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Marathon Running: A Sport Whose Time Has Come

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If it seems as if everyone you know is training for a marathon, you're not alone. The Washington region has more runners than anywhere else in the country. And right now, more people are participating in organized races than ever before. Emily Friedman looks at the economics of road races, and finds out how pounding the pavement can be big business for the D.C. area.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"

Conservative Christians Grapple With Whether 'Religious Freedom' Includes Muslims

Religious liberty is a key concern for many evangelical voters. But in the current political climate, there's some debate among Christian conservatives about how that applies to faiths like Islam.

Facebook Shakes Up News Feed, But We Still Don't Know Exactly How It Works

It will now prioritize posts from friends and family — potentially bad news for media companies relying on Facebook for traffic. The company has been under pressure to defend its political neutrality.

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