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Frederick Uncut is a podcast where we invite area newsmakers to discuss issues pertinent to Frederick County during an unedited, unfiltered interview.

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Frederick Uncut is a podcast where we invite area newsmakers to discuss issues pertinent to Frederick County during an unedited, unfiltered interview.

    5-year-old boy dies from flu-related sepsis

    5-year-old boy dies from flu-related sepsis

    While much of the conversation about diseases right now is focused on the coronavirus from China, the flu has been in Maryland for several weeks.

    In Maryland alone, there have been 16,766 confirmed cases of the flu with 15 deaths, as of Jan. 18.

    In Frederick County, there is at least one flu-related death. On Jan. 20, 5-year-old Lochlin DeSantis died from flu-related sepsis. Lochlin was a happy, giving child who was always running and always had a smile on his face.

    City editor Allen Etzler temporarily takes over hosting duties to interview producer Heather Mongilio about her story on Lochlin. She spoke about how his parents invited her and editor Graham Cullen into their homes around 48 hours before Lochlin's funeral so that they could spread the message about flu-related sepsis.

    Then Etzler tells Mongilio about other stories coming up in Frederick County this week before food and education reporter Katryna Perera joins Mongilio for her latest food review.

    Finally, Mongilio accompanied crime and courts reporter Jeremy Arias and transportation reporter Ryan Marshall as they donated blood. Arias joins Mongilio in the studio to discuss why the two donated blood.

    • 46 min
    Finding the purr-fect pet at the animal shelter

    Finding the purr-fect pet at the animal shelter

    At the animal shelter at Frederick County Animal Control, a fair number of cages are empty. It is surprising considering how many articles talk about pets coming to shelters after people decide they no longer want the Christmas puppy or kitten.

    Fortunately, the Frederick County shelter does not see that many returned Christmas animals, division director Linda Shea told producer Heather Mongilio.

    Shea spoke with Mongilio about adopting an animal and gave her a tour of the shelter.

    Then, crime and courts reporter Jeremy Arias joins Mongilio to talk about two boys who read to dogs at the shelter to help them calm down.

    City editor Allen Etzler also joins to talk about the upcoming news of the week and recap what happened last week.

    Finally, food and education reporter Katryna Perera stops by with pizza to talk about her latest review.

    • 37 min
    Comic book stores bring more than comics

    Comic book stores bring more than comics

    For comic book store owners, the popularity of Marvel Studios films and DC Comics films and television shows has not necessarily translated into more sales.

    Instead, the two comic book stores in Frederick County have found new ways to encourage customers to come into their stores.

    Business reporter Erika Riley joined producer Heather Mongilio in the studio to talk about her story. For Riley, looking at the comic book industry is a little personal since she grew up with parents who own a comic book store.

    Local comic book store owners John Frazier, of Brainstorm Comics & Gaming, and Jon Cohen, of Beyond Comics, joined Mongilio individually in the studio to talk about their different ways of encouraging customers to come into their stores.

    Then city editor Allen Etzler joins Mongilio to preview the rest of the week, including a big announcement for the Frederick County Board of Education.

    Then, food and education reporter Katryna Perera comes to the studio to talk about her latest food review.

    • 25 min
    Coming up in the Maryland legislative session

    Coming up in the Maryland legislative session

    The Maryland legislative session kicks off Wednesday.

    Each year, delegates and senators from jurisdictions throughout Maryland introduce bills that could potentially become law. Already, the Maryland General Assembly members have pre-filed some bills, including ones on contraceptives, the Public Information Act, and definitions of crimes, to name a few.

    To discuss the upcoming session, The Frederick News-Post's county and statehouse reporter, Steve Bohnel, and city editor Allen Etzler joined producer Heather Mongilio in the studio.

    The three previewed the legislation that could come this session before diving into how The News-Post will cover this session.

    While Frederick Uncut might discuss some politics during the session, for weekly political news and updates on legislation, subscribe to FNP Politics to listen to In Session.

    Food and education reporter Katryna Perera and Mongilio closed out the episode by discussing Italian food and Perera's latest review.

    Looking back on 2019

    Looking back on 2019

    Goodbye, 2019. Hello, 2020.

    To usher in 2020, producer Heather Mongilio and city editor Allen Etzler look back on the top stories of 2019 and the big themes of the last decade.

    It was a busy year for Frederick with the city of Frederick and the county facing growing pains, two high-profile killings, a pediatrician charged with many sexual offenses, including 98 additional counts announced Monday. There were flood damage repairs, a conman, and multiple high school football champions.

    Then Etzler talks about the future of The News-Post and what stories reporters will be working on in the coming year.

    Food and education reporter Katryna Perera then joins Mongilio for her weekly restaurant review.

    • 47 min
    In a galaxy far, far away

    In a galaxy far, far away

    Star Wars wrapped up its third trilogy last week with "Rise of Skywalker." The film had mixed reviews, but for local super fan Rob Cross, it was a great ending to a movie series he first started as a child.

    Cross is part of the 501st Legion Old Line Garrison, where he cosplays as Darth Vader. The legion is a nonprofit that sends Star Wars villains to hospitals and other events to greet people and brighten their mood.

    Cross joined producer Heather Mongilio to talk about the last Star Wars movie and how he becomes Vader.

    Then business reporter Erika Riley joins Mongilio to talk about financial troubles facing marijuana businesses because of banking restrictions.

    To cap the episode off, city editor Allen Etzler discusses what stories Uncut missed and what is to come this week.

    • 49 min

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