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McDonnell Kicks Off Civil War Remembrance

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McDonnell did not repeat the error he made last year by celebrating confederate history by omitting the mention of slavery.

This morning, he told the crowds of hundreds that slavery undermined the ideals on which the country was founded, and that the constitution didn't become itself until the constitution was amended.

The biggest concern for the National Park Service, which is overseeing this event, will probably be the dangerous heat expected over the next few days. So far, only six people have been treated for heat exhaustion, but the crowd is also much smaller than expected – likely because of that heat.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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New Orleans Mayor On Katrina Anniversary: 'We Saved Each Other'

The 10th anniversary of the devastating storm was marked by prayers and church bells to remember the estimated 1,800 who lost their lives in the disaster.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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