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Dorothy Rowley

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Services Held for Two Victims of Charleston Shooting

Funeral services for two victims of the shooting massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were held at the church nearly two weeks after the deadly rampage.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: More Super Students

More than 100 top graduating students recently joined Chancellor Kaya Henderson at the Verizon Center's Acela Club to formally announce their future plans and celebrate their achievements.

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TURNER-LEE: Lifeline is Pathway to First Class, Digital Citizenship

Millions of low-income Americans will soon be able to access the Internet as part of the Lifeline program. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for its oversight, wants to add broadband to its suite of services.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Four-Day Work Schedule

Prince George’s County Public Schools will begin its four-day workweek schedule on Monday, June 22 and end the week of Aug. 7.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: A New Day for Lafayette Elementary

School officials recently celebrated the modernization project for Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest, which will allow the enrollment of 105 more students once completed.

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Annual Cookout Celebrates Fathers

The "J-Raz Father's Day Cookout," a free event that celebrates fathers in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore City areas, takes place Sunday at Roseryville State Park in Upper Marlboro.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Graduate Spotlight

Several stellar students are being featured in DCPS's "Graduate Spotlight" to share who they are, what they plan to do next, and what makes the Class of 2015 shine.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Scholar of the Week

Edem Kudzi, a senior at Suitland Senior High School, joins the roster of students honored as Scholar of the Week.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Tania Henry Named Scholar of the Week

Tania Henry, a senior at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, has been named the county's Scholar of the Week.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: College Is Next Step for More Graduating Seniors

With graduation rates having significantly increased, more students have announced they'll be heading off to college this fall.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Academy Team Poised for Space Camp

The "Solar Phoenix" team from Prince George's County Public Schools' College Park Academy have been declared winners of the "Patriots Technology Training Center's Solar System Competition, Mission to Mars Countdown to Launch 2015."

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Freddie Gray's Family Lauds Mosby Decision to Charge Officers

The family of Freddie Gray said Friday they have been put through "great hell" over his violent end, but are satisfied with Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision to charge the six city police officers implicated in his death.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Earth Day Recognition

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the DC Department of General Services released the "DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll," which recognized 48 schools for enthusiasm and excellence in recycling.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Roth Wins Teacher of the Year

Renee Roth, a 3rd-grade science teacher at Tulip Grove Elementary School in Bowie has been named the 2015 Prince George's County Teacher of the Year.

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Michelle Obama Hosts 7th Annual Garden Planting

First lady Michelle Obama, joined by students and community leaders from the District, Prince George's County, and several states across the country took advantage of the pleasant spring temperatures on April 15 to plant the 7th annual White House Kitchen Garden.

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Store Opening at Dulles Airport Puts The Informer on 'World Stage'

More than 100 people, including several curious travelers, gathered Thursday near a baggage claim area at Dulles International Airport in Virginia for the official grand opening of The Washington Informer's news and concession store.

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Annual 'Family Day' at Zoo Yields Huge Turnout

Hundreds of D.C. children, their parents and visitors from across the country took advantage of the pleasant spring weather on Monday, making their way to the National Zoo in Northwest for the traditional Easter Monday celebration known as "African-American Family Day."

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Students Win at County Science Fair

The schools' Science Department recently hosted the 67th annual Prince George's Area Science Fair, where two students gained recognition as top award winners.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: More Families Choosing DCPS

More families in the District have been participating in and receiving matches to its public schools as a result of the citywide "My School DC lottery."

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HHS Initiative Tackles Opioid Abuse

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday an initiative to stop the spike of prescription opioid- and heroin-related overdoses and dependence.

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Exelon, Pepco Merger Moves Forward

Agreement Reached with Montgomery, Prince George's counties

Despite pushback last year from residents and community leaders opposed to the creation of a "monopoly power company" in the D.C. region, the Chicago-based Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings recently moved forward on an agreement with Montgomery and Prince George's counties regarding a merger proposal presented a year ago.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Scholar of the Week

Jared Dyer, a Frederick Douglass High School senior with a 4.12 grade point average, has been named Scholar of the Week.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Maxwell Praises Budget Proposal

Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell has commended County Executive Rushern Baker’s budget proposal, saying he’s grateful for Baker’s bold commitment to public education.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Thomas Playground Lauded

The Harry Thomas Sr. playground, named for the late three-term Ward 5 D.C. Council member, has been ranked second among the 50 Best Playgrounds in America by the Early Childhood Education Zone.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Scholar of the Week

