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a.MKE: Soldiers Home becomes Historic Landmark, Beastie Book in 2015, bombing in Damascus and Palermo decision 4.30.13

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A car bomb was detonated yesterday in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing at least 13 and injuring 70 others. The blast occurred a day after the Syrian Prime Minister survived a bombing targeting his motorcade in an upscale Damascus neighborhood. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Beastie Boys Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau publishing group, and will release a book celebrating the bands history and aesthetic. The book, due out in 2015, will be loosely structured as an oral history with contributions by other writers as well as a strong visual component. It will look like their 1990's magazine "Grand Royal".

As reported by the Biz Journal, The National Labor Relations Board's Washington D.C. office has upheld a local decision that Palermo Villa Inc. did not violate labor relations laws when it fired dozens of workers last year because they didn't have appropriate documentation proving their eligibility to work in the U. S.

The National Park Service has designated the Soldiers Home complex of buildings at 50th and National as a National Historic Landmark. The Soldiers Home, opened in 1867, is the oldest in the nation still standing from Civil War days and consists of 41 buildings, 34 of which are still in use. The hope is to restore Old Main, Ward Memorial Hall and the chapel so they can be put back into service helping veterans.