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Barrington M. Salmon

Stories by Barrington M.

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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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'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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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Body Cameras Come to D.C.

For the next six months, officers from MPD will wear five versions of body-worn cameras, either on their shoulders, chests or on glasses.

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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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Texas Ebola Patient Dies; U.S. to Begin Screening at Major Airports

Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and federal authorities said it will now begin more intensive screening processes for the virus at five heavily-traveled U.S. airports.

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Eric Holder Remains Committed to His Mission

One day after announcing his resignation, Attorney General Eric Holder came to the friendly confines of the Congressional Black Caucus, where he reiterated the Department of Justice's intention to continue "acting aggressively to ensure that every American can exercise his or her right to participate in the democratic process, unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions that discourage, discriminate, or disenfranchise."

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D.C. Gun Law in Judge's Hands

D.C. officials will be waiting anxiously to learn if U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. signs off on an emergency bill that allows residents to carry concealed firearms in public.

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First Case of Ebola Confirmed in U.S.

A patient at a Dallas hospital has been confirmed as the first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

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Small Business Owners Slam D.C. Mayor Gray

A few dozen vocal business owners stood on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building on Tuesday to demonstrate their displeasure with the Gray administration for not spending the full amount of money set aside for local, small and minority businesses for the past three years.

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Tennis Center's Expansion Moves Into High Gear

The scaffolding, construction workers, backhoes and cherry pickers at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center signal the more visible parts of $18 million in renovations and remodeling.

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Informer Friends, Supporters, Staff Celebrate 50th

Those who knew Dr. Calvin Rolark spoke at the opening of a Washington Informer photo exhibit on how much he valued pictures.

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Informer Photographers Capture Black, D.C. Life

Five past and current photographers spoke of their challenges but also dwelled on the joy brought by honing their craft and the satisfaction of working with a newspaper that's championed D.C.'s black community for five decades.

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Ebola Weakens Already Fragile Nations

As the Ebola virus decimates their beloved country, Liberian ambassador to the United States Jeremiah C. Sulunteh and Marion Parker Cassell Nelson watch with horror and growing concern.

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World Health Organization Ramping up Fight against Ebola

The Ebola epidemic is wreaking havoc on populations in parts of West Africa forcing the World Health Organization to call for a more determined global response to bring the outbreak under control.

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Conversations and Protests Continue Post-Ferguson

Over the weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds marched and held a rally in memory of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Jazz in the Garden: One of Washington's Crown Jewels

For several hours on Friday evening, the sounds of Zack Smith and the Power Trio's Zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana music transformed the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden into an oasis of rhythmic sound and motion.

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Baker, P.G. County Business Leaders Head to China

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is leading a delegation of business leaders and government officials to China to strengthen trade ties and attract new investments to the county.

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Ebola Claims 1,400 Victims

Global Health Officials Acknowledge Underestimating Outbreak

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is being described by World Health Organization officials as likely being more widespread than previously reported.

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Greenbelt Acquires Automated License Plate Reader

Raises Vital Privacy and Civil Liberties Questions

Thanks to a $49,000 grant from the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, Greenbelt police will be deploying a portable automated license plate reader to help fight crime.

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Gray, Partners Shape Anacostia River's Rebirth

When Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014” into law, among a number of things, it also marked the official kick off a multi-year, multifaceted plan to clean up the Anacostia River.

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Michael Brown Laid to Rest

But Demands for Change in the U.S. Persist

Almost 5,000 mourners packed Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis two weeks after a white police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Unrest Roils Ferguson

D.C. Demonstrators Add Voice to Protest

As authorities released the name Friday of the Missouri police officer who fatally shot a black teenager over the weekend, thousands nationwide have voiced their disgust and anger at what they say is yet another shooting death of an unarmed teen by police.

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U.S.-Africa Summit Signals Change

From his vantage point two days after the conclusion of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Ambassador Michael A. Battle declared the summit a success, but with the caveat that a great deal of work lies ahead.

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Farafina Kan Storms into its 10th Year

Performing Arts Company Celebrates at UDC

For Nana Efua Badu Osundara, Farafina Kan has been a godsend.

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U.S.-Africa Summit Tackles Difficult Issues

African Leaders, Obama Work to Strengthen Economic Ties

It should be no surprise a landmass that could easily fit the United States, China, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, Peru, Greece, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and most of Europe has a bag of continent-sized issues stalking Africa's 54 nations and its more than one billion people. But over the course of three historic days, the focus of 50 African presidents and heads of state, President Barack Obama and members of his administration has been to look at these problems as opportunities.

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Pro-Palestinian Protest Brings Thousands to White House

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched to the White House on Aug. 2 to express their outrage against Israel’s most recent military offensive in Gaza.

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Young Inventors Take Thingamajig by Storm

For one glorious summer day last week, thousands of young people enjoyed the fruits of their creative labor.

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Judge's Ruling Upends D.C. Gun Ban

A federal judge granted a 90-day stay Tuesday in a recent ruling that declared D.C.'s ban on citizens carrying handguns in public as unconstitutional, a delay welcomed by city officials and law enforcement who had scrambled to comply with the ruling.

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D.C. Council Overrides Mayor Gray’s Budget Veto

The D.C. Council didn't take long Monday afternoon to brush aside Mayor Vincent C. Gray's veto of the fiscal 2015 budget.

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Throng of Mourners Say Goodbye to Wayne Curry

It may have been a funeral, but laughter, joyous reflections and chuckles replaced tears and palpable anguish as several thousand people packed into the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro to celebrate the life of Wayne Curry.

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Barbara Lang Takes Career in Different Direction

After being the face of the DC Chamber of Commerce for the past 11 years, Barbara Lang stepped away from the organization she helped build into an effective and powerful advocate for businesses in the District of Columbia.

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Africa Underground Spotlights Kenya

The sweet sounds of Mombasa music and other uniquely Kenyan songs played by Jabali Afrika in the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden captured listeners' attention.

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Nationals Summer Camp Builds Skills for Life

The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy sits on Ely Street, a jewel overlooking the road that represents the field of dreams for underserved children living in Wards 7 and 8.

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Wayne Curry Remembered as a Visionary

Condolences and accolades poured in for the man credited with transforming Prince George's County from a slow-paced, majority-white farming region and D.C. bedroom community into the most affluent and educated majority-black county in the country.

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Questions Linger in Mayor's Race

As he surveys the political landscape, Joslyn N. Williams is left shaking his head.

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Wayne Curry, 63, First Black P.G. County Executive, Dies

Condolences and accolades are pouring in for the man credited with transforming Prince George's County from a slow-paced, majority-white farming region and D.C. bedroom community into one that became the most affluent and educated majority black county in the country.

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Barry Feted at Event Marking Book Launch

Coincides with Kickoff of Informer's 50th Anniversary

If anyone doubted the deep love and affection people have for Ward 8 Council member Marion S. Barry Jr., the scene at the end of a June 23 event should have removed all uncertainty.

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