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    BEING A royal child comes with some serious perks, including early access to your Christmas presents. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis all follow a family tradition that is in line with their family’s German heritage. AFP 2 The royal kiddies open there presents up before most of us, due to tradition This is where they open all their presents on Christmas Eve, while the majority of families wait till the following day. Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: “The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. “After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.” However, their cousins on the Middleton side will be holding off for another day as they don’t have the royal tradition in their family. Kate and Wills do hold a few gifts back to give the children on Christmas Day to extend the excitement to the big day as well. Back in 2018 Kate said that George and Charlotte had been “up early” opening presents. ...
    The Biden administration doubled down Wednesday on its commitment to keeping schools open after a county in Maryland paused in-person classes for a month amid the Omicron case surge. 'Obviously, 5-11 year-olds are now eligible to be vaccinated – we certainly urge parents to take their kids to get vaccinated,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during her Wednesday briefing. 'But school districts will make decisions about what they need to do to keep their kids safe.' 'I would note that in terms of the president's view, he wants schools to stay open. And he wants to make sure kids are learning, and he wants to do that in a safe way – he thinks we have the tools to do that,' she added. Psaki said 'test to stay' is one of the tools the administration wants to implement that would embolden schools to do contract tracing and testing on students and staff to keep open even in surges of COVID cases. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the administration is committed to keeping schools open...
    THE ROYAL children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are allowed to break one of their primary school's rules, a privilege their classmates aren't allowed. The young children attend St Thomas' a private school in Battersea and the family have permission to do something that will make their school drop offs just a little bit easier. 2Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend Thomas' school in BatterseaCredit: Reuters Pupils at the school are supposed to be dropped outside the school gates in order to minimise the risk of spreading covid, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are able to drive their kids through the school gates and into the grounds. Thomas’ school introduced a number of practices to protect staff, students and their families during the pandemic including changes to the drop off procedure. This meant children had to be delivered to the front gate by parents or carers. But the Cambridge children have special permission to drive into the school grounds. Speaking to Vanity Fair, royal expert Katie Nicholl said: “According to one parent, the school has installed numerous Covid...
    Prince George's County Public Schools will move fully to remote learning through Jan. 18, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made it known: He's not for it. Hogan, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, said it's a "big deal and terrible mistake and something that we're very opposed to," according to NBC Washington. “We all want to keep our kids safe but we’ve got protocols in place. There’s a hundred cases in Prince George’s County out of 131,000 students.” PGCPS will close all buildings starting Dec. 20 and move to virtual learning for three days ahead of their winter break which will start on Dec. 23. Schools will remain in virtual learning through Jan. 14. They will return in person on Jan. 18, following Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Students in the K-6 Virtual Learning Program will return Monday, January 31. "Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities." Said Monica Goldson, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS. ...
    Prince George's County Public Schools will move fully to remote learning through Jan. 18, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made it known: He's not for it. Hogan, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, said it's a "big deal and terrible mistake and something that we're very opposed to," according to NBC Washington. “We all want to keep our kids safe but we’ve got protocols in place. There’s a hundred cases in Prince George’s County out of 131,000 students.” PGCPS will close all buildings starting Dec. 20 and move to virtual learning for three days ahead of their winter break which will start on Dec. 23. Schools will remain in virtual learning through Jan. 14. They will return in person on Jan. 18, following Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Students in the K-6 Virtual Learning Program will return Monday, January 31. "Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities." Said Monica Goldson, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS. ...
    She comes from a family of givers. LaTasha Ward said she often laughs when she thinks about how her father would give their bikes away if someone in the community needed them. More Local News More Maryland News More Prince George’s County News She said as a child, she didn’t quite understand what was going on. She would ask, “Dad, where are our bikes?” He’d say: “Don’t worry about that.” The next day, Ward said they would have new bikes. She said she later discovered that he had given their old bikes to children in need. The love of giving was passed down to Ward, now founder and executive director of The Solid Foundation, Inc. based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. LaTasha Ward is founder and executive director of The Solid Foundation. (Courtesy LaTasha Ward) The foundation works with people who are incarcerated and their families. During the holidays, it adopts families to make sure children know their absent loved ones are thinking about them. The Solid Foundation’s services include mentoring, family reunification, helping people get their GEDs, job...
