: News

Happy 234th America

Play associated audio

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Folks around the region turned out in large crowds to watch fireworks and the annual Fourth of July concert on the Mall.

The skies were aglitter Sunday night across the metro area as America turned 234 years old.

The largest fireworks display was on the National Mall, it was preceded by the Capitol Fourth Concert which featured Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire and David Archuleta.

In the early evening D.C. firefighters at the Washington Monument sprayed water hoses over a grateful crowd seeking to cool down from sweltering heat.

A spokesman for the American Red Cross said volunteers treated more than 300 cases of dehydration throughout the day.

The National Park Service does not provide crowd estimates, but numbers released by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority suggested over 400,000 turned out Sunday for the concert, which was broadcast to millions more across the country.

NPR

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
NPR

The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
WAMU 88.5

State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education.

NPR

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.