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Pepco, Other Power Companies Could Face Fines For Poor Service

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The Maryland Public Service Commission is seeking the authority to hold companies up to a tough new set of standards for reliability and customer service.

The commission has already published a list of proposed rules on its Web site. They would mandate how quickly power companies must answer customer calls and set standards for how soon crews have to get the power back on after an outage.

New guidelines would also define how often companies have to inspect their power lines, and force each one to prove that they're in compliance with all of the new rules.

Commission members will meet again on March 3 to talk about the proposal.

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous '90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

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