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A new documentary takes a look at a very ambitious urban housing project that crumbled quickly.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
A new documentary takes a look at a very ambitious urban housing project that crumbled quickly.

(March 9-15) The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
When Pruitt-Igoe was completed in St. Louis in 1956 it was heralded as the housing project of the future. Two decades later the sprawling complex was reduced to rubble. The project became a cautionary tale for many a proponent of modernist architecture and public assistance programs, but a new documentary offers a different take. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth opens Friday at Washington’s West End Cinema.

(March 7-May 15) Pollock’s Centenary
Jackson Pollock passed in 1956, but he would have turned 100 this year. The Archives of American Art at 8th and F Streets marks the occasion with a collection of photos and papers donated by Pollock’s wife, brother, and friends.

(March 9-May 6) Ah, Wilderness!
Another American legend is acknowledged at Arena Stage beginning Friday. The theater hosts the Eugene O’Neill Festival with plays, readings and lectures. First up is Ah, Wilderness! O’Neill’s comedy finds 17-year old Richard Miller coming of age over the course of one fateful 4th of July in 1906.

Music: “4th Movement: Kucheza Blues” by Randy Weston

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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