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This Week in Coronavirus in Potomac

Week of April 21

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New Visions for Public Schools in Montgomery County

Restorative justice practices offer hope to reduce racial disparities in school discipline.

“It’s not easy to do what my colleagues did today,” said Craig Rice, chair of the Montgomery County Council’s education committee, “which is to open themselves up.”

Alexandria: This Week in Covid

Library fees, George Floyd, pandemic within pandemic, combating institutional racism, playgrounds opening, auto loan relief and more.

The Virginia Department of Health updated its demographics dashboard to include additional racial reporting categories for case, hospitalization and death data.

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State of Montgomery County Under Covid

County Executive Marc Elrich chose to give his annual state of the county address last Friday, March 5, exactly one year since the first cases of Covid were reported in Montgomery County.

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Suspect Lay Bleeding on the Floor

Verbatim accounts. Which to believe?

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Week in Numbers in Montgomery County

881 miles of connected multi-use trails are planned for the DMV region as part of the Capitol Trails Network.

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Fault! in Montgomery County

Wind gusts toppled two white pines on top of two cars at River Falls tennis courts last Friday, April 30, a sight common around Potomac and the county on Friday after winds reached 60 miles per hour.

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More Gather to Save Mount Vernon’s River Farm

Board of Supervisors offers unanimous support

The American Horticultural Society’s intent to sell historic River Farm is still sending shock waves through those who believed the property and house were preserved forever.

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Simultaneously: Different Directions in Montgomery County

Council introduces another bill to keep and reimagine SROs before the public responds to bills that prohibit SROs

Two days before the public hearing on council member Will Jawando’s bill to remove School Resource Officers in public high schools because of the disproportionate impact it has on Black and brown students, councilmember Craig Rice introduced a bill to build positive law enforcement relationships within schools.

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‘We’ve Seen an Awakening’ in Montgomery County

Council passes use of force policy that prohibits a police officer from using deadly force unless as a last resort.

Craig Rice beamed and Will Jawando teared as a unanimous roll call of Montgomery County’s Council effected change and policy hundreds of years in the making.

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Look Below the Impervious Surface

The public has 90 days to respond to a proposed $11 billion project that would impact 48 miles of the Beltway, the American Legion Bridge, and land and water below for generations to come.

The risk is $11 billion and contamination of waterways and parkland for generations to come.

Getting the Numbers Right in Montgomery County

Potomac’s councilmember Andrew Friedson wanted to take politics out of estimating costs.

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Lightning Strikes Twice, Literally, in Potomac

Two Avenel homes damaged by thunderstorm last Friday, causing more than $800,000 in damages

Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire on Rapley Preserve Circle in Potomac when next door neighbors alerted the rescue squad that their home had been hit by lightning, too.

Covid-19 Response in Potomac

Metro announced that 15 rail stations that had been closed as part of the transit agency’s Covid-19 response will reopen on Sunday, June 28.

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Alexandria’s Week in Coronavirus

Quaranteens, nursing home holes, virtual boxing, rental relief and more.

BACKLOGGED TESTS: Starting on June 9, the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 data dashboard will reflect 13,000 additional tests that were backlogged.

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Use of Force Rises in 2019 in Fairfax County

Disproportionate treatment of African Americans on the rise, too.

While Black people are less than 10 percent of the Fairfax County population (9.7 percent), they are the targets for use of force by police 53 percent percent of the time, 315 of 594 incidents.

Stopping the Combine: Farmers Can’t Compete for Land in Montgomery County

Making room for enough solar to make a difference.

Randy Stabler stopped his combine in the middle of a field in the Agricultural Reserve to join Montgomery County Council’s virtual Town Hall meeting.