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Jefferson Statue Goes Up At State Capitol

A plan to raise rates at parking meters during peak periods in the District has been approved.

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How Swiss Guards And Sacred Geese Saved Rome

From Gauls to Goths to soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire, many outsiders have tried to destroy the Eternal City, with varying degrees of success. Rome has been defended repeatedly, by courageous fighters and once by a flock of geese. May 6 is the anniversary of of the last and most devastating sacking of Rome.
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After 30 Years, Derby's Dirt Guru Hits Finish Line

The dirt track at the hallowed Churchill Downs is known for crushing dreams and cementing equine legacies. Raymond "Butch" Lehr leads a team of dozens that carefully tends the one-mile oval. On Saturday, Lehr will end his 30-year career.
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National Archives Thief Sentenced To 18 Months

A former National Archives employee has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing $80,000 in historic materials from the national trove.

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New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation

Billionaire and and conservative political donor David Koch has made a $35 million donation to the Smithsonian for the construction of a new dinosaur hall.

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Our Divided Political Heart

Political analysts E.J. Dionne Jr. and Ross Douthat on what divides us as a nation, and finding a balance between individual freedom and community responsibility.

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Readers' Review: "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson's novella "Train Dreams" was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. For our May Readers' Review, we discuss this portrait of the American West in the first half of the 20th century. Diane hopes you'll join her and her panel as they discuss "Train Dreams."

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A Museum Teaches Tolerance Through Jim Crow

Michigan's new Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is using the ugliness of racism to teach a lesson of acceptance. "We are a resource that does the thing that many Americans don't want to do," says museum founder and curator David Pilgrim, "and that is to talk about race in a direct way."
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Re-Enactors To Commemorate Battle Of Williamsburg

Civil War re-enactors will converge on Williamsburg, Va. on Sunday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg, during which 4,000 men lost their lives.

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