Mikaela Lefrak

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Washington clothing designers want a fashion industry for the capital

Jan 2, 2020
Small-scale designers and boutique owners in the nation’s capital are trying to build the city’s fashion industry from the ground up.
Stacey Price owns Shop Made in D.C., a local boutique that sells clothing, accessories and art by Washington designers.
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How public-private partnerships fund national landmarks

Oct 3, 2019
The monuments on the National Mall in Washington D.C. memorialize the country’s wars and great leaders, and one might assume that the federal government pays for all of them. But they’re actually funded in large part by private citizens. Take…
Birds fly over The Washington Monument.
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At a Starbucks located near a college for the deaf, all the baristas know ASL

Nov 29, 2018
Starbucks designed a store specifically for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Sign language interpretation major student Nikolas Carapellatti (L) signs with deaf Gallaudet University student Rebecca Witzofsky outside the first Starbucks café staffed by employees who are partially or fully deaf and capable of communicating in American Sign Language in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2018.
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