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After Years Of Declines, D.C. Homicide Rate Ticks Up

The number of homicides is up this year in the District of Columbia, even excluding the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard rampage in September.

Mayor Vincent Gray addressed the issue Wednesday, saying officials are disappointed whenever the homicide rate does not go down.

There have been 103 homicides as of Wednesday, up from 82 at the same time last year. There were 88 homicides in all of 2012, the first time in a half century that the number of homicides in D.C. fell below 100.

This year's total includes the 12 people killed at the Navy Yard on Sept. 16. Gunman Aaron Alexis was killed by police.

Deputy Mayor Paul Quander says without that shooting, the city could potentially have ended 2013 with fewer than 100 homicides.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

The exhibit about the United Farm Workers activist is the first in the National Portrait Gallery's "One Life" series to be devoted to a Latina.

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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