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Street Smart: What to do in Swampoodle

“Swampoodle” — whose name was derived from a journalist’s description of the area as “swampy” (because of its proximity to Tiber Creek) and awash in “puddles” — was the heart of Washington’s Irish immigrant community in the mid-19th century. Today it’s dense with city and federal government buildings and thousands of car commuters.

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Street Smart: What to do in Swampoodle

“Swampoodle” — whose name was derived from a journalist’s description of the area as “swampy” (because of its proximity to Tiber Creek) and awash in “puddles” — was the heart of Washington’s Irish immigrant community in the mid-19th century. Today it’s dense with city and federal government buildings and thousands of car commuters.

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Egypt fights looters stealing its antiquities with spacecraft and statecraft

The closest comparison is Swiss cheese: holes in vast swaths of land where looters, armed with machine guns and bulldozers, take to ancient archaeological sites in search of international paydays. To the untrained eye, these holes, visible in satellite images, seem haphazard. But to experts, these deep pits, spanning acres of land, are the work of sophisticated traffickers.

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Andrei Molodkin with ‘Crude’ is oiling for a fight

    Modern art has a century-old affinity with heavy industry, dating to the Futurists. More recently, many galleries — including such local ones as Connersmith, Long View and Industry — have snagged chic industrial spaces. Still, it’s unusual to enter an arts space whose air is filled with the scent of oil and the clacking of compressors. “Andrei Molodkin: Crude” makes the American University Museum sound and smell like a refinery.

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Kwanzaa celebrated at The Anacostia Community Museum

For many African American families, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Kwanzaa, the week-long secular celebration based on African harvest traditions. The Anacostia Community Museum, which has been observing Kwanzaa since shortly after the holiday was established in 1966-67, has one of the largest programs in the Metro area with multiple activities between the holiday’s beginning, the day after Christmas, and it ending, New Year’s Day.

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