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Report On Parks And Recreation Scandal Clears Fenty

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The scandal surrounding a multimillion-dollar contract involving some fraternity brothers of Fenty led to repeated charges of cronyism during the mayoral campaign.

The 258-page report, while clearing Fenty, does find a number of problems with the contract, which was awarded to rebuild the city's Parks and Recreaction centers.

It says the firms in question, which were led by Fenty friends Omar Karim and Sinclair Skinner, may have overcharged the city and may have been unqualified to do the work.

It also criticizes Karim and Skinner for not cooperating better with the investigation, which was led by D.C. attorney Robert Trout.

The report recommends the D.C. Council refer its findings to the U.S. Attorneys Office.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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