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    WASHINGTON (AP) Streets in downtown Washington will be closed for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony on the Ellipse, south of the White House, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former D.C. public schools head Michelle Rhee hopes to attract 1 million members in the next year and to raise $1 billion for her new nonprofit education association. Rhee made the announcement of the new Washington-based organization, StudentsFirst, on ``The Oprah Winfrey Show.''

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    Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 14

    You can check out a band from Chicago or see a solo show about a man whose brutal beating lit a city on fire.

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    Saskawhat? A Novel Berry From Canada Takes Root On Michigan Farms

    Some rookie farmers in northern Michigan are growing saskatoon, an imported shrub from Canada that looks like blueberry. They're also experimenting with it in the kitchen — in jams and pies.
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    Maryland's Andy Harris Defends Move To Block D.C. Marijuana Bill

    The Maryland Republican Congressman who moved to block a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in D.C. defended his actions and criticized the move to boycott businesses in his district, which includes popular tourist destination Ocean City.

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    Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

    Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

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