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R.I. Child Dies from Enterovirus-Related Infection

Officials with the Rhode Island Department of Health reported Wednesday the death of a child from a bacterial infection associated with enterovirus D68.

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D.C. Police Begin Wearing Body Cameras

More than 160 D.C. police officers began wearing body cameras Wednesday to record their performance and interaction with the public while on duty, part of a growing law-enforcement trend in the wake of the fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Freeman Named President of Wilberforce University

Algeania Warren Freeman has been named president at Wilberforce University in Ohio, the country's oldest private black university, after an extensive search by school officials.

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Feds Launch $31M Program to Promote Healthier Food-Stamp Diets

The Department of Agriculture announced Monday a $31.5 million initiative to help participants in the food-stamps program more easily afford healthier foods.

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HistoryMakers Encourage Students to Excel

A Chicago-based program pays tribute annually to an esteemed cadre of African-American leaders, who visit public schools across the nation to inspire students to commit to excellence in education.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Voters Favor Boundary Changes

A new poll released last week shows that a majority of District residents support the new school boundary changes set to go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Resident Teacher Program

Officials for the Resident Teacher Program are accepting applications for elementary certification for the 2015-16 school year from candidates with a strong background in math and science.

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Health Exec Dale to be Honored at CBC Gala

Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the District of Columbia and member of the AmeriHealth Caritas family of companies, is being recognized as a "2014 Distinguished Female Healthcare Leader."

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D.C. Mayoral Hopeful Bowser Backed by Women's Group

D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has gained the support of the National Congress of Black Women, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of African-American women and their families.

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Samuel Cornelius Mourned, Remembered as Civil Rights Leader

Samuel J. Cornelius was the center of any room he entered on Capitol Hill.

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Black Leaders to Inspire Students to Excellence

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will serve Friday as chair of the 5th annual HistoryMakers Back-to-School Day, which will bring 400 accomplished African-Americans to 200 schools in 61 cities nationwide to inspire students to commit to excellence.

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D.C. Mulls Ban on Racially-Based School Nicknames

A D.C. Council member introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit District schools from using racially based nicknames, joining the growing national debate fueled by city's storied pro football franchise.

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Prince George's County Schools CFO, Wife Resign Amid Fraud Charges

The chief financial officer for Prince George's County public schools and his wife, who worked for the schools as an internal auditor, have resigned in the wake of insurance fraud charges.

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HHS Grants $99M to Improve Mental Health Services for Youths

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday it will award $99 million in grants to improve mental health services and better recognize mental health issues in young people.

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Marion Barry to Hold Book Signing, Discussion at P.G. Library

Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry will hold a book signing and discussion at Prince George's County Memorial Library's Oxon Hill branch on Sept. 30.

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ABC's 'Black-ish' Takes on Race, Culture

ABC's much-discussed sitcom "black-ish" will debut Wednesday, ambitiously tackling oft-avoided topics of race and culture.

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Obama Proclaims HBCU Week

President Obama has proclaimed Sept. 21-27 as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.

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Essence Founder Edward Lewis to Hold Book Signing at HU

Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence magazine, will host a book signing and discussion next week at Howard University for his new memoir, "The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women."

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Outcry for Largo Principal's Ouster Grows Louder

The president of the Prince George's County branch of the NAACP has joined forces with a county council member in a demand for the ouster of the principal at Largo High School.

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P.G. County Schools Budget Officer Suspended Amid Fraud Claims

The top budget officer for Prince George's County public schools has been placed on administrative leave amid claims of insurance fraud by the Maryland Insurance Administration.

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D.C. Mayoral Candidates Clash in First Debate

D.C.'s mayoral hopefuls clashed over how to reform the city's public schools during the first debate Thursday night at American University, an affair that occasionally got testy.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Publicity Release Forms

Throughout the school year, the Board of Education and schools within the county system will conduct activities that could publicize events via local or national news media.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Henderson Clarifies Truancy Policy

Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently provided clarifications regarding truancy, explaining that laws regarding the matter are explicit to ensure consistent in-seat attendance in school and to provide a safety net for students not attending school and who might be in harm's way.

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School Closings Draw Fire in D.C., Nationwide

It's a scenario that’s being played out year after year across the nation: the shuttering of traditional public schools in predominantly black and brown neighborhoods, leading to the displacement of students who are subsequently forced to attend classes outside of their communities.

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D.C. Teachers' Union Head Blasts Gray, Henderson

Washington Teachers' Union president Elizabeth Davis recently took time to talk with The Informer about Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Mayor Vincent Gray and city schools performance — and she didn't hold back.

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Anacostia Residents Seek Removal of 'Junk' Art Exhibit

Anacostia residents made it clear they wouldn't tolerate a storefront art exhibit on display in their community that they say is an unsightly pile of junk, and the city was forced to listen.

