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Jack Conger Among Group of U.S. Swimmers Held Up at Gunpoint

08/15/16

Jack Conger Among Group of U.S. Swimmers Held Up at Gunpoint

News and notes about Montgomery County athletes at the Rio Olympic games

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Week Ahead: Silver Spring Restaurant To Host Fundraiser for Fire Victims; County Fair Continues

08/15/16

Week Ahead: Silver Spring Restaurant To Host Fundraiser for Fire Victims; County Fair Continues

Plus: Tech council’s annual crab bash and highs in the 90s expected

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Quiz: An Observatory in Gaithersburg Built in 1899 Was Used for Tracking What?

08/15/16

Quiz: An Observatory in Gaithersburg Built in 1899 Was Used for Tracking What?

Click for list of potential answers

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Pets by the Numbers

08/15/16

Pets by the Numbers

Montgomery County residents love their pets. We walk them, preen them, pet them, and bring them to the park to play. Here’s a look at our best friends, by the numbers

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Table Talk: Picnic at the Park

08/15/16

Table Talk: Picnic at the Park

Plus, how to build a better BLT

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Family Portrait: Meet the Conleys

08/15/16

Family Portrait: Meet the Conleys

Family of five lives in Kensington with two pygmy goats, two ducks and five chickens

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Meet the Force behind the American Odyssey Relay

08/15/16

Meet the Force behind the American Odyssey Relay

Bethesda’s Bob Fleshner has directed the Pennsylvania-to-D.C. relay for eight years

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Sold in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac: Aug. 7-14

08/15/16

Sold in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac: Aug. 7-14

Notable homes sold last week

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What Purple Line Construction Could Look Like; Latest on Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

08/15/16

What Purple Line Construction Could Look Like; Latest on Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning

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08/12/16

Answer

An observatory in Gaithersburg built in 1899 was used for tracking what?   ANSWER: D: Latitude variations The observatory was established by Edwin Smith of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on DeSellum Avenue in Gaithersburg to track the degree of "wobble" occurring on the Earth’s north-south axis and resultant variation of latitude. Smith’s Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was one of four original observatories worldwide. It still stands.  

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Education Matters will discuss the news and issues affecting both public and private schools in Montgomery County. We want to talk about what’s happening inside—and outside—the classroom, who’s making the grade and who isn’t.

Julie Rasicot is a former newspaper reporter and managing editor who’s been writing about education for 25 years. She’s a veteran PTA and classroom volunteer who’s the mother of two girls—an eighth-grader and a fifth-grader—attending MCPS schools. None of that seems to matter, though, when she’s struggling to help her kids with their math homework.

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