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Environment at American U a priority

Four years away from its goal of “Climate Neutrality” but with some students skipping participation in its greening efforts, American University has pledged to continue its sustainability efforts on campus. Students and staff  interviewed this week said the university’s commitment to environmental issues on campus including composting, recycling and the maintenance of a community garden…

Safety on the Metro

The Washington D.C. Metrorail system in 2015 ran more than 206 million trips and is one of the nation’s largest transportation systems, but district residents said maintenance and personal safety are top safety concerns for them. Liam Toohey, 35, said he watched a YouTube video of tracks sparking saying they looked like “huge flares that…

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What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? Spoiler alert: 1776.

Even though someone may be a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t always mean they know the complete history of their country. Some residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. had a tough time answering questions from the citizenship test given to immigrants. When asked why we celebrate July Fourth Ricky Monroe, 55, said, “Was there a war…

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Hope Folklife Festival brings light to issues affecting Basque region

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the cultures of the Basque people through dance performances, food tents and cultural exhibitions at the National Mall where visitors were greeted with an over-sized white sign during Wednesday’s opening ceremonies.  The Basque people are an indigenous ethnic group location on the border of Spain and France. The people call themselves the euskaldunak, literally…

This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall celebrates Basque culture. Photo by Eli Siegman.

Nearly five decades of culture on the National Mall

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to celebrate and learn more about the Basque region of France and Spain during the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Valerie Emerson, 58, visited the market place during Wednesday’s Opening Ceremonies at the Arts and Industries Building to buy products made in that region. Emerson, who said…