    One Washington, D.C. area school district has announced it is shifting to remote learning until mid-January because of a "stark rise" in coronavirus cases. In an announcement, the Prince George’s County Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Monica Goldson said that the school system will shift to virtual learning starting on Monday, Dec. 20. "In light of the stark rise in COVID-19 cases throughout our school system, all students will transition to virtual learning, effective Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23. Winter Break will proceed as scheduled, Friday, December 24 through Friday, December 31, and virtual learning will continue Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 14," the announcement said. AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES REIMPOSE COVID RESTRICTIONS OVER OMICRON VARIANT: 'REMINISCENT' OF MARCH 2020 U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona visits Mary Harris "Mother" Jones  Elementary School, which is within the Prince George’s County Public Schools. (Credit: Prince George’s County Public Schools) In-person learning within the school system will resume on Tuesday, January 18. Students in the "K-6 Virtual Learning Program" will return on Jan. 31. Goldson said that the...
    Prince William has said it's 'special' to see his children play with his cousins children during the royal family's Christmas celebrations and that he 'loves to play Monopoly' during the festive season.  The Duke of Cambridge, 39, spoke  to the Royal Marsden London Hospital's radio station in an interview recorded at Kensington Palace, where he lives with wife Kate Middleton, 39, and their three children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three.  He said the family loved to play Monopoly and Risk together and that he enjoys ice-skating, even though he is not good at it.  'I think generally for me, bringing the family together at Christmas time, it's always lovely because we're quite spread out to doing our things a lot of time throughout the year,' he explained. 'And so we get very few moments actually coming together. And when I see my children meet up with some of my cousins' children and they will have a wonderful time playing together, it's very special. Prince William said he was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family....
    Three school buildings in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are closing because of an outbreak in COVID-19 cases. Benjamin Tasker Middle School, EXCEL Public Charter School and Kettering Middle School are closed, Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson said in a statement Wednesday. Students will remain in virtual learning until Monday, Jan. 3. Last week, the school system had a two-day case total of 100; this week, there were 155 cases reported in one day, Goldson said in the statement. More Coronavirus News More Health News More Prince George’s Co. News She added that the health and safety measures the school system had implemented “were largely working despite the toll that COVID-19 has continued to take on our local community. However, the recent surge of cases locally, nationally and statewide is beginning to impact our ability to deliver instruction at various schools, leading to entire grades in quarantine and some school buildings to close.” Goldson added that vaccination clinics at schools would remain open. You can find the clinics and make an appointment on the school...
    Two zebras that have been roaming Upper Marlboro and southern Prince George’s County in Maryland for weeks were returned to their herd last week, according to county officials. After contact with the zebras’ owner and caretaker, the Prince George’s County Animal Services and Adoption Center (ASFAC) was notified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of their return on Monday. More Animal News More Prince George’s County News The owner of the wayward zebras has already been issued citations by the USDA for violations regarding their care and safety. No details have been given regarding how the zebras were captured, and neither the USDA nor ASFAC were involved with the return. In a news release, Prince George’s County officials say that its investigation into alleged violations of the Prince George’s County Animal Control Ordinance by the animals’ owner will continue, and they will take appropriate legal action if necessary.
    An international horse show is coming back to Prince George’s County, Maryland, this fall, pending final approval, after years of searching for permanent venue for the event, according County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and the Washington International Horse Show. The Washington International Horse Show applied to the United States Equestrian Federation and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports to change the venue for the event back to Upper Marlboro. For the last two years the event has been held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina because of the pandemic. More Prince George’s County News If both federations grant final approval for the change, the 64th edition of the show will be held from Oct. 25 to Oct .30 at The Show Place Arena in Prince George’s Equestrian Center. The Washington International Horse Show is advertising the event on its website. “For more than 60 years, WIHS has been known for its unique ability to bring the joy of horses and jumping to spectators and fans in the D.C. region who otherwise may not have a chance...
    Prince William has provided an intimate and touching description of family life complete with bickering children and scenes of chaos in the kitchen. Although the Cambridges live in Anmer Hall, a 19th Century Georgian country house given to them by the Queen as a wedding present in 2011, the scenes of domestic chaos will be familiar to millions who will one day be his subjects. William recorded the Time To Walk podcast in February when Britain was in lockdown and he, the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children – Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and three-year-old Prince Louis – were spending much of their time at their Norfolk retreat. During the episode, he says: 'What I've been amazed by is how much my children already have inherited my family's love of music. Prince William (pictured with children Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3) has provided an intimate description of his family life in the Time To Walk podcast  'Most mornings there's a massive fight between Charlotte and George as to what song is played. And I...
    Prince William has revealed that he was engulfed by a dark cloud of anguish and depression after witnessing the aftermath of a devastating accident. In a remarkable display of candour, the Duke vividly describes how his torment left him feeling as if 'the whole world was dying'. His mental health crisis came after he helped to save the life of a gravely injured boy only a few years older than his son, Prince George, while working as a helicopter pilot for the air ambulance service. In an extraordinarily frank podcast to be released tomorrow, the future King describes how he was deeply affected by what he experienced that day. Overwhelmed by depressive feelings, he says it was as if 'something had changed' inside him. Weeks later his despair intensified. As he describes it, it was 'like someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that'. He adds: 'You just feel everyone's pain, everyone's suffering. And that's not me. I've never felt that before.' Prince William gave a remarkable insight into his...
