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A recap of recent regional news in the new year.

Gaithersburg Closer to Lifting Fortunetelling Ban
Gaithersburg Planning Commission is expected to meet today to vote recommend that the city allow fortunetellers to set up in certain parts of Gaithersburg, The Gazette reports.  Gaithersburg Patch offers some background in a story published back in June 2012. The Gazette’s story is available online.

‘A deer, a baby, a bank robber and a head-on bus crash — all in a morning’s work at Metro’
The Washington Post reports on a string of strange incidents that occurred on Metro trains and a bus last week—everything from a woman going into labor on the Red Line en route to Grosvernor-Strathmore to a deer struck by a Green Line train in Prince George’s County. The story is available on The Washington Post’s website.

MTA: ICC Tolls Here to Stay
In December, Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3), of Gaithersburg, called on the Maryland Transit Authority to reduce the toll fees on the Intercounty Connector, Patch has reported. Well, the Maryland Transit Authority responded to Andrews proposal: “We respectfully decline the proposal to modify them at this time,” The Gazette reports. The full story is available at the newspaper’s website.

Maryland Delegate: School Resource Officers Should be in Elementary Schools
A state lawmaker from Baltimore County wants Maryland elementary schools to have school resource officers—armed police officers—in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, several media outlets have reported. "As a police officer, we're trained to protect the public and now you have a first responder in the school, right there when it happens. I think it's just important to do," Del. John W.E. Cluster Jr. (R-Dist. 8), a retired police officer, said in an interview with Fox 45 in Baltimore

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