Rockville Charity Sends 'Comfort Cases' To Children Separated from Parents; Boat Catches Fire in Potomac River

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Comfort Cases aims to send supplies to children removed from parents

Comfort Cases, a charity based in Rockville, is working to send backpacks full of supplies to each of the at least 2,500 children affected by Trump’s family separation policy. So far, the group has provided about 250 packs stuffed with pajamas, blankets, toiletries and coloring books or journals to immigrant children removed from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It has raised about $58,500 of the estimated $150,000 it will need to achieve its goal. [Washington Post]

Boat sinks in Potomac River blaze

Three people escaped from a burning boat that sank in the Potomac River on Sunday night. Montgomery county officials said the boat burned near the Loudoun County side of the river. Firefighters from Montgomery County and Virginia worked to douse the fire, but the boat was too damaged to stay afloat. [Washington Post]

Franchot won’t endorse Jealous for governor

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will refrain from endorsing Ben Jealous, his party’s nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Franchot, a Democrat, said he will probably remain neutral in the state gubernatorial contest because he’ll have to “get along with whoever is elected.” Franchot made the remarks during a Monday radio interview. [Baltimore Sun]

Rockville’s mayor named to lead Maryland Municipal League 

Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton was named president of the Maryland Municipal League during a recent conference in Ocean City. Newton said the theme of her one-year term will be “together we can.” She said she wants to bridge partisan divides and lead a discussion about opioid addiction across the state. [The Star Democrat]

Expect more heat, possible thunderstorms Tuesday 

Another hot day is in the forecast, with temperatures of 96 degrees and a heat index of 107 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the evening.

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