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Metro Adds More Hybrid-Electric Buses; Vienna Has a New Town Manager: Morning Links

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More Hybrid-Electric Buses for Metro: WMATA on Tuesday unveiled 152 brand new hybrid-electric buses, which will be used to replace part of the transit system's aging fleet. The buses feature new security cameras, '“better-cushioned, lumbar-supported” seats, handhold straps that hang down lower for those who stand, and an improved system to monitor heating and air conditioning.' [Washington Post]

Vienna Hires a New Town Manager: Say hello to Mercury Payton, a Dale City native and former Manassas Park city manager, who was appointed this week as Vienna's new town manager. [Sun Gazette]

Former Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape: The House Foreign Affairs Committee has a hearing set for today to examine “serious crimes” committed against Peace Corps volunteers, including sexual assault and murder. A number of returned volunteers have described a “blame the victim” culture at the Peace Corps when such crimes are reported. [New York Times]

Another Set of Banners Goes Up Downtown: This time, promoting urban forestry programs. [Housing Complex]

Bethesda Preps for U.S. Open: With just about a month before the the U.S. Open Championship comes to Bethesda's Congressional Country Club, residents, schools, and businesses are getting ready for increased traffic from 250,000 golf fans. [Gazette]

A Brief History of Wizards Uniforms: In photos, courtesy the Post. The team, as you will have heard by now, has unveiled a new look that, as one ESPN writer puts it, constitutes a great victory in the war on teal.

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