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Members of community group Parents 4 Teachers display pro-teacher posters outside City Hall Friday in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union has threatened to strike Monday if negotiations fail. Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP hide caption

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Education

Chicago Teachers May Strike, Teach Political Lesson

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Chicago Teachers May Strike, Teach Political Lesson

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From left, Linda Ausen, Marvin Jansma, Diane Sandberg and David Griffith volunteer during bingo night in July at the VFW post in Rosemount, Minn. Jennifer Simonson/MPR hide caption

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National

VFW Posts Become Refuge For Women, Too

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VFW Posts Become Refuge For Women, Too

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Sunday Puzzle

Drawing A Blank (Or Two)

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Drawing A Blank (Or Two)

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Singer-songwriter Maryanne Sokol left Houston for New York two years ago, hoping for greater exposure but aware of the increased competition. "I felt like I was going to be like a little piece of algae in a huge ocean," she says. Jonathan Sokol/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music News

Musicians Weigh Big-City Dreams Against Hometown Pride

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Musicians Weigh Big-City Dreams Against Hometown Pride

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Richard Tisei is running for U.S. House in Massachusetts, where he could be the first Republican in that seat in 15 years. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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House & Senate Races

GOP Has Rare Shot At Winning House Seat In Mass.

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GOP Has Rare Shot At Winning House Seat In Mass.

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The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been ravaged by rebel groups for years. A new faction, the March 23 Movement, or M23, already controls a large area, and there are fears this could ignite another war. Here M23 fighters go out on a patrol. Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin for NPR hide caption

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Africa

Yet Again, Congo Faces The Specter Of Civil War

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Yet Again, Congo Faces The Specter Of Civil War

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Though not the capital, Istanbul is the cultural, economic and financial heart of Turkey. Situated on the Bosporus strait, this metropolis spans Europe and Asia — and has a storied history as a gathering place for spies. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe

Istanbul, A City Of Spies In Fact And Fiction

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Istanbul, A City Of Spies In Fact And Fiction

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"My first memories are listening to music and feeling my body tingle," says Philip Rosheger, a classical guitarist who performs outdoors in Berkeley, Calif. Thom Brekke hide caption

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Music Al Fresco

Classical Guitar In The California Breeze

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Classical Guitar In The California Breeze

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Knitting Is for Pus**** is a work by crochet sculptor Olek. He has created an entire apartment blanketed in brightly colored, crocheted camouflage. Olek/Courtesy Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, N.Y. hide caption

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Fine Art

Are All Young Artists 'Post-9/11' Artists?

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Are All Young Artists 'Post-9/11' Artists?

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The Raveonettes is the Danish-born duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo. The band's new album is titled Observator. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

The Raveonettes: The Sound Of Surfing In The Rain

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The Raveonettes: The Sound Of Surfing In The Rain

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