Trone Teased for Referring to Nonexistent Town of Smithsboro; Bethesda Rents Among the Highest in D.C. Region

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Internet pokes fun at Trone for ‘Smithsboro’ comment

Wine executive David Trone became the target of some internet ribbing after referring to the nonexistent town of "Smithsboro" during a congressional campaign stop. Trone kicked off his bid for the 6th Congressional District with a pass through five counties, starting out on Friday in Garrett County, then stopping in Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties, before landing at a Gaithersburg event on Sunday. During that event, Trone at one point asked crowd members about “Smithsboro.” The fictitious town is probably a mash-up of the names "Smithsburg" and "Boonsboro," both of which are places in Washington County. The misstep resulted in the creation of a fake website for the town of Smithsboro and a Facebook page devoted to the locale. [A Miner Detail]

Site names Bethesda among priciest places to rent around D.C.

Rents in Bethesda are among the highest in the Washington, D.C., area, according to a new analysis by an apartment-finder website. The Zumper report looked at active listings in July to find that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $2,140 in Bethesda, making it the third most expensive rental market in the metro region. The rents in Arlington, Virginia, averaged $2,230, while the Washington, D.C., average was $2,200. [Zumper]

Post prints critical editorial about state’s pot program

The Washington Post editorial board took aim at Maryland’s medical marijuana program, critiquing it for getting off to a slow start and having muddled rules. The state is scheduled to distribute licenses for growing, processing and distributing marijuana this month, but the process has taken more than three years, the editorial notes. A Post report also found potential conflicts of interest in the state’s approach to evaluating licensees. [Washington Post]

Ethiopian teen recounts memories of Silver Spring apartment explosion

One year after an explosion claimed seven lives at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, an Ethiopian immigrant describes her recollection of the tragedy. Bitseat Getaneh said she arrived in the United States just hours before the explosion. The teenager had been picked up from the airport by friends of her family and was planning on living with them until she moved to Oklahoma to study at a Christian school for a year. Bitseat said she was asleep when a loud boom woke her, and she saw flames tearing through the apartment complex. [Washington Post]

Sunny day could give way to nighttime showers

The weather should be mostly sunny on Thursday, and temperatures are expected to climb to 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are possible during at night.

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