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UMD Wins Solar Decathlon Challenge

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The University of Maryland has won top overall honors in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

The competition pits university-designed solar-powered homes against each other, using 10 contests that gauge each house on factors including performance, livability and affordability. The winning home has to produce as much or more energy than it consumes.

Maryland's entry is called WaterShed. It includes water-saving as well as energy-saving technologies. Purdue University took second place, followed by New Zealand's Victoria University in third.

The homes have been on display this week on the National Mall's West Potomac Park. Sunday is the final day to see the winning home.

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous 90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

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