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Comcast Kicks Off Third Year Of Program Aimed At Narrowing Digital Divide

In D.C., a leading provider of broadband service is expanding a program to help narrow the region’s digital divide.

Recent figures from Pew Research show that one in five adults in this country lacks access to the Internet. In D.C., the broadband adoption rate for neighborhoods such as Kenilworth in Northeast is no higher than 15 or 20 percent. In Georgetown, by comparison, it stands at nearly 90 percent.

This week, Comcast launched the third year of its Internet Essentials initiative at Neville Thomas Elementary School. Designed to close the gap between households with broadband service and those who can’t afford it, the program offers qualifying families broadband service for less than $10 a month, Internet-ready computers for less than $200 and digital literacy training.

Host and syndicated columnist Roland Martin helped coordinate the launch. “For the most part, you can’t even apply for a job unless you’re online. So our communities cannot afford to not be connected. Not only are we losing job opportunities, but educational opportunities as well. It is essential that programs like this take place," he said.

In two years the Internet Essentials program has connected 220,000 families to the Internet nationwide, including 5,000 in the Washington region.

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O'Keeffe Museum Acquires Rarely-Seen Work By The Famed Artist

An atmospheric image of barns in Lake George, N.Y., is joining the collection at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. The painting reveals a lesser-known genre of the artist's work.
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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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