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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Bounce: The Week In Music From WAMU's Bandwidth


Our Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.

Despite Congressional Vote, Advocates Say D.C. Marijuana Legalization Not Dead

Advocates of a D.C. marijuana legalization that has become a target of a congressional spending bill say that two loopholes may allow the measure to move forward.

Some D.C. Cabbies See New Mandate As Chance To Compete With Uber

D.C. taxicab drivers say that they have lost business to ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, but now the city's Taxicab Commission is developing an e-hailing app that could help them compete.

Bowser Lays Out Inauguration Plans, Including 5K Run And Ball

District residents will be able to run, pray and dance during Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser's inauguration next month.

Remembering Ray Davis, King of D.C. Bluegrass Broadcasting

We pay tribute to a man who played an important role in bringing bluegrass to the world.

Mikulski Plays Big Role In Writing Federal Spending Bill

While U.S. House minority leader and Baltimore native Nancy Pelosi was dealt a massive defeat last night, Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski racked up a big win.

Hogan Promises No New Taxes, Setting Up Spending Cuts To Address Maryland Deficit

Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan admits he's putting himself in a tight box when it comes to fixing the state's rising budget deficit. Still, the Republican remains resolute that taxes are not going up — which means state spending will be cut drastically.

Court-Appointed Doctor To Determine If Severance Competent For Murder Trial

A court-appointed doctor in Alexandria will be conducting an evaluation to determine whether or not Charles Severance, a former fringe political candidate, is competent to stand trial for three high-profile murders.

How The Washington Ballet Keeps Those Sugarplums Fresh, Year After Year

After 10 years of sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, how does the Washington Ballet keep its D.C.-specific "Nutcracker" fresh?

Demand For Dual-Language Programs In D.C. Public Schools Skyrockets

Imagine learning chemistry in English and Chinese. More students are doing just that at D.C.'s growing number of language-immersion schools.

Local Piano Manufacturer Keeps Family Musical Traditions Alive

The nation's first African American piano manufacturer has received national and international acclaim for a skill that he picked up from his family.

This Week On Metro Connection: Traditions

As we celebrate this Most Wonderful Time of the Year, it's our annual look at customs and rituals across the D.C. region, from Jewish ritual baths to Senatorial soup.

After Rabbi's Arrest, Local Women 'Take Back The Mikvah'

Local women are reclaiming the Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, several months after a rabbi was arrested for allegedly filming women taking part in the ancient tradition.

Local Viol Fans Stay Loyal, No Strings Attached

The New York Times may have called the viol a "failed invention," but local devotees of the 15th-century instrument beg to differ.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

House Passes Spending Bill, D.C. Marijuana Legalization Still In Question

The House on Thursday approved a government spending bill that includes a provision blocking a marijuana legalization initiative in D.C., though questions remain as to the initiative's fate.