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At The Head Of Her Class, And Homeless

Rashema Melson is the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She's always excelled at her homework — but for the past six years, she hasn't had a home to do that work in.

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In The Cockpit, Gazing At Stars: Saint-Exupéry's Life In Pictures

Children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís maps the life and flights of another kid-lit star, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in his gorgeously illustrated new book, The Pilot and the Little Prince.

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Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets

Cabbies from London to Berlin are protesting the smartphone-based, on-demand car service Uber. They say Uber should be subject to the same rules as taxis; many fear they'll be driven out of business.

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