The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Housing Market Recovery - 5/7/14

There are many economists who predicted that the US gross domestic product would expand in real terms by 3 percent or better in 2014.  Those forecasts depend on many things going right, including ongoing recovery in the nation’s housing market.  But just when many economists expected the housing market to gather momentum due to broader economic improvement, the US housing market appears to be losing steam.  Sales of existing homes fell 7.5 percent in March from a year earlier and to the slowest pace recorded in 20 months.  Purchases of new homes fell 14.5 percent from February.  

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Cellar Notes
8:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Beringer Revisited - 5/7/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon '11  **1/2  $$
(Concentrated, firm tannins, a good Napa cab)

Beringer Chadonnay, Napa Valley '12 ** $
(Classic California style, good value)

Beringer Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley '12 **1/2  $$
(Same style as the Napa, but more of everything, a big chard)

Beringer Quantum  (red blend) NV *** $$$
(Expensive, but worth it)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.  See sponsor tab

The Nature of Things
4:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014


Coyotes are a relatively new addition to our local ecosystems, and were first documented in Maryland in 1972.

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Your Maryland
2:35 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Burning of Havre de Grace

Environment In Focus
1:12 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

What Works in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Scientific data collected over three decades proves that upgrading sewage plants and government regulation of fisheries work to improve the Chesapeake Bay.  A report by U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science documents the success of clean water and air laws in cleaning up Bay tributaries. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 6, 1-2 pm
11:49 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Keeping Things in Perspective

Loyola Professor, Robert J. Wicks, uses personal anecdotes, Eastern Philosophy and clinical psychiatry, to help readers attain proper perspective.

It's easier said than done. Robert J. Wicks, clinical psychologist and professor of pastoral counseling at Loyola University, has some advice for discovering or regaining a balanced and healthy outlook in his new book, "Perspective: The Calm Within The Storm." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 6, 12-1 pm
11:45 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Constantine Lyketsos is the chief of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

With baby boomers entering their golden years, it's projected that the number of people in the United States with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple by 2050. Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, provides the latest in Alzheimer's research, treatment and care.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Doug Gansler, Candidate for Governor

Attorney General Doug Gansler
Credit Maryland Attorney General website

Sheilah Kast speaks with Attorney General Doug Gansler, Democratic candidate for Governor.

Maryland’s primary election will take place June 24th.  Next week, last week we spoke with the Republicans running for Governor. This week, we’re talking to the three men running for the Democratic nomination. One of them is Attorney General Doug Gansler.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Baltimore Neighborhoods, By The Numbers

Credit Credit: Sidereal / Creative Commons

Sheilah Kast speaks with Seema Iyer, lead on BNIA's 'Vital Signs 12.'

We live in an age of big data. It tells us how our economy is doing, how our children are educated, and what our neighborhoods look like. Since 2002, The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance has been the foremost collector of neighborhood data in the city. It compiles about 8,000 data points to paint a picture of Baltimore, by the numbers. Yesterday, it released its latest compilation, Vital Signs 12. Joining Sheilah Kast to talk about it is Seema Iyer, Associate Director of the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Where New York Mafia and Gay Nightlife Meet

Tom Hall speaks with Alexander Hortis, author of the new book "The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York".

Alexander Hortis is a lawyer who lives in Baltimore, who has studied the Mafia for many years, and who’s published several articles about the long reach of La Cosa Nostra in virtually every aspect of life in New York, and elsewhere.  In his new book, "The Mob and The City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York," he argues that much of what we think we know about the mob is simply part of a mythology that has been fueled over decades by self-serving autobiographers and Hollywood. He talks about it with Tom Hall.


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