Reporter’s Notebook -- Gazette.Net


Can’t please everyone

Some 800 business people were at the annual Women’s Business Consortium Power Conference on Thursday at the Montgomery County Conference Center in North Bethesda.

The consortium is an alliance of Women Business Owners — Montgomery County, Women Business Owners — Prince George’s County, Women Presidents Education Organization — DC and the Women in Business Education Foundation.

Attendees weren’t all women, as organizers expected and hoped. In fact, three speakers at the lunch session were male — County Executive Isiah Leggett and U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney. Delaney tweeted that he was honored to speak there.

“Blessed to see so many businesswomen and entrepreneurs in Maryland,” he said.

At least one attendee was none too impressed. Veronica of Washington, D.C., who does give the warning on Twitter to “follow at your own risk,” noted, “Nothing like 3 men speakers in a row telling us we are making a difference.”

— Kevin James Shay

Two more rides

Six Flags America in Bowie announced Thursday it will add a Mardi Gras section to the park along with the fast Ragin’ Cajun roller coaster and the tamer French Quarter Flyers.

Ragin’ Cajun will zigzag through 1,378 feet of 360-degree spins, breathtaking drops, sudden twists and erratic speeds. French Quarter Flyers will feature eight individual flying cars that can travel at speeds up to 40 mph.

— Kevin James Shay