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D.C. Residents Push For D.C. Flags At Military Ceremonies

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D.C. residents are asking U.S. senators to support a provision allowing the District's flag to be flown at military ceremonies honoring D.C. service members. 

When District resident Tomi Rucker attended her son's graduation from basic training in the U.S. Navy, she was touched watching families cheer as each graduate's home state flag dipped in their honor. She was astonished by what followed. 

"So I'm waiting for my moment and it never comes. And then I find out at the end of graduation that recruits from Washington, D.C. are not recognized, because they re from D.C. So a D.C. flag is not flown in recognition of their service," she says.

The Defense Authorization bill could change that. It's passed both chambers of Congress but only the House version would let D.C. and territorial flags fly at military ceremonies. Retired Army Col. Herb Tillery says the current policy is a slap in the face to D.C. veterans. 

"It s a personal affront. It s just a personal affront," Tillery says.

The group of unofficial lobbyists plan to keep pressing the issue with senators in the coming days. Even if senators refuse to change the policy, they say there's still hope because President Obama can change the practice with an executive order.

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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