Chioma Ike, a senior at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, lists among the latest students honored as a Scholar of the Week.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Power Lunch Program at Savoy

Students and staff at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast celebrated their "Power Lunch" program on Feb. 24, describing the event, which falls under guidance of "Everybody Wins! DC," a huge success.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Youth@Work/Summer Youth Employment Program

Students ages 15 to 19 are encouraged to apply for the county's Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program, which provides an opportunity for them to participate in career development, life skills training and summer employment opportunities.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Marriott Hosts Students' Career Day

About 60 of the District's public high school students joined Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Arne Sorenson, CEO and president of Marriott International, on Feb. 19 for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Marriott International headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Academy Program Applications

Grade-eligible high school students can now apply for enrollment in the Career Academy Program.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Black History Month Celebrations

Several schools will continue the celebration of African-American history this month by highlighting the contributions of blacks who've played defining roles in shaping the nation.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: 'Teacher of the Year' Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Prince George's County Public Schools' "Teacher of the Year" award.

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Students Awarded Four-Year College Scholarships

Academics Equates to Dollars for Friendship Collegiate Academy Youth

Friendship's Dimani Jones is among six students from the D.C. region to receive an OSSE scholarship, an award that's provided to high-achieving, academically-motivated students who exhibit financial need for attendance in selective summer college programs.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Ariel Wright, Science Fair Winner

Ariel Wright, a 7th-grader at St. Columba Catholic School in Oxon Hill, received her fourth first-place award as a participant in area science fairs.

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'Ancestors' Book Recognized by Noted Lit Critic

"Our Ancestors, Our Stories," a robust collection of ancestral research, was recognized among noted film and literary critic Kam Williams' top Black books of 2014.

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D.C. Honors MLK with Annual Parade, Peace Walk

Hundreds of District area residents participated Monday in the 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade in commemoration of the slain civil rights leader.

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‘Light Girls’ Debuts on OWN

“Light Girls,” the sequel to the 2011 documentary “Dark Girls” airs at 9 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19 on OWN.

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D.C. Elementary School Teacher Surprised with Award, $25K Check

Amid cheers and applause from her students, co-workers and other school officials, second-grade teacher Michelle Johnson got the shock of her life Thursday when received a $25,000 cash award from the Milken Family Foundation.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: Residents 'Deserve' Statehood, Democracy

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, making her first national appearance Sunday since being inaugurated two days earlier, told NBC's Chuck Todd the city has come a long way in improving schools, reducing crime and keeping atop its budget.

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Gray Signs Jobs, Health Bills as Term Winds Down

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed two bills Monday aimed at promoting job growth and the delivery of mental health services for minors.

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New Aquatic Center in Ward 8 Honors Marion Barry

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined members of his administration, community leaders and residents to celebrate the opening of the new Barry Farm indoor aquatic center in Ward 8. The official ribbon cutting, held Saturday, Dec. 13, drew dozens of area residents who have long-awaited the amenity to their Barry Farm neighborhood.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Scholar of the Week

Devyn Johnson, a senior at Bowie High School, has been named a “Scholar of the Week.”

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: DCPS Remembers Marion Barry

On behalf of the city's public schools, Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued a statement in honor of Marion Barry, Ward 8 Council member and four-term District mayor who died Nov. 23 at 78.

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Youth Leaders Vow to Keep Marion Barry's Legacy Alive

A crowd packed the sanctuary at a D.C. church in a late-evening Sunday service to honor the late Marion Barry and his revered youth-leadership program, culminating four days of citywide memorial celebrations for the "Mayor for life."

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Marion Barry Remembered as 'Freedom Fighter' at Funeral Service

More than 7,000 mourners crowded D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday to pay their final respects to Marion Barry, the Ward 8 Council member and former four-term mayor who was remembered as giving a voice to the voiceless and helping to make the District the world-class city it has become.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Maxwell Denies Charter School's Request

Schools CEO Kevin M. Maxwell has denied a request by a charter school with ties to the University of Maryland to allow the children of College Park, Maryland, residents employed by the University of Maryland to be provided special consideration when applying to a charter school.

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Baker, Prince George's County Council Members Sworn In

Marion Barry Remembered During Inauguration Ceremony

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and the nine-member County Council were inaugurated Monday on the Promenade at the county's Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, with the executive promising "zeal" and "optimism" from his administration.

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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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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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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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