    A Prince George’s County, Maryland, man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of trafficking heroin and cocaine, as well as gun charges. Charles Benjamin Stewart Jr., 46, of Upper Marlboro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine; illegally transporting a firearm obtained out of state; and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday. The guilty plea is the latest development in the prosecution of a drug conspiracy, prosecutors said. Stewart admitted buying heroin from Patrick Nathan Broxton, 50, of Ellicott City, and selling some of it to several other people. He also admitted buying cocaine from Stephen Eugene Clark Jr., 57, of Laurel, for resale. Investigators followed Stewart during that time and saw him buy cocaine from Broxton, who worked at a drug rehabilitation facility, at a convenience store in Anne Arundel County, prosecutors said. They also tapped the phones of Stewart and others, recording conversations that showed Stewart knew the drugs he was selling were being resold by his customers to others. In July 2017, law enforcement seized cocaine, heroin,...
    On Monday, Prince George’s County, Maryland, announced a new fund to help with the availability of affordable housing. The Right of First Refusal Preservation Fund was launched with $15 million coming over a three-year period from the American Rescue Plan. “Prince George’s County is committed to preserving housing affordability, and we are working hard to diversify the county’s housing stock,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said. “We cannot have quality economic development without affordable housing.” More Prince George’s County News The fund will support the preservation of affordable housing in the county, and will be used to help implement its Right of First Refusal (ROFR) program. It requires property owners who want to sell a building of 20 rental units or more to notify the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development after they enter into a contract. The department can exercise its ROFR rights and buy the property, or assign its buying rights to a third party. The county recently intervened in the case of Hamilton Manor, a 245-unit multifamily apartment building at 3342 Lancer Drive, in Hyattsville....
    This content is sponsored by Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center. Residents in southern Prince George’s County are getting better access to medical subspecialties and surgeons thanks to the ongoing effort by Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center to reduce local health care disparities. “The hospital is a necessary entity in terms of providing access to specialty care in Prince George’s County,” said Dr. Rhamee Badr. Badr is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Adventist Medical Group in Fort Washington who specializes in joint replacement. “The surgical care that people in the county had access to had previously been very limited,” said Badr. “The hospital has now specifically focused on recruiting specialty surgeons.” Hospital leaders outlined a vision for the future that includes a larger hospital, more beds and greater in-person capacity. They have strived to add more primary care providers and are continuing to seek out specialists. It’s all in the name of helping residents find care close to home so they don’t need to travel to places such as other Maryland counties, Virginia or D.C. in search of medical...
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not spoil their children with expensive gifts even though they are likely to get three Christmases this year, a royal expert has claimed.  Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, told OK! magazine Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three, might have three Christmas celebrations this year.  He speculated Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, would have a small Christmas in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, a more formal family gathering with the Queen in Sandringham and another family reunion with Kate's family.  But he added that the parents-of-three would make sure their children are not spoilt and have as 'normal' a Christmas as possible.   Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three, are likely to get three Christmases this year, royal expert Duncan Larcombe claimed (pictured at a special pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre, hosted by The National Lottery in 2020) Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, are unlikely to spoil their children and will make sure they have as 'normal; a Christmas as possible...
    Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is naming a task force to review the Maryland school system’s Board of Education and issue recommendations for revamping a board roiled by controversy, petty squabbles and allegations of misconduct. “Over the last several decades, our Board of Education has continued to switch between an all-elected board, an all-appointed board and the current hybrid model, along with increasing in size, without achieving the intended outcome of having a Board that functions collectively with the best interests of students, teachers and our entire school system at the forefront of all they do,” Alsobrooks said in a statement Tuesday. Alsobrooks said the purpose of the task force is to “study best practices regionally and nationally and deliver recommendations to County leadership that will guide us in creating a Board structure that facilitates collaboration and helps us continue to move our school system forward.” The 14-member task force includes an official with the U.S. Department of Education, representatives from two teacher’s unions, the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, and the county’s chapter of the NAACP. (The...
