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Here’s where a Baltimore-DC maglev might go, but many questions remain

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A private company and the Maryland MTA have been studying how to build a maglev line between DC and Baltimore. They’re now out with a scoping report and an interactive map of potential alignments. The maps are a cool opportunity to dream about a fast train from DC to Baltimore and beyond, though there are still many, many questions about whether this is feasible.

The company, called Northeast Maglev, was formed to promote the idea of a maglev (“magnetic levitation”) train from DC to New York. The federal government provided some money, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan supported, a study of a “starter line” between DC and Baltimore. The government of Japan, whose companies would seek to build the line, is supporting it as well.

A train could rocket between the two cities in 15 minutes. Since it’s moving so fast, the curves have to be very gentle. That means, in practice, mostly underground; the three alignments still under consideration follow either the Baltimore-Washington Parkway or the existing Amtrak/MARC Penn Line train tracks. All three use a long tunnel from downtown DC under New York Avenue and out to the Beltway, move above ground to about Fort Meade, then go underground again all the way to Baltimore with a stop at BWI airport.

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Oprah’s Stake in Weight Watchers Balloons to $400 Million

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Oprah Winfrey’s investment in Weight Watchers two and a half years ago is paying off.

The lifestyle company reported last week strong earnings and sales, as well as an increase in subscribers. The stock jumped 5 percent on Friday because of the news, CNN Money reports.

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Black-owned establishment wins James Beard Award for the nation’s best new restaurant

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JuneBaby, a black-owned restaurant that serves southern-style cuisine in the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle has been named the 2018 Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Edouardo Jordan accepted the award during a ceremony Monday at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Jordan also was named best chef in the Northwest.

The award honors a restaurant that opens in the calendar year before the award is given that already displays “excellence in food, beverage and service, and that is likely to make an impact in the years to come.” JuneBaby, his father’s nickname, opened last year.

JuneBaby advertises its menu as food with roots. Breads include buttermilk biscuits. Main dishes include chicken fried steak, fried catfish and spring greens. Desserts include pecan pie ice cream sandwiches and chocolate banana rum cake.

The restaurant acknowledges that Southern cooking is not held in high regard by some.

“Southern cuisine has always had and continues to have stereotypical connotations. Seen through the eyes of most Americans as inferior, unsophisticated, and unhealthy, Southern food reflects hard times and resourcefulness and is nothing short of beautiful. It is a cuisine to be respected and celebrated,” Jordan wrote.

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Adidas Won’t Cut Ties with Kanye Despite His Controversial Slavery Comments

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Adidas will continue to work with Kanye West despite an online petition on Care2 calling for the corporation to drop the rapper. People are demanding the German sportswear company separate from West after he praised President Donald Trump and also suggested that slavery was a choice.

CEO Kasper Rorsted distanced the company from the recent controversy but says adidas will continue to work with West as a designer, according to Reuters.

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