How Could Bethesda Become An Incorporated City?; MD, VA Expected to Approve Metro Safety Commission

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Bethesda faces uphill challenge to becoming a city

Two neighborhood groups opposed to increasing development in Bethesda are hosting a meeting Thursday to gather information about incorporating Bethesda as a city, but political challenges stand in the groups’ way if they want to make incorporation a reality. The groups would need to collect signatures from community members for a ballot referendum and the Montgomery County Council would have to decide whether to hold a referendum on the matter. [Washington Post]

Trial underway to determine how to fix segregated Maryland colleges

The trial aims to find a remedy to inequity between the state’s four historically black colleges and traditionally white schools. The trial began in federal court Monday in Baltimore where Morgan State President David Wilson said that adding unique, high-demand programs to historically black schools would help them better compete with other institutions. [Associated Press]

Maryland and Virginia legislatures expected to approve Metro safety oversight commission

The commission would replace the Tri-State Oversight Committee after federal officials said it failed to monitor the transit operator’s safety issues. The new body recently gained support from Virginia lawmakers after they obtained a concession requiring the board give unanimous consent before shutting the system down. D.C. has already approved a bill creating the commission and Maryland and Virginia must now approve identical versions of that legislation. [Washington Post]

Garage fire breaks out at Layhill home

The Monday evening fire at the two-story home in the northern Silver Spring area displaced a family and caused about $300,000 in damage. The cause was initially ruled to be misplaced fireplace ashes. [@mcfrspio on Twitter]

Rain expected tonight

Tuesday is predicted to be cloudy with a high near 36 degrees and rain coming in sometime after 10 p.m. when a low around 36 is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

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