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Bonds Ahead In At-Large D.C. Council Race

A poll commissioned by WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show and the Washington City Paper finds D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) cruising to re-election this year.

According to the poll, Bonds enjoys the backing of 43 percent of likely voters, with challengers Nate Bennett-Fleming and John Settles polling at 10 and six percent, respectively. A third challenger, Pedro Rubio, stands at four percent.

The poll, conducted by national firm Public Policy Polling, reached 860 likely voters via landline phones between March 13-16. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

Bonds, a longtime leader of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, was first appointed to the At-Large seat vacated by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in December 2012.

She narrowly won a special election for the seat in April 2013, defeating second-place finisher Elissa Silverman by fewer than 3,000 of the 57,000 votes cast. Settles attempted to get in that race, but did not qualify for the ballot.

Bennett-Fleming currently serves as D.C.'s shadow representative, and has campaigned on spreading D.C.'s economic gains to more residents. He was recently endorsed by The Washington Post, which said that "he has insight into the issues struggling neighborhoods face and the skills to help solve them."

Settles, who works in real estate, has focused his campaign on improving schools and expanding affordable housing options.

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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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