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Homegrown Underwater Grass To Replenish Potomac

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Volunteers have been busy this spring growing grass — not on their front yards, but in their homes.

It's not grass for lawns, it's underwater grass. People grow it in tubs, in bowls, in trays on window sills and under lights.

On Wednesday afternoon, these volunteers will join scientists with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to plant the grass sprouts in the Potomac River at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County. The point of all this is to try to restore the bay's grass beds — they oxygenate the water, reduce erosion, and provide food and shelter for fish, shellfish, crabs, and waterfowl.

Once upon a time there were 400,000 acres of underwater grasses in the bay, but now only 20 percent of that remains. Cloudy, polluted water and major storms have wiped many grass beds out.

In 2011 surveyors found the lowest grass coverage in 5 years.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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