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Barrington M. Salmon

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Missouri Grand Jury Declines to Charge Cop

Protestors Resolve to Continue Fight for Justice

Five months after a white Missouri police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri and after three months of deliberation, a 12-member grand jury returned a decision of no true bill, meaning Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for killing Michael Brown.

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Ward 7 Dems Host Reporters' Roundtable

Nov. 4 Elections Discussed, Dissected

It's common knowledge that Democratic voters usually stay home during midterms. So that's what Ward 7 Democrats focused on prior to the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

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Marion Barry: Remembered as the People's Champion

Marion Shepilov Barry Jr., always admitted to being human, possessing flaws and foibles that sometimes tripped him up and enmeshed him in controversy, but it was this reality and the redemptive quality of his life that drew him so closely to Washingtonians, particularly African-Americans.

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'My Brother's Keeper' Taking Root in D.C.

Washington, D.C., is one of the newest members of the "My Brother's Keeper" community. The MBK Community Challenge Local Action Summit brought together representatives from organizations citywide. The Nov. 18 gathering at the St. Elizabeths campus on Alabama Avenue in Southeast illustrates their commitment to this cause.

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Ward 8 Dems Ponder Ways to Strengthen Group

Any hopes that the Democratic Party had for beating Republicans in the Nov. 4 general elections died when traditional supporters — African-Africans, Latinos, women and millennials — voted with their feet by staying home.

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D.C. Police Chief Lanier: Changes On the Way

Early next year, the Metropolitan Police Department will roll out a new drug enforcement strategy that will allow the department to more effectively counter a drug trade gone digital.

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Williams Sisters, Guests Rechristen SE Tennis Center

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined Cora Masters Barry, tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams, friends and supporters for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the conclusion of renovations and the grand reopening of the facility.

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D.C. Police Chief Lanier Answers Critics at Hearing

Many Left Unconvinced

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier spent more than an hour responding to criticisms leveled at the Metropolitan Police Department by more than two dozen residents at a recent city council hearing.

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Ebola Numbers Spike Overseas

For months, World Health Organization officials warned that the numbers of Ebola victims and casualties might be understated because of unreported cases in rural areas of the affected countries and families hiding the sick.

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Muriel Bowser Wins D.C. Mayor's Race

After 20 grueling months on the campaign trail, Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser beat back the challenges of independent candidates Carol Schwartz and David Catania. She'll be D.C.'s first female mayor in more than 20 years.

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Bowser Taking No Chances in Final Days

The D.C. mayoral race — and the contentious debates that accompanied it — has sometimes been ugly and veered toward the personal, but Muriel Bowser holds at least an eight-point lead going into the Tuesday general election.

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D.C. Chamber Spotlights Honorees at Gala

The DC Chamber of Commerce recognized seven honorees at its annual Choice Awards & Gala for their exceptional contributions to the growth of the District.

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D.C. Health Officials Preparing for Ebola

Since Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola and two nurses who treated him contracted the disease, there's been a tug-of-war between health officials seeking to assure the public that the virus is under control on one hand and rising fear and anxiety on the other.

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Figueroa and Nasser Make Magic Together

'Talisman' a Smorgasborg of Latin and Brazilian Influences

Minutes into a conversation with famed Latin percussionist Sammy Figueroa, one realizes just how much music suffuses his entire existence.

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D.C. Honors City Employees

Hundreds of District employees spent the afternoon on Friday enjoying D.C. Employee Appreciation Day, an event previously hosted by former Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr.

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Washington Informer: The Involved Weekly

In the early 1970s, announcers on the local WOL 1450-AM radio station provided the voice-overs in daily ads declaring The Washington Informer "the involved weekly."

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Second Ebola Case in U.S. Stokes Fear

On the heels of Thomas Eric Duncan's death from Ebola in Dallas on Oct. 8, one of the nurses treating him has contracted the disease.

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D.C. Police Under Fire for Aggressive Tactics

Citizens Blast Department at Hearing

When it comes to the Metropolitan Police Department, local residents say they find themselves dealing with a situation of the tail wagging the dog.

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D.C. Region Dodges Ebola — For Now

Since word spread during the latter part of last week that two people in the Washington metro area might have Ebola, local residents have been as nervous and jittery as other Americans because of the knowledge that Ebola is now on American soil.

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