- Just in time to gouge visitors during the inauguration, Silver Spring's newest hotel, the oddly co-branded Homewood Suites by Hilton/Hampton Inn opened today on Colesville Rd, across from the existing Hilton. Why anyone would ever want to stay here instead of the Travelodge or Days Inn is beyond me.
- Kirsten's Cafe has apparently closed with little fanfare. Is Kirsten now going to concentrate her efforts on the Red Dog Cafe? Can she please bring back the old menu?
- The economy sucks, so crime is up in MoCo. Oh, and your house is worth a lot less, but at least you might be paying less in property taxes. On the brighter side, Maryland now has the highest-rated school system in the country.
- Speaking of crime, I continue to contend that most of the high-profile crimes in the area are perpetrated by people from elsewhere, as was the case with the recent shootings at Wheaton Plaza.
Montgomery County Police say the five alleged Prince George's County members of the Bloods, a national gang, charged Wednesday in connection with a shooting last month at Westfield Wheaton mall went to Montgomery County two days before Christmas "with the intent of shooting someone."Perhaps one of the unexpected consequences of sharply lower gas prices is that it makes it easier for criminals to commute.