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EnviroCab Adds All-Electric Nissan Leaf To Its Fleet

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Anyone interested in driving an all-electric vehicle in Virginia may have the opportunity to take a test ride by simply catching a cab. That's because EnviroCab in Arlington is the first cab company in the region to add an all-electric car to its fleet.

The Nissan Leaf will boost the number of vehicles in service at the company to 50. EnviroCab already operates 49 hybrid taxis including Toyota Priuses, Camry hybrids, and Highlander hybrids. 

The company purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions its cabs do produce. The launch of the all-electric taxi as a "test," as the company moves toward its goal of a fleet with zero emissions, according to an EnviroCab representative.


Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.
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Behind America's Seasonal Crush On Pumpkin

This year, a national shortage of the orange squash threatens to derail America's favorite seasonal obsession.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C.

Few writers and public intellectuals command an audience like one currently following Ta-Nehisi Coates. But long before Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.


Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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