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Stacy M. Brown

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Program Targets Prevalence of Diabetes

More than 52,000 District residents live with diabetes, and those in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 have the highest mortality rate from the debilitating disease.

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Politicians, Residents Puzzled by Baker's Van Hollen Endorsement

The endorsement of Rep. Chris Van Hollen by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III surprised few, but still left area politicians and residents speculating about the timing of Baker’s support.

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University of DC: Campus of Sustainability

One look around campus at the University of the District of Columbia and it's easy to see why many schools around the nation are holding the school, located in Northwest, as a shining example of green living and sustainability.

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Hip-Hop's Obsession With God

Rap Stars Seek Higher Calling with Lyrics, Art

Today the obsession with God and other spiritual powers dominates the rap culture.

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Wells Fargo Launches New African-American Initiative

'MyUntold' Provides Platform of Encouraging Stories

Wells Fargo & Company has launched an initiative called "The Untold Stories Collection," a social media movement dedicated to sharing personal stories that define what it means to be African-American today.

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Ice T's Hip-Hop Doc to Play at Anacostia Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum plans to showcase a documentary that describes the origins of hip-hop.

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D.C. Councilwoman Anita Bonds Advocates for More Affordable Housing

Introduces Legislation Aimed at Assisting Renters

As part of her campaign pledge when she easily retained her seat in the November general election, Anita Bonds, who chairs the Committee on Housing and Community Development, vowed to do more for area renters.

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Redskins Cheerleader's Death Examined in New Book

The story of Debbie Flores has always fascinated.

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Author's Journey: A Brave New World

Cancer Claims Husband; Wife Seeks Healing

It's a day that Yvonne Broady will never forget.

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Three Find Business Together Enriching

Local Women Push Healthy Skin Products

Tehma Hallie Smith, Ronae Brock and Michelle Davenport have come up with a line of organic body and skin products that prides itself on being health conscious and environmentally friendly.

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Charity Assists Resident With Multiple Myeloma

Organization Helps Pay Medical and Travel Expenses

Good Days From CDF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping ensure that no one living with a chronic condition has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday life.

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Black, Latino Graduation Rates Improve

Urban League Officials Say Plenty of Work Still Remains

Two reports released within moments of each other have served to highlight how African-Americans and Latinos have overcome many obstacles in order to strive toward success. However, the fine print of each of those reports provides a reality check that the American dream remains deferred for individuals of color.

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MGM National Harbor Marks Employment Milestone

Officials Tout 1,000th Construction Job in Maryland

With still more than a year before it opens, MGM National Harbor probably has local residents feeling as though they've hit the jackpot.

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Vincent Gray Left Hanging after Machen Resignation

With U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr.'s announcement last week that he's leaving office — without returning an indictment or charges of any kind against former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray — some are more convinced that Machen engaged in a witch hunt.

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Officials Unveil New Suicide Prevention Tool

App Alerts Providers to Potential Risk

Professionals at the Rockville, Maryland-based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have developed a new tool that they hope will help prevent suicides.

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Maryland Senate, House Races Heat Up

Brown, Edwards, Ivey Vie for Vacated Seats

Like musical chairs, there's a merry-go-round for Senate and House seats in Maryland after longtime senator Barbara Mikulski decided not to seek a sixth term in 2016 and after Rep. Donna Edwards announced she's bolting her chair in an attempt to gain a Senate seat.

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My Brother's Keeper Exceeding Goals

Obama's Initiative Rakes in $300M in Grants, Resources

On Feb. 27, 2014, five young District of Columbia Higher Education Readiness Opportunity Scholars joined the president for the launch of his My Brother's Keeper initiative, an effort to create opportunities for young men and boys of color. A little more than a year later, White House officials are giving a thumbs-up to the initiative, and cities and businesses have bought in at a rate that's exceeded even Obama’s expectations.

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Actor Tackles Rehab, Drug Addiction in New Drama

Shiek Mahmud-Bey has created, written, directed, produced and stars in the television psychological drama "The Inner Circle," a gritty look at how substance abuse reaches across ethnicity, class, gender and age groups.

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DreamMakerS Providing Needed MS Assistance

Local Organization Helps Children Cope When Parents Have Illness

More than 2.5 million individuals around the world, including 400,000 Americans, have multiple sclerosis, the unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body.

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Barbara Mikulski Announces Retirement

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has championed equal rights for all and equal pay for women, and she's alleviated discrimination against women in health care while spearheading a change in government regulations that previously forced elderly couples to spend all their assets and lose their homes before qualifying for help in paying for nursing homes.

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The Oblate Sisters of Providence: A D.C.-Area Staple

The Oblate Sisters of Providence could be classified as a miracle.

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Hepatitis C Cure Results from NIH/Unity Study

Medication Tested, Approved and Available to Residents

the National Institutes on Health in Bethesda, Maryland, that has developed a new, tested and FDA-approved drug that comes with little, if any side effects.

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50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid: The Battle for Health Coverage Continues

Fifty years ago, lawmakers, medical professionals and many in low-income and senior communities called the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid a leap forward for America and the millions who’d benefit from a program that promised health security.

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Joseph Jackson, Father of Late 'King of Pop,' Hawking 'JoCola'

Joseph Jackson, father of late superstar Michael Jackson, says he's reached a deal to bottle and distribute a new soda he's dubbed "JoCola."

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Shutdown Academy Helps Local Children

Realtor, NFL Star Assist Youth in Football, Academics

The Shutdown Academy is a development program for children designed to strengthen and help them reach their potential through mentoring and other programs in the classroom and on the athletic field.

