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The Fitz File: April 23, 2014

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. - Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

FBI NO FLY RECRUITMENT - Has the FBI been keeping people on the TSA's no fly list to pressure them to become informants on American Muslims? That's the allegation in a lawsuit just filed in Federal Court. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 4 men says the U.S. Is violating their rights by placing or keeping them on the no-fly list after they declined to spy on local Muslim communities. The backers of the suit say the practice is extortion, however U.S. officials have previously insisted that the process used to place individuals on the no-fly list is legal and well founded and relies on credible intelligence.

VIRGINIA MEDICAID STANDOFF - Virginia's Assembly reconvenes today as Gov. Terry McCauliffle is in a bitter fight with Republicans that could lead to a budget crisis and state government shutdown. At issue? Expanding Medicare under Obamacare. Since Virginia hasn't set up its own Affordable Heathcare Exchange, Virginians pay higher taxes to bankroll it. The Governor wants the Commonwealth to accept the $5 million a day in Medicaid money the federal government is offering to expand the program. Republicans in the Assembly are saying no. Time is running out to resolve the standoff. A deal must be reached by July 1st

MARYLAND WORKERS BUY COMPANY - Things hadn't been going well at the Elkridge Coating Technologies in Howard County. The business was failing, and the paper plant was on a way way ticket to shutting its doors. Then the employees got an idea: why don't we buy the company. After first. Not knowing how to start, phone calls were made, banks and relatives with small business experience were tapped, The workers renegotiate their lease, got a a $100,000 loan and now have saved both their company and it's 20 full time jobs.

PENTAGON'S BIONIC MAN - In the 1970s one of the most popular shows was the "Six Million Dollar Man" about an amputee who becomes a superman thanks to a Goverment bionics program. In 2014, that program is a reality. The Pentagons Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has quietly been developing bionic arms which are not just artificial prosthetics. Rather, what DRARP is building are high tech computer controlled limbs that use sensors that can read minute muscle movements in residual limbs. One device is exploring the holy grail of bionics: allowing a user to control to control an arm with their thoughts.

Today's Weather:

@NWS_BaltWash: Windy and dry conditions today. http://t.co/7dFzua1E8K

Today's History:

In 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

In 1914, Chicago's Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1.

In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)

Today's Quote:

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon



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