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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Tacoma Housing Authority accidentally tows residents' cars

Mixed wires meant the Tacoma Housing Authority accidentally towed five cars from the parking lot of a low-income housing development early Friday morning.

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Harry Potter battles Voldemort .... and prejudice in the real world?

A new paper in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology claims that reading the Harry Potter series improves kids' perceptions of stigmatized groups. 

Scientists develop dark material naked eye can't see

A British company has produced a strange material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of visual light. The material is planned to be used for astronomical cameras, telescopes,  infrared scanning systems and secret military operations. 

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