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September 2, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Crime Decreases as Takoma Park Police Change Arrest Focus

Total arrests in Takoma Park declined between the years 2015 through 2020 in part because police “moved away from focusing on low level non-public safety of life offenses and instead focused on addressing burglaries, robberies, auto thefts, thefts from autos, domestic violence etc.,” according to its newly-released report. There were 1,911 arrests made or citations […]

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August 19, 2021 | Michael Hernández

Census Data: Gaithersburg Now the 3rd Most Populous City in Maryland

The City of Gaithersburg is now the third largest city in Maryland with a population increase of 59,933 in 2010 to 69,657 in 2020, or 16%, according to recently released 2020 Census data. On August 12, the US Census Bureau released redistricting data to the states and the public through its website at a virtual […]

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May 25, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler Declares Run for Governor

Doug Gansler, former Maryland Attorney General and former State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, announced Tuesday that he is running for governor. He served as Attorney General from 2007-2015 and was Montgomery County’s State’s Attorney from 1999-2007. In a campaign launch video, Gansler described himself as a “progressive Democrat” and said Maryland is facing tremendous challenges. […]

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May 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Grants Posthumous Pardons for 34 Lynching Victims; 3 in Montgomery County 

Gov. Larry Hogan issued posthumous pardons for 34 victims of racial lynchings in Maryland, including three victims who were killed around the Montgomery County area. “My hope is that this action will, at least in some way, help to right these horrific wrongs. And perhaps to bring a measure of peace to the memories of […]

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January 15, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Former UMD Student Sentenced to Life for 2017 Murder of Bowie State Student

Sean Urbanski, the former University of Maryland student who was charged with fatally-stabbing Richard Collins III on-campus in 2017, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday with the possibility of parole. Urbanski, 25, could be considered for parole after he serves 15 years, The Washington Post reported. The governor would have to approve if […]

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October 29, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Assistant Police Chief Says Officers are Reluctant to Enforce Traffic Laws

Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Thomas Didone said racial concerns combined with a lack of concern for traffic safety have made officers reluctant to enforce traffic laws. “To be honest with you, the concerns about pretextual stops and concerns on racial profiling in the community, without the voice of Vision Zero, has them afraid to […]

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October 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Had Most Hate Bias Reports in State but Most Unverified

Montgomery County reported the most hate bias incidents in the state in 2019, however Prince George’s (PG) County had the most verified incidents. Montgomery County reported 108 incidents, which is 28.1% of the total 385 incidents reported in the state. However, the county also has the highest number of inconclusive or unfounded incidents, according to […]

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August 14, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Some Concerned Over Lack of Muslims on Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee

In November 2019, the Montgomery County Council passed a racial equity and social justice bill in hopes of helping combat institutional inequity.  The bill established the 15-member Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee. The committee was established to advise County Executive Marc Elrich, the council and county agencies about equity issues and make recommendations […]

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June 11, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

Racial Disparities Have ‘Real Life Consequences’

Councilmember Jawando got choked up at a Montgomery County Council meeting Tuesday after presentations about racial equity. He told the story of a friend’s death to gun violence over 20 years ago, and how he could connect the killing to the disparities described. “These things have real life consequences for many people,” he said, adding […]

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March 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Student Leaders at Richard Montgomery Meet Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Students involved in Richard Montgomery High School’s Jaguar Scholars Leadership Program see John Lewis as a rockstar. Because of history teacher Jerome Price, 25 freshmen leaders met with Rep. Lewis for about an hour and a half on Wednesday (they only expected to speak with him for a half hour!). What an honor! @MCPS Richard Montgomery […]

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