STOP Cell Towers from being erected on Prince George’s County School property!!!!

The Prince George’s County Community says NO to CELL TOWERS.

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Prince George’s County parents in collaboration with Bowie parents are concerned that the Prince George’s County Public School Board of Education is ignoring children’s health by putting kids at increased risk of cancer.

Cell towers are being erected on public school property throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland. (We previously reported this issue in our blog).  The Prince George’s County Public School Board has contracted with Milestone Communications to construct cell towers at 73 school properties.

 We believe this issue deserve proper investigation and a proper public airing in Prince George’s County. Residents and parents are concerned about safety issues, continuous corruption, property value devaluation, and long term health risks. Many community members feel they were not appropriately notified. Many parents had no idea of these plans when the previous Board led by Verjeana Jacobs and Dr. William Hite Jr conspired to make money from the cell Towers at the expense of the Prince George’s County community. Since that time, County Executive Baker, Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Segun have picked up the torch of corruption and are busy running with it. 

We are calling for cancellation of  ALL cell-tower contracts and the halting of all construction of cell-towers at all Prince Georges’ County public school properties.

 Please join us in telling the Prince George’s County Public Schools Board of Education and our elected officials that we are not willing to risk the health of our children and that we do NOT want cell towers at or near our schools and the corruption must be stopped immediately within the county. To see the the list of schools that the Board of Education has made available for cell towers, please follow this link:

Also you can see a full list of schools also by going to SafeSchoolsPG.org and sign the petition

Demand an end to this corruption and the madness currently in progress within the prince George’s County under Rushern Baker regime. >>>>Read more Gazzette

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Segun Eubanks – Laughing all the way to the Bank at the expense of the community.

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How to Choose a Lawyer.

Five Steps to Selecting and Hiring a Lawyer

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In the last several years, we have been victims of corruption involving lawyers and to some extend (a state Judge) who was corruptly interfered with in the state court. This kind of situation happens all over the world in many countries but life does not have to be this way in a democratic society. Following these experiences, we chose to highlight a process in which to screen lawyer before hiring them and avoid a sorry situation too.

Corruption is the abuse of power by a public official for private gain or any organized, interdependent system in which part of the system is either not performing duties it was originally intended to, or performing them in an improper way, to the detriment of the system’s original purpose. The abuse of public offices for private gain is paradigmatic of corruption.

A common belief is that corruption is a judge taking bribes. The definition exceeds this theory. Corruption describes any organized, interdependent system in which part of the system is either not performing duties it was originally intended to, or performing them in an improper way, to the detriment of the system’s original purpose.

Corrupt judicial systems not only violate the basic right to equality before the law but deny procedural rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

While corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and mail fraud; it is not restricted to these activities. In Prince George’s county, corruption is so common that it is expected when ordinary businesses or citizens interact with government officials. The end-point of political corruption is a kleptocracy, literally “rule by thieves”.

On this end, How do you choose the best lawyer for your needs in a situation involving the above situation? In our considered opinion, Legal services are like any other product: the wise consumer conducts thorough research before making an informed decision. Once you secure several lawyer referrals with expertise in the appropriate practice area, you should carefully research each candidate (for tips on how to find a good lawyer, see How to Find a Lawyer).

Below are five steps to choosing the best lawyer for your legal needs.

  1. Conduct candidate interviews.

One of the best ways to assess a lawyer’s legal ability is by interviewing the lawyer. Most attorneys will provide an initial consultation (usually an hour or less) at no charge. A few important questions to ask during this meeting are:

  • What experience does the lawyer have in your type of legal matter?
  • How long has he been in practice?
  • What is his track record of success?
  • What percentage of his caseload is dedicated to handling your type of legal problem?
  • Does he have any special skills or certifications?
  • What are his fees and how are they structured?
  • Does he carry malpractice insurance? If so, how much?
  • Who else would be working on your case and what are their rates?
  • Does he outsource any key legal tasks for functions?
  • What additional costs may be involved in addition to lawyer fees (postage, filing fees, copy fees, etc.)?
  • How often will you be billed?
  • Can he provide references from other clients?
  • Does he have a written fee agreement or representation agreement?
  • How will he inform you of developments in your case?

Keep in mind that a higher fee does not necessarily equate with a more qualified attorney. Also, a rock bottom fee may signal problems, inexperience or incompetency.

