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Friday, May 20, 2011

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Va. Nonprofits Still Waiting On Impacts Of Cuccinelli Funding Opinion

Nonprofits in Virginia are waiting anxiously to see if their organizations will appear on a list of those banned from receiving donations from the state, after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion earlier this year opposing the practice.

D.C. Council Chair: 'I'll Do Everything I Can' To Restore Homeless Shelter Cuts

Advocates in D.C. say Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed $20 million cut in funding for homeless services would effectively shut down the city's shelters unless it's freezing outside, but an aggressive campaign to reverse thismove may be paying off.

Commentary By Rabbi Jessica Oleon: I'm Ready To Invest In A Great City

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's budget, Northwest resident Rabbi Jessica Oleon urges the council to balance the budget with an unusual message: "Raise my taxes." Oleon is associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Northwest D.C. and a board member of Jews United for Justice.

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.

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Wanderer art, women in jazz and Dramathon.

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.

Principals Wait For Results Of First-Ever Evaluations

Teacher evaluations have been the focus of attention during the past few years in D.C. Public Schools, but now, it's principal evaluations that are getting an overhaul. The results of the first round of those evaluations are due in the coming weeks.

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