    THE royal family is usually the picture of elegance and poise during public engagements. But the same can’t always be said for the youngest and most adorable members of the family, who occasionally have been spotted being rather naughty during events. 8Prince Charlotte won hearts after her cheeky tongue-poke at a 2019 sailing regattaCredit: EPA Like most kids, some of the younger royals have decided to have some playful fun when they are supposed to be on their best behaviour. From sticking tongues out to playing pranks at school, the mischievous youngsters have won our hearts on numerous occasions. Here are some of their naughtier moments… Princess Charlotte sticking her tongue out It’s safe to say that Princess Charlotte totally and utterly stole the show at the sailing regatta in 2019. In an adorable video, the Duchess of Cambridge encouraged her then-four-year-daughter to wave at onlookers in Cowes, Isle of Wight – but the princess had other ideas and cheekily stuck her tongue out instead. The sweet footage - which was uploaded to Instagram by InStyleMagazine -  was praised by...
    WSSC Water customers in Montgomery County, Maryland, can expect a rate increase next year, but how much more they will be paying remains unclear. The county government backs a rate hike, but not to the extent that WSSC Water wants. More Montgomery County Council News More Montgomery County News The Montgomery County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee said it would support a 6% rise to the cost of water and sewage service provided by WSSC Water during a work session Thursday. The committee said it would be open to raising the rate limit another 1% as well. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich supports a 7% rate limit increase. WSSC Water wants 9% for fiscal 2023. Elrich, in an Oct. 14 memo to Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker, said he was discussing the 7% figure with Prince George’s County officials. The Prince George’s County Council recommended a 7% rate increase limit and is expected to hold a vote on Oct. 26, according to Montgomery County Council staffer Keith Levchenko. Both county councils have agreed on rate increase limits...
    PRINCE Harry may have left behind his royal job, his family and his posh English friends - but he has a new Californian crowd to hang out with.  Getting fully ingrained into the star-studded LA life, the Duke of Sussex, 37, has made a number of A-list pals and is now hanging out with rappers to Hollywood royalty… 8Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a new life together in California - and a host of new friends Here are the big names that Harry now counts among his friends now he has relocated across the pond... Snoop Dogg It turns out that Snoop Dogg refers to Prince Harry and Prince William as “his boys”. The American hip hop star told the Mirror: “Harry and William are my boys. “As soon as I knew they were fans I reached out to them and we've been cool ever since.” 8Snoop Dogg refers to Prince Harry as 'his boy'Credit: Getty Snoop Dogg said of the Sussexes: “Him and Meghan are living their lives like they want and that can't be an easy...
    Prince Charles has revealed told how his grandson Prince George is learning about climate change as he introduced a documentary ahead of Cop26. The Prince of Wales, 72, appeared in the new The Sky Kids Original documentary Cop26: In Your Hands, and explained his eldest grandson, eight, has been learning global warming is causing 'the big storms, and floods, the droughts, fires and food shortages' around the world. During the clip, Charles added: 'When I was his age, people had no idea about the damage they were doing, but by the time I was a teenager I started to see that if we didn't stop polluting our planet, we would face a very dangerous future indeed.' The royal's comments come after it was revealed Charles has written the foreword for a new children's book about global warming.  Prince Charles, 72, has revealed told how his grandson Prince George, eight, is learning about climate change as he introduced a documentary ahead of Cop26 In the documentary, Charles, shown holding a revolving earth in the footage, told viewers their 'future depends on...
    This content is sponsored by Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center. Eunmee Shim has an inspirational vision for southern Prince George’s County that includes a larger hospital, a robust provider network and a long list of specialty services that are spread more evenly across a region where residents too often face a lack of options when it comes to their health care. “I became very aware of the underserved area surrounding Fort Washington and the need to have a bigger hospital presence,” said Shim, the president of Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center. “I became a strong advocate for that.” Shim has been on a long and successful journey through her career. She migrated to the United States from South Korea in her late 20s, worked in various nursing positions and ultimately became a leader in the health care industry serving as a hospital executive, an ambulatory services director and a strategic planner. Prior to her being named to her current position in 2019, Shim served as chief operating officer at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center before becoming the...
    Go Go Sugar Bear Concert DC Go Go legend Sugar Bear performs at Bladensburg Waterfront Park Thursday for PG County residents at a free concert to address gun violence and remember victims. Gigi Barnett/WTOP Go Go Sugar Bear Concert DC Go Go legend Sugar Bear performs at Bladensburg Waterfront Park Thursday for PG County residents at a free concert to address gun violence and remember victims. Gigi Barnett/WTOP Go Go Sugar Bear Concert DC Go Go legend Sugar Bear performs at Bladensburg Waterfront Park Thursday for PG County residents at a free concert to address gun violence and remember victims. Gigi Barnett/WTOP Go Go Sugar Bear Concert DC Go Go legend Sugar Bear performs at Bladensburg Waterfront Park Thursday for PG County residents at a free concert to address gun violence and remember victims. Gigi Barnett/WTOP Go Go Sugar Bear Concert DC Go Go legend Sugar Bear performs at Bladensburg Waterfront Park Thursday for PG County residents at a free concert to address gun violence and remember victims. Gigi Barnett/WTOP Go Go Sugar Bear Concert DC Go Go legend Sugar...
