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Alternate Emergency Number Available For D.C. Area

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Local non-profits are reminding residents of Virginia, Maryland and the District of a number they can call for help in the aftermath of Friday's violent storms. It's not terribly catchy, but a simple dial of 2-1-1 from anywhere in the D.C. region will connect individuals with an operator who can help locate critical community resources, such as government services to assist with storm recovery efforts.

According to the United Way, 2-1-1 call specialists are trained to help people in crisis. Operators are available 24-7 and can help callers find basic services and support including food, clothing, shelter and other assistance.

Translation services are available in more than 200 languages.


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
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Marion Nestle: "Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning)"

Changing public attitudes have led to a decline in U.S. soda sales. But health expert Marion Nestle believes many people still consume unhealthy amounts of sugary drinks. She argues beverage companies are spending millions on research that misleads consumers.

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Exploring The State Department Diplomacy Museum

The nation's has lots of monuments to military heroism. Now the first museum of diplomacy is under construction at the State Department. We learn more about diplomacy in the 21st century.


How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.

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