Infant Hit by Car in Gaithersburg Toys ‘R’ Us Lot; Potomac Woman’s Friends Stay at Her Side Through 21 Years of Sickness

News, announcements and other helpful links for Thursday morning


Infant injured by car in Gaithersburg Toys “R” Us parking lot

An infant in a car seat was hit by a car and taken to a hospital Wednesday morning. The infant’s caregiver had put the seat down in the Toys “R” Us parking lot in Gaithersburg when the incident occurred. The infant’s injuries were not considered life threatening. [WJLA]

Potomac woman with multiple sclerosis finds support in persistent group of friends

For 21 years, a group of friends have visited Harriet Fridkin, 75, in her Potomac home five nights a week. The group—whose members call themselves Harriet’s Harem—chat with her, feed her or give her therapeutic massages. Fridkin has multiple sclerosis, which has left her unable to move any part of herself except her head. Her friends fill out a calendar of when they will visit her each month, and say they find inspiration in Fridkin and her happy outlook on life. [Washington Post]

School bus with children inside crashes in Germantown

A school bus and another vehicle crashed in the 18900 block of Germantown Road in Germantown Wednesday morning. Children were inside the bus at the time but none was injured, although a child in the second vehicle was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. [WJLA]

Marylanders get another week to enroll in Obamacare

The enrollment deadline for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act had been this Friday, but officials plan to extend the deadline to Dec. 22 to avoid a last-minute rush this week. [Baltimore Sun]

Lots of clouds and wind

The National Weather Service says today will be mostly cloudy before clearing up later on, with a high near 44 degrees and winds up to 24 mph gusts. There should be a low of 23 degrees tonight.

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