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Washington's Lesser Known Memorials

It's a mystery to some why there memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot, and women who died on the Titanic. But a statue or a monument built in Washington is typically the result of a passionate interest group lobbying for a sponsor in Congress and raising money. Some feel the nation's capital would benefit from a more coherent approach, while others see a reflection of our nation patchwork identity. We explore the lesser-known memorials in Washington.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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