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Orange Pushes Entrepreneur Program For Ex-Offenders

D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange (D-At Large) wants ex-offenders to have a chance at entrepreneurship when they return home from being incarcerated. Orange introduced legislation Tuesday to promote self-employment, provide second chances and curb recidivism for the city’s returning citizens
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The District is poised to offset the number of families and individuals who face homelessness this winter. /Photo courtesy dcinno.streetwise.com
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Bowser Strengthens Efforts to Curb Homelessness in D.C.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has beefed up her administration’s efforts to curb homelessness this winter by encouraging residents to help pass the “Year Round Access to Shelter Policy Amendment Act.” Bower states in her Oct. 28 newsletter that while far too many men, women and families with children experience homelessness, their situations could be much better.
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Four Virginia Teens Dead Within Days; Three by Suicide
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Four Virginia Teens Dead Within Days; Three by Suicide

Prince William County Police determined the deaths of three Virginia teenagers this weekend were committed by suicide. Department spokesman Nathan Probus said the ruling Wednesday into the death of Christopher Owens, 15, was by a gunshot wound. Police found Owens on Monday after his family from Bristow reported him missing Saturday.
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Four colleagues from among the 66 D.C. Public Schools’ students testified at the “Issues Facing District of Columbia Youth” hearing last week at City Hall about problems and changes they said need to be made in the school system. Howard University News Service
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D.C. Students Seek Changes in Schools

WASHINGTON – District of Columbia public high school student Milagro Argueta told the audience that if she and her Spanish-speaking friends are lucky enough to eat lunch at their school in peace, it’s a good day. They have the money, she said through an interpreter, but they don’t speak enough English to easily order lunch. So, they can only point to what they want to eat, and frustrated, sometimes insensitive cafeteria personnel lash out at the students, she said
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Environmentalists Blast Exelon-Bowser Deal
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Environmentalists Blast Exelon-Bowser Deal

A merger of Exelon Corp and Pepco Holdings Inc. would create the largest electric utility holding company in the country. In the meantime, however, the proposed merger has so far caused nothing but controversy in the District, with environmental groups railing against the deal.
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Orange Continues Push for D.C. Statehood
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Orange Continues Push for D.C. Statehood Residents Allowed to Testify at Public Hearing

At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange has been on the forefront of the campaign to secure full voting representation and statehood for the District of Columbia. And on Tuesday, Oct. 27, he, along with Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, held a public hearing on PR 21-302, the “Sense of the Council in Support of a ‘Statehood or Else’ Signature Campaign Resolution of 2015,” which Councilmembers Orange, Alexander, Bonds and Grosso introduced in July 2015.
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Mayor Bowser was ambushed by activist and protestors in response to her proposed Anti-Crime Bill during her appearance at the launch of the Anacostia Heritage Trail in Southeast on Saturday, Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of Twitter User: @2liveunchained.
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Activists Rally against Mayor’s Anti-Crime Bill

Local activist groups in the District have denounced Mayor Bowser’s Anti-Crime Bill and say it’s not only unconstitutional and racist, but believe it would result in the displacement of native Washingtonians. The Rev. Graylan Hagler, senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast, believes that the content of the bill reflects an “erosion of human rights.”
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Citizens Leery of Mayor’s Criminal Justice Proposals
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Citizens Leery of Mayor’s Criminal Justice Proposals

Trayon White said he has family members and friends who are ex-offenders who he said he believes would be harassed and targeted under the mayor’s proposal for warrantless searches of ex-offenders. DCCrime photo2. Scores gathered outside of City Hall and later appeared before the City Council to voice their opposition to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposals to combat crime, which included body cameras worn by police. The footage, however, would not available to the public.
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