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A federal judge ruled that Detroit officials can proceed with the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in history — a measure that began in October to help eliminate some of the $18 billion for which the city is indebted.
Wal-Mart finally arrived in the District on Wednesday, as hundreds of residents flocked to the grand opening of stores in two of the city's most heavily populated commercial corridors.
A unique gift and collaboration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art will enable audiences to gain a broader understanding of how African and Omani history and culture shape and enrich the world, museum officials said.
President Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha helped support small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 30 by shopping at a bookstore in Northwest Washington.
When Bill de Blasio takes over as mayor of New York City on Jan. 1, it will mark another milestone in U.S. history — a white politician elected to a major office sworn in with a black spouse at their side.
A native Washingtonian with more than a decade of experience as an Urban League chief executive has been selected to head the organization's branch in the District.
At least two major storms on course to hit the Northeast region during the Thanksgiving holiday could cause a snag in the travel plans of millions of people.
A new biography about William H. Simons focuses on a legacy that has impacted scores of educators, students and parents.
Millions of people around the world, including President Barack Obama and the first lady, honored on Friday the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who was slain in Texas 50 years ago.
For years, about 70 percent of space at the business administration building at the University of the District of Columbia has been unused. Only four students enrolled in the physics program this fall. If the university can squeeze between $3 and $4 million from its $168 million budget, the intercollegiate athletics program could be saved — maybe.
The fourth annual Standing Ovation Awards for DC Teachers, sponsored by the DC Public Education Fund, took place earlier this month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Northwest.
The Rev. Theodore Judson Jemison, a civil rights icon who helped organize the 1953 bus boycott in Baton Rouge, La., has died. He was 95.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is set to sign a bill that will allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's licenses to undocumented residents.
The president of the D.C.-based Thurgood Marshall College Fund said recently that historically black colleges and universities are feeling the effects of underfunding, but are getting serious about resolving those issues.
A year ago, the University of the District of Columbia appeared to be in big trouble.
While most youth have access to laptop computers, smartphones and iPads, not nearly enough are taking advantage of the wealth of information within their immediate grasp, a popular television personality told a group of local students.
Efforts to make the District the greenest and most livable city in the nation by 2032, coupled with goals to improve the health of District residents, are key initiatives in new legislation Mayor Vincent C. Gray is undertaking to boost the Sustainable DC Plan.
For the second time in as many years, a group of students at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast have gone beyond the confines of their school walls to share the "thrill" of learning.
The church has long been a base of empowerment, exhibiting an unparalleled degree of influence over the thoughts and lives of its congregants. It comes as no surprise that the Black church, as perhaps the most important institution in the African-American community, has reinvigorated a centuries-old custom for meeting the educational needs of Black students.
A teacher at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts and Howard University's School of Fine Arts are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Mayor’s Arts Awards, now in its 28th year of sponsorship by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
This year marks the third annual presentation of WOLCF's major fundraiser, "Dancing with the Scholars," which supports the foundation's year-round programs.
Families and individuals across the nation who receive food stamps can expect an automatic reduction in their monthly benefits, effective Nov. 1.
Marta Reid Stewart, an educator at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, has been honored with the "Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education" award in celebration of the arts in D.C.
October has been an exciting time for the educators of the District of Columbia Public Schools system.
In her “State of the Schools” speech Thursday evening at the newly-refurbished Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest, Kaya Henderson, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) chancellor, often expressed “togetherness” as a key component in moving the city’s public schools forward.
A utility company that serves customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island is working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy to boost interest so that more African Americans have access to careers in science, engineering and technology.
District of Columbia Public Schools teachers could become the latest pawns in the federal government shutdown, which, now in its third week, continues to leave hundreds of workers furloughed.
A national drug-prevention organization has launched its annual photo challenge as part of "Red Ribbon Week," which aims to bring awareness to its 28-year-old campaign against drug and alcohol use by youth.
D.C. Council member David A. Catania will hold a public meeting this week to hear from city education officials regarding the status of Options Public Charter School, which faces revocation amid recent revelations of financial mismanagement.
The effect of the federal government shutdown that began nearly two weeks ago is making its way into the District's public charter school system, as officials fret about their ongoing ability to educate students and ensure that faculty and staff remain intact.
The D.C. Council's education committee approved a bill by at-large D.C. Council member David Catania to repeal a "ridiculous" rule allowing the city's failing elementary and middle school students to be passed along from one grade to the next.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board may have to revoke the charter of its oldest school amid an investigation of alleged fiscal mismanagement involving more than $3 million in funds from city coffers.
Ken Olden grew up dirt poor in rural Tennessee, where as a young boy he walked six miles to and from school. He'd always wanted to be a farmer, but after thinking about all he could accomplish from his love of science, Olden set his sights higher, eventually becoming a scientist in cancer research.
Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau stepped down Tuesday after five years in the position, following reports of a contentious weekend with the the board of trustees over the management and finances of the historic school.
Stressing belief that in the coming months District leaders and residents will be engulfed in a formidable debate over education policy, an advocacy group led by attorney Matthew Frumin, has developed a report detailing their analysis of D.C. Council member David Catania’s seven-bill school reform legislation.
School officials in Prince George's County, in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005, have created a form to report bullying and harassment of students.
Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, in town for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 43rd Annual Legislative Conference, weighed in on the recent shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, saying the District was "obviously not" prepared for such an attack.
Residents displaced four years ago by a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Northwest D.C. have finally been allowed to return home after a $2.6 million rebuilding effort was completed earlier this summer.
Iyanla Vanzant was the featured speaker Thursday at a networking luncheon that was part of the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus.
District residents and community leaders from neighborhoods adversely impacted by controversial school closings recently joined ranks to ensure no more buildings are shuttered and to call for the ouster of "an out-of-control, short-sighted and corrupt" D.C Council and school officials touting the proliferation of charter schools under the guise of reformation.
The identities of the 12 people killed in a horrific shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard were released Tuesday, as the Yard reopened to an eerie silence.
13 Dead in Rampage
Authorities have identified the suspected gunman in a rampage Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast that left 13 people dead, including the suspect.
Twenty students graduated Thursday from the HOPE program, which prepares participants, most of whom are from low-income households, for employment opportunities in the hospitality sector.
Understandably, hardly any of us was equipped at the time to handle the aftermath of Sept. 11, let alone the bias and prejudices that it spawned. In the process, though, the best was ultimately brought out in all of us.
Many of the nation's school districts — including D.C.'s — still lack adequate plans to avert disasters or deal with their aftermath, despite the recent wave of school shootings and subsequent recommendations for child safety.
Jesús Aguirre, director of D.C.'s parks and recreation department since 2009, has been appointed as the city's first Latino state superintendent of education.
First lady Michelle Obama lavished praise Friday upon students at Orr Elementary School in Southeast D.C. for getting serious about fitness.
Just a few months after unveiling his extensive plan for reform among the District’s public schools, Mayor Vincent C. Gray has revealed an initiative aimed at preparing more residents for the workforce.
Two Bowie State University professors are helping to increase minority participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math professions by sharing with their students research they conducted as fellows in a National Aeronautics and Space Administration program on astrobiology.