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With an estimated 20,000 people set to descend on Prince George’s County’s newest retail attraction — Tanger Outlets at National Harbor — for its grand opening Friday, residents should expect delays despite efforts to mitigate traffic. Tanger Outlets will open at 9 a.m. Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Mall representatives are anticipating a large turnout of guests and customers, which will likely fill up the center’s 4,000plus available parking spaces and ancillary parking areas, said Christi Wallace, the center’s general manager. The mall is opening with about 99 percent of its high-end retail stores such as Calvin Klein and Coach leased, Wallace said. “We generate a lot of excitement, so we know that is going to bring a lot of traffic,” Wallace said. Wallace said Tanger has been working with Gameday Parking Management and Prince George’s County Police Department to prepare for Friday’s parking and traffic situation. County police will be directing cars while county Department of Public Works and Transportation members will be monitoring traffic signals and will post signs advising through traffic to avoid Oxon Hill Road, said DPWT spokeswoman Carol Terry. Joyce Thorpe of Fort Washington said Tanger’s location on Oxon Hill Road will create disastrous traffic even with management efforts. Oxon Hill Road goes from three lanes in both direction to two lanes, one in each direction, and that’s going to cause problems, she said. “Traffic is going to be horrendous,” Thorpe said. “It is not a good location to attract that many people.” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said that while traffic has been a concern for the county, he is pleased to know that people from Virginia, D.C. and other parts of Maryland will be coming to Prince George’s County for high-end retail, something the county has desired for some time. “We are going to have thousands of

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based Raptor Technologies, the system requires visitors to slide their photo identification through a digital reader, which will flag individuals listed on state sex offender registry lists and also keeps a log of all visitors. “We are already looking into it, and I expect we will have something very similar to it, and get it installed soon,” Maxwell said during a Nov. 14 meeting with The Gazette’s editorial board. Rex Barrett, acting security director for PGCPS, said the system is currently reviewing ID management systems and is hoping to have one implemented throughout the school system by January. Bob Yatsuk, Anne Arundel supervisor of school security, said the Raptor security system placed in all 125 Anne Arundel County public schools has

A stretch of Annapolis Road in Bowie is constantly jammed with traffic — and as officials again urge the State Highway Administration to fund an expansion, the long wait has them frustrated. “We will argue for our share and our priorities,” said Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson. For at least a decade, Bowie officials have sought funding from the state to expand the state road, also known as Md. 450, from Stonybrook Drive to Crain Highway from a two-lane road into a four-lane road, with two lanes traveling in each direction. The request has sat on Prince George’s County’s project priority list but has not received the state funding needed for construction, Robinson said. Since the road is owned by the state, the state is responsible for handling expansion. The roadway’s traffic is expected to double by 2030 from the current 26,700 vehicles daily to 58,850 vehicles daily, said Joseph Meinert, Bowie’s Department of Planning director. The SHA, which would handle the project if funded, receives county project priorities for state highways each year, and there are a lot of factors when the state selects different projects from different counties, said David Buck, SHA spokesman. The Annapolis Road project would cost up to $70 million for funding through construction, Buck said. “Obviously the need is going to outweigh the funding available,” Buck said. “It is going to depend on what the elected [officials] send to us. But then again, there is no guarantee.” Other projects ahead of Bowie have been on the priority list for several years and they recently received funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, said Aubrey Thagard, the county executive’s assistant deputy chief administrative officer. However, deliberations on the project list for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 have not begun yet, and county priorities will be determined based on need, cost and economic development among other things, Thagard said.

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Kevin Maxwell, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, said he is pursuing a new security system for county facilities that would check names against sex offender registries and other lists.

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Hoping to further bolster school safety and safeguard against potential tragedies such as the Newtown, Conn., shooting, Prince George’s County school officials are adding security enhancements such as ID scanner systems and high fencing. Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said a system that scanned visitors’ licenses and checked names against sex offender registries and other lists was in use when he was superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Produced by Houston-

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The Bowie Advisory Board sided with residents against Wal-Mart, recommending the City Council deny the store’s application to build a new Supercenter at Mill Branch Crossing. “People were concerned about the



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health of the community,” said Terry Rogers Jr., planning board member. On Tuesday, Wal-Mart presented its case to move from its current location in Bowie, 3300 Crain Highway, and build a new about 186,000 square-foot Supercenter location across the street at Mill Branch Crossing. The new WalMart would be state of the art, have a unique design and bring in about 80 more jobs than the current store already has, which employs about 300 associates, according to Wal-Mart’s presentation.

Residents attended the meeting and gave their concerns before the board voted. Resident Robin Williams said the store would chase out other retail outlets and make the city unattractive for more high-end retail stores like Nordstrom. “We deserve more as Bowie residents than a Wal-Mart Supercenter,” Williams said during her comments to the board. Supporters said a new Wal-Mart would bring in more retail for the city and meet one-stop shopping needs.


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Resident Chris Lawson said the store would be a positive influence on the city and its business space. WalMart draws customers and that draws more retail, he said. Lawson also recommended the old Wal-Mart at Crain Highway be used as a Bowie recreation center because he said the city has outgrown the current location. “It is a positive,” Lawson said. “It gives [Bowie] an opportunity to attract high level of retail.” Rogers made a motion to deny the application, and a second was received,


followed by the board voting 6 yes votes to 1 abstention against the application. Wal-Mart isn’t out of the race yet as the Bowie City Council meets Monday and will make a decision on whether Wal-Mart should be denied by the Prince George’s County government. The city plays an advisory role in this process, with Wal-Mart’s request for the store ultimately decided by the county, said Joseph Meinert, Bowie Department of Planning director. But that ap-

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SPORTS The Suitland, DuVal, Gwynn Park and Surrattsville football teams play for region titles and a berth in the state semifinals this weekend. Check online for coverage of the games.

Canned Food Drive and Self Expression Showcase, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center,

1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Support our youth as they express themselves through dance, song and spoken word. Admission is the donation of one nonperishable canned good item per person. Contact 301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030.

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NOV. 23 Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club Coat Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, 7711 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill. Join the Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club as we host our first coat drive. We will begin issuing new and gently used coats to Prince George’s County residents in need. Contact 202-4093139 or Cub Scout Badge Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Join a naturalist and work on several different topics related to the requirements for the naturalist badge achievement. Activities may include indoor and outdoor components, please dress accordingly. Reservations required. Cost: resident, $4; non-resident, $5. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301699-2544. Knights and Princesses Party, noon to 3 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Event will feature royal games, arts and crafts, food and fun. Pre-registration required. Cost: resident, $5; $2 with canned goods. Contact 301-203-6040; TTY 301-203-6030. H.E.A.L. Workshop: Take Charge of Your Health, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Capitol Free Mission, 8201 Cryden Way, Forestville. An eight-session lifestyle workshop for those who want to improve their health by dealing with chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart failure, stress, depression and pain. To register, call 301-494-5550 or visit www.capitolcitymission. org. Limited seating. Contact 301-494-5550 or Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey, 6 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. For more than 30 years visitors to the annual Winter Festival of Lights have been dazzled by twinkling light displays as they drove through Watkins Regional Park. This year, for the first time,

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MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET you can register to walk or run through the 2.4-mile course and see the dazzling displays up close. Your registration fee will provide a family in need with a holiday turkey. Cost: $30 per person. Contact 301627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544. Tennis Clinic at Watkins Tennis Bubble, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park Tennis Bubble, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Free tennis clinic for middle and high school students in Prince George’s County. Free tennis rackets will be given to the first 10 first-time participants; tennis rackets and balls will be provided to those who need them. Spectators welcome to watch and bring their own portable chairs. Contact 301-218-6870; TTY 301-2186768. Prince George’s Philharmonic presents Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano, 8 to 10 p.m., Bowie Cen-

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Bowie. Single tickets are on sale the night of the concert beginning at 7 p.m., cash or check only. Tickets can be purchased in advance, by check. Subscriptions available. All seating unreserved. Free parking. Cost: $20; seniors, $18; age 18 and younger, free (ticket required). Contact 301-446-3245 or

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Bowie’s job bank has a wealth of teens in need of work If Bowie residents need help with any odd jobs around the house, city officials hope they’ll look first at Bowie’s Teen Job Bank. The job bank, started more than 20 years ago to help young people make some extra money and stay busy, is a database of local 13-to-17 year-olds who register as helping hands for anything from snow shoveling to office filing, said Karen Katrinic, a family therapist at the city’s youth and family services department that manages the bank. “We’re like an information referral. The residents call up and they’re looking for something to be done, and we tell them, ‘We don’t know these people personally, but here are three names,’” Katrinic said. “Then we have someone call the residents and if they say it went really well, [the teen] gets a good rating.” Teens can register ongoing throughout the year and are mainly requested for help with yard work and babysitting, Katrinic said. About 80 teens are registered at any given time, she said. The bank gets about 100 work requests a year. “We have the capacity to serve many more [residents]. It would be great if we had more work for the teens,” she said. For more information, call Bowie Youth and Family Services at 301-809-3033.

Grace Brethren announces director’s list Several students at Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton made it onto the first quarter director’s list. This list recognizes students for maintaining a 97 to 100 numerical average without receiving a grade below 70 percent. These ninth through 12th grade students made the list: Taylor Custis of Upper Marlboro; Brian Jackson of Bowie; Jennifer Frost of Clinton; Sasha Tooph-


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Bowie’s leaf collection schedule Bowie’s leaf collection program is running through Dec. 19. Residents are asked to make sure leaves are curbside by 7 a.m. on the day pickup will occur in their neighborhood and make sure vehicles are not blocking access to the leaves. The following neighborhoods will receive leaf-collection visits in the next week: Nov. 25: Pointer Ridge. Nov. 26: Amber Meadows, Peach Preserve, Chapel Forge and Yorktown. Nov. 27: Remaining parts of Yorktown not visited Nov. 26, Rockledge and Overbrook. For a full schedule, visit the city’s website at

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Chanita Williams and her children, Destiny Williams (right), 7, and Jelanie (left), 5, of Brandywine, visit the chickens at the Old Maryland Farm on Friday while they wait for a program about Native American harvest crops to begin. anie of Clinton; Isaiah Thomason of Washington D.C.; Ciarah Williams of Clinton.

Grace Brethren Christian School is a private, Christianbased school located in Clinton.

Upper Marlboro election registration approaching The Town of Upper Marlboro’s election will take place

on Jan. 6, and residents who wish to vote can register at the Town Hall until Dec. 6. Residents who are already registered with the Prince George’s County Board of Elec-

tions with an address in the town may already vote in the town election, said Steve Sonnett, Board of Town Commissioners president. However, if a resident isn’t registered with the county board or they are military and registered out-of-state, they may still vote in the town by signing up at the Town Hall, Sonnett said. To register to vote in the town itself residents must provide proof that they live in the town, which will be confirmed by the town’s election board, Sonnett said.

