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A new generation of artists is pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the District's musical mainstream.

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Uber One Step Closer To Having Easier Access To Hails At Dulles And DCA

Uber and other ride-hailing services may soon have their own waiting areas at two D.C.-area airports — but they'd have to pay for access to the curbs.
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Talks About Purple Line 'Productive,' Says Montgomery County Exec

The county executives in Montgomery and Prince George's counties met with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to make their case for building the $2.4 billion Purple Line.

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Kids Cheer, Officials Jeer As Computer Glitches Delay Testing In Virginia

School officials from across Virginia are scrambling to catch up after three days of computer problems that delayed standardized testing.
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Gun Owners Seeking D.C. Concealed Carry Permits Left In Limbo After Ruling

A judge's decision this week tossed out a key a provision of D.C.'s concealed carry law, but city officials haven't yet said what their next step will be.
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Maryland Joins States That Won't Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

Officials say the skills are tested by other tasks, like turning a car around. As of yet, using backup cameras on a driving test isn't allowed.
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Transit-Oriented Community Along I-66 Is Struck With Highway Realities

They wanted to be close to the Dunn Loring Metro Station so they could commute on the Orange Line and their kids could walk to a nearby elementary school. The expansion of I-66 could upend that lifestyle.

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Assault On Justice

In this special documentary co-produced by Reveal, WAMU 88.5 investigative reporter Patrick Madden examines how the charge of assaulting a police officer, which is meant to shield police from danger, also can be used as a tactic against citizens in D.C.

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Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said at a news conference that the officers will be arraigned July 2. The charges against them are mostly similar to those announced May 1.
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Changes To Sex Ed Curriculum In Fairfax County Spurs Outcry From Some

A number of proposed changes to Fairfax County's sexual education curriculum are generating controversy, much of which will be expressed at a public hearing set for Thursday evening.
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Tax Clash Adds Tension To Debate Over Potomac Yard

As Alexandria settles on a financing plan for the new Metro station at Potomac Yard, residents in the area are questioning whether a proposed tax increase on their homes is a wise decision.

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Official Scrabble Word List Updated With More Jargon And Slang

A list of 6,500 new words have been approved for use in Scrabble games. The new words include slang terms like twerk and shizzle.
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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.
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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.
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Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery-Clogging Fat

Any day now, the FDA could announce a final rule aimed at removing much of the remaining trans fats out of the food supply. It could amount to a near ban on the fats, which wreak cardiovascular havoc.
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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominantly Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.
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Visting Georgetown Professor Among Those Egypt Sentences To Death

Renee Montagne talks to Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 Egyptians who received a death sentence, along with ex-President Morsi, for alleged roles in events surrounding Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.
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Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Prison

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded that a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.
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Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Qatar is getting bad press for its treatment of migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities. Renee Montagne talks to the BBC's Mark Lobel, who was arrested when he talked to migrant workers.