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Philippines on High Alert as Super Typhoon Approaches From the East

The storm is currently at category five — the highest possible level — although its intensity may reduce once it reaches land

China Leads Drop as Foreign Adoptions Plunge in U.S.

For Americans adopting abroad, the wait for a healthy Chinese baby may take several years, as China began encouraging domestic adoption and implementing stricter regulations for foreigners to qualify to adopt.

Less than 1 out of 10 Chinese charities passed transparency test, report says

14 minutes agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Only eight out of 93 charity organizations in China passed transparency tests, while the average score of all the charities came out to a measly 35.49, according to a report from researchers at Peking University's Center for Participation and Supports. [ more › ]

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

41 minutes agoUnited States / Charlotte : theCLog

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 26, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing. • Reception for Collective exhibit at LaCa Projects • PopUp Concert w/ Young Roddy...Show More Summary

UK nurse recovers from Ebola after taking China-made drug

45 minutes agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A nurse in the UK who'd been infected with Ebola in West Africa became the first person in the world to take an experimental drug from China, which she gave credit to for helping her recover from the deadly virus. [ more › ]

A fish tale from the 'Wish I'd taken a photo' file

I spent a bit of time on Wednesday editing an article for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute website about a unique fish that’s been around since the Jurassic Period and swims in North Carolina waters and throughout the eastern United States. Show More Summary

Documentary: Glen Creason and the ‘Map House’

Alec Ernest has made a short documentary for the Los Angeles Review of Books about our friend Glen Creason, the map specialist at the Los Angeles Public Library, and the incredible “map house” of John Feathers. I played a very ??? Continue reading ?

County, state officials differ over future of the Bi-County Parkway

Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation said Tuesday that plans to build the controversial Bi-County Parkway have not been shelved, despite assertions from a top official in Prince William County that the project is “all but dead.” Read full article >>

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s prepared remarks for citywide address

Here is D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s State of the District address as it was prepared for delivery.BOWSER: Good evening, fellow Washingtonians. I’m here tonight, humble and proud to be your Mayor.Read full article >>

Deaths Elsewhere

John Renbourn, guitaristJohn Renbourn, 70, a British guitarist who was a founding member of the group Pentangle in the 1960s, was found dead March 26 at his home in Hawick, Scotland. His manager, Dave Smith, said Mr. Renbourn apparently had a heart attack.Read full article >>

Asian students dominate admissions to elite Thomas Jefferson High School

Asian American students will make up 70 percent of the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the highest percentage ever for the elite magnet school in Northern Virginia.Read full articl...

Maryland Senate panel approves watered-down charter school bill

A Maryland Senate committee voted Tuesday to approve a watered-down version of a bill proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) that was designed to increase the number of charter schools in the state.Hogan’s original bill made sweeping changes...Show More Summary

Wilson HS community resists budget cuts as enrollment keeps climbing

Enrollment at Wilson High School, the city’s largest comprehensive high school, is projected to grow by nearly 10 percent next year, but its budget is expected to shrink. In what Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has dubbed the “year...Show More Summary

Local digest: April 1, 2015

THE DISTRICTTwo plead guilty in drug-pro?t launderingA former D.C. police detective pled guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy for helping a District man buy two cars and a motorcycle with money from heroin sales.Read full article >>

Michael Higgs’s nomination to Md. state board stalls in General Assembly

The nomination of a prominent Montgomery County Republican to the Maryland Public Service Commission stalled in the General Assembly on Monday night as some senators privately wondered how a series of years-old partisan tweets might have affected his confirmation.Read full article >>

60+ Events to Ring in Spring

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Look: Sandstorm hits Gansu province, blankets city in unearthly haze

1 hour agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The city of Dunhuang in China's Northwestern province of Gansu was blasted by a mighty sandstorm yesterday—and we don't just mean a blaring rendition of the iconic EDM anthem. [ more › ]

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