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Pepco, Other Power Companies Could Face Fines For Poor Service

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The Maryland Public Service Commission is seeking the authority to hold companies up to a tough new set of standards for reliability and customer service.

The commission has already published a list of proposed rules on its Web site. They would mandate how quickly power companies must answer customer calls and set standards for how soon crews have to get the power back on after an outage.

New guidelines would also define how often companies have to inspect their power lines, and force each one to prove that they're in compliance with all of the new rules.

Commission members will meet again on March 3 to talk about the proposal.

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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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