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Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job

We've invited Duncan to play a game called "Now, don't be fresh ... I just take dictation!" Three questions for the secretary of education about the education of secretaries.
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Career Suicide Or Lifesaver? Why A Professional Foodie Went Vegetarian

Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan took a bit of a professional risk this week by publicly declaring his vegetarianism. He's not alone: Many Americans say they've cut back on meat in recent years, and like Yonan, they cite health as a primary concern.
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From 'Oz,' A Less Than Magical Prequel

Director Sam Raimi and star James Franco can't provide enough pizzazz to carry Oz the Great and Powerful aloft. Their effects-heavy prequel to 1939's Wizard of Oz serves up a long-winded answer to a question most probably weren't asking.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 8

This weekend you can enjoy some professional dance, witness a live storytelling event, and check out a festival dedicated to bringing communities together through films celebrating the people, stories and cultures that make D.C. unique.

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Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

Some have proposed a culinary approach to the millions of locusts that made their way from Egypt to Israel this week: Eat 'em up. Plenty of world cuisines can offer inspiration, but there's a catch: Rabbis don't agree locusts are kosher.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 7

You can dance the blues away at two local performances by avaunt-garde companies, or check out some text-based paintings that highlight how information can be relayed through abstract art.

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Book News: Who's Afraid Of Sheryl Sandberg?

Also: Self-portraits of famous authors; why two major spring novels have the same title; and literary statues from around the world.
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Pro Wrestling's Paul Bearer Dies At Age 58

William Moody, who as the pro wrestling character Paul Bearer embodied a sense of theater that was equal parts morbid and absurd, has died at age 58. A portly man known for his wild-eyed stare and habit of carrying a brass urn under his arm, Paul Bearer was most notably the manager of The Undertaker and Kane.
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Eating Eyeballs: Taboo, Or Tasty?

Sit down to eat in Iceland, and you might be served boiled sheep's head, complete with the eye. In some cultures eyeballs are considered a culinary treat, but for most of us they're still in the category of "eww."
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 6

You can revel in the beauty of indie-cinema this week at the oldest independent film festival in Washington. Then you can check out a gallery exhibition dedicated to D.C.'s favorite fleeting flower.

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