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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 12/16/2013, 9:05am  ET

Flickr photo by ehpien

Starr Claims He Was Cyberbullied To Close School — MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr claims he received inappropriate tweets early last week by students wanting him to close school. Starr wrote an open letter to all MCPS parents encouraging them to be aware of what their children were doing on internet social networks. Star claims some of the Tweets directed his way contained racial epithets and curse words and threatened him and his family. There’s no evidence of those Tweets, but Starr said school officials have been notified and penalties dished out. [MCPS]

Union Warns State Might Pull Back County’s Minimum Wage — Officials from the local AFL-CIO claim state lawmakers might override Montgomery County’s recent minimum wage increase bill. But it’s unclear what that fear is based on. Last week, State Senate President Mike Miller said Montgomery County is within its rights to set its own minimum wage. The powerful Miller suggested a minimum wage floor for the state that wouldn’t override Montgomery County’s minimum wage hike to $11.50 an hour. [The Gazette]

Budgetpalooza — A group of local watchdog organizations are gathering in February to analyze the proposed Montgomery County Public Schools operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Montgomery County Civic Federation, Montgomery County Taxpayers League and frequent MCPS critic the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County will host a second annual budgetpalooza on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Rockville Memorial Library. [Budgetpalooza]

Glen Echo’s Bicycle Speed Cops — In the early 20th century, MacArthur Boulevard was known as Conduit Road and the town of Glen Echo aggressively enforced its 12 miles per hour speed limit with cops on bicycles. This apparently meant plenty of run-ins, especially with foreign diplomats speeding through on their way downtown. [Ghosts of DC]

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