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Friday, May 20, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The art of diplomacy precedes a weekend of socializing in the name of art, writing in the name of catharsis, and treats and beats in the name of the underprivileged.

Bus Dislodged From KFC In Silver Spring

In Maryland, Montgomery County police are trying to determine what caused a Ride On bus to careen out of control this morning and end up lodged in a fast food restaurant.

Preakness Song Harkens Back To Md.'s Confederate Movement

Saturday, the Preakness Stakes will be run at Pimlico Race Course. One of the biggest traditions at the race is the singing of the Maryland state song, "Maryland, My Maryland." The song is a controversial one, stemming from its lyrics and origin.

Horse Racing Subsidies Well Spent, Md. Governor Says

A day before the Preakness Stakes, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is defending public subsidies given to the horse racing industry in the state.

Commentary By Roger Wood: Striving For Diversity, Living In Separate Societies

America has long touted diversity as one of its strengths, and according to a Pew Research Center survey, six in 10 Americans say they’d prefer to live in racially-mixed communities. But as commentator Roger Wood notes, diversity may be more of an ideal than a reality.

Commentary By Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis on some of this week's top stories including former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson's decision to plead guilty and opposition to Metrorail's plans to extend the rail underground to Dulles Airport.

Georgetown Businesses And Boaters Wary Of High Waters

As the Potomac spills onto the Georgetown waterfront, business owners are bracing for another tough weekend. And boating experts are urging caution.

Capitol Hill: The Middle East Speech, The Budget And The Patriot Act

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey speaks with David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, about the president’s speech on the Middle East, the budget and extending the Patriot Act.

Bus Crashes Into KFC In Silver Spring

Officers in Montgomery County are investigating why a Ride-On bus drove into a KFC restaurant this morning in Silver Spring, but they're now facing a bigger problem: how to get the bus out of the building.

MD Commissioner Attacked Outside Restaurant

A Charles County Planning Commissioner is recovering after being beaten outside of a restaurant in Maryland.

Gray Orders Spending Freeze For D.C. Agencies

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a spending freeze for agencies in the District that are directly under his control.

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tornadoes Confirmed In Western Maryland

The National Weather Service is confirming that two tornadoes touched down in western Maryland this week during strong storms.

Md Attack Dog Tested for Rabies

Police say four children were taken to a hospital after a male American bulldog followed them onto a school bus and attacked.

Suspected Driver in Montgomery County Car Crash Awaits Prosecution

Kevin Coffay, 20, the suspected driver in the car crash, which killed three friends in Montgomery County, remains under a 24-hour curfew.

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