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Moving Buildings To Save D.C.'s Historic Foundation

A few months ago, six old brick buildings in the nation's capital were picked up and moved. Literally. Five of them will return as parts of a sleek new office building, re-creating the old streetscape while also transforming it. The massive project raises a question: What's important to keep in a city, and what should just be replaced?
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Asteroid Named For Astronomer, Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

It's been decided that an asteroid will be named after Frank Kameny, a government astronomer who was fired for being gay and later turned into a prominent gay rights activist.

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A City's History Writ Small, In One Cemetery

In St. Augustine, Fla., a historic cemetery is best known for a famous priest who's no longer buried there. The Tolomato Cemetery also reflects the city's long history, from Spanish rule to more recent times.
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The Threat To Timbuktu

Political upheaval in the West African nation of Mali is threatening the desert city of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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"Snow-Storm in August:" D.C.'s First Race Riot

In 1835, a drunken slave entered his mistress' bedroom with an axe, setting in motion events that would lead to Washington's first race riot. We learn about the fascinating, and nearly forgotten, characters involved in the incident and its aftermath.

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'Electrified Sheep' And Other Odd Experiments

In his new book Electrified Sheep, Alex Boese explores a colorful side of science, filled with bizarre experiments and eccentric scientists, like the surgeon who decided to operate on himself, and Benjamin Franklin, who gave mouth-to-beak resuscitation to a bird.
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Who Is She? Just One Of The Most Popular Songs Ever

Written 50 years ago this summer, it's just been dubbed the second-most recorded pop song ever. It's been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse to the Yale Whiffenpoofs. What song is it? Here's a hint: It's Brazilian and it's about a girl.
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Shenandoah Valley Farmhouse Goes Historic

The Shenandoah Valley farmhouse has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

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'Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day

Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo, Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself.

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