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Stacy M. Brown

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Trial for Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death Set for October

The trial for six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the April death of Freddie Gray is set to begin on Oct. 13, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Monday.

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Rushern Baker Backs Off Threat to Sue County Council

Top Exec Vetoes Budget, But Concedes

There will be no protracted legal battle over Prince George's County Council's $2.95 billion budget after all.

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Manhunts for Dangerous Criminals Unnerve Communities: Experts

As the manhunts for dangerous fugitives get longer and more intense, the tension and anxiety ratchets up — which authorities say is bad news for both law enforcement and residents.

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Cecilia Harvey, Black Female Exec, Thriving in London

Citigroup COO Helping Minority Women

Cecilia Harvey, chief operating officer at CitiGroup's technology and finance department in London, has become the benchmark for blacks and other women on how to make it in a predominately white- and male-dominated corporate world.

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Prince George's County Power Plant Sold

PEPCO Transmission Line Involved in Major Transaction

PSEG Power, a New Jersey-based energy company, announced Wednesday that they've acquired a huge energy plant that's planned for an old gravel mine in Prince George's County.

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Euille Cites Voter Turnout in Loss

Mayor Says Residents No-Show at Polls

Not many residents seemed all that interested. At least that’s the way Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille summed up his primary election defeat to Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg this month.

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Deaf Maryland Inmates Win Civil Suit

The rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates in Maryland, Kentucky and other locations have repeatedly been violated, and those in charge at departments of corrections must make wholesale changes to comply with federal laws enjoyed by those not incarcerated, according to a comprehensive settlement agreement.

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Obama Blasted for Snub of Black Press: 'Shameful'

To readers of the hundreds of African-American print newspapers in the nation, it’s worth noting that President Barack Obama still has not allowed for any face time with black-owned newspaper companies.

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Prince Sells Out Two D.C. Shows in Minutes

In the blink of an eye — a 3rd Eye, if you will — Prince has sold out two spontaneously announced shows at the Warner Theatre in Northwest.

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D.C. College Grads Carry Average Loan Debt

Graduates at colleges and universities in the District of Columbia average $22,048 in debt, with 52 percent carrying a student loan debt.

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New MLS Facility Offers Health, Recreation

Shearin Community Center Caters to All Residents

In what might have once only been described as a dream scenario, there's one place in the District where an individual now can visit a dentist, OB/GYN, foot doctor or family and pediatric physician while also enjoying educational and recreational opportunities.

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George Haley, Famed Author's Brother and MLK Friend, Dies

George Haley, a Silver Spring, Maryland, resident and the brother of famed author Alex Haley, died earlier this month. He was 89.

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D.C. Programs Remain Vigilant to Help Homeowners

Through a network of local community-based organizations, the Department of Housing and Community Development in Southeast provides counseling services for homeowners who are behind in their mortgage payments or who may be subject to foreclosure.

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Simple Landscaping Could Reap Financial Benefits

It's no secret that a good looking landscaping job could dramatically improve the value of a home.

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Rushern Baker Vetoes Prince George's Budget

Council to Likely Override Executive Action

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker vetoed Tuesday a measure passed by the county council that would raise property taxes by 1.5 percent to fund parks and recreation.

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Baltimore Student Kamal Al-Mateen Rises Above Chaos, Earns Scholarship

Like so many others in Baltimore, Kamal Al-Mateen witnessed the protests, the demonstrations, the discord and ultimately the rioting that took place following the death of Freddie Gray. But Kamal's story is light amid the gloom.

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Prince George's Council Adopts New Budget

Rushern Baker Tax Hikes Out; No Furloughs

Prince George's County residents won't have to suffer a major property tax hike and they will not have to dig too deep into their pockets for telephone usage.

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Accolades Continue for D.C.'s DJ Young Music

Tour with Chris Brown Next on Agenda

While most students are looking forward to a summer break that may include barbecues, a trip to the beach or a family vacation, one local high school standout is preparing to go on tour with music superstar Chris Brown.

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Decision Day Nears for Prince George's Council on Baker Tax Proposal

Under water, overtaxed and overextended were just some of the adjectives used by residents who continue to voice concern over Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker's proposed 15 percent property tax increase.

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Howard U. Students Take Course Inside Prison

'Muhammad Experience' Encourages Stronger Relationships

While most college students hit the beach or some other vacation spot for spring break, 15 Howard University criminology majors spent the week in prison.

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First Black Nursing Grad Receives Honorary Degree

Esther McCready Feted at Maryland Graduation

Small in stature and soft in voice, Esther McCready proved to be a giant in the fight for civil rights. And on May 15, the 84-year-old pioneer's life came full circle as she received an honorary doctor of public service degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore, the same institution that in 1949 denied her entry into the School of Nursing because she was black.

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Poverty Still Major Affliction for Blacks

Black America is in a state of emergency, and what's happened in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri, and other places isn't solely about police misconduct, according to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Horton's Kids Event Raises Hope and Funds

Nationals Park Hosts Anacostia Children

With a celebrity chef, members of Congress and a number of photographers and media personnel gathering to record the event, hundreds of area youth enjoyed a fun-filled day at the home of the Washington Nationals during the annual Home Run for Horton's Kids fundraiser.

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Children Among Focus of Mental Health Month

For the rising number of individuals who experience a mental illness, it's no longer about the stigma.

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Dreaming, Believing in Prostate Cancer Cure

Robert Ginyard doesn't have a cure for cancer nor does he have a concrete solution for preventing the dreaded disease. However, the entrepreneur and prostate cancer survivor has been quite successful in providing a crucial tool for those who are recovering from serious illnesses, setbacks and whatever else might be a source of chagrin.