    WHETHER you've had second thoughts about that new dress or just fancy clearing out your wardrobe, Depop is a great way to make some extra cash. But unlike the professional and polished photos you see when shopping on sites like ASOS, our cameraphone pics can be a little rough and ready. 1Can YOU spot what's got people talking?Credit: @depopdrama/Twitter Well if you're ever cringed over your blurry and poorly-lit modelling shots, then spare a thought for this poor Depop user. Earlier this week, the anonymous woman posted a photo of herself wearing the pretty white sundress she was trying to sell. Showing off the back of the broderie anglaise frock, the seller pulled her long blonde hair to the side and looked over her shoulder. However, it wasn't long before the photos ended up being shared on the Depop Drama Twitter account. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED So can YOU spot what's got people talking? Sharing the image with their 73,000 followers, the account wrote: "When you see it..." Most read in Lifestyle'TURN OFF'...
    WANT to cancel an iPhone subscription, but have absolutely no idea where to begin? Many of us have found ourselves downloading apps to get ‘three months free’ but then forgetting to download it once the free time is up. 2Woman shares way to get a refund on subscription cancellationsCredit: @yasminecamilla/Tiktok So if a subscription is automatically renewed and you’re paying for something you forgot to cancel and longer need, one woman has revealed the way you can get a refund. Or if you accidentally set up a subscription that you didn’t intend to, you can also use this method. Yasmine Camilla posted her tip to her TikTok account ‘yasminecamilla’, where she regularly shares budgeting tips and ways to save money. She uploaded the video with the caption ‘I’ve wasted soooo many ££££’. Yasmine explained: “Just in case you didn’t know, if you accidentally set up a subscription or you forget to cancel it, on the Apple App Store you can ask for a refund. “You go to ‘Report a Problem’ and you say you want a refund and you didn’t...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Prince George’s County, a jurisdiction known nationally as a magnet for Black professionals, has a diversity problem in local government, Latino leaders charged on Monday. Nearly a dozen current and former officials accused County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) of failing to hire a single person of Hispanic descent to an agency-level position since her election nearly three years ago. “Where are the Latinos in Prince George’s County Government?” the group asked in a statement, accusing Alsobrooks of being “stubbornly closed to the inclusion of Latinos in the county’s public affairs.” “There is not one Latino among the 21 principal cabinet level department heads — including Police, Fire, Budget, Law, Housing and Community Development, Transportation and Public Works, Environment, Central Services, Finance, Human Resources, Family Services, Social Services, Aging, and Community Relations,” the group wrote. In addition, the group charged, Alsobrooks has failed to hire a Latino for her more than a dozen top posts on her executive team. As...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. In a voice vote Thursday night, state Del. Erek L. Barron (D-Prince George’s) won U.S. Senate confirmation to become U.S. attorney for Maryland, two months after he was nominated by President Biden. Barron will become the first Black U.S. attorney in state history. Barron is a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP, and has represented District 24 in the House of Delegates since 2015. He worked for Biden from 2007 to 2009 as his counsel and policy adviser to Biden on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. Barron was also co-chair of the group Marylanders for Biden, which formed early in the 2020 presidential election campaign. Barron has worked as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a prosecutor at the Prince George’s County and Baltimore City state’s attorney’s offices. Maryland’s two U.S. senators, Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and...
    Prince William got to grips with a slippery customer while visiting a petting zoo in Northern Ireland this afternoon, and admitted his children 'won't believe' he got to hold a python.    The Duke of Cambridge, 39, held the snake during a visit to Kidz Farm while touring the Ulster University Magee Campus, as the royal couple continue their mini-tour of Northern Ireland. The father-of-three quipped that his eldest son, Prince George, eight, was going to be particularly upset at the news that his dad had held the reptile.  Scroll down for video 
    Prince George’s County has launched a review into how it hires police officers, as the county competes for a smaller number of recruits interested in the job. The police chief told WTOP that he isn’t daunted by how recent turmoil might affect building his ranks, and that he plans to offer department-wide change as a “carrot” for cadets. Part of the strategy to pull in new recruits is to take a look at whether the hiring process is holding the police department back from reaching larger cadet class sizes, Chief Malik Aziz said in an exclusive interview. “What used to deny people in the past 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago, they no longer do that. So we always have to look at our qualifications, our disqualifiers, the mission process, things that make sense, and things that don’t. So I’m looking at everything in order to bring people in,” he said. In addition to physical and psychological testing, officers in Prince George’s County must pass a written test, multiple performance tests and a polygraph test. They must also clear...
