Maryland ACLU Sues Trump Over Transgender Military Ban; Columnist Calls Pike & Rose ‘Claustrophobic’

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

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Armed forces members file suit against Trump in Maryland

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland filed a federal lawsuit Monday against President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender members of the military. The lawsuit was on behalf of six transgender people serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and Naval Reserve. A similar suit was filed in Seattle. [AP]

Columnist shares mixed opinion of Pike & Rose

Washington Post columnist John Kelly wrote a piece about North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development, saying something “didn’t seem quite right” about the area. He called it “a bit claustrophobic” and likened it to Silver Spring’s public library, which he said looked nice from the outside but doesn’t function as it's meant to. Still, he conceded Pike & Rose is still unfinished and “maybe new developments work best for people who don’t remember the old developments.” [Washington Post]

Three more medical marijuana growers earn licenses despite missing deadline

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission granted approval for three of five medical marijuana companies to receive final licenses to cultivate the drug, even though the businesses missed a deadline this month. The other two companies received extensions. [Baltimore Sun]

Crashes lead to significant backups on 355, I-270

Crashes caused substantial traffic on 355 and I-270 this morning. One left lane was open on northbound 355 near Mannakee Stree in Rockville, while a crash on I-270 near Falls Road caused delays in both directions. 

Rainy day with winds

There’s a 100 percent chance of rain today, according to the National Weather Service, which forecasts between a quarter and half an inch. Gusts of wind up to 20 mph are possible. Some rain might continue into tonight, which should be cloudy with a low around 60.

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