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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kids Cheer, Officials Jeer As Computer Glitches Delay Testing In Virginia

School officials from across Virginia are scrambling to catch up after three days of computer problems that delayed standardized testing.

Uber One Step Closer To Having Easier Access To Hails At Dulles And DCA

Uber and other ride-hailing services may soon have their own waiting areas at two D.C.-area airports — but they'd have to pay for access to the curbs.

Changes To Sex Ed Curriculum In Fairfax County Spur Outcry From Some

A number of proposed changes to Fairfax County's sexual education curriculum are generating controversy, much of which will be expressed at a public hearing set for Thursday evening.

Suspect In Wealthy Family Deaths Believed To Be In Brooklyn

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says investigators believe a suspect in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper is in the Brooklyn area of New York City.

Proposed Sales Tax Hike Becomes Flashpoint In Debate Over D.C. Budget

A proposal by Mayor Muriel Bowser to raise the city's sales tax has faced pushback from some members of the D.C. Council.

Battling Stink Bugs And Mosquitos With The 'Bug Guy'

Two less-than-popular creatures are emerging with the warmer weather. Mike Raupp, professor of entomology, has some advice for the beleaguered.

Inside the 'Assault On Justice' Project With Patrick Madden And Christina Davidson

The reporters discuss their work investigating D.C.'s use of the charge of "assaulting a police officer," as well as efforts that are taking shape to change the law to avoid potential abuses.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment

Thirty years ago, Mark Andersen saw the band Rites of Spring perform for the first time. We find out why it's stayed with him ever since.

D.C.'s Experimental, Thriving And Often Overlooked Jazz Scene

Jazz aficionados say their genre is enjoying a new golden age in the nation's capital.

Arlington Middle Schooler Hits Big Time With 'La Voz Kids' Performance

This weekend a Northern Virginia middle schooler will chase her dreams of becoming the next Christina Aguilera, a quest that reflects shifting cultural patterns among Latinos in the United States.

In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

A new generation of artists is pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the District's musical mainstream.

D.C. Dance-Music Label 1432 R Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

1432 R combines the broad tastes of its D.C. founders with a sound inspired by a country halfway around the globe.

Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia)

For musicians and music labels, cassette tapes are the cheapest way to make a physical album. They're also one of the fastest.

Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thousands of people are heading to the largest metal festival of its kind this weekend.

Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

We'll tour several local venues to check out the mementos music lovers may miss during live shows.