Couple of Memorial Day Travel Headaches, The majority of Wait Times Bearable

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A record-setting holiday weekend! Millions of people across the nation were expected to drive, fly and ride to celebrate Memorial Day consisting of more than 800,000 Marylanders.

Rick Ritter has more on the scene at the airport and on the roadways.

Three-hundred-and-eighty-eight million individuals were anticipated to travel nationwide this vacation weekend the most in years. It was nothing short of a busy weekend for those on the roadway and in the air.

Long lines, steady traffic and some quality family time.

Being together, that’s the very best thing. Can’t beat it, stated Keith Nixon.

It’s all part of the vacation weekend.

But its medium stressful, stated Jeni Cameron.

For Memorial Day, approximately 34 million people were anticipated to meeting the roads.

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Freed From Jail, Ethiopian Bloggers Still Can't Leave the Nation


Zelalem Kibret remembers the day: July 8, 2015. He was in a jail library reading a biography of Malcolm X, his own copy, when some guards called his name and handed him a piece of paper.

"I was asking why," says Zelalem, a 29-year-old lawyer and blog writer. "And no one was giving us a reason."

Zelalem, who had actually remained in jail for more than a year on terrorism charges associated with his article, thought the reason. His release, he thinks, was a "personal present" to President Obama, then 3 weeks away from a main visit to Ethiopia, the first ever by a U.S. president.

The United States had actually been pushing silently the release of Zelalem and five other members of Zone 9, his blogging team. Zone 9 takes its name from the 8 zones of the notorious Kality Prison outside Addis Ababa, where political prisoners and journalists are held. Activists joke that the 9th Zone is everything outside the jail walls the rest of Ethiopia.

"Zone 9 is Ethiopia with relative freedom, however still you felt that you are in detention," Zelalem describes.


ADVISORY: President Obama to Travel to Elkhart, Indiana


On Wednesday, June 1, the President will return to Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana the site of his first trip as President. More than 7 years after that go to, the President will highlight the economic development that Elkhart and America have made, the financial challenges that remain, and the decisions that Americans deal with in communities like travel journalist. While in Elkhart, the President will take part in a city center hosted by PBS at the Lerner Theatre, where he will have the chance to hear straight from Elkhart locals.

The arrival and departure of Air Force one are open to pre-credentialed media but near the general public. The President’s remarks at Concord Community High School are open to pre-credentialed media and will be streamed live at There will be travel swimming pool coverage of the city center hosted by PBS.

Members of the media who wish to cover the arrival and/or departure of Air Force One need to RSVP through the following link by 9:00 AM ET tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31.

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