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Heat Wave Poses Risk For D.C.'s Vulnerable Citizens

The reflecting pool offers no reprieve from the heat.
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The reflecting pool offers no reprieve from the heat.

An advocacy group for the homeless is warning residents in the Washington area to be alert for homeless people who may need help in the extreme heat.

The group Miriam's Kitchen said Tuesday that the heat poses a serious health risk for homeless and elderly people, including dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

The charity says local businesses and residents should call 911 if they see someone experiencing an emergency because of the heat.

The heat index is expected to be well in excess of 100 degrees through the remainder of the week, according to NBC Washington.

There is also a hyperthermia hotline to call if someone needs a ride to the city's cooling centers. It is 1-800-535-7252.

NPR

Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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