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Two D.C. Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Awards

A charter school and a Catholic school in D.C. have received 2013 Blue Ribbon awards. The program recognizes schools where students perform at very high levels or those that have made significant improvement academically.

D.C. Prep’s Edgewood Elementary Campus and St. Peter School in the District are among 286 in the country that received the U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School” award this year. (The full list is here.)

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the schools chosen “truly remarkable" and said that other schools could learn from them. "Please share what you know and have learned with others," he said. "You will serve as models in your communities and states and frankly across the country."

In Maryland, 11 schools received the award, including Chadwick Elementary School, Robert Frost Middle School and St. John the Evangelist School. In Virginia, 10 schools were named Blue Ribbon schools, including Westbriar Elementary School, St. Veronica Catholic School and Garrisonville Elementary School.

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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 last few years, that has started to change. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.
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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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