The modernist facade of Prince George's County's Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

Required Reading: Stadium limbo, dryer fires, and stadium tug-o-war

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In today’s edition: Terps win national championship, a fight over future Redskins stadium sites is brewing, and how far is too far for your county government? Terps win fourth NCAA mens soccer crown (ESPN)

Outbreak of dryer fires in Prince George’s sparks concern (WRC)

Academy of health sciences tops Maryland school achievement report (Washington Informer)

Bowser teams up with Republicans to win control of RFK campus (WAMU)

DC stadium opponents fight possible new Redskins stadium in DC (WTOP)

Hogan pitches National Harbor for Redskins stadium (Maryland Matters)

Prince George’s county seat is too remote for most residents (Greater Greater Washington)

Bowie city councilor to resign over health issues (Capital Gazette)

Required Reading: Medical marijuana, Redskins stadium, Amazon hopes

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 10, 2018, edition: Maryland’s medical marijuana market is doing very well, new faces on the school board, and Prince George’s County hopes to cash in on Amazon’s HQ2 moves. Maryland medical marijuana market booms in first year (The Baltimore Sun)

Prince George’s could still be ‘winner’ despite losing Amazon HQ2 hunt (The Washington Post)

Alsobrooks takes her place in history (Black Press USA)

Redskins work Congress on stadium provision in spending bill (The Washington Post)

Maryland man makes mark with weaves for men (Associated Press)

School bush crash injures 19 middle schoolers (WTOP)

Purple Line construction continues as UMD postpones new parking garage (The Diamondback)

Millennials join the school board (The Washington Post)

Required Reading: School board leadership, Purple Line, Christmas tree blues

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 6, 2018, edition: Prince George’s County School Board picks familiar leader; Update on the Purple Line; Don’t go, Wallace Loh; and the demise of a charity Christmas tree sale. 

Mike Franklin no longer owns Old Maryland Grill (Hyattsville Wire)

Thornton back at helm of Prince George’s School Board (The Washington Informer)

Purple Line partners talk Glenridge plans (Prince George’s Sentinel)

At State of the Campus, UMD President Loh criticizes Regents, touts campus improvements (The Diamondback)

TIF bonds issued for Westphalia redevelopment (Press release)

High prices fell Laurel Lions Club Christmas tree sale (Baltimore Sun)

College Park Council considers security camera subsidy for businesses (The Diamondback)

Legislators meet with UMD officials about football program (Diverse: Issues in Education)

Two senior lawmakers urge Loh to stay as UMD president (The Washington Post)

Uncertainty surrounds Mount Rainier library asbestos fix

Mount Rainier City Council members say they need answers to several questions before they make a decision about the future of its local library. The library, part of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, has been closed for several weeks over suspicions the facility was contaminated by asbestos or lead. Testing subsequently conducted by two firms did not find any traces of lead in the paint, but they did find evidence of asbestos within the building’s tiles. 

That testing was paid for by the city of Mount Rainier, and any fixes to the library will be paid by the city as well. That’s because the library is one of two in Prince George’s County to operate out of a building owned by a municipality, as opposed to the library system itself. The library operates from the building as a tenant.

Loh’s resignation shocks Prince George’s officials

Wallace Loh’s decision to resign as president of the University of Maryland has angered local elected leaders. They hailed Loh’s work to bridge a gap between the university and the communities that surround it. Loh’s resignation comes as the University of Maryland grapples with several scandals within the school’s athletic department, including the death of athlete Jordan McNair during a football practice and a scathing ESPN report alleging a toxic culture within the school’s football program. “I’m disappointed and upset,” said College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn in an interview. “It’s a real shame.

Letter: PGCPS responds to Thomas Stone first-day concerns; ‘Exception’ to ID policy exists

Editor’s note: This letter is in response to an opinion article by Thomas Stone Elementary parent Sarah Christopherson alleging mismanagement and confusion of the school’s first-day of class activities. 

Prince George’s County Public Schools is aware of the experiences that Ms. Christopherson and other Thomas S. Stone Elementary parents had on the first day of school. The principal apologized to parents in a robocall Tuesday evening for not allowing them to enter the building with their child. Our Administrative Procedure requires school visitors to present government-issued identification with their name, date of birth and photo. However, there is an exception for large groups, such as visitors attending assemblies, performances or parents who wish to accompany their child to class on the first day of school. We are working closely with the school’s leadership team to maintain a welcoming and positive environment for all families in the Thomas Stone school community.

Opinion: Thomas Stone Elementary first-day confusion part of larger problem

Editor’s note: Prince George’s County Public Schools has issued a response to the concerns raised in this article. 
For the students and parents of Thomas Stone Elementary in Mount Rainier, the first day of school turned into a hot, lengthy, and sometimes scary ordeal thanks to the same administrative dysfunction that has regularly plagued the school in recent years. 
This week I was part of a long line of angry parents forced to wait outside for more than 90 minutes in hot, humid weather just to drop off school supplies or meet our children’s teachers. Meanwhile, nervous children as young as four years old, many of whom do not speak English at home, were sent into the school to find their teachers without help from their parents. The results were predictably disastrous. While I was standing outside, school staff walked out several times with scared, unhappy children and called out to the crowd, hoping to find their parents. In some cases, I later learned, the children didn’t know their last names (or couldn’t communicate them well enough for staff to understand) and so couldn’t be sent to the right classroom.

Pedestrian killed on University Boulevard; Man dies in shooting – Prince George’s News Roundup

Two people died in Prince George’s County over the weekend. One was a pedestrian struck killed the driver of an SUV in Adelphi. The other was a D.C. resident fatally shot in Camp Springs. Those stories, plus more in today’s Prince George’s News Roundup. WJLA: Pedestrian hit, killed by driver of SUV
Fatal collision occurred at University Boulevard and West Park Drive in Adelphi.