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D.C. Police Heighten Security As Tensions On Syria Rise

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As lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate a potential military strike on Syria, D.C. police are heightening security at specific locations around the city.

Deputy Mayor for public safety Paul Quander says there is an increased presence of MPD officers at certain spots in D.C., including several synagogues because of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, is on Sept. 13

Quander says this "heightened visibility" is not in response to any specific or credible threats against D.C. and says there will not be any major shift changes for officers.

The deputy mayor, who made the announcement at a press conference today, reminds people to stay alert and contact authorities if they notice something out of the ordinary or suspicious.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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