Marijuana Plays Role in Two Recent Murders; RLJ Lodging Trust Names New CEO

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Marijuana plays role in two Montgomery County murder cases

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said at a press conference Wednesday that two recent murders his office prosecuted happened due to drug deals gone bad involving marijuana. He said people often naively think they won’t get hurt selling marijuana, but “that’s not always the case.” He said he didn’t know if decriminalizing marijuana would reduce violence associated with its sale. [WTOP]

RLJ Lodging Trust names new CEO

The Bethesda-based real estate investment company named Leslie Hale as its new president and CEO. She will take over from CEO Ross Bierkan, who is retiring, in August. The company was founded by former Black Entertainment Trust owner Robert L. Johnson. [BisNow]

District 1 County Council candidate forum tonight in North Bethesda

Candidates running for the Bethesda-based District 1 County Council seat are scheduled to meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bethesda North Conference Center along Rockville Pike for a candidate forum. The political event is free and open to the public. [Friends of White Flint]

Sinclair CEO describes controversy over news anchors delivering scripted message ‘absurd’

The CEO of Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said the recent controversy over the company requiring anchors at local news stations it owned to read a scripted message about fake news is “the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” He also told a newspaper that he told Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, “We are here to deliver your message. Period.” [Guardian]

Spring arrives

Thursday is expected to be a mostly sunny day with a high near 76 degrees and a nighttime low dropping to around 55, according to the National Weather Service.

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Two Men Convicted on Murder Charges in Separate Cases

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