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Barrington M. Salmon

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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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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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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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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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New Orleans Students Donate Time, Resources to Philippines

Students from McDonogh 35 Senior High School in New Orleans will travel to the Philippines this summer to offer support to fellow students slammed by a typhoon in November.

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Marion Barry: Still Doing It His Way

For years, Ward 8 Council member Marion S. Barry Jr. says, journalists and authors have written stories about him, personal and professional. Having lived life on his terms, the former four-time mayor decided now would be the appropriate time to tell his story.

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U.S.-Ghana Game Excites Football Fans

The third time proved to be the charm for the United States men's national soccer team after they beat nemesis Ghana 2-1 in a thrilling match decided in the last four minutes of the game.

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Marion Barry's Life Takes Center Stage at D.C. Book Signing

After more than 40 years in public life, former mayor and Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry has finally written a book that tries to capture a full life that has taken him from the Mississippi Delta to Washington.

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United Medical Center Forges a New Path

Medical personnel at the United Medical Center fight an uphill battle every day as they help residents in Wards 7 and 8 lower and eliminate the high incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other illnesses that are wreaking havoc in people's lives.

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Kenilworth-Parkside Residents See Brighter Future

With great fanfare, the nonprofit D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative designated the Kenilworth-Parkside area in Northeast as a Promise Zone.

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Maya Angelou's Love of Life, Talent Remembered

Friends and colleagues lauded the late Maya Angelou, who danced, acted, belted out songs, penned soaring poetry and captivating novels that chronicled some of the horrors of her young life and her ability to rise above circumstances that might have crippled others.

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Mosley Brings Readers New Protagonist

Move over Easy, Debbie's Arrived

Walter Mosley knew he'd found his calling at age 34 when after working as a computer programmer and holding other jobs, he wrote his first novel.

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Hundreds Support Area's Black and Missing

Since Oct. 11, 2010, Valencia Harris has lived a nightmare from which she’s yet to emerge.

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Supporters Fight for Public Schools Survival

Six Decades after Brown Ruling, Education Gap Widens

Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court scrapped segregation in America's public schools, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the steps of the Supreme Court, then marched to the Department of Justice demanding that President Barack Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder use the power of their offices to blunt the assault against public schools.

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Thousands Sample Passport DC 2014

Thousands Sample Passport DC 2014

For the past two weekends, perhaps as many as 30,000 people have trooped to more than 50 embassies along the celebrated “Embassy Row” in Northwest to immerse themselves in the art, history, culture and cuisine of places many may never actually visit.

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Combs Electrifies Howard Crowd

A record number of graduates took part in Howard University’s 146th Commencement Convocation, on a day that saw music mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs excite his supporters and convert skeptics during his keynote address.

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Hundreds Rally to Support Kidnapped Girls

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Islamist rebels three weeks ago has frayed the nerves, tested the patience and deeply angered Nigerians already weary and increasing nervous over a bloody four-year insurgency.

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RIF Gala Helps Cultivate Next Generation of Readers

Carol Rasco remembers as a child growing up in the Arkansas Delta her parents and grandparents helping instill in her a deep love for reading and the written word.

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Highland Park Christian Academy Wins Robotics Award

The students, faculty and staff of Landover's Highland Park Christian Academy are walking with a little more pep in their step and chests out after having snagged a $10,000 grant to begin a robotics program at the school.

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Emancipation Day, Statehood Share Spotlight

All this week, as D.C. residents celebrate the 151st anniversary of Emancipation Day, statehood advocates have been using the holiday to advance their quest for autonomy. But there are divisions and differences of opinion and approach which make the task that much more difficult.

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Vincent Orange Exudes Confidence Ahead of Elections

Vincent B. Orange believes that he's the best person to serve as Washington, D.C.'s next mayor.

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Bowser's On a Future Quest for the City

Muriel Bowser has been on the stump since March of last year, trying to cement her bid to succeed D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and two weeks before the April 1 primary, she has been slated by a number of pundits and analysts to be the candidate to beat.

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Possible Indictment Clouds Gray Re-Election Bid

Since D.C.'s U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr. announced March 10 that local businessman Jeffrey Thompson admitted to secretly funding a $3.3 million shadow campaign to finance national and local candidates in 28 races, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, residents have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Soul Music Pervades the White House

Some of the country's female singing legends descended on the White House Thursday to celebrate Women's History Month with the first family.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Defends Himself, Touts City's Accomplishments

"I say this to all of you clearly and unequivocally, I did not break the law!" With those words, Mayor Vincent C. Gray began an unabashed defense of his innocence in a campaign corruption scandal that exploded Monday afternoon following an appearance in federal court of the man prosecutors say has tied Gray to campaign misdeeds.

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African Women in a Changing World

More and more, African leaders are recognizing and acknowledging the challenges women face, and are using the powers of their office and partnering with civil society and other organizations to begin to reverse the varied trials women face.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Engulfed in Scandal

D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr. dropped a bomb in the midst of the mayor's race on Monday when one of the city's most prominent donors pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws, submitting false filings to the IRS and conspiring to violate District campaign finance laws.

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Gray Continues to Support Embattled Fire Chief

Despite strident calls by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells for the heads of Paul A. Quander Jr. and Kenneth B. Ellerbe, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said that’s not happening.

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Gray, City Officials Announce New Project at St. Elizabeths

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other city officials are banking on the $5 million St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion providing an economic foundation that will transform the fortunes of Ward 8.

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ASALH Luncheon Shines Light on Black Achievement

An audience of more than 1,000 guests at the 88th Annual Black History Luncheon at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Northwest heard about the importance of studying black history, securing a quality education and honoring the sacrifices of our forebears.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Hunkers Down for Stretch Run

Perhaps it's a good thing that Mayor Vincent C. Gray operates effectively on a limited sleep schedule. These days, he juggles his mayoral duties with the pressing demands of a re-election campaign.

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City Report Blasts D.C. Fire/EMS Personnel for Resident's Death

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety released a blistering report Friday detailing the multiple failings of D.C. firefighters at a Rhode Island Avenue station and dispatchers that resulted in the death of an elderly resident.

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World Bank Critics Seek Outside Help

Argue That the Bank Cannot Police Itself

Over the past three decades, this venerable institution has been roiled by charges from current and former employees about the deep-seated racial bias and discrimination at the Bank.

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A Love Supreme: Celebrating African-American Love with Dignity & Pride

The couples we spoke to represent a mélange of people, ideas and experiences. They took the bold step to get married. Here are their stories.

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Mills Family Seeks Justice

Firefighters Disregard Medical Emergency

District residents and elected officials are still at a loss as to why firefighters from the Engine 15 station house neglected to help a critically ill man last month.

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Republicans Mark Black History Month with Luncheon

In what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus expects to be a yearly event, he and more than 300 mostly African-American Republicans, supporters and their friends celebrated Black History Month with an awards luncheon.

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African-Americans Count for Little at the World Bank

Phyllis Muhammad's official and unofficial responsibilities at the World Bank gave her a bird's eye view of the steady and significant patterns of racism and discrimination perpetrated at the institution.

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Mills Family Demands Accountability, Changes to D.C. Law

The family of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. and their attorneys are calling for the firing of firefighters and D.C. Fire and Emergency Management personnel who refused to help when Mills suffered a medical emergency and subsequently died.

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