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New York resident Melissa Garcia Velez from Colombia speaks during a rally in March in Union Square in New York. The rally was one of many around the country to focus attention on the issue of illegal immigration. A lawsuit filed Monday by illegal-immigrant students and some House Democrats challenges filibusters and would rewrite the way the Senate operates, if successful. (Associated Press)

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Union Square, which includes the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, will have more "hardscape space" rather than lawn, to make the area more sustainable for when large crowds gather, designer Rodrigo Abela said. (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond)

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Diller Scofidio Renfro and Hood Design is among four finalists for each of three areas to be redone on the Mall. From the top are the firm's visions for Constitution Gardens near the Lincoln Memorial, Union Square, and the Washington Monument grounds at Sylvan Theater. Donald Stastny (above right) will pick the winners. (Diller Scofidio Renfro and Hood Design via Associated Press)