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Hurricane Irene Passes, Early Estimates Say Ocean City Fared 'Pretty Well'

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Overnight reports are speculating that Hurricane Irene's impact was less severe than originally predicted, but the region will soon see just how much the powerful storm left behind.

Gusty winds have died down enough in the Delmarva Peninsula this morning that you can hear the crickets again inland.

The passed by the Ocean City coastline sometime around 2 a.m. Sunday, and although she had been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, she was churning up waves exceeding 15 feet, and sent storm surge levels onto the coastline that haven’t been seen in this region in more than two decades.

Ocean City mayor Rick Meehan texted an early report that says the resort held "pretty well" overnight, and crews are being sent out to assess the damage at first light.

More than 93,000 people on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and another 23,000 people in coastal Delaware are out of power heading into Sunday.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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