Prince George’s County News

  • Jack and James Johnson: Connection Goes Beyond Government

    On Nov. 19, 2009, James F. Johnson, no relation to Jack Johnson, was officially sworn in as director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) after serving in that role as interim head for a year. On that day, there was nothing but effusive praise for a man who was a close ...

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  • Banks Face Abandoned Property Fee

    A bill being discussed in the Maryland Senate could place accountability for the state of foreclosed properties on the owners – the banks. The bill, sponsored by the Prince George's County's delegation, would give the County Council authority to collect a $75 registration fee each ...

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  • Proposed Brandywine Development Stirs Trouble

    A proposed development in Brandywine is receiving a great deal of scrutiny as residents attempt to deal with growth issues and whether rules are being bent to allow the plan to come to fruition. The first issue was the Prince George’s County Planning Board hearing a reconsideration case ...

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  • Residents Still Not Happy about Golf Courses

    Hercules Pitts, owner of Lake Arbor Golf Club and Marlborough Country Club, finally faced the community at a Feb. 17 meeting, but not many of the people in attendance were any more confident after he was done. Pitts bought Lake Arbor Golf Club in 2005 and Marlborough Country Club in 2006, but ...

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  • Developer for New Carrollton Station Chosen

    The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has selected Forest City Washington to develop the land around the New Carrollton Metro Station according to the Washington Post. Neither officials at MDOT nor Metro would comment on the ...

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  • Jack Johnson Formally Indicted

    Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson was indicted on federal bribery, extortion and witness and evidence tampering charges on Feb. 14. According to the indictment, the 61-year-old Johnson is accused of conspiring – with developers, political candidates, public ...

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  • Study: WSSC Failed in Awarding Minority Contracts

    The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) recently released a report saying it has failed in awarding contracts to minority owned business (MBE). The study, done by Mason Tillman Associates (MTA), examined the contracts handed out from 2004 through 2009. It says that WSSC significantly ...

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  • Rushern Baker: Still Going Forward Strong

    Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker waited 8 years to be elected to the position and after two tumultuous months on the job, he’s still motivated to get the job done. The major issue Baker’s faced is the string of murders that plagued the county in the first part of ...

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  • Prince George’s County School Budget Hits Crisis Level

    The Prince George’s County Public Schools budget situation has hit a crisis level as a severe deficit is threatening over 1,000 jobs within the school system. From the superintendent down to the teachers, staff members in the public school system are concerned about the future of Prince ...

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  • Settlement Impacts Pr. George’s SWAT Tactics

    Prince George’s County and Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo have reached a settlement in a suit over the unlawful shooting of Calvo’s two dogs during a raid on his home in 2008. As a part of the settlement, Calvo will be paid an undisclosed sum of money, but he’s also ...

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