Archive for May 2012

Non-smokers who get lung cancer; Syria update; Campaign cash; Fitness Q&A

May 31, 2012 - 01:39 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we looked at why non-smokers get lung cancer. Reporter Greta Kreuz, who has never smoked, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, and she joined us to discuss her treatment and what she’s learned about government funding levels. 

CSIS scholar Aram Nerguizian talked about diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Syria. Reporter Scott Thuman talked about the unprecedented sums that Mitt Romney, President Obama and their allies are raising for this year’s campaign.

And fitness expert Josef Brandenburg offered advice for people who want to get in shape.

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Pressure on Gray; Del. Norton pushes back

May 30, 2012 - 02:06 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the mounting pressure on DC Mayor Vince Gray to disclose what he knew about the campaign shenanigans that have netted guilty pleas by former aides.

Gathering to discuss this issue: Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis, Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons and WPFW’s Chuck Thies. 
We also talked with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) about her efforts to derail a GOP abortion bill that would only apply to women in the District. She also offered an update on her efforts to obtain budget autonomy for the city

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Q & A with Chief Lanier

May 29, 2012 - 01:07 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about the city's decision to allow bars to stay open later on holiday weekends, the return of the breathalyzer program, the role speed cameras play in reducing traffic fatalities, and whether she would ever consider a run for Mayor.

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Tuesday at 10 a.m.: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Chuck Brown memorial; Montgomery transit proposal; Drowning dangers

May 25, 2012 - 02:07 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, reporter Mark Segraves talked about the memorial service for musician Chuck Brown, which will take place next week. We also played excerpts from an interview he conducted with Brown in 2010. 

Montgomery Councilman Marc Elrich and Mark Winston, head of a transit task force, talked about the proposal to build a 160-mile rapid transit network throughout the county.

And National Park Service spokesman Bill Line discussed efforts to reduce the risk of drowning along the Potomac, particularly during the summer months, when large numbers of people recreate near the water.

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2nd Gray aide indicted; DC Vote protest; Facebook is sued

May 24, 2012 - 01:58 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, reporter Sam Ford and legal analyst A. Scott Bolden talked about the indictment of a second official in Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign for mayor. 


Then, DC vote’s Ilir Zherka discussed the group’s protest outside Rep. Trent Franks’ office. Franks (R-AZ) is being targeted because of his sponsorship of an abortion bill that only applies to the District of Columbia. 

 

Also, Washington Business Journal reporter Bill Flook talked about the controversy surrounding Facebook’s initial stock offering. 


Friday at 10am: A task force recommends a new rapid transit system for Montgomery County. And new warnings about the dangers of summertime drowning.

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Clemency Initiative; Pricey Tickets; Cells on Flights

May 23, 2012 - 01:57 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich talked about his new program to level the playing field between African-Americans and Whites when it comes to clemency appeals.

We also talked with sports commentator Michael Williams about the high cost of tickets to sporting events.

Can you imagine being stuck on a flight with someone yapping on their cell phone the entire time? Well, it's not out of the question. In our last segment, ABC 7 reporter Kris Van Cleave talked about one airline's decision to offer in-flight cell service.

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Campaign worker charged; Rutgers Suicide; Rep. Roscoe Bartlett

May 22, 2012 - 02:07 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spoke with Washington Post's Nikita Stewart and political columnist Peter Rosenstein about the serious charges against a former campaign aide to DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

 

We also discussed the recent sentencing of the former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation for using a webcam to film his roommate in a romantic encounter with another man. The roomate, Tyler Clementi committed suicide shortly after.

 

We spent our final half hour chatting with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett on a range of topics.

Tomorrow at 10am: Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich

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Ending the war

May 21, 2012 - 04:21 PM
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Politico's Isaac Dovere comes on the show to discuss the NATO summit on the War in Afghanistan.

 

 

Tuesday at 10 a.m.: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Washington Post reporter Nikita Stewart.

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Go golf!

May 21, 2012 - 04:15 PM
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May is "Welcome to Golf" month, and on today's show, the PGA's Mike Aldrich talked about their efforts to lure people to the game. We also talked about some of the myths that keep would-be players from hitting the links.

 

Tuesday at 10 a.m.: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Washington Post reporter Nikita Stewart.

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Euro-worries & Alexandria's waterfront makeover

May 21, 2012 - 04:06 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we looked at the concerns that the collapse of the Greek economy could have reverberations for Europe and the U.S. Joining us: banking industry analyst Bert Ely.

In segment two, Ely, co-chair of a citizens group in Alexandria, weighed in against the proposed makeover of the Old Town waterfront.

 

Tuesday at 10 a.m.: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Washington Post reporter Nikita Stewart.

