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Solar Panels Within Reach For D.C. Residents

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Using solar panels to save on electric bills is becoming increasingly common around the District, but solar thermal is a little harder to find. Solar thermal panels use heat from the sun to warm a home or run a water heater.

There are also systems that use special windows to absorb heat. They're a little harder to find in D.C. in part because there haven't been local subsidies for them, until now.

The District is now offering to pay for 20 percent of up to $5,000 of an installation. On top of that, there's a federal tax credit that will pay for a third of the cost. When all is said and done, contractors estimate the total cost for a system would be around $4,000. After that, heating the home would be free.

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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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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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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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