After meeting with the lawyer, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the lawyer’s experience and background compatible with your legal needs?
  • Did he provide prompt and courteous responses to your questions?
  • Is he someone with whom you would be comfortable working?
  • Are you confident he possesses the skills and experience to handle your case?
  • Are you comfortable with the fees and how they are structured?
  • Are you comfortable with the terms of the fee agreement and/or representation agreement?
  1. Consult Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.Found on-line at Martindale.com and at your local public and law libraries, Martindale-Hubbell is a great resource for information about a law firm and its lawyers. This guide is often used by lawyers themselves when choosing legal talent in another jurisdiction. The directory includes basic practice profile data on virtually every lawyer in the United States and Canada and detailed professional biographies of leading lawyers and firms in 160 countries. It also includes lawyer and law firm ratings based upon peer reviews which may help when choosing between two equally qualified candidates.
  2. Ask other attorneys.Lawyers know the skill and reputation of other lawyers. Attorneys may be able to provide information about a fellow lawyer that you may not find in a book or online such as information about a lawyer’s ethics, competence level, demeanor, practice habits and reputation.
  3. Conduct a background check.Before hiring any lawyer, contact the lawyer disciplinary agency in your state to confirm that the lawyer is in good standing as a member of the bar. For an online listing of each state’s lawyer disciplinary agency, review this directory of lawyer disciplinary agencies. You should always check references, especially if you located the attorney through the Internet. You can also check a lawyer’s peer review ratings online at com. Peer review ratings provide an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.
  4. Tour the lawyer’s law office.You can tell a lot about an attorney from his law office. Request a brief tour of his office, beyond the office or conference room where you met with the lawyer. Is the law office neat, orderly, efficient and well-run? What kind of support staff does the lawyer employ? Does staff appear friendly and helpful? Is the lawyer’s office local and easily accessible? Is a large portion of his office space unoccupied? Watch for red flags such as mass disarray, unhappy staff members, illicit affairs involving the lawyer, strong smell of alcohol, request of cash payments without giving receipts, No fixed address, always preferring to talk rather than return emails, empty offices and unreturned phone calls etc.

By taking these five steps, you can select a lawyer with the legal skills and personal qualities that will best serve your needs.

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Dr. Ruth Johnson Trial Scheduled for August 5th, 2014 Delayed.

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Dr.Ruth Johnson vs. Board of Education for Prince George’s County trial on discrimination and retaliation charges which was scheduled for next week August 5th, 2014 until August 8th, 2014, has been postponed/delayed until January 27, 2015. See our previous coverage on July 29th, 2014. 

U.S. District Judge Honorable Peter J Messitte, in a court order on Wednesday, rescheduled the Dr. Ruth Johnson’s trial to around January 27th from August 5th, 2014, finding that the Board of Education for Prince George’s County violated the civil rights and denied the Motion to dismiss filed by the Board of Education. Read the opinion of the court issued on July 29th, 2014 >>> Memorandum opinion -by Honorable Peter J. Messitte on July 29 -2014 >>> and the Order of the Court.

Dr. Ruth Johnson is one of several employees whose cases are going to the jury for trial, after the Board of Education violated civil rights of employees willfully in Maryland. Many of these cases involve significant issues and  involve public corruption which has been hidden away from the Federal court in order to continue the status quo.

Rather than the Board of Education for Prince George’s County settle these kind of cases and move on, they have chosen to drag them and to be arrogant. Hence, costing the Board of Education for Prince George’s County  and the State of Maryland cherished financial resources.

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A civil lawsuit filed by Dr. Ruth Johnson to start on August 5th, 2014.

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NOTICE: UPDATE

The above trial has been postponed or delayed until around  January 27, 2015. We will keep you updated our readers. Stay tuned. Read more >>>Trial delayed. 

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A civil lawsuit filed by Dr. Ruth Johnson against the Prince George’s county public schools (Pgcps) will go to trial starting on August 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am until Friday August 8th, 2014 in GreenBelt Federal court. Jury selection will be held in the morning of August 5th, 2014 and the trial will commence that afternoon continuing until August 8th, 2014. Dr. Ruth Johnson claims she was retaliated against when she reported what she believed were inappropriate acts by the administration of former Superintendent Dr. William Hite jr. The Board of Education created a hostile work environment when Dr. Johnson mobilized her colleagues at Largo High school to oppose the illegal acts which were taking place. (Mr. James Small-Wood and Dr. William Hite Jr who covered up the crimes have since fled in different directions after exposure in this blog). Dr. Ruth Johnson, who is an African American was a guidance counselor at Largo High school. She alleges that she was racially harassed by Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus (pictured below). On February 28, 2014, a federal jury, at the Greenbelt, MD federal courthouse, issued a verdict that means Prince George’s County Public Schools can be found liable under Title VI for race discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the jury decided that Prince George’s County Public School received federal assistance, starting in 2009, which had the primary objective of providing employment. In 2009, PGCPS, which has a annual budget of approximately $1.7 billion, received $140 million in federal stimulus funds which it used to avert laying off hundreds of teachers and other school workers. The standard of prove under Title VI is the same as under Title VII, except Title VII has a cap on damages of $300,000 while Title VI has no cap on damages. Dr. Johnson was hired by PGCPS and assigned to Largo High School in 2003. In August 2009, Principal Simpson-Marcus transferred Dr. Johnson to another school against her will. Principal Simpson-Marcus bragged to her staff about transferring Dr. Johnson to another school. While at the new school, Dr. Johnson’s office was not close to a bathroom. Prince George’s County Public Schools has resisted Dr. Johnson’s effort to be transferred back to Largo High School.

