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.
The battle lines between D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the United States Congress on marijuana legalization have been drawn.
The year 2014 certainly wasn't a very good one for the District of Columbia Board of Elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 DC Chamber of Commerce recognized seven honorees at its annual Choice Awards & Gala for their exceptional contributions to the growth of the District.
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.
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.