Takoma Park Weighs Ditching Street Names of Civil War Generals; Clergy Gather To Bless Abortion Clinic in Bethesda

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City of Takoma Park debates scrapping street names

Takoma Park residents are deciding whether to change street names of Civil War generals. The debate is about renaming streets including Grant, Sheridan and Sherman avenues, which are named after Union generals, and avenues named for Confederate leaders Lee and Jackson. During a recent public hearing, some residents argued for changing the street names referring to Confederate generals while keeping names that refer to Union generals. Others said changing any street names would create a hardship for residents on those thoroughfares. [WTOP]

Pastors, rabbi hold interfaith ceremony at abortion clinic in Bethesda 

A group of clergy gathered in Bethesda on Monday to bless a late-term abortion clinic. Four Christian pastors and a rabbi prayed at the abortion clinic staffed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who practiced in Germantown until property owners sold the building to an anti-abortion group. Last year, he opened a new location in Bethesda, continuing to provide late-term abortions that are available only in a few places in the nation. [Washington Post]

Head of trade association to vie with Frosh for state attorney general post 

A Republican who heads a wine and spirits trade association has announced he will run against Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D). Craig Wolf last week announced his June 30 departure from the D.C. based group, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Wolf has worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department and as an assistant state's attorney in Allegany County. He is listed as a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. [Maryland Matters]

Rosenstein in spotlight again for extending surveillance of Trump adviser

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is again in the middle of partisan controversy because of a report that he extended the surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. Rosenstein, former U.S. attorney for Maryland and a Bethesda resident, had been known for trying to avoid the limelight. However, since his appointment to the Justice Department last year, he hasn't managed to avoid it. [Baltimore Sun]

Clouds to clear after snow dusting 

The chance of snow will persist through the early morning. The clouds will clear through the day, and temperatures will climb to near 34 degrees. Overnight, lows could be in the teens, according to the National Weather Service.

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