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Friday, May 20, 2011

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.

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.

O'Malley Signs Bill Seeking WWII Roles Of Potential MARC Contractors

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a first-of-its-kind bill that will require the French rail company SNCF to disclose Holocaust-era records if the company seeks a contract to provide train service in the state.

Potomac Level Expected To Top April Flood's

Area waterways continue to rise, and the Potomac River is expected to crest at 11 feet above normal tomorrow, according to the Potomac Riverkeeper -- higher than the level that flooded the Washington Harbour complex in Georgetown last month.

Scammers Target Delinquent Homeowners In PG County

Prince George’s County was one of the hardest-hit areas in the country during the mortgage crisis. As the county struggles to recover, officials are now warning people about scammers.

Md. Governor To Sign Waste-To-Energy Bill

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says he plans to sign a bill increasing incentives for incinerators that transform trash into energy.

Tornadoes Confirmed In Western Maryland

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

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Wanderer art, women in jazz and Dramathon.

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