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Part One: Truancy In D.C.

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Skippers, truants and chronic absentees are just a few of the names given to students who cut classes.

In D.C.'s public schools, the truancy rate is nearly 20 percent. That means nearly one in five students has racked up at least 15 unexcused absences.

In the first of a three-part series, Kavitha Cardoza explores this widespread problem from the perspective of the students themselves.

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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At Democratic Convention Kickoff Breakfast, Outgoing Chairwoman Booed

It's not a good opening for the Democratic National Convention: At a breakfast hosted by the delegation from Debbie Wasserman Shultz's home state of Florida, she was booed before she started talking.
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Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL; as part of Verizon, Yahoo will join the same division AOL currently occupies.

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