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Former D.C. Council Member Aide Pleads Guilty In Bribery Case

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Ted Loza pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to one count of accepting an illegal gratuity and one count of making a false statement. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he's likely to receive between eight and 14 months in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Loza was charged in 2009 with taking bribes and free trips in exchange for pushing legislation that would benefit some taxicab businesses. As part of his guilty plea, he admitted accepting $1,500 in cash from an industry representative.

Graham has said he was not involved in any illegal or unethical behavior and has not been charged.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
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Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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