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N.J. school memorializes Sept. 11 victims with flag display

Cedar Grove High School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, is memorializing the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in a very unique visual manner. The school is installing 2,977 flags on its front lawn -- one for each victim. The flags flown will be those of the home countries of each of the victims killed in the terror attacks. Published September 7, 2015

In this Sept. 20, 2005 file photo, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs smiles after a press conference as he opens the Apple Expo in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Apple founder remains a mystery in new doc 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

It's been a busy year of peering behind the curtain for Alex Gibney, the agit-documentarian whose "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" for HBO raised the hackles of the celebri-cult religion this spring. Mr. Gibney now takes on the cult of personality of a different kind in the personage of late Apple founder and serial tyrant Steve Jobs. Published September 3, 2015

"Whereas we are doing the music that people would expect to hear, we are also including in the show something about his life," says Frank Sinatra Jr. (Associated Press)

Sinatra's son to pay homage to father's centennial with Wolftrap concert

One hundred years ago, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call, Babe Ruth made his pitching debut for the Boston Red Sox — and on Dec. 12, 1915, a pop singer by the name of Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Published September 1, 2015

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Vermont rocker Potter on going solo at 'Midnight'

Grace Potter has packed arenas for years with her band, the Nocturnals, behind her, while continually churning out a unique sound that is part rock, part funk and all-around magnetic. With five albums to her band's credit already, Miss Potter has just released her first solo record, "Midnight," for Hollywood Records. Published September 1, 2015

Wes Craven (AP Images)

'Nightmare on Elm Street' creator Wes Craven dies at 76

Film director Wes Craven, who directed the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and all four of the "Scream" films, died Sunday of brain cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 76. Published August 30, 2015

"We want it to be inclusive, and we always said the food and drink were equal to the music that we're presenting," said John Devlin, the Gourmet Symphony's co-founder and artistic director. (Suhail Mir)

Gourmet Symphony's unique pairing to feed homeless

D.C. charities have found creative ways to bring food to the city's hungry and homeless, but one enterprising partnership has an inspired plan to bolster the souls of Washington's neediest. Published August 30, 2015

Country singer Tim McGraw performs on stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)

McGraw thrills a Yankee Jersey crowd with old favorites, new hits

Country superstar sensation Tim McGraw unleashed his high-spirited performance on this venue on the banks of the Delaware for a two-hour show that displayed the 48-year-old's virtuosity with not only his music genre of choice but also in the sub-variances within country -- and his reaching out beyond the confines of country music itself. Published August 30, 2015

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Lily Tomlin appears in a scene from "Grandma." (Glen Wilson/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

'Grandma' director based Tomlin's character on his own family matron

Paul Weitz, the director of the 1999 teen sex romp "American Pie," is these days often referred to as a feminist filmmaker -- a designation Mr. Weitz, 49, appears to politely demure. "It wasn't conscious on my part that almost all of the characters would be female; it just happened," Mr. Weitz told The Washington Times of his new film, "Grandma." Published August 27, 2015

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Young America's Foundation leader decries Obama on economy

Jiesi Zhao, Director of Young America's Foundation's Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, has decried President Obama for what she views as the president's lack of understanding of free market forces. Published August 26, 2015

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Potter chimes in on the music of 'Midnight'

The silky-voiced Vermont songstress Grace Potter embarks on her first solo release -- minus her band, the Nocturals -- for Hollywood Records and produced by Eric Valentine. Published August 20, 2015

Greta Gerwig (left) as Brooke, and Lola Kirke, as Tracy, in a scene from "Mistress America." (Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)

Gerwig: Script for 'Mistress America' was followed to her letter

Chances are, you've had a friend like Brooke: proactive, loquacious, prone to exaggeration, the life of the party. Someone you know you might do better to avoid but whom you cannot help but be drawn to. For Greta Gerwig, who plays the high-maintenance Brooke in the new film "Mistress America," she didn't have to look far for the character's inspiration. Published August 19, 2015

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Baltimore writer returns overdue library book 34 years late

While rooting through a cabinet over her mother's refrigerator, Baltimore-area writer Michele Wojciechowski discovered an old paperback copy of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," adapted and illustrated by Alice and Joel Schick. The thrill of an unexpected find was quickly tempered by a horrific realization: Ms. Wojciechowski had checked out the book in 1981. Published August 19, 2015

From left, Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke and Avan Jogia pose for a portrait to promote the film, "Ten Thousand Saints" at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

New film from 'American Splendor' directors looks at New York '80s culture

The new film "10,000 Saints" is really and truly about sinners. The film, from directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, which opens at the District's Angelika Pop-Up Friday, takes a detailed look at the New York punk culture of the late 1980s, as well as the missteps that young people make -- both then and now. Published August 17, 2015

Wonder gives free concert to promote final U.S. tour

Recording artist Stevie Wonder gave a free performance Monday morning at the Armory Mall in Washington, D.C., the first stop on a three-city mini-tour to promote the remaining dates on his "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour. Published August 17, 2015

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Springfield plays host to West Coast's Wood Ranch BBQ

While the DMV has no shortage of BBQ joints, it was always going to take a major player to up the ante here in the nation's capital, and thanks to the California-based Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill chain extending its reach to the East Coast at long last, the gauntlet for rib-sticking goodness in the major capital corridor has been thrown a step further. Published August 16, 2015