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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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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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Virginia's Own Tim Kaine Takes The Democratic Veepstakes

We consider Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine's regional ties and the pros and cons of his vice presidential candidacy as the DNC gets underway.

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Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL; as part of Verizon, Yahoo will join the same division AOL currently occupies.

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