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Virginia Lawmakers May Limit Menhaden Fishing

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Menhaden may be the most important fish you've never heard of. You don't find them in restaurants, but you might in health supplements.

They're used to make fish oil, which turns up in everything from omega-3 pills to breakfast cereals. They're used as bait for fishermen and crabbers, and in the Bay, tons of birds and larger fish eat them, too.

A few years ago, their population fell to 8 percent of their historical levels. That sparked a ferocious fight between environmentalists and the industry, over whether to limit the catch. Fishermen were divided on both sides of the debate.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted last month to cut the harvest for two years while a population survey is done. The Virginia General Assembly appears ready to comply with that decision.

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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now being encouraged at some upscale, urban restaurants catering to wealthy, young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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DDOT Questions Metro's Ability To Protect People With Disabilities For Ride-Hailing Paratransit Trips

As Metro looks to reduce the cost of its expensive MetroAccess paratransit service, they're turning to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide low-cost trips. Some critics say they represent a race to the bottom.

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