Portion of Historic Lyttonsville Bridge To Be Reused; Maryland Prepares To Ban Bump Stocks

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State to reuse portion of historic Lyttonsville bridge on new trail

The Maryland Transit Administration plans to use steel girders from the century-old Talbot Avenue bridge to form short walls on both sides of the planned Capital Crescent Trail extension near Talbot and Michigan avenues. Some members of the community fought to preserve the bridge, which county officials closed in May after it failed a safety inspection. [Washington Post]

Maryland prepares to ban bump stocks

The state Senate and House have both approved similar bills in the past week to ban bump stocks in the state. The gun accessories allow the weapons to fire at a high rate and one was used in the Las Vegas concert massacre last year. Gov. Larry Hogan has expressed support for the ban. [Baltimore Sun]

Clarksburg High student lands “In the Heights” role

Mateo Ferro, the 16-year-old student, will play Sonny, who runs a small bodega with his cousin in New York City, in the Lin-Manuel Miranda play that runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., from Wednesday through Sunday. [WTOP]

Town of Chevy Chase, Rockville government offices closed Wednesday

The Town of Chevy Chase’s town office and Rockville city government’s offices are both closed today due to the winter weather. Montgomery County government offices and public facilities are also closed today, except public safety agencies. Recycling and trash collection has been postponed one day.

Baltimore Sun editorial: Craft brewers should ditch Franchot

Despite state Comptroller Peter Franchot’s best efforts, the General Assembly voted down a bill to ease regulations on craft brewers by a wide margin and threatened to take away the comptroller’s oversight of the alcohol industry. Franchot had amassed support from craft brewers in the state, but at the same time attacked state legislators in a strategy that The Baltimore Sun believes backfired on the brewers. The paper recommended brewers ditch Franchot to get results next year. [Baltimore Sun]

Winter storm warning in effect

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Montgomery County until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are predicted.

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