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Virginia Cities Receive Millions For Safer Crosswalks

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As part of Virginia's Safe Routes to School program, several communities in the state are receiving $5.8 million to develop safer crosswalks. Gov. Bob McDonnell says the money will be used to construct new trails and crossings at 28 elementary and middle schools.

He says the goal is to make walking or riding bikes to school safer and more fun, while reducing congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution.

Alexandria, Falls Church, and 16 other communities will be included in the program.

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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died in December at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Is Primary Rivalry Making The Democratic Party Stronger Like It Did In 2008?

It's not the first time we've seen a bitter end to the Democratic primaries. In 2008, divisive moments came through personal attacks. But back then, Clinton and Obama pushed similar ideologies.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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