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Two Funds Created For Victims Of Navy Yard Shootings

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region announced today that it has created two funds in the wake of Monday's Navy Yard massacre that left 12 people and the gunman dead.

The first fund, The Navy Yard Relief Fund, will support victims' families and those injured in the attack, while the second, The Safer Communities Fund, will more broadly offer support to nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence in the region.

The Community Foundation established a similar fund after the September 11, 2001 attacks, raising $25 million for those affected by the incident at the Pentagon.

In a statement, Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman said, “We believe that as a community, we have the power and responsibility to address both the immediacy of the impact of Monday’s tragedy, and make an effort to prevent anything like this from plaguing us in the future.”

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

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