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D.C. Rolls Out New Traffic Cameras At Stop Signs, Pedestrian Crosswalks

D.C. has long used cameras to catch motorists who speed or run red lights, but now the city is rolling them out to catch violations of more, well, pedestrian violations.

The new cameras — dozens of them posted throughout the city as part of the D.C. Streetsafe program — will dole out fines for drivers who run stop signs, drive through crosswalks while pedestrians are present, speed through intersections as a traffic light is turning red, and get stuck in the middle of an intersection after a light has turned red. The cameras will also catch overweight vehicles illegally driving through residential neighborhoods.

The cameras will be activated on Nov. 23, and through Dec. 29 will only issue warnings to violators. After that, fines ranging from $50 to $250 will be charged, depending on the violation.

As part of their rollout, the Metropolitan Police Department has produced some clever videos equating the moving violations with annoying habits like constantly clicking a pen or letting an elevator door close on someone who needs to get on.

See two of the videos below.

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National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
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While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.
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Newspaper Endorsements Matter Most When They're Unexpected

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, but an endorsement that came the day before from a smaller paper may matter more to its readers, for the simple fact that it was unexpected.
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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

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