Prince George's Tries to Address Food Deserts

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Prince George's Tries to Address Food Deserts

The lack of versatile grocery and restaurant options in Prince George’s County has created what are known as food deserts, according to the USDA.

Bowie residents have been fighting for 10 years to get a Trader Joe’s. A Facebook page has once again ignited the conversation.

Bowie has lost two of its grocery stores in recent years, and the county has lost a total of eight since 2006.

University Park has been in a back and forth with Cafritz Development over the construction of a proposed Whole Foods that would anchor a mixed-use development.

“Why not let the deal move as quickly as it can?” Mayor John Tabori said. “What is the problem here? I think it’s a real change issue, a transformation issue.”

That includes concerns about traffic increasing on Route 1, but many Prince Georgians support it because they currently shop out of the county.

Land use restrictions are mostly to blame for delaying the project. Such debates further complicate issues when it comes to giving the people of Prince George's what they need.

John Henry King, who heads economic development in Bowie, said there’s money is in Prince George’s and he’s hoping better food options will soon follow.

The Prince George’s County Planning Department has formed a task force to investigate and develop solutions for food deserts.

Report: 4 Terps invited to 2016 NBA Draft Combine

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Report: 4 Terps invited to 2016 NBA Draft Combine

Four Maryland Terrapins are among the players who have been invited to the 2016 NBA Combine, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and multiple other outlets. Those four are Robert Carter, Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman, and Melo Trimble.

Carter and Stone both chose to forfeit their remaining college eligibility and sign with agents during the draft process, while Layman expended his four years of eligibility at Maryland and signed an agent. That leaves just Trimble with a decision to make after he chose to declare for the draft but chose not yet to hire an agent. 

The Combine takes place May 11-15 in Chicago. Trimble will have 10 days after that, until May 25, to decide whether he will remain in the draft or rescind his name and return to Maryland for his junior season. 

DraftExpress.com currently projects Trimble as the No. 36 overall pick in the draftt, meaning he is slated as a second-round pick.

Fishing Report: May showers, good fishing on the Potomac River

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Fishing Report: May showers, good fishing on the Potomac River

Big fish are being caught and if the weather holds up, this could be one of the best weeks of the year. 

Water temperature is in the upper 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a cloudy and rainy week, with highs on Monday around 80, slipping into the mid 60s on Tuesday and bouncing between 65-70 into the weekend.”

While aggressive baits like Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless crankbaits are good to snap free from grass and slow rolling spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits will also produce, it's soft plastics in the grass that will land the big ones consistently. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes, green pumpkin with orange will be the best bet. Use 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a 3/16-ounce weight with a 3/0 Mustad tube hook. Pitch to grass and shake. Locate groups of milfoil clumps of 3 or more and pitch into the center. Also pitch along side of the clumps with the current. Add a spray of attractants like Jack's Juice garlic. 

Drop shot rigs with 6-8 inch leaders using a 20-pound Torque braid mainline and a 12-pound Edge leader. A 2/0 Mustad Megabite hook and a finesse worm will entice bedding bass into biting. Also a shaky head stickworm with a Mizmo BarbWire jig head will keep baits in beds to provide hits. 

On wood, I still use the plastics, but add in a dose of Mann's Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on 12-14 pound Edge. Crank these baits along lay downs and make contact. Pause and retrieve. 

With boat traffic, lower Power Pole shallow water anchors and turn off electronics. Make repeated casts in an area before moving. 

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. info@nationalbass.com

Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

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Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

Thanks to a commitment from five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.), DJ Durkin has made one of the biggest recruiting splashes in recent program history and he has only been on the job for four months. 

In the immediate wake of the commitment, Maryland commits and coaches (in the fashion still permissable by the NCAA) made their feelings known on Twitter.

Defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim

Defensive line coach Mike London

Offensive coordinator Walt Bell

Strength coach Rick Court

Four-star DL commit Cam Spence

Four-star QB commit Kasim Hill