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Local Gazette shut down

Post Community Media (PCM) announced its decision to shut down the Gazette, the newspaper serving Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, on June 12.

Parallel parking removed from Maryland Driver's Test

On May 19, Maryland joined the list of fifteen states that do not require parallel parking as part of the driver's license examination. The Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA) determined that the maneuvers required to parallel park were already being evaluated in other areas of the test, like the two-point turn.

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Blazer wins first place in MoCo's Got Talent

Alternative modern rock band Throwing Wrenches, whose singer and guitarist is Blair sophomore Shyaer Parvez, won first place in the second annual MoCo's Got Talent on May 31 after defeating over sixty other contestants in the three-round competition at The Fillmore in Silver Spring.

PARCC Governing Board votes to shorten testing

In response to feedback from school districts participating in this year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, the PARCC governing board voted on May 20 to cut test length and simplify administrative procedures for the upcoming school year.

George Pelecanos to be Keynote Speaker at MBHS Graduation

Local award-winning author and Silver Spring resident George Pelecanos will be the keynote speaker at Montgomery Blair High School's graduation ceremony for the class of 2015.

Hogan plans to move education funding to state pension

To the disapproval of Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland General Assembly's $40 billion budget passed on April 13th, with $68 million allocated for Maryland public schools.

National Art Honors Society participates in Youth Art for Healing

This year, Blair's National Art Honors Society (NAHS) took part in the Youth Art for Healing (YAFH) program for a second year in a row.
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Step Up and slay the dragon: PuzzlePalooza 2015

Ready your horses and jousting sticks and prepare to battle through the toughest PuzzlePalooza yet. The sixth annual incarnation of the country’s “premier high school puzzle competition” kicked off on May 18 and closed out on May 22.

Partisan bickering masks success of Obamacare

Republicans must stop spreading myths and enforcing a negative attitude towards Obamacare, so that every American can be insured.

The changing of the bells

The Board of Education (BOE) will soon vote on the bell time schedule. After the dismissal of the first recommendation to implement later high school start times because of the cost (roughly 21 million dollars), MCPS released several new options on Jan. 6. On Feb. 10, the BOE will vote on these new plans.