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By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 9/27/2013, 9:15am  ET

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Planners To Talk 355 Rapid Transit System — The Coalition for Smarter Growth and Communities for Transit will host a MD355 Rapid Transit Roundtable next week in Rockville. Speakers include Planning Board Commissioner Casey Anderson, Planner Larry Cole and Department of Transportation Manager Chuck Lattuca. The event is set for 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Executive Office Building (101 Monroe St., Rockville). [Coalition for Smarter Growth]

Gun Advocates Sue Over New State Gun Laws — In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, gun rights advocates hope to block Maryland’s new gun control laws from going into effect next week. The advocates argue new restrictions on assault weapons and large weapons infringe on their Second Amendment rights and that the laws would make innocent people less able to defend themselves. [Baltimore Sun]

Cycle Confidently — The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will host another adults-only Confident City Cycling Class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the parking lot of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Ln.). The class will focus on street navigation skills, staying in control and communicating with drivers and other road users. [WABA/Bethesda Urban Partnership]

Backyard Chicken Proposal Could Get Changed — The County Council Planning Committee recommended new rules for backyard chicken coops that would allow coops as close as 15 feet from a property line. But now County Health Officer Ulder Tillman says she’s concerned the coops could mean health risks. Tillman wrote a letter to Council President Nancy Navarro last week, citing an August report from the CDC about a salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry. The Planning Committee will revisit the chicken coop issue in its Zoning Code rewrite session on Friday morning. [Washington Post]

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