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D.C. Sniper Attorneys Ask Virginia Governor to Commute Sentence

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Attorneys for the so-called D.C. sniper are trying to convince Governor Tim Kaine that their client is too mentally ill to be executed.

John Allen Muhammad's lawyers say they gave Kaine a compilation of interviews with attorneys, mental health experts and witnesses showing Muhammad's mental illness. The U.S. Supreme Court has banned executions of people who are mentally ill.

Muhammed was convicted of killing a man at a gas station in Manassas Virginia in 2002. The shooting was one of a string of attacks across the D.C. region.

Muhammad's execution is schedule for November 10th.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

NPR

Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

Need a vision test? Now you can do it online with a computer and a smartphone. The site has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world, but eye care professionals have concerns.

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