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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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Not My Job: Journalist Lesley Stahl Gets Quizzed On 'Star Trek'

This year is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. To mark the occasion, we've invited Stahl to answer three questions about the show.
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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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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.
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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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