Roughly Speaking podcast: A spy plane over Baltimore, and a hack at NSA (episode 141)

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    BWI Airport sets June record with 2.3 million passengers

    More than 2.3 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall Airport in June, a record for the month, officials said. The passenger volume represented a 7.6 percent increase from the same month last year. International travel increased about 15 percent in June. Buoyed by passenger growth in several...

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    Japan pledges $2 million for Maryland bullet train feasibility

    The government of Japan has pledged $2 million to help fund studies on the feasibility of a magnetic levitation train that could shuttle passengers from Baltimore to Washington within 15 minutes, state officials said. On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan signed a trade agreement with Ambassador Kenichiro...

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    New Howard housing director: "We want people to live and work here"

    When some developers are less than thrilled by Howard County's rules for dispersing affordable housing in new housing, Kelly Cimino delivers her trademark response: "Wouldn't it be great if the teachers who work at the schools you use to market your project could live in the county?" This Howard...

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  • Maryland State Fair: Old favorites, new twists not to miss this year

    Maryland State Fair: Old favorites, new twists not to miss this year

    The folks at the Maryland State Fair are putting on their show for the 135th time this year, and they've gotten pretty good at it. For generations of Marylanders, a summer pilgrimage to Timonium has been an annual tradition — a sure way to have fun, eat well (not always healthily, but well) and...

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    Deep-fried foods at Maryland State Fair, from bacon-wrapped Oreos to bugs

    Brian Shenkman was at the Ohio State Fair when he saw a vendor dishing out deep-fried, bacon-wrapped Oreos. Now, he’s bringing the deep-fried delicacies to Maryland. “We tried it and we loved it and thought we’d bring it to the East Coast,” he said. This year marks Shenkman’s 21st as a vendor at...

  • D.C. rapper GoldLink looks to open up after signing RCA deal

    D.C. rapper GoldLink looks to open up after signing RCA deal

    Rick Rubin, the influential producer and mentor of Washington rapper GoldLink, has given his 23-year-old pupil plenty of advice. One piece stuck with him in particular. “You focus on yourself, and you don’t focus on anybody else,” GoldLink said on the phone from D.C. last week. Coming from a storied...

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  • National parks centennial offers lots to do, see

    National parks centennial offers lots to do, see

    It was a trickle that started during Abraham Lincoln's presidency — a bill to protect the wild beauty of Yosemite in California from developers, homesteaders and industrialists. That was followed by legislation to protect Yellowstone in Wyoming, coming as railroads and photographs in newspapers...

  • Columbia's Symphony of Lights to make 'bigger, brighter' return this year

    Columbia's Symphony of Lights to make 'bigger, brighter' return this year

    Symphony of Lights will return bigger, better and brighter this holiday season, organizers said, following a year-long hiatus to refurbish the original light displays and make way for ongoing construction at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Benefiting Howard County General Hospital, the drive-through...

  • The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

    The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

    When the 135th Maryland State Fair revives it Grand Parade this weekend after a 35-year absence, Marvin and Libby Fox will be celebrating more than marching past the grandstand at the Timonium fairgrounds. After all, the Parkville couple met during the parade 57 years ago and were married three...

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  • BPD's spy in the sky

    BPD's spy in the sky

    The Baltimore Police Department should immediately suspend a trial aerial surveillance program it has been conducting in secret since January until the community receives an explanation of its parameters and privacy protections, and a public discussion can be held about its possible merits and...

  • A costly shot

    A costly shot

    For the millions of Americans with serious allergies, the EpiPen Auto-Injector isn't an optional piece of equipment. It can provide an emergency shot of epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, that can spell the difference between life or death for someone facing a potentially dangerous allergic...

  • How I became a Zika refugee in Maryland

    How I became a Zika refugee in Maryland

    So I'm not a traditional refugee. But I have been forced to leave my city to escape a mosquito. My wife and I have lived in the same neighborhood at the southern tip of Miami Beach for nearly 10 years. It's an area south of Fifth Street that locals call "SoFi." It's surrounded by water on three...

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  • With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

    With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

    For the first time since he took office, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan attended the annual conference of local government officials in Ocean City this week, and his arrival ushered in more robust GOP fundraising. The three-day annual Maryland Association of Counties' summer conference has always...

  • Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

    Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

    When a team of researchers in Alabama published a blog last week, they effectively ousted a veteran attorney working for the City of Baltimore. On Wednesday, team leader Heidi Beirich wrote online that Glen Keith Allen had been a dues-paying member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. On Thursday,...

  • Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

    Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

    The Annapolis district courts have not been gaveled into session for the day, but already more than a dozen criminal defendants and their relatives are milling around in the hallway when a public defender arrives, a stack of thick manila folders under his arm. He calls out a list of names. One...

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