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Man Found Guilty Of Brutal Beating On Capitol Hill

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A D.C. Superior Court jury convicted Tommy Branch of beating Thomas Maslin on Capitol Hill in August 2012, reports the Associated Press. Maslin was left with severe brain injuries after the attack.

Maslin was struck with a BB gun and robbed of his credit card and cell phone. Two other men, 18-year-old Sunny Kuti of southeast Washington and 19-year-old Michael Moore of Landover, Md., were also accused in connection with the attack.

Moore pleaded guilty and testified during the trial. He said the robbery was Branch's idea.

Branch faces a maximum of about 30 years in prison at sentencing July 2.

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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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