    After a night of fights and vandalism, Six Flags Amusement Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, said it will shorten park hours and close by 9 p.m. each day through the duration of ‘Fright Fest,’ its annual Halloween event. On Saturday night, the park closed more than an hour ahead of schedule because multiple fights broke out on park grounds. And on Monday, Prince George’s County said it will be working with Six Flags to identify victims and suspects involved in acts of vandalism, which also occurred Saturday night. “We have a zero-tolerance policy for any inappropriate behavior at our park. We continuously evaluate our security and safety protocols, and meet regularly with local law enforcement to review and refine our practices,” said Six Flags spokesman Joseph Pudlick. “To further ensure the safety of our guests and team members, the park will close at 9 p.m. for the remainder of Fright Fest, with no re-entry starting at 6 p.m. and no new entry starting at 7 p.m.,” he said. Police said there was some damage to vehicles where video shows...
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    PRINCE William has paid a sweet tribute to grandad Prince Philip and his son Prince George in his latest video for his Earthshot Prize. On the bookcase behind the Duke of Cambridge was an adorable photo of his eight-year-old son and his late grandfather, who passed away in April. 5Prince William shared a sweet tribute to Prince Philip and his son Prince George in a video shared to promote his Earthshot Prize 5The photo, taken by Kate, showed George sitting in a carriage next to his great-grandfatherCredit: kensingtonroyal/Instagram The photo shows future king George sitting by his great-grandfather in a carriage. And what is even more special about the snap is that it was taken in 2015 by keen amateur photographer Kate in Norfolk. We previously saw the photo when Kate and William shared it as part of their photos posted in tribute to Philip after he passed away at the age of 99. Philip famously loved carriage driving, and in the photo is beaming as he holds the reins and a whip. William’s video was shared as he compared...
    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ) — Prince George’s County Police are expected to provide an update Thursday morning on the arrests of three young men charged in the death of PJ Evans, an 8-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a stray bullet late August in Landover. Police are expected to provide the update at 11 a.m. Thursday. CBSN Baltimore will stream it live. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Positivity Sees Decrease As State Passes 10,000 Total Deaths The suspects were identified Wednesday as 21-year-old Desmond Nkwocha, 23-year-old Mark Nkwocha and 23-year-old George Shamman. On Aug. 24, officers responded to the 1600 block of Brightseat Rd for a reported shooting. On the scene, officers found the child suffering from a gunshot wound. The child was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigation revealed that a group of adults was gathered outside of the residence when the three suspects approached in a white car. One occupant fired shots toward the group. The child, who was not outside, was struck by gunfire. READ MORE: Maryland Reaches Over 10,000 COVID-19...
    KATE Middleton and Prince William are said to have taken their three children to France for the wedding of Kate’s brother, James Middleton. James tied the knot with partner, Alizée Thevenet, and his nephews and niece, George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, were said to be in attendance. Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton, and their children George, Charlotte and Louis are said to have gone to France for James Middleton's wedding 10James revealed on Sunday that he has married 'love of his life' Alizée ThevenetCredit: Instagram ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship took to Twitter to say: “I hear William and Kate *did attend the wedding.  “And took George, Charlotte and Louis too…(Sounds like a nice weekend).” FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED The entrepreneur, 34, announced that he tied the knot to French financial analyst Alizée Thevenet, on Sunday on his Instagram account. The happy couple wedded in a secret ceremony in the French village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on the famous Côte d'Azur. The younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge revealed he had...
    OXON HILL, Md. (WJZ) — A Prince George’s County Police Officer shot and killed a 29-year-old man Friday in Oxon Hill after the man allegedly pointed and tried to fire two replica guns at the officer, Prince George’s County Police said Saturday. The officer, whom police did not identify due to the continuing investigation, tried to get Cedric Williams to leave an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Owens Road at about 12:45 p.m., police said. An employee of the complex told police Williams was banned from the property. READ MORE: Henderson-Hopkins School To Celebrate Opening Of New Track And Field Monday Williams, who did not have a fixed address, did not comply with the officer’s orders to leave, and a verbal confrontation between them became physical outside the building, before continuing to the road. During the struggle, Williams pulled what appeared to be a handgun from a book bag and tried to fire it, police said. When the weapon did not fire, Williams tossed it into the woods. Police later determined it was a replica gun. READ MORE:...
