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D.C. Boots Half Of Parking Enforcement Staff

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In an emailed statement, Department of Public Works spokesperson Linda Grant says the department was required to reduce their overall workforce by 25 positions to meet their budget mark for fiscal year 2012.

Of those 25, 11 were so-called "boot staff" -- the people in parking enforcement charged with the responsibility of putting a boot on your car if your parking tickets go unpaid. In a published report, DPW chief Bill Howland admits that because the 11 dismissed workers came from a staff of 22, the chances of getting booted in the district are somewhat reduced.

On the other hand, the number of parking officers was not reduced, so the chance of receiving a ticket remains unchanged.

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Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.
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Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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