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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 4/16/2013, 9:10am  ET

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Brown Confident On Purple Line’s Future After Meeting With Feds — Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on Monday said he was confident the Purple Line would open by 2020 after a meeting with federal transportation officials in D.C. The $2 billion-plus light rail projeccts is on a list of projects up for matching federal funding. [WTOP]

Trial of Bethesda, Wheaton carjacker and robber starts — The trial of Kevin Darnell Ray, who prosecutors say robbed a Bethesda home and sexually assaulted a maid in the home, started yesterday. If convicted, he could receive several life sentences. [The Gazette]

Ride On Food Drive Starts April 28 — Ride On is looking to help the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg with its annual food drive, set for April 28-May 4. All donations of canned or nonperishable food will be valued at the regular fare rate of $1.80 and pay for the fare. Those who do not ride the bus can donate by giving cans to bus drivers at stops or donating directly to Manna. [Montgomery County]

BUP Announces Winners of Literary Festival Writing Contests — The Bethesda Urban Partnership posted the winners of its essay, short story and poetry contests on its website for the Bethesda Literary Festival, scheduled for this weekend. [Bethesda Urban Partnership]

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