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The Politics Hour - Feb. 28, 2014

D.C.'s mayoral candidates lock horns in a high-profile broadcast debate, as new poll numbers show one challenger gaining ground on the incumbent. Maryland lawmakers tangle over everything from marijuana to dog attacks. And Virginia's General Assembly sprints to the finish line, with the possibility of a government shutdown looming over Richmond. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Chief Kenneth Ellerbe discussed employee and infrastructure changes at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department. The chief has come under scrutiny recently after an elderly man died after collapsing near a firehouse last month. Ellerbe discussed a program to hire new cadets and paramedics and increase the department's fleet, saying the department is moving forward under a new "climate of change." In response to questions about his plans to retire, Ellerbe said, "My intention is to see these changes through. I have no intention of quitting."

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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