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Arlington County Firefighters Honored For Their Service On 9/11

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The stone weighs 800 pounds.
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The stone weighs 800 pounds.

When American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the western side of the Pentagon, Major General James Jackson turned to the Arlington County Fire Department:

"And said, 'What do you want us to do? And from there on, we were in a supporting role for them until they cleaned up the facilities and did what they had to do and turned it back over to the FBI and then back to us."

Now, almost a decade after those events, the Army is presenting the Arlington County Fire Department with an 800-pound block of stone recovered from the wreckage that day. Fire Chief James Schwartz says the stone will be combined with steel recovered from the World Trade Center for a tribute next to Fire Station Number Five.

"We have told our story so many times and to so many people over the last 10 years that I regularly hear my own words repeated back to me as if the speaker had lived them in the way that we did," Schwartz says.

Two other pieces of stone will be presented to the FBI and the New York Fire Department.

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Introducing Capital Soundtrack, A New WAMU Music Project

What does Washington sound like? Capital Soundtrack, a new music project from WAMU 88.5, explores that question.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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