PGCo at SOTU, Gov. Hogan Mum on Matters, Free Microsoft Office (Demo)

Rude CongressThe President of these United States gave the State of the Union Address last night and had some great points, stern warnings and quick retorts to hecklers. I don’t know why it’s so acceptable for Members of Congress to heckle the President of the United States of America.  I find it shameful.  Why don’t they see anything wrong with their juvenile outbursts? Oh well, there I go trying to get blood from a turnip as I expect respect for the office of President no matter who’s in place or the color of their face. About 20 minutes into the SOTU, both Prince George’s County and District Heights Police Departments were speeding toward the DC Capitol to apprehend an armed robbery suspect who had fled from Forestville to DC. 
Larry Hogan Swear InNewly elected Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford were sworn in today despite the weather.  It’s a real crap shoot this weather, and so is this Hogan governorship.  While Hogan has promised to lower Maryland taxes (I’m all for that), he has shown lukewarm to nonexistent support for Prince George’s County projects such as the Purple Line, Department of Housing move to New Carollton, and the new hospital in Largo.  That new hospital project is supposed to receive a third of its funding from the state of Maryland, but Maryland’s current deficit is over $750 million.  Maryland U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Chris Van Hollen, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, and John K. Delane and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, along with the heads of both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County’s Chambers of Commerce have written a letter seeking Hogan’s support for the Purple Line.  The Governor has not yet responded. He’s been silent on most things even throughout his campaign.  I suspect he’ll start talking soon. 
Microsoft OfficeMaryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery, announced at High Point High School in Prince George’s County that 25 new high-level information technology academy programs are coming to Maryland schools. All Maryland public school students and their families also can download free Office productivity tools for learning through an agreement with the Microsoft Corporation. THAT is big!! The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Microsoft collaborated to deliver cutting-edge technologies to students and educators in response to President Obama’s ConnectED challenge. Microsoft will provide a one-year license for the Microsoft IT Academy program to 25 high schools in 10 county school systems. All students in the receiving high schools will have access to online courses and tutorials, and teachers receive unlimited access to instructional tools. The no cost Office 365 ProPlus offer is available to all students at public schools across Maryland.  The following private and secure site has been developed by Planet Technologies, in collaboration with MSDE.  Students and their families can download Office 365 ProPlus at the following Internet address:
Shout out to Markus for the info!!!

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