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Up Against The Walls In Washington, D.C.

MuralsDC trains young artists to paint mural masterpieces over tired, tawdry graffiti. The paintings allow everyone to experience something beautiful — without going to a museum or gallery.
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Sleuthing Through The Shadows In Sunny Honolulu

In Victoria Kneubuhl's mysteries, dashing detectives Ned and Mina explore the darker side of a sunny tourist paradise — Honolulu. In their debut, Murder Casts a Shadow, Ned and Mina set out to discover who killed a crooked museum curator, and get drawn into a deeper mystery about the death of Hawaii's last king.
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Chukar Cherries Offers A Year-Round Taste Of Summer

Washington state is famous for its cherries, but the juicy fruits are available for only a short time each year. Chukar Cherries, based in Prosser, Wash., uses 250,000 pounds of them annually in its dried cherry candies. Fans say Chukar's goodies let the sweet taste of summer last all year.
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This Election Season, Vote 'Sneaky Pie For President'

In the latest book in her Mrs. Murphy mystery series, Sneaky Pie For President, author Rita Mae Brown's feline protagonist puts the mysteries aside to make a run for the White House and unify all Americans under an animal-friendly agenda.
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Summer Wine: Look For Light, Bright And Affordable

Before the summer slips away, we raise a glass to hot August nights — and their perfect wine pairings. Whether you're on the beach, on the go or at the grill, wine expert Leslie Sbrocco has recommendations for affordable reds and whites under $25.
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In The End, There Will Be Chemistry

You are given the ends of the names of three things that are all in the same category. You name the category.
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Batman's Biggest Secret (No, It's Not Bruce Wayne)

Bob Kane gets all the credit for creating the superhero. But author Marc Tyler Nobleman argues that a long-forgotten writer, Bill Finger, created almost everything we now associate with the Dark Knight, from his cape and cowl costume to the name Gotham City.
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'This Will End In Tears': Soundtracks For Down Days

Author Adam Brent Houghtaling has put together an encyclopedia of the best music to pair with melancholy moments.
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Not My Job: We Quiz NASA Engineers On Mars Candy

On Sunday night, while the rest of us were ooohing and aahing over gymnastics, a bunch of propeller heads at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were flawlessly steering a billion-dollar robotic space laboratory the size of a minivan to a landing on Mars.

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