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Stevie Wonder Calls Out Ferguson Mayor

Music legend Stevie Wonder says the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, hasn't fully grasped the racial unrest that has rocked the town since the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month.

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D.C. Film Office Announces Web, Digital Fest

The second annual DC Web Fest, hosted by the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and 20/20 Productions, will be held in the nation's capital on Sept. 19-20.

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More Schools Embrace Extended Day

Last year, nine schools participated in the extended-day program, an outgrowth of the $10 million "Proving What's Possible" initiative launched in 2012 to help improve test scores, enrollment and graduation rates among District of Columbia Public Schools students.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Free and Reduced Meals

School officials are encouraging families to apply for free and reduced-price meals for the 2014-15 school year, which are available to students based on household size and income.

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D.C. Makes Gains in Truancy Reduction, Study Shows

A study on truancy released Tuesday — coinciding with results from a year-old anti-truancy program at District's public schools — shows that nearly four out of five District families who participated in voluntary truancy-prevention programs saw an increase in school attendance for their children.

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Elderly Interracial Couple in Virginia Fights for Marriage

An elderly interracial couple in Northern Virginia who dated for 10 years before tying the knot a month ago are fighting family members in court to keep their marriage intact.

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Ladies-Only Taxi Service to Debut in NYC

A new taxi service in New York will offer female drivers exclusively, catering to female riders.

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Foundation to Donate 700 School Backpacks

Hundreds of backpacks and school supplies left over from a D.C. community giveaway event last month will be delivered to select public schools.

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City Officials Tackle Absenteeism, Truancy

More than a year after a meeting at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast where city leaders, parents and community activists struggled to come to terms with the schools' burgeoning student absenteeism and truancy rates, little progress has been made lowering the numbers.

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More Homeless Families Expected in D.C. This Winter

A spike is anticipated in the number of D.C. families who will need a safe and warm place to live this winter, government officials say.

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Parents, Community Leaders to Boycott Newark Public Schools

After waiting in line for hours on Wednesday at an enrollment center in Newark, New Jersey, to get their children in school, hundreds of frustrated parents and community leaders plan to boycott the city's public school system.

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D.C. Agencies Functioned Properly in Rudd Case, Report Finds

'No Justifiable Government Actions' Could Prevent Girl's Disappearance, City Says

D.C. officials said Tuesday that "no justifiable government actions" could have prevented the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old girl who lived for nearly two years with her family at a city-operated shelter before disappearing six months ago.

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New York Bank Accused of Refusing Mortgages to Blacks

Evans Bank in New York is being sued by the state over accusations that its mortgage lenders refused financing to African-Americans in Buffalo.

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Safe Passage Routes Ease Worries for Chicago Students

With Chicago's Safe Passage paths manned by more than 1,000 security personnel, parents were relieved that there were no distractions on the first day of school, such as worries of students entering gang territories and conflicts.

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Chris Brown Takes Plea in D.C. Assault Case, Avoids Jail Time

R&B star Chris Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday to hitting a man outside a D.C. hotel in October, but was spared jail time for the incident.

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Bowie Students' Documentary Tackles Parents' Drug Abuse

A screening of "X: Children of the Lost Generation," a documentary produced by Bowie State University students about the familial impact of drug addiction, will be screened next month at a church in Northwest D.C.

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D.C. Mayor Gray to Embark on 10-Day Mission to China

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will embark next week on a 10-day trade mission to China, where city leaders will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the District's sister-city relationship with Beijing.

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Back to School: Mix of Excitement, Anticipation

Like Edward Heff, a senior at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School in Northeast, Maisha Riddlesprigger, principal at Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast, could hardly contain her excitement about returning to school on Monday.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: New, Expanded Programs in 2014-15

As Kevin Maxwell enters his second year as the schools' chief executive officer, more than 800 new teachers and 30 new principals have also joined faculties at the county's 208 schools.

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Donna Edwards to Host P.G. County Job Fair

Dozens of employers will gather Thursday for a job fair at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex Field House in Landover.

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D.C. Schools Chancellor Henderson on Board with Boundary Changes

D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she's on board with the changes to the school boundary lines set for next year, despite contentions from the two top mayoral candidates that movement on the issue has been too swift.

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P.G. County Students Return to School

Prince George's County Public Schools welcomed back more than 126,000 students Tuesday for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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D.C. Teachers Prepped to Discuss Michael Brown Shooting

Teachers in D.C. public schools readied for the first day of school Monday, resources were provided to support those who wanted to address the shooting death of Michael Brown with their students.

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Gray OKs New Boundary Lines for D.C. Public Schools

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has approved final recommendations from an advisory committee led by the deputy mayor for education to make changes to the city's outdated school boundary lines.

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