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Stacy M. Brown

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Bill Cosby Sued for Defamation by Sexual Assault Accuser; D.C. Firm Handling Case

New Lawsuit Could Hamper Actor's Plan to Break Silence

A woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by iconic television star Bill Cosby in the 1970s filed suit against him Wednesday for defamation, hiring a D.C. law firm to handle the case.

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Nationals Look to Bolster Formidable Lineup

Trades, Free-Agent Signings Possible

What do you get someone — or in this case, a team — who already has so much?

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District Schools Focus on Healthy Eating

A 2010 Law Requires Well-Balanced Meals

To help shine a spotlight on new healthy eating initiatives in local schools, media members recently were allowed inside the Walker-Jones Education Campus in Northwest to see first-hand what are on the breakfast and lunch menus for students.

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African-American Mayors Remember Marion Barry

To his contemporaries and those who followed in his footsteps, Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. proved to be a trailblazer and his "Mayor for Life" declaration is homage from the many that reaped the benefits of a hero dedicated to changing the plight of the District's downtrodden and forgotten.

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Common Returns to the Fillmore

Hip-Hop Star and Actor Headlines Area Concert

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common will bring his "Nobody's Smiling" tour to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Sunday.

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The Making of 'Purple Rain': Prince's Movie Subject of New Book

Journalist Alan Light takes fans behind the scenes in a new book about pop superstar Prince and the making of the 1984 seminal "Purple Rain" album and movie.

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Redskins-RG3 Split Inevitable

Dallas Speculated as Next Stop for Struggling QB

Robert Griffin III, former top draft pick and franchise quarterback for the, probably has a better chance of starting 2015 for the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys than he does for the Washington Redskins.

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Idris Elba Releases New Album

'Wire' Actor Pays Tribute to His Father, Mandela

Idris Elba has released a new character album titled "Mi Mandela," a tribute to the late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, whom Elba portrayed on the Silver Screen last year in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a film for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

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Funds Sought to Showcase Acclaimed Artist Jacob Lawrence

Work, Interviews to be Featured

Officials at the Phillips Collection in Northwest have detailed its plans to develop a robust micro site featuring the works and previously unpublished interviews between preeminent American artist Jacob Lawrence and museum curators, including one conducted just prior to the acclaimed artist's death 14 years ago.

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D.C. Residents Defend Bill Cosby

Comedian Under Fire for Past Allegations

While a rape scandal has made international news and continues to be fodder for comedians and the tabloids, local fans of Bill Cosby remain by his side.

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Michele Roberts Takes Over NBA Union

Former District Lawyer Prepares for Battle with Owners

Michele A. Roberts has started her new job as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and the former District public defender immediately set the tone for what’s sure to be contentious collective bargaining with NBA owners.

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Great American Smokeout Encourages Quitting

American Cancer Society Promotes Cessation Day

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which officials hope will encourage tobacco users to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and then quit smoking on that day.

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Studies Link Obesity and Cancer

Two new studies presented on Nov. 3 at the American Institute for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in Northwest revealed that obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Latino women.

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Wizards Proving Experts Right

First-Place Washington Off to Fast Start

It’s early. Very early. Still, the Washington Wizards 5-2 start has impressed fans and those outside of the area if for no other reason than the fact that NBA experts have forecast a great season for the team, a prediction that’s usually a kiss of death for District-area professional teams.

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Stevie Wonder Thrills Verizon Center Crowd

Motown Legend Dazzles Sold-Out Concert Audience

Stevie Wonder can bring out the fan in just about any music lover.

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Redskins Fumble Big Opportunity

Nickname Controversy, Return of RG3 Highlight Loss

With plenty of distractions on and off the field, Washington fumbled a golden opportunity to jump back into playoff contention.

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Southeast Woman Pens Children's Book, Song

As a little girl growing up in Southeast D.C., Darla Davenport-Powell loved to watch Saturday morning cartoons and children's shows. However, it wasn't long before Davenport-Powell realized a fact that saddened her.

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Heritage Tour Planned For Jubilee Celebration

Maryland, Black Museums Observe 150 Years of Freedom

With Nov. 1 marking the 150th anniversary — or Jubilee — of Maryland’s Emancipation Proclamation, Joanne Martin, founder of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, said this year’s celebration will not only be memorable but educational.

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Bonds, Silverman Claim At-Large Council Seats

Anita Bonds will retain her seat as an at-large District Council member after scoring an easy election night victory, according to unofficial results from the D.C. Board of Elections.

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Healthy Meals Focus of Diabetes Month

Nearly 54,000 District Residents Diagnosed with Disease

Many in the Washington, D.C., area are feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands suffer from the disease, and a significant number of others have the life-threatening illness but don't know it.

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Racine Becomes First D.C. Elected AG

Karl Racine made history on Tuesday, emerging victorious as the District's first-elected attorney general, according to unofficial results from the D.C. Board of Elections.

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Stevie's Wonderland: Legend Prepares for D.C. Show, Triplets

At age 64, as he prepares to play his classic album "Songs in the Key of Life" at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Stevie Wonder is expecting triplets.

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Showtime for New-Look Wizards

Washington Opens 2014-15 Season Ready to Deliver

It’s game time. It also maybe "Showtime East" as the Washington Wizards prepare to open their 2014-15 season with high expectations, a dynamic young backcourt and a battle-tested Hall of Fame veteran seeking one more championship.

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Silverman Confident of Election Night Victory in D.C. Council Race

Former Journalist Among Crowded Field

With two seats open in a crowded field of candidates for at-large spots on the D.C. Council, former journalist Elissa Silverman believes she has enough support to nail down an election night victory on Tuesday.

