Court says Purple Line construction doesn’t violate water protections

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that construction of Maryland’s light-rail Purple Line does not violate Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands.

The unanimous ruling in the third and final lawsuit by opponents of the 16-mile project lifts the threat of legal action against it for the first time since 2014. [Washington Post]

Two girls, one from Montgomery County, saved from suspected sex trafficking

Two young girls, one of them from Montgomery County, managed to get away from what police said is a human trafficking situation. 

Detectives with the Ocean City Police Department said the two Silver Spring men whom the girls were with have been living in the country illegally. [Fox 5]

Rockville pastry shop makes Yelp’s Asian-owned businesses list

Shoppers are being encouraged to support Asian-owned businesses this month as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Gwenie’s Pastries in Rockville is on Yelp’s national list of a dozen Asian-owned businesses that ship their products across the country. [WTOP]

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Mostly cloudy, with a high around 74 and a low around 53

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