Singing About Love: Hailu Mergia Interviewed (4-10-18)

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After finding a Hailu Mergia tape in a shop in Ethiopia, then Googling a phone number to get in touch, Brian Shimkovitz reissued the dreamy, hypnotic 1985 solo album, Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument back in 2013 on his label Awesome Tapes from Africa. With it, he introduced the snake charmer synths and psychedelic-kitsch accordion sounds of this legendary Ethiopian bandleader and jazz musician to a whole new young, hip audience. It was followed up by reissues of Mergia’s 1977 beautiful Ethio-jazz albums Tche Belew and last year’s Wede Harer Guzo, built on moody ancient scales and standards.

Mergia, who was working as an airport taxi driver at the time, loved the out-of-the-blue comeback and the opportunity to tour the world, and now at 71, is keeping the momentum up with new writing. In February, Awesome Tapes released Lala Belu, Mergia’s first new album in over 15 years, recorded in London and mixed in Washington DC, near his home in Maryland.

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Electric Vehicles Can Save “Ridesharing” Drivers A Lot Of Money Every Year. (4-8-18)

It would probably take an encyclopedia to cover the far-reaching benefits that electric vehicles (EV) have already had on our society, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Carmakers have not been able to keep up with demand, but that’s in part a good sign since it means consumers are seeing the benefits of electric cars and want them.

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JUMP Bikes Considers Uber Acquisition (4-5-18)

JUMP Bikes, an on-demand biking service that has a partnership with Uber, is trying to decide between a possible acquisition and investment offers.

Sources have told TechCrunch that the company is looking into a possible sale to Uber for more than $100 million, or a venture investment round, with one of the possible investors being Mike Moritz of Sequoia Capital.

In addition, there are reports that other parties have been increasing their offers over the past week in a bid to secure ownership of JUMP.

JUMP and Sequoia were unavailable for comment, while Uber declined to comment on the reports.

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Nats’ Home Opener Brings Changes To Parking, Traffic, Ride Sharing Near Park (4-3-18)

Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina warms up near the Nationals logo on the grass before a baseball game with the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington Saturday, April 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals’ home opener Thursday is the first of many days this year that parking rules, traffic and transit will change in areas around Nationals Park due to crowds of fans.

Traffic impacts

With ongoing construction around the stadium, the District Department of Transportation warns that Nationals fans and commuters near the stadium should add extra time to their trips. The delays could also slow commuter buses that stop nearby.

“Heavy traffic and delays are to be expected around the ballpark and on busy routes such as I-295, I-695, I-395 and the Southeast/Southwest Freeway,” DDOT said in a statement.

Continued work to build over the Third Street Tunnel could also add to delays.

Before and after games, traffic signal timing is changed at dozens of intersections in an effort to reduce the backups.

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