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D.C. Leaders, Norton Speak At AIDS Walk

Around 8,000 people walked through downtown D.C. to raise money for HIV and AIDS causes this morning. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington welcomed runners and walkers, including several D.C. Council members and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"We know that the virus is still alive, but it is not well," says Norton.

Over the past four years, the number of new cases of HIV in the city has been cut in half, thanks in part to testing and prevention programs.

"We're starting to really get at the root of this," says Don Blanchon, who runs Whitman-Walker Health. He says coordination between HIV and AIDS groups has driven the recent improvements.

"I actually believe we're going to get to zero in my lifetime."

The first case of AIDS in D.C. was discovered 30 years ago this year. Since then, more then 20,000 District residents have been infected with HIV — more than in the entire state of Virginia.

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Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Post Republican Convention Wrap-Up: Did The Party Make Progress On Unity?

The Republican National Convention wrapped up on Thursday. Ron Elving was there, and tells NPR's Scott Simon about the ups and downs of the four day meeting.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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