Radiation Concerns Prompt Local School To Return to Wired Internet; Ranking Shows Bethesda Leading D.C. Area in Rental Costs

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Local school goes back to wired internet

A Bethesda school is responding to safety concern about wireless internet by returning to Ethernet cables. The Washington Waldorf School did some major renovations a couple of years ago and rewired the building. School administrators and parents are worried about the effects of exposure to radiation from the Wi-Fi networks. While the federal government is seeking to expand wireless network to all schools, Washington Waldorf and others are going in the opposite direction. [WAMU]

Bethesda tops list of most expensive D.C.-area cities for renters

A real estate website has ranked Bethesda as the most expensive city to rent in the D.C. metro region, finding that the median cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment was $2,270 in September. The Zumper list put Bethesda ahead of Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia, where the median rents for a one-bedroom were $2,260 and $2,140, respectively. The most inexpensive cities to rent were Frederick, where the median rent was $1,120, and Rockville, where the median rent was $1,600. [Zumper]

New program puts fresh produce in hands of Montgomery College students

Montgomery College and the Capital Area Food Bank are giving away fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods to students through a “Mobile Market” program. The program is aimed at addressing food insecurity among college students. The program started in September, and after four markets, organizers have distributed more than 18,000 pounds of food to more than 900 people. Of those who received food, more than 600 were students, according to the organizers. [Montgomery Community Media]

County launches campaign offering help to those suffering domestic abuse

Montgomery County is posting signs on buses and bus shelters encouraging victims of domestic abuse to get help. The messages are displayed on 28 Ride On buses and 15 bus shelters around the county. People dealing with domestic violence are urged to call the Abused Persons Program or Family Justice Center for help in escaping their situations. [WTOP]

Damp weather in Wednesday forecast

The Bethesda area is expected to see showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The highs will hit about 73 degrees. Overnight, showers are likely and patches of fog are possible.

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