Jury finds Silver Spring couple guilty of exploiting older man

A Silver Spring couple Monday was convicted of financial exploitation of a 99-year-old man in their care. The jury trial against Ana Beti Molina, 51, and her husband, Javier Molina, 58, lasted three weeks. The Molinas could face up to 55 years in prison for charges including theft and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. [Montgomery Community Media]

Hogan announces paid sick leave plan

Gov. Larry Hogan has unveiled a paid sick leave plan that he intends to present to state lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session. All businesses with 25 or more employees would have to provide paid sick leave after a three-year phase-in period, under Hogan’s proposal. Hogan will introduce a second bill to provide $100 million in tax credits to companies of 50 or fewer employees that give paid sick leave. [Baltimore Business Journal]

Brown, Raskin share plan to avoid Metro rate hikes, service cuts 

U.S. Reps. Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin want to direct federal transit funds to the Metro system to prevent fare hikes and service reductions. The congressmen from Maryland worked with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 to draft legislation to implement their plan. They announced it Tuesday at a press conference at the New Carrollton Metro station. [Washington Post]

Maryland SoccerPlex to get new synthetic fields 

The Maryland Soccer Foundation has announced it will install a synthetic turf field at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the Germantown area. The group will use synthetic turf provided by AstroTurf. The new fields will feature a shock-absorbing layer and organic infill. The new fields will also be denser than the old ones, giving players a feel more similar to natural grass fields. [Germantown Pulse]

More sunny, mild weather ahead

Sun and highs of about 63 degrees are in the forecast for Wednesday. After nightfall, temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s, according to the National Weather Service.

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