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Arlington County Hopes To Attract More Tech Startups

Arlington County officials wasted no time getting to work in the New Year, with the County Board continuing its tradition of meeting on January 1. At that meeting, the board chose a new chairman and set "innovation" as a priority for 2014.

Newly elected Chairman Jay Fisette laid out a plan for Arlington to be what he called "a hub for the innovation economy." He said Arlington needs to invest in infrastructure — including a planned streetcar line.

He also said the county will try to market itself nationally and internationally to attract technology start-up businesses. Drawing in such businesses has become increasingly competitive across the D.C. region, as many jurisdictions have tried to establish themselves as leaders in computer science, biotechnology and cyber-security.

Fisette also challenged the board to adopt a 25-year strategy to divert 90 percent of waste from landfills or incineration.

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For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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