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Anita Bonds has Re-Election in Sight

Lone Democrat Challenged by 14 At-Large Council Hopefuls

The only Democrat in a field of 15 D.C. at-large council candidates, Anita Bonds stands alone, a position she doesn't seem to mind at all.

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Hagler Seeks At-Large Seat on D.C. Council

Popular Minister Aims for Changes in the City

The Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler may have his share of critics, but he doesn't mince words as he seeks one of the two at-large D.C. Council seats in the election on Nov. 4.

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Despite Win, Redskins' Nightmare Season Continues

Cowboys Success Makes Dismal Year Worse

What's worse than the Redskins' 2-and-5-and-going-nowhere record is what's happening deep in the heart of Texas, where the Cowboys are a stunning 6-1 and have not tasted defeat since their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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YWCA Proves Safe Haven for Victims

Organization Operates Various Domestic Violence Programs

While the YWCA has gone purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the nonprofit organization easily has become the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country.

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Local Woman Shares Story of Domestic Violence

With Domestic Violence Awareness Month observed during October, officials at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence said nearly 20 individuals per minute in the United States are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, which equates to more than 10 million women and men over the course of one year.

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Beal Injury Tempers Optimism

Wizards Fans Discouraged After Guard Breaks Wrist

It seems that each time one of Washington's professional sports teams is expected to fare well — or perhaps even challenge for a championship — disaster strikes.

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Remembering Dr. Calvin Rolark

Friends Recall Informer Founder

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who writes a weekly column that runs in The Washington Informer, simply couldn’t find the right words.

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Informer, Black Newspapers Thrive

As The Washington Informer reaches its milestone 50th anniversary at a time when the business model has changed dramatically for newspapers around the globe, many mainstream outlets have fallen on hard times, and several have folded.

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Informer Readers Share Their Views

Lydia Pyles started reading The Washington Informer about 10 years ago when she came across a story about rap and business mogul Russell Simmons.

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Decades of Accomplishments: The Washington Informer Through the Years

Dr. Calvin Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer, rode into town with the winds of change blowing.

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Black Programs Return to Small Screen

Viola Davis, Others Help Usher in New Era

African-Americans are now taking on television roles, and networks appear to have once again figured out that their shows should be as diverse as the population that watches.

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Report Shows the Color of Justice

Blacks, Latinos Commit Less Crime than Perceived

Racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States, officials from the Sentencing Project in Northwest have concluded.

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NAMI Leads Mental Illness Awareness Campaigns

First Week in October Spotlights Psychiatric Disorders

For the millions who suffer alone and in silence, the first full week in October counts as Mental Illness Awareness Week which casts a spotlight on a growing number of individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and other forms of mental illness.

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Redskins Season on the Brink

Last in Division, Washington Falters at Home

They displayed guts and character and even a little bit of machismo, but the Washington Redskins still didn't get a much-needed victory and their season, like so many others over the past 20-plus years, may again register as an unmitigated failure.

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Congresswoman Seeks Changes in Credit Reporting

Maxine Waters Proposes Overhaul of Current System

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has proposed an overhaul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Scrutinized

Some Question Whether Agency Helps Americans

Some have argued that the bureau, which supervises banks, credit unions and other fiscal companies while tasked with enforcing consumer financial laws, hasn't done its job in protecting American citizens.

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Breast Cancer: An Enemy to Black Women

High Rate Found Among African-Americans

Each year, more than 220,000 women and 2,100 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Aside from skin cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta lists breast cancer as the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity.

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Mike Epps Brings Stand-Up to D.C.

Comedian Schedules Two Shows at Warner Theatre

Before audiences see Mike Epps on the Silver Screen portraying comedy legend Richard Pryor, District residents will be able to see why producers of the upcoming biopic selected the funnyman for one of the most sought-after roles in recent history.

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Optimistic Wizards Open Training Camp

The Washington Wizards opened training camp Tuesday with as much optimism as the franchise has experienced in three decades or more.

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Gladys Knight to Perform in D.C.

Legendary Singer Plans Concert at Warner Theatre

There’s only one Motown, and a surefire way for District-area residents to find that out would be to attend the upcoming concert by the legendary Gladys Knight at the Warner Theatre in Northwest.

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Health Screenings Vital to Black Men

African-Americans More Prone to Prostate Cancer

As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, health officials in the metropolitan area have continued to work overtime to spread the message in the African-American community that prostate screenings count as an important first step in combating the deadly disease.

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Frederick Hopes to Increase HU Graduation Rate

New President Places Matriculation High Atop Agenda

The path to the presidency of Howard University had been mapped out a long time ago for Wayne A.I. Frederick.

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Nationals Seek Postseason Glory

Washington Hopes to Bring Home Championship

October baseball has returned to the nation's capital and, after fulfilling the hopes of spring, the Washington Nationals are now on a mission to fulfill the promise of a fall to remember.

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Howard Ranks Among Top HBCUs

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has published a poll measuring the quality of the undergraduate education at historically black colleges and universities. And, for the eighth consecutive year, Howard University ranked second among the 69 schools surveyed in the magazine.

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Remembering the Ali-Foreman 'Rumble in the Jungle'

Classic Match Recalled 40 Years Later

It's been 40 years since the famous "Rumble in the Jungle," the much-hyped and celebrated clash between an aging Ali — whose signature line, "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," remains iconic — and George Foreman, a fearsome and undefeated young bear of a champion.

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NFL Commissioner Under Fire

Goodell Still Enjoys Support of Redskins, Fans

While many fans of the Ravens sported Ray Rice jerseys at the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11 in Baltimore, embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has received similar support along the I-95 corridor from Landover to Virginia.