Marcus Raskin, liberal author and father of Rep. Jamie Raskin, dies

Marcus Raskin launched the Institute for Policy Studies, a prominent liberal think tank, and was involved with the publication of the Pentagon Papers. He also wrote several books on foreign policy, civil rights and political philosophy. He died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington. He was 83. [Washington Post]

Montgomery County provides information on how to prepay your property tax bill

Residents interested in submitting a property tax prepayment can find more information on how to do so by clicking here. The county is encouraging residents who choose to prepay to send a check by mail. The prepayments must include a signed copy of the Notice of Intent, which is provided here. [Montgomery County website]

Numerous pedestrian crashes take place in Silver Spring area on state roads

More than a hundred pedestrians have been struck by vehicles at intersections on Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard in Wheaton, Aspen Hill and other parts of Silver Spring in recent years. The State Highway Administration has said it’s working to address the problems on the roads. But a highway spokesman said he believes many crashes are the result of drivers being careless or pedestrians texting while crossing a street. [Baltimore Sun/ CNS]

Slight chance of snow today

There’s a slight chance of snow before 1 p.m., with a high near 34 expected Wednesday, followed by a nighttime low around 15 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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