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Friday, May 20, 2011

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alexandria: A Distinct Player In The Civil War

May 24 marks the 150th anniversary of federal troops marching in to Alexandria, Va., and occupying the city. This weekend the city is presenting a free, "living history" program, offering visitors a glimpse of the important geographic, political and social roles the city played in the Civil War. Rebecca Sheir recently spoke with Lance Mallamo, director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Mallamo says May 24, 1861 marked a real turning point for Alexandria.

Prince George's Stands Behind Purple Line, Despite Cost

The estimated cost of Maryland's Purple Line light rail project is going up again, and local support remains strong.

Montgomery County Council Passes Budget Full Of School Cuts

In Maryland, council members in Montgomery County approved a new budget that includes major cuts to employee benefits and school spending. But one top school official believes the budget is full of false promises.

18 Arrested For Trafficking African Drug 'Khat'

Ten people from Northern Virginia have been arrested in connection with an international drug trafficking ring.

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