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Maryland County Considers Banning Bad Grades

3 Written by: | Friday, Jun 17, 2016 9:40am

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Prince George’s County is considering enacting a policy that would make it so high school students never get a grade below 50 percent, among other changes that are aimed at addressing inequity among students. Read More →

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Maryland School District Ditches Final Exams

1 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 9:19am

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Starting this year, high school students in Montgomery County have it a little bit easier: That school district, the largest in the state, has voted to eliminate year-end final exams in high school, the Washington Post reports. Read More →

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Did a Scientist Make Meth at a Maryland Government Lab?

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 9:45am

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On Saturday, there was an explosion in a lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Montgomery County, which injured a security officer. But in a lab where lots of chemicals are handled, that sort of thing must be par for the course, right? Not exactly, it turns out. Read More →

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Free Range Parents Cleared of One Neglect Charge

1 Written by: | Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:09am

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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, the Maryland parents who got in trouble with Child Protective Services for letting their young children make the one mile walk from school to home alone, have been cleared of a charge of neglect. But that doesn’t mean their legal troubles are over. Read More →

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That Time a Supreme Court Justice Had Jury Duty in Maryland

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 20, 2015 9:16am

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Last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts showed up in a Maryland courtroom… but not necessarily in the capacity you might expect. Read More →

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Kids of “Free Range Parents” Taken into Custody–Again

5 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 9:35am

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Back in January, a Montgomery County couple came under investigation by Child Protection Services for letting their kids make the one-mile walk home from school without adult supervision. Yesterday, the Meitiv family and CPS intensified, as the family’s two children were taken into custody (and then returned). Read More →

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Maryland Parents Investigated for Letting Children Walk Alone

2 Written by: | Friday, Jan 16, 2015 9:29am

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Montgomery County Child Protective Services visited the Meitiv family home in Silver Spring a few days before Christmas. They were worried about the family’s two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. The problem? The children had been seen walking home from the park unaccompanied by an adult. Read More →

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Mountain Searched for Maryland’s Long-Missing Lyon Sisters

0 Written by: | Monday, Jan 12, 2015 4:06pm

montgomsistersOne day in 1975, Katherine and Sheila Lyon vanished after going to a Kensington shopping mall. The girls were 10 and 12 years old, respectively. Authorities announced two persons of interest in the case just last year. Now, they’re looking to dig into a Virginia mountain in hopes of finding the girls’ remains. Read More →

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Montgomery County Effectively Decriminalizes Marijuana

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 11:02am

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Today marks the first day that marijuana is decriminalized in Baltimore, but don’t just go smoking a joint in the middle of the street–unless you’re in Montgomery County, that is.

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Purple Line Could Be Jeopardized by Bill Demanding Holocaust Reparations

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 10:06am

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What do you do when a French rail company that transported 76,000 Holocaust victims to concentration camp — and has never paid reparations — bids on a $6 billion contract to operate Maryland’s light rail Purple Line? Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery) sponsored a bill that would force Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF), the majority owner of Keolis North America, to pay reparations before being considered for the contract.

Unfortunately, that bill could violate the Federal Transit Administration’s rule “against imposing conditions on a single bidder.” That means federal funding for the project (up to $900 million) could be lost. Read More →

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