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Beads are essential to celebrating Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but what happens to the tokens when the revelry ends? Sean Garnder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived

When the parade is over, all those beads the crowd so eagerly called for seem to lose their shine. Rather than see the leftovers end up in a landfill, one New Orleans group collects and recycles them.

Presidents have been submitting budgets since the 1920s, but now that lawmakers have the Congressional Budget Office, is the exercise worth it? Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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In Drafting A Presidential Budget, Cost May Outweigh Benefit

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As more money flows into the competitions, E-sports gamers are gaining legitimacy as professional athletes with honed skills. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money

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Assistant United States Attorney Cynthia Wright takes on cases no one else wants to hear about: crimes against children. She sees herself as an advocate for those who can't speak for themselves and a support for their families. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Attorney For Young Victims Helps Families In Search Of Justice

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Beads are essential to celebrating Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but what happens to the tokens when the revelry ends? Sean Garnder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived

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Actress Kathleen Turner — the voice of Jessica Rabbit and the star of the steamy Body Heat on the big screen — is tackling the monumental title role in Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Teresa Wood/Arena Stage hide caption

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For Kathleen Turner, Success Requires The Courage To Fail

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