Walter Reed Vets Receiving ‘LUKE’ Arm; Wisconsin Avenue Shops Get Loan

Walter Reed Vets Receiving ‘LUKE’ Arm; Wisconsin Avenue Shops Get Loan

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Walter Reed vets receiving ‘LUKE’ arm

Military amputees are receiving the first production versions of upper-limb prostheses developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The first two advanced “LUKE” arms were delivered to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. LUKE stands for “life under kinetic evolution,” but is also a reference to the limb that Luke Skywalker wore in the Star Wars movies. []

Wisconsin Avenue shops get loan

Natixis, a Paris- and Boston-based investment management firm, has supplied a $26.5 million, floating-rate loan for Shops of Wisconsin, a 71,748-square-foot neighborhood shopping center in Bethesda. The borrower, Douglas Development, will use the proceeds to refinance the property and pay for tenant improvements. [Rebusiness Online]

Montgomery County police investigating scam

The Montgomery County Police Department says a scam targeted a former county government employee. The former employee received a letter with county letterhead stating that the county government would cease mailing pay slips to its employees. Police determined that the information and instructions provided in the letter were not part of a legitimate county government service. [Mongomery County police]

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Rockville’s recycling program can help households cut down on refuse and have a greener holiday. The city collects holiday trees as part of its regular recycling collection and takes them to the Montgomery County Recycling Center, where they become mulch. The city also collects and recycles electronics, such as cell phones, computers, televisions and holiday lights. For more information, call 240-314-8568 or visit [City of Rockville]

Warmer today, then cold snap arrives

Today brings warmer-than-normal temperatures and showers. Tomorrow, the sun comes out in full force. A brief cold snap arrives at the end of the week, but so far, it looks like temperatures will warm up a bit for New Year’s Day. And there was a rainbow Tuesday morning. [Washington Post]

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