AFI Silverdocs begins this week and I couldn't be more excited. I've already booked tickets to two shows. I think the film festival in Silver Spring is one of the most diverse cultural experiences available to residents of the area. You should check it out.
The catchphrase goes "the rich get richer." And for top CEOs locally, last year proved to be extremely profitable, following a national trend. For the highest-paid chief executives in the Washington area, compensation packages were up 20 percent in 2010. Though many of these bigwigs are rewarded with stock options, the numbers are staggering. Capital Business' Danielle Douglas reports on how the up-and-down nature of executive salaries has led to "new government rules ... mandating nonbinding 'say-on-pay' votes by shareholders."
Virginia's racial history has many chapters, and the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision led to the closure of many schools in the commonwealth that refused to integrate. Many black students had their lives uprooted and weren't able to find regular schools to finish their educations. In 2004, the state started awarding scholarships as reparations for the shutdowns, and some white students were given them, too. The Post's Kevin Sieff reports on why some residents are upset that kids of families that could have potentially supported segregation are being rewarded.
Cab drivers in Prince George's County feel like they can't catch a break. After a five-year battle with the County Council to expand the number of cabs able to operate under a new medallion system, their dream of independence may be at risk. A proposal to cap the number of cabs in the jurisdiction would prevent many cabbies from operating on their own and not under the thumb of major companies with expensive overhead. The Post's Miranda S. Spivack reports.
Starting tonight, the combustible Keith Olbermann will be back on television. The host I first fell for as an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter back in the '90s has got himself a new network but his show's name hasn't changed. Interestingly, ahead of the launch of his new "Countdown" tonight on Current TV, the bombastic liberal has announced that viewer numbers aren't of concern. The TV Column's Lisa de Moraes and Emily Yahr report on how KO doesn't buy "ratings spin."
I can't remember a day of sports in D.C. like yesterday in a while. The Orioles were in town to play the red-hot Nationals. The U.S. Open was ending at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. And RFK Stadium hosted a doubleheader for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which included a U.S. Men's National Team game. The Post's Rick Maese chronicles the stark differences in environments between the golf course and the soccer field. Also, this is the coolest picture I've seen in a while.
• The company that handles Internet domain names is about to open things up for bidders in a major way. Starting next year, companies will be allowed to make up personalized domain suffixes for their sites. This is going to change marketing and branding strategies drastically, I think. Hmm, .LUNCHLINE does have a nice ring to it.
• If you're the type of person who signs up for a dating Web site that claims to only be for beautiful people, you'd probably be pretty angry too if you were accepted and then rejected because your membership was a fluke due to a computer virus.