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BritNews RoundUp: Zebras, Curries and More

The English and their animals, Part 1: Horse trainer Bill Taylor had always wanted to break a zebra, that is, make it pliable enough to ride like a horse. However, noted the Telegraph: "Zebras are much less co-operative and more...

By John Kelly  |  June 5, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DIY Sleuthing: D.C.'s Building Permit Database

A few months ago I wrote in my column about Brian Kraft, the indefatigable computer whiz who spent seven years entering every D.C. building permit issued between 1877 and 1949 into a database. His database isn't on the Web yet...

By John Kelly  |  June 3, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Tree-minator: Putting Wood and Metal Together

On the west side of 16th St. NW, a little bit north of Walter Reed, there is a tree. Well, there are lots of trees, since Rock Creek Park is right there. But this particular tree stands out. It stands...

By John Kelly  |  June 2, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cell Phones in High School: The Text Best Thing?

Let's say you're a high school teacher. It's a noble calling, shaping young minds. Some young minds defy shaping, however. There are places those minds would rather be than at a desk in a classroom. There is little they can...

By John Kelly  |  June 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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