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Stacy M. Brown

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Cynthia Robinson, 69, Sly & the Family Stone Trumpeter, Dies of Cancer

Groundbreaking trumpeter and singer Cynthia Robinson, a co-founder of the pivotal funk band Sly & the Family Stone, died Monday at age 69.

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Exelon Using Drones for Inspections

Unpredictable weather, trees that have toppled over power lines and other factors have led to the use of drones by utility companies.

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D.C. Officials Favor Accepting Syrian Refugees

Despite the House easily passing a bill that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into America until key security agencies certify that they don't pose a security risk, D.C.-area lawmakers and officials said they'd still welcome those from the war-torn terrorist hotbeds.

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Film Explores Murder of Jordan Davis

On Nov. 23, the third anniversary of the shooting death of black teen Jordan Davis, the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress hosted a screening of a documentary about the shooting at the Landmark E Street Cinema in D.C.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Reflects on 'No Mas'

Sugar Ray Leonard had no doubt that he'd defeat Roberto Duran when the two warriors squared off in a rematch of their epic first welterweight title bout. What he didn't know was that Duran would surrender after uttering the most infamous phrase in the history of boxing.

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House Dems, Public Interest Groups Push for Clean Spending Bill

Members of the House Democratic Caucus joined several public interest groups and progressive organizations Thursday to call on House leadership to reject divisive policy riders in the fiscal 2016 Omnibus and to bring a clean spending bill to the floor.

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Summit Seeks Prosperity for Minority Females

$100M Initiative Launched to Fight Inequality, Violence

A daylong White House summit to empower low-income women of color began and ended with a major splash as leaders from foundations across the country gathered to launch "Prosperity Together," a $100 million, five-year funding initiative aimed at improving economic conditions for America's most vulnerable group.

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Cost of Alzheimer's Disease Skyrocketing

It's the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

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White House Criticized for Housing Finance Reform

Wade Henderson sharply criticized the Obama administration's failure to let the Government Sponsored Enterprises regain financial stability.

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'Motown the Musical' Arrives in D.C.

Berry Gordy, Alumni Prez Reflect on History's Greatest Label

Audiences in the District will be able to relive the golden era of a label that broke records and set standards that have never been matched and likely never will.

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Top Area Entrepreneurs Feted in San Francisco

Three District area entrepreneurs have been invited to Yelp's headquarters in San Francisco to represent the Greater Washington Area as being among the 100 top-rated businesses in North America.

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CBC Urges More Judiciary Diversity

Says Dearth of Minorities Hinders Justice

The importance of the judiciary cannot be overstated as its primary role continues to be to defend and uphold the United States Constitution and ensure that the rule of law prevails, said Congressional Black Caucus Chair G.K. Butterfield.

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Russell Simmons Honors Jam Master Jay on Anniversary of Death

Mogul Says Focus Remains on Black Lives

The unsolved murder of rap legend Jam Master Jay on Oct. 30, 2012, still sticks Russell Simmons.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Starts Nonprofit

Maryland Resident Diagnosed at 34

The pain nagged at Kiesha Harris. Then, the lump under her armpit swelled more.

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Black Veteran Organizations Focus on Health

Calvin Shields has been a service officer for 40 years at the National Association for Black Veterans, where he's helped to address the unmet needs of minority and economically disadvantage veterans. He and others have drawn attention to the plight of veterans who have been victims of Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder and less-than-honorable discharges.

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Morgan State U.'s First Patent Helps Alzheimer's Patients

Maryland Businessman Facilitates Grant, Assistance

Dr. Jayfus Doswell has become accustomed to finding solutions to complex problems.

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Verizon at Odds With Union

Fight Gets Heated Amid Safety Allegations

The Communications Workers of America, which represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in 10,000 communities across the country — including in D.C. — is calling on officials to open an investigation into unsafe conditions at Verizon locations.

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Diabetes Prevention Program Launched at UMD

In statistics revealed last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million individuals in the United States have diabetes.

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Exelon: Merger Opponents 'Misguided'

Stadium Deal Not Tied to Bowser Agreement

Environmentalists are being disingenuous or they're flat-out wrong when they claim that the proposed $6.8 billion merger between Pepco and Exelon doesn't provide tangible customer benefits and interferes with clean energy efforts, Exelon officials said.

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Obama Vows to Fight Heroin ‘Crisis’

President: ‘I Did Some Stuff’

One week after Democratic Sen. Bob Casey vowed to continue a push for ways lawmakers can help, President Barack Obama promised to use his position and federal programs to try to combat heroin use and prescription painkiller abuse, a scourge that’s overtaken the District and the country as a whole.

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Senator, Economist Lament U.S. Debt Default

Democratic Sen. Robert Casey called Republicans wreckless and misguided as the country is just weeks away from the November 3 debt limit deadline.

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Nissan, Toyota Latest to Respond to Diversity Scorecard

Nissan, Toyota Latest to Respond to Diversity Scorecard

Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai are the latest automakers to respond to the recently-released Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project which issued its annual diversity scorecard earlier this month.

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Environmentalists Blast Exelon-Bowser Deal

A merger of Exelon Corp and Pepco Holdings Inc. would create the largest electric utility holding company in the country.

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Wedding Costs Still Tough on Couples

Many Millennials Waiting Longer, Using Apps to Pay

While a recent nationwide survey revealed that more and more people are tired of writing checks and are moving toward electronically paying for their wedding, those tying the knot locally are still footing the bill traditionally.

