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February 21, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Maryland’s Board of Public Works Approves Text 9-1-1 System

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a new technology Wednesday that would upgrade the technology in the state’s emergency systems network. The “Text to 9-1-1” program allows Marylanders to send a short text message, no more than 160 characters, to 9-1-1. “Anytime anyone finds themselves faced with an emergency when they are unable to […]

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February 21, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

MCPS Students Head to U.S. Capitol to Support Gun Control Legislation

Hundreds of Montgomery County Public School students gathered at Montgomery Blair High School to participate in a walkout to stand in solidarity against gun violence. Students traveled down Colesville Road to Silver Spring Metro Station to meet other students and community members to march at the U.S. Capitol to protest gun violence. #EdExpress No student […]

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February 21, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Bomb Threats Hit Churchill, Walter Johnson High Schools

Police responded to two bomb threats in high schools Wednesday morning — one at Churchill High School in Potomac and one at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. The Churchill bomb threat was called in at 7:15 a.m. and officials evacuated the school, Officer Rick Goodale said. After examined by bomb-sniffing dogs, school administrators allowed […]

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February 21, 2018 | Staff Writer

In Poll, Marylanders Call Opioid Addiction A Major Problem

A poll of Maryland residents showed an overwhelming majority saw opioids as a major problem and half know someone who is addicted. The results were in the Goucher Poll, a survey of 800 Maryland adults taken between Feb. 12 and 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. The Goucher […]

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February 20, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Candidate Baker Visits Montgomery to Talk Homelessness, Reveal Running Mate

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who is running for Maryland governor, visited the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless on Tuesday along with his new running mate, Elizabeth Embry. During the meeting, MCCH Executive Director Susie Sinclair-Smith described programs and the county’s efforts, with the support of businesses, to reduce homelesseness. After the meeting, […]

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February 20, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Police Investigate Threat Against Gaithersburg High

Police responded to a threat aimed at Gaithersburg High School on Tuesday, the latest in a string of threats aimed at Montgomery County Public Schools since a shooting at Florida high school last week. “It looks like rumor more than anything else,” said Officer Dan Lane of the Gaithersburg Police Department. He said Gaithersburg police […]

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February 20, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Albert Einstein High School Students Take on Fake News

A recent study published by researchers at Stanford University regarding young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet was summed up in one word: “bleak.” In other words, middle school, high school and college students were unable to identify reliable information sources and Standford researchers stated, “at present, we worry that democracy […]

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February 20, 2018 | Mitti Hicks and Douglas Tallman

MoCo Votes Blog: Gubernatorial Candidates Pick Running Mates

The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election is set for June 26, 2018, and it’s sure to be a historic election for Montgomery County. When voters go to the polls, they will will elect a governor, a state legislature, a county executive, a County Council, members of the school board and the House of Representatives, and much […]

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February 20, 2018 | Staff Writer

IRS Issues Scam Alert for Erroneous Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a scam that involves erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. One version of the scam, according to the IRS, involves criminals posing as debt collection agency officials on behalf of the IRS.  They contact taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and […]

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February 20, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan Remains Popular Governor in Goucher Poll

Gov. Larry Hogan remains a popular politician — a Republican in heavily Democratic Maryland. A statewide poll reported Hogan’s approval rating at 61 percent, the same figure the same poll reported in September. Hogan’s popularity, however, didn’t extend to President Donald Trump. The Goucher Poll, conducted by the Towson college, found 27 percent approved of […]

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