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Puppets: The Next Big Thing In Theater?

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Puppetmaker Don Becker builds marionettes in his Bethesda studio.
Emily Berman
Puppetmaker Don Becker builds marionettes in his Bethesda studio.

Puppetry is showing up at theaters all over the Washington region, and it's not the sort you'd find at a kid's birthday party. Emily Berman meets artists involved in Strathmore's summer-long puppet festival, as well as puppeteers performing in the Capital Fringe Festival, to uncover one of this year's theater trends — puppetry for adults. If you're looking to see some puppets, check out the list below:

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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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