Updated: Family of Fallen FBI Agent Remembers ‘A Great Guy,’ Man of Faith; Supreme Court To Take Up Maryland Gerrymandering Case

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Family of fallen FBI agent remembers ‘a great guy,’ man of faith

Carlos Wolff, the FBI agent killed in Friday night's crash on Interstate 270, and his family moved to Gaithersburg from Venezuela in the late 1980s, and worked their way up from there. Wolff was described during an interview with his family as the first to raid the fridge while on vacation, and the first to step in to help no matter how big or small the situation was. Sander B. Cohen, a deputy chief with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and a lieutenant with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, also died in the crash, after pulling over to help Wolff. [WTOP]

Nation's highest court to review Maryland gerrymandering case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case filed by Maryland Republicans challenging the state's map of congressional districts. The plaintiffs claim Democrats redrew the 6th District in Western Maryland to make it easier for a Democrat to win. A longtime Republican congressman lost the seat to Democrat John Delaney in 2012 after the redistricting. [Washington Post]

State report to show changes in problem gambling in recent years 

The state is preparing to release a report on the number of people who have gambling problems. The report by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will highlight how the problem has developed after more than seven years of casino gambling in the state. The Maryland Center for Excellence on Problem Gambling has reported an increase in calls, texts and tweets to the gambling helpline in recent years. [WTOP]

Transparency group posts finance disclosures for state lawmakers

The Center for Public Integrity has posted online the financial disclosure forms for state legislators across the nation, including the ones for Maryland lawmakers. The annual forms require legislators to report their sources of income and business holdings, allowing the public to identify potential conflicts of interest. However, in Maryland, the completed forms have been unavailable online, and residents until now have had to make a trip to Annapolis to view them. [Washington Post]

Gaithersburg mayor adds name to letter on Net Neutrality

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman has signed on to a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission not to do away with Net Neutrality protections. Ashman joined more than 50 other mayors in signing the letter. "The City of Gaithersburg recognizes the benefits that broadband connectivity and access to free and open Internet has in our City and our responsibility to protect consumers residing in Gaithersburg," Ashman said in a prepared statement. [Montgomery Community Media]

Sunny, chilly weather expected to start the week 

The forecast is for sunny weather, with highs in the mid-40s. Overnight, there will be a chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service.  

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