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Dorothy Rowley

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D.C.'s Streetcar Project Touted as 'Great' Economic Tool

It's been nearly three years since the D.C. Department of Transportation announced plans for the city's first street car system — in more than a half century — to roll along the H Street corridor in Northeast. But the multimillion-dollar economic development project, which could potentially create more than 7,000 jobs and as much as $8 billion of development for the city over a 10-year period, might finally get the green light this fall.

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D.C. Parents of Black, Latino Students to Hold Protest

Parents of African-American and Latino students in D.C. public schools will hold a demonstration Monday evening in protest of what they say is the systematic denial of their participation in education-related matters, particularly the mandated closings of 15 schools in low-income communities.

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National Spelling Bee Ends with Co-Champs

The nation's two top spellers literally took every word the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them in Thursday night's championship round.

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Spelling Bee Contestant Keeps Winning Attitude

Once a winner, always a winner.

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Scripps Spelling Enters Home Stretch

Jacob Williamson could hardly contain his emotions and fell to the floor as if in a state of praise, while Tajuan Gibbison struck track star Usain Bolt's "lightning bolt" pose.

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Local Youths Among Remaining Scripps Spelling Bee Hopefuls

Four Virginia youths are among the 46 contestants who advanced to the final day of competition in the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland.

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D.C. Youth Advances Early in Scripps Spelling Bee

Greer Marshall, 11, representing The Washington Informer in the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, made it through the first preliminary round of the contest Wednesday.

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School Without Walls Short of Freshmen Quota

Officials at the District's high-performing School Without Walls, where nearly all the students meet or exceed standard levels in math and in reading, have reopened the admissions process after determining this fall's incoming freshmen class was significantly smaller than expected.

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Obama Hosts Annual Science Fair at White House

President Barack Obama played host Tuesday to the fourth annual Science Fair at the White House, where more than 100 students from across the country showcased their innovative projects, designs and experiments.

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Summit Gives Students Tips for Safe Summer Break

About 200 people participated Saturday in the ninth annual Youth Opportunity Summit and Town Hall at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast, an event aiming to keep students safe and out of trouble while on summer vacation.

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P.G. County Briefs: Age Requirement Changed for Dual Program

Due to county policy, there's been a change in admission requirements for the Dual Enrollment Program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to get a jump start on college.

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Renee Poussaint to Address Woman's Club Luncheon

Renee Poussaint, an award-winning journalist, will be the keynote speaker during a luncheon Thursday at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Northwest.

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Ericka James to Lead Business School at Emory University

Officials at Emory University in Atlanta have appointed Ericka Hayes James as the first black female dean of the Goizueta Business School.

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Former NAACP Leader: Sterling a 'Wreck' After CNN Interview

The former president of the NAACP's Los Angeles chapter described Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as a "wreck" who was almost in tears following a recently-televised interview in which Sterling discredited Magic Johnson as a role model.

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D.C. Activates New Speed Cameras

D.C. police put speeding motorists on notice Tuesday with the activation of 15 new speed-camera locations throughout the city.

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Ward 8 Farmer's Market Opens at THEARC

A grand-opening celebration for the new Ward 8 Farmer's Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7 in the parking lot of THEARC community center on Mississippi Avenue in Southeast.

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Empower DC Holds City's Feet to Fire on School Closings

A spokesperson for Empower DC said the group recently returned to court to prove the city unjustly closed 15 District public schools last year.

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UDC Graduates Urged to Persevere

Teresa Moore could barely hold back the tears that trickled down her face Saturday during the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) commencement exercises.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: Schimel Award Offers $2,500 for High School Teachers

Nominees for the “Abraham Lincoln Schimel and Beatrice Schimel Award for Excellence in Teaching Leadership” will have an opportunity to engage in a review session workshop.

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Theater Tech Program Highlights Student Talent

Performing arts and workforce development may seem strange bedfellows; but through Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theater Tech Program (TTP), that pairing has proved to be a game changer in the lives of at-risk teens in Prince George’s County.

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Washington Monument Reopens

The Washington Monument is set to reopen to the public on Monday for the first time after an earthquake in 2011 caused widespread damage.

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Combs to Howard Graduates: ‘Go after Your Dream’

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Combs, who presented the commencement address at Howard University to more than 2,600 students on Saturday, May 10, encouraged the Class of 2014 to be fearless, decisive and to fully embrace their inner power.

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Schimel Award Offers $2,500 for D.C. High School Teachers

Nominees for a teaching award that recognizes educators who help groom students into leaders are invited to a workshop Thursday at the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.'s headquarters in Northwest.

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P.G. County Briefs: Laura Shelton Named Teacher of the Year

Laura Shelton, science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, Md., has been named the 2014 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: New Schools Join Engagement Partnership

Six District of Columbia Public Schools will be added this fall to the roster of schools currently participating in a partnership that assists teachers and administrators improve upon strategies that help students to learn.

