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Pentagon 9/11 Survivors, In Their Own Words

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With the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks fast approaching, the survivors of the attack on the Pentagon explain in their own words how they have coped with the events of that day and how they remember them today.

John Yates, Army Civilian Employee: "If not for a sheer twist of fate, I would not have been here today. I was standing in the middle of five people and I'm the only one here today."

Tracy Webb, HR Specialist: "At the beginning, I wanted to stay in. I didn't want to leave the house. I didn't want to have contact with people period. That's something I had to work through."

Larry Racster, Chaplain OIC: "There is not a lot to believe in this world that we can touch and see. There's no substance to it -- it's here and gone. But God is always there."

Randy Papadopoulos, Secretariat Historian, Dept. of the Navy: "As a whole, I am surprised at how positive the survivors are."

Listen to the survivors' interviews in full.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

Need a vision test? Now you can do it online with a computer and a smartphone. The site has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world, but eye care professionals have concerns.

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