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Maryland’s new budget; AG Irv Nathan

May 18, 2012 - 01:32 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Maryland Delegates Melony Griffith, Brian Feldman and Kelly Schulz talked about the legislature’s latest budget moves – moves that will prevent ‘doomsday’ budget cuts from taking effect but which will boost taxes on high-income residents. We also talked about the prospects for another special session – on gambling.
Then, DC Attorney General Irv Nathan discussed ethics reform, the Harry Thomas Jr. case, the double-dipping scandal, the Hatch Act and DC voting rights.
We received a call at the end of the hour from a viewer who seemed to be encouraging the Attorney General to investigate contracting practices in the DC schools. We didn’t have time for Nathan to respond on-air, but afterwards he told us, “That’s the province of the Inspector General. I hope the IG will look into this – and if there’s anything there, we will take appropriate action.”
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Monday at 10am: The impact on the U.S. if Europe’s economy falters

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DC Mayor Vincent Gray

May 17, 2012 - 02:12 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spent an hour with DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

We discussed the death of DC's "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown, and the impact he's had on so many in our area.

Mayor Gray also talked about the council's approval of the city's 2013 budget, the plan to install additional traffic cameras, and extending bar hours among other things.

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Gay judge rejected; Kenyan McDuffie wins

May 16, 2012 - 01:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, two Virginia legislators, Sen. Barbara Favola (D) and Del. Bob Marshall (R), talked about the Assembly’s rejection of Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland, a military veteran whose nomination to become a judge was blocked by conservatives (led by Marshall) because of his “homosexual advocacy.” We also discussed the budget, transportation funding, and Marshall’s bid for the U.S. Senate.
Then, we spoke with DC Councilman-elect Kenyan McDuffie (D), the landslide winner in this week’s Ward 5 special election.
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Thursday at 10am: DC Mayor Vince Gray

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Transportation poll; JP Morgan’s $2B blunder; Dale Hunter resigns

May 15, 2012 - 02:34 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Bob Chase, head of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, talked about the Washington Post’s recent polling on transportation funding. We also discussed the legislature’s failure (in his view) to provide new funding for roads and transit.
Politico’s Anna Palmer talked about the trading blunder that cost JP Morgan Chase $2 billion and spurred new calls for regulation of the financial sector.
And Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report talked about Dale Hunter’s decision not to return for a second season as coach of the Washington Capitals. We also touched on the growing lawsuit against the NFL over concussion injuries.
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Wednesday at 10am: The winner of today’s special election in DC’s Ward 5 and Va. Senate hopeful Bob Marshall

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MD Special Session; Capitals fall; Health clinic opens

May 14, 2012 - 02:09 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we previewed the start of the Maryland legislature's special session in Annapolis. 'Maryland Juice' blogger David Moon and political analyst David Harrington offered thoughts on what we might expect as they try to work out a budget deal.

Ben Raby, a reporter with the Washington Capitals radio network, talked about the Caps' roller coaster season and what lies ahead for the team.

Our final guest, Sharon Bakersville of the DC Primary Care Association, told us about the new Unity Health Care Anacostia Center in Ward 8.

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Tuesday at 10am: Capitals' head coach Dale Hunter's decision not to return to Washington

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Skybox tickets; Michael Brown; Obama & gay marriage

May 11, 2012 - 01:44 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, reporter Mark Segraves talked about who gets to use the District’s luxury Verizon Center sky box. Records show the Mayor’s relatives and associates have attended a number of big-name events using the city’s box.
DC Councilman Michael Brown discussed the Mayor’s budget submission, affordable housing, “food deserts,” speed cameras and health care.
And Phil Bell, a top official with the Maryland Republican Party, talked about the President’s support for same-sex marriage.
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Monday at 10am: Analysis of the Caps-Rangers series and a preview of the Md. General Assembly’s special session

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Obama on gay marriage; Volunteering/Lamont Peterson

May 10, 2012 - 12:39 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Politico’s Joe Williams and Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin talked about President Obama’s decision to support same-sex unions.
Dr. Erwin Tan of the Corporation for National and Community Service discussed volunteer opportunities for seniors. Their website is www. getinvolved.gov.
And WBA/IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson discussed the cancellation of his rematch with Amir Khan. SportsTalk’s Alex Parker joined us for this segment.
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Friday at 10am: Conservative reaction to the President’s statement on gay unions. Also, DC Councilman Michael Brown.

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Q&A with Kwame Brown; Youth driving dangers

May 9, 2012 - 02:28 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown talked about the city’s budget deliberations, the affordable housing squeeze, crime and other issues.
Then, AAA’s john Townsend II talked about the new report showing how much more likely young drivers are to have an accident if another young person is in the car.
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Thursday at 10am: President Obama’s views on gay marriage

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Speed enforcement; Affordable housing; Obama-Romney are tied

May 8, 2012 - 12:58 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Police Capt. Tom Didone talked about the county’s new “speed corridor” enforcement program. The initiative is designed to get motorists to drive more slowly, and not just when passing a fixed, well-known speed camera.
Jenny Reed of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute looked at the affordable housing squeeze.
And Politico’s James Hohmann talked about the latest GWU Battleground Poll.
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Wednesday at 10: DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown and AAA’s John Townsend

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DNA collection ruling; Caps head to NY

May 7, 2012 - 11:58 AM
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ABC 7's Senior Political Reporter took the hosting reins on today's NewsTalk.

In our first half hour, we talked with Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler about the high court's decision to overturn a law allowing the collection of DNA from those arrested of violent crimes.

Other topics include; Mortgage help, health care reform, and internet privacy.

Later in the show, Tom Threlkeld of DC Pro Sports Report joined us to talk about the Capitals, Nationals, and Redskins rookie minicamp.

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