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    D.C. Promises To Restore Solar Energy Grants

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    By Sabri Ben-Achour

    D.C.'s Department of the Environment has promised to improve it's solar energy grant program, that's the program that subsidizes solar panel installation. The pledge comes after city lawmakers received an earful from frustrated residents at a council round table.

    The complaints streamed in for hours as homeowners from Georgetown to Capitol hill complained of delays and unresponsiveness. The Renewable Energy Incentive Program fell so far behind last year that it didn't spend $1.4 million out of the $2 million it had available.

    Interim Director of the Environment Department, Keith Anderson offered 20 minutes of testimony that answered few questions and did little to satisfy Council Members. He did pledge to develop a plan of action, hire two more people, and report back in two weeks.

    "And you can hold me accountable to make sure that this program is fixed and it works," says Anderson.

    Up until a few weeks ago, the program had been staffed by one person and a private contractor. That private contractor was let go a few weeks ago - program officials said it wasn't possible to extend the contract any further.


    Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

    What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That's the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

    We Tried A Futuristic Cranberry. It Was Fresh And Naturally Sweet

    Cranberry breeders in Wisconsin have developed a berry that's tart but also sweet, like a Granny Smith apple. They say the variety isn't ready for production but could one day become a fresh product.
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    International Military Action In Syria

    French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S.support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and ATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


    Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

    Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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