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Friday, May 20, 2011

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 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.

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.

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