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D.C. Voting Rights Activists To Bombard Trent Franks' Office

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As voting rights activists in D.C. criticize the latest attempt by Congress to write the city's laws, organizers say it's time to turn the tables on some of these lawmakers.

DC Vote's Iler Zherka is outraged about Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) continuing to meddle in local affairs. The latest example: Franks is pushing a bill that would ban abortions in D.C. after twenty weeks, and he also refused to let D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) speak at the hearing.

"But if Franks continues to pretend that he's D.C.'s mayor, then we are going to respond in kind," Zherka says. 

Zherka is organizing a "D.C. Constituency Day" on Capitol Hill next week.  He's encouraging District residents to show up at Franks' office and vent about their problems.

"Whether it's litter, potholes or cleaning up the Anacostia River, we want people to come and talk about the range of local issue Franks should care about if he wants to impose himself on the District of Columbia," Zherka says. 

D.C. Constituency Day is scheduled for Wednesday.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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