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Margaret Summers

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NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola: Report

A doctor in New York City who recently traveled to West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, CNN reported Thursday.

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Students Win D.C. 'Civili-Tea' Contest

Vibrant paintings containing magenta, turquoise and violet, along with black and white sketches and photographs, brighten the Pepco Edison Place Art Gallery walls and picture window in Northwest thanks to District students who produced the original art for the High Tea Society-Girls Connected inaugural “Civili-Tea” Citywide Creative Expression contest.

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Beyer Wins Virginia Congressional Seat

Wider name recognition, years of local and national political experience, and more than $2 million in campaign spending were major factors in Don Beyer's victory in the June 10 Virginia Democratic primary race for the 8th congressional district seat.

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Metro Silver Line on Track for Passengers

How do Northern Virginia and Greater Washington area commuters spell relief? S-i-l-v-e-r L-i-n-e.

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Late Activist Acie Byrd Lauded at Memorial

Roughly 450 people gathered Friday at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast to celebrate the life of Acie Byrd, who died May 13 after a long battle with cancer.

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Alexandria Initiates Food Trucks Pilot Program

Many Alexandria residents and tourists never bought a hot dog, snow cone or salad from food trucks in that city. But in six weeks, that will change.

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Victims of Domestic Violence Enjoy Mother’s Day Lunch

The family of a toddler who some call “the youngest domestic violence victim” turned personal tragedy into a vehicle for giving back to domestic violence victims in D.C.

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Activists Back North Carolina Protests

Hundreds of local activists recently packed a meeting room in a popular restaurant and bookstore. They showed up to hear a minister whose protests in North Carolina shined the spotlight on legislative attacks made on the state’s civil rights and social justice programs by its conservative lawmakers.

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Alexandria Passes $638M Budget

The city council in Alexandria, Va., passed a $638.8 million general operating budget for fiscal 2015.

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TransAfrica President Lee Resigns

TransAfrica President Nicole Lee announced Thursday she will step down after eight years in the position.

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Library's Rare Black Newspapers Open to Public

Five African-American newspapers published in Staunton, Va., early in the 20th century will be available for public view on Thursday, May 1 in the Richmond-based Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street.

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Alexandria Seniors Provided Free Home Repairs

Roughly 600 volunteers plastered and painted, reinforced weakening home interiors with drywall and cleaned out 40 houses of low-income Alexandria seniors during National Rebuilding Day on Saturday.

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Virginia Immigrants Can Now Pay State College Rates

Virginia's approximately 8,100 college-age students who are undocumented immigrants can now pay in-state tuition rates when attending the state's public universities and colleges.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Welcomes CBS Radio to Capitol Riverfront

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Monday that CBS Radio's six locally-heard stations will move to the Capitol Riverfront office building, a move the mayor said will contribute to the revitalization of the District's economy.

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Emancipation Day Workshops Highlight Slavery, D.C. Statehood

As the District marked the anniversary of its Emancipation Day, a set of educational workshops Wednesday at the Wilson Building in Northwest both celebrated the city's historic day of freedom and focused on its ongoing struggle to attain statehood.

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Jackson, Miss., Mayor Lumumba's Legacy Remembered

Washington, D.C.-area friends and supporters of the late Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Lumumba gathered on Saturday, April 12 at the David A. Clarke UDC School of Law in Northwest to honor the human rights activist and "people's attorney.”

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Report Finds Va. Prisons Expensive, Racially Biased

Virginia's corrections system keeps prisoners locked up for years without parole, particularly for drug offenses, costs the Commonwealth's taxpayers $1 billion, and disproportionately affects incarcerated seniors and African-American men, states a report from the Justice Policy Institute.

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Budget Sparks Debate at Alexandria Town Meeting

Alexandria, Va. City Manager Rashad M. Young presented the city's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget at a town meeting on April 3 at the Charles E. Beatley Central Library.

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Summit Focuses on Subtle Racism

African-Americans and other people of color frequently confront racism in the workplace. But they are often hesitant to complain to supervisors or act on such behavior because it is so subtle they cannot be sure it is racism.

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NNPA Honors Parents of Slain Black Teens

The parents of slain teens Hadiya Pendleton and Jordan Davis were honored at an awards dinner Thursday by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) for their efforts to eradicate gun violence in the wake of their children's deaths.

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Bill Cosby Joins Hundreds for Opening of New Ben's Chili Bowl in Arlington

Hundreds of well-wishers, including famed comedian Bill Cosby, braved a dreary and chilly day for the grand opening of the new Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant in Arlington, Va., on Thursday.

