Suburban Newsline


Almost six in 10 Bowie families had annual incomes of more than $75,000 in 1999, according to data from the 2000 U.S. Census. More than half of those families had incomes over $100,000 a year. 

This data stands in contrast to that for Prince George’s County, where 39 percent of families had incomes over $75,000 in 1999.

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The recent sniper shootings in the Washington area have rekindled a national and local debate about the viability of using ballistic fingerprinting to link crimes to specific guns. 

Police, experts and lobbyists disagree about whether ballistic and toolmark identification, commonly referred to as ballistic fingerprinting, is an effective way to link bullets found at crime scenes to the guns that fired them.

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The Rouse Company is set to build a new housing community on the site of the old Fairwood Turf Farm over the objections of the Bowie City Council. 

Rouse, in conjunction with seven local builders, plans to develop the 1,000-acre, 1,800-home community despite the council’s concerns about potential effects on Bowie’s public resources.

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Just a few months after a special election put him in office, Prince George’s County Councilman Tony Knotts seems confident that his focus on education and commercial development will lead him to victory over Henry Nichols Nov. 5. 

Knotts, D, a 20-year lobbyist for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, is running against Nichols, R, the founder and president of Ace Mortgage Funding Group, in a repeat of the May special election that replaced Isaac Gourdine, who died in February.

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Serious crime in Bowie rose almost 16 percent for the first half of the year, compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the Bowie Office of Public Safety. 

The increase was less than the 22 percent rise in serious crimes for Prince George’s County’s Police District 2, which includes Bowie, but far outpaced a 6 percent rise for the county as a whole.

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