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Dorothy Rowley

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Lottery Open House

The county’s public charter schools will be accepting online applications for the 2015-16 school year through Jan. 30, 2015.

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Small-Business Owners Poised for Nov. 29 Sales

When it comes to success with small businesses, Areta Prince, owner of two popular clothing and jewelry boutiques in Prince George's County, counts among one of the most savvy of entrepreneurs.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Exonerates Police Officer in Michael Brown Shooting; Protests, Violence Ensues

A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, has decided against indicting a white police officer in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, the office of the St. Louis County Prosecutor announced Monday — a decision local and national law enforcement officials fear could spark a racial powder keg festering in the months since the incident.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Marker Unveiling

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III joined other county elected officials, leaders and community activists on Friday to unveil a historic marker in recognition of Woodville School in Aquasco.

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Foundation, Harbor Invest in Fight against Hunger

Families and individuals accustomed to battling hunger in Prince George's County could have an easier time accessing food, following an announcement last week by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker that involves the Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Maxwell Receives Environmental Award

Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell has been named "2014 Educator of the Year" by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for his work in promoting environmental education in Maryland.

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Prince George's County OKs New Power Plant

The Prince George's County Council approved two tax measures related to the Genesis Power Keys Energy Center project in Brandywine that will ultimately generate more than $43 million in revenue for the county.

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Free Cancer Information Service

Every day, people in the African-American community consider questions about cancer, whether in relation to their own fight with the disease or a family member, friend or co-worker's. The National Cancer Institute can help them get answers over the telephone at no cost.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Avery Coffey Studying at Harvard

Avery Coffey, a Banneker High School student who garnered national attention after being admitted to five Ivy League universities, enrolled at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to study economics.

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Flu Season Around the Corner

Shorter days and cooler evenings means fall has officially arrived, and it's that time of year when health care professionals start seeing people who have contracted the flu.

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Dealing with Strep Throat

Strep throat, a common type of sore throat in children, has also become prevalent among adults.

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Election Day 2014: D.C. Mayoral Draws to a Close

According to the D.C. Board of Elections, more than 130,000 people are expected cast votes at 143 precincts across the city before the polls close at 8 p.m.

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Loss of Smell Could Predict Death for Elderly

Older adults who've lost their sense of smell could be at an increased risk of death within five years, according to a study involving more than 3,000 people ages 57 to 85.

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Glenarden Apartments Demolished

Troubled Complex Razed to Make Way for 'Mixed-Income Housing'

After years of complaints about poor management, deplorable conditions, code violations and crime, the Glenarden Apartments are no more.

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Rocketship Officials to Address Charter School Board

Officials for a California-based network of elementary charter schools will face the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board for a second time on Nov. 3 to find out if they can proceed with plans to operate a new school in Southeast Washington.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: National School Lunch Week Celebrated

An official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Oxon Hill High School on Oct. 23 where she helped celebrate healthy and tasty meals offered daily by the food staff.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Student Mural Unveiled

Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell, officials from the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center, and officials from the schools' Culture Keepers program recently attended the official unveiling of the mural "Walking With Purpose."

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D.C. Opens Reengagement Center for High School Dropouts

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined several city officials Monday for the grand opening of the Youth Reengagement Center, an initiative of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to help high school dropouts get their diplomas.

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Black Newspaper in Florida Refuses to Endorse Candidate for Governor

The Florida Courier declined to back former Gov. Charlie Crist's bid to retake the office from Republican Rick Scott, citing poor strategizing and broken promises to the black community by Crist and the Democratic party.

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CBC Chair: Time Warner Layoffs will Hamper Diversity at CNN

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge said plans by Time Warner Cable for significant layoffs will have a huge effect on diversity at CNN, Time Warner's flagship news organization.

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Viola Davis Works to End Hunger

Viola Davis, star of the new TV hit "How to Get Away with Murder," recently told a crowd of Hollywood luminaries that her drive to end childhood hunger is fueled by memories of growing up in "abject poverty," stealing and crawling through maggot-filled garbage bins to get food.

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Officer Helps Promote Disabilities Awareness Month

Shani Watson, who lost her ability to walk after being involved in a car crash 10 years ago, not only wears the crown as Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2014, but works to encourage others with disabilities.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Listening Sessions

In the coming weeks, a series of "Special Education Listening Sessions" will be held by the county's Board of Education.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Duke Ellington Principal Mourned

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts family in Northwest mourns the passing of its principal, Father John Payne.

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Leon Spinks Hospitalized

Former boxing heavyweight champion Leon Spinks remains hospitalized in Las Vegas after undergoing surgery for abdominal problems.

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Father John Payne, Principal at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Dies

Father John Payne, principal of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest, reportedly died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack.

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Academy Supports Growing Immigrant Population

As the number of new immigrant students enrolling in the District of Columbia Public Schools system continues an upward spiral, officials felt compelled to launch an International Academy this year on the Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest to help students struggling to learn English and to excel in their academic studies.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Chancellor Says 'Thank You'

Chancellor Kaya Henderson extended her gratitude to the huge audience that showed up on Sept. 30 at H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast for her annual "State of the Schools" address.

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DC Chamber PAC Endorses Bowser

The DC Chamber of Commerce's political action committee announced Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser as its choice for mayor in next month's election.

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Redevelopment Plans Scrapped for Carnegie Library

Officials for the International Spy Museum and Events D.C. have scrapped proposed plans to redevelop the historic Carnegie Library in Northwest into a new home for the museum and a visitor’s center.

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Brain-Dead Girl's Parents Want Court Ruling Reversed

The parents of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead late last year, now want her declared alive after doctors have found signs of brain functions, a family attorney said.

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Same-Sex Marriages Begin in Va. after Supreme Court Ruling

Same-sex marriages in Virginia have officially begun in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to enter the fray, as previous rulings by lower courts prohibiting bans were upheld Monday for Virginia and 10 other states.

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Geoffrey Holder, Famed Actor and 7-Up Pitchman, Dies

Geoffrey Holder, who for decades was a looming figure in the entertainment industry, has died. He was 84.

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Obama Endorses Bowser for D.C. Mayor

President Obama endorsed D.C. Council member Muriel E. Bowser on Monday in the city's mayoral race as the hotly-contested campaign enters its final weeks.

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Justice Department Officials Visit Ferguson

Justice Department officials wrapped a two-day visit Friday to Ferguson, Missouri, after meeting with city and community leaders, part of a federal probe of the fatal police shooting of a black teen that sparked weeks of civil unrest.

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Georgetown Professor, Partners Launch Government Relations and Business Advisory Firm

It's taken a year for Everett Bellamy, an assistant dean at the Georgetown University Law Center for the past 30 years, to see his dream of operating a global consulting firm come to fruition.

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Minimum Wage in P.G. County Set for Increase by 2017

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker praised the county council for approving legislation that will increase the county's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Trading Football for Geometry

Ricardo Silva, an NFL safety for three years, has set aside his football gear to become a "Teach for America" recruit at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Scholarship Competitors

Thirteen students from schools around the county have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship program.

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P.G. County Exec Rushern Baker Walks to End Alzheimer's

It's been two years since Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III announced that his wife Christa, 54, suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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Wilson Building 'Going Red' for Nats' Playoff Berth

They say you can't fight city hall, but you can light it — and the playoff-bound Washington Nationals have the city watching through rose-colored glasses.

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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 10-year-old girl 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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Mayors' Conference Focuses on Ferguson, Obama Initiative

Mayors from across the nation convened this week in California to discuss a wealth of topics, including the economy, President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative and the recent unrest 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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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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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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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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