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D.C. Legislators To Debate Bill Scrubbing Records Of Non-Violent Drug Offenders

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would seal the criminal records of people convicted of marijuana possession in cases that did not involve violence.

A Council committee will hold a hearing on the bill Thursday. It would require that records be sealed for people for whom nonviolent marijuana possession is their only criminal history. Sealing the records would prevent those people from having to disclose their conviction when applying for jobs or seeking housing.

The Council and Mayor Vincent Gray are pushing to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the district, although the bill has yet to come up for a vote. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) says it's unfair to decriminalize marijuana without allowing those with prior convictions to benefit from the change in the law.

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To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.
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Should Local Restaurants Retire The Phrase, "Farm To Table?"

Where does Washington restaurant food really come from? Kojo explores how the phrase "farm to table" is used and discusses whether it should be retired altogether.

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Kasich Dropping Out Of Presidential Race; Donald Trump Assured GOP Nomination

The Ohio governor is suspending his presidential campaign, leaving Donald Trump assured of the GOP nomination. Kasich only won one state, his home of Ohio,and was far behind in the delegate count.
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Not Just Bitcoin: Why The Blockchain Is A Seductive Technology To Many Industries

From bank regulation to military messaging, the blockchain is offering a wide potential to change the way online transactions and communications are carried out.

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