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Armstrong Ngutyana (left), 55, and Dumisani Mjolwa, 65, were gold miners during the apartheid era. Both worked underground for nearly three decades. They developed lung disease and were forced to quit their jobs, but received only minimal compensation. They are now part of a class-action lawsuit against South African mining companies. Anders Kelto for NPR hide caption

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Decades Later, South African Miners Sue Employers

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An illustration for a park proposed for Washington's old 11th Street Bridge. If realized, the park would span the Anacostia River, linking the Capitol Hill neighborhood with lower-income Anacostia. Ed Estes/Courtesy of D.C. Office of Planning hide caption

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Bridging The Gap Between Two Neighborhoods

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Research shows that students who attend school in buildings that are in disrepair score lower on state tests than students in satisfactory buildings. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Can A New Building Save A Failing School?

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A less complicated time? Petula Clark holds her 1965 gold record for "Downtown," an uptempo song in a major key. R. McPhedran/Getty Images hide caption

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Why We're Happy Being Sad: Pop's Emotional Evolution

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