Local students speak to federal school safety commission

Montgomery County students headed to D.C. on Wednesday to speak with federal officials about school safety. Alessia Modjarrad, a graduating senior from Poolesville High, and Michael Yin, a graduating senior from Montgomery Blair High School, both addressed officials. While Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had told lawmakers the school safety commission wouldn’t be looking at gun issues as part of their work, Modjarrad asked officials to reconsider. In his address to the panel, Yin spoke in opposition to arming teachers. [WAMU]

Montgomery County detectives search for police car vandal

Authorities have released a video of someone vandalizing an unoccupied Montgomery County police cruiser on Wednesday in a Gaithersburg parking lot. The video shows the person standing on the car’s hood and using a rock to bash the front windshield. The person also removed the cruiser’s rearview mirror, according to Montgomery County police. The vandalism happened at about 3 p.m. in the 9800 block of Mahogany Drive. [WTOP]

D.C. breaks out into celebration after Caps win


Washington Capitols fans flooded D.C. on Thursday night to celebrate their team’s Stanley Cup victory. Crowds filled the streets around the Capitol One Arena and surrounding bars and restaurants to watch the game. When fans realized the Caps were likely to win, strangers began hugging each other, high fiving police officers, screaming and honking. “Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said Mark Creamer of Gaithersburg. [Washington Post]

Dire report on local economy was flawed, retired economist says

A retired economist has penned a rebuttal to a recent report that painted a bleak picture of the Montgomery County economy. The response states that the report is a “smear-job” that compares Montgomery County with other jurisdictions unfairly and misuses statistics. The report was written by the Sage Policy Group and released last month. The Washington Post cited it in their endorsement of businessman David Blair in the Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive. [Daily Kos]


Work week ends with sunny skies

Friday will be partly sunny, with highs of about 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight.

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