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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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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 ...
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The delay meant the third round didn't start until 10 a.m., meaning leader Rory McIlroy will not tee off until close to 4 p.m.McIlroy has a six-shot lead over his nearest competitor after setting several records yesterday.Thunderstorms are forecast for the late afternoon and evening, which could further delay play and push the completion of the third round into tomorrow ...
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Andres Gonzales didn't have his best day during the first round. He shot an 8-over 79, and admitted he felt the nerves during his first few holes."When they announce your name on the first hole, and you have thousands of people watching you, I was pretty nervous," he says. "I was expecting to be as nervous as I was."Even though it's the 28-year-old's first U.S. Open, he ...
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Funk shot a 75 in the first round (that's four over par), and he says he can't do too much worse than that today if he wants to make the cut and play this weekend."Probably six over or something like that. I can only be two over tomorrow," he said after his game Thursday. "So I just got to go out there and do it. But if I don't, it will be a fun ride."Qualifying for this...
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Update at 6:30 p.m.: Just as many eyes are focused on the sky as they are on the golf here, but so far the rain has held off as the first round nears its conclusion. Rory McIlroy is putting together the round of the day. He's had six birdies and no bogeys, good enough for six under par and a three shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Charl Schwartzel.Six other golfers ...
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Since 1997, Montgomery County has seen significant growth and development, and with it, much heavier traffic congestion.So U.S. Open organizers needed to find ways to get the expected 50,000 fans expected to attend the tournament on each of the four days through bigger and bigger gridlock.The answer, says USGA president Jim Hyler, was more of everything -- starting with ...
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Grass -- its quality, and getting it to grow -- is the top priority at a golf course. Because of that, the turf can also be a course's biggest problem.There are several reasons for the difficulties, and at Congressional, the biggest is typically the hot summers the D.C. area endures. But trees also cause problems says Mike Giufre, the course superintendent at Congressional....
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The past month has been a busy one for 23-year-old Michael Whitehead from Sugarland, Texas. First, he graduated from Rice University. Then last week he fell just shy of qualifying for the U.S. Open. But he played well enough to be the first alternate, allowing. him to play if someone else dropped out.Whitehead got the call last week. "I probably said yes before she asked," he...