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The Preakness Showcases Maryland's Roots

On Saturday, around 100,000 people will pack the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, the second race in horse racing's Triple Crown. The Preakness showcases all things Maryland, including the state's horse racing industry. But it's been a long time since a Maryland horse won the race.

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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.

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Arlington Town Hall Looks At Legacy Of Desegregation

It's been nearly 55 years since the Virginia General Assembly adopted a policy known as "Massive Resistance," the closing of public schools in protest of efforts to desegregate. Now there's an effort under way to involve the state's current residents in a dialogue about the policy's legacy.

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Students Retrace Freedom Riders Route To Civil Rights Act

It became a defining point in Civil Rights history. Fifty years ago after news of the violence against the initial freedom riders spread, hundreds more enlisted in the cause and joined 60 rides that summer.

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Mount Pleasant Riots: May 5 Woven Into Neighborhood's History

The Mount Pleasant riots made it clear that, in D.C., race issues would never again just be a matter of black versus white.

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Va. State Senator Remembers 'Freedom Riders'

It's been 50 years since 13 men and women departed from Washington, D.C. on a commercial bus as part of the civil rights "freedom riders" movement.

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Shaw's Roots: From 'Heart Of Chocolate City' To 'Little United Nations'

An influx of new residents and businesses to the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has some people welcoming progress, but is leading others to leave what many consider to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City."

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