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Gov. O'Malley establishes police communication task force

It is the first ever Commission of its kind in the country, and it's tasked with making sure police in Maryland communicate better with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Governor Martin O'Malley established the group after the death of Robert "Ethan" Saylor, the Frederick man with Down Syndrome who died after an altercation with police at a movie theater in January. 

That night, three off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputies working as theater security physically removed Ethan from the theater for not having a $12 ticket. That night, Ethan died. 

After no arrests, Ethan's family petitioned Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley for an independent investigation and better police training. 

Today, one of the two wishes came true.

Delaney to donate pay during shutdown to Md. charity

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Congressman John Delaney (MD-6) will join other congressmen in donating part of his pay during the federal government shutdown to a charity.

According to his office, Rep. Delaney will donate part of his salary received during the shutdown to the Mercy Health Clinic. Mercy Health Clinic is a not-for-profit, community based primary health care provider in Gaithersburg serving low-income residents of Montgomery County.

McClement, Young win Frederick mayoral primaries

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Incumbent Mayor Randy McClement has won Frederick's Republican primary and Alderwoman Karen Young took the Democratic nomination.

Frederick officials say unofficial results with all but absentee ballots counted, McClement took 49 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Republican primary and Young won 50 percent in the Democratic race. They will join former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty, who is running as an unaffiliated candidate, in the Nov. 5 general election.

Voter turnout was lower than in the last two elections, despite an increase in the number of registered voters. About 15 percent of registered voters came out to the polls Tuesday, or about 4,000 of the more than 27,000 registered voters.

Those figures do not include the 148 Democratic and 94 Republican absentee ballots that will be counted Thursday.


Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!