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New Terrorism Alert Presented To Local Leaders

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For nine years, the government has relied on the color-coded terrorism alert system, a system that some say was ambiguous at best.

The new system has only two threat levels -- "elevated" and "imminent" -- and it promises more specific details on actual threats.

The Department of Homeland Security heard from local leaders. Merni Fitzgerald with Fairfax County talked about the importance of getting out one simple message.

"During a time of stress, people can only take in a certain amount of information what should they do, where can they go," she says.

Charles Marino with the Department of Homeland Security says the messages will be specific.

"If we can do it without jeopardizing ongoing investigations and sources, we hope to provide details that will be specific and effective," he says.

Local governments will forward the alerts through websites and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29, 2015

You can hear classical Indian music or learn about the Arab influences of a traditional Spanish dance form. 

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

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