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Third Inbound Lane To Open On 11th Street Bridge

Commuters who use the congested 11th Street Bridge toward downtown D.C. will get some long-awaited relief on Friday.

A third lane will open on the bridge's inbound span. District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cherie Gibson says the extra lane will increase capacity by 50 percent for traffic coming off the bridge onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

"There's been a bottleneck on the bridge where we've had to have a temporary traffic pattern for construction and now we are ready to switch that traffic into its permanent configuration," she says.

Without the third lane, traffic has been getting backed up onto I-295 and D.C. 295. DDOT will close the westbound 695 ramp to M Street starting at 10 o'clock Thursday night until 5 o'clock Friday morning to set up the new traffic pattern. Drivers will be detoured.

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In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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