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D.C. Officials Cut Ribbon for New Brookland Middle School

D.C. officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony over the weekend for a new school in Ward 5 slated to open in August.

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D.C. Political Roundup: 
Ward 8 Democrats Organize GOTV Effort

One of the District's most active Democratic clubs kicked off its efforts to have a strong voter turnout in the Nov. 4 general election on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Southeast home of former D.C. Council Chairman and current D.C. Democratic National Committeeman Arrington Dixon.

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Jesse Jackson Praises Apple for Releasing Employment Data

The Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Apple Inc., for being the latest Silicon Valley company to release its employment data amid complaints of few minorities holding executive positions in major corporations.

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D.C. Political Roundup: ANC Races to be on Nov. 4 Ballot

While District residents will focus on the mayor, council and board of education races in the Nov. 4 general election, there are 209 advisory neighborhood commissioner positions that also merit attention.

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CBC Commends Hagel's Ruling on Hairstyles

Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, praised Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for changing a policy that basically demeaned African-American women's hairstyles.

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Bowser Wins Backing of AFL-CIO Labor Council

The executive board of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO announced Monday their support of D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser's mayoral bid.

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Civil Rights Leaders Excoriate Police Shooting of Missouri Teen

A Missouri teen's death at the hands of a police officer sparked a riot in the St. Louis area and has drawn the ire of civil rights leaders.

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Marion Barry Selects Lindsay as New Chief of Staff

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D) announced recently that Charles L. Lindsay will replace Joyce Clements-Smith as his chief of staff.

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Schwartz, Catania Submit Ballot Signatures

D.C. mayoral candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz have both submitted their lists of signatures to get on the November ballot this week.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Bowser Celebrates Birthday with Supporters

Hundreds of people showed up at the birthday party for D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser on Thursday at the home of Daniel and Loretta Neumann Smith in Northwest.

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D.C. 'Coolest City' in Nation, Forbes Says

D.C. is the coolest city in the United States, or so says a Forbes survey released Wednesday.

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Norton Readies for Fight on D.C. Marijuana Legalization Vote

The D.C. Board of Elections certified a pro-marijuana legalization initiative to appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot Wednesday, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is ready to take on Republican Rep. Andy Harris if he tries to block city residents from taking up the vote.

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D.C. Leaders Remember James Brady

D.C. dignitaries paid their respects to former White House press secretary James Brady, who died at 73 Monday, more than 30 years after famously surviving an assassination attempt on President Reagan.

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Among Commerce Honorees

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and former SBA Deputy Administrator Marie C. Johns will be among the honorees at this year's Chamber of Commerce Awards gala.

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Obama Creates Africa Business Advisory Council

President Obama issued an executive order Tuesday to create a panel dealing with increasing business ties between the United States and African countries, particularly those located south of the Sahara Desert.

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NAACP Backs Obama's Executive Order on Fair Work Practices

While GOP conservatives have blasted President Obama for issuing executive orders, the NAACP praised the president Friday for an order he signed last week to improve working conditions for those employed by federal contractors.

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Christensen Wins Virgin Islands Gubernatorial Primary

Virgin Islands gubernatorial hopeful Donna Christensen won the crucial Democratic primary Saturday, inching her closer to becoming the first black woman to govern a U.S. political jurisdiction.

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NAACP Undecided for 2016 Convention Site, Dismisses Rumors

This year's NAACP convention in Las Vegas was abuzz with talk that Baltimore will be the 2016 convention site — but not so fast, the famed civil rights organization says.

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CBC, Democrats Blast House Lawsuit against Obama

The House vote to sue President Obama for alleged abuse of executive authority was immediately rebuked by the White House and Democratic leaders, who chastised the suit as a guise to eventually push for impeachment.

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Rushern Baker to Head County Executives of America

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III scored a major political and career victory recently when he was elected as the president of the County Executives of America.

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Md. Lawmakers Champion P.G. County Sites for Proposed FBI HQ

Two sites in Prince George's County have made the final list of proposed locations for the new FBI headquarters, and a group of Maryland lawmakers have begun a full-court press to bring the agency to the state.

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Booker, Edwards Make Capitol Hill's 'Most Beautiful' List

A U.S. senator and two members of the House were among several African-Americans on The Hill's annual "50 Most Beautiful" list.

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Metro Sued over Background Check Policy

Two civil rights organizations supported by a D.C. law firm recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and three of its contractors, charging an unfair usage of criminal background checks.

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D.C. Political Roundup: McDuffie Endorses White

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, one of the District's most popular politicians, hopes residents elect Robert White as the non-Democratic at-large council member in the upcoming Nov. 4 general election.

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Michele Roberts Elected as Head of NBA Players' Union

Noted D.C. criminal defense attorney Michele Roberts has been elected as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, marking the the first time a woman will lead a major North American sports union.

