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WASHINGTON (AP) Every two years, voters in Washington pick a shadow congressman, a position with little clout and one responsibility: lobbying to make D.C. the 51st state. There's no salary and no ability to vote in Congress, but four residents still want the decades-old gig that has few perks.

WASHINGTON (AP) Men and women convicted of crimes in Washington may soon be housed closer to home at the end of their prison sentences. D.C.'s Department of Corrections director says he hopes the people soon will be moved to the D.C. jail 90 days before the end of their sentences so they can be more easily reintegrated into the community.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

NPR

'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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