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D.C. Council Returns From Summer Recess To Face Veto Override, Censure Vote

The D.C. Council is holding its first legislative session since breaking for summer recess, and members will be getting right back to business with several key issues up for a vote.

The biggest vote planned for today is the potential override of Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the so-called living wage bill that targets Walmart and other large retailers.

Eight council members voted to approve the legislation when it passed in July, requiring certain large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour. Nine will be needed for an override, but so far no Council member has indicated they will change their vote. Heavy lobbying will be expected until the last minute.

Another critical vote will be the possible censure of Council member Marion Barry.

A special D.C Council committee has recommended the former mayor be censured and stripped of his committee chairmanship for accepting nearly $7,000 dollars in cash from two city contractors. Nine votes will be needed for the resolution to pass.

Barry was censured by council and stripped of a chairmanship in 2010 for helping a former girlfriend receive a city contract.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

The exhibit about the United Farm Workers activist is the first in the National Portrait Gallery's "One Life" series to be devoted to a Latina.

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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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