Insiders from the D.C. mayor's 2010 campaign plead guilty to federal charges. Maryland's governor signs a bevy of bills. And Virginia voters gear up for a June 12 primary. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
William Lightfoot, Campaign Chairman for Fenty 2010 and former D.C. Councilmember (D-At Large), addresses Harry Thomas Jr.’s prison sentence over stealing money that was intended for children. He also discusses his thoughts on the legitimacy of the Gray campaign.
HBO's new TV special is part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. Critic David Bianculli says it's a superbly compiled work, overseen by two of the people most intimately familiar with the composer himself.
That difference translates to about $550 a year, according to a new meta-analysis of studies evaluating the retail costs of food, grouped by healthfulness. It's chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families. Researchers say that's a problem that can be solved.
In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.
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