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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the building’s steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features “green†energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray looks at building renderings during a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the building’s steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features “green†energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, center, walks through the ongoing construction of Ballou High School following a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Councilmember Marion Barry (Ward 8), left, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, center, sign a poster for those who have had a part in making the new Ballou High School building during a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the school in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, center, right, walks through the ongoing construction of Ballou High School following a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, center, walks through the ongoing construction of Ballou High School following a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signs a poster of those who had a part in making the new Ballou High School building during a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the school in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the buildingÕs steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features ÒgreenÓ energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the building’s steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features “green†energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the building’s steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features “green†energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. President Barack Obama envisions a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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The northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza, seized earlier this month by Boko Haram militants, has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, the group's leader said in a video obtained by the Agence France-Presse. (YouTube)

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** FILE ** In this Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad Air in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Moon shot: This photo of astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin taken on the lunar surface 45 years ago has become one of the most iconic images of human history. (NASA via Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for July 14, 2014 - Aldrin says U.S. taking giant leap backward: FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo from NASA, Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed by Neil Armstrong walking near the lunar module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. (AP Photo, NASA ,file)

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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, stands on the lunar surface after the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. The Lunar Module is seen in the background. (AP PHOTO)

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A view of the Apollo Command Module with astronaut Michael Collins aboard as seen from the Lunar Module, July 20, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in the Lunar Module have separated from Apollo 11 and prepare to go to the lunar surface. Moon terrain in background is the far side of the moon. (AP Photo/NASA)

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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, descends steps of Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon, July 20, 1969. This picture was taken by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Commander, with a 70mm surface camera. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil A. Armstrong)