From the time she was a child, Lidia Antunes Frederico knew she was different.
When San Carlos Apache Tribal Council member Wendsler Nosie found out late last year that Arizona Sen. John McCain had tucked a rider into the National Defense Authorization Act that transfers 2,500 acres of Apache land to a foreign copper company, anger and resolve bubbled up inside in him, he said.
The culmination of secret negotiations brokered by Pope Francis and Canada, a realization by a U.S. president that the status quo was unsustainable and the willingness of two mortal enemies to work through distrust led to change between Cuba and the United States.
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh introduced the Death With Dignity Act of 2015 recently.
Despite the best efforts of city leaders and homeless advocates, homelessness continues to spiral upwards in the District.
The first summer into her tenure as mayor, Muriel Bowser has focused on providing a mélange of programs across several District agencies to provide children, teenagers, adults and families options to fill up the dog days of summer.
For the past five years, officials of the District of Columbia College Access Program have been upsetting the educational status quo in a distinctive program called the Alpha Leadership Program.
The newest crown jewel of the Ben's Chili Bowl empire opened to much fanfare Wednesday morning as a substantial crowd of area residents, passersby, city and business leaders and food lovers crowded in front of the restaurant for the ribbon cutting and opening of one of the District's most well-known businesses.
Several Reports Detail an Agency Mired in Problems
When officials from the Federal Transportation Administration released findings of a safety management inspection that revealed the depth of Metro's operational and financial woes, some riders were taken aback.
Twentieth Anniversary to Address Racism, Injustice
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, in D.C. to divulge plans for this fall's 20th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March, said blacks in the U.S. have no choice but to unify for justice amid the slate of murders of unarmed black and brown civilians.
On June 11, some of D.C. and Baltimore's most distinguished legal minds participated in a panel discussion at the D.C. Superior Court to talk about police brutality and harassment and their effects on black and minority communities.
Tougher Sanctions Follow Spike in Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses
In the past month or so, the number of D.C. residents overdosing or being affected by synthetic marijuana has spiked, prompting D.C. city officials and law enforcement to ratchet up their response.
Guinea, Sierra Leone Remain Locked in Disease's Grip
For more than a year, the Ebola virus has ravaged the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
tA triumphant Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. council members and representatives of the D.C. United soccer team announced an agreement that will keep the team in the District for the next 30 years.
Polly Donaldson has been on the job for a little over three months and has a full plate of seemingly intractable issues around housing, homelessness and affordable housing she has to fix — and she says she relishes the challenge.
Since she assumed the responsibility for running the DC Department of Housing and Community Development earlier this year, Polly Donaldson and her staff have been meeting with residents in each of the city's eight wards.
The Republican National Committee kicked off this year's Black Music Month on Monday with a panel discussion in downtown D.C. that brought together music industry veterans and newcomers to discuss the state of black music.
Mayor Bowser Among Those at Ribbon Cutting
A decade of hard work, myriad challenges and doubts culminated on a hot, sunny May morning with an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, residents and partners celebrating the opening of the Trinity Plaza Apartments.
Creative Arts Seen as Way to Tap into Act's Potential
Supporters of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act are elated that the U.S. Senate has reauthorized the act for 10 more years.
White House correspondent and lifelong Baltimore resident April Ryan said she still gets depressed when she thinks about parts of her beloved city burning and being looted following the police-involved killing of Freddie Gray.
Boosted by ebullient cheers, chants and sustained applause from a standing-room only crowd of friends, family and well-wishers, Brandon Todd and LaRuby May recently took their places on the D.C. Council.
Captures Ward 8 Seat by Mere 80 Votes
LaRuby May and her supporters are basking in the glow of a tough, hard-won battle that earned May the right to succeed legendary Ward 8 champion, former Mayor Marion S. Barry.
Four years ago, Ralphael Briscoe happened to be walking in an apartment complex on Elvans Road SE when a black, unmarked SUV slid up. Briscoe, on the cellphone with a friend, continued walking. Two plainclothes cops confronted him and Briscoe ran.
Results To Be Made Official May 14
LaRuby May, the Ward 8 candidate who stockpiled a massive war chest and who benefited from the support and campaign apparatus of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, appears to have won the city council seat by a razor-thin margin.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser continues to put her imprint on her administration with the swearing in of four more administrators to key positions in her cabinet.
AG, Mayor Wrangle Behind the Scenes over Turf
D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said he will vigorously defend the interests of District residents while protecting his office's independence. That autonomy, however, is in danger of being degraded because of what he describes as a power grab by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
In retrospect, Howard University officials may be rethinking their decision to fire noted poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller. Since he was fired about a month ago, social media has been abuzz as friends, colleagues, students and mentees have expressed their disgust, exasperation and dismay.
Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez fired up an audience of immigrants, Dreamers and supporters of immigration reform Thursday night during a town hall in D.C., where he promised to continue advocating for widespread and comprehensive immigration reform.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the District of Columbia has the highest rate of colorectal cancer in the U.S., and black men are most likely to die from the disease when compared with all other racial groups in the country.
After months of an assortment of candidates slugging it out, the Ward 8 council race is going into overtime with only 152 votes out of 6,200 cast separating Trayon White and LaRuby May.
For those who like a good tussle, the Ward 8 election campaign has morphed in its final round into the type of rough-and-tumble affair some observers relish.
One week before what many acknowledge is a critical election for Ward 8 and after months of campaigning, knocking on doors, chasing votes and getting out in front of prospective voters, there is still a chunk of Ward 8 residents who’re unsure which candidate they’ll vote for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More and more, the Ward 8 council race is shaping up as the battle of the "bigs," "the middles" and the "littles" financially.
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.
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.
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.
Five women were honored by the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust as Phenomenal Women of 2015.
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.
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.