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Deadline Approaches For Low Interest Disaster Loans From Tropical Storm Lee

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The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest  loans to homeowners, renters and businesses to cover damage related to the September storm.

Much of Northern Virginia, all of the District of Columia, and, in Maryland -- Montgomery, Prince George's and Charles counties -- qualify for the SBA disaster assistance. But the deadline to apply for aid due to physical damage is coming up January 16.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed or sustained major damage due to the violent weather.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to replace or repair damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to 40- thousand dollars toward personal property. Businesses and nonprofits may borrow up to $2 million.

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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
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The Politics Hour - August 28, 2015

We chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the city's strategy to combat the spike in violent crime taking place in the nation's capital.

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New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

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