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WASHINGTON (AP) Former colleagues and admirers are gathering to offer condolences to the family of R. Sargent Shriver, an in-law of the Kennedys and the first director of the Peace Corps. Scores of people are streaming into Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., for a wake for Shriver this evening.

WASHINGTON (AP) Two D.C. police officers have been indicted on charges of taking cash while on the job in exchange for offering protection to a liquor store. Fifty-year-old Malcolm Rhinehart and 31-year-old Abraham Evans are charged with illegal supplementation of pay and receipt of illegal gratuities.

WASHINGTON (AP) Two students arrested in October for allegedly using a Georgetown University dorm room as a drug lab are expected to plead guilty to manufacturing an illegal and rare hallucinogenic. Court documents say lawyers for Charles Smith and John Perrone have reached an agreement with prosecutors to resolve the matter.

WASHINGTON (AP) Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is reinstating a former U.S. Park Police chief who was fired in 2004 after complaining publicly that her department was understaffed and underfunded. Salazar says Teresa Chambers will return to her former position on January 31st.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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