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WASHINGTON (AP) D.C.'s Board of Ethics and Elections has ruled that a measure giving voters the option to ban same-sex unions cannot go on the city's ballot. The elections board says putting the measure on the ballot would conflict with the city's Human Rights Act.

WASHINGTON (AP) Police have made an arrest in the case of a nine-year-old boy who was fatally shot when a bullet pierced the door of his northwest Washington home. D.C. police say 26-year-old Josue Pena was arrested in Hyattsville, Maryland, today and charged with first-degree murder.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. Council member says he will subpoena two employees who didn't testify during hearings on a park projects contract that council members have questioned as improper. Council member Harry Thomas Junior wants the employees to explain their part in an arrangement in which millions of dollars were transferred from the parks department to the housing authority via the deputy mayor's office.

WASHINGTON (AP) A teenager has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder for shooting a man last week as he boarded a Metrobus in northeast Washington. Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Britt appeared in court Saturday on charges he killed 21-year-old George Rawlings.

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Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.

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Jet Noise Is No Joke For Residents Burned By Report About Airport Complaints

Nobody wants to own up to making thousands of complaints about noise from planes flying out of Reagan National Airport. But nearby residents say the noise definitely has gotten worse recently. And there appears to be a specific reason — a new air traffic control system.

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