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Commentary By Robert Rooks: Focus On Education, Not Incarceration

As localities across the country face mounting budet pressures, many are having to reevaluate spending and focus their priorities. Commentator Robert Rooks -- director of criminal justice programs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- is urging policymakers in our area to focus spending on education.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: Joining The (Discount) Club

This week, Fred Fiske considers discount membership clubs, where "grazing" may be delectable but the bulk sizes can get out of hand.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: Who's Dog Is Smarter?

This week, Fiske considers dog intelligence, including how it's been studied and what both scientists and dogs have learned.

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Commentary By Beza Mesfin: Breaking A Cycle Of Violence

An estimated one in four women in the United States has experienced domestic violence, usually at the hands of a current or former partner. For decades, community leaders have tried to understand what keeps victims trapped in an abusive cycle, and when violence hit home, commentator Beza Mesfin also struggled with that question.

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Commentary By Mike Tidwell: Pass The Wind Power Bill

Rising oil prices and new concerns about nuclear power are prompting a lot of people to reevaluate our sources of energy. Commentator Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, is urging lawmakers in Maryland to consider the potential of offshore wind farms.

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Commentary By Page Schindler Buchanan: Early Refund Woes

As April 15 approaches, many of us are finding ourselves laboring through our taxes. Commentator Page Schindler Buchanan, volunteer coordinator for the D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign, is warning about one way some lenders take advantage of people desperate for their refunds.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: What Happened To Ties?

This week, Fiske considers changes to men's fashion and the general trend toward more casual, informal dress and an embrace of the "scruffy look."

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Commentary By John DeGioia: Don't Cut Federal Student Aid

As members of Congress continue to negotiate a budget compromise, lawmakers are considering a wide range of potential cuts. But Georgetown University President John DeGioia is urging Congress not to cut federal funding for student financial aid.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Use Of Closed-Circuit Cameras

Fiske supports the use cameras for fighting crime and protecting the public, even if it means getting a ticket with a picture of his car running a red light in the mail.

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Consider This, With Fred Fiske: Looming Food Crisis

This week, Fred considers threats to the global food supply and how higher prices and arable-land shortages are already affecting the world.