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Dorothy Rowley

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Trial Delayed in FAMU Hazing Death

The final five people charged in the 2011 hazing death of the Florida A&M University marching band's drum major have had their trial — which was slated to begin next week — postponed until September.

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Barry Farm, Wade Road Residents to Protest Demolition Plans

Residents from the Barry Farm public housing units and Wade Road apartments in Southeast will converge on the DC Zoning Commission's Northwest headquarters Monday evening to oppose demolition plans for their communities.

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Board Approves Recommendation for CMIT Academy

The Prince George's County Board of Education has approved schools CEO Kevin Maxwell's recommendation to allow a charter school to lease a vacant elementary school in Forestville, despite parental objections.

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B. Smith Reveals She Has Alzheimer's

B. Smith, former model, home decorator, designer and restauranteur, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she announced Sunday.

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P.G. County Briefs: Reading Challenge

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon recently made a surprise visit to Overlook Elementary School in Suitland-Silver Hill, Maryland, where he congratulated students on placing third in the "Redskins Read Book Challenge."

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Bowser to Retain Henderson as Schools Chancellor

D.C. public schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will retain her post if Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser wins in November.

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Raymond Boone Remembered for Fairness, Integrity

Hundreds of friends, colleagues and family members came from near and far Tuesday to pay their final respects to Raymond Boone, the founder and publisher of The Richmond Free Press.

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Lil' Kim Becomes a Mom

Lil' Kim, rap's self-proclaimed "Queen Bee," has become a mom for the first time at age 38.

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Warrick Recommended for Grambling State University Post

Cynthia Warrick, a 16-year veteran in the field of higher education, has been recommended to serve as interim president of Grambling State University in Louisiana.

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D.C. Reports Decline in Childhood Obesity, School Violence

D.C.'s children are making improvements in changing dangerous and unhealthy behaviors and curbing school violence, a biennial survey shows.

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Memorial Service for Maya Angelou Will Be Shown Live Online Saturday

A memorial service for world-renowned poet and author Maya Angelou will be held Saturday at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Services Set for Raymond Boone, Richmond Free Press Publisher

A funeral service for Raymond H. Boone Sr., founder and publisher of the Richmond Free Press, will be held June 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Richmond's New Deliverance Evangelistic Church.

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Rachel Jeantel Graduates High School

A year after testifying during the George Zimmerman trial on behalf of her close friend Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel marched across a Miami auditorium stage recently to accept her high school diploma.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: Third Annual New Heights Summit

The District Department of Human Services and the Student Support Center, in conjunction with the school system, invite the public to attend a summit on Wednesday, June 25 at the Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest.

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Ballou Student Accepts Prestigious Peabody Award

There used to be a time when Rufus McDowney couldn't have cared less about school.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.