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D.C. Fails To Make 'Race To The Top' Cut

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By Kavitha Cardoza

The U.S. Department of Education has picked Delaware and Tennessee for the first round of its "Race to the Top" competition. The District of Columbia was a finalist but didn't make the cut.

Tennessee could recieve $500 million and their counterparts in Delaware, $100 million. The District ranked last among the finalists. Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, says the grants are designed to encourage innovative programs to improve student performance and transform struggling schools.

Federal officials will collect a second round of applications for the highly selective grant program in June. The states that were not picked this time can reapply for grants then.

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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.
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To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low, while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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