutics Corp. received the Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Montgomery County. Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the award Wednesday. In a statement, Franchot heralded United Therapeutics chairman and CEO Martine Rothblatt for creating hundreds of jobs and saving the lives of thousands of people. The award recognizes the private and nonprofit innovation […]

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March 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery County Residents, Businesses Named to Tax Scofflaw List

Of the 25 individuals and 25 businesses listed in Maryland Comptroller’s 2017 list of tax scofflaws, Montgomery County is well represented. The No. 1 tax scofflaw is a Montgomery Village resident. The county also has four other individuals and a couple who have unpaid tax liabilities. The No. 4 business is in Derwood, and three […]

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March 20, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Fossil Fuel Divestment Measure to be Amended, Berliner Says

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said Monday he would propose changes to legislation he is supporting that would force county retirement funds to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. Berliner first proposed the legislation in October. Since then, a Leggett administration analysis claims the funds could lose as much as $27 million a […]

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March 17, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

School Board to Ask State Athletic Officials to Change Head Covering Rules

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously on Friday to submit a letter to the  Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations to change a rule that prevented a Watkins Mill High School student from playing in a regional basketball game because of her Muslim head […]

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March 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Police Probe Link Between Montgomery, Fairfax Gun Store Burglaries

Montgomery County police are wondering whether a Monday gun store burglary in Chantilly, Va., could be linked to a March 9 burglary at a Rockville gun store, police said. “We are exploring the possibility that these burglaries are related,” Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a county police spokesman, said Thursday. Thieves took 35 firearms from 50 West […]

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March 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Calls Leggett Budget ‘A Solid Template’ (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council members Tuesday called County Executive Ike Leggett’s proposed budget a good start. They said they were sure the spending plan would go through changes as it passes through council committees before its adoption. “It’s a solid template that we will modify as we do, but it’s a good starting point for our […]

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March 1, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Bagels Not Bombs Rally Held in Rockville After Threats Made to Jewish Day School

In response to a recent bomb threat made to the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, residents gathered in Rockville early Wednesday for a rally called, “Bagels not Bombs.” Esther Schrader, who helped organize the event, said residents are concerned about the recent spike in threats being made towards Jewish community centers across the country. “I […]

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