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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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Players had to play two rounds of golf -- that's 36 holes -- on the final day of the US Open in 1964. Typical of the weather for the D.C. area in June, it was very hot and very humid.Ken Venturi remembers the triple-digit heat very well."I weighed 172 pounds, exactly what I weigh today," he says. "And when I got dressed and got ready to leave, I got on the scale I weigh...
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The areas around the driving range and practice greens were lined with people trying to get autographs. Their methods were very different: One father told his son to look golfer Steve Stricker in the eye, while others were more forceful in trying to get Rickie Fowler's attention.The players noticed. K.J. Choi was among Monday's fan favorites. He spoke through an interpreter aft...
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For those going today and tomorrow, free parking will be available at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, where shuttle busses will take fans to the golf course.Starting Wednesday, in addition to the fairgrounds, there will also be a lot on the Crown Farm property in Gaithersburg.Emil Wolanin, Montgomery County's chief traffic engineer, says security will ...
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The state chapter of the ACLU is questioning the legality of online petitions opponents are using to get the law before voters via a referendum next year.The group says the website MDPetitions.com enables a user who knows someone's name, zip code and birthdate to submit a signature on that person's behalf without their knowledge. The elections board says it is consulting with A...
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Jaime Romero, 30, was last seen on April 2 near his home. His car was found outside the residence, with his belongings inside, and no signs of foul play. His sister, Sonia Cornejo, says her brother owned an electrical business, Elite Electrical Design. She says they have not received any indication his disappearance has anything to do with his business."No we haven't had any ca...
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Police in Frederick cited a woman Wednesday night for leaving her dog in her car while she went to a tanning salon. Police say the temperature inside the car during the incident in Frederick was more than 150 degrees, though the dog ended up surviving.Then Thursday morning, police in Montgomery County saw a different woman leave her dog behind in Rockville, says officer Janelle...
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Paul Hibler is with the Animal Services Division of Montgomery County police, and says they will be busy the next few days, as they'll receive a jump in calls. Most will be for animals left in cars while their owners are shopping. He says no matter what kind of vehicle you ow...
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Emil Wolanin, chief traffic engineer for Montgomery County, saw firsthand what the open can do to a congested area when he attended the tournament two years ago at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, in New York.Wolanin and other county officials went to that Open to get a head start on preparations for 2011. Rainy weather marred that tournament, and taught Wolanin and others t...
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Woods has a history with Congressional Country Club. It hosted his tournament, the AT&T National, for the first three years of its existence. He won it in 2009.Woods didn't play as well the last time Congressional hosted the U.S. Open, however. At the tournament at Congressional in 1997, Woods tied for 19th. That was just a few months after his first major tournament victor...
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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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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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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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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 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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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....