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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Adopts Mall Lawn Care

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The foundation that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is taking over lawn care for more than 13 acres on the National Mall around the monument.

Officials with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund say they were spurred to act by an Associated Press investigation. That investigation found the mall has been at a disadvantage in competing for extra funds doled out by lawmakers as compared with sites that are represented by powerful members of Congress.

The Vietnam fund plans to spend $96,000 in the coming months to repair a broken irrigation system and improve the grass. The Fund president says his group intends to continue to maintain the grass in the future. The irrigation repairs are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Meymo Lyons reports....

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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