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Barrington M. Salmon

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Panel Pans Media Coverage of Baltimore Unrest

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.

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LaRuby May, Brandon Todd Sworn In to D.C. Council

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.

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LaRuby May Prepares to Join 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.

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Briscoe Foundation Kicks Off

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.

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LaRuby May Edges Trayon White in Ward 8 Election

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.

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Muriel Bowser Announces Four New Cabinet Members

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.

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Karl Racine Zeros in on Consumer Protection, Youth

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.

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Howard University Officials Pilloried for Miller Firing

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.

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Luis Gutierrez Talks Immigration Reform, Presses Fight for Undocumented

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.

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Barbershops Join Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

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.

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Todd Coasts in Ward 4; Ward 8 Race too Close to Call

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.

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Ward 8 Candidates Make Final Push

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.

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Ward 8 Election Could Hinge on Undecideds

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Distinguished Women Honored for Legacies

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

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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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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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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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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.