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D.C. Leaders Start Construction On Massive Downtown Development

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Organizers pulled out all the stops for the official start of construction at CityCenterDC, a 10-acre, mixed-use development at the site of the old Convention Center in downtown Washington.

Apartment buildings, condos, hotels and retail shops will eventually share the space when it's completed in two years, but city leaders, such as D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, say its economic impact will be felt right away.

"This is one of the most valuable pieces of property in the world," Brown says. "It's going to create thousands of jobs and we have local equity participation, which means local business will own a piece of the development."

The initial financing for CityCenterDC, $700 million, was put up by a real estate company based out of Qatar.

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

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