PGCEA Breached Its Duty of Fair Representation

Following her transfer, Dr. Johnson filed a grievance with PGCEA against Principal Simpson-Marcus.  Jimelatice Gilbert-Thomas, a PGCEA Uniserv director, informed Dr. Johnson that the involuntary transfer violated the Negotiated Agreement.  However, the PGCEA refused to take Dr. Johnson’s grievance to arbitration, the next step called for in the Negotiated Agreement. On several occasions, Dr. Johnson heard Principal Simpson-Marcus brag about her good relationship with Ms. Gilbert-Thomas and challenge teachers and staff to file complaints against her with PGCEA. If Dr. Ruth Johnson wins her case, it could mean a return to Largo High school. Read more >>>> Ruth Johnson

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When: On August 5th, 2014 to August 8th, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM Jury Trial

Parties: Johnson v. Prince George’s Board of Education

Federal Case #: PJM 11-1195

Venue: Courtroom: 4C

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NOTICE: UPDATE

The above trial has been postponed or delayed until around  January 27, 2015. We will keep you updated our readers. Stay tuned.

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Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus, Ed.D. (Violated civil rights of employees willfully) angel.simpsonmarcus@pgcps.org Principal

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Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco).

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Measuring 63.5 cm (25 in.) in length, the toco toucan is the largest of all toucans. Its black body and white/yellow throat are overshadowed by its most recognizable trait: a large colorful beak.

The bright orange beak is about 19 cm (8 in.) long – one third of the bird’s total length. But despite its substantial size, the beak weighs less than you may think. Composed of the protein keratin, the structure of beak incorporates many air pockets allowing for a very low mass.

Furthermore, recent research has concluded that toucans regulate body temperature by adjusting the flow of blood to their beak. More blood flow means more heat is released. When toucans sleep, they tuck their beak under their feathers to keep them warm.

Toco toucans also use their beaks to pluck and peel fruit, their main source of food. In addition, the beak houses a flat tongue of the same length, which helps the toucan catch insects, frogs, and reptiles. Toco toucans also occasionally eat the eggs of other birds.

Although they spend a lot of time in trees, they are not very good at flying. Toucans mainly travel among trees by hopping. When they do take flight, they flap their wings vigorously and glide, traveling only short distances.

Toucans nest in the hollows of trees. They often move into cavities created and abandoned by woodpeckers.

Several toucans live together in a single hollow. It is in these hollows that they lay their eggs, generally two to four a year. Both parents incubate the eggs for 16-20 days. Once the chicks hatch, both parents continue to care for the young. Baby toucans are not born with an excessively large beak; the beak grows as the birds develop.

Native to South America, toco toucans inhabit a range of habitats including tropical forests, savannas, and shrubland.

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Conservation Status
Because toco toucans can live in a variety of habitats, they are not as susceptible to rainforest destruction as other species. Their population has not been determined, but it is thought to be large due to the frequency of sightings within their range. As such, the toco toucan is listed by the IUCN as being of least concern, and there are no specific efforts to protect the species.

What You Can Do to Help
Although toco toucans are not considered threatened, you can still help protect their habitat. Avoid buying products made from rainforest wood and help raise funds to help protect the rainforests of South America.

Toco Toucan Distribution

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Native to South America, toco toucans inhabit a range of habitats including tropical forests, savannas, and shrubland.
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A federal jury awards $350,000…

…in compensatory damages to Jon Everhart plus attorney’s fees, back pay and retirement benefits.

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On July 25, 2014, a federal jury, at the Greenbelt, MD federal courthouse, awarded a staggering $350,000 judgment late Friday against the county’s school system and the Board of Education.

Jon Everhart  who was maliciously terminated by Principal Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus, Ed.D. (pictured below) will receive $350,000 in compensatory damages against the Board of Education of Prince George’s County under Title VI for retaliation. Above all, the court awarded attorney’s fees, back pay and retirement benefits to the plaintiff. (Read more~~>>> jury verdictOrder of the Court)

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Rushern Baker should pass torch to a new leader to reinvigorate Prince George’s county.