Academy holds toy drive for Upper Marlboro group A private school in Hyattsville is holding a toy drive

to support Prince George’s County youth by collecting various toys and gift cards. The New Hope Academy has been holding a toy drive since Nov. 18 and will continue to collect toys until Dec. 6, said Michelle Morse, academy spokeswoman. Collected toys will then be donated to the My Little Angel Toy Drive, an organization operated by Upper Marlboro resident


Sydney Harrison.

Harrison’s toy drive sends toys to needy Prince George’s County youth. “We’re really excited about participating in the My Little Angel Toy Drive. At New Hope Academy, community service is strongly emphasized and it’s an important part of our character education curriculum,” Morse said. Anyone who wants to donate can place toys in the academy’s donation box, which will be located in the building’s lobby, located at 7009 Varnum St., Hyattsville, Morse said. Accepted toys are bicycles,

The Bowie Food Pantry has changed locations from its old address on Belair Drive to its new location near the Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive. The new location isn’t in the main Kenhill Center building but located in the blue building behind the center. Any Prince George’s County residents who need to use the pantry should park behind the center and enter the blue building to access the pantry, according to the organization’s new directions. The Bowie Food Pantry’s food services are open to all county residents who prove they qualify for the program by showing identification, proof of income and proof that children are enrolled in school, according to the pantry’s requirements.




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Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler asked his Democratic rivals Nov. 12 to pledge to keep outside spending out of the race for governor, but his opponents are in no hurry to answer. Gansler asked Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park to pledge to keep spending by unions, special interests and other groups out of the race for the Democratic nomination. The pledge requires candidates, about whom an outside advertisement runs, to pay half the cost of the ad to the charity of their opponent’s choosing. Mizeur said Nov. 13 that her campaign has been so focused on its efforts, including naming her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates, this week that she has not had time to consider Gansler’s request. Brown and his staff are giving it consideration. “We are reviewing the pledge, but frankly our campaign is focused on organizing a grass-roots effort to deliver our message to voters about our vision for Maryland’s future,” said campaign manager Justin


Washington Gas Light Co. has asked for permission to upgrade its gas pipes and charge customers upfront for the work. Maryland law passed this year allows gas companies to charge for infrastructure upgrades or improvements before those are complete and bypass the typical method of recouping the money later through a rate increase. On Nov. 7, Washington Gas Light filed a 22-year, $869 million plan with the Maryland Public Service Commission to repair or replace 633 miles of pipe main and 75,200 services. To pay for the upgrades, the utility would tack a 29-cent monthly fee on the average residential heating customer’s bill. The fee would fund the first five years and $200 million of the upgrades and also would pay for $5.2 million of improvements made in August and September. It could increase each year up to the maximum $2 per month allowed by the new law, according to the utility’s request. In its request, the utility said the new fee would take effect Dec. 7, but the PSC has suspended the fee for 150 days so the commission can mull it over. Washington Gas is the third


The Rev. Delman Coates, the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, speaks in Silver Spring on Nov. 13. Behind him are (from left) Mizeur’s wife, Debra; Heather Mizeur; Coates’ wife, Yolanda Coates, son Joshua, 7, daughter Leah, 4, and son Nathaniel, 10. Having never held or run for office, Coates is admittedly new to politics — but not new to public service, he said. “There is a saying that we say in some faith circles. It says a shepherd ought to smell like sheep,” he said. As a pastor, Coates said, he has devoted his ministry to serving people not moving in establishment circles. “It’s that connection and contact with the people that qualifies me for this opportunity,” he said. Among African-American clergy leaders, there is precendent of moving from pastoral service into political service, he said.

“Nothing says that you have to be an elected official for 10, 20, 30 years in order to qualify for elected office,” he said. “I have a discernible record of leadership.” A local example of the dual role of pastor and legislator is C. Anthony Muse, a state senator from Prince George’s and bishop at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro. Voters might recognize Coates, a Fort Washington resident, from the 2012 campaign for same-sex marriage, when he appeared in ads supporting a ballot question to uphold the legislature’s newly passed law. Nationally, Coates is

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Schall. “The law in Maryland clearly prohibits our campaign, or any other campaign, from working or coordinating with an independent expenditure committee. We will absolutely abide by the law and run a clean and transparent campaign.” Gansler’s communications director, Bob Wheelock, said his camp hoped for a more prompt response. “We don’t see this as a difficult decision from a financial standpoint or moral standpoint,” Wheelock said. “All it takes is a yes. Not ‘we’re studying it.’ Not an empty promise. Not rhetoric about reform. No ducking. No dodging. Yes or no. Sign it or not.” Wheelock said Gansler’s motives are altruistic. Among the Democratic field, Gansler has received few endorsements, so it makes sense that he would want to balance the spending scales without the outside money Brown’s laundry list of endorsers could drop in the election, said Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College. Gansler and Brown have similar campaign caches — at last count, each had about $5 million in the bank. Wheelock said Gansler has received endorsements, but hasn’t announced them. In the meantime, Brown’s

Maryland utility to apply to the PSC for a surcharge since the law passed in the spring. In its request, the utility said the project would create more than 250 jobs, eliminate gas leaks and reduce gas emissions. Del. Charles E. Barkley (DDist. 39) of Germantown, sponsor of the law, said it’s intended to accelerate infrastructure repairs on miles of aging pipe. “Ratepayers are eventually going to pay for this stuff anyway,” Barkley said. Washington Gas will be required to file a full rate case after the five years, but Barkley said it cannot double dip and ask for a rate increase to pay for what the surcharge covered. Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. said Washington Gas lobbied for the law, which he opposed, and that it will increase company profits. “My understanding is that Washington Gas has the ability and resources to raise the money to make the needed upgrades to keep system safe and reliable using the traditional rate making process,” said Carr (DDist. 18) of Kensington. The law also opened the door for other utilities to seek similar surcharges, he said. “My expectation is that you’ll see electric utilities pushing for a similar law,” he said, noting that electric utilities already have begun to see the surcharges through other means.

Kenmoor Middle earns fourth spot in Science Bowl semifinals n Clinton school falls to nine-time champion BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER

Kenmoor Middle School in Hyattsville, the school with the most wins in Science Bowl history, will look to add another championship trophy after scoring a 265-175 win Tuesday over Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School of Laurel. “They were two very good teams,” said Science Bowl host Dave Zahren. “Eisenhower acquitted themselves well, especially considering they were going up against two Science Bowl veterans.” The Science Bowl competition, now in its 28th season, is a televised quiz program pitting Prince George’s County public elementary and middle school teams against each other in science-related questions. Kenmoor’s captain, seventh-grader Prosun Das, competed twice for Landover’s Cora Rice Elementary, and sixth-grader John Bridgers competed for Landover’s Highland Park Elementary. Eighthgrader Ifeoma Okeke rounded


Stephen Decatur Middle School students Daesha Tyler, Dylan Derringer, and Roderick Williams compete Tuesday in the Science Bowl at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover. out the team. Kenmoor has won the Science Bowl championship eight times in the show’s 28-year history, most recently in 2010. “It’s something the kids take pride in, living up to the legend,” said team sponsor Cheryl Diallo. “They want to be part of the tradition.” Eisenhower earned a 255-155 win against Thomas Johnson Middle in Lanham. Eisenhower team was comprised of eighth-graders Jeremy Mensah, Betelihim Haile and Lillian Peters. Kenmoor defeated Stephen Decatur Middle in Clinton, 350115, in the first game of the day.

“Kenmoor was a pretty tough team, and we tried our best,” said Decatur sixth-grader Daesha Tyler, who competed alongside eighth-graders Dylan Derringer and Roderic Williams. Kenmoor earned the fourth berth in the middle school semifinals, which will take place March 18. Kenmoor will take on Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts School in Landover. The winner will face either Greenbelt Middle or Samuel Ogle Middle in Bowie for the championship. janfenson-comeau

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known for his work on social justice and combating inequalities, according to Mizeur’s campaign. Others might recognize him as the senior pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Since 2004 he has led the church, growing its membership to 8,000. He said will continue to preach and lead the church it even while on the campaign trail. Coates and his wife, Yolanda, have two sons, ages 10 and 7, and 4-year-old twin girls.

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POLICE BLOTTER This activity report is provided by the Prince George’s County Police Department as a public service to the community and is not a complete listing of all events and crime reported.

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NOV. 11 Theft from vehicle, 8300

block Old Marlboro Pike, 7:06 a.m. Theft, 13700 block Kings Isle Court, 10:28 a.m. Theft, 12700 block Craft Lane, 11:42 a.m. Theft, 2900 block Lake Forest Drive, 12:18 p.m. Theft, 4300 block Reverend Eversfield Court, 12:49 p.m. Theft, 14800 block Pratt St., 7:43 p.m. Residential break-in, 9800 block Good Luck Road, 8:52 p.m.

NOV. 12 Theft from vehicle, 4600 block Colonel Fenwick Place, 3:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14300 block Marlborough Lane, 6:21 a.m.

Commercial property breakin, 9400 block Annapolis Road,

8:27 a.m. Theft, Trade Zone Ave./Nb Prince Georges Blvd., 9:12 a.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway SW, 9:19 a.m. Theft, 9200 block Basil Court, 10:16 a.m. Theft, 9400 block Peppercorn Place, 10:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11000 block Winsford Ave., 11:46 a.m. Residential break-in, 4400 block Old Crain Highway, 3:16 p.m. Theft, 900 block Lake Front Drive, 4:13 p.m. Residential break-in, 11500 block Dunloring Drive, 4:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 6:40 p.m. Theft, 700 block Church Road S, 9:36 p.m. Theft, 12300 block Quilt Patch Lane, 9:58 p.m. Theft, 4100 block Crain Highway NW, 10:18 p.m.

NOV. 13 Theft from vehicle, 12800 block Kendale Lane, 12:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 200 block Harry S. Truman Drive, 6:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12600 block Hilda Court, 7:22 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 900 block Pine Forest Lane, 7:39 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 9:31 a.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway SW, 10:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2200 block Crain Highway NW, 10:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 11:34 a.m. Residential break-in, 6200 block Bell Station Road, 1:25 p.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway SW, 3:13 p.m. Theft, 400 block Lonsdale Court, 6:52 p.m.

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block Northview Drive, 5:12 p.m. Theft, 5300 block Waverton Court, 6:18 p.m. Theft, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 6:40 p.m. Residential break-in, 9400 block Acorn Park St., 7:42 p.m. Robbery on commercial property, 10600 block Greenbelt

Road, 8:22 p.m.

NOV. 15 Vehicle stolen, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 1:37 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 9000 block Orbit Lane, 6:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, Lords Landing Road/Bishops Bequest Road, 7:28 a.m. Theft, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 9:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Lanham Severn Road, 9:33 a.m. Theft, 3500 block Majestic Lane, 11:34 a.m. Theft, 9100 block 4th St., 3:34 p.m. Theft, 8900 block Hobart St., 4:37 p.m. Robbery, 4100 block Woodhaven Lane, 7:16 p.m. Theft, 10500 block Campus Way S, 8:16 p.m. Robbery, 3900 block Evergreen Pky., 8:42 p.m. Robbery, 15800 block Collington Road, 9:28 p.m.

