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Ocean City's Beach Replenishment Project Earns High Praise

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Ocean City's beach replenishment project earned high praise as the U.S. Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee discussed Hurricane Sandy's impact on the East Coast.

The super storm caused tens of billions of dollars in damages on the East Coast, but in Ocean City, the damage was relatively minimal, and just a little over a half a million dollars.

Much of the damage that Sandy and many other storms could have caused over the years didn't happened because of the levee-like sand dune system created during beach replenishment.

But a bit farther south in Somerset County, the storm's damage is approaching $40 million, with towns like Crisfield now dealing with hundreds of homeless residents after flooding, and mold rendered their houses unlivable.

Both Harris and Cardin are urging the federal government to get involved now and provide assistance to homeowners in Crisfield and throughout Somerset County.

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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
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Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."
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All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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