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National Mall Designs On Display At Smithsonian

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The "Pavilion Promenade," a mock-up of an indoor-outdoor dining and waterfront recreation era imagined as part of the National Mall Design Competition.
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The "Pavilion Promenade," a mock-up of an indoor-outdoor dining and waterfront recreation era imagined as part of the National Mall Design Competition.

Some neglected sites on the National Mall may soon see a makeover, as finalists have been picked in the National Mall Design Competition -- a contest wherein designs were solicited to overhaul some of the Mall's more overlooked locations.

The plans include lakeside gardens, underground pavilions at the Washington Monument and grassy new amphitheaters.

The competition was sponsored by the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall to help restore sites for the National Park Service. The finalists' concepts are on display at the Smithsonian Castle and at the National Museum of American History.

Since last September, architects and designers have been competing for the chance to redesign areas near the Capitol, Washington Monument and Constitution Gardens.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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