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Friday, November 13, 2015

The United States Marine Band Seeks Its Next Young Soloist

The United States Marine Band — a.k.a. "The President's Own" — has played at every presidential inauguration since Thomas Jefferson was elected. These days it performs at the White House as many as 200 times a year. Now, the band is holding a national high school competition to select a soloist for an upcoming concert.

Can Teaching Mathematics With Music Boost Student Achievement?

Prince George's County is a pioneer in adopting what's known as Arts Integration: introducing the arts into school subjects that don't, on the surface, seem overly artistic. The result, proponents say, is a class of students who have mastered the material better than they would have without art.

How A Local Chorus Is Going About Memorizing The 70-Minute Brahms' Requiem — In German

The lyrics of the latest three-minute pop song may quickly get stuck in your head, but how do you go about memorizing a piece of music that's 70 minutes ... and in German? We find out how a local chorus is preparing to perform Brahms' Requiem this week, entirely from memory.

Why Is A Tiny Triangle Of Land In D.C. Dedicated To Sonny Bono?

A pocket park dedicated to pop star-turned-politician Sonny Bono is getting a new lease on life, as a local museum is leading the effort to transform this long-neglected spot off Dupont Circle into a welcoming community space.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

That Amazing Parking Spot Will Come With Higher Costs In Some Parts Of D.C.

Meters in Chinatown and Penn Quarter will now enforce "surge pricing" for street parking — as much as $8 per hour during the busiest times.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Metro Far Behind Schedule On Plan To Replace Oldest Railcars

The arrival of new railcars continues to be delayed because of design flaws, and the scheduled replacement of the system's oldest cars is behind schedule.

Maryland Governor Creates Commission For Recognition Of World War I Veterans

Approaching the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Maryland is creating a commission to find new ways to commemorate those who fought in the Great War.

Listen: Whither Goes D.C.'s Winter Weather? Jason Samenow Offers A Prediction For The Season Ahead

The last two winters have brought exceptional levels of cold onto the D.C. region, but what could this year bring? Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow explains how a strong El Nino event could shape our winter.

After Two-Year Push, D.C. Says It's On The Cusp Of Ending Veteran Homelessness

The city has housed 1,300 homeless vets over the last two years, coming close to its goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, say D.C. officials and homeless advocates.

Pro-Bowser Group FreshPAC Is Shutting Down, Treasurer Says

FreshPAC's treasurer, Ben Soto, said in an email to WAMU 88.5 that the group had become "too much of a distraction for the mayor."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Along Car-Friendly Lee Highway, Residents Debate Density And Development

While Columbia Pike and Wilson Boulevard are being redeveloped with mixed-use buildings and dense urban development, Lee Highway remains a suburban part of Arlington County in the midst of change.

What D.C. Residents Now Have In Common With Kurdish, Hmong People

D.C. is the now newest member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization — which represents groups whose human rights are being violated by their government.

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Program Enjoys Early Success In D.C., Despite Problems

The number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in the District of the Columbia has jumped since this summer, when the D.C. Taxicab Commission began doling out previously unspent subsidies.

Fairfax County Police Chief Reverses Course On Civilian Oversight

Critics of the Fairfax County Police have long called for civilian oversight over department practices following a string of police-involved deaths, but now the head of the department itself is dropping his opposition.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Metro To Roll Out 300 New Buses For Busiest Routes, But No Bus Lanes Yet

Metro used 16th Street NW to unveil one of its newest buses on Monday, but there still isn't any progress on one thing advocates say would really speed commutes for area residents: a dedicated bus lane.