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VIRGINIA BRIEFS: Special-Education Award Nominees to be Honored at Reception

Nominees for the “2014 Harry Burke Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Special Education” awards will be honored at a reception Thursday.

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Clark Atlanta University Choir to Perform at D.C. Church

The Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society, one of the nation's most beloved ensembles, will perform Sunday at 5 p.m. at First Congregation Church in Northwest.

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AKA Sorority Denounces Abductions of Nigerian Girls

The Chicago-based Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority joined Tuesday a worldwide denouncement of the mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by a terrorist group.

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Howard U. Students Among Scholarship Winners at WHCA Dinner

Howard University student Glynn Hill, an aspiring journalist from Philadelphia, got a dose of journalism history Saturday while accepting a $7,000 scholarship at the 100th annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

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DCPS Joins Nationwide Celebration of Teachers

D.C. public schools are encouraging students, parents and residents to show their love for city instructors as part of a nationwide celebration of teachers.

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Early Learning Focus of OSSE Conference

When it comes to the education of its infants and toddlers, the District of Columbia boasts the most robust pre-kindergarten initiative in the nation, where at least 70 percent of 3-year-olds and 90 percent of 4-year-olds are already enrolled in Head Start classes.

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P.G. County Briefs: Usama Young Gives Back

Usama Young of the Oakland Raiders recently returned to Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to donate new books to students.

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ACPS BRIEFS: School Board Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The School Board recently recognized four individuals and a local church group for exceptional volunteerism to the school system.

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New Schools Join Family Engagement Partnership

Six D.C. public schools will join a number of institutions already participating in a program to show administrators and teachers how to better engage families in bolstering student learning.

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Mary Frances Berry to Deliver UDC Commencement Address

Mary Frances Berry, one of the nation's leading authorities on civil rights, American law and social policy, has been tapped to deliver the commencement address for the University of the District of Columbia on May 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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D.C. Schools Lottery Deadline Approaching

Families who applied in Round 1 for grades PK3-12 in the "My School DC" lottery, and whose children were matched to one of their school selections, have until Thursday, May 1 to enroll at the school in person, or lose their seat at that school.

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Howard U. Students Take Part in STEM Festival

Students from Howard University were among a diverse cadre of instructors and trained professionals who provided highly visual and hands-on activities during the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival in Northwest D.C.

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Southeast Students Celebrate Love of Reading

A group of students from Simon Elementary School in Southeast discovered recently that reading is not only fundamental but can also be lots of fun — especially when the community is involved.

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Report Calls for Equal Funding for HBCUs

A new report regarding state funding for the nation's historically black colleges and universities reveals racial disparities and calls for more equity in the distribution of state funding.

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Wake Forest Offers Graduate Opportunities to Ron Brown Scholars

Officials at Wake Forest University recently announced that the predominantly white institution has forged a partnership to promote and support opportunities for Ron Brown scholarship recipients to pursue graduate studies at the university's business school.

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St. Columba Students Win Big Honors at Science Fair

Three students from St. Columba Catholic School in Oxon Hill were recently the first-ever participants of the school in the annual Prince George's Area Science Fair, with two of them taking top prizes.

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D.C. Council Presses Child and Family Services Director Over Missing Girl

The D.C. Council grilled the director of the city's Child and Family Services Agency on Monday about the case of Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old girl who disappeared in early March.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs to Deliver Howard U. Commencement Address

Sean "Diddy" Combs has been chosen to speak at the Howard University's 146th commencement on May 10.

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More Blacks Accepted at Harvard, Ivy League Schools

Officials at Harvard University recently announced a record-high percentage of black students who've received letters of admission for the class of 2018.

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D.C. Kicks Off Emancipation Day Celebration

D.C. is set to kick off its annual Emancipation Day celebration on Friday, beginning with a "Song and Praises" event at Tenth Street Baptist Church in Northwest at 7 p.m.

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Boy, 9, Hospitalized After Teacher Ignores Pleas, Mother Says

An investigation has been launched regarding a District charter school student who was hospitalized after his mother says a teacher ignored his complaints of feeling ill.

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DCPS Releases Updated School Calendar

Students and teachers in D.C.'s public schools may not have to make up two snow days, but they'll still get a late start on summer, with June 20 being the last full day of classes.

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New Federal Grant Program to Boost Early Learning

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in the wake of his loss in the April 1 Democratic primary that the city boasts the most robust early education program in the nation. Now the District has another opportunity to bolster the program through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, a new nationwide initiative.

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Sharpton Denies Being Mob Snitch for FBI

The Rev. Al Sharpton dismissed reports that he was a paid mob informant for the FBI in the 1980s.

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Catania Helps Secure Additional $77M for D.C. Schools

D.C.'s public schools system is about to receive more than $77 million to assist thousands of needy and at-risk students, partly due to Council Member David Catania's Fair Funding Act legislation.