President Obama pressed for social and economic change in his State of the Union address.
Tuesday, February 12
By Jeremy Barr, Capital News Service President Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address as a second-term president Tuesday to focus on an economy that continues to struggle toward recovery and to lobby for better gun laws to stem violence that claimed two student lives in Maryland the same day. “A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs—that must be the North Star that guides our efforts," Obama said. "Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?” His administration released a package of job training, business …
Organizers are hoping Saturday's event in Laurel will help reduce gun violence.
Prince George's County police will host a "Gift Cards for Guns" event this Saturday, Dec. 15 in Laurel. In an effort to reduce gun violence, the PGPD has partnered with the NAACP to accept firearms from residents in exchange for $100 gift cards. Guns will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church (601 8th Street in Laurel). They do not need to be functional, police said. If you intend to surrender one or more firearms, place them unloaded in the trunk of your car. An uniformed police officer will greet you at the door and provide more direction. Unwanted ammunition may be submitted as well. This is the third such event in 2012. Police said 300 guns have already been surrendered this year in the county. For …