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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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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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