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Sat February 28, 2015
marc on the blues

The Brass Tacks Of New Orleans Bands

Mark Gstohl Flickr - Creative Commons

There was a time in the city known for being without rules, New Orleans, that there were some rules for brass bands. Those days are gone.

New Orleans brass bands can trace their roots to the late 19th century when groups that contained mostly brass instruments -- but would also often have clarinets, saxophones and percussion -- played a mixture of European type military band music and African Folk music. In the early 20th century it was those bands that contributed greatly to the development of traditional Jazz.

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Sat February 28, 2015
Code Switch

'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 1:28 pm

Art Clay, 78, of Chicago takes a run in a light snowfall on Wednesday. Clay is a co-founder of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
Sonya Doctorian for NPR

We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.

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Fri February 27, 2015


Fri February 27, 2015

'What We Do In The Shadows' Sends Up Modern Life, Vampire Style

Courtesy Unison Films

Recent versions of vampires – at least in the movies – have seemed too much like pouty teenagers who need to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. In contrast who doesn't prefer old-fashioned Dracula types with creepy old castles and coffins to sleep in, who don't moon about and whine so much? The new film What We Do in the Shadows strikes a middle ground.

Hailing from New Zealand, which apparently has a decent vampire population, the four vampires at the center of the film do have coffins, although instead of the castle, they have an apartment, and that's the first problem they confront in the movie.

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Fri February 27, 2015

Colorado Pushes For Concealed Guns In K-12 Schools

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:42 am

Colorado educators take part in a concealed carry course in Englewood, Colo., on Nov. 8. The course is open to all state school employees. Participants who complete the training are eligible to apply for a permit to carry a handgun.

Patrick Neville was a 15-year-old sophomore at Columbine High School in 1999. He was on his way to a fast food lunch when the shooting started.

Two students, armed with guns and pipe bombs, had stormed the Colorado school, on their way to killing one teacher and 12 students — some were Neville's friends.

Neville, now a Colorado state representative, says many of Columbine's teachers and faculty acted heroically that day.

But, he says, "I truly believe that had some of them had the legal authority to be armed, more of my friends might be with me today."

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