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Activist Prince Rocks Baltimore

Icon Mixes Politics and Pop Music

If Prince came to Baltimore to try and heal a fractured community, his arrival proved a tad too late. But nothing escapes his royal highness.

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Bar Association Seeks Voting Rights Change

Their webinar wasn't nearly as clear as their message.

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D.C. Council's Anita Bonds Proposes Bill to Fight Homelessness

Seniors, Veterans Targeted in Measure

On any given night, there are nearly 8,000 homeless individuals in the District of Columbia. While those numbers are disconcerting, Council member Anita Bonds said making matters worse is the growing number of senior citizens and U.S. war veterans who now count among the homeless.

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UMBC Prez Freeman Hrabowski Relates MLK, Baltimore Experiences

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been working with inner-city youth in a variety of programs for a number of years, rarely falling short of his goal of reaching impressionable young individuals.

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Eating Your Way to Healthier Living

Eating often can prove to be one of the prevention strategies that can enhance health and wellness, at least according to some local fitness experts.

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Mental and Emotional Well-Being Vital

If everyone were more open and honest about their health, pain and suffering can be prevented and those in need will receive the help to which they're entitled.

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Let's Get Physical: Active Lifestyle Prevents Illness, Disease

Health officials and experts are clear. Engaging in regular physical activity is tantamount in improving an individual's health.

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Cancer Survivor is Star of Avon Walk

Local Nurse Shares Story of Family, Success

Kimberly Curtis has a story that may not be all that unfamiliar to many.

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Muriel Bowser Leads 'Path to Zero Waste'

Mayor Co-Hosts Earth Day Event, Seeks Sustainability

Although she spent time chatting with such superstars as will.i.am, Common and Gwen Stefani, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood out as a star in her own right during Earth Day celebrations in which she continued her mission to reduce waste in the District.

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Baltimore Prosecutor Makes Surprising Quest for Justice

Marilyn Mosby Gives Details about Freddie Gray Arrest

With a single press conference and a stunning indictment of six local police officers, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby may have stopped a city from burning.

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Students, Teachers Lead Baltimore Cleanup

City Comes Together After Riots, Demonstrations

About 3,000 individuals — many joining the efforts on an impromptu basis — have worked from dusk until dawn to begin cleaning Baltimore after riots had made the city a mess.

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Black Lives Matter When?: Some Question Why No Furor Over Other Deaths

The numbers are staggering: As of April 27, the day family members held a funeral for Freddie Gray, statistics revealed that there were 68 homicides in Baltimore, including three individuals under the age of 18. Fifty-nine of the murders were of African-Americans, reportedly committed by other blacks.

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Prince to Give Freddie Gray Tribute Concert in Baltimore

The Purple One wants Sunday in Baltimore to be a Gray day.

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Baltimore State's Attorney: Freddie Gray's Death a Homicide

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Friday that six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who died while in policy custody.

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Support for Donna Edwards Swells

Prince George's Council, Others Endorse Candidate

One week after Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker endorsed her opponent Chris Van Hollen, county council members said they were standing behind Donna Edwards, lending their support to the congresswoman in the race for Maryland's senate.

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Advocates: Black Politics Matter

Two-Day Event Promotes Voting, Political Education

There's little question that the notion that black lives matter has reverberated throughout the nation over the past several months. However, for the more than 150 young African-American youth who in successive days descended upon Howard University and then on Capitol Hill, there's even more to the slogan that's caught on just about everywhere.

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Justices Hear Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Crowds Gather Outside of Supreme Court, Hoping for a Seat

Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? That was the question before the highest court in the land as the justices of the Supreme Court began a hearing Tuesday on whether the Constitution gives gays the right to marry.

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Elimination of Health Disparities a Necessity

Minority Quality Forum President Says America Would Benefit

Gary A. Puckrein wants it to be clear: the elimination of health disparities will happen if for no other reason, because it has to.

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MGM Diversity Officer Lauds Hiring Record

MGM National Harbor is meeting — and in some cases exceeding — its local and minority participation goals that Prince George's County officials set in a Community Benefits Agreement.

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Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General; Is 1st Black Woman to Hold Post

Loretta Lynch won confirmation at the new attorney general Thursday, following months of delay that saw the process get hung up in partisan politics.

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Denard Span Returns from Injury

Nationals 'Pumped' Over Outfielder's Presence

The Nationals' spark plug and holder of the team's single season hits record has returned from the disabled list.

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Blacks, Latinos Make Health Care Gains

Report Reveals Fewer Minorities are Uninsured

Recent health care reports show declines in the uninsured rates for both African-Americans and other minorities nationally, while highlighting that Washington continues to be among cities where blacks and Latinos have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act.

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Levi Watkins, Popular Maryland Doctor, Mourned

Remembered as a 'Man Among Men'

The accolades keep pouring in, from colleagues, friends and individuals who were touched in many ways by him.

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'American Ride' Films in D.C.

Reality Show About History Shoots Ninth Season

He's big and scruffy, but many who've watched his television show "American Ride" will attest that the charismatic Stan Ellsworth is a brawn with Ivy League intellect.

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Nile Project Arrives To Educate, Entertain

Twenty-Seven Musicians from 11 Countries Perform

Founded on the belief that music can change perceptions and inspire action, The Nile Project brings together 27 musicians from the 11 different countries along the Nile to encourage dialogue about sustainability in the Nile basin.