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Deadly Gun Violence On The Rise Again Among Nashville Teens

People who work with teenagers don’t understand why gun violence is on the rise again. In less than six months, the number of teen deaths in Nashville has already matched the death toll for all of last year.

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Whether or not Vanderbilt’s lecturers and adjunct faculty will form a union is still very much in flux. And the results won’t be known for weeks or even months.  

That’s because significant numbers of the ballots are being challenged.

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Local tech startups are more popular than ever — with investors outside of Tennessee, that is.

Data that tracks capital investment trends in the last five years show a steady rise in funding from out-of-state backers. But funding from investors in Tennessee hasn’t seen the same growth. 

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With the Nashville Predators facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Nashville’s first-ever Stanley Cup Final, hockey fever has swept through the city, including its concert halls.

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You’ve heard this one before: Nashville area home sales reached a new record last month. According to local real estate agents, the median price for a single-family home in the Nashville area hit $279,000 in May.

Greater Nashville Realtors says closings were up more than 6 percent, and prices for a single-family home were up nearly 8 percent compared to last year. This means homes are getting snapped up fast.

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This week, the Stanley Cup Finals coincide with what's already one of Lower Broadway's busiest times of the year — the CMA Music Festival.

But officials for the Predators, the festival and the city aren't worried. They have a plan. In fact, they say they've been fantasizing about this precise scenario for almost two years.

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For the second week in a row, we're featuring talented young musicians. Chloe Harvel recently graduated from high school and is headed off to study violin performance in college. Her 16-year-old brother Nolan plays classical guitar and attends Ravenwood High School. The pair returned to Studio C this week with music that moves a traditional Latin dance into the concert hall. 

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In our society, what we do often defines how we see ourselves: Our identity is tied up with careers and success. So what happens when we're forced to start over? These people have grappled with reinvention, realizing that it's possible to get out of situations that don't feel right — and figure out how to move forward. Featuring musician Vanessa Carlton, journalist-turned-educator Chris Echegaray and former country music manager Chip Peay.

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The city’s largest public housing development is getting a handful of new police officers.

MDHA, the city’s housing authority, is giving Metro Police $100,000 to put a team of four new officers on the streets of the James Cayce homes. However, they won’t be driving: The officers will do their patrol on foot and on bikes.

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A Chinese-owned company that makes memory foam pillows and mattresses opened its first American manufacturing plant in La Vergne on Tuesday.

Sinomax, which has provided products for Walmart stores since 2006, invested $28 million in the new facility and is expected to create 350 local jobs. 

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Nashville Public Library has won top honors among its peers. The system has been named "Library of the Year" by industry publication Library Journal, which called NPL a "champion of diversity and inclusiveness and a literacy gladiator."

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This week, a versatile young harpist from Wales stopped by Studio C on his way between a festival in New Orleans and a workshop in Louisville. At just 21, it would be impressive enough if Ben Creighton Griffiths only held the principal harp position for one professional orchestra, but he's got that job with two ensembles, plus parallel careers as a touring soloist in both the classical and jazz genres. Griffiths gave us a taste of the wide range of music he can tease out of a single instrument, from impressionistic classical and traditional Welsh to walking bass and modal jazz.

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As composers in the mid-20th century began wild experiments in sound, the practice of traditional music notation became increasingly inadequate. How, for example, could the sound of John Cage’s amplified cactus, or the electroacoustic experiments of Pierre Schaeffer be effectively scored by notes on a staff?

As a result, the art of graphic notation — the use of shapes or patterns instead of, or together with, conventional notation — began. The scores generally fall in one of two categories: Some strive to communicate specific compositional intentions, while others are meant to inspire the performer’s imagination.

Here’s a look at a few graphic scores, the ways they’ve been interpreted by performers and how the tradition has evolved over the years.

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Each summer, talented high school students from around the state gather in Murfreesboro to hone their visual art, theater, dance or music skills with college-level teachers at the Governor's School for the Arts. We got a taste of how much fun the faculty get to have, as professors from the music division performed lively selections together with their peers.

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