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Virginia Community Unites For Fallen Marine

Staff Sgt. Gregory Copes died last week in Afghanistan. The 36-year-old marine leaves behind his wife and four young kids... the oldest is only six.

Rob Finch is arranging the funeral, but wanted to do something more to help the family.

"There's going to be a lot of expenses down the road, and I'm sure they're going to need assistance," he says. "Ever how little it might be, we want to help them in some way."

Firefighters in the area are teaming up with Finch's funeral home to raise money for the family. They'll be selling Livestrong-style bracelets at community events like the high school football game. The bracelets read "In Memory of Staff Sgt. Greg Copes."

The investigation into Copes' death is ongoing, but marine officials say he died during an inauguration ceremony for local police that he helped train.

Copes' funeral is set for Monday.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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