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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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In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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