Researcher Looks at Health Effects of Purple Line; Prosecutors To Seek Life Without Parole for Tyler Tessier

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Researcher starts study on health effects of Purple Line

A kinesiology professor at the University of Maryland is studying whether the Purple Line will make people healthier. Previous studies have found people who live near public transportation are generally more physically active because they tend to walk to transit stops more often. Jennifer Roberts, the professor, will focus on minority communities in Prince George’s County. [Washington Post]

Prosecutors to seek life without parole for Tyler Tessier

Montgomery County prosecutors confirmed in court documents they will seek Maryland’s most severe sentence—life in prison with no chance of parole—for Tyler Tessier, who will stand trial in April for the killing of his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen. Wallen’s disappearance led to a sensational search that culminated in the discovery of her body in a shallow grave. Tessier was believed to be the father of Wallen’s child, though he was also engaged to another woman at the time. He will not face additional charges for the death of the fetus. [WTOP]

Mass ICE arrests target MS-13

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have recently arrested 267 people across the country and in El Salvador as a concentrated effort against MS-13, the agency announced Thursday. Of the total, 38 arrests took place in Maryland and Virginia. [ABC7/AP]

Jealous releases his plan for the opioid crisis

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous released his strategy for the opioid crisis: a 12-page proposal that focuses on treatment rather than prison time. The former NAACP national president slammed Gov. Larry Hogan for his handling of the crisis, which continues to spike in the state. [Baltimore Sun]

Sunny day with some wind

Today should be mostly sunny, with a high near 52 and some winds, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures fall to a low of 37 tonight, with cloudy skies and some calm wind possible.

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