- A Montgomery County school bus 'abandoned' a Woodlin Elementary School (alma mater of Dave Chappelle) kindergartner, leaving him to wander around Silver Spring alone for an hour. To add to the school's embarrassment, the story has hit the the wires and gone international.
- Local political candidates are "walking the Purple Line" with residents of neighborhoods that will potentially be affected by its construction. The unfortunate reality is that no matter where they ultimately put it, somebody is going to lose out. What I'd like to see is some drawings as to what the train line would actually look like in these neighborhoods, rather than just lines across a map. I am having trouble visualizing it.
Also, what if they built the Purple Line and didn't color it purple? Would it still be the "Purple Line"? Something to think about.
- The Gazette has a profile of Fred Folsom, the man who created the statue of The Mayor in the "Mayor's Promenade". I found this amusing:
‘‘He looked like [former President] Lyndon Johnson. I had to change his face just a little bit,” Folsom said.I'd like to see that photo, if it still exists.
The resemblance was so great, Folsom said, that Johnson himself noticed it when he passed the real Lane in Silver Spring on the way back from a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Johnson took a moment to stop and talk with Lane, and get his photo taken. Lane, Folsom said, was unfazed.
- Finally, happy birthday to Silver Springer Lewis Black, who never fails to crack on his hometown in his monologues:
"Its only claim to fame is that it's the largest unincorporated city in America. In other words, we were too lazy to govern ourselves. The town motto was, 'I'd like to vote, but I don't feel like driving.'"Its OK because he's from here. [via Metroblogging Washington]