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A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.

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Building peace and security one LEGO brick at a time

It's a good day for the UN, with its chemical weapons inspectors getting honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. The UN has been recognized in other ways over the years. A LEGO model of UN Headquarters was recently unveiled. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon even snapped in the final piece on a large scale version. We got the small kit here in the office --- all 597 pieces. And The World's Nina Porzucki and Andrea Crossan set out to build it.