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Lawmakers Want Dept. Of Justice To File Civil Rights Case Against Zimmerman

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for the Justice Department to pursue a civil rights case against George Zimmerman now that he's been found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin.

Over the weekend small protests popped up around D.C., with many people voicing confusion and anger at the not-guilty verdict. Lawmakers in the region say Florida's Stand Your Ground law is deeply flawed and allowed Zimmerman to get away with killing an unarmed teen.

While there isn't much a divided Congress can do to impact that state law, many Democrats say they've already given the Justice Department the tools it needs to prosecute Zimmerman for civil rights violations.

The NAACP says it s already engaged in high-level talks at the Justice Department about pursing a federal civil rights case now that Zimmerman has been cleared of criminal charges.

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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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Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

Need a vision test? Now you can do it online with a computer and a smartphone. The site has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world, but eye care professionals have concerns.

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