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By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 8:30am  ET

Flickr photo by Pighood

Equality 4 Eid Rally — County Councilmember George Leventhal on Monday joined supporters of the campaign to make the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha an off-day for students in MCPS. This year’s holiday, which marks the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, falls on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The Equality 4 Eid Coalition is urging Muslims and non-Muslims to stay home from school on Oct. 15 to show MCPS student and staff absences on the holiday will impact the delivery of instruction. The Board of Education has said it needs evidence of that before deciding if schools should be closed for Eid al-Adha. Schools are closed for Christian and Jewish religious holidays. It’s common for Muslim MCPS students to attend services in the morning and come to school late. MCPS does offer excused absences for the observance of religious holidays. [Montgomery County Council]

First Bus Rapid Transit Public Hearing Tonight — The County Council will hear from a full lineup of speakers on the Planning Board’s approved master plan for a bus rapid transit system. Bus-only lanes, the treatment for Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase and the exclusion of a route on Connecticut Avenue are among the most controversial parts of the plan. A group of transit activists will announce a coalition in support of dedicated bus lanes in a press conference at 6:30 p.m. The testimony begins at 7:30 p.m. in Rockville. A second night of testimony is set for Thursday.

Free Head and Neck Screenings — Suburban Hospital is offering free head and neck cancer screenings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at its Outpatient Medical Center (6420 Rockledge Dr., Suite 1200). The 10-minute screenings are meant to detect oral, head and neck cancers, the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and of particular concern to smokers and those who chew tobacco. Registration is required. [Suburban Hospital]

MoCo Tax Rates Compare Favorably In Region — Montgomery County’s business unfriendly reputation may be a bit undeserved, at least compared to other jurisdictions around the region. D.C. is facing the same perception, but a study on overall tax burden (the combination of every tax and levy) shows D.C. and Montgomery County actually compare quite favorably to places in Northern Virginia. A sample corporation with $30 million of total revenue, $2.4 million of income before taxes and a single location would actually pay less in taxes in Montgomery than in any nearby jurisdiction, even rival Fairfax. [Washington Business Journal]

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