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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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Herman Koch Gets Meta In 'Dear Mr. M'

Linda Wertheimer talks to the Dutch writer about his novel: A teacher has an affair with his student. She breaks it off. He disappears. And then a writer comes along, and turns the story into a novel.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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Since 2012, The Economy Has Changed — And So Has The Conversation

Since the last presidential election, a growing economy has sent the unemployment rate plunging. That improvement has changed the political conversation, but it hasn't stopped worries about wages.
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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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