NOV. 16 Theft, 9100 block Basil Court,

5:25 a.m.

Assault, 600 block Crain Highway SW, 8:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4300 block Quanders Promise Drive, 8:58 a.m. 562V, 3500 block Mase Lane, 9:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 2:22 p.m. Theft, 12400 block Fairwood Pky., 2:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8800 block Lottsford Road, 3:54 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12100 block Maycheck Lane, 4:16 p.m. Theft, unit block of Watkins Park Drive, 6:51 p.m. Robbery, 11400 block Waesche Drive, 8:37 p.m. Theft, 3200 block Superior Lane, 8:46 p.m.

NOV. 17 Commercial property breakin, 15300 block Old Chapel Road,

4:25 a.m.

Assault, 11000 block Old

in, 13600 block Annapolis Road, 12:01 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12100 block Mackell Lane, 12:48 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6200 block 93rd Place, 1:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6900 block Cipriano Road, 3:04 p.m.

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NOV. 11 Vehicle stolen, 6100 block Central Ave., 2:40 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2000 block Brooks Drive, 7:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Eb Pennsylvania Ave. /Nb. Silver Hill Road, 8:24 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Donnell Drive, 8:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2500 block Kent Village Drive, 11:06 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Eastern Ave., 12:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1900 block Rochell Ave., 3:22 p.m. Theft, 7300 block Landover Road, 3:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Glen Willow Drive, 4:12 p.m. Robbery, Nb. Silver Hill Road/Pearl Drive, 6:22 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block Dodge Park Road, 7:10 p.m. Robbery, 5800 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 7:10 p.m. Theft, 5100 block Southern Ave., 7:34 p.m. Theft, 6100 block Marlboro Pike, 7:43 p.m.

NOV. 12 Robbery, 1400 block Capital View Terrace, 12:51 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8600 block Darcy Road, 5:24 a.m. Theft, 8000 block Parston Drive, 5:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Weber Drive, 7:07 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5100 block Southern Ave., 7:36 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2600 block Markham Lane, 7:58 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5500 block Marlboro Pike, 8:49 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8000 block Cryden Way, 9:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5800 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 10:40 a.m. Theft, 2200 block Wintergreen Ave., 11:04 a.m. Theft, 3500 block Regency Pky, 11:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4900

block Marlboro Pike, 12:16 p.m. Carjacking, 4200 block Southern Ave., 12:30 p.m. Theft, 8200 block Martin Luther King Highway, 1:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7300 block Marlboro Pike, 1:58 p.m.

Residential break-in, 1000 block 58th Ave., 2:28 p.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 5400 block Marlboro

Pike, 4:58 p.m.

Vehicle stolen, 7000 block Marlboro Pike, 5:49 p.m. Residential break-in, 5600 block Regency Park Court, 6:13 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 2000 block Addison Road S, 6:34 p.m. Theft, 2500 block Wintergreen Ave., 7:10 p.m.

NOV. 13 Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Quo Ave., 8:52 a.m.

Commercial property breakin, 5900 block Martin Luther

King Highway, 9:34 a.m. Residential break-in, 6500 block Hil Mar Drive, 9:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5800 block Silver Hill Road, 1:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5700 block Blk Silver Hill Road, 1:28 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block Wood Creek Drive, 1:45 p.m. Theft, 1600 block Quarter Ave., 5:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1900 block Brooks Drive, 5:48 p.m. Theft, 3700 block West St., 8:25 p.m.

NOV. 14 Robbery, Randall Road/Silver Hill Road, 12:01 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4800 block Addison Road, 1:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Suitland Road, 5:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Regency Park Court, 6:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7700 block Michele Drive, 7:04 a.m. Robbery, 7500 block Landover Road, 9:06 a.m. Theft, 5800 block Silver Hill Road, 10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6900 block Marlboro Pike, 10:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8200 block Landover Road, 10:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Silver Hill Road, 10:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block North Hil Mar Cir, 11:39 a.m. Residential break-in, 300 block Tayside Way, 11:49 a.m. Theft, 900 block Hilldropt Court, 11:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Belgravia Lane, 2:57 p.m. Theft, 6100 block Marlboro Pike, 3:04 p.m.

Commercial property breakin, 7300 block Northern Ave.,

block Seasons Way, 9:58 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4000 block Bald Hill Terrace, 10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 15400 block Neman Drive, 10:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 10:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 500 block Largo Center Drive, 10:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8700 block Seasons Way, 11:09 a.m. Theft, 14300 block Gallant Fox Lane, 11:24 a.m. Robbery, 8500 block Greenbelt Road, 12:04 p.m. Theft, 800 block Capital Center Blvd., 12:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8500 block Magnolia Drive, 12:52 p.m. Residential break-in, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 1:31 p.m. Residential break-in, 2800 block Mill Branch Road, 2:12 p.m. Theft, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 2:48 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 700 block Harry S Truman Drive, 3:39 p.m. Theft, 4300 block Sutherland Cir, 5:03 p.m.



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Police say death does not appear to be random BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Drive, 2:19 p.m.

Theft from vehicle, 9300 block Good Luck Road, 6:07 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8600 block Magnolia Drive, 6:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4400 block Patuxent Overlook Drive, 6:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 17200 block Longleaf Drive, 7:25 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 8700

Suitland woman’s death ruled homicide

Vehicle stolen and recovered, 8500 block Rainswood

NOV. 14

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A Suitland woman was found dead outside a Landover home Tuesday. Preliminary investigation by police indicates that Stefanie Anne Littlejohn, 30, of Suitland, was not the victim of a random attack, said Police Officer First Class Harry Bond. She was pronounced dead when she was found outside a home in the 2400 block of Kent Village Place after officers re-

sponded to a call regarding a stabbing at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. William Alexander, a county police spokesman. The cause of death is unknown, with police working to identify her wounds as gunshots, stabs or some other trauma, Alexander said. Police are working on identifying a list of suspects, he said. Anyone with information can call the homicide unit at 301-7724925 or report tips anonymously by calling the Crime Solvers line at 1-866-411-8477. Tips leading to an arrest and indictment can result in a reward of up to $25,000.

Upper Marlboro arson destroyed 10 vehicles n

Investigation continues BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Prince George’s County fire/ EMS officials said a Nov. 13 arson in Watkins Regional Park destroyed 10 vehicles, nine of which belong to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, with damages totaling about $110,000. The fire/EMS department was dispatched at about 5 a.m. to the Upper Marlboro park, where they discovered a vehicle on fire and another vehicle partially burning, said Mark Brady, county fire/EMS spokesman. Upon further inspection, investigators found that 10 total vehicles had been destroyed after

a personal vehicle, a Cadillac, not owned by the commission, was set on fire at about 2 a.m., Brady said. The wind spread the fire from the private car to the nine other vehicles, which included minivans, sedans, small buses and other vehicles belonging to the commission, Brady said. The fire has been labeled an arson, and fire investigators are continuing their work, looking into the status of the initial vehicle set on fire to determine if the vehicle was stolen, Brady said. As of Tuesday, the Fire/EMS Department is still investigating the fire and has no further information, he said.

Police: Abduction story false n

Youth reportedly lied about incident BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

A 12-year-old who said he was nearly abducted near Central High School in Capitol Heights on Friday prompted a Prince George’s County police search. But after police spent a portion of Saturday canvassing the

neighborhood looking for the alleged abductor and talking to witnesses, the youth admitted that he made the event up, police said. County police received the initial call at 5:15 p.m. on Friday to the 200 block of Cabin Branch Road in Capitol Heights for an attempted abduction. Information about the alleged victim’s motives and potential punishment were not available, said Nicole Hubbard, county police spokeswoman.


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Kennedy assassination still raises questions 50 years later Maryland autopsy among more controversial aspects







In the early-morning hours of Nov. 23, 1963, Dr. James J. Humes washed his hands after overseeing what is arguably the most controversial autopsy in modern U.S. history at Bethesda Naval Hospital, now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The director of laboratories of the National Medical School in Bethesda took his notes of the proceedings to his Bethesda home and burned them after meticulously copying the records because, Humes later testified, they were stained with John F. Kennedy’s blood and “inappropriate to be turned over to anyone.” “Having transcribed those notes … I destroyed those pieces of paper,” Humes, who died in 1999, testified in 1977 before a medical panel convened by the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, one of several political bodies that investigated the killing. “I felt they would fall into the hands of some sensation seeker.” That admission is one of many facets of the case that have fueled speculation of a cover-up and conspiracy over Kennedy’s death for the past 50 years. As the half-century anniversary approaches Friday, the autopsy in Bethesda continues to be one of the more controversial elements. “Dr. Humes may have had his reasons for burning the original autopsy notes,” Philip Shenon, a former New York Times journalist and author of a new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination,” said in an interview. “But it was still jaw-dropping to discover what he did.” Jim Lesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, a private organization in Silver Spring that preserves documents and other records on political assassinations, added, “It was an extraordinarily controversial autopsy that has been denounced by many authorities in the field.”

Walter Reed does not have anyone still working there who can comment on the autopsy, but a historian at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery was preparing an information packet Tuesday about the autopsy and Navy medicine, said Katie Mollet, a medical center spokeswoman. James Curtis Jenkins, one of the few present at the autopsy still alive, is scheduled to speak this weekend during a conference in Dallas on the assassination organized by JFK Lancer Productions and Publications. In his 1977 testimony, Humes said he was “distressed” over allegations of being involved in a cover-up, which he called “totally ridiculous.” He reiterated his testimony before the Warren Commission, formed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the killing. Humes said he believed two gunshots struck Kennedy and both came from behind. But when asked if he could say the shots came from above, Humes stopped short. Accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was thought by the Warren Commission to have shot at Kennedy from behind and above, from the sixth floor of the nearby Texas School Book Depository. Humes acknowledged burning an original draft of the autopsy report that was not stained with Kennedy’s blood because he “didn’t want anything to remain that some squirrel would grab on and make whatever use that they might.”

Dr. Michael Baden testifies in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 1978, with X-rays and drawings.

‘Hysterical’ scene

Conspiracy sentiment

The scene in that Bethesda examination room was “hysterical,” with a large contingent of officials and medical professionals in the room, Humes testified in 1977. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, and brother Robert remained at the hospital, and a crowd gathered outside on the grounds. “How we kept our wits about us as well as we did is amazing to me,” Humes said. “There was no question but we were being urged to expedite this examination as quickly as possible. … We made every effort to put aside [such urgings] and approach this investigation in as scientific a manner as we could. But did it harass us and cause difficulty? Of course it did; how could it not?” The House committee medical panel, headed by former New York City chief medical examiner Michael Baden, concurred with the Warren Commission and Bethesda autopsy pathologists that two bullets had struck Kennedy from behind.



