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More Than 600 D.C. School Employee Jobs Eliminated

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The annual redistribution of job slots or "excessing" means some schools gain jobs while others cut them.

In the former bargaining agreement between the District and the Washington Teachers union, those teachers whose jobs were cut were guaranteed a new position within the school system -- and the move was based on seniority.

But under a new agreement, negotiated last year under former schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, the "excessing" is performance based, meaning teachers will be re-employed contingent on teacher evaluations and not so much on seniority.

School officials tell the Washington Post they've been expecting the excessing notices for months.

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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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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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