Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Local Organization Helps Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Local Hispanic groups, labor unions and volunteer lawyers spent the weekend helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

Kegasus Helps Bring In Record Crowds To Preakness

Kegasus, the half-horse, half-man mascot for this year's Preakness Stakes, may have been a big contributor to this year's record crowds.

Radisson Hotel Donates Fixtures To Habitat For Humanity

The fixtures from a never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle are being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Large crowds are gathering at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. as they await the Preakness Stakes – the second jewel of Triple Crown, which kicks off at a little after 6 p.m.

Historic Burial Ground Is Headed For Restoration

An historic burial ground in Richmond that has been the center of protests is finally headed for a restoration.

Soaring Gas Prices Are Causing Hardship For Americans

Soaring fuel prices are forcing drivers to make some tough choices in order to pay for that $4 a gallon gas.

High Water Brings Danger and Diversity

The Potomac River is rising high and moving fast. Experts say that can be dangerous for boaters, but good for biodiversity.

Preakness Stakes Today In Baltimore

Around 100,000 people will pack Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore today for the Preakness Stakes. But the biggest victory for horse racing in Maryland may have been scored earlier this week.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Commuters Take To Two-Wheelers For 'Bike To Work Day'

The weather couldn't have turned out nicer for the D.C. area's 2011 Bike to Work Day today, and expert and novice cyclists alike filled the city streets and "pit stops" to mark the occasion.

Purple Line Sharing Roadway Will Pose Safety Challenges

Cost estimates for the Purple Line project, a light rail line in Maryland that would go from Bethesda to New Carrollton, are rising. But the project's planners say that's not the biggest challenge they face.

Montgomery Co. School Budget Slashed

The budget approved in Montgomery County Thursday cuts $25 million in school funding. The total budget for the school district is just over $2 billion.

Businesswomen From Pakistan Get D.C. Area Mentors

For the past two weeks, budding female entrepreneurs from Pakistan has been privy to business advice from an unlikely source: CEOs from the Washington area.

Va. Study: Many Baby Boomers Feel They Won't Be Ready For Retirement

Virginia is trying to prepare for the needs of an aging population, but there hasn't been a systematic study of seniors in the Commonwealth since the early '80's.

BRAC Preprations: Alexandria Restricts Parking Near Mark Center

Members of the Alexandria City Council are creating a new daytime parking district to deal with overflow parking expected at Mark Center.

Response To Fred Fiske's Commentary: Hiring Ex-Offenders

Last week during this program, WAMU commentator Fred Fiske talked about the challenge of finding a job for individuals with criminal records -- and its impact on unemployment.

More than 80 percent of employers check for a criminal record before considering hiring an individual. And about 1 in 4 adults today has a record of at least one arrest. Fiske highlighted the assumption that a criminal record signals higher odds that the individual will commit crimes in the future. But commentator Thom Feucht, executive senior science advisor at the National Institute of Justice says prior arrests aren't necessarily as predictive as you might expect.

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