But there was a key dissenter, former Allegheny County, Pa., coroner Cyril Wecht, who disagreed that a single bullet struck Kennedy and then caused all of the wounds to Texas Gov. John Connally, who was riding in the car with Kennedy. “Without the single-bullet theory, there cannot be one assassin, whether it is Oswald or anybody else,” Wecht testified in 1978. He also raised questions about the “remote” possibility of another shot fired from the right side or lower right rear that could have struck Kennedy at the same time a shot struck him in the back of the head.

A recent Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of Americans believe others besides Oswald were involved in Kennedy’s killing. That’s down from 75 percent a decade ago. Among those who professed questions in recent years was James W. Sibert, a former FBI agent who took notes in the Bethesda autopsy room for the federal agency. Sibert, who died in 2012, was quoted in numerous published reports that he didn’t “buy the single-bullet theory.” Humes told the assassinations review board that the remains of Kennedy’s brain was placed in a stainless-steel container during the autopsy. The remains reportedly were taken to the National Archives in 1965, but they turned up missing in 1966. The House assassinations committee “was not able to determine precisely what happened to the missing materials,” the panel said in its report.


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Council defers vote on minimum wage n

No date set for decision BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Approving raises to the minimum wage will have to wait as the Prince George’s County Council decided not to vote on a bill that would raise the minimum wage by a total of $4.25 over a three-year period. County Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison (DDist. 5) of Springdale said the council was waiting on information from Montgomery County before it passed the bill. The minimum wage bill was announced as a regional collaboration between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Washington, D.C., to limit


Continued from Page A-1 people looking to shop and be entertained,” Baker said. If traffic does backup, the area around the Tanger location will be stocked with some portable cameras to monitor traffic


Continued from Page A-1 plication now comes with the board’s recommendation for denial. Lisa Avery, advisory planning board chairwoman, said she felt the board made the right decision for the people of the city, who had come out strong

competition with other counties that may attract businesses with lower employee wages. “At some point we have to act and do the job we were elected to do,” Harrison said during the council’s Tuesday meeting. “There is unanimous support on this council for this bill.” The bill would raise the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 over a three-year period with incremental increases. Employees who were exempt from state and federal wage laws and employees under the age of 18 working 20 or less hours would be exempt, according to the bill. David Iannucci, the county executive’s assistant deputy chief administrative officer for economic development and public infrastructure, was in favor of the council’s delay.

If Prince George’s County were to raise the wage alone, the high-end retail stores that county residents are looking for may choose to build in other locations, he said. “It was wise to wait and determine what D.C. and Montgomery County were going to do,” Iannucci said. “We have serious concerns about the ability of Prince George’s County’s economy to stand alone with a higher wage scale than our neighbors.” No date has been set for the vote, but Harrison said the plan is to vote on the bill before the end of the council’s 2013 legislative session. Bills that don’t receive a vote by the end of the session are said to have failed and must be reintroduced, according to council rules.

flow in case cars back up to Interstate 95, prompting the need for adjustments by the Maryland State Highway Administration, said SHA spokesman David Buck. “We are certainly aware of that weekend,” Buck said. “If it is only parking that becomes overwhelmed, that’s an issue for

National Harbor.” Tanger’s opening is occurring about a year after construction started. Each store is having its own separate sales and Tanger is offering a coupon on its website as part of the event, Wallace said.

against Wal-Mart moving and building a bigger store. The board’s decision contradicts the Bowie Planning Department staff’s recommendation to approve Wal-Mart’s application. “A lot of people against [WalMart] were passionate and had a strong argument,” Avery said. Andre Gingles, an attorney representing Wal-Mart, said

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Continued from Page A-1 “Anything is possible at this point and time,” Thagard said. Bowie hasn’t been completely forgotten, another major city construction project, an expansion of Md. 197, also known as Collington Road, near Kenhill Drive received $11 million

in funding for engineering. Construction funding for Collington Road has not yet been provided, Meinert said, adding that there was a lot of money announced in the $650 million Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 earlier this year, “and none of it came here.” “Everyone agrees that it has to be done,” Robinson said.

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Continued from Page A-1 worked out well since its installation in 2005. “You can put in private alerts also, if you have someone with a custody issue, or if the school has had a previous issue with a person,” said Yatsuk. While he did not have statistics available by deadline, Yatsuk said quite a few sex offenders on school property were identified via the system. Yatsuk said that if an individual is flagged, staff can compare photos or physical descriptions


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Thursday, November 21, 2013 bo with the individual, and if they match, can send an alert to school security and police. Yatsuk said Anne Arundel’s system cost $1,500 per school for installation in the first year, and now costs $470 per school per year. Ernest Moore, president of the Prince George’s County PTA Council, said such a system could greatly improve school security. “I think it’s a great idea. It provides an extra level of documentation,” Moore said. Moore said his only concerns were the cost of such a system, and ensuring that staff

are trained regarding confidential information that may come up. Yatsuk said there were some initial concerns regarding privacy in Anne Arundel County. “But that’s really gone away now, as people have understood the importance of keeping our schools safe,” Yatsuk said. Jen Ontiveros of Greenbelt teaches at William Tyler Paige Elementary School in Colesville, which she said uses an ID scan system. Ontiveros, who has children attending two Prince George’s elementary schools, said she would like to see such a system in her children’s schools. “I think it may be a little difficult to get started, but once it’s up and running, it’s great,” Ontiveros said. Maxwell said the design of new school construction will direct visitors to the office before they can access the rest of the school. Referred to as locking vestibules, several new schools including Greenbelt Middle School, Fairmont Heights High School and Vansville Elementary School, have this feature and it will be included in the design of all future schools, Barrett said. To secure temporary buildings, Maxwell said establishing a 6-foot fence around the perimeter will help limit unauthorized access, and is something the school system is working to provide at all 96 schools that use temporary buildings. Other security efforts include conducting drills for an active shooter threat on both the schools and main school system levels. “While you cannot stop someone with a Bushmaster from getting into a building, you can certainly limit what he can do with an appropriate security response,” Maxwell said. The school system conducts active shooter drills in collaboration with local law enforcement every year. In July, an active shooter drill was held at High Point High School in Beltsville. janfenson-comeau@



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Do the right thing: Stop bullying the Redskins


Prince George’s County schools CEO Kevin Maxwell talks about challenges in the school system with The Gazette editorial board Nov. 14.

Finding new hope for old challenges

To say that Prince George’s schools CEO Kevin Maxwell has his hands full may be the understatement of the year. Hired this past summer, Maxwell is hoping to make gains in a long struggling school system at a time of significant upheaval in county and state education — and at a point when many Prince George’s parents have run out of patience. And, as he noted in a Nov. 14 interview with The Gazette editorial board, “We’re a big organization. One of the largest in the country.” The topic of school security alone could fill up much of his days. He’s seeking installation of a security sysSCHOOL CEO tem at county schools that visitors’ identification HAS MAJOR TASK; scans cards using information from COUNTY NEEDS other databases in deciding MAJOR RESULTS whether to allow access to a school (people listed on the sexual offender registry would be flagged, for example). Some county schools have systems that scan IDs, but the system doesn’t use other databases. He’s also debating whether to put high fences around temporary classrooms to better secure the trailer-like structures, and believes security training in schools and administrative offices needs to be increased. The condition of school buildings is yet another Pandora’s box. Many county schools are old and in such bad shape that funding has struggled to keep up with facility needs. Maxwell is eyeing the different possibilities regarding funding, such as whether the school system could get upfront state aid rather than getting it piecemeal over multiple years. He’s also pushing for more efficient ways of planning facility improvements, to include better coordination between agencies. And those issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Prince George’s students’ test scores rank near or at the bottom each year on state tests. With the implementation underway of new national education standards, the Common Core curriculum, Maxwell said scores are likely to take a dip when students take the new test aligned with the curriculum next school year. Granted, a drop in scores is expected in general on the new tests, but such news can be particularly hard to take in a county where, at some schools, less than half the students score proficient or advanced in reading and math. Add in the problem of teachers fleeing for higher paying jobs elsewhere, a controversial teacher evaluation system, needed expansion of specialty education programs, low parental involvement and a school system structure that was overhauled just weeks before he was hired, and it’s clear that he’ll earn every bit of his $290,000 annual salary if he actually brings results. And he’s optimistic that he will, explaining that parents should be able to see real differences in schools as early as a year from now. Maxwell said he has a team focusing on improving the county’s graduation rate, is working collaboratively with other agencies and organizations to provide school resources, and hopes to release a plan soon outlining an expansion of specialty education programs, if funding allows. He understands the need to see significant progress in the school system and put his challenge in very simple terms: “We have to get better faster than other districts.” It’s not the first time a new school leader has come to the county armed with good intentions and great ideas, but Maxwell is different in that he actually knows the county. He began his education career in Prince George’s in 1978, is a longtime Bowie resident, had children graduate from the school system and was a former principal in Prince George’s. His background allows him to bypass the learning curve many superintendents have had in figuring out the system’s challenges, and he’s less likely to bail for a job in another state given his roots in Prince George’s. Nevertheless, the road ahead will be rough, and residents who haven’t had a superintendent last more than four years in more than two decades will understandably be skeptical about whether Maxwell is the real deal or another peddler of hope. Now, more than ever, results matter.

Gazette-Star Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher

I have been hearing the controversy over the Redskins name, most recently in your Letters to the Editors section on Oct. 31. I take offense that this issue has been twisted into a “moral dilemma” and likened to instances of childhood (or adult) name-calling. It’s time that people stand up to the radical political correctness agenda and say enough is enough. The Washington Redskins are not calling anyone names. The Washington Redskins have chosen a distinguished logo and named themselves. This name has existed since 1933 as a tribute to then head coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz, who was believed to have a Native American heritage. It was also an evolution of the previous name, the “Braves,” that referenced Native Americans but was changed due to confusion with the Boston Braves baseball team. The time for outrage, if ever, was in 1933 when the name was changed. The time for acceptance that the word has evolved in meaning and context is now, in 2013. The people urging for sensitivity and political correctness neglect to view the word in the context it is being used. There

A word is not a racial slur simply because someone chooses to categorize it that way, or even if in a different time or context it was used that way. is an extreme difference between being called a “damned Yankee” in a New York baseball stadium and being called a “damned Yankee” in a southern tavern. One of those scenarios more than likely precipitates a fistfight. The same can be argued for the Redskins team name. The danger of this radical political correctness is that it rips words from their contexts and infuses them with the omnipotent power to offend despite the actual meaning behind them. When did making a racial slur stop

Ken Sain, Sports Editor Dan Gross, Photo Editor Jessica Loder, Web Editor

Meredith Pendergrass, Bowie

Kennedy’s education dream left unfulfilled “A child miseducated is a child lost.” — JFK. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. My fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Turner, steps out of the classroom for a minute and returns, visibly shaken, to announce we will be dismissed to the buses and sent home a little early today because President Kennedy has been killed in Dallas. The baby boom generation’s first socalled “flashbulb” memory, virtually everyone alive on Nov. 22, 1963, remembers, with almost photographic precision, the moment they heard the news. Indelibly burned into my mind’s eye is the image of my mother, Kleenex in hand, her eyes swollen from an afternoon of weeping in front of the television waiting on every word from Walter Cronkite, then the news anchorman for CBS. Given the vivid nature of the memories, it is difficult to comprehend that half a century separates us from that dark hour of American history.

