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The Links to Donate $1M to Smithsonian African-American Museum

The Links Foundation Inc., an international nonprofit, has agreed to give the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall a $1 million gift.

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Jackson Worried About Comcast-Time Warner Merger

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow Push Coalition, voiced his concern about the proposed blockbuster merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

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Barry Recovers at Home, Set for Kidney Drive, Book Tour

Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry is recovering at his Southeast home after returning from the hospital battling a urinary tract infection.

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Capitol Hill Employees Learn About D.C.

People who work for U.S. senators, representatives, committees and the support staff on Capitol Hill generally do not have time to go out into the District because they are working long hours helping to conduct the nation's business. A few years ago, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton noticed this and decided to do something about it.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Attorney General Drama Continues

No one can ever say Paul Zukerberg runs from a fight.

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DC Vote Supports AG Election in November

Kimberly Perry, the executive director of DC Vote, said during a meeting of the Committee of the Whole of the D.C. Council on Monday that her organization supports the November election of the attorney general.

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Wingo Named New D.C. Chamber CEO

Harry Wingo, a District native with an impressive academic and professional background, will be the new president and chief executive officer of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber announced Tuesday.

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Gray Announces MLK Library Architects

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined members of the D.C. Public Library board of trustees on Tuesday to announce the selection of a District and Dutch architectural team to renovate the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Northwest.

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Sharpton Blasts Michael Dunn Verdict

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who for decades has taken up causes of injustice against African-Americans, said that he is "deeply disappointed" by the verdict handed down Saturday in the Michael Dunn case.

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Holder Endorses Voting Rights for Returning Citizens

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that laws prohibiting returning citizens from voting even after they serve their sentences are wrong.

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Charles Allen Gets Key Endorsements in Ward 6 Race

Charles Allen, a candidate for the Ward 6 D.C. Council seat, has received a number of endorsements recently, one of the biggest coming from the SEIU.

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D.C. Tax Commission Makes Recommendations to City Council

The D.C. Tax Revision Commission briefed members of the City Council on its recommendations to possible changes in the city's tax structure on Wednesday at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest.


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Bonds Gets Key Union Endorsement

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds has secured a key endorsement in her bid for re-election.

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Tommy Wells' 'Ban the Box' Bill Gets Strong Support

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells introduced legislation Monday that would bar employers from inquiring about job applicants' criminal records — a practice he says hinders employment opportunities for returning citizens.

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Bowser, Bonds Win Straw Poll

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, a candidate for mayor, and D.C. Council member Anita Bonds, who is running for re-election, won the DC Women In Politics preference poll on Sunday.

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D.C.'s Female Political Hopefuls Woo Women Voters

The District of Columbia has a majority female electorate but has elected few women to major public offices — a reality the leaders of a nonpartisan political organization say is unacceptable.

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Bowser Wins Ward 4 Straw Poll

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser's mayoral campaign continued to gain steam with another prominent straw poll win against incumbent Vincent Gray and eight other challengers.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Bowser Courts Women Voters

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) hosted a fundraiser at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Northwest on Jan. 26.

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Microsoft Names FAMU Alumni as Board Chair

John Thompson, former IBM vice president and alumni of Florida A&M University, has been named the new chairman of Microsoft's board of directors, the company announced Tuesday.

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Hutchinson Honored at Anacostia High School

One of the District's leading historians was lauded Tuesday by city officials, community activists and residents for her work in writing about the lives of African-Americans and the Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast and her gift to a Ward 8 high school.

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D.C. Tax Commission to Testify Before Council

The District of Columbia Tax Revision Commission, charged by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council examine the city's tax structure and recommend changes, will testify before the council on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest.

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D.C.'s Small-Business Dept. Launches New Online Services

The Department of Small and Local Businesses Development recently launched its new Certified Business Enterprise online application system designed to simplify and quicken the application process for certification.

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D.C. Political Roundup: King Considers Supporting Bowser, But Picks Gray

Robert King, the influential advisory neighborhood commissioner of single-member district 5C03 and the longest-serving elected official in the District, urged Ward 8 residents to vote to re-elect D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at the Ward 8 Democrats mayoral forum on Jan. 18.

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Virginia Williams, D.C.'s 'First Mother,' Dies at 87

Virginia Hayes Williams, the "First Mother" of D.C. who endeared herself to city residents with her dedication to her son, former District Mayor Anthony A. Williams, and her gift of singing, died recently in Los Angeles.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Henderson Criticizes McDuffie

Kathy Henderson, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 5D05 and the chairman for 5D, has decided to challenge D.C. Council Chairman Pro Tem Kenyan McDuffie in the Democratic Party primary on April 1.

