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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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A District man has plead guilty to shooting D.C. middle school Principal Brian Betts to death in his Silver Spring, Md., home last April.Police allege Alante Saunders and three others planned to rob Betts at his house after Saunders met the principal on a phone chat line. While on that chat line, Betts agreed to leave his house unlocked so that Saunders could enter.Saund...
In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has been elected to a second term in office.A visibly moved O'Malley took the stage to raucous cheers, after which he thanked his family, supporters and the countless number of Democratic politicians who joined him onstage. One name he never mentioned: his twice vanquished opponent, former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich. But O'Malley did thank tho...
In Maryland, Prince George's County's new executive-elect will have little time to savor his victory.Rushern Baker received plenty of hugs and handshakes congratulating him on his victory at the Democratic election night party in Baltimore. But in just a month, he will take office. And that has his focus."I think for us, if we can get the right men and women into every p...
Democrats in Maryland had a good night at the polls, unlike their colleagues across the country.On a stage full of Democratic lawmakers who won re-election, O'Malley thanked each of them for helping him do the same. But O'Malley was quick to add the difficult times the state faces won't be going away anytime soon. A massive budget shortfall awaits the governor next year. O'Mall...
In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has been elected to a second term in office.A visibly moved O'Malley took the stage to raucous cheers, after which he thanked his family, supporters and the countless number of Democratic politicians who joined him onstage. One name he never mentioned: his twice vanquished opponent, former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich. But O'Malley did thank tho...
Turnout at this polling place at Old Mill High School in Millersville has been steady this evening, aided by the contentious ballot question over whether a slot machine casino will be built at Arundel Mills Mall.Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Ehrlich scored his biggest victory in Anne Arundel County four years ago when he was defeated by Democrat Martin O'Malley, and a st...
Voters today in Maryland's Anne Arundel County will determine whether the state's largest slots casino will be built at Arundel Mills Mall.Baltimore-based Cordish Company is looking to build the casino at the mall. Company President Joe Weinberg says they chose the mall site over Laurel Park Racecourse for a number of reasons."There are less residents who live around Aru...
Voters today in Maryland's Anne Arundel County will determine whether the state's largest slots casino will be built at Arundel Mills Mall.Baltimore-based Cordish Company is looking to build the casino at the mall. Company President Joe Weinberg says they chose the mall site over Laurel Park Racecourse for a number of reasons."There are less residents who live around Aru...
In Maryland, the gubernatorial campaigns of incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) are making closing arguments all over the state today.O'Malley spent the morning in Baltimore, leaving his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown to canvass Montgomery County. At Bethesda's Tastee Diner, Brown said while the campaign may end tomorrow, he and O...
There was pomp and circumstance for the opening of the new Takoma Fire Station, the oldest volunteer station in the county. But County Executive Isiah Leggett says future ceremonies like this may not happen if voters reject ambulance user fees at the polls Tuesday."This is now a county of nearly one million people. We have to make certain that our response time is appropriate. ...
There was pomp and circumstance for the opening of the new Takoma Fire Station, the oldest volunteer station in the county. But County Executive Isiah Leggett says future ceremonies like this may not happen if voters reject ambulance user fees at the polls Tuesday."This is now a county of nearly one million people. We have to make certain that our response time is appropriate. ...
In Maryland, the Purple Line will be a heavy influence on which candidate D.C. suburban voters cast their ballot for in the governor's race.Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich wants the Purple Line to be rapid buses, saying it is cheaper and more likely to receive federal funding. Incumbent Democrat Gov. Martin O'Malley wants light rail, saying, among other reasons, it is more a...
In Maryland, the Purple Line will be a heavy influence on which candidate D.C. suburban voters cast their ballot for in the governor's race.Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich wants the Purple Line to be rapid buses, saying it is cheaper and more likely to receive federal funding. Incumbent Democrat Gov. Martin O'Malley wants light rail, saying, among other reasons, it is more a...
Fernando Asturizaga, 44, was arrested in Montpelier, Vt., yesterday and extradited to Montgomery County. Police have accused him of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl starting in 1999.The girl was a student at a private school in Prince George's County where Asturizaga worked. Police say he first assaulted the girl when he babysat for her at her residence in Silver Spring i...
Fernando Asturizaga, 44, was arrested in Montpelier, Vt., yesterday and extradited to Montgomery County. Police have accused him of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl starting in 1999.The girl was a student at a private school in Prince George's County where Asturizaga worked. Police say he first assaulted the girl when he babysat for her at her residence in Silver Spring i...
In Maryland, Election Day is now less than a week away, Republican nominee Bob Ehrlich spoke to seniors at Leisure World in Montgomery County. The former governor is hoping he can match his performance four years ago in the Democratic stronghold, when he received 37 percent of the vote."We had relatively low fall-off the second time as opposed to the first time: 38 to 37 here. ...
In Maryland, Election Day is now less than a week away, Republican nominee Bob Ehrlich spoke to seniors at Leisure World in Montgomery County. The former governor is hoping he can match his performance four years ago in the Democratic stronghold, when he received 37 percent of the vote."We had relatively low fall-off the second time as opposed to the first time: 38 to 37 here. ...
In Maryland, Election Day is now less than a week away, Republican nominee Bob Ehrlich spoke to seniors at Leisure World in Montgomery County. The former governor is hoping he can match his performance four years ago in the Democratic stronghold, when he received 37 percent of the vote."We had relatively low fall-off the second time as opposed to the first time: 38 to 37 here. ...
In Maryland, law enforcement spent an evening in Silver Spring listening to crime victims and their families.Michael and Gaile Seaton's daughter, Stacy, was found dead in a Bowie park in 2005. She was just 18. Their memories of that day are crystal-clear, and not just because it was the day they lost their daughter. It was also the way police handled her murder. Michael Seaton ...
In Virginia, police in Prince William County are scouring Interstate 95 for clues related to last weekend's shooting at the national Marine Corps museum.Shots were fired at the museum early Sunday morning, and police believe they may have come from nearby I-95, which runs in front of the museum with a clearing allowing a view of the structure. No one was injured in the shooting...