It is fraught with unintended irony that the end of American Education Week this year will coincide with a landmark anniversary of such a deep scar on our national psyche. Is it not worrisome that, in the intervening decades, we have never again focused with such laser-like intensity on achievable national goals such as landing a man on the moon and returning him safely? Is it not disturbing that political agendas now seem most intent on erecting roadblocks and barricades to noble and visionary causes? My generation, the one called to commit itself to national service and the common good, will forever wonder whether JFK might have inspired this nation to achieve his goal of giving all children “the right to an education to the limit of their ability.” As we celebrate our educational accomplishments and set our goals for the future, it is abundantly clear that this nation possesses sufficient resources to meet the needs of every child. It is not clear, however, that we will ever muster the po-

litical will to render ZIP codes irrelevant to educational opportunity so that we create a world free of the concept of disposable children. Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.

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Election tea leaves Any lessons from the Nov. 5 “off year” elections in New Jersey, Virginia and a host of small Maryland municipalities? Thanks to his impressive victory in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is the frontrunner for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Pundits say he’s the perfect “crossover” moderate who can attract Democrats and independents because he won 32 percent of New Jersey’s Democrats, 21 percent of blacks, 57 percent of women and 51 percent of Latinos. But Christie has two problems: first, he’s being set up by the national media with the same “I’ll call you in the morning” treatment John McCain got when he opposed George Bush in 2000. The MY MARYLAND media promoted BLAIR LEE McCain to undermine Bush but, in 2008, dropped McCain like a hot rock in favor of Barack Obama. Likewise, today’s media is using Christie to undermine the tea party, but in 2016 Chris Christie will wonder why all his gushing media buddies are lined up behind Hillary Clinton. Christie’s second problem is the tea party, whom he must convince that he’s not a RINO (Republican in name only). That’s a tough sell even though Christie has pretty solid conservative credentials: vetoed gay marriage, cut taxes, stood up to employee unions, pro-life and so on. But he took a pass on Mitt Romney’s campaign, hasn’t helped conservative candidates elsewhere and buddied up with Obama after Hurricane Sandy. Christie can never out-tea party Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, who also covet the 2016 nomination. But only Christie has a credible chance of defeating Hillary. And that, in a nutshell, is the GOP’s conundrum. The purpose of a political party is to win the election and run the government in accordance with its political philoso-

phy. It’s a package deal: The party’s philosophy must inspire enough voters to win the election. Right now the GOP is in the midst of realigning its political philosophy so that it accommodates its tea party base while winning national elections. Shifts in national events and passions shape political parties, not the other way around. Parties are the manifestation of changes in the popular will. When events cause a popular uprising significant enough to attract large numbers of voters, the political parties must absorb the movement before it morphs into a third political party. The Whig party stood for industrialization but opposed Manifest Destiny, the Mexican War and Andrew Jackson. However, when slavery overshadowed expansion, it split the Whigs and gave birth to the anti-slavery Republican Party and the Civil War. Sidelined for decades after the Civil War, the Democrats finally regained control by forming an unholy alliance of northern workers, western farmers and southern segregationists, a deal that sold blacks down the river. The 1960s social upheavals saw another realignment as southern whites became Republicans while the Democratic Party became the party of racial minorities (the last Democratic presidential candidate to win a white majority was LBJ in 1964). Now the Republicans must accommodate those Americans upset by debt, dysfunction and moral decline (the tea party) by making their concerns the party’s top agenda items. Then, it must convince a national majority to agree. It’s a tough task being made easier by the Democrats. The Obamacare debacle almost pulled out a victory for a Virginia gubernatorial candidate who had everything going against him. Also, last month, Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Dem swept into the U.S. Senate by Obama’s 2008 win, was ahead by double digits. Now she’s trailing her chief GOP rival by one point. The worse Obamacare grows, the more it

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requiring the speaker to be racist and actually intend to make a slur? A word is not a racial slur simply because someone chooses to categorize it that way, or even if in a different time or context it was used that way. In the year 2013, the Redskins name has been emptied of any historical offense and is not used abusively, it is uttered innocently by proud sports fans. The meanings of words evolve over time and to neglect the ebb and flow of our lexicon in order to feign offense is absurd. In its worst light, if the Redskins name is deemed to offend some, there is no right to be free from being offended. The segment of the population that has gotten better than ever at finding reasons to take offense should not have the power to pressure a team to abandon their First Amendment rights of choosing their own name. This issue is not about taking responsibility, being role models to our children or name-calling; it’s about learning to tolerate the choices of others even if they are not the same ones you would make. It’s about respecting diversity in this country even if the beliefs of others offend you.

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looks like a 2014 game changer for Republicans whose slogan will be, “We told you so.” Meanwhile, all’s quiet back in Maryland where voters returned the incumbents in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park, Bowie, Rockville, Annapolis, College Park, Frederick and so on. The big exception was the Annapolis mayor’s race where a Republican narrowly defeated the incumbent Democrat. In typical one-party think, the majority Democratic City Council considered legislation stripping the new mayor of all his powers but a voter backlash now has the council in hasty retreat. Otherwise, not a blip on the radar. Looks like the 2010 elections all over again when the national tea party rebellion (“shellacking,” said Obama) swept the nation but bypassed Maryland. If there’s a voter rebellion brewing in Maryland, you sure couldn’t tell it by the recent elections. But here’s a good sidebar: In 2005 the legislature passed a law that says no person can “willfully and knowingly influence or attempt to influence a voter’s decision whether to go to the polls ... through the use of force, fraud, threat, menace” etc. Two Ehrlich campaigners were tried and convicted for using fake election day robocalls telling blacks to stay home because Obama and O’Malley were safely reelected. One of the campaigners actually went to jail. The recent elections saw a host of similar “dirty tricks” including phony Frederick robocalls about a candidate’s “unpaid taxes,” Annapolis lawn signs in black neighborhoods falsely linking a candidate to the tea party and robocalls went out to Frederick voters giving them the wrong polling place addresses. Is the state prosecutor investigating? Will anyone be charged, or tried or go to jail? Is the moon made of green cheese? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail. com.

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David Golladay never complains. So when he asked to come out of Saturday’s game, Bowie State University’s men’s basketball coach Darrell Brooks was surprised. “He took himself out of the game and he doesn’t ever do that,” Brooks said. “So

I knew he was really hurt. He wasn’t moving well — he was playing through it — but I guess it became too much.” Golladay, who suffered a right thigh contusion after getting hit in practice two weeks ago, has stepped into a stating role this winter for the Bulldogs. In four games, the senior has averaged 6.0 points per game with 1.3 rebounds a contest. But the injury has limited the 2009 Henry A. Wise High School graduate — he played 25 minutes in each of the first two contests and no more than 11 in the two games since suffering the injury. “It’s hard to play on one leg,” Golladay

said with a laugh before practice on Tuesday. “The way I play, it’s my strong leg. I’ll be fine in a bit, but I just can’t move well at all right now.” When the 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward is healthy, Brooks anticipates significant contributions to a team that won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament last season. “He starts for us for a reason,” Brooks said. “He’s a really good athletic wing guy that can score. He’s not a great 3-point shooter, but he’s a very, very solid mid-

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Bowie State University basketball player and Henry A. Wise graduate David Golladay is a key starter for the Bulldogs this winter.

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Quarterback Earon Settles (right) of Forestville High School carries the ball in the second half on a drive that produced a touch down against host Surrattsville Monday in Clinton.

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DeMatha regains the WCAC football crown For the first time since 2008, DeMatha Catholic High School’s football team is the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion. Led by a dominant rushing attack and an efficient passing performance from senior quarterback John Lovett, the Stags defeated St. John’s College High

31-10 Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park. “Words can’t describe it,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said after the game. “All the hard work, the many hours of commitment to the program. For our boys to come out here and do this, man it’s the best feeling in the world.” Senior running back Taiwan Deal rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown while Lovett completed seven of nine passes for 108 yards. Senior receiver Cameron Phillips collected four receptions, including a 19-yard touch-

s if the new teachers, positions and playbooks weren’t enough for Forestville Military Academy’s Earon Settles, the transfer student-athlete had to adjust to a new nickname, too, this fall. Settles, known by his coaches and teammates as “E-Ron,” started at quarterback and safety in his first and final season with the Knights. The senior excelled on both sides of the ball, leading his team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the postseason. “I’ve come to realize that this was meant for me. This is where I should be,” Settles said. Settles, a transfer, was effective under center, both as a run-

down in the first half. DeMatha (11-1) defeated St. John’s 26-21 when the teams met in the regular season.

Playoff rematch Suitland (11-0) puts its perfect season on the line in the Class 4A South Region title game against DuVal (10-1), scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in District Heights. The Rams defeated the Tigers 21-14 in the first round of last year’s playoffs and won 21-6 in this fall’s regular-season meeting.

ner and a passer. He finished the season with 759 yards rushing, 630 yards passing and 24 total offensive touchdowns. On defense, he was as impressive, recording 68 tackles, six forced fumbles and three interceptions — two that were taken back for touchdowns. “The hardest hitter in the county, bar none,” Forestville coach Charles Harley said. Settles played at Bishop O’Connell in Virginia through his junior season but landed in trouble last school year after stealing a backpack — an act he regrets. He received an in-school suspension and said it was a tough situation. He wanted a fresh start after the incident, which is exactly what he got at Forestville. While transferring to a new school as an upperclassman was a challenge, he said being part of

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DuVal has won seven straight games since losing to Suitland and is coming off a 1412 victory over Henry A. Wise, the defending 4A state champions. Rams quarterback Wesley Wolfolk threw for three touchdowns and ran for one in Suitland’s 31-7 semifinal victory over Charles H. Flowers.

Surrattsville’s shutout Surrattsville (9-2) will face Sparrows Point in the Class 1A North Region championship after shutting out the Friend-

It was anything but a fairy-tale finish for Charles H. Flowers High School quarterback Malik White, who stood on the sidelines as his team was eliminated in the Class 4A South Region semifinals. After leading the Jaguars to a 7-0 start this fall, the senior suffered a concussion and a knee injury in back-to-back games. White’s injuries, combined with Flowers’ difficult late-season schedule, triggered a four-game losing streak which culminated in Saturday’s 31-7 playoff loss to Suitland (11-0). “We definitely missed him not being there,” Flowers coach Mike Mayo said. “The playbook is not as big without him in there.” White was cruising in his first year as a full-time starting quarterback, helping the Jaguars dominate their early-season opponents. Flowers outscored opponents by a combined 224 points in its six victories, excluding Bowie’s forfeit. “We were able to do some different things with him,” Mayo said. But the season went downhill after the hot start. In the eighth game against Suitland, White went down with a concussion and was forced out of the game. The teams were scoreless heading into halftime before the Rams pulled away with a 27-6 victory. White returned the following week in a 40-19 loss to DuVal and was again taken out of the game, this time with a knee injury — a sprained medial collateral ligament. The Jaguars played without White in their seasonfinale the next week, losing 25-0 to Henry A. Wise. The following week in the postseason they were defeated by Suitland with White on the sidelines and Brian

See FLOWERS, Page A-11


Charles H. Flowers High School quarterback Malik White tries to recover the ball against DuVal.

ship Academy Engineering & Tech of Baltimore 35-0 in the semifinals. Hornets tailback Amaru Major ran for 194 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown on the team’s first offensive play. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Surrattsville. Harvey Valentine, Terron Hampton and Ted Black contributed.

