Montgomery County moving forward with downtown Bethesda bike lanes

County Executive Ike Leggett plans to fund $3 million in the capital budget to add new protected bike lanes in downtown Bethesda. The lanes are expected to be completed in 2019 and provide some relief to cyclists who can no longer use the Georgetown Branch Trail due to Purple Line construction. [Washington Post]

Military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate

Chelsea Manning, the 30-year-old former Army private who shared thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin in this year’s election. Manning previously lived in Montgomery County before enlisting in the Army and listed an apartment tower in North Bethesda as her address. [Baltimore Sun]

Discovery’s exit expected to ripple throughout downtown Silver Spring

The company was first founded in Maryland in 1985 and grew into a media behemoth in Silver Spring, but the changing television landscape and a New York CEO has led to its exit from downtown Silver Spring. Businesses such as restaurants and bars downtown are expected to feel the immediate effects of the company’s exit.  [Washington Post]

Closing arguments take place in Red Line rape case

The defense said their client John Hicks, 41, of D.C., was not the man who raped a woman in April on a Red Line train between the Fort Totten and Glenmont stations, but the victim testified she’s 100 percent certain it was Hicks. Jury deliberations in the case are set to resume Tuesday. [WTOP]

Chilly, cloudy day expected

A mostly cloudy Martin Luther King Jr. Day is expected Monday with a high near 29 degrees and a nighttime low dropping to around 25 tonight.

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