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Take a Psychedelic Trip

We’re going to take a psychedelic trip on this week’s World Music Show (7/22). That’s right, it’s time to don our bell bottoms, funky high heels-for both men and women of course, and turn on the black light because we’re going to take a trip in more ways than one.

And this being World Music, you know that the beats we hear tonight, including ones from Brazil, Turkey and India, are going to be trippy. Plus, thrown into this crazy mix will be some other interesting sounds, including some Tuvan throat singing, some Gypsy music as well some Bollywood dance music.

Pastor Walks From North Carolina to Washington, D.C. to Raise Awareness of Medicaid Cuts for Children

A pastor is walking from Rockingham, North Carolina to Washington, D.C. to bring awareness about the effects proposed Medicaid cuts could have on children with severe illnesses.

Methodist Pastor James Brigman’s nine-year-old daughter, Lauren Faith, relies on Medicaid Community Alternatives Program for Children, a program that could be cut in the Senate health care plan.

Grab your Lawn Chair

There’s something communal and even uplifting about attending a concert—whether it’s an indoor or outdoor one. So, on this week’s World Music Show (7/8), I’ll attempt to do just that—recreate that vibe you get when you share an event like a show.

Sure, we’ll have to use our imaginations to get that feeling together, but I think we can manage that.

Virginia Department of Education Lays Out Hopes For Consolidated State Plan

In a Virginia Department of Education Meeting held today, Virginia Board President Dr. Billy K. Cannaday laid out his hopes for reviewing changes to the Consolidated State Plan.

Dr. Cannaday said that when it comes to the overall goals of a Consolidated State Plan, the board will ensure that public schools of high quality are maintained.

Back In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, was signed into law. This replaced the previous amendment, known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

ABC Eager to Replace or Move Warehouse and Headquarters

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage is eager to replace or move both its warehouse and headquarters, which sits behind The Diamond.

Built in 1960, the 21.5 acre site distributes distilled spirits to 365 ABC retail stores across Virginia.

According to Betty Gettings, Director of Communications for Virginia ABC, the site is almost at capacity. Gettings says, “Well, our warehouse is operating at 90 percent capacity, which is going to curtail growth in the near future.”

People Let Me Tell You About...

People let me tell you about my best friend…

If you’re of a certain age or if you’re of a certain type—one who digested all sorts of TV shows from the late 60s, 70s, etc. then that opening line should ring a bell. It’s the opening line from the TV show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” (Yes, I’m aware it was also a movie—ok, I actually didn’t know it was a movie until I IMDB’d it and saw that).