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Gray Says He Will Cooperate With House Probe Of Brown Allegations

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Brown, a former mayoral candidate and former employee of the Department of Health Care Finance, says he was paid cash and promised a job by the Gray campaign to launch verbal attacks against then Mayor Adrian Fenty during the race.

The probe is being led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa says because his investigators have essentially been stonewalled in their attempts to interview key figures close to Gray, he has lost confidence in the District government's ability to probe what happened.

There are several investigations already underway. The Office of Campaign Finance is conducting an audit and the U.S. Attorney's office and FBI say they're working together to assess the allegations.

A spokesperson for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says a hearing date has not been set.

Gray, in a statement, says that while he will cooperate fully with the House probe, he doesn't believe congressional involvement will illuminate any additional issues or information.

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From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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