Former Maryland Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud

Former Maryland Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud

County hosts bike donation Friday; Panda leaving National Zoo in November

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Former Maryland lawmaker pleads guilty to federal wire fraud

Tawanna Gaines, a former Maryland state delegate from Prince George’s County, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of federal wire fraud two weeks after she resigned from the House of Delegates.

Gaines, 67, appeared in U.S. District Court and admitted to using $22,000 in campaign donations between January 2015 and April 2018 for personal use.

During her time in the House, Gaines was a vocal advocate for the light rail Purple Line, which will stretch 16 miles from Bethesda to New Carrollton [Washington Post].

County hosts bike collection

Montgomery County is hosting its annual bicycle and bicycle parts collection Friday until 2 p.m. outside the Council Office Building.

Donations go to the Rockville Bike Hub, which refurbishes the bikes and gives them to low-income residents [WJZ].

Panda leaving National Zoo

Bei Bei the giant panda will be leaving The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19 and going back to China.

All panda cubs born at the zoo must go back to China when they turn 4 years old.

The zoo plans a weeklong “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” celebration from Nov. 11 to 18. [WJLA]

Today’s weather

Friday will be clear, with a high of 61 degrees.

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