Clash of unbeatens Gwynn Park (11-0) senior quarterback Jay Adams threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns,

leading his team to a 42-32 victory over Frederick Douglass (83) in the Class 2A South Region semifinals. “Nobody said we could beat them twice in one season, we proved them wrong,” said senior Omar Branch, who caught a 69yard touchdown in the win. Gwynn Park is scheduled to play at Patuxent (11-0) 7 p.m. Friday. “They got a very good team,” Gwynn Park coach Danny Hayes said. “They’re not undefeated for nothing.”


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Cross Country

Boys’ Runner of the Year

Girls’ Runner of the Year

Joshua Wilkins

Imani Matthews

Bowie Senior

Flowers Senior

Wilkins finished first in the the county (16:02), first in the 4A South Region (16:03) and seventh in the state (16:16)

Topped the county (20:51) at Fort Washington National Park and won the region with an impressive time of 20:57


Bowie’s Joshua Wilkins (left) is The Gazette’s Runner of the Year in cross country.


Flowers’ Imani Matthews (Runner of the Year) and Alexis Baynes are on the All-Gazette team.

Boys’ first team

Adel Akalu Oxon Hill Sophomore He finished second in the 4A South region (17:15)

Girls’ first team

Donnell Davis

Joseph Graham

Terrell Green

Caleb McCammon

Alyson Allen

Flowers Senior

Bowie Senior

DeMatha Junior

Douglass Senior

Laurel Sophomore

Roosevelt Freshman

He placed fourth in county (17:22) and ninth in region

Finished third in both the county (17:16) and 4A South meets

Graham was consistent, including fifth at Landon (17:32)

He took second at county meet (16:49) and 23rd in the state

He finished sixth (17:49) in county and fifth in the region

Finished sixth in county (21:51) and eighth at regionals

Justin Bentham

Boys’ Coaches of the Year Rich Andrulonis Bowie, 31st season Lovingly known as “Coach A,” the running lifer led his Bulldogs to a three-peat of both the county and 4A South Region championships


Continued from Page A-10 Forestville’s football program eased the transition. Teammates and coaches welcomed Settles, even giving him the “E-Ron” nickname — his name is pronounced “EH-rin.” “I don’t remember the last time I heard somebody call him Earon,” senior teammate Marcel Joly said. Quarterback was a new position for Settles, who had experience playing linebacker, wide receiver and offensive line at various youth levels. He volunteered to start under center before the season — “I told Coach Harley, ‘I can throw’” — and


Continued from Page A-10 range game.” Added Golladay: “I’ve gotten smarter. College ball teaches you how to take less shots and score more, learn how to play and anticipate what your teammates and opponents are going to do.” After graduating from Wise, Golladay played two years at Mount St. Mary’s, but transferred to Prince George’s Community College following a coaching change. He also wanted to be closer to home to his 2-year-old daughter, Madison, who comes to some of Bowie State’s practices to watch her father and most of the Bulldogs’ home games. Last year at Bowie State, he played sparingly off the bench. “Those were a couple of the reasons and I knew when I transferred, I knew I was going to go to a [junior college]. PGCC called and it’s 10 minutes from my house so it was an easy decision.” Added Brooks: “I don’t remember him at Wise, but I sure remember him at Mount St. Mary’s. We knew he was looking to [transfer] and knew he was good, so we said, ‘Go get him.’” The Bulldogs are 1-3 this winter, but Brooks and Golladay believe a difficult non-conference schedule, including an exhibition loss at Duke, one of the top-five programs in Division I, and early season struggles will pay dividends later in the year. Bowie State has also instituted a full-court press style of play, a departure from previous seasons when the team played at a slower pace. “We’ll take hits early and

Anne Dickerson

Devonni Farrar

Ashley Modeste

Mercedes Stokes

Flowers Junior

Roosevelt Junior

Largo Senior

Bowie Sophomore

Central Senior

Took second in the county (21:00) and the region (20:58)

Recorded her top time in big meet at regionals (21:52)

Largo’s leader had a fifth-place finish in the county (21:46)

Finished fourth in county (21:42) and third in the 4A South

Stokes finished third in the county (21:22), first in region

Alexis Baynes

Boys’ second team

Girls’ second team

Michael Aregaye, Parkdale, senior; Cameron Burgess, Charles H. Flowers, sophomore; Ryan LeTerouea, Eleanor Roosevelt, senior; Chris Jeletic, DeMatha, junior; Hangaamo Lintiso, High Point, sophomore; Jalend Hill, DuVal, junior; Martrell Royal, Bowie, senior; Amen Tefarie, Forestville Military Academy, senior; Dwaine Thomas, Bowie, senior; Allen Webster, Henry A. Wise, sophomore

Jolaade Adepoju, Parkdale, senior; Samantha Bowie, Bishop McNamara, junior; Mary Anna Brogi, Eleanor Roosevelt, sophomore; Siyana Dottin, Elizabeth Seton, sophomore; Ashley Gbedo, Parkdale, junior; Felicia Haidara, Bowie, freshman; Erika Nelson, Elizabeth Seton, senior; Chyna Sequeira, Bowie, junior; Zari Weaver, Bowie, junior; Sashane Williams, Bladensburg, senior

the senior was inserted into the starting lineup. While last year’s team shuffled quarterbacks, Settles was the permanent starter this season. He was an exceptionally quick learner, teammates and coaches said. He not only started under center, but he was also the play-caller. “He’s not really a quarterback, but he’s a tough kid who leads well,” Harley said. Forestville assistant Evan Murray said Settles is like an assistant coach when he is playing safety. He said Settles’ football IQ is “off the charts.” “He makes our job really easy,” Murray said. The Knights run a college-style

we’ll be fine,” Brooks said. “The guys loved playing at Duke and it was a great experience for us since they didn’t treat us like D-II Bowie State, they treated us like rival North Carolina. That game showed us that we can be good.”

defense with 100-plus packages, Murray said. Joly, who verbally committed to play football at the University of Iowa, said he was impressed by Settles’ ability to learn the playbook in his first year with Forestville. “He just takes a glance at it and he knows what everybody has to do,” Joly said. “… For him to just come and know the signals, it was pretty cool.” Settles’ senior season ended with a 20-16 loss to Sparrows Point in the 1A North Region semifinal on Saturday. He threw a touchdown and ran for 29 yards in the defeat. The senior said he wants to continue playing football in college.

A season after being the Bulldogs’ primary facilitator, senior and Oxon Hill graduate Ray Gatling (20.5 ppg) has assumed a prominent scoring role along with classmate forward Carlos Smith (12.5 ppg).

Girls’ Coach of the Year


Continued from Page A-10 Brown starting at quarterback. “[White] looked like he just wanted to put his pads on and get out there,” said senior teammate Dorian Cash. Cash, who played on the offensive and defensive line, said White was a strong leader and an effective quarterback. “He’s a team captain and he talks to us when we need talking to,” Cash said. The Jaguars took a step forward with White under center, improving on last year’s six-win season, Mayo said. White said he worked hard in the offseason in preparation for his first season as full-time starter, watching game film and running track. The extra effort paid off.

“I asked Ray to be the point guard last year and he was as big for us as [2013 graduate Byron Westmorland]was,butwithWestmorland gone, we need Ray to score now and he clearly — he did it in high school — can do that,”

Andrew Zanghi Eleanor Roosevelt After falling short of beating Bowie for a majority of the season, the Raiders finished strong by besting the Bulldogs in the 4A South region and state meets

White finished the season with 540 yards in the air and eight passing touchdowns. “From year to year, he’s just gotten better,” Mayo said. White was productive as a runner, gaining 254 yards on the ground and rushing for nine touchdowns. As a running threat, White added another dimension to the offense, Mayo said. “He has no fear. He sticks his head in there,” he said. White said he would have preferred ending on different terms, but enjoyed his time playing high school in spite of the tough finish. He said he plans on playing football at the next level. “It was special for me to be 7-0 as a starter,” White said. “… I will remember the players on the team, the coaches and the game.”

Brooks said. “There are a lot of guys in different roles and we are adjusting. Carlos went from a role, fill-in guy to the guy. Ray went from point to a scoring guard.” A season removed from the NCAA tournament, expectations

are high for Bowie State. “We’ve started slow, just like last year, but we’ll turn it around again,” Golladay said. “I see no reason why it won’t happen.”



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The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment

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Documentary explores link between Washington church and children of Hiroshima blast


Howard Bell, an American adviser, meets with school children as Hiroshima struggled to rebuild after the atomic bombing in 1945. The photo appears in a screening of “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard” on Sunday at The Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. The locally made documentary tells the story of children who drew pictures in thanks for school supplies sent to them by a Washington, D.C., church. Sixty years later, church members went to Hiroshima to meet the people who had created the drawings.




ot long after Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, a church in Washington, D.C., sent school supplies to surviving children in the devastated Japanese city, which was struggling to rebuild. Using the crayons, pencils and paints from All Souls Church Unitarian, the children sent back two portfolios of colorful drawings made with the supplies as thanks. But it wasn’t until Shizumi Manale of Silver Spring saw the drawings in 2006 as the church was thinking about returning

them to Hiroshima that the idea of a documentary took root. “She was so moved by these pictures,” said filmmaker Bryan Reichhardt, also of Silver Spring, who had worked with Manale on a previous project. The remarkable reconnection after 60 years between the church and Japan is chronicled in the documentary “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard,” screening on Sunday at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. Reichhardt, who wrote and directed the 82-minute film, will be present at the event to answer questions from the audience. The exhibit of drawings from the documentary will be on view at Montpelier to Dec. 1.

