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Prince George's County Update

Prince George's County Update




Board of Education FAB/CIP Meeting Rescheduled for December 20


Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Valuable Opportunities for Youth Who Attended Maryland 2nd Annual Video Gaming Conference

Valuable Opportunities for Youth Who Attended Maryland 2nd Annual Video Gaming Conference

Bright and Early Saturday Morning, The day started with a robust meet & greet and continental breakfast in which students were able to network with our workshop presenters and invited guests and play and test video games.  

Next Regie Thornton (sweatngo.com) kept the energy going and introduced us to his new and fun way of exercising without leaving your seat called Beat Seat.   

Ms. LaShun Lawson was our moderator and introduced our panel of workshop presenters.  Students then broke out into 8 different workshops.

Dr. Jay Collins introduced students to concepts of flight navigation.

Roderick Woodruff's computer class was packed as students learned about video game design and digital art.

Leshell Hatley taught the basics of video game design and art during her workshop. Congratulations to the winners of her Art Design Competition.

Md. Track Owners Come Up With New Plan

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico intend to submit a plan to the state racing commission to conduct 77 days of live racing during the first half of the 2011 season.

MI Developments and Penn National Gaming operate the state thoroughbred tracks in partnership. They were rejected by the Maryland Racing Commission last month in their bid to reduce the racing schedule to 47 days of live racing at the Laurel Park winter meet and Pimlico spring meet.

Penn National official Eric Schippers said the plan included racing through the Preakness on May 21 and then looking for a long-term solution.

The tracks reportedly have been losing millions of dollars a year, and the owners are seeking a way to make year-round racing viable.

Bomb Plot Suspect's Life Before Islam

Bomb Plot Suspect's Life Before Islam

BALTIMORE (WUSA) -- The man accused of plotting to blow up a military recruiting center near Baltimore, Antonio Martinez, has a criminal history from communities a lot closer to Washington.

Before he came to call himself Muhammad Hussain and converted to Islam, he was Antonio Martinez living at addresses in Riverdale and Bladensburg, according to criminal records.

At 21, Martinez has already racked up charges, including armed robbery and theft in Montgomery County and a car theft in Prince George's County.

Martinez spent a brief time in prison. Prosecutors say he converted to Islam after his release.

Wednesday, he was arrested in an FBI sting oustide Baltimore, accused in a plot to blow up a military career center.

Prince George’s County Executive-Elect Rushern L. Baker,III Hosts “Read to Greatness” Literacy Event

Prince George’s County Executive-Elect Rushern L. Baker,III Hosts “Read to Greatness” Literacy Event

Children and Families from Across the County Gather to Donate Books and Celebrate Reading

New Md. Law Will Change Traffic Ticket Process

New Md. Law Will Change Traffic Ticket Process

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- People who get traffic tickets in Maryland will have three options under a new law taking effect in January.
Now, drivers automatically have trial dates scheduled, but that won't happen under the new law.

They will be able to either pay the fine, ask for a waiver hearing instead of a trial or request a court date for a trial.

Drivers will have to comply within 30 days or risk having their driver's license suspended by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Payable traffic violations like speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, or failure to stop for a school bus are affected by the new law. Violations like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or under a suspended license are not.