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Cocaine Congressman Receives Probation After D.C. Arrest

A Republican congressman caught with cocaine by authorities in D.C. was sentenced to a year of probation.

Florida representative Trey Radel had little to say to reporters as he left D.C. Superior Court following his guilty plea on Wednesday morning.

The freshman congressman was busted three weeks ago in Dupont Circle after buying cocaine from an undercover agent. Police were tipped off to the congressman's drug use by a confidential informant as part of a federal investigation into a large drug ring in the nation's capital.

The authorities set up a sting. They met Radel at a restaurant and later completed the drug deal in the undercover agent's car. Soon after, federal agents swooped in.

Radel, who this year voted in favor of a bill mandating drug tests for food stamp recipients, could now face his own drug tests as part of a plea agreement to stay out of jail.

In court, he apologized to the judge, saying he was sorry to be there and that he hit a bottom and needed help. The congressman has been in counseling since the incident and will seek treatment in Florida.

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

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