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How A Bald-Faced Bluff May Have Saved Reagan National Airport After 9/11

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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.
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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.

At almost any time on almost any day, an airport is filled with sounds: PA announcements over the loudspeakers, the omnipresent click-clack of rolling luggage and, of course, the airplanes themselves.

But for several weeks after the September 11th attacks, the airport, was empty.

With the 9th anniversary of the attacks coming up, David Schultz has this story of just how close Reagan National came to being closed forever.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Listen: 'Web Site Story,' NPR's Musical About The Internet — From 1999

Found in our archives: an Internet-themed remake of West Side Story from the dot-com bubble era. It begins with Bill Gates and features the sound of a modem but isn't as obsolete as you might expect.

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