Morning Notes: Controversy Cancels Flag Ceremony in Silver Spring

Morning Notes: Controversy Cancels Flag Ceremony in Silver Spring

Plus: Maryland to fight Trump administration on fuel standards; fewer D.C.-area commuters drive to work alone

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Controversy cancels flag ceremony in Silver Spring

A planned flag-raising ceremony at the Silver Spring Civic Center was cancelled amid controversy surrounding the Ethiopian flag.

County officials planned to hold the ceremony on Wednesday to honor Gondar, a sister city in Ethiopia. But the flag-raising was cancelled minutes before it began after questions arose over which version of the Ethiopian flag to raise.

There are three versions of the flag with different symbols, all associated with particular regimes or political views. [WDVM]

Md. to fight Trump administration on vehicle fuel standards

After President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would end California’s ability to impose higher fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles, officials in Maryland said they would push back.

Maryland is among the states that follow California’s standards.

Gov. Larry Hogan has directed Attorney General Brian Frosh to take legal action against the Trump administration decree, saying it would “harm the environment and weaken states’ rights.” [Maryland Matters]

Fewer D.C.-area commuters drive to work alone

A new study on commuting shows that fewer people in the Washington, D.C., area driving to work alone in a private car.

In a 2007 survey, 66.9 percent of respondents said they commute alone. In a new version of that survey, 58.3 percent of D.C.-area workers said that’s how they commute.

The “State of the Commute” Survey for the National Capital Region’s Transportation Planning Board compiled and analyzed data from more than 8,000 commuters. [Maryland Matters]

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