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A New Look at a Cold Case

In 1984, the brutal killing of a mother of six gripped D.C. Eight young men were convicted and sent to prison. On Monday, a judge will begin hearings on whether those convicted should get a new trial--or even be exonerated. We speak with...

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Back To The Future: Seattle's Space Needle Turns 50

Originally built as a tourist attraction for the 1962 World's Fair, the Needle's design was inspired by an abstract sculpture of a dancer. As the city celebrates the structure's golden anniversary, the Jetsons-era tower is getting a fresh coat of paint to return to its original glow. "You still kind of believe in that future," says one fan.
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The Challenges Of Reviving A Legendary Theatre

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was once teeming with top entertainers and fans, but after it closed, debris piled up, and animals took shelter in the seats. Michael Marshall and Paola Moya were later tasked with redesigning the interior. They adorned walls in walnut panels and flanked the stage with hi-definition screens. They talk with host Michel Martin.
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Virginia State Capitol Heading To PBS

The Virginia State Capitol will be featured in a PBS television special highlighting the 10 most influential buildings in America.
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National Mall Designs On Display At Smithsonian

The finalists in an ambitious design competition aimed at redesigning overlooked sites in and near the National Mall will be on display at the Smithsonian Castle this week.

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Alexandria Seeking The City's Best Landscaping

Spring has sprung, as Alexandria is seeking nominations from residents for the properties that best excel in the area of property beautification and landscaping excellence.
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Chinese Architect Wang Shu Wins The Pritzker Prize

For the first time, the Pritzker Prize has been awarded to an architect based in China. Wang Shu, 49, is interested in preservation, working slowly and tradition — ideals that are often at odds with today's booming China.
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Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence

Athenaeums are social libraries, cornerstones of a community where you don't just borrow books — you can visit cherished antiquities, hold talks, attend parties and even bring your dog. In Providence, R.I., the "Ath" is a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party.

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