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The Fitz File: May 8, 2014

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. - Today is Thursday, May 8, the 128th day of 2014. There are 237 days left in the year.

COLLEGE PLAYER UNION HEARING - 10:00 a.m. Should college students who play sports at big time Universities be allowed to form unions like professional NFL, MLB &NBA players? In March a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board on backed a bid by football players at Northwestern University to unionize. Today the House Education &Workforce Committee opens hearing into the issue and examining union efforts to organize student athletes. Kenneth Starr, President of Baylor University and others testify. Live: House Cable Channel 17, Rayburn 2175 RHOB. http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=374849

SEBELIUS REPLACEMENT - 9:30 a.m. So what's the opposite of "a tough act to follow"? We'll find out today as President Obama's nominee to take over Heath &Human Service- and run his health care overhaul - is making her first testimony before senators who will decide on her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was to testify Thursday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination. Live: Dirksen 106, http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=31aea134-5056-a032-5285-b992eaf58cca

MARYLAND FLIGHT? - Are high taxes causing nearly half of all Marylanders wanting to flee the state? According to a new poll by the Gallup organization the answer is yes. About 47 percent of Marylanders would like to move out according to a recent Gallup poll. The Free State came in 3rd just behind Illinois and Connecticut as a state that had the largest population of residents looking to flee. The pollster found taxes to be the overwhelming reason was how much they are taxed. Gallup says their poll found poll overall that 67 percent of Marylanders think state taxes are too high.

ARLINGTON MERMAID GONE - Goodbye Ariel. A wooden, bare breasted carving of a mermaid that was cut out of a tree stump had been a local oddity and sources of mild aggravation along Lee Highway in Arlington for years. Now without warning, she's gone. Paul Jackson had the Mermaid carved back in 2004. Some resident had complained that the Mermaid was too naked and both a cause of unsightliness and a potential traffic hazard as people slowed down to look at it. Posters on an Arlington Facebook page say the stump became rotted and the owner cut it down.

Today's Weather:

@capitalweather: D.C. area forecast: Becoming sunny and summery today; warm weekend but showery Saturday http://t.co/CmuSxawjpD

Today's History:

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany's forces had surrendered, and that "the flags of freedom fly all over Europe."

In 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

In 2009, White House aide Louis Caldera quit for his role in a photo-op flyover by Air Force One jet above New York City that sparked panic and flashbacks to 9/11 attack

Today's Quote:

"Always do what you are afraid to do" - Ralph Waldo Emerson






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