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Maryland Senate Votes To Censure Currie

The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie who failed to disclose being paid almost $250,000 by Shoppers Food Warehouse to represent the grocery chain before state agencies.

The Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics made the recommendation. The panel determined Currie used his position on a powerful committee for his own private gain and for Shoppers Food Warehouse.

The Prince George's County Democrat, though clearly emotional, kept his composure as he complimented the ethics panel on handling his case.

"The proceedings were tough, but fair," he says. "And I find no fault in their action. "I'm a person with flaws and I do have weaknesses."

Choking up toward the end of his statement, Currie thanked senators for their support over the last five years in which he was the subject of a federal investigation, an indictment and a trial last year in which he was acquitted of bribery and extortion charges.

Sen. Currie remains in office.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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