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Livable Wage For D.C. Big Box Stores Wins Initial Approval

The D.C. Council voted to raise the minimum wage at big box stores to $12.50 an hour despite Walmart's threat to pull out of three planned locations if the measure becomes law. The question now is whether Mayor Vincent Gray will sign the bill. The struggle over the measure points out the challenge of creating jobs that pay a living wage while also bringing affordable retail to underserved parts of the city.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education.

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

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