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Binary Man: Add Food To Metro's Mix?

Binary Man is torn: He loves Metro's tough-guy attitude in sticking with its total ban on food and drink in Washington's train system through all these years. On the other hand, having grown up riding New York City's subways, he also relishes the pleasure of eating lunch while reading the paper and riding to his next destination. In the end, Binary Man's antipathy toward rats wins out. Metro is hardly rodent-free, but it's a far sight better on that count than some of the country's more permissive transit systems. Keeping food out of Metro has worked just fine. So...

By Marc Fisher | May 8, 2009; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (14)

Binary Man: Should Maryland Buy The Preakness?

In the strange space where horse racing, slots, Maryland politics and the state of the economy come together, this question has forced its way into the limelight: Should the state's taxpayers buy the Preakness Stakes, the legendary race first run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in 1870? Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has spent the better part of his time in office arguing that the state desperately needs the surefire torrent of revenue that would come from legalizing slot machines, is now moving toward a different kind of bailout. This time, it's the horse race that for many...

By Marc Fisher | April 8, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (4)


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