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Barrington M. Salmon

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City's Next Step Uncertain after Council Nixes Jail Contract

It's back to the drawing board for staffers at the D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement after the D.C. Council rebuffed the company seeking to provide health care to inmates at the D.C. Jail.

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Olympic Protest, BLM Movement: Same Struggle

When Knox College's Ariyana Smith lay on a basketball game for 4.5 minutes before the start of the game against Fontbonne University in Clayton, Missouri, last November, she was following in what is now an established tradition of the activist/athlete.

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D.C.'s Environment Chief Spreads Green Message

During an open house at the DC Department of the Environment on March 15, Mayor Muriel Bowser talked about one of her predecessor’s signature programs: Sustainable DC.

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Rogers Determined to Redefine Environmental Activism

For the past dozen years, Kathleen Rogers, in her role of chief executive officer of the Earth Day Network, has worked to refashion environmental issues in a way that appeals to those often least likely to be involved.

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Ward 8 Hopefuls Band Together Against LaRuby May

LaRuby May's campaign machine has proved to be a juggernaut, but a group of candidates also vying for the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council are hoping to reset the election equation.

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D.C.'s Minority Contractors Come Out in Support of Corizon

A coalition of minority business owners, and others with an interest in the issue, began a full-court press on members of the D.C. Council Tuesday morning.

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NNPA Declares the State of the Black Press Strong

The Challenge: Sustaining Growth, Drawing New, Young Readers

The Internet and digital media have transformed the landscape of the newspaper business in this country for both mainstream and alternative publications. And the constellation of owners and publishers of African-American newspapers have to be innovative, resourceful and adaptable if they hope to survive and thrive in a constantly changing media landscape, said several speakers during the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Black Press Week 2015.

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Internal Emails, Documents Between D.C. Mayor, Schools Chief on Closings Revealed

A local grassroots group that has vigorously fought against several controversial school closings in D.C. released Monday thousands of closure-related documents that detail behind-the-scenes strategizing by schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, former Mayor Vincent C. Gray and city officials.

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Vincent Gray Left Hanging after Machen Resignation

With U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr.'s announcement last week that he's leaving office — without returning an indictment or charges of any kind against former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray — some are more convinced that Machen engaged in a witch hunt.

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Fauntroy's Friends Lead Fundraising Initiative

Growing concern for the well-being of the Rev. Walter Fauntroy and his wife Dorothy has led a number of supporters and friends to rally around the couple in their time of need.

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Famed Bassist Cheikh Ndoye Comes to D.C.'s Blues Alley

Cheikh Ndoye, an internationally acclaimed bassist, arranger and composer, spends much of his time either in the studio or on tour in exotic locales around the world, but for three days this week, the D.C. native is home.

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Scheduling Conflict Causes Bruised Feelings

A scheduling decision by Mayor Muriel Bowser recently to hold her State of the District address on the same night as a Ward 8 candidates' forum has caused dissension in the planning group and among candidates.

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Candidates Doubling Down in Ward 8 Race

More and more, the Ward 8 council race is shaping up as the battle of the "bigs," "the middles" and the "littles" financially.

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The Race for Ward 8: Money, Recognition, Anonymity, Clawing for Exposure

The 16 men and women vying for the Ward 8 council seat have ratcheted up their outreach, crisscrossing the ward, seeking to cast a wide net of residents and embracing every opportunity to lure the unattached into their fold.

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Frederick Takes Reins of Howard University

Outlines Priorities and Vision of HBCU's Future

During a morning ceremony where the Howard University Board of Trustees officially installed Wayne A.I. Frederick as Howard University's 17th president, he used his inaugural address to articulate his vision for an institution in the midst of change.

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Netanyahu Speech Draws Mixed Reviews

Since House Speaker John Boehner secretly arranged for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress, Washington has been whipped by acrimony, denunciations and recriminations.

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Problems Persist at D.C. Board of Elections

For more than a decade, Dorothy Brizill has monitored and observed the Board of Elections and Ethics during and after regular and special elections. What she's seen has cast serious in her mind that the agency has the ability to do the job assigned to it by D.C. law.

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Marijuana Legal in D.C. but Future Remains Unclear

District of Columbia residents are settling into the reality that marijuana use is now legal in the nation's capital, but local elected officials and those familiar with the ways of Congress believe this is probably not the end of the story.

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Distinguished Women Honored for Legacies

Five women were honored by the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust as Phenomenal Women of 2015.

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Bowser, D.C. Council Stand Up to 'Bullying' Congressmen on Eve of Pot Legalization

The battle lines between D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the United States Congress on marijuana legalization have been drawn.

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Audit: Myriad Problems at D.C. Board of Elections

The year 2014 certainly wasn't a very good one for the District of Columbia Board of Elections.

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Hundreds Attend Taylor Dedication Ceremony

Architect, Educator 38th Black Honored by U.S. Postal Service

Robert Robinson Taylor graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the end of the 19th century but the ripples of his life and legacy continue to resonate among family members, Tuskegee University, MIT and elsewhere.

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Ward 8 Race Heats Up, Thins Out

If a large stash of cash were the only determinant to winning a political race, LaRuby May would be well on the way to victory.

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Causes for Deadly Metro Incident Fall on Staff Errors

More than a month after smoke filled a Yellow Line train and tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza, leaving more than 200 commuters trapped underground, Metro officials say they still don't know what caused the problem.

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Md. Poet Encourages Readers to Take Romantic Journey

Frank J. Phillips, a Laurel, Maryland, resident for whom words have always held a fascination, has penned a book of love poems released just in time for Valentine's Day.

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Young People Embrace Financial Literacy

Learn Ins and Outs of Adult Responsibilities

In a society that has seen widespread economic and financial turmoil not seen in decades, financial literacy has gained added currency, officials say.

