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Erykah Badu, Jaden and Willow Will Turn D.C. Into Broccoli City

The music artists are headining a festival dedicated to bringing sustainability to urban communities.

Image courtesy of Broccoli City.

Erykah Badu, along with the enigmatic teenaged Smith siblings, will be bringing their inexorable flyness to D.C. this month when they perform the 3rd annual Broccoli City Festival. The festival, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable living in urban environments through locally-sourced food, music and the arts, will take place on April 25th at Gateway D.C. In addition to our favorite teen wizards, Jaden and Willow, the festival line-up also includes hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, electronic music-maker Kaytrandada, and singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas, making it the coollest music festival named after a member of the cabbage family.

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D.C. Police Chief Says Marijuana Decriminalization Makes Police Jobs Easier

Her comments contradict ACLU findings, but her latest stance gives support to the marijuana legalization side.

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Washington, D.C.’s police chief believes that if marijuana possession is legalized it will save officers time and energy. In an interview with NewsChannel 8, Chief Cathy Lanier said, “Marijuana possession has never been a big arrest category. If you’re arrested for possession of marijuana, typically we get it because there’s some other charge and then we find the marijuana in a search upon arrest.”

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In a lot of ways, our nation’s capital can feel like it’s America’s city—we all know about the monuments, the historically significant documents, and the museums. But according to local clothing designer and creative director Will Sharp, there’s plenty in the District of Columbia that remains undiscovered. “D.C. is this hidden little gem… Underneath the surface, it’s just waiting to be polished up.”

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Five Categories Jeopardy! Should Avoid During Its "Teachers Tournament"

The popular quiz show wants to honor teachers. To help them out, here are five sensitive subjects the question writers should avoid.

"I'll take 'Standardized Testing' for $500, Alex."

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Why Can't We See Painted Breasts on the News?

If a woman is crazy for trying to destroy a classic Gauguin painting, then it's a bit odd for news outlets to censor it when reporting.


By now you've surely read about the CIA agent mentally ill woman who attempted to destroy Paul Gauguin's painting "Two Tahitian Women" at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. Citing the depiction of bare breasts and possible homosexuality as evidence of the painting's evil and grounds for its destruction, the raving lady was swiftly tackled by a museum visitor.

Normally, a person who suffers from mental illness doing something crazy wouldn't be news. What is news, however, is how this story has been covered. Why, for instance, did D.C.'s Fox affiliate censor the image of the painting when reporting it?

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What's the Most Literate City in America?

Seattle's lost the Most Literate City in America crown. Is the rest of America losing the literacy battle?

According to the annual study of America's Most Literate Cities, Washington, D.C., has snatched the literacy crown away from perennial front runner, Seattle. Unfortunately, a closer look at the numbers reveals that nationally, key indicators of literacy are on the decline. The scores that earned D.C. the top spot in 2010 would, in 2004, only be enough to reach 7th place.

Since 2003, the study has measured not whether residents of large—250,000 or more people—cities can read, but if they actually put those literacy skills into practice. The study's author, Dr. John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, analyzed "six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and internet resources."

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