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Annual MLK Peace Walk Honors Icon's Legacy

Hundreds of marchers participated in the annual peace walk to honor the work and the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his federal holiday.

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Ward 8 Dems Lean Toward Bowser in Straw Poll

The results of a mayoral straw poll held by one of the District's most influential Democratic clubs shocked many political observers and activists when incumbent Vincent Gray failed to get the most votes.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Bennett-Fleming Seeks Seat on D.C. Council

The District's shadow representative has decided that he can serve the city best in a paying gig, so he recently declared his candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for one of the two at-large positions on the D.C. Council that's up for grabs this year.

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Pot Takes a Step Closer to Decriminalization in D.C.

The D.C. Council committee that deals with public safety issues approved a bill Wednesday that would make possessing and using marijuana a civil — rather than a criminal — offense.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Gray Kicks Off Campaign in Ward 8

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is set to officially begin his campaign in a ward he won overwhelmingly in 2010.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Mendelson Networks at D.C. Council Party

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) may seem to be a bit stiff to some District residents but he showed that he can "cut a rug" with the best of them.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Bonds Fights for Property Tax Relief

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), a candidate for re-election in the April 1 Democratic Party primary, has presented a bill that would provide tax relief to senior citizens.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Ward 5 Group Holds Mayoral Forum

Six contenders for the Tuesday, Apr. 1 Democratic Party's mayoral nomination stated their cases during a forum that can best be described as dull and lacking in substance.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Alexander Reveals Choice for D.C. Mayor

Although D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander isn't on the ballot in 2014, it's no surprise who she'd like to see win the Democratic Party mayoral nomination on April 1.

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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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D.C. Political Roundup: D.C. GOP Members Talk Local, National Politics

Members of the District of Columbia Republican Party realize they’re outnumbered in most D.C. elections but that hasn’t stopped them from weighing in on the upcoming April 1, 2014 mayoral contest and the GOP primary presidential race in 2016.

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Commissioners Leery about Proposed Boundary Changes in D.C.

The proposal by the District's election board to redraw voting boundaries has garnered strong opposition from advisory neighborhood commissioners, the elected officials who will be adversely affected by such a change.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Orange Pursues Mayoral Ambition

Vincent Orange has apparently not given up on his ambition to be the city's top political leader and is now a candidate in the April 1, 2014, Democratic Party primary.

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D.C. Political Roundup: D.C. Statehood Advocates Offer Survey

Stand Up! for Democracy in D.C. Coalition, a Northwest-based advocacy group that promotes District statehood, has recently released an online survey that asks the public about issues regarding the political rights of District citizens.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Approves Hines for Walter Reed Development

The mayor of the District has selected a development company that plans to transform the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center site into a mixed-use development that will include exclusive retail, housing for seniors and veterans and a unique state-of-the-art science park.

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Ward 8 Church Hosts Wellness Program Launch

Hundreds of District residents recently started a three-week program designed to improve health outcomes at a well-known Southeast church.

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D.C. Political Roundup: McDuffie Talks Re-Election, Campaign Finance Bill

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie made it clear recently that he wants to continue to represent his constituents at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Shallal Presses Forward on Mayoral Bid

Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets and the Eatonville restaurant chain, has decided to run for the 2014 Democratic Party nomination for mayor.

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Gateway Pavilion Opens to Praise

The first new facility in the rebuilding of the St. Eiizabeths East campus opened up to great fanfare recently with dozens of city officials and Ward 8 residents attending.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Williams Takes Helm of Ward 8 Democrats

Natalie Williams, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 8A07, presided over her first meeting as president of the Ward 8 Democrats on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development office in Southeast.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Serrano to Continue Fight for D.C. Statehood

One of the leading Democrats in the U.S. Congress made it clear recently that he wants the District of Columbia to be the 51st state of the union and he's determined to make it happen.

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Candidates Ready for Ward 6 Race in D.C.

The race for the Ward 6 D.C. Council seat has started and two contenders with strong ties to seasoned political figures are squaring off.

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D.C. Political Roundup: City Moves Forward Despite Shutdown

District leaders are pleased with the way the city has operated since parts of the federal government shutdown on Oct. 1.

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D.C. Citizens Group Honors 7th District Police Officers

District law enforcement officers who work in a police district located in Ward 8 received honors from members of a community organization recently for their outstanding efforts.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Rand Paul to Address D.C. Republicans

A 2016 presidential prospect will headline the District's Republicans annual banquet.

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