Companies look to hire Afghan refugees, but child care remains a question

“We haven’t had this many refugees arriving all at once since the end of the Vietnam War, so it’s a huge challenge,” Alan Khazei, senior advisor at Welcome.US, a national coalition to welcome and support incoming Afghan refugees through employment opportunities, said.

More Americans are traveling again, experts advise planning ahead before booking your destination

Baltimore, Md. – As travel continues to increase as more vaccines are administered, The European Union is now expecting to allow Americans to travel there this summer. Experts advise booking travel arrangements in advance as the cost of flights, hotels and rental cars are seeing spikes in prices due to high demand.

Peak bloom date set for Washington’s cherry blossoms

The kick-off of Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival is now less than two weeks away. And along with local officials providing details of the many events scheduled during the festival came word many wait for at this time of year: when the blossoms will be in peak bloom.

Small businesses feel impacts of the opioid epidemic

DUNDALK, Maryland – In a quiet suburb outside Baltimore, down the street from a church and walking distance from a grocery store, one white house is not like the rest. Inside, positive messages cover the walls and sobriety coins hang…

Trump temperament gives senators nuclear jitters

WASHINGTON – Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, led an unusual hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday examining whether the United States’ nuclear first-strike authority should be maintained solely by the president or shared with Congress.…

Family’s recovery sheds light on Afghanistan challenges

WASHINGTON – They were recovered after five years in Taliban captivity by Pakistani military forces using intelligence from the United States. Caitlin Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan…

Ethiopian restaurants foster community in diverse Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Beginning in the mid-1970s, war and political turbulence led a large number of Ethiopians to flee their home country. Many of these emigrants came to the United States, with a particularly high number settling in the…

Montgomery County language programs link students to their culture

Leo Sun, 15, on a trip visiting family in China in 2016. Sun views these trips as an opportunity to practice speaking Chinese, which he has learned through the Montgomery County Public Schools language-immersion program. (Photo courtesy Beibei Sun)

INAUGURATION PROTESTS: Demonstrators rally at the inauguration of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump was being sworn in as the country’s 45th president, protesters hit the streets and confronted police in a number of skirmishes throughout the day.

One Million Veterans to be Focus of Federal Disease Research Project

Mega bio-bank under construction to study how genes affect veterans’ health.