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D.C. Mayor To Name Schools Chancellor This Week

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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a press conference Monday.
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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a press conference Monday.

Gray is being criticized for what some call following "the letter of the law but not the spirit" in the search for a new chancellor. He established a 16-member committee to vet candidates but, by all accounts, only one serious option -- interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson -- is being considered.

"There are resumes...that came to me from people interested in being chancellor and they were not resumes I chose to advance," Gray says.

Gray was asked about the vetting process and whether he owed it to the city to have conducted a wider search.

"Someone we've seen in operations, someone whose leadership skills have been demonstrated and someone who's lived in the city for some time. I'm comfortable with the process that we've used," he says.

Henderson was former Chancellor Michelle Rhee's right hand person, having helped negotiate the new union contract and develop the new teacher evaluation system.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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