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Three Cases Of Whooping Cough Identified In Montgomery County Schools

A dozen students in Montgomery County are showing signs of pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough," and three cases have been confirmed.

Montgomery County Health and Human Services spokesperson Mary Anderson says the highly contagious illness begins with cold-like symptoms, but is accompanied by a severe, lingering cough. She says if parents notice these symptoms in their children, they should take them to their doctor to be treated with antibiotics.

"Get them out of the school population or keep them away from younger children and infants in their own family," Anderson says.

Anderson says 200 Montgomery County children were exposed to whooping cough at a Pennsylvania summer camp, which sent letters home to parents warning them about the risk.

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From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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Australian Man Says He Is Bitcoin's Founder

Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright has come forward as the elusive founder of bitcoin, a fact that has been in question for years. Rachel Martin talks to Ludwig Siegele of The Economist.

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