Hogan orders Maryland flags lowered to honor National Guard member

Maryland flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. Eddison Hermond, a Maryland National Guard member who died Sunday after the floods in Ellicott City. He was trying to help a woman when he was swept up in rushing waters. His body was found in the Patapsco River two days later. Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the lowering of the flags, and they will be raised again after Hermond’s funeral. [MCMedia]

Gubernatorial candidates face off in televised debates

The Democratic candidates for governor attacked Hogan without criticizing each other at the second of five televised debates. The candidates agree on most issues, including increasing funding for K-12 public education. The debate focused on Baltimore, racial tensions and the recent flood in Ellicott City, with some candidates alleging Hogan didn’t do enough to protect the city. [Washington Post]

Rockville exhibit explores sports’ impact on culture


Power Forward, a new exhibit at VisArts in Rockville, is looking at sports through an artistic lens. The exhibit brought together artist with athletic backgrounds and pieces inspired by gymnastics and other sports. One installment shows how the history of the Washington Wizards has been intertwined with civic issues. The exhibit runs through July 1. [WTOP]

School planned for Gaithersburg park inspires debate

To combat overcrowding and an expected increase in student enrollment, Montgomery County Public Schools is planning to open a new school on Kelley Park in Gaithersburg. However, some residents say the park, which the city owns, should be preserved as a green space for public use. Hundreds have signed a petition urging the school system not to build there. [MCMedia]


Chance of showers, heavy rainfall

There’s a 70 percent chance of precipitation today, with showers possible before 2 p.m., then showers and a thunderstorm likely after 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rainfall is possible with the storms. There could be another thunderstorm before 11 p.m. and then more rain tonight.

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