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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

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.

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.

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