Articles by Maryam Shahzad

April 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘It’s Nothing!’: Gaithersburg Woman Receives Vaccine at Lakeforest Mall 

Gaithersburg resident Mariam Bah received her Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Lakeforest Mall on Friday. “It’s nothing!” Bah told MyMCM. Cross Community and MobileMed partnered to offer food distribution and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the mall. On Thursday, Cross Community ran a large-scale food distribution and offered on-the-spot appointment registration. Residents were invited to return […]

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April 8, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Complete Nonsense’: Hogan Responds to Audit Faulting Purchase of Test Kits From South Korean Company

After an audit found that 500,000 COVID-19 test kits that the state bought from the South Korean company LabGenomics were not purchased in accordance with state regulations, Gov. Larry Hogan scoffed at the report. “It was complete nonsense. I’m still very happy with the tremendous success of acquiring these test kits. It was probably one […]

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April 8, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Disturbed by Takoma Park Shooting: ‘You Can’t Shoot People for Property Crimes’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said he is very disturbed and concerned about Wednesday’s shooting in Takoma Park, in which police say an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer shot and killed two people he said he saw trying to break into a car. Takoma Park Police identified the deceased as Dominique Williams, 32, of […]

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April 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

5 Things to Know Today, April 7, In Montgomery County

Today is Wednesday, April 7, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Budget Public Hearings: The county council will hold a public hearing on County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed fiscal 2022 budget at 7 p.m. (register by 5 p.m.). See more information here. County Council to Hold Budget Public Hearings April 6-8 2. […]

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April 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Definition of School-to-Prison Pipeline’: Council Discusses Police Incident Involving Kindergartner

The outcome of an internal investigation into a 2020 incident, in which body camera footage shows two Montgomery County police officers screaming at and handcuffing a kindergartner who left his school, cannot be revealed due to state law, MCPD Chief Marcus Jones said during a council meeting. Council President Tom Hucker convened a discussion Tuesday […]

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April 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

D.C. Man Charged for 19 Commercial Burglaries in Bethesda, Police Say

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged a Washington, D.C. man with committing 19 commercial burglaries in downtown Bethesda, 18 of them occurring between January and March, a police press release said. MCPD charged Patrick Stanley Nichols, 56, of Connecticut Avenue in Northwest D.C. for 18 commercial burglaries between Jan. 4 and March 24, police […]

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April 5, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Starting Tuesday, Marylanders 16+ Are Eligible for Vaccine at Mass Vaccination Sites

Beginning Tuesday, all Marylanders ages 16+ will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at the state’s mass vaccination sites, Gov. Larry Hogan announced during a press conference Monday. Hogan said that by April 12, residents 16+ will be eligible through all vaccine providers in the state. He noted that those ages 16-17 can only be […]

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April 5, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Tuesday Will Be Virtual Learning Day for All MCPS Students 

Tuesday, the first day that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students resume classes post-spring break, will be a virtual instruction day for all students. The recommendation was made “given the concerns raised about the immediate return in the building following spring break, when we know that families, our community members, our staff may travel,” said […]

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April 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Defends Redfield After Coronavirus Origin Comments

Gov. Larry Hogan defended former Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield after Redfield said he believes the coronavirus most likely “escaped” from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. Redfield is a public health senior adviser to Maryland’s COVID-19 response team. “I am of the point of view that I still think the most […]

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April 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Goes Against All The Science’: Elrich Criticizes Hogan’s Response to Rising COVID-19 Metrics 

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich criticized Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday after Hogan said the state’s recent rise in COVID-19 metrics is not related to statewide reopenings. “We don’t think it had anything to do with reopenings,” Hogan told reporters during a press conference Thursday. Rather, it’s due to rapidly-spreading variant strains, he said. “Our indications […]

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