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Dem Lawmakers Call for Universal Internet Access


Two House members were among group of lawmakers Monday calling on Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that every American has access to the Internet, regardless of economic status.

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Obama Renames Fellowship after Nelson Mandela


President Obama has renamed a fellowship program that educates young African leaders after former South African President Nelson Mandela.


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D.C. Political Roundup: Three Blacks Vie for Attorney General

The voters of the District will go to the polls on Nov. 4, to elect a mayor, members of the D.C. Council, D.C. State Board of Education members and their advisory neighborhood commissioners. However, there's a new category on the ballot, District attorney general, and voters may have three African-Americans to choose from for the office.

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D.C. Celebrates the Life of Robert Moore, 'Mr. Columbia Heights'

Hundreds of people, including the mayor of the District and two D.C. Council members, commemorated the life and accomplishments of the late Robert Moore, known affectionately to many as "Mr. Columbia Heights" on Saturday, July 19 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest.

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NAACP, Dunkin' Donuts Pair for Diversity Initiative

The NAACP announced Wednesday it has teamed with the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins to create a diversity initiative to increase the number of black-owned franchise businesses nationwide.


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Booker, Paul Float Sentencing Reform Legislation

Freshman Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) teamed earlier this month to introduce a bill that would radically change the nation's criminal justice system. 


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Sharpton, NAACP Condemn NYPD Chokehold Death

The NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the New York City police officers who killed an asthmatic Staten Island man Thursday by putting him in a chokehold.

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Bowser to Hold Soccer Stadium Hearings

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) will hold public hearings next week on a proposal to build a soccer stadium in the city.

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Gray Lauds Drop in D.C. Unemployment Rate



D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he is elated about the latest unemployment figures from the Department of Labor that show the city's unemployment rate for June dropped to 7.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the revised May rate of 7.5 percent.

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Gray Expands D.C. Free Summer Meals Program to Saturdays

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday the expansion of the city's Free Summer Meals program to Saturdays, the second straight year he has done so.

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NAACP to Honor Howard U.'s William Spriggs

William Spriggs, a professor and past chairman of Howard University's economics department, was recently selected by the NAACP as this year's recipient of the organization's Benjamin L. Hooks "Keeper of the Flame" Award.

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Biden to Address NAACP Convention in Las Vegas

Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be one of the speakers at this year's NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Catania Courts Black Voters

D.C. Council member David Catania is running an aggressive campaign for mayor and he wants the backing of the District's black community.

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Tierra Jolly Wins Ward 8 Board of Education Race

Tierra Jolly, educator and political neophyte, won the Ward 8 seat on D.C.'s Board of Education on Tuesday, besting veteran political activist Philip Pannell, 704-599.

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AIDS Walk Has a New Name

The Whitman-Walker Health clinic in Northwest recently announced that, after 27 years, it is changing the name of its signature activity.

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Norton Sponsors 'Dance Day' Resolution

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton recently introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives marking Saturday, July 26 as National Dance Day.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Chides Council Override of Budget Veto

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray decried the city council's decision to override his veto of the 2015 budget plan, warning that it "ties the hands of future mayors."

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Edward Smith to Run for D.C. Attorney General

Edward "Smitty" Smith is merely the latest to formally make a bid in the inaugural race for District attorney general, but if he's deterred by the ever-growing list of candidates, he's not showing it.

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Senate Approves Harriet Tubman Park Bill

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to establish a national historical park at Harriet Tubman's former home and related properties in Auburn, New York, and her childhood residences on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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CBC Blasts Boehner for Attempt to Sue Obama

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge (D), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, criticized House Speaker John Boehner for his efforts to sue President Obama over alleged abuses of executive authority.


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McDuffie Endorses White for D.C. Council

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) has endorsed independent Robert White, a former staffer for Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, to fill the Council's non-Democratic at-large seat.

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Lateefah Williams to Run for D.C. Attorney General

Lateefah Williams, an attorney and civic activist, wants to use her extensive experience in legislative and public policy positions to become the first elected attorney general for the District.


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Gray Vetoes D.C. Council's 2015 Budget

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray rejected the City Council's fiscal 2015 budget and returned it to the city's legislative body with three line-item vetoes.

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Gray Welcomes Microsoft to D.C. for Conference

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who has made priority to bring high-tech firms to the city, lauded Microsoft for holding its Worldwide Partner Conference in the District this month.


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D.C. Political Roundup: 
Politics on Display at Palisades Parade

Despite the fanfare, marching bands and parade onlookers, the District's politicians grabbed the undivided attention of potential voters — both new and old — during the 48th Annual Palisades Citizens Association Fourth of July Parade in Northwest.

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