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Former DNC chair Perez launches bid for governor

Plus: Car does donuts in downtown Silver Spring as crowd blocks traffic; DOT says vote to remove highway widening imperils other projects

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Former DNC chair Perez launches bid for governor

Former Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez, who served as labor secretary in the Obama administration, is running for Maryland governor in 2022.

Perez was on the Montgomery County Council from 2002 to 2006, becoming the first Latino to serve on the legislative body of the state’s most populous jurisdiction. [Washington Post]

Car does donuts in downtown Silver Spring as crowd blocks traffic

A video clip shows a vehicle doing donuts in the middle of a Silver Spring intersection while a crowd of onlookers blocks traffic.

The video was taken Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. and shows the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. [Fox 5]

DOT says vote to remove highway widening imperils other projects

A top official with the Maryland Department of Transportation warned local leaders in the D.C. region on Monday that a recent vote against a controversial highway-widening project puts other road and transit improvements in jeopardy.

In a letter, Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis Jr. said the panel’s June 16 vote to remove the I-495/I-270 project from a federally required environmental review blows a hole in the state’s long-range planning. [Maryland Matters]

Bethesda hospitality REIT exploring a sale, again

Bethesda’s Condor Hospitality Trust Inc., a hotel-focused real estate investment trust, said Monday its board of directors is “evaluating strategic alternatives” to boost shareholder value, including a potential sale.

The REIT owns 15 select-service and extended-stay hotels in markets like Atlanta, Austin, Texas, and Lexington, Kentucky. [Washington Business Journal]

Accurate scale model of U.S. was once planned for Gaithersburg

In 1964, C. William Neuhauser thought big about thinking small.

And when his big dream to create a topographically accurate, scale model of the United States on 100 acres near Gaithersburg failed, he was crestfallen. [Washington Post]

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