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Suspicious Letters With White Power Found In D.C. Schools

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There were medical evaluations formed on a dozen staffers, mainly the people that worked the mail rooms, but no injuries or illnesses have been discovered.

There has been no official identification of what the substance is, but a source describes the powdery material as a cornstarch-like substance. This type of material would not be hazardous, but authorities are not taking any chances considering the he timing of these letters and the city's past experiences with anthrax and terrorists attacks.

Parents were tense and anxious at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C., after learning that the school had been on lock down for more than an hour when the package was discovered.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, the fourth-largest poultry company in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Hawaii Law Places Gun Owners Into National Database

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Hawaii State Sen. Will Espero about gun control legislation passed in the state last week. The legislation makes Hawaii the first state to enter gun owners into an FBI database that notifies police if a resident is arrested elsewhere in the country.
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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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