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High School Sports: The Best of Montgomery County Boys Lacrosse

06/23/16

High School Sports: The Best of Montgomery County Boys Lacrosse

A list of top performers from player of the year to best Cinderella story

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Gandhi Brigade Likely To Fill Basement Space at Silver Spring Library

06/23/16

Gandhi Brigade Likely To Fill Basement Space at Silver Spring Library

County will provide space for free to youth media nonprofit

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MCPS's Abrupt Abolition of High School Final Exams Is a Move in the Wrong Direction

06/23/16

MCPS's Abrupt Abolition of High School Final Exams Is a Move in the Wrong Direction

Editor’s Note: The following views are those of the writer and do not reflect the opinions of Bethesda Beat staff.  As a Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) alumna, a parent of two children enrolled in an MCPS elementary school and a 15-year veteran MCPS English teacher, I feel I have earned the right to speak up against the Board of Education's short-sighted, hypocritical and dictatorial decision to abolish final exams from our high schools. This hasty decree, issued without comprehensively polling teachers, parents, college professors or former graduates, is just the latest move in the board's recent abuse of power. (Case in point: the ridiculously quick and undemocratic decision to get rid of a young, energetic, bright superintendent before giving him time to...

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Bethesda’s Apex Building Must Be Demolished by Spring 2017

06/23/16

Bethesda’s Apex Building Must Be Demolished by Spring 2017

Owner says existing Regal cinemas will likely relocate within redeveloped property

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Daily Quiz: Bethesda’s First Fast-Food Restaurant, Little Tavern, Opened in 1939 With What Come On?

06/23/16

Daily Quiz: Bethesda’s First Fast-Food Restaurant, Little Tavern, Opened in 1939 With What Come On?

Click for list of potential answers

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Small Bites: Tex-Mex Restaurant Coming to Rockville

06/23/16

Small Bites: Tex-Mex Restaurant Coming to Rockville

Plus: Vietnamese deli preparing to open in Silver Spring

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Van Hollen Joins House Sit-In; County's Response to SafeTrack; Controversy Over Ballot Recount

06/23/16

Van Hollen Joins House Sit-In; County's Response to SafeTrack; Controversy Over Ballot Recount

News, announcements and other helpful links for Thursday morning

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Discovery Communications Reveals Shark Week Mural in Silver Spring

06/22/16

Discovery Communications Reveals Shark Week Mural in Silver Spring

Company is also hosting a ‘Family Fun Fest’ Friday night ahead of annual programming block

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Weekend events: Soul Singer Judith Hill Performs in Bethesda; Internet Cat Video Festival Comes to Silver Spring

06/22/16

Weekend events: Soul Singer Judith Hill Performs in Bethesda; Internet Cat Video Festival Comes to Silver Spring

What’s happening June 24-26

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Police Blotter: Indecent Exposure in Chevy Chase; Group Robbed at Gunpoint in Rockville

06/22/16

Police Blotter: Indecent Exposure in Chevy Chase; Group Robbed at Gunpoint in Rockville

The following incidents were reported to Montgomery County or Rockville police from June 6 –14

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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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