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D.C. Building Heights Rule Could Be Relaxed

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D.C.'s building heights rule, enacted decades ago to preserve city vistas of landmarks such as the U.S. Capitol, shown here, could be relaxed in the coming years.
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D.C.'s building heights rule, enacted decades ago to preserve city vistas of landmarks such as the U.S. Capitol, shown here, could be relaxed in the coming years.

For more than a century, height restrictions in D.C. have limited buildings to about 12 stories. But now, a leading House Republican and some District leaders are looking to change that.

Advocates say easing the restrictions only slightly could open up new opportunities for commercial real estate developers and accommodate the city's swelling population. But the restrictions have long been guarded by preservationists because they ensure unobstructed views of landmarks including the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument.

Mayor Vincent Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the district in Congress, have spoken recently to Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), about easing the height restrictions, as was first reported by the Washington Post.

Issa, who chairs the committee that oversees the District, has indicated he plans to introduce a bill before the end of the year. 

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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