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Virginia Hasn't Spent $38M In DHS Grants, Audit Finds

Virginia has not spent more than $38 million of federal Department of Homeland security grants it has received since 2008, the Associated Press reports. Virginia received a total of $90 million in homeland security grants from the federal government between 2008 and 2010, according to a federal audit. 

The audit from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's office criticizes the state for not doling out the money more quickly to local governments for things such as improved communication equipment and other emergency response gear. It also faults the state for failing to establish measurable goals for the grants and for slack oversight.

But Virginia officials say the audit doesn't paint a clear picture, because although some of the funds haven't been used yet, they have all been allocated. They say the funds will all be spent by next year. 

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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died on Wednesday at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Libertarian Party Set To Pick Its Presidential Candidate

The Libertarian presidential candidates held a debate Saturday night at their party convention in Orlando, Fla.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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