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Dorothy Rowley

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D.C. Teacher Invited to Obama's State of the Union Address

Kathy Hollowell-Makle, the District of Columbia Public Schools 2013 Teacher of the Year, will be among the invited guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday during President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Officials Mull Plans for Options Public Charter School

Nearly 400 students currently enrolled Options Public Charter School in Northeast could be reassigned to D.C. public schools if the school's charter is dissolved amid charges of financial mismanagement and inside dealing, according to testimony given this week at a D.C. Council education committee hearing.

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Black Journalists' Organization Inducts New Hall of Famers

Eight highly accomplished African-American journalists have joined the National Association of Black Journalists' roster of legendary newsmakers.

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Despite Benghazi, Hillary Clinton Pegged as Democratic Front-Runner in 2016

As Democratic supporters mull the possibility of another Clinton in the White House, and others question her achievements as secretary of state, conservative news outlets say the media's post-Benghazi image rehabilitation of Hillary Rodham Clinton is already underway.

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N.J. Gov. Christie Sworn Into Second Term

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was sworn in Tuesday morning for a second term amid ongoing investigations into the George Washington Bridge scandal and Superstorm Sandy aid.

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Lockheed Martin's Stephanie Hill wins Black Engineering Award

Stephanie C. Hill, president of Information Systems and Global Solutions at the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been chosen Black engineer of the year by the Baltimore-based Be Everything You Are organization.

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D.C. Schools Officials Launch Website for Enrollment Lottery

Administrators from D.C. charter schools and the city's office of the deputy mayor for education have launched a website to make the enrollment process easier for students.

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Michelle Obama Turns 50, Embraces Milestone

First lady Michelle Obama turned 50 Friday and said she's never felt more confident or clear about who she is as a woman.

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Obama, First Lady Present New Agenda for Low-Income College Students

The Obama administration is pushing to help more low-income students afford and graduate from college.

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Hundreds Expected for District Peace Walk

In keeping with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s rich vision of equality, justice and peace, thousands of people from communities and organizations will soon gather in cities across the country for their annual Peace Walks in commemoration of the slain civil rights icon.

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Giant Supermarket Ad Rankles Howard U. Students

Officials for the Giant grocery chain have issued an apology to the Howard University community after using a stock photo in an ad that wasn't reflective of the university's traditionally African-American student body.

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FAMU Chooses Cornell U. Official as New President

Officials at Florida A&M University recently announced the selection of Elmira Mangum as the school's first female president.

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Alumni Giving Key to HBCU Survival

Historically black colleges and universities across the country are feeling the impact of waning government support, as some struggle with funding cuts that have exceeded 50 percent.

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Robert Freeman Exhibit on Display at Zenith Gallery

The works of renowned artist Robert Freeman will be on display through March 1 at the Zenith Gallery in Northwest.

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Gruden Vows to Make Redskins 'Competitive' Again

The Washington Redskins' brief search for a head coach ended Thursday as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was named the successor to the fired Mike Shanahan.

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Guidelines Offered to Combat Disparities in Student Discipline

The Obama administration on Wednesday issued comprehensive new recommendations on school discipline aimed at combatting racial bias in punishments for students.

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Danny Glover to Endorse D.C. Mayoral Candidate

Andy Shallal, the proprietor of the Busboys & Poets restaurant chain, has reportedly garnered the support of actor and activist Danny Glover in his bid for D.C. mayor.

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Brain Dead Teen Moved from Calif. Hospital

An attorney for the family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl California girl declared brain dead nearly a month ago, has confirmed that she's been moved from the Children's Hospital of Oakland to undisclosed location.

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O.J. Simpson to Obama: I Have Terminal Cancer

Fearing he may have terminal brain cancer, imprisoned football legend O.J. Simpson has appealed to President Obama for clemency.

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Baltimore Mayor Focuses on Unemployed Residents

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is hosting an event Friday with officials from the city's Office of Employment Development to focus attention to services available for jobless residents.