In Summary
The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché.
The Prince George’s County leadership’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda.
The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.
Putting its fate in Mr. Rushern Baker to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Mr. Rushern Baker’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to a younger leader, Mr. Rushern Baker will give the Prince George’s County leadership enough time to build the components of a new political machine around a new leader with no corrupt links.

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 Mr. Rushern Baker III

The biggest problem in Prince George’s county is our refusal to face the facts. We are forever pointing fingers, chasing shadows, creating scapegoats, burying our heads in the sand like an Ostrich and sweeping everything under the carpet.

As long as we refuse to acknowledge the real issues that confront us, we will never find the solutions especially in our schools (Prince George’s county public schools). It’s one thing to appoint leaders  at Sasscer Administration Building for the sake of it. But if there is no real meaning but cover up. It’s going to be a waste of time as we have pointed out in the past.

The two momentous events of the past two months — Primary election and the one year take over of our schools led by one County Executive Rushern Baker III  — show the promise and perils of Prince George’s county leadership. Both events portrayed the Prince George’s county leadership in flattering and deprecating circumstances.

On the one hand, the Prince George’s County leadership can huff and puff, make all kinds of change threatening those who speak out by making all kinds of noises, hold huge rallies and even create a sense of siege within government.

However, everything the Baker administration tries to do completely fizzles out in a matter of days. The roar becomes a whimper and the Prince George’s County new Board of Education becomes an irrelevant irritant. The political threat it poses and the promises of the coalition are checkmated by harsh internal and external realities that reduce it to a smouldering rubble of unfulfilled potential and promise.

Prince George’s County new Board of Education’s potential for growth is undermined by the shackling grip of these internal and external challenges. As such, it is most unlikely that it will ever realize its potential unless radically changed and a rethink in strategy undertaken. The risks of confronting the internal challenges are enormous but it is worth taking them.

The biggest asset and biggest liability of the Prince George’s County leadership is its leader, the enigmatic, irreplaceable and evergreen Rushern Baker III. Rushern Baker III is Prince George’s County ’s Yasser Arafat. Like Arafat was to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Rushern Baker III defines the coalition by promoting nepotism at every turn, shapes its looks, pulls the masses to it, personifies the threat it poses to the powers that be, but monopolizes power in a manner that cripples its full potential by promoting corruption directly and indirectly.

When the leading light of  county leadership polarizes the population, he arrests the growth of the body politik. He makes it a force to be reckoned with but fails to build it into a machine that can ultimately maintain power and move the county forward. Prince George’s County leadership must rethink the Rushern Baker III riddle in November 2014. It can’t do without him, but the Prince George’s County citizenry knows that he cannot lead it to the Promised Land. This is one reason why change in leadership this fall is an important step in helping fix the county.

Prince George’s County’s potential is further compromised by the fact that it is headed by a leader who has failed to deliver the ultimate prize on several occasions. The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché. The solution is a gamble, worth all the risk in the world. It is the right time for Rushern Baker III to pass the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk,  venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr.

Putting the county’s fate in Rushern Baker III to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Rushern Baker III ’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr. Rushern Baker III will give the Prince George’s County leadership  enough time to build the components of a new political machine around the new leader.

Lack of depth in agenda

The Prince George’s County’s ’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda. Prince George’s County leadership has miserably failed to convince Prince George’s County citizenry that it has a plausible agenda for the county. One will be forgiven to think that the current point agenda touted as the blueprint by the Prince George’s County leadership was drafted right at the podium during the political rally at Largo or some other place.

The song and dance acts by various Senators can win them the November 2014 election, but Prince George’s County citizenry expect the opposition in Prince George’s County to churn out solid programmes and well thought-out ideas to show that they have better policies than the current regime led by Mr. Rushern Baker’s government.

The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate the Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted and the corruption continues as usual within the county. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.

Prince George’s County citizenry are political realists and appreciate that days of political miracles are long gone. The Rushern Baker III administration is facing huge challenges, but it is utter nonsense to think that the Prince George’s County leadership is in a position to fix the issues with corruption running the show behind the scenes.

Fourth, Prince George’s County leadership is a poor reader of the national mood. By engaging in a new round of politicking, picketing and covert corruption including manipulation of the court system, the Prince George’s County leadership is swimming against a strong national and international current that wants stability, peace and economic growth for everyone.

Prince George’s County leadership is pushing the politics and the interests of the “self” and going against the wishes of the public. Prince George’s County leadership wants power for its leaders and not bread for its followers. This must be checked.

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