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Friday, July 4, 2014

At Independence Day Parades, Expect Floats, Flags — And Politicians

If you make it out to a parade today expect to see the region’s lawmakers asking for your vote.

Three Plead Guilty To D.C. Drive-By Shooting That Injured 13

Three men have pleaded guilty for their roles in a drive-by shooting that left 13 people injured in Northwest Washington in March 2013.

Beating The Odds: Fighting The Stigma Of Schizophrenia

Dreonna Richardson's grandmother was taunted in their neighborhood because of her schizophrenia. Dreonna used it as an opportunity to educate other kids about mental illness.

Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City

For 24 years now, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has built a name for itself by taking risks and nurturing America's newest plays.

Controversial Takes On The Stars And Stripes Explored In New Exhibit

Plenty of artists and musicians have re-interpreted and re-imagined the American flag and our national anthem — though not without controversy.

Cultivate Ventures Bets Big on D.C.'s Food Scene

A new venture capital firm is determined to help take D.C.'s artisanal food movement to the next level.

Keeping Time for the NSO: Timpanist Shares Role as Orchestra's 'Bus Driver'

Jauvon Gilliam never expected to play timpani, but now he's one of two African Americans performing in D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra.

D.C.'s LGBT Marching Band Follows Its Own Beat for Three Decades

When D.C.'s Different Drummers was first created, it was designed to be a safe haven for people who felt alienated and, in some cases, rejected by mainstream society.

This Week On Metro Connection: A Different Drummer

We'll celebrate Independence Day with stories of adventurers and iconoclasts of all kinds.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Washington Humane Society Wants Lights And Sirens For Its Vehicles

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would allow the Washington Humane Society to use emergency lights and sirens on their vehicles.

Virginia Libertarians File Suit Over Ballot Access Rules

The Libertarian Party and nine former Virginia candidates have filed a lawsuit challenging state laws that they claim give Democrats and Republicans an unfair advantage in elections.

National Building Museum Debuts Giant Indoor Maze

In an effort to get people more interested in architecture and engineer, the National Building Museum has constructed an indoor maze.

Arlington Democrats Target Sunday For Last-Minute Caucus

Democrats in Arlington are scrambling to find a candidate to replace Bob Brink in the House of Delegates — holding a last-minute caucus this coming Sunday.

Advocates Of D.C. Autonomy Call For Boycott Of Maryland Beaches

Following a Maryland lawmaker's effort to scuttle D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law, D.C. activists and lawmakers are calling for a boycott of Maryland beaches this holiday weekend.

Ocean City Officials Urge July 4th Tourists Not To Change Plans

With Hurricane Arthur bearing down on the east coast, officials in Ocean City hope the effects on Independence Day festivities will be minimal.