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An Oscar-Nominated Guacamole: Your Friday Visual Feast

Mashed avocado hand grenades, chopped baseball onions and hand-picked light bulb chili peppers can hardly be considered an authentic recipe, but that's not going to stop a Latina like me for rooting for Fresh Guacamole in the Oscars later this month.

The extremely short film – 1 minute 45 seconds, including credits – is up for an Academy Award in the Animated Short category on Feb. 24. It's a charming stop-motion take on the beloved Mexican dish, with a twist: Common toys and household tchotchke (poker "chips," anyone?) star in the role of the ingredients.

As The New York Times reports, "Despite its brevity and deceptively simple concept the short took four months, upward of $50,000 and a team of technical experts to create."

Was it worth all that effort? Grab a margarita and judge for yourself.

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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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