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News Wrap: Baltimore Officials Anticipate Protests Next Week; Safe Streets Guns Linked to Shootings

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is working with city officials to prepare for potential protests next week as the Freddie Gray court hearings begin. The Baltimore Sun reports that these precautions include coordinating with law enforcement agencies around the state, upgrading riot gear, and conducting crowd-control training.
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This Week on WEAA

Alison Parker, tragically gunned down while reporting on Wednesday.
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First Edition Aug 27: Media Shooting in South Virginia; Frosh Fallout Continues

Sean Yoes discusses Wednesday’s tragic double murder/suicide in Virginia, in which gunman Vester Lee Flanagan took the lives of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, with Veteran reporter Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television's State Circle. Prince George County Delegate Aisha Braveboy and prominent defense attorney A. Dwight Pettit join Yoes to unpack his Wednesday interview with Attorney General Brian Frosh.
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NPR News

It's been a big year for German filmmaker Wim Wenders: He received a lifetime achievement award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art had a retrospective of his work and his latest Oscar-nominated documentary, The Salt of the Earth, came out in March.

Amalie Bruun is Danish-born musician who grew up playing classical violin and piano. It didn't take long, though, before she was introduced to a more aggressive style of music, for which the Scandinavian region is especially well known.

This is a story of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship. It is the story of the meat straw. Yes, you read that right.

"It is a straw made out of pork," explains Ben Hirko of Coralville, Iowa, the man behind Benny's Original Meat Straws.

It's a half-inch in diameter, the same length as a standard plastic straw. And it has a hole running down the middle of it, through which you're meant to slurp up Bloody Marys.

In Lebanon, Calls for More Protests as Police Push back Demonstrators

Thousands took to the streets in Martyrs' Square in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Saturday for the second week in a row to demand government accountability and solutions for a mounting garbage crisis.

Taking chances can sometimes lead to great art. But award-winning poet Carl Phillips says there's a risk to, well, taking risks.

"I think there has to be a place for risk and for restlessness in any kind of fully lived life, and especially I think for an artist," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I think it's the only way that imagination gets stimulated and continues — but I think it can easily go unchecked."

His latest work, Reconnaissance, looks for the balance between restlessness and stability — and between the raw and the refined, the omnicient and the intimate.

There's a song out there right now that's catching a lot of people off guard. "S.O.B" sounds kind of familiar, maybe like a revived oldie, but it's not: It's fresh off the new self-titled album from the Denver ensemble Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

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Turkish warplanes have conducted their first airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State in Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the extremist group.

The joint airstrikes were carried out late Friday, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Donald Trump's been having a lot of fun at the expense of others lately.

Tens of thousands of people have turned out in the streets of Malaysia's capital to demand that Prime Minister Najib Razak step down amid what opponents are calling a massive corruption scandal.

The country's former leader, Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance at the anti-government rally in Kuala Lumpur, Reuters reports.

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Music News

Terence Blanchard at UVA's Old Cabell Hall in March.
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Watch Terence Blanchard's In-Studio Interview at WEAA

Blue Note Recording artist and multi Grammy award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard stopped by the WEAA studios at the end of June to chop it up with the Bassman.
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August CD: Terri Lyne Carrington's "The Mosaic Project"

It’s all about the Ladies on the latest release of Grammy Award winning percussionist, drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington.
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Jazz Master of the Month: James Spaulding

By some standards James Spaulding is considered to be under-recognized and under-appreciated. But most Jazz fans know him as one of the most critically acclaimed alto saxophonists and flautists in the business.
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Fresh Start Family Festival, sponsored by the Southern Baptist Church
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Fresh Start Family Festival, August 22 in Clifton Park

The annual Back to School Fresh Start Family Festival will be on August 22 in Clifton Park. The event offers youth job training, health screenings, and school supplies.
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