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Arlington County Gives Approval To 22-Story Building At Pentagon City

The Arlington County Board has approved a development for Pentagon City that could add a 22-story high-rise to the area, as well as four other office buildings.

The board voted unanimously over the weekend to approve Vornado/Charles E. Smith's plans to build as much as 1.8 million square feet of commercial space. (See the full plan here.) The now vacant land is one of the largest undeveloped parcels close to downtown Washington.

The project called PenPlace includes 50,000 square feet of retail space, a 300-room hotel and a streetcar maintenance facility. Vornado plans to build a streetcar connection between Columbia Pike and a Crystal City streetcar line to help link the Arlington corridors.

Plans also call for a "green area" between the buildings.

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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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