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D.C. Employees To Plead Guilty For Environmental Violations

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Two former District Department of the Environment employees have signaled they will plead guilty in a case involving taking bribes to overlook alleged environmental violations at a southwest Washington construction site.

Gregory Scott and Joe Parrish were arrested in September. Prosecutors on Monday filed a legal document in their case called a criminal information, which typically signals a person is preparing to enter a guilty plea because it cannot be filed without the defendant's consent.

The document says that in the summer of 2011 Scott and Parrish told construction managers at one site that they found violations in the handling of hazardous asbestos material that could result in fines of up to $300,000. The document says they agreed to accept $20,000 in bribes to overlook the alleged problems.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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