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Bowie State Celebrates 150 Years of Excellence

HBCU History Proudly Recalled By Alumni, Others

When the 40 African-American founders opened what was then called the Baltimore Normal School on Jan. 9, 1865, their mission was to establish educational facilities across Maryland that would help educate the more than 85,000 newly emancipated slaves. Today, the school now famously called Bowie State University, counts among the many proud historical black college and universities.

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Stevie Wonder: How He Became a Ladies' Man

Stevie Wonder practices what he preaches. One of our greatest love-song writers, composer of "My Cherie Amour" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours," recently fathered his ninth child — with a fifth woman.

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Social Security Disability Insurance in Peril

The battle over Social Security Disability Insurance benefits continues to unfold on Capitol Hill, and, as in the case of most of these fights, numerous officials argue that it's the little guy who gets hurt.

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Black Theatre Symposium Scheduled

University of Maryland Explores Value of African-American Art

As the black theater, which some call an endangered species, struggles, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland, will cap Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 28, with an introspective symposium beginning at 9 a.m.

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Frank Conaway Sr. Remembered

Longtime Maryland Politician Dead at 81

Frank M. Conaway Sr., the longtime clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court, is being remembered by the many in Charm City, Prince George's County and around the state who knew him and the many more his work helped.

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CBC Pushes Supreme Court on Voter ID

Forcing voters to produce government-issued identification goes against America's long-standing belief in a democracy. It's also a thinly-disguised method to prevent many African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities from voting, according to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Beating the Odds

Officials at the American Cancer Society say that individuals with stage 4 breast cancer have a 22 percent rate of survival after five years compared to their peers without breast cancer.

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New Website Helps Brides, Grooms Contain Wedding Cost

Getting married can be expensive. But for those seeking wedded bliss, there's some good news.

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Pepco Merger with Exelon Moving Forward

Supporters Prove to be as Plentiful as Opposition

Opposition to the proposed utility company merger between Pepco Holdings, Inc. and Exelon has been well-documented and a protest on Thursday, Feb. 5 by numerous environmental advocacy organizations again received its share of media attention.

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Orchestra Honors African-American Innovators

Celebrations Taking Place in D.C., Virginia, Maryland

From the District to Northern Virginia and from Prince George’s County to Baltimore, government and civic organizations, museums and other cultural institutions have continued to lay out plans to celebrate Black History Month.

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House Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare

Senate GOP Members May Follow Same Course

Republicans in the House of Representatives have continued their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, despite soaring enrollment figures for year two and the growing confidence in the law by many Americans.

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STEM Education Pushed For Minorities

February Opportune Time to Promote Advanced Careers

Efforts have ramped up recently in the District and around the country to emphasize STEM education, a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Jackson's Neverland Ranch Could Become Sexual-Assault Rehab Facility

A "Jacksonland" shrine, a state park and a therapy camp for molested children are among the proposals pitched by potential buyers of Michael Jackson's shuttered $75 million Neverland Ranch.

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Sidney Poitier 'Disgusted' By Bill Cosby Assault Allegations: Source

It has been more than 30 years since Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, 77, released the last of their 1970s trilogy of film. Since then, the two have rarely been linked publicly and a source close to Poitier said the "In the Heat of the Night" actor is utterly disgusted by Cosby.

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App Helps Residents Pick Health Insurance

Entrepreneurs Develop Unique Way to Obamacare

A team of young entrepreneurs are offering a different approach to the insurance and health care market place from what they said is a completely different perspective.

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Heart Attack Survivor Spreads Important Message

Association Celebrates 'Go Red' Day With Annual Campaign

A website saved her life. And Julia Allen, the national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, said www.goredforwomen.org can save many more lives if everyone becomes aware of and makes good use of the website.

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U.S.-Africa Trade Discussions Heats Up

Despite the anticipation of his address to officials and spectators and given that he’s the U.S. trade representative and President Barack Obama’s principal adviser, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues, Ambassador Michael Froman made a much-ballyhooed appearance before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on Jan. 28.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Budget Causes Uproar

Prince George's County Education Funding Takes Major Hit

The honeymoon ended quickly.

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Angela Davis Still an Activist

At 71, the Freedom Fighter Battles On

Say the name Angela Davis and, depending upon with whom you speak, a range of opinions, emotions and thoughts automatically ensue.

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Mental Health Officials Target Police Shootings

Organizations, Others Seek Lawmakers Help

Prior to his going on a shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Southeast two years ago, co-workers, supervisors and associates of shooter Aaron Alexis raised concerns about his mental health, but those fears were never reported to the government.

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Anita Bonds Wants Facebook Silver Alert

D.C. Councilwoman Writes Letter Appealing for Assistance

Anita Bonds said the well-being of the elderly remains a top priority, and she remains proactive in her approach to their safety and security.

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Remembering Alex Haley's 'Roots'

As Scholar, Students Debate Relevance, Reboot Scheduled

"Roots," an enormous best-seller when first published in 1976, achieved an extraordinary level of cultural salience when ABC’s television adaptation of the book aired on eight consecutive nights beginning on Jan. 20, 1977.

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Johns Hopkins Hosts Emotional MLK Commemoration

When it comes to celebrating and remembering Martin Luther King Jr., the Johns Hopkins University community certainly counts among those who routinely capture perfectly the legacy of the late civil rights icon.

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'Selma' Film Reaches Young and Old

"Selma" has become a hot talking point for African-Americans who lived during the tumultuous civil rights era and young blacks who still know very little about Martin Luther King Jr.