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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Anacostia school to launch art program to boost student achievement

Over the weekend, I went to visit an old friend at the farm he works at in Clearville, Pa. He used to be an executive chef in New York and decided to learn the other side of the business. Check out his blog to see what we ate.


Grace L. Patterson Elementary school in Vallejo, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Stressing reading and writing aren't the only ways to help students learn. Research has shown that arts programs, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, help boost student achievement. Now, the Obama administration is banking on that idea to help eight struggling schools nationwide, including one in the District. The Post's Lyndsey Layton reports on the Anacostia school that will be part of the program.

It took me a while, but I've learned to ignore that 'Breaking News' crawl you often see on TV. The fact is, if you live in an Internet world, news rarely breaks on television. But does that stop the networks from using the term relentlessly? No. Slate's David Weigel breaks down the bastardization of the term that came in to our lexicon back when the wires were our primary news source.

Trying to eat sustainable seafood has almost become an academic discipline. Various grocers advertise their fish as being raised in environmentally-friendly conditions, and have the certifications to prove it. The problem is that certification standards are all over the place. The Post's Juliet Eilperin explains how hard it is for some to buy seafood with a clear conscience.

Twenty years ago, I'd probably be popping a mixtape out of my deck and throwing it in my Walkman on my way to school. And probably scrambling to rewind a movie we'd rented before returning it. Those days are long gone, but the Library of Congress still keeps all that old technology. The Post's Monica Hesse explores how the digitization of our memories has ruined our sense of self-curation.

D.C. United providing a lovely landing place last night after the Capitals lost. In the first tilt of the year's Atlantic Cup, conditions were soggy and the New York Red Bulls couldn't adjust. Chris Pontius sliced their defense for two goals in the first half and completed the hat trick with about 20 minutes to go. The Post's Steven Goff reports on the good win following last week's letdown.

Extra Bites

My colleague J. Freedom Du Lac has a passion for stories in the form of oral histories--so much so that he's started a Twitter feed to highlight the genre. You should check it out.

I've seen some major Photoshop fails in my time, but this one is pretty bad. And it made all the way to print. Yikes.

Here's a nice video to watch on a crummy, rainy day.

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