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Heroin: Trends Locally And Nationally

Academy Award-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday from an apparent heroin overdose, highlighting a resurgence in the use of the drug nationally. It's a trend evident locally, as deaths around our region tied to heroin make headlines. Last summer, a McLean, Va., high school student died after injecting heroin while on a common antihistamine. We look at what's fueling the rise in use, particularly among teens and young adults in this region.

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Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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