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Groups Dismayed over Fort Ward Plan

Renewed efforts to restore Alexandria, Va.'s historic Fort Ward Park advanced during a Feb. 24 public meeting in St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School at 4401 West Braddock Road.

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'Blacks in Wax' Program Spotlights Social Justice Activists

More than 200 filed through the doors of the Community Showcase auditorium in the Eagle Center at McGogney in Southeast to see the "tennis scholars" of the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center in the organization's eighth annual Blacks in Wax play on Feb. 28.

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Va. Black Lawmakers Protest Harry Byrd Honor

Five members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus walked out of a state senate legislative session Feb. 28 — the last day of Black History Month — when the body passed a resolution honoring late U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd, who early in his life championed segregation.

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Fairfax Co.'s Catherine Hudgins To Be Honored by Transportation Organization

Catherine M. Hudgins, a member of the board of supervisors in Fairfax County, Va., will be among several women honored at an awards breakfast sponsored by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

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Woodson House Restoration 'Slow'

Individuals passing the aging and empty Victorian-style brick row house at 1538 9th Street Northwest between P and Q Streets might not think about its famous former occupant, renowned educator and historian Carter G. Woodson.

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District Milliner's Hats Part of New Smithsonian Museum

Black women's head coverings, from the wrapped fabric of ancient and contemporary Africa to today's "church hats," are a significant cultural expression in African-American history.

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Alexandria Focus of Informer Black History Tour

More than 200 men, women and children from the D.C. area eagerly gathered in THEARC community center on Mississippi Avenue in Southeast on Saturday, Feb. 8 for The Washington Informer’s fourth annual African-American Heritage Tour.

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Report: Child Poverty in U.S. Escalating

One of five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report from a children's advocacy organization.

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Protesters Converge on N.C. for 'Moral March'

Several busloads of people from around the nation representing nearly 200 organizations converged on North Carolina this weekend to participate in a "Moral March on Raleigh."

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Newseum Spotlights Ethnic Media and Media of Color

This spring, the Newseum, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, will open "One Nation With News for All," an exhibit recognizing historical figures of color and ethnic groups in the U.S. media and their role as a voice for people of color and immigrants seeking citizenship.

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Candidates of Color Compete for Jim Moran's Seat in Va.

Four African-Americans and a Latino are among the candidates vying for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Virginia Rep. James "Jim" Moran.

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Deltas Urged to 'Turn Up Heat' on Congress

Eight-hundred Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members from throughout the country gathered on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the grand ballroom of Washington, D.C.'s Renaissance Downtown Hotel for the 25th Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital conference.

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Alexandria's Plan to Create Affordable Housing

Alexandria, Va.'s low- and moderate-income families, seniors, and individuals with special needs struggling to find affordable housing to rent or purchase will be significantly supported in their efforts through the city council’s recently approved Housing Master Plan.

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Alexandria Ends Street-Naming Requirement

Civil War and American history buffs may have felt a twinge of sadness on Saturday, Jan. 25, when the Alexandria, Va., City Council voted to end a decades-long street-naming practice outlined in its more than half century-old City Code.

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Alexandria May Stop Naming Streets after Confederates

The Alexandria City Council is considering eliminating a section of the city code requiring all new north-south roads to be named for Confederate military leaders.

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Va. Legislative Black Caucus Introduces 2014 Legislative Agenda

Reproductive rights, Medicaid expansion and limits on celebratory gunfire are among the items on the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus 2014 agenda.

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New Girls' Program Unveiled at Holiday Tea

More than 150 people, primarily pre-teen and teenage girls accompanied by their teachers, parents or grandparents, recently gathered at tables draped in white linen inside the District's Woman's National Democratic Club dining room in Northwest.

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Ben's Chili Bowl to Open Virginia, H Street Locations

Additional Ben's Chili Bowl eateries open next year at Ronald Reagan National Airport, and on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va. Another District restaurant will open on 10th and H Streets in Northeast.

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Justice Organization Recommends Va. Incarceration Reforms

Virginia, historical home to U.S. "Founding Fathers" George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who stressed values like freedom and independence, has the eighth highest jail incarceration rate in the nation.

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Alexandria Youth to be Supported with Master Plan

Approximately 13 people, representing Alexandria, Va., government agencies and nonprofit groups working with children and families, convened recently at the Minnie Howard Campus of T.C. Williams High School on West Braddock Road to hear public review and comment about a draft City of Alexandria Children and Youth Master Plan.

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Va. African-American Officials Look Forward to McAuliffe as Governor

The Virginia gubernatorial election victory of Democrat Terry McAuliffe over the state's Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 elections, spells relief for several of Virginia's African-American elected officials.