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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Taxi Drivers Suing D.C. Over 'Unfair' Two-Tiered System

The D.C. Council passed regulations last year that made ride-hailing apps like Uber legal — but cabbies are now suing over the law, saying it puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. O'Malley Expected To Announce Candidacy For President

More signs are pointing to O'Malley running for the nation's top office. He'll announce his decision at an event in Baltimore May 30.

Virginia Senate Campaigns Already Bringing In Big Bucks

In Virginia, candidates are heading into a campaign season that might not be attracting all that much attention. But it is attracting a significant amount of campaign cash.

A Moment Of Jazz in D.C.’s Blagden Alley, And Years Of Searching For the Musicians Who Made It

Eight years ago, on a warm summer night, Craig Nelsen was walking through Blagden Alley in downtown D.C. As he turned a corner, he heard something unexpected: music.

'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene Of The 1970s

In the 1970s, the D.C. music scene was a place of great creativity. Clubs were plentiful, admission was cheap, and you never knew which surprise guest might stop by.

Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

More People Traveling By Car Over Long Weekend, Meaning More Traffic

The number of people traveling at least 50 miles to get to their Memorial Day weekend destinations is expected to increase about five percent over last year.

Suspect In Killings Of Wealthy D.C. Family Arrested

Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who's accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper.

This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes

We'll tour the D.C. region's music scene this week in a special collaboration with WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.fm.

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Talks About Purple Line 'Productive,' Says Montgomery County Exec

The county executives in Montgomery and Prince George's counties met with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to make their case for building the $2.4 billion Purple Line.

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 Spurs 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.