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For Some, Emancipation Day Equals One More Day Of Tax Procrastination

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The District has been celebrating Emancipation Day since the 19th century to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln's emancipation of slaves in the District of Columbia more than nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves throughout the U.S.

It wasn't until 2005, however, that the day -- April 16 -- was named an official public holiday. Because it falls on a Saturday this year, the District is observing the day Friday, April 15.

Because District holidays are treated as federal holidays for the purposes of tax deadlines, D.C.'s celebration becomes a boon for residents all over the U.S.; rather than the usual April 15, the federal IRS tax deadline is April 18 this year.

The District government closure also means a parking free-for-all, an extra day off for D.C. Public Schools students and a free day for District employees. DCist has an overview of what's closed and open today.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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Texas Textbooks And Teaching The Civil War And America's History Of Racial Segregation

This fall five million public school students in Texas will use textbooks that critics say misrepresent the Civil War and the nation's history of racial segregation. The battle over how the Civil War is taught in public schools.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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