Reports of Hate Crimes Increase Dramatically in State, County; D.C.-Baltimore Hyperloop Gets Conditional Approval

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Police report 40 percent rise in reported hate and bias incidents

Maryland State Police reported Friday that reports of hate and bias incidents increased by 40 percent last year. Reports went from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016. The highest number was in November, with 50 reports. At least 11 incidents included a reference to Donald Trump. Baltimore and Montgomery counties had the most reports, with 73 each. The number is an 83 percent increase for Montgomery County. [Baltimore Sun]

DOT weighs Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop

The Maryland Department of Transportation gave entrepreneur Elon Musk conditional approval to start construction on a Hyperloop tunnel between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The decision allows his Boring Company to dig miles of tunnel under state roads for the privately funded transit line. [Washington Post]

Kensington debuts new mural

A new 2,100-square-foot mural has been unveiled in Kensington. Made by local artists Matt Corrado and Meaghan McNamara, the piece is the town’s first major mural. It celebrates local history with images of a train, produce and music. [Curbed]

Hearing on cell towers

There will be a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the County Council Office Building in Rockville, where residents are invited to share opinions on a proposal to amend the zoning count to account for small cell tower antennas on streetlights and low buildings. [Montgomery County]

Foggy morning, then a cloudy day

This morning could be foggy before it clears up at about 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. It should be mostly cloudy with a high of 74 and some winds. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain tonight, according to the NWS.

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