Leventhal: Public campaign finance yields mixed results in primary, needs tweaks 

Montgomery County Council at-large member and former county executive candidate George Leventhal says the county’s experiment in public financing worked “not very well in the county executive and open-seat District 1 races, better in the race for at-large Montgomery County Council seats.” While fellow councilman Marc Elrich (D) won the executive primary through participation in the public campaign finance program, he benefitted from outside spending, Leventhal wrote. In the council at-large race, all four primary winners were part of the public campaign finance program, though also benefitted from outside spending. Leventhal proposes changes for the future, including raising the individual donor limit of $150 or increasing the match per donation and wiping the slate clean after the primary to allow donors to contribute again in a general election. [Washington Post]

Truck driver killed while repairing brakes 

A truck driver was killed at the Montgomery County weigh station near Hyattstown as he worked on the brakes of a tractor-trailer on Friday. James Lee Hobbs, 58, of Salisbury, Maryland, had been stopped at the station for brake violations. A preliminary investigation found Hobbs was attempting to fix the brakes, but had failed to engage the truck’s parking brakeHobbs was killed when the truck rolled over him, Maryland State Police said. [WTOP]

Double-fatal collision on I-270 ends with fine 

Investigation of a deadly crash on I-270 ended with a $280 traffic fine, attorneys confirmed late last week. The driver of a Honda Accord that fatally struck an FBI agent and a fire investigator on the night of Dec. 8 paid the fine last month, concluding the negligent driving case. Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, drove in a “careless and imprudent manner,” prosecutors found, but his actions did not rise to the level required for a criminal charge. [Washington Post]

Rockville native hanging up hat as man behind “Survivor Maryland”  

Austin Trupp started the University of Maryland as a Survivor superfan – and then built a campus-based version of the show that’s attracted thousands of viewers and has been emulated elsewhere. Trupp is editing episodes from an all-star season of the show now, but it will be his last. He graduated three years ago and had already passed on the tiki torch to another producer. Trupp’s most recent episode of the show was released on YouTube on July 2. [Washington Post]

Warmer temperatures on Monday 

The sky will be clear on Monday, but temperatures are expected to increase to about 89 degrees. A “code orange” air quality alert is in effect, meaning that air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for sensitive groups.  

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