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Bush is the Maryland reporter for WAMU. He can be found most of the time on the job in Annapolis, Rockville, or Upper Marlboro covering state and county governments. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh


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For other large events in the D.C. region, Metrorail is usually the preferred option for attendees because of its convenience. But next week, that may not be the case. In addition, taking Metro will actually cost you more.Metro fares will be the same, but if you take the train you also have to pay for a shuttle bus to the golf course. Reservations must be made for the ...
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The state Board of Elections says it has validated the more than 18,000 signatures opponents needed to collect by May 31's deadline to force a referendum in 2012. But they still have a ways to go, before they reach nearly 56,000 signatures by the end of June.Opponents not only want to get the matter before voters, but also delay the bill from going into effect in 2011. The chie...
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The former top golfer in the world and the sport's premier drawing card has been battling left leg injuries, and says on his website he will not be healthy enough to play next week.Woods won his own tournament at Congressional two years ago, and tied for 19th the last time the U.S. Open was played there in 1997. This will be the first time Woods will miss the U.S. Open, the sec...
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Just a small portion of the massive Marcellus Shale rock formation lies within Maryland, in the western part of the state. It contains large reserves of untapped natural gas, and companies have tried to extract it using a controversial drilling technique called fracking.During fracking, a fluid is poured into rock to break it up, allowing the natural gas to be extracted. Oppone...
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Ali Ahmed Mohammed allegedly tossed a brick through a window of the club, starting the altercation.The D.C. medical examiner's office originally ruled the death a homicide. The club's owner and four employees were initially charged with murder. Those charges were later reduced to aggravated assault and eventually dismissed w...
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Isaiah Harris was found shot on New Jersey Avenue Northwest. He is the youngest murder victim in D.C. this year. Police have arrested 26-year-old Eugene Kelly of Northeast for the killing.A second teen was also injured in the shooting, but survived.A vigil for Harris will be held Thursday evening at the Garnett Patterson Middle School, where he was an eighth-grade studen...
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In the past decade, the number of people ages 45 to 64 in the county grew 28 percent, according to the 2010 census.Rollin Stanley, director of the county's planning department, says: "We expect about 85,000 new seniors in the next 20 years. That's a 73 percent increase."The housing market may feel that increase most, because many of those about to retire and become senio...
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The impacts of both increases may end up being felt the most on the housing market. Rollin Stanley, the director of Montgomery County's planning department, says both populations will want similar housing over the next decade, though for different reasons."It should be telling the marketplace -- in places like White Flint, Silver Spring and Wheaton -- that there is a market pot...
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At the start of next year, New Jersey will no longer take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) after Republican Gov. Chris Christie called it a failure, saying it does nothing more than tax electricity and citizens.That brought an immediate response from one of his political rivals, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) who said the program has led to a drop in car...
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The title of Environment Maryland's report on the state's efforts regarding climate change is called "Too Little, But Not Too Late," a sentiment that Tommy Landers of the group says perfectly fits."W...
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County leaders broke ground Tuesday on an annex to the county court building, located in downtown Rockville. The annex will house 10 new courtrooms, in addition to administrative space and an underground parking garage. It is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.The amount of cases seen in the county overwhelms the current courthouse, which has 17 courtrooms....
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Council members in Montgomery County will officially pass a budget that will have many implications for county residents, including commuters.Parking rates at parking meters will be rising by 10 cents per hour in both Bethesda and Silver Spring. The plan also raises the cost of a monthly parking pass in a municipal garage in Bethesda from $120 to $140, and in Silver Spring from...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill this week giving the state's horse racing tracks much needed revenue through 2013. The money comes from slot machine casinos, and will allow the tracks to run normal racing schedules. O'Malley says with two of the five casinos allowed in the state open, the need for such stopgaps may soon end."Get out of the annual melodrama, and get into a ...
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This week, O'Malley signed a bill that directs money from slot machine casinos to race tracks in the state, allowing them to run their normal racing schedules. And while he's happy it was done, O'Malley says it's not the final answer."Seems like every year we step up in order to secure racing for another year. I'm looking forward to that day that we step up and secure racing ...
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Cutting school funding gained more and more traction as the deadline approached for the Montgomery County Council to approve the 2012 budget, which cuts a total of $300 million dollars from the current year's plan.Many of the school cuts will affect the benefit packages for employees, who previously were excluded from similar cuts that other county workers were facing. County E...
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Because of state law, cutting the school budget is difficult, but council members did it in part to appease other county agencies and workers, who felt the schools and their employees were getting off light.Council president Valerie Ervin says the cuts to the school budget will not affect classrooms."It is time for all of us to live within our means,” she says. “This...
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Starr earned a reputation for being combative with school board members and parents while superintendent in Stamford, Connecticut. He doesn't run from that label."As David Humes said 'Truth springs from arguments among friends,'" Starr says in an interview. "And in order to do this job well, you have to be honest, and you have to be engaged in discussing really really difficult...
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Opponents are mounting a petition drive that must gather more than 55,000 signatures by the end of June in order to force a referendum on the bill, which has been dubbed "Maryland's DREAM Act" after a similar bill in the U.S. Congress that failed in 2010.If petitioners succeed, voters will decide the bill's fate in the fall of 2012.A successful petition would also stop t...