MCPS Warns Parents That Someone Is Asking Middle Schoolers To Send Nude Photos; Chelsea Manning Explains Why She's Running for Senate

MCPS Warns Parents That Someone Is Asking Middle Schoolers To Send Nude Photos; Chelsea Manning Explains Why She's Running for Senate

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Local middle schoolers asked to send nude photos over Snapchat 

Middle school students in Montgomery County have been receiving messages from an anonymous person asking them to send nude photos via Snapchat, a social media app. Montgomery County Public Schools officials sent out a letter Friday evening warning parents that one or more people had been posting inappropriate images of MCPS students on a private social media platform. Students from A. Mario Loiederman and Farquhar middle schools and a third, unnamed middle school have reported getting the messages. Police are investigating. [WTOP] 

Chelsea Manning interviewed about her Senate bid against Cardin
Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who served prison time for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, discussed her U.S. Senate campaign in a Washington Post interview. Manning of Rockville said she's not going to accept PAC or corporate contributions in her race against incumbent U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin. Manning, 30, will also advocate for "radical change" in education, health care and criminal justice. The primary, which Cardin is heavily favored to win, is June 26. [Washington Post]

Official who helped Snyder cut Potomac River trees will head park service

The new acting director of the National Park Service once attracted criticism for helping Redskins owner Dan Snyder cut down trees on federally protected land near the Potomac River. Paul Daniel Smith was reprimanded for pressuring parks employees to remove the trees that were standing between the Potomac and Snyder's waterfront mansion. Smith was named deputy director of the parks service a few weeks ago, and his promotion to the acting director role was announced Wednesday. [WAMU]

Chef Jose Andres walks back tweet charging Ivanka Trump with slighting him

Celebrity chef Jose Andres, who owns the restaurant Jaleo in Bethesda, did some backpedaling over the weekend after accusing Ivanka Trump of snubbing him. Andres said he was blocked from entering a party at Cafe Milano in D.C. and speculated in a tweet that Trump had told the restaurant owners not to admit him. However, in a later tweet, Andres thanked Trump for reaching out and said he no longer thought she had any involvement in the restaurant's decision. Andres has been a critic of President Donald Trump and refused to open a restaurant at the president's hotel. [Politico]

Gray weather to start the week 

Light rain is possible through the morning and early afternoon. The skies will be cloudy, with highs of about 46 degrees. Overnight, temperatures could fall to about 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. 

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