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For new Laurel police chief, an emphasis on community

Russ Hamill, unlike many cops, actually likes watching police shows on TV. Hamill, the new police chief in Laurel, says shows like CBS’s “Blue Bloods” portray the very sort of “police family” he’s experienced throughout his career. A 30-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, Hamill,...

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Teens arrested in Laurel after shooting on parkway

Two teenagers were arrested in Laurel after a Wednesday morning shooting on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway left a driver injured, U.S. Park Police announced. The names of the males, who are 17 and 19-years-old and from Prince George’s County, were not released following their arrest last night,...

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  • New coach Ritter enjoys first victory with Russett Sharks swim team

    New coach Ritter enjoys first victory with Russett Sharks swim team

    Lauren Ritter, the first-year coach of the Russett Sharks swim team, didn’t get wet after her squad won its opening swim meet and that was fine with her. “They didn’t throw me in the pool. But they made a big deal about it,” said Ritter, who competed for Russett when she was younger. The host Sharks...

  • Solid season ends on the baseball diamond for Laurel High

    Solid season ends on the baseball diamond for Laurel High

    The future appears bright for the baseball program at Laurel High. The Spartans had several freshmen and sophomores make major contributions this season under head coach Don Cleveland, who was in his seventh season. Laurel finished just under .500 last year but was 10-6 in regular-season play this...

  • Grants to help grow tennis in Laurel

    Grants to help grow tennis in Laurel

    St. Vincent Pallotti High senior Olivia Blackwell began playing tennis when she was 12 years old. She started at the Fairland Tennis Bubble in west Laurel and is now in her fourth season at the private school. She hopes to continue playing the sport in college. “I was a little bit late getting...

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  • Shaking it up on Main Street

    Shaking it up on Main Street

    When friends Bianca Vazquez, Kristen Kane, Reggie Abreu and Billy Grubbs decided to open a nutrition club together about six months ago, they had a few requirements for their ideal location. It needed to be between Washington and Baltimore, close to a Metro or MARC stop and have a business district....

  • Baltimore delegates give thumbs down to plan to allow state bonds for Laurel, Bowie horse racing development

    Baltimore delegates give thumbs down to plan to allow state bonds for Laurel, Bowie horse racing development

    Baltimore's members of the House of Delegates objected Saturday to a plan that would allow The Stronach Group to use state bonds to pay for upgrades at horse racing facilities in Laurel and Bowie, provided the company made progress on redeveloping Pimlico Race Course. The city’s House delegation...

  • Woman's trauma frames the pro-choice movement in 'Jane App' at Laurel’s Venus Theatre

    Woman's trauma frames the pro-choice movement in 'Jane App' at Laurel’s Venus Theatre

    The survivor of a deadly abortion clinic bombing sits at a desk in her basement, her laptop open, her damaged psyche trying to focus on the task at hand. “The hatred could easily have killed me,” she says. What if she could go back in time to 1971, when the bombing happened, and prevent it? Or...

  • Gifted and talented at Montpelier Elementary

    Gifted and talented at Montpelier Elementary

    Congratulations to the students and faculty of Montpelier Elementary School. The school has been selected as a 2018 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education School. Twenty-five applications from across the state were reviewed and 17 schools were identified as EGATE Schools. Schools...

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