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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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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

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