Larry J. Hogan Sr., Father of Governor, Dies at 88; Berliner Voices Support for Immigrants at Town Hall

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Larry J. Hogan Sr. dies after a stroke

Larry J. Hogan Sr., father of Gov. Larry Hogan, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The governor announced the death on his Facebook page, saying “He leaves behind a loving family, countless friends and admirers, and a lasting legacy that won't be forgotten.” The elder Hogan was a politician himself, serving three terms in the House of Representatives as a Republican and one term as Prince George’s County executive. He was 88. [Baltimore Sun]

Berliner pledges support to immigrants in Silver Spring town hall

A town hall meeting in the Long Branch Community Center in Silver Spring on Wednesday brought out hundreds of residents to ask County Council members about a variety of issues: among them, immigration. One man asked the council to take up a sanctuary policy for the whole county. Addressing the issue, County Council President Roger Berliner said diversity is one of the greatest strengths in the county and all should feel welcome and safe here. “Our police are not immigration enforcement agents and they never will be,” he said, which the audience applauded. [MyMCMedia]

After Pizzagate gun incident, owner says community came together around Comet Ping Pong

James Alefantis, owner of Northwest Washington, D.C., pizza shop Comet Ping Pong, wrote an op-ed detailing the months of threats and hateful messages resulting from online conspiracy theories that eventually culminated in a gunman entering the restaurant armed with an assault rifle and handgun. Alefantis wrote the absurd “Pizzagate” theories led to constant calls, obscene reviews online and death threats. On inauguration weekend, protesters came to the restaurant and shouted slurs. However, the support Comet Ping Pong has received has been uplifting, with the community banding together behind the restaurant, sharing kind words and appearing in droves when Comet reopened. [Washington Post]

Montgomery County police to participate in prescription drug turn-in day

On April 29, Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, allowing residents to dispose unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs in a safe, free and anonymous way. Residents can take prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to police stations in Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton. [MCPD]

Showers and thunderstorms today

Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mostly in the afternoon, but the rest of the day will be cloudy. The high of 84 falls today to a low around 54 tonight. More showers and thunderstorms into the evening, though the chance of precipitation is lower.

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