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Friday, June 26, 2015

Before It Was Legal Nationally, Here's How Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal Locally

Same-sex marriage is now permitted in all 50 states, but before Friday's Supreme Court ruling, it was already permitted in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Despite Controversy, Group Says Confederate Flag Along I-95 Will Remain

Civil rights leaders are rallying opposition to a Confederate battle flag that flies over Interstate 95 in Virginia, but the group that erected it says it's not going anywhere.

Board Approves Changes To Sex Ed Classes In Fairfax Schools, But With Opt-Out

The Fairfax County School is adopting changes to its sex education curriculum, despite loud complaints from opponents. But in a nod to criticism of the changes, it also voted to make a new class optional for students.

'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.

D.C. Dance-Music Label 1432 R Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

1432 R combines the broad tastes of its D.C. founders with a sound inspired by a country halfway around the globe.

Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

We'll tour several local venues to check out the mementos music lovers may miss during live shows.

Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia)

For musicians and music labels, cassette tapes are the cheapest way to make a physical album. They're also one of the fastest.

Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thousands of people are heading to the largest metal festival of its kind this weekend.

In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

A new generation of artists is pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the District's musical mainstream.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fairfax County School Board Set To Vote On New Sex-Ed Curriculum, Controversial To Some

Some Fairfax County residents have expressed their concern for the new curriculum through a flurry of angry calls and emails made during the public comment period.

Dean Of Washington National Cathedral Calls For Removal Of Confederate Imagery

Cathedral Dean Gary Hall issued a statement Thursday saying stained-glass windows honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed. Both windows depict the Confederate flag.

Bill To Make D.C. The 51st State Introduced Again In U.S. Senate

Fancy living in a state called New Columbia? A bill that would make the District the 51st state has been introduced once again the U.S. Senate, though with Republicans in control, the odds of passage are slim.

As Part Of Multibillion-Dollar Package For Roads, Hogan Says 'Yes' To Purple Line

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a major shift in state transportation spending to prioritize the maintenance and expansion of roads and bridges over investment in mass transit projects.

The Duo Zomes Talks About Making Music In The Least Stressful Way Possible

WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth.fm interviews the Baltimore/Stockholm duo Zomes about its beautiful and gently strange new album.

Hogan To Announce Nearly $2 Billion For Roads, Bridges In Maryland

A plan to spend $2 billion Maryland infrastructure will be announced Thursday.