Perez to Run for Democratic Party Leader; ‘Black Lives Matter’ Incident at Churchill Sparks Call for Investigation

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Tom Perez to run for Democratic Party leader

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a former Montgomery County Council member, has told three senior Democrats he plans to run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. His candidacy would challenge the front-runner, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. [New York Times]

‘Black Lives Matter’ incident at Churchill High sparks call for investigation

Students wrote “Black Lives Matter” on a Winston Churchill High School classroom whiteboard at a Dec. 7 meeting of the school’s Republican club. Richard Jurgena, who chairs the education committee of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, called for a “complete, rapid and nonpartisan” investigation. The incident follows another last month, when students taped a “whites only” sign to a bathroom door at at the school last month to see how other students would react. [Washington Post]

Children who survived deadly Silver Spring apartment explosion to receive Christmas gifts

The nonprofit Interfaith Works opened its clothing center along Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville on Wednesday to mothers who survived the deadly Silver Spring apartment explosion, but didn’t feel confident in providing Christmas for their children. [WJLA]

Police close vandalism investigation at Westland Middle School

Montgomery County police officers have closed the investigation into swastikas drawn inside a boys bathroom at Westland Middle School, Capt. Paul Starks said. School system staff is handling the incident internally; if a student is identified, the school system will handle it, Starks said. [MyMCMedia]

Arctic air moves in

Arctic cold pours into the area by Thursday morning. Temperatures will stay mainly in the 20s Thursday and Friday. Wind chills will stay in the single digits to low teens during the day on Thursday. A wintry mix possible for late Friday night. [WUSA9]

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