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Prosecutors Want Former Gray Campaign Aide To Serve Six Months

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Federal prosecutors are recommending a six-month prison sentence for a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Thomas W. Gore pleaded guilty last year to illegally funneling money to a minor candidate in the 2010 mayoral election and then destroying evidence of those payments.

The money was intended to keep Sulaimon Brown in the race so that he could disparage then-incumbent Adrian Fenty. Gray has denied knowing about the payments to Brown and has not been charged.

Prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum Friday that Gore "deliberately and repeatedly'' lied to the FBI and should be punished with incarceration. But they also say he deserves credit for pleading guilty and avoiding a trial.

Gore's sentencing is scheduled for July 26.

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The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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