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Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 12/19/2011

The Seat Pleasant 59; funding the National Zoo pandas; overhauling D.C. cabs (A.M. Buzz)

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Abe Pollin and Melvin Cohen with the students.
The Seat Pleasant 59. Two decades ago, fifth-graders at Seat Pleasant Elementary in Prince George’s County became part of an ambitious social experiment aimed at lifting them out of poverty with college scholarships. Did it work? Read the series and join the conversation with a live Q&A at 2 p.m.

No more panda worries. At least, no worries about panda funding. The National Zoo will announce a $4.5 million donation to its giant panda reproduction program.

D.C. taxi system system may be overhauled. Council member Mary M. Cheh plans to introduce a plan to modernize the city’s taxi service.

Angels in clean, if calloused, hands. Carvers begin repairs on the Washington National Cathedral’s earthquake-damaged ornaments.

A new leader for Reform Judaism. During his installation, Rabbi Rick Jacobs called for the denomination to reach out to next generation.

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