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Nancy Grasmick, Longtime Md. Schools Chief, Retires

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Grasmick is the longest-serving appointed schools chief in the country, according to the Associated Press. She was first named superintendent in 1991 by then governor William Donald Schaefer. Grasmick, 72, announced earlier this year she'd be retiring, saying she wanted to see more of her family and do work that would allow her more flexibility with her time.

Her last day will be tomorrow. More than 700 people are expected to attend a reception tonight in Baltimore County to honor Grasmick.

Earlier this month, the state Board of Education chose former Queen Anne's County schools superintendent Bernard Sadusky to be interim superintendent.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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