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State Route 520 (SR 520) is a 13-mile (21 km) state highway and freeway in the Seattle metropolitan area
Seattle metropolitan area
in the U.S. state of Washington. Connecting Seattle
Seattle
to the Eastside region of King County across the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge on Lake Washington, it intersects Interstate 5 (I-5) in Seattle, I-405 in Bellevue, and SR 202 in Redmond. It was designated as a freeway in 1964, but was not fully constructed until the late 1970s. Increased traffic on the corridor, spurred in part by expansion of the Microsoft headquarters in Overlake, led to the addition of high-occupancy vehicle lanes and new interchanges in the 1990s. In April 2016, the original floating bridge was replaced by a wider one as part of a multibillion-dollar expansion program that is scheduled to be completed in the 2020s. The program includes the construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian path, bus stations, and interchanges. (Full article...) Recently featured:

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... that William Bliss Baker, a promising Hudson River School landscape painter (work pictured), died a week before his twenty-seventh birthday after being injured while ice skating? ... that fruit flies have been used extensively in laboratory experiments of speciation? ... that Indian high jumper Tejaswin Shankar first broke the national record at the age of 17? ... that NASA's Planetary Missions Program Office
Planetary Missions Program Office
manages three of the agency's solar system exploration programs? ... that Lin Hu, a half-Russian orphan, joined the army at age 10 and grew up to become deputy commander of the Chinese Air Force? ... that the small catfish Malapterurus beninensis
Malapterurus beninensis
uses its electric organ to stun the fishes on which it feeds? ... that Bob Nygaard, a private investigator specializing in psychic fraud, has been instrumental in the return of millions of dollars to victims of this crime? ... that although its discoverer committed suicide after it was declared a forgery in 1883, the Shapira Scroll
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may be a Dead Sea Scroll after all?

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Club (pictured) in the United States. In the Hungarian parliamentary election, a coalition led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Viktor Orbán
wins its third consecutive supermajority in the Hungarian National Assembly. In German association football, Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga for the sixth consecutive season. A crash involving a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos
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April 11

Nevill Ground's pavilion after the 1913
1913
arson

1814
1814
– The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed, ending the War of the Sixth Coalition, and forcing Napoleon
Napoleon
to abdicate as ruler of France and sending him into exile on Elba. 1913
1913
– The Nevill Ground's pavilion was destroyed (damage pictured) in the only suffragette arson attack on a cricket ground. 1968
1968
– Rudi Dutschke, the most prominent leader of the German student movement, survived an assassination attempt, which led to the largest protests to that date in Germany. 1993
1993
– Inmates at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
near Lucasville, Ohio, U.S., rioted and took over the facility for 11 days.

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Anawrahta
(d. 1077) · Arthur Shrewsbury (b. 1856) · Joseph Merrick
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is an oil-on-canvas painting by Claude Monet
Claude Monet
from 1875. The Impressionist work depicts his wife Camille and their son Jean during a stroll on a windy summer's day in Argenteuil. It has been held by the National Gallery of Art
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