Santa Claus Brings Cheer to Family of FBI Agent Who Died in I-270 Crash; President Trump Visits Troops at Walter Reed in Bethesda

News, announcements and other helpful links for Friday morning


Santa surprises family of fallen FBI agent 

Santa Claus on Tuesday brought some holiday cheer to the family of an FBI special agent who died in a crash on Interstate 270 this month. Members of the Laytonsville Fire Department planned the holiday surprise, driving a fire engine that carried Santa into the family's neighborhood. Video provided by Special Agent Carlos Wolff's family shows his children jumping with excitement. [WTOP]

Trump visits service members at Walter Reed in Bethesda 

President Donald Trump visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on Thursday. He told reporters that he wanted to wish the troops a happy holidays. Tweets show that while Trump was there, he presented a Purple Heart to a wounded veteran. Trump's predecessors in the White House also visited Walter Reed. [CNN]

Facility dogs remain at Walter Reed 

Dogs are still providing comfort at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, even though a nonprofit that offers canine-assisted therapy was suspended last month. The dogs now at Walter Reed are "facility dogs," rather than service dogs that are permanently paired with veterans. It was unclear why Walter Reed issued the stop-work order to Warrior Canine Connection, the program that worked with the wounded warriors. [WTOP] 

Candidate for governor details his transportation plan 

James Shea, a Maryland gubernatorial candidate, this week described a transportation plan that focused on expanding public transit options. Shea, a Democrat, said he'd support reviving the Red Line light-rail project in Baltimore, adding bus lanes to I-270 and strengthening MARC train services. He also suggested restoring funding that Gov. Larry Hogan cut from the Purple Line project. [Washington Post]

Mild weather to head into the weekend

The forecast calls for partly sunny weather, with temperatures topping 50 degrees. There is a chance of rain late Friday night, and lows will hit about 48 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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