Mike Isabella Files for Bankruptcy; Hogan Creates School Accountability Position

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Mike Isabella files for bankruptcy due to sexual harassment lawuit

Celebrity chef Mike Isabella filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt. Isabella, who owns the Bethesda restaurant Kapnos Kouzina, has closed several restaurants in the D.C. area since a former employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him in March. Isabella said he hopes filing for bankruptcy will “stop the bleeding,” and that he will not have to close any more restaurants. [Washington Post]

Rockville startup founders seek to tackle child obesity

Ben Young and Greg Coleman, who founded the Rockville-based Nexercise Inc, and its fitness app Sworkit, which gives users video workout tutorials, have launched a new initiative. Young and Coleman, former contestants on the reality show Shark Tank, have made the app’s instructional fitness classes free to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the United States. Known as the “Sworkit Youth Initiative,” the goal of the free access, the founders say, is to encourage students to exercise in order to reduce child obesity rates. [Washington Business Journal]

Hogan creates new position aimed at maintaining school accountability

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Tuesday creating the position of director of the Office of Education Accountability, which will serve as a public watchdog on issues that he said will range from misspent funding to grade fixing. Valerie Radomsky will begin the position Sept. 12. State Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat who represents District 14, was critical of Hogan’s decision, saying the state already has agencies that ensure accountability and that the governor is responsible for overseeing them. [Washington Post]

Cooler temperatures on the way this weekend

 Highs are expected to be in the mid 80s Friday, with expected thunderstorms in the late afternoon. The rain will continue into the weekend, with temperatures projected to fall into the 60s.

 

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