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New York Ave Construction Could Mean $50 In Metro Fares For Commuters

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The District's Department of Transportation -- or DDOT -- is giving $50 in Metro fares to dozens of lucky New York Avenue commuters. Department officials want drivers to stay off of this major east-west artery during a bridge replacement project, and they're hoping the fare money can provide an incentive for them to do so.

Early next week, construction crews will shut down two lanes on New York Avenue NE, near the intersection of Florida Avenue by the headquarters of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. DDOT is replacing the bridge over Metro's Red line at this spot, and it says that will take at least two years.

In the meantime, commuters can apply for the $50 incentive, which can be used for Metro or for any other transportation alternative. But you better act quickly; DDOT is giving out 2,000 of the incentives on a first come, first served basis.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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