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Processed Meat Confirmed as Cancer Hazard

Eating processed meats is a cancer hazard, and red meat probably is too, according to the World Health Organization [WHO].

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Maryland Governor, Youth Fight Cancer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who earlier this year was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, has been busy spreading cheer to local children. And he's using area sports to help keep the enthusiasm going.

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Kirk Franklin Brings 'Happy' To Evangel Cathedral

Gospel Superstar to Headline 25th Anniversary Spectacular

It's only fitting that the silver anniversary of the Evangel Christmas spectacular will be celebrated with someone with so much gold.

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Dunbar High School Earns Computers

Lenovo Donates Laptops, Tablets for App Program

Tech giant Lenovo donated laptops and tablets to Dunbar High School which the students will be able to use to assist them in learning about coding, testing and developing mobile applications.

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Senator Wants Funding for Heroin Treatment

D.C. Area Sees Overdose Rate Skyrocket

Data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the fatal overdose rate by heroin users quadrupled between 2000 and 2013, and the problem is only getting worse.

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Christmas Arrives Early in Prince George's County

Greats to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Evangel Show

The 25th anniversary of the most spectacular Broadway-style musical in the DMV, the annual Evangel Christmas celebration, begins Dec. 5 at the Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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Maryland Man Recounts Prostate Cancer Shocker

New Book Details Georgetown Hospital Stage 4 Treatment

In 2012, the most recent year for which numbers are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 177,489 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 27,244 of them died. More than half were black.

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Hillary Clinton Fends Off Foes in First Democratic Debate

The five 2016 Democratic presidential hopefuls proved in their first debate Tuesday night that opponents can clash without the rancor displayed in two previous Republican debates.

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Vincent Cohen Steps Down as U.S. Attorney for D.C.

Vincent H. Cohen Jr. announced Thursday that he is resigning as acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia on Oct. 18.

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The Clarice Gets 'Intimate'

Award-Winning Play Arrives at UMD for 1-Week Run

The twist and turns of the stage production "Intimate Apparel" is set to play out during a week-long run at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.

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Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins Genius Grant

You may refer to journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates as "Genius Coates" or "Sir Genius."

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Joint Center Revived and Stronger

Black Think-Tank Maintains Its Political Presence

Reports of the demise of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies have been greatly exaggerated.

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New Tool Helps Blacks Fight Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be diagnosed in her lifetime with breast cancer. And for African-American women, instances of death are higher, with a survival rate that is the least of any racial or ethnic community.

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Maxine Waters Seeking Wealth Gap Solutions

Congresswoman Maxine Waters has long been out front on finding solutions to the ever-widening wealth gap in America that has resulted in devastating realities for African Americans and other minorities.

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'Thriller in Manila,' 40 Years Later: Remembering Classic Ali-Frazier Bout

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of the epic "Thriller in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, which is lauded as one of the greatest moments in sports history and was a worldwide cultural event at the time.

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Local Issachah Savage Making History in Opera

Tenor and former longtime Southeast Washington, D.C., resident Issachah Savage returns to the region Saturday as the National Philharmonic presents a special one-time performance of Wagner's Rienzi, a concert opera featuring Savage at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda.

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Is Gentrification Breeding Homicide?

D.C. Council, Officials Seeking Answers

Body cameras for police officers may do a lot of good, including helping to strengthen relations between District residents and the Metropolitan Police Department. However, it's still debatable as to whether this tool will affect the alarming rise in deadly crime.

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Stevie Wonder Ready to Rock D.C. Again on 'Songs' Tour

Stevie Wonder is more than just a music superstar.

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Major Advances Made in HIV/AIDS Battle

D.C. Program Working as 'Heroes' Step In

A new study published by the medical journal, AIDS and Behavior, has found that the District of Columbia's needle exchange program has prevented 120 new cases of HIV and has saved the government $44 million.

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Viola Davis Makes History with Emmy Win

Viola Davis shined in many ways Sunday.

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D.C. Council Tackles Violent Crime

Hearing on Homicides Lasts 10 Hours

Like the violent crime that has plagued the District, a meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss the outbreak of shootings, stabbings and other unseemly acts appeared as if it would never end.

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Bill Cosby Seeks Defense Lawyer, Prepares for Possible Criminal Charges: Report

Bill Cosby may soon face a day of reckoning for the dozens of accusations of sexual abuse lobbed at him in the past year, as he reportedly has begun preparing for the possibility of criminal charges being brought against him for a decade-old allegation.

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Apple Making Strides in Diversity

To many, the popular Silicon Valley company is in dire need of an upgrade in diversity.

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City, Transit Officials Steel for Traffic Crunch During Pope's D.C. Visit

Pope Francis's highly anticipated visit to D.C. has arrived and more than 1 million people are expected to descend upon the region for related events scheduled to run through Thursday afternoon.

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Community Effort Underway to Stop Smoking in D.C.

Cigarette smoking looms as a public health crisis, particularly in the African-American community, but a new citywide public awareness campaign in D.C. is geared to help residents kick the habit.

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Man Takes Bike Ride in D.C. for 'Queen,' Battle Against Cancer

Joins Fundraiser in Honor of Late Partner

For Wendell Smith, riding 150 miles on a bicycle is a challenge. But the Baltimore resident plans to ace that challenge because he's riding for two reasons: love and cancer.