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Storm-Damaged Trees And Shrubs Can Recover

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By Jonathan Wilson

Many homeowners are still coming to grips with the damage this year's record breaking snowfall did to their shrubs and trees.

A local horticultural expert has some tips on helping plants heal.

Kirsten Buhls, an agricultural extension agent for Arlington County, says the most important thing for property owners with damaged trees or shrubs is pruning damaged limbs as soon as they can.

Pruning helps promote new growth, says Buhls, and in the case of shrubs, many are so resilient that even severe damage can be overcome if gardeners act quickly using a technique called rejuvenation pruning.

"You cut the plant down to six or eight inches tall, and let it come out again from that new growth," Buhls explains.

Buhls says pruning trees, especially larger ones, is trickier and can be dangerous. She urges residents to call a certified arborist for help.

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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