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Gray To Name New DDOT Director

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The Mayor's spokesperson says Gray will announce his nominee for director of DDOT at his weekly press briefing this afternoon.

Almost six months into his term, the department is still under the control of a temporary, interim chief. Former mayor Adrian Fenty appointed its previous director, Gabe Klein, who's largely credited with bringing the popular Capital Bikeshare program into fruition.

Klein left shortly after Gray took office and is now working for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Last week, two top-level DDOT officials announced they'll be leaving the organization. One of them, Karina Ricks, cited her dissatisfaction with the ongoing lack of a permanent leader.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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