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Artist Clad In Spiderman Costume Honored By D.C. Council

The D.C. Council has a full plate for its last legislative session before a two-month summer recess, but it did take a few minutes today to recognize Spiderman. Well, kind of.

During its morning meeting, the Council granted a ceremonial resolution to Mingering Mike, a D.C.-born artist whose large collection of album covers—painted under the guise of his invented identity as a soul superstar—will go on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2015.

Mingering Mike's—born Mike Stevens—work has been highlighted by the New York Times, New Yorker and Washington City Paper, and more recently he has been busy painting portraits of the city's legislators.

Dressed as the crime-fighting superhero Spiderman, Mike had this to say after receiving the honor from the city's legislators: "We need art and music in our lives."

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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