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Prince George's Councilman Raps Governor's Proposed Cuts

Prince George's County Council Chair Mel Franklin on Monday sharply criticized Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget cuts, saying the short-sighted reductions come at the expense of the state's middle class.

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Ted Leonsis Has Big Plans for DC-CAP

Ted Leonsis, a 58-year-old billionaire businessman, venture capitalist and owner or part-owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics, said he's proud to be named chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program, adding that the mission going forward is clear.

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Masters Barry, 'Big G' Help Kick Off Writing Contest

Ballou Student Will Win $1,000

Those Ballou Senior High School seniors who think they have the writing chops can find out if they’re as good as they think they are if they choose to submit a poem or an essay during Black History Month.

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Assata Shakur Supporters Fight for Her Exoneration

When President Barack Obama announced his intention to normalize relations with longtime nemesis Cuba, it wasn't long before questions began to swirl about the fate of Assata Shakur.

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Ward 8 Residents Grapple with Crime

Cross Section of Community Gathers Seeking Solutions

More than 250 residents, young people, activists, police officers, clergy and businesspeople met at the Old Congress Heights School in Southeast to discuss the top causes of teen crime and violence and the solutions to these problems.

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Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl Overshadowed by 'Deflategate'

An incident involving the Patriots during the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts has overshadowed the lead up to the Super Bowl, prompting a furious public reaction and casting doubt on New England's season.

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Pepco and Exelon Merger Meets Opposition

A proposed merger by utility companies Exelon and Pepco is being touted by officials of both companies as one that will benefit Pepco ratepayers, but a constellation of opponents has lined up to oppose the proposal.

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Hispanic Chamber's Focus: Making Connections

Annual Dinner Highlights Improved Relationships

For the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, connections are the lifeblood of the organization. And that part of the organization's mission was on display at the recent Sixth Annual Embassy Dinner Series.

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State of the Union 2015: Obama Calls on GOP to Help Middle Class

Uses Speech to Set Agenda, Frame 2016 Election

In a State of the Union address that was perhaps his most energetic and optimistic — before a Congress dominated by Republican majorities for the first time in his presidency — President Barack Obama proclaimed the state of the union "strong."

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Today's Activists: Heirs of Civil Rights Movement

But Tensions Exist Between the Two Generations

As millennial activists have assumed leadership roles, there's been friction between them and veteran civil rights organizations.

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Ward 8 Race: Crowded Field of Candidates

At last count, almost two dozen people have signaled their intention and filed to run for the seat of the late Ward 8 Council member Marion S. Barry Jr.

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Bowser Woos Business Community

Promises Closer Collaboration, Less Red Tape

At a Dec. 11 D.C. Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Muriel Bowser told the 450 guests at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center that local businesses and the private sector are critical partners in any of the city's future growth.

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Mom's Cancer Diagnosis Prompts Daughter to Launch Soap Business

When Carlene Meeks found out that her mother was diagnosed with cancer, the expected worries and concern kicked in. But her medical background helped her cope with the bad news.

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The Bowser Era Begins

Mayor, AG, Council Proclaim Fresh Start

In a poignant ceremony brimming with the promise of renewal, Muriel Elizabeth Bowser became the second woman to serve as chief executive officer of the nation's capital.

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Kwanzaa Brings Divergent Groups Together

Charis Goff had never been to nor participated in any Kwanzaa activity until Sunday, when the organization she heads, the Thursday Network, partnered with the National Black United Front to produce the Ujima Kwanzaa Celebration.

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Obama's Cuba Announcement Rattles Status Quo

Angers, Cheers Cuban Emigres, Observers

When Jennifer Stokes-Fearing heard that President Barack Obama would begin easing sanctions and normalize relations with Cuba, her first thought, she said, was that it should have happened a while ago.

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Ebola Hot Spots Ebb and Flow as Fight Continues

Deaths Climb Above 7,300

Ebola may have fallen off America's radar, but the virus continues to devastate communities in three affected West African countries.

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Mothers and Fathers Unite in Grief at D.C. March

The "Justice for All" rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network brought a vast crowd of protestors to downtown D.C., some who vowed to make the complacent uncomfortable and others who promised to continue protesting until Congress moves to ensure that special prosecutors investigate controversial police shootings.

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Marion Barry Remembered, Praised at Funeral Service

Thousands Pay Their Last Respects

It's almost expected, and often commonplace that someone who spent a half-century in politics and immersed in public service would have amassed a sizable fortune. But not Marion Barry.

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Capital Area Food Bank: A Senior Safety Net

For Eleanor Smith, the Capital Area Food Bank has been both a lifesaver and a godsend.

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Marion Barry Served a Broad Constituency

On the early morning of Nov. 23, Marion S. Barry collapsed shortly after a three-day stay at Howard University Hospital and was rushed to the United Medical Center in Southeast. Since his death, residents of Washington, D.C. have mourned the four-time mayor and three-term Ward 8 council member.

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D.C. Prepares to Send Marion Barry Off in Style

Days after former Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. died of a heart attack, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) promised to give him a grand send-off.

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Marion Barry Supporters, Ex-Offenders Honor Fallen Leader

Tiffani Howard stood in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, watching several dozen ex-offenders and other supporters of former mayor and Ward 8 Council member Marion S. Barry march chanting "Marion Barry! Mayor for Life!"

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Ferguson Fuels Activism in D.C., Nationally

The column of people overwhelmed streets and snake-like, stretched from sidewalk-to-sidewalk as far as the eye could see. Marchers carried signs, placards and banners, shook their fists in unison and the diverse crowd's throaty, defiant chants ripped through the cool air.

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