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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Eleanor Smith, the Capital Area Food Bank has been both a lifesaver and a godsend.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The DC Chamber of Commerce recognized seven honorees at its annual Choice Awards & Gala for their exceptional contributions to the growth of the District.
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.
'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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
For the next six months, officers from MPD will wear five versions of body-worn cameras, either on their shoulders, chests or on glasses.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those who knew Dr. Calvin Rolark spoke at the opening of a Washington Informer photo exhibit on how much he valued pictures.
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.
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.
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.
Over the weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds marched and held a rally in memory of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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.