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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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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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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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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 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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This is the scene organizers and fans want: During Sunday's final round, the last two golfers on the course are tied as they approach the 18th hole. The pressure will mount for every shot on the 523-yard par-4, with the players settling the U.S. Open title on the peninsula 18th green, which is surrounded by water on three sides.The thousands at Congressional and the millions wa...
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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...
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This isn't your average souvenir stand. It's the largest temporary structure constructed for the tournament, and those who enter are almost always caught off guard by its size.At first glance, you might think there are only hats and t-shirts. But a closer look shows there is far more. Golf accessories such as towels and ball markers, framed lithographs, books, mugs and shot gl...
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Els, the last man to win a U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club, has a secret on how to bypass the multi-year waiting list: "Just win a U.S. Open, you'll become a member. So, keep practicing."Despite having that membership, he doesn't come here often. But last week the South African native did venture to Congressional for an early look at the course before play starts Th...
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Fred Funk qualified for the Open just last week at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. After doing so, the former University of Maryland golf coach broke down in tears. It took him awhile to realize why."I knew if I made it, it would probably be my last chance to play a major in my home town," he says. "Because if we stay at a 14-year rotation, I'll be 68 or 69 years old next t...