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D.C. Council Members Challenge Schools Superintendent Nomination

Jesús Aguirre is set for confirmation next month as D.C.'s new state schools superintendent, but two City Council members are opposing his nomination, saying he lacks innovation and experience.

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Students Encouraged to Keep Learning During Holiday Breaks

Educators believe that getting students involved in learning activities during the holiday season will help prepare them to return to school with sharp minds and ready to resume their studies.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Nominates Two to UDC Board

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray recently announced the nominations of Anthony Tardd and Joshua Wyner to the the University of the District of Columbia board of trustees.

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SCHOLARgifts Help Fill Gap in Education Funding

A new website launched by a D.C. attorney has joined the network of financial support systems that help students achieve their higher education goals.

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Parents of Trayvon Martin in Discussions for Book Deal

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, have reportedly met with two publishing executives to discuss writing a book.

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DCPS' Henderson Not Interested in NYC Post

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has officially quashed rumors of her leaving to take a similar post in New York City under Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

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Newtown Victims Remembered

Nearly a year to the day of the nation's deadliest-ever school shooting in Newtown, Conn., two busloads of the victims' loved ones and supporters from around the country trekked to the nation's capital for a two-day trip to highlight the thousands of victims of gun violence.

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D.C. Officials Release School Equity Reports

Joint efforts by agencies responsible for public education in the District offer new reports that they say are reliable in helping parents to draw comparisons between traditional and charter schools.

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Watt Confirmed as FHFA Director

The U.S. Senate confirmed North Carolina Rep. Melvin L. Watt as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, seven months after President Obama nominated him to head the agency charged with overseeing and regulating mortgage finance conglomerates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Mormons Explain Onetime Ban on Black Clergy

Leaders of the Mormon Church recently stepped up to explain why they lifted a ban 35 years ago that kept black priests out of its pulpits.

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Hypertension in Black Men Linked to Childhood Experiences

While issues such as health care, socioeconomic status and even racism play a role in hypertension among African-American men, a new study shows that childhood experiences may also negatively affect their health as adults.

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National Day of Action for Education Celebrated

Thousands of students, parents and teachers from more than 60 cities including Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans participated Monday in an event focused on opposing education reforms that have closed hundreds of neighborhood schools and affected numerous families and communities.

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S.C. Sheriff Refuses to Lower Flag for Mandela

A sheriff in Pickens County, S.C., has refused to lower the American flag in honor of Nelson Mandela, under the contention that the former South African president was not an American.

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'Tis the Season: 10 Ways to Make Your Holidays Merrier

Here are some of tips to help make your holiday season go smoothly and be more meaningful.

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Judge: Detroit Can Proceed with Bankruptcy

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.

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Wal-Mart Opens in Two D.C. Locations

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.

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National Museum of African Art Receives $1.8 Million Gift

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.

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Obama Supports Small Business Saturday

President Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha helped support small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 30 by shopping at a bookstore in Northwest Washington.

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Bill de Blasio's Win in NYC a Landmark in U.S. History

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.

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Lambert to Head Greater Washington Urban League

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.

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Snowstorms Bear Down on Northeast Region as Thanksgiving Nears

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.

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Book Honors Former Teachers' Union Chief William Simons

A new biography about William H. Simons focuses on a legacy that has impacted scores of educators, students and parents.

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JFK Remembered on 50th Anniversary of His Death

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.

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UDC Board Sounds the Alarm

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.

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D.C. Educators Praised at 'Standing Ovation' Ceremony

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.

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T.J. Jemison, Famed Civil Rights Leader, Dies

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.

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D.C. Bill to Allow Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

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.

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HBCUs Struggling to Keep Up

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.

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UDC Focused on Program Cuts, Accreditation

A year ago, the University of the District of Columbia appeared to be in big trouble.

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Students Encouraged to be More Tech-Savvy

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.