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Friday, July 4, 2014

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.

On Independence Day, Celebrate Your Patriotism At These Parades

Today is Independence Day, and along with barbecues and fireworks, there's little more patriotic than parades. Here are some of your favorite local parades.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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.

Beating The Odds: A Teen Mom Who Refused To Be A Statistic

A stranger on the Metro told Tanazia Matthews that, as another teen mother, she was destined to be a statistic. She explains how, through regimenting her time, she is able to both raise her son and make it through to college.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wallops Rocket Launch Disappoints

NASA says a suborbital rocket launched this morning from its Wallops Island facility on Virginia's Eastern shore splashed into the ocean just 19 seconds after liftoff.

Maryland Police Prepare For A Weekend Of Drunk Drivers

Police in Maryland are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend of getting drunk drivers off the road.

WAMU's Bluegrass Country Turns 47: A Conversation With Katy Daley

Forty-seven years ago today, bluegrass music was first heard on the airwaves of WAMU. It's since grown into 24-hour programming heard across the region on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Matt McCleskey spoke with long-time Bluegrass host, Katy Daley, on this 47th anniversary.

Anthrax Letters Go On Display At National Postal Museum

One of the letters from the 2001 anthrax attacks is on display for the first time at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry Dies

Curry, who was 63 and battling lung cancer, was the first African American to serve as Prince George's County Executive.

Fewer D.C. Residents Affected By HIV/AIDS, Though Epidemic Remains

A new report finds that while the number of D.C. residents affected by HIV/AIDS continues to decline, it remains an epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans.

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