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Bonds Ahead In At-Large D.C. Council Race

A poll commissioned by WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show and the Washington City Paper finds D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) cruising to re-election this year.

According to the poll, Bonds enjoys the backing of 43 percent of likely voters, with challengers Nate Bennett-Fleming and John Settles polling at 10 and six percent, respectively. A third challenger, Pedro Rubio, stands at four percent.

The poll, conducted by national firm Public Policy Polling, reached 860 likely voters via landline phones between March 13-16. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

Bonds, a longtime leader of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, was first appointed to the At-Large seat vacated by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in December 2012.

She narrowly won a special election for the seat in April 2013, defeating second-place finisher Elissa Silverman by fewer than 3,000 of the 57,000 votes cast. Settles attempted to get in that race, but did not qualify for the ballot.

Bennett-Fleming currently serves as D.C.'s shadow representative, and has campaigned on spreading D.C.'s economic gains to more residents. He was recently endorsed by The Washington Post, which said that "he has insight into the issues struggling neighborhoods face and the skills to help solve them."

Settles, who works in real estate, has focused his campaign on improving schools and expanding affordable housing options.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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