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Concession Workers At Union Station Demand Higher Wages

As Walmart and others wait to see if Mayor Gray will veto the D.C. Council's "living wage" bill, workers at some of the city's most famous federal buildings are trying to raise awareness about low wages.

A loud protest took place outside Union Station this morning, where dozens of concession workers walked off the job and held a rally demanding better pay from vendors in federal buildings.

Today's action follows similar walk-offs and protests at federal buildings in D.C. in recent weeks. Earlier this month, it was the Reagan Building, and then the Smithsonian.

The protestors at the rally, which included D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, want President Obama to sign an executive order mandating livable wages of at least $12 an hour for federally contracted service workers.

Norton says Union Station is giving shelter to wealthy corporations by not requiring a living wage, and says the government ends up picking up the tab by paying for the workers' healthcare and other benefits like food stamps.

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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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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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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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