    A rock star of local theater has agreed to help tell the stories of enslaved people in Prince George’s County, Maryland, who successfully filed lawsuits in the 1700s that led to their freedom. “It’s a huge part of American history that many people do not know about,” playwright Psalmayene 24 said Thursday during an event when the announcement was made. “I certainly did not know about the narratives before getting approached to adapt this book.” The as-yet unnamed play will be based on the book “A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War” by historian William G. Thomas III. It tells the stories of families and places of the enslaved in Prince George’s County dating back to the late 1700s. Hundreds of suits filed between 1787 and 1861 against slaveholders challenged the legitimacy of slavery in American law. Psalmayene 24 said the power and scope of the Prince Georgians’ successful lawsuits are akin to the importance of the Underground Railroad. “As important as that movement was and that sort of route...
    THE Chase fans were left in hysterics when they spotted a surprising connection with the Royal Family on the panel. ITV viewers did a double take on Tuesday's episode when contestants Archie, George, Louis and Charlotte took on Chaser Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty. 5The Chase viewers were in hysterics after spotting hilarious Royal connection on the panelCredit: ITV 5Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty pointed out the obvious linkCredit: ITV But eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out that the players names were the same as the Queen's great-grandchildren. Archie is the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. While George, Charlotte and Louis are the children of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Host Bradley Walsh also cottoned on as he chatted to contestant George, who was the first up to face the Chaser. The quiz genius said: "You haven’t worked out what all these people have in common, have you?" "Oh have I done it again?," Anne said before reeling off the names. Most read in News TVExclusiveNEWLYWED PARADISE!...
    A group of zebras have been running wild in Maryland after they escaped from a private farm.   The exotic animals were spotted by the Curling family as they passed along their backyard in the tiny town of Upper Marlboro.  The family's young daughter Layla, was the first to notice them.  'I thought it was a deer for a second and then I saw it was a zebra, a whole zebra right next to our playground, right next to the fence.  'So I ran upstairs to get a better look up there and then I said, 'Mom, there's like a Zebra outside our playground' and she didn't believe me and said I was crazy,' Layla told NBC4.  Scroll own for video  The exotic animals were spotted by a family as they passed along their backyard in the tiny town of Upper Marlboro  Six zebras escaped from a farm in Prince George's County, Maryland. They were spotted near Croom Road and Duley Station Road in Upper Marlboro Layla Curling, who lives with her parents in upper Marlboro, saw the zebras...
    18 most comfortable sneakers for walking Tom Brady speaks out on mental health issues surrounding Osaka, Biles © Provided by People Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Prince William Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are heading back to school — but without a public photo op. Although Prince William and Kate Middleton have shared photos of their three children starting school in the past, it's not expected that royal fans will see the adorable shots of George, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3, each year. The couple has always made a point of treating school as a private area, so that their children can grow up in as pressure-free an atmosphere as possible. Kate and Prince William, both 39, have shared photos in the past of big school milestones, including their kids' first day at new schools. This year, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are continuing their studies at Thomas's Battersea, not far from the family's Kensington Palace home in London. Louis will return to Willcocks Nursery School, where he started preschool in the...
    IT'S back to school time for our kids as the little ones go back in for a new year. Even the royal children aren't exempt from the excitement and anticipation of heading back to the classroom. 3Princess Charlotte isn't addressed by her royal title at school - instead she uses are far simpler nameCredit: Handout - Getty 3Both Charlotte and George use a different name while at school so they blend in with their classmatesCredit: AP:Associated Press Prince William and Kate's children Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, attend Thomas's Battersea in south London, where they will be starting years 4 and 2 respectively. But despite being fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, Charlotte is treated just like any other child at school. Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as "normal" a childhood as possible for fully support this. In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates. The royal six-year-old's full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title...
    Two weekend high school football games have been canceled in Prince George’s County, Maryland, following positive COVID-19 cases within one of the teams’ programs. Prince George’s County Public Schools shut down the football program at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, forcing the cancellation of both the variety and junior varsity games against North Point High School scheduled for the weekend. North Point said in a statement that they regretted the late notice for canceling the game, but that they were awaiting a final decision from the administration of the public school system. Prince George’s County schools said the game will be rescheduled. Wise head coach DeLawn Parrish told WTOP in a separate interview his entire coaching staff is vaccinated, as part of a requirement for school staff heading into the new school year. The majority of his players are also vaccinated, with some being motivated after a scrimmage cancellation. “If you’re going to mandate that teachers have to get vaccinated, [if] you want to be safe for the kids, then have them get vaccinated,” Parrish, who supports a...
