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Madeleine Peyroux, from cobblestones to concert halls

In lieu of attending high school classes in Paris, Madeleine Peyroux fled to the streets, singing with jazz buskers in the Latin Quarter. "I always said, 'I'm going to get a job in a couple of years and go back to reality.' That never happened. I tried, and it was horrible. I couldn't do a job anywhere else," recalls the veteran singer, best known for torchy folk and jazz covers like Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" and Bessie Smith's "Lovesick Blues." "But I happened to meet the best street musicians in Paris."

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Legacy rap? Big Daddy Kane begs to differ

Big Daddy Kane is, arguably, as good a rapper as has ever been, a fast-rhyming pioneer from the genre's halcyon early days. Born Antonio Hardy and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kane was an influential member of the Juice Crew, a hip-hop collective that counted among its members Biz Markie and Kool G Rap. He was also a hit-maker in his own right; his 1988 single "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" was a golden age landmark.

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WATCH: St. Patrick's Day songs

Peadar MacMahon, an Irish singer/songwriter from Bellingham, sings limericks submitted by readers at The Bellingham Herald.
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WATCH: St. Patrick's Day songs 1:24

WATCH: St. Patrick's Day songs

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Proposed cuts threaten AmeriCorps program at Mary Lyon Elementary

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3-year-old killed in DUI wreck remembered

A new American flag flies over Purdy 1:59

A new American flag flies over Purdy