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ACLU Questioning Background Checks Of Leopold Enemies

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking why a list of enemies of Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold was run through a state criminal history database, according to the Associated Press.

The ACLU in Maryland released more findings yesterday after making public information act requests with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the state police. 

The records show unjustified background searches were conducted on Lewis Bracy, a National Security Agency law enforcement official, former Anne Arundel County Councilman Thomas Redmond and Carl Snowden, a longtime civil rights leader, according to the ACLU.

Leopold, a Republican, has been indicted for allegedly misusing his county police protection squad. He has pledged to fight the charges. The indictment alleges Leopold directed on-duty executive protection officers to create dossiers on political challengers. 

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous 90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

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