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Matt Bush

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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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Several groups are expected to band together in support of same-sex marriage starting today with an announcement at Baltimore City Hall. Among them are Equality Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Service Employees International Union, and the ...
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Board members have two charter school proposals to consider. One would build the Community Montessori Public Charter School, a pre-kindergarten through third grade school in Kensington with a focus on social services. The other would construct a K-8 school in Germantown with a focu...
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Fireworks are illegal in the county -- even sparklers. So-called snap pops, snakes, and party poppers are the only legal items. Those caught lighting the illegal fireworks can receive fines of up to $1,000.But there will two places where residents can watch professional displays for July 4. One takes place at the Soccerplex at the South Germantown Recreational Park. The Baltimo...
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After trying for several years, supporters of the increasing the tax finally succeeded in Annapolis, though not all of the money raised by the hike will go to mental health programs as they wished.For the first year, a sizable chunk of revenue will go to school construction.But in addition to new revenues, supporters say the tax hike will also lead to a drop alcohol addi...
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Every drink of alcohol in the state will cost ten cents more starting tomorrow.Efforts to raise the tax routinely failed for many years in the general assembly, until this year.Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell, one of the bill's sponsors, says the sour economy and lack of new revenue finally got lawmakers to act on the increase."It's time to try to tap into this revenu...
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The county police report officers responded to more than 4,000 calls involving people with mental illness last year. A common one is a person suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia who has gone missing.Shelly Edwards, of the Alzheimer's Association in Fairfax, Va, is one of the mental health professionals who take part in the training."People with dementia don't think t...
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Disability benefits will now be awarded through a two-tier system: partial and full incapacity. Council member Phil Andrews pushed for the changes, saying the new system can distinguish between a "bad back" and paralysis. He adds the old disability system was easy to abuse."Between 2004 and 2008, 62 percent of police officers who retired during that time frame, retired with di...
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Officer Scott Davis is the coordinator of the program, and he says he has first-hand experience with how it benefits police and residents. Several years ago, Davis received a call about a man on a bus with a knife."He was jumping on and off RideOn buses saying that people were following him and trying to kill him. When I came on scene, I walked up to him, and he pulled a 12-inc...
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By a 7-1 vote, the council OK'd the bill, which institutes a two-tiered system, creating full and partial incapacity categories."What this bill would do in addition to establishing a two-tier disability benefit that distinguishes between a bad back and paralysis, it would also say that if an employee has committed misconduct that would get them fired, they would not be eligible...
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After a brief video tribute, Weast gave his farewell address to board members. As he looked at pictures of past superintendents in the board room, Weast commented he lasted far longer in the job than most of them. During his tenure, county schools were routinely ranked among the best in the nation."It is the impossible dream to educate everybody at the highest level," he says. ...
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Of the two proposals, the plan to build the Community Montessori Public Charter School in Kensington would seem to have the inside track, as superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast recommended that board okay the plan. The school would serve pre-kindergarten through third grade students, and have a focus on social services.The non-profit Crossway Community would operate the school. John...
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Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast supports the plan to build the Community Montessori Public Charter School in Kensington, Md.The school would serve pre-kindergarten through third-grade students, with a focus on social services. There are no public charter schools in Montgomery County, in part because the county has very strong traditional public schools, which are typically ranke...
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Johnson was first arrested last November along with her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, as part of a federal investigation into corruption in Prince George's County government.Prosecutors allege Jack Johnson told his wife to flush a $100,000 dollar check from a developer down a toilet, as well as hide tens of thousands of dollars in cash in her underwear when fed...
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A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for Maryland would not describe what kind of hearing it will be, but in May, a plea hearing for Leslie Johnson was cancelled.She was arrested along with her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, in November as part of a federal probe into corruption in county government.Les...
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The Fourth of July falls on a Monday in 2011, and during the preceding weekend, area fire marshals will be patrolling looking for illegal fireworks."When it comes to fireworks, you light it, we'll write it," Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers says.Depending on the jurisdiction, fines range from $500 to over $2,000. Items such as ground effects, Roman candles, M-...
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Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers says they see this nearly every Fourth of July, except replace the fruit with human body parts, like hands or feet."Fireworks are dangerous, and very unpredictable. Especially in the hands of minors and amateurs," he says.The legality of fireworks differs in just about every jurisdiction in the D.C. region, but they are illegal...
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The council is debating whether to extend the ban to public areas of apartment buildings, which would include hallways, lobbies, and laundry rooms.Councilman George Leventhal, sponsor of the measure, says it was born out of several complaints from residents, including one who says her neighbor lit up in the hallway of their apartment building constantly, filling it with smoke....
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The lights were on Wednesday morning, but overnight storms knocked out the computer system that times them during rush hour periods. The system allows for longer green light cycles to accomodate heavier traffic going in certain directions on certain roads. The outage only affected roads north of the Beltway.Crews worked all morning and into the afternoon to make sure the lights...
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The cheers started on the first hole for McIlroy, and for the next four hours they didn't stop. To frequent deafening chants of "let's go Rory," the Northern Ireland native capped a record-setting performance by finishing 16 under par.That's the best score ever at a U.S. Open, and prior to ...
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Rory McIlroy holds a commanding lead as he enters the final round.On Friday, McIlroy became the first player ever to reach 13 under par at any point during the 111-year history of the U.S. Open. He reached that number again Saturday, and exceeded it when he finished at 14 under, good enough for an 8-shot lead.South Korean Y.E. Yang is in second place. He was McIlroy's ...