    Kate Middleton has been teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte how to sail this summer.  The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has been helping her eldest two children, as well as her husband Prince William, 39, learn the skill while they spent the holidays at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.    A local source told Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl they are 'very much a family of sailors now' and spent several days in early August sailing a small boat on the north Norfolk coast. William, who was apparently dressed in stylish beach shorts and a cap, was spotted steering the boat, guiding his wife and the children across the water. Kate Middleton has been teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte how to sail this summer (pictured in Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2019) 'Kate has always been a competent sailor and William's pretty good too,' the source told the publication.  'They have enjoyed some wonderful time on the coast this summer sailing and showing the children how to steer and sail a boat. They love the water and the two eldest...
    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr (R) appointed Del. Ronald L. Watson Jr. (D-Prince George’s) to the state Senate Friday. “I am confident that Delegate Watson will continue to represent his constituency admirably in his new role as senator,” Hogan said in a statement. “I offer him my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with him in the upcoming legislative session.” Watson, a first-term legislator, was unanimously nominated by the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee to fill a seat left vacant by Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Prince George’s) earlier this month. In late June, Peters announced that he would not be seeking a fifth Senate term. Days later, Hogan appointed him to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, prompting his resignation and Watson’s eventual Senate appointment. A 15-year U.S. Army veteran, Watson owns a company that provides consulting services for the Department of Defense, among other agencies. He formerly served on the Prince George’s County School Board. Watson is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and serves on the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Cyber-Security, IT...
    Six Flags America has donated 4,000 tickets for free admission to its amusement park to Prince George’s County for the Maryland county’s efforts to get more residents vaccinated. Any county resident 12 and older who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex will get two free tickets, while supplies last. The tickets are good for admission any day Six Flags America is open through Sunday, Sept. 19. “While we have made significant strides in our efforts to vaccinate all of our eligible residents, we recognize that we must also continue to work to reach our most vulnerable populations,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “We hope that offering families a much-needed day of fun and excitement at Six Flags will encourage more of our residents to get vaccinated.” Six Flags said the 4,000 tickets for free admission it has donated are worth $250,000. The Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex is located at 8001 Sheriff Road in Landover. Appointments can be scheduled online. Six Flags America served as a mass vaccination site between February...
    A new pizza restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is offering more than just a new place to get dinner. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk Burn Box Pizza in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk Burn Box Pizza in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk Burn Box Pizza in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk (1/4) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. A new pizza restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is offering more than just a new place...
    KATE Middleton and Prince William are raising three of the most famous children in the UK - but strongly prioritise protecting their privacy as much as possible.  According to royal experts, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to get the balance between shielding their kids and also letting the public get to know their future heir. 5Kate Middleton and Prince William have clever tricks for managing their kids' privacy, according to a royal expertCredit: PA 5Kate and William are said to protect what George, Charlotte and Louis learn about their royal role and what is said about themCredit: Rex It’s a tough tightrope to walk, but royal author Phil Dampier says Kate has a number of tricks for enforcing a normal upbringing for George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three - despite their palace surroundings. He told Fabulous: “Prince William always vowed to protect his wife and children from the problems of being a royal and in the spotlight as much as possible, and he promised Kate’s parents he would do everything in his power. “Both William and...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Elizabeth M. Hewlett, a fixture in Prince George’s County government for more than two decades, will retire as head of the bi-county Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) announced on Monday. Hewlett is in her second stint as head of the county planning board and the M-NCPPC, an agency that manages land-use matters in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. She was first appointed by the legendary former County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D) in 1995, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post. She was re-appointed by Rushern L. Baker III (D) in 2011. Alsobrooks asked Hewlett stay on after she became executive in 2018, even though her term had expired. “Betty Hewlett is a trailblazer … and she has served us all with great passion, determination and grace,” Alsobrooks said in a statement. “I am truly grateful for her commitment, for her contributions too numerous to recount, and...
    Sports can be a good way to come together, and that’s what police in Prince George’s County are trying to do with the pop-up basketball games through an effort called Hoops With a Cop. The first event was held at the Avenue Apartments in Forestville, Maryland, on Monday. “At times we depend on the community,” said Thomas Lester, spokesperson with Prince George’s County police. “It all starts with the community, the community feeling comfortable coming to us and talking to us, so events like this builds that relationship and brings that engagement.” Officers and students in the Explorers Program, for students ages 14 to 20 interested in learning more about law enforcement and possible careers, were playing basketball together in friendly competition. And the basketball hoop is brand new. The Prince George’s County Police Department has started a Hoops with a Cop program to connect with children in the area. WTOP/Valerie Bonk The Prince George’s County Police Department has started a Hoops with a Cop program to connect with children in the area. WTOP/Valerie Bonk The Prince...