Deep In The Mountains, Some Pakistanis Still Dream Of Peace

Beneath a full yellow moon, high in the Himalayan mountains, thousands of mostly Pashtun men are gathered in a field ringed by pine trees. They've come to escape from their difficult lives. Not far away, the Swat River charges noisily down the hill, snaking through territory that, not so long ago, was in the hands of the Taliban. The event was organized by the Pakistani army and the provincial government; it intended to win their hearts and minds with a festival of pleasures abhorred by their Islamist opponents — dance and song. Some among the crowd are nervous and ambivalent, too. Many people have been killed by Pakistan's army in the battle for the valley and the military has a record marred by atrocities and corruption.
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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?


In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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