Fire Chief Calls Out Firefighters for Inappropriate Comments to Custodians; Hogan To Sign Bill Ending Parental Rights for Rapists

Fire Chief Calls Out Firefighters for Inappropriate Comments to Custodians; Hogan To Sign Bill Ending Parental Rights for Rapists

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MCFRS chief describes vulgar sexual comments, negative comments about diverse communities among staff

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service firefighters have made a number of vulgar and other inappropriate comments to custodial staff, according to Chief Scott Goldstein. Goldstein sent a memo to the department describing “flirtatious comments,” “negative comments regarding diverse neighboring communities," “vulgar, inappropriate sexual comments” and “comments/personal opinions regarding DACA.” No disciplinary action will be taken against any firefighter, but officials said they wanted to address the issue. [NBC4]

Bill terminating parental rights for rapists expected to take effect immediately

Gov. Larry Hogan is set to sign a bill Tuesday morning that allows women who become pregnant as a result of a sexual assault to terminate the parental rights of their attacker. Advocates had fought for the passage of the measure for nine years before the General Assembly made the bill a priority this session. The law would take effect immediately. [Washington Post]

Expanding PE would require 133 more teachers

The General Assembly is considering a bill that would expand physical education classes for elementary schools to a minimum of 90 minutes per week. The effort is meant to curb childhood obesity, but Montgomery County Public Schools say they would need to hire 133 additional teachers at a cost of $11 million. [WTOP]

Metro sends crews to Baltimore to help transit shutdown

Metro sent equipment and about a dozen workers this weekend to help Baltimore in its emergency shutdown of its subway system for the month. The agency did not say who was paying for the contract workers. [Washington Post]

Cloudy day with winds

The National Weather Service forecasts an increasingly cloudy day with a high near 39 and winds of 5 to 7 mph. Tonight should also be mostly cloudy and windy with a low around 32.

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