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State transit leader replaced after $70,000 furniture purchase

Paul W. Comfort, the head of the Maryland Transit Administration since 2015, was replaced last week shortly after ordering $65,710 in custom furniture for his office. State officials wouldn’t say if Comfort was let go due to the purchase, but a transportation spokeswoman said the state would return the furniture items it could while the others will be placed in public places. Kevin B. Quinn was named acting administrator of the agency, which is overseeing Purple Line planning. [Daily Record, Washington Post]

DNA evidence used to create profile of suspect in Montgomery County cold case

Police used DNA left at the scene of the 1992 unsolved homicide of James Essel in Comus to create a depiction of a possible suspect. Essel was found stabbed inside the Sugarloaf Mountain Market that he owned on March 22, 1992 and detectives continue to search for his killer. [Montgomery County police]

Photo via MCPD

Will Maryland infrastructure needs receive federal dollars?

State leaders including Gov. Larry Hogan have been meeting with Trump administration officials to lobby for projects they believe will improve travel and utilities in the state, but there remains a lack of clarity over which infrastructure projects Congress will fund. A 2017 report from the American Society of Civil Engineers found the state needs $6.9 billion to improve drinking water systems and $9.92 billion to upgrade wastewater infrastructure over the next 20 years. [Frederick News-Post]

Cloverly Elementary School teacher convicted of sexual abuse

A jury convicted John Vigna, 50, of four counts of sex abuse and other charges for abusing four students while he was a teacher at the northern Silver Spring area school. Vigna, a third-grade teacher, maintained at the trial he had no intentional inappropriate contact with the students. [Washington Post]

Another hot day

A sunny high near 95 degrees is predicted today with a chance of thunderstorms tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

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