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Former D.C. Mayor Barred From Giving Obama Voting Rights Letter

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Pratt was foiled in her efforts to deliver a letter to the White House, expressing her support for D.C. voting rights in Congress. Pratt and Mary Washington, the widow of D.C.'s first elected mayor, were barred by the U.S. Secret Service from delivering the letter Thursday. An officer told them the White House does not accept outside deliveries.

The letter asks President Obama to display the District's "Taxation Without Representation" license plate on his official vehicle, as former President Bill Clinton did. Pratt says she'll get the letter to the president, even if she has to have a pigeon deliver it to him.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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