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Introducing ‘Albert’ n


n Where: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road., Laurel n Tickets: $5 n For information: 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks. com,

Concert brings sounds of Belgium to life BY




If you’re new to the operatic world, Nick Olcott, interim director of the Maryland Opera Studio, suggests a comedy such as “Albert Herring,” opening Friday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, to ease you in. “I think it’s important when people are going to come to the opera for the first time, they should come to a comedy because it is much more accessible and much more relatable than big tragedies,” Olcott said. “And this one, on top of everything else, is in English so you don’t have to know Italian.” Composed by British composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten, “Albert Herring” is the story of “hapless lad” Albert and his attempt to shed his good-boy image. His timing is unfortunate, however, as the presumptuous Lady Billows has decided

n When: Film at 1 p.m. Sunday, exhibit runs to Dec. 1

From Brussels, with love

Maryland opera students aim to break stereotypes BY


The Maryland Opera Studio is a graduate program within Maryland’s School of Music. Every year, about 10 students are admitted to the studio, which functions as an academic

Belgium is known the world over for beer, chocolate, waffles and even actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. What many might not know is Belgium has a rich history of artistry, most notably when it comes to music. World-famous musicians, such as Jacques Brel and Josquin des Prez, called Belgium home. Without Adolphe Sax, who was born in Wallonia, Belgium, the world wouldn’t have the saxophone. Those are just some of the things Annick Kanter-St. Hubert wants folks to know, which is why she came up with the idea for the “Beyond Beer, Chocolate and Lace: Belgium’s Brightest and Best,” concert, which is set

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See BRUSSELS, Page B-4


Three students from the Maryland Opera Studio rehearse for “Albert Herring,” opening at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Friday. to break from tradition and crown a King of the May instead of a queen. “Albert Herring” is the first of two productions the Maryland Opera Studio will produce during the 2013-2014 academic year. The second, Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” will open in April.


The Voix de Femmes women’s chamber choir will perform at the “Beyond Beer, Chocolate and Lace: Belgium’s Brightest and Best,” concert at Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville on Sunday.


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Complete calendar online at

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Cover of Life,” to Nov. 24, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-8050219, Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Blind Summit: “The

Table,” 8 p.m. Nov. 20-22; Faculty Artist Recital: Linda Mabbs remembers Britten, 8 p.m. Nov. 21; Maryland Opera Studio: Albert Herring, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 25-26, 3 p.m. Nov. 24; UMD Wind Ensemble: Carmina Burana, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Winter Big Band Showcase, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; Japanese Koto Ensemble and UMD Gamelan Saraswati, 8 p.m. Dec. 4; New Music at Maryland, 8 p.m. Dec. 4; Bach Cantata Series: NWV 106, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5; The Inner Landscape, 2 p.m. Dec. 5; Honors Chamber Music Recital, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.

Harmony Hall Regional Center,

TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livings-

ton Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “See How They Run,” to Nov. 30, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Hard Bargain Players, TBA, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Silk Road Dance Festival, 8 p.m. Nov. 9, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” to Nov. 24; “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play,” Dec. 13 to Jan. 4, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Montpelier Arts Center, “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard,” 1 p.m. Nov. 24; Divas Deck the Halls, 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, National Harbor, ICE! “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to Jan. 5, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland. Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, call for tickets and show

times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, Publick Playhouse, PRAISE Dance Festival Auditions, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23; Snow Queen, 10:15 a.m. and noon, Dec. 3, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Funny Money,” coming in January, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-8324819, www.2ndstarproductions. com. Tantallon Community Players, “Miracle on 34th Street,” Dec. 6-15; Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www.


VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “My Haiku: Paintings of Cianne Fragione,” to Dec. 28; Front Window Featured Artist: Ellyn Weiss, to Nov. 28, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts. Harmony Hall Regional Center, “It Happened One Night,” Paper Collage by Ronnie Spiewak, to Dec. 27, 2nd Annual Prince George’s Parks and Recreation Employee Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition, to Dec. 27, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. David C. Driskell Center, “Still...” by sculptor Allison Saar, to Dec. 13, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter.


NO STRINGS ATTACHED The grumpy puppet narrator has his own story to tell in the Blind Summit Theatre’s “The Table,” which closes Friday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park.

Montpelier Arts Center, “Hiro-

shima Schoolyard,” to Dec. 1, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-

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and venue, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937, www.

NIGHTLIFE Hand Dancing with D.C. Hand Dance Club, free lesson from 4 to

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Nov. 21; open mic with Joe Harris, 7 p.m. Nov. 21; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22-23; Frenchy and the Punk, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Nov. 23; Jelly Roll Mortals, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Ayreheart, 5 p.m. Nov. 24; Tower Green, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; Cajun Music Jam, 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 113 Centerway Road, 301-4745642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Sat-

urdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

REC CENTERS Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, Senior Days at

the Sportsplex, 8 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, seniors allowed free use of the fitness center and pool, age 60 and up, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, 301-583-2400.

Seat Pleasant Activity Center, Line Dancing, 6:30-8 p.m.

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, $40 series, $6 drop-ins, age 18 and up, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-6685.

ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for preschoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2-4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviationthemed activities for age 5 and up, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the con-


cert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921,


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Dogfish Head brewery continues to make a splash

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Sam Calagione, the brewery’s co-founder and co-owner, opened the Dogfish Head brewpub in 1995 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., near his wife’s hometown. It was named after Calagione’s fondly-remembered vacation spot near Boothbay Harbor in Maine to lend a New England character. Starting with a minuscule 12-gallon brewing facility that needed constant use to keep up with customer demand, Calagione was continuously brewing and getting bored with the repetition. He experimented by grabbing “everything but the kitchen sink,” in a brewing career that has led to his being called the “Mad Alchemist of Brewing.” Demand rapidly increased and a packaging brewery was added in 1997. The kitchen to brewpot escapades gave Dogfish a well

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earned reputation for using unusual ingredients and brewing unusual beers. Some of the non-standard additions to the Dogfish beers include St. John’s Wort, Saffron, Agave nectar, hawthorn berry from China, and spirulina, a blue green algae to give green color for a St. Patrick’s Day beer. Dogfish also has become renowned for its series of India Pale Ales, some very high alcohol brews, and re-creations of ancient ales. The three IPAs, called 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute, add hops continuously for the respective time durations. Calagione got the idea from watching a chef prepare food and adding spices on a continuous basis to enhance the flavor. The high alcohol beers, definite brewing achievements, include World Wide Stout (1520 percent alcohol by volume, ABV), once the highest alcohol beer being regularly brewed; Fort (15-18 percent ABV), a fruit beer with raspberries and the highest alcohol fruit beer being produced; 120 Minute IPA (15-20

percent ABV); and Olde School Barleywine (13-16 percent ABV.)

The Ancient Ales series started as a collaboration with Patrick McGovern, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, to recreate the libation consumed at King Midas’ funeral, calling it Midas Touch. Successive collaborations with the McGovern have resulted in producing Chateau Jiahu based on a 9000 year old dig in China; Theobroma based on an 3,200 year old Aztec chocolate beer; Ta Henket using ingredients and traditions from Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Bierra Etrusca Bronze from excavations in a 2,800 year old Etruscan tomb. Midas Touch (9 percent ABV) has a sweet, light honey nose with a hint of white grapes which presages the taste in the front. These all continue in the middle with a slight increase in the grape to medium. The finish adds muted alcohol notes which grow in the aftertaste giving a touch of alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8/7.5. Palo Santo Marron (12 per-

Dogfish Head Brewery’s 90 minute Imperial IPA. cent ABV) is brewed in a barrel made from the wood of the Paraguayan Palo Santo tree, one of three woods so dense they do not float. Palo has a aroma of roast, grape, licorice and alcohol. The medium roast and muted licorice front continues in the middle as the licorice in-


creases and is joined by a dollop of chocolate. The roast increases in the finish with an emerging vinous character. In the aftertaste the roast continues, the licorice fades, and a restrained bitter hop appears. Ratings: 9.5/9. 90 Minute IPA (9 percent ABV) opens with a melon, cit-

rus, pine, and bitter hop bouquet. The mild sweet front segues into a middle of melon, citrus and bitter hops. Both the melon and the bitter hops increase to medium in the finish. The hops come to the forefront in the aftertaste but are very well balanced by a strong malt backbone. A relatively high alcohol is present but well integrated. Ratings: 9/9.5. World Wide Stout (18-20 percent ABV), a two year old version, begins with a deep roast, a whiff of alcohol and a slightly vinous aroma. The deep roast and slight alcohol are evidenced in the front. The alcohol increases to medium in the middle as a splash of Port wine appears. The wine grows modestly in the finish and again in the aftertaste, as the alcohol continues. Even with this two year old version, the alcohol is overpowering and the beer needs another two years to become well blended and more balanced. Ratings: 8/8.5. World Wide ages very well. An 8-year old, more mellow and well-integrated version scored 9.5/10.

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Continued from Page B-1 for Sunday at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville. “Last year, we had a concert series — we had concerts about once a month — called ‘Americans in Paris,’ and we did a variety of French [songs],” said Kanter-St. Hubert, who is the musical director at the Church of the Resurrection. “It went well … and I thought I wanted to do the same thing, but for my home country, for Belgium.” The concert will feature local musicians playing songs relating to Belgium. Amy Horn is set to play the French horn, which was used in the Ardennes during hunting season. Declan Keenan, a young musician from Ireland, will play the guitar and Kanter-St. Hubert will not only conduct the music during the show, she will sing several selections by Brel. The concert will also feature other musicians and choirs. “Jacques Brel, to me, his biggest strength is the quality of his poetry,” Kanter-St. Hubert said. “… It’s also not always easy to find pieces that can be done by a woman. A lot of them … it’s a man speaking. There are a few that I’ve always liked.” Following the concert, which starts at 7 p.m., performers will be available to answer questions from the audience. There will be a light reception following the show. Kanter-St.


Tourists flock to the Grand Place in the heart of Brussels, Belgium. Hubert hopes to be able to provide a little taste of home as well. “I met today, by chance, a woman who … has a little truck and she sells [Belgian] waffles, but they’re the real thing,” Kanter-St. Hubert said. “There are several kinds of [Belgian] waffles. [These are] called the waffles from Liege because it has a special chunky sugar. She just started this business — her family is from Belgium and I always thought it would be something … In Belgium, when you’re walking around the streets, you get people who sell those waffles just like hot dogs here. They sell those special

waffles on the spot and they’re nice and warm.” Kanter-St. Hubert said the goal of the concert is just to broaden people’s concepts of Belgium — from food and drink to the fine arts. “I would like people to discover my country,” Kanter-St. Hubert said. “You know, some of its history and, as the title says, kind of go beyond just chocolates and beer and what they know. There’s a lot of history and a lot of art. I’m hoping to give them a glimpse of what Belgium is about.”


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RELIGION CALENDAR To submit a calendar item online, go to calendar.gazette. net and click on the submit button in the lower left-hand corner. To find an item, go to The Gazette’s home page at www. You can mail them to The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707; fax, 240-473-7501. Items must be received by Wednesday to appear the following week.

NOV. 23 Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hillandale Baptist Church, 2601 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi. Holiday craft and food bazaar. Hand-crafted items, decorations, baked goods and clothing with lunch food items available for purchase. No admission fee. Table rental for vendors is $20. Contact 301-434-6033 or Annual Holly Days Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 522 Main St., Laurel. Forty-seventh annual event.

