MARYLAND
3 in Pr. George’s
are Gates scholars

Three Prince George’s County high school graduates have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.

Oloruntobi Dare of Charles H. Flowers High School, Charmaine Scarlett of Forestville High School and Maimuna Sidibay of High Point High School are among 1,000 minority students nationwide who will receive the “good-through-graduation” scholarships to any college or university of their choice.

Since 1999, the scholarship — which was originally funded with a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is administered by the United Negro College Fund — has paid for more than 20,000 students to go to college, awarding more than $614 million for tuition, fees, books and housing. Students are chosen based on academic achievement and financial need.

— Ovetta Wiggins

Transit center repairs to resume next week

After a long winter of delay and dispute, repairs on the Silver Spring Transit Center are set to resume next week, Montgomery County officials announced Thursday.

Fixes to the $120 million project, plagued by design and construction defects, have been delayed by cold temperatures and protracted disagreements among the county, Metro and contractors over how to proceed.

But after a series of meetings in recent weeks, Parsons Brinckerhoff, the project designer and engineer, has agreed to a plan for the strengthening interior beams and girders. In a letter to Council President Craig Rice, Montgomery chief administrative officer Timothy L. Firestine said the county’s intent is to turn a completed facility over to Metro by the end of the year.

— Bill Turque

THE REGION
Metro plans weekend public-safety drill

In its first big bustle of activity since officially taking control of the Silver Line this week, Metro plans to conduct an hours-long “security exercise” Sunday at the Wiehle-Reston East station, involving several law-enforcement agencies.

The drill, starting at 8 a.m., is “to test response from multiple agencies to an emergency scenario” on the new rail line, Metro police said in a statement. The transit agency, which took possession of the Silver Line from its builder on Monday, hopes to open it to passenger service this summer after mechanical and public-safety tests.

The new rail line has five stations, from Wiehle-Reston East to East Falls Church, where the Silver and Orange lines meet.

— Paul Duggan