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(Jan. 17) KING ACROSS THE AGES If you're hoping to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and want the full package you can count on the Washington National Cathedral, hosting King across the Ages, an all day event of service and soulful music. The service portion gets underway early and the eclectic music performances kick off at 2 p.m.

(Jan. 17) AN MLK DAY FOR THE FAMILY The National Museum of American History marks Dr. King's birthday with an all-encompassing remembrance of the civil rights movement. Interactive plays, exhibits, presentations and discussions provide some historical perspective for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday on the National Mall.

(Jan. 18) THE KENNEDY PRESIDENCY, 50 YEARS LATER If MLK Day leaves you yearning for more history The Kennedy Center has you covered with The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. The three-week series begins Tuesday and includes performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma and the American Ballet Theatre.

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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