Handmade gifts and ornaments, toys, baked goods and raffles will be available. St. Nick will visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the church office at 301-776-5151 or visit H.E.A.L. Workshop: Take Charge of Your Health, 4:30 to 6

p.m., Capitol Free Mission, 8201 Cryden Way, Forestville. An eightsession lifestyle workshop for those who want to improve their health by dealing with chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart failure, stress, depression and pain. To register, call 301-4945550 or visit Limited seating. Contact 301-494-5550 or

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this event. The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. Contact 301776-7670 or

NOV. 27 Thanksgiving Eve Celebration, 7 to 8 p.m., Riverdale Pres-

byterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Road, Hyattsville. Join area churches for an evening of music and reflection the night before Thanksgiving at Riverdale Presbyterian Church. Please bring nonperishable food donations, which will be donated to a community food bank. Call 301-927-0477 or


Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Temple

Solel, 2901 Mitchellville Road, Bowie. The Interfaith Council of Suburban Maryland will host an interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service. The guest speaker will be Kevin Maxwell, CEO of the Prince George’s County Public Schools. Current participants are from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Unitarian Universalist traditions. A free will collection of money and staple goods will be taken for the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry. Contact 240-475-2111 or

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to

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Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-

tian exercise group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and more. Professional instruction from University of Maryland, College Park, kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Free. Call 301864-3869 or visit www.facebook. com/groups/praisercise/ or

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Body and Soul Fitness presents “I’m All In,” Bethany Community

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GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays Seminar, 3 to 5 p.m., Our

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Continued from Page B-1 Born after the war, Manale grew up near Hiroshima and later emigrated to the United States, becoming a choreographer and performer of Japanese dance. She first learned about the drawings and the church as a volunteer with the DC Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee. Japanese visitors had heard about the All Souls connection and sometimes asked to visit. Long interested in the interplay of cultures, Reichhardt agreed when Manale as producer approached him about doing a documentary. “I’m also fascinated with living history — history that’s alive and well,” he said. The two then began researching what had happened after the bombing in 1945.

Reichhardt then started the job of editing the footage, but with little money to fund the work. By sheer chance, he and his future wife, musician and singer Suzanne Brindamour, were having dinner at a restaurant in Virginia in the same dining room as members of the board of the United States-Japan Foundation, which promotes intercultural understanding. “They asked me to pitch the film at their dinner — that kind of thing never happens,” said Reichhardt about the grant he later received from the group. A rough cut of the film has already screened in Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley. Reichhardt also screened the film at the National Press Club in the District on

Nov. 13 and at All Souls Church Unitarian on Nov. 17. He said he hopes to show the film at a theater in Washington, D.C., in December and screen it next year in New York and Los Angeles as part of a push for an Oscar nomination in 2014. Although the bombing of Hiroshima happened more than 60 years ago, attempts at reconciliation continue today, and those efforts can also apply to other bitter conflicts, Reichhardt said. “I’m very proud of it — I think it’s a great story,” he said. “If people can connect after this horrendous event, anyone can connect,” said Reichhardt. “Peace is possible.”

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Yoshie Fujii of Tokyo looks at a colorful drawing she made of the river in Hiroshima when she was 9 years old, not long after the city was demolished by the atomic bomb.

Pastor at All Souls Arthur Powell Davies, minister at All Souls, was outraged by a photo he saw in The Washington Post of Americans cutting a cake made with angel food puff balls representing the atomic mushrooom cloud. Deeply offended, he wrote a sermon, “Lest the Living Forget,” which caught the eye of Howard Bell, an American adviser working with Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s provisional government in Hiroshima. Bell wrote Davies and suggested that if he really wanted to help, he could send school supplies to the city. Church volunteers collected supplies and sent them to Honkawa Elementary School, and two other institutions. The concrete Honkawa School was within half a mile of the center of the blast. More than 400 children and a dozen teachers died there when the bomb blew up Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6. Fires raged across what was left of the city, and the river grew thick with bodies of people trying to find relief, according to the film. The school was one of the few buildings left standing. Not long after the blast, about 800 students who had been staying with relatives outside the city returned with their families who moved back to protect their properties and start over. Officials had predicted nothing would grow for 75 years because of the radiation, but then a typhoon hit and water washed over the city. “They thought it was a dead place, but then plants started to grow,” said Reichhardt. “They were going to stay and rebuild.” The children resumed their lessons in what was left of the school despite the terrible conditions. Gangsters, who had moved in to fill the power vacuum, controlled the area, people continued to die from radiation sickness and there was little to eat. “The children were living in squalor and going to school in a concrete shell open to the elements,” Reichhardt said. When the school supplies arrived from All Souls in early 1948, the students were thrilled by the brightly colored glass marbles and the packets of colorful crayons, pencils and paints. “They were so ecstatic when they got their gifts,” he said. The children used the materials to make pictures of cherry blossoms, green trees, sunny skies and happy people, a sign of their optimism and hope for the future.

Finding the artists Decades later, it became Manale’s job to undertake the job of finding the adults who had drawn the pictures, which she did with the help of the Honkawa school that was still operating. In 2010, a delegation from All Souls headed by present Pastor Robert Hardies brought 17 drawings to the school for display during the school’s Peace Week. Before they had “just been pictures, and now they were people,” Hardies says in the film. After documenting the trip,

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Reunion of ‘The Best Man’ cast is pleasant company MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“The Best Man Holiday” follows in the footsteps of writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s successful 1999 comedy “The Best Man,” using a template familiar to anyone who may have seen “The Big Chill” or its micro-budget predecessor, “Return of the Secaucus Seven.” They’re all different in their qualities and atmosphere. “The Best Man Holiday,” for example, is a far more Tyler Perry-ish mixture of comedy and tragedy than the easygoing “Best Man” was, back in the pre-Perry movie era. Yet along with everything from “Jumping the Broom” to “Think Like a Man” to Adam Sandler’s slovenly “Grown Ups” hits, these disparate ensemble pictures live or die on the same simple question: Do we enjoy hanging out with these people for a couple of hours? The hangout factor remains gratifyingly high in “The Best Man Holiday,” though the mood has grown bittersweet. In the first “Best Man,” Taye Diggs’ character, the novelist Harper, wrote a thinly disguised book about himself and his college friends in which he revealed his long-ago affair with Mia (Monica Calhoun), who’s about to marry football star Lance (Morris Chestnut). Lance nearly threw Harper off a balcony when he finally learned of the tryst, but with God’s guidance Lance’s forgiving instincts brought everyone peaceably together for a climactic wedding and closing dance number. Fourteen years later, times are tough for Harper. Now married to Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), with a child due, the once-hot novelist has followed up his best-seller with a sophomore slump of a book. Also he’s been laid off by New York University, news he has yet to share with his wife. Harper still holds a small- to medium-sized torch for TV producer Jordan (Nia Long). Reneging on the all’s-well ending in the first “Best Man,” superstar Lance has slipped into a jealous funk once again regarding Harper’s dalliance with Mia. Nonetheless, Mia invites everyone to stay with them for Christmas. The

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY n 3 stars n R; 124 minutes n Cast: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Melissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall n Directed by Malcom D. Lee

gang’s all here, including Julian (Harold Perrineau), now happily married to his ex-stripper, now-educator wife (Regina Hall). The shrill handful Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) was last seen hooking up with the unrepentant horn dog Quentin, played by Terrence Howard. Both return, and in particular it’s a treat to see Howard mess around so entertainingly, after so many dramas, in a brashly comic role. Some of the writing is pungently funny, as when Jordan’s new squeeze (Eddie Cibrian) is described by one of the characters as “a tall vanilla swagga latte.” The first film’s clash of true Christian believers and nonbelievers was part of the fabric of the comedy, though it wasn’t all played for laughs. This time there’s a blunt tone to the inspirational uplift. It’s a bit of a drag that the film is confined for long stretches to the interior of Lance and Mia’s oddly underfurnished McMansion. But Lee, who made the underrated Chicago-set “Roll Bounce,” knows where this movie’s bread and butter is stored. When the four male leads suave their way through a dance number set to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain,” it’s a highlight because the hangout factor with this cast is considerable. And the movie, while nothing visually special, earns its queen-sized dose of pathos honestly. As to why studios don’t put out twice, three times, five times as many predominantly African-American ensemble pieces every year, given their typical cost-to-profit ratios ... good question.

Robin (Sanaa Lathan) and Harper (Taye Diggs) star in “The Best Man Holiday.”





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Katherine Ann Brandt as Florence in the Maryland Opera Studio production of “Albert Herring.”

Continued from Page B-1 program and a performance ensemble. Upon their completion of the two-year program, students receive a master’s of music in opera performance. Students typically perform a minimally-produced or “white opera” in the fall, followed by a fully produced show in the spring. “The opera is minimally produced in that there is no set,” Olcott said. “We use our stock set costumes which are all made of white muslin, which is why we call it the ‘white opera’ ... Usually it’s done only with a piano, but this year, because the original piece is written for a chamber orchestra, we are actually doing it with the full orchestra it is written for.” Houston-based conductor Craig Kier is conducting the piece. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia in New York City, Kier currently spends most of his time working with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet. Recently, he’s been frequently making the trip to and from College Park to work with the Maryland Opera Studio students. “I’ve actually been there several times,” Kier said. “We spent the first week coaching it musically and putting all of the ensembles together ... I’ve been back three or four times to oversee things.” Thanks to the small size of the studio program, Olcott said the operas are chosen specifically to fit the strengths of the students. “Our primary goal is to serve our students,” Olcott said. “As the students are admitted and we hear their voices and get to know them, we make a selection of what opera would suit them the best.” In addition to being a good fit for this year’s class of studio students, Olcott said “Albert Herring” was chosen in part to celebrate Britten’s centennial. Despite their varying vocal strengths, one thing all Maryland Opera Studio students have in common is their affinity for drama. “We place a lot of emphasis on acting ... making sure they know how to act and analyze their scenes dramatically,” said Olcott, whose professional experience includes acting, directing and writing for the theater. “There was a stereotype of opera for a lot of years that the singers couldn’t really act they just stood in the center of the stage and sang and there was no real connection with the characters ... In the modern age, that stereotype is just disappearing — particularly with the advent of HDTV broadcasts of opera. The singers really have to know how to act.” For Kier, working with the students who have such an intense dramatic focus has been both refreshing and rewarding. “Often students at this level don’t have the stage-savvy skills or acting chops to pull from,” Kier said. “It’s been really great to work with these students ... there’s a great focus on dramatic content because of what Leon has set the foundation for.

ALBERT HERRING n When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Nov. 25-26; 3 p.m. Nov. 24 n Where: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park n Tickets: $10-$25 n For information: 301-405-2787,

All of the singers come from the point of view of finding the most dramatic way to present where they’re coming from.” The drama-focused approach may be yet another draw for newcomers to the opera. “The audience gets a lot out of it because there is compelling storytelling,” Kier said. “There are no distortions to the audience.” But perhaps above all else, it is the characters in “Albert Herring” that Olcott said will draw an audience in. “It’s all of these wonderful English Village-types we’re all so fond of because of our Miss Marple Murder Mysteries,” Olcott said. “All of the stock characters we know from Agatha Christie are there.” But for Maryland Opera Studio student Katie Baughman, who plays Ms. Wordsworth, a schoolteacher, another cast of British characters come to mind. “‘Downton Abbey,’” she said. “[It] has come up more than once since we’ve been talking about our characters.”




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