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Stacy M. Brown

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CBC Backs Obama On Juvenile Confinement

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield is backing President Barack Obama's decision to ban the solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons and the Supreme Court's decision that recognized the requirement of sentencing courts to consider a child's diminished culpability and heightened capacity for change before condemning him or her to die behind bars.

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Remembering Maurice White

Maurice White was one of music's most gifted alchemists of style.

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Sanders, Trump Romp to Victory in New Hampshire Primary

Voters Move Away from Establishment Candidates

After months of vigorous, boastful and — in the case of Donald Trump — vulgar campaigning, New Hampshire voters turned out in record numbers to vote in the nation's first primary.

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Vincent Gray Announces Run for D.C. Council

'We Have a Lot of Work to Do,' Ex-Mayor Says

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will officially throw his hat in the ring for one of the city council seats up for grabs in the June primary.

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Family Meals Have Value Beyond Nutrition, Experts Say

Health experts, therapists and others maintain that the benefit of a regular family meal goes far beyond the nutritional value.

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Iowa Caucuses: Cruz Cruises; Votes Suggest Trump as Tease, Sanders for Real

The morning after the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump went silent.

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Adult Coloring Catching On as Stress Reliever

Believe it or not, coloring for adults is all the rage and mental health experts and others said it's a major tool in relieving stress.

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Celebrating African Heritage and Health

Feb. 1 not only marks the start of Black History Month, but for a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization, it's the beginning of the fifth annual African Heritage & Health Week.

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Ford Launches Men of Courage

Motor Company Honors African-Americans

Ford Motor Company is helping to kick off Black History Month by honoring African-American men and amplifying their accomplishments.

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Local Resident's Cancer Scare Leads to Advocacy

About 4,100 women will die from cervical cancer while doctors discover about 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

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D.C. Native Appointed to UMMS Board

He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Northwest and later graduated from Howard University. Now, District native and retired Judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland, Alexander Williams Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan along with six other veteran community leaders to serve on the University of Maryland Medical System Board Of Directors.

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EXCLUSIVE: Tavis Smiley Makes 'A Covenant' With Blacks

A decade ago, Tavis Smiley made a covenant with Black America. Now the popular talk show host, advocate and entrepreneur has released a follow-up to his 2006 book, "The Covenant."

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D.C. Woman Awarded Additional $500K in Racial-Discrimination Suit Against Employer

A D.C. woman who successfully sued a Chinatown sports bar for racial discrimination was awarded an additional $500,000 in punitive damages Monday.

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Orange Tackles Working Conditions for Pregnant Women

Councilman Wants To Protect Workers Giving Birth

District At-Large Councilman Vincent Orange is seeking to help protect pregnant women in the workplace.

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MLK Celebrations On Tap In D.C.

The National Park Service is rolling out its annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations that allows just about everyone in and around D.C. to participate.

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Protecting Frozen Pipes Vital During Winter

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

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Like Obama, D.C. Police Wary of Guns

President Barack Obama's desire for stricter gun laws to keep weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them is an aspiration shared by many and a mission supported by the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Council Seat Gray's for the Taking: Poll

If Vincent Gray wants a second go-round in D.C. politics, voters are poised to grant the former mayor's wishes.

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Vincent Gray Got Raw Deal in Federal Probe, Poll Finds

As former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray contemplates a return to politics, local voters appear poised to back him again now that the smoke has cleared from a federal campaign-financing probe, a new poll shows.

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Thirty-Two Students Awarded Scholarships

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Assists Education Opportunities

Ayana Williams already sounds like a civil rights leader.

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Globetrotter Gives Big Gift to Needy

At 5 feet, 2 inches tall, Jonte Hall has the distinction of being the shortest player in the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. Despite his diminutive stature, teammates, friends and family affectionately call him "Too Tall," in part because of the big heart he displays on and off the court.

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D.C. Costs Pricing Renters Out

RealtyTrac: City Among the Least Affordable

The District is the second-least affordable area for renters in the nation, according to a brand new report that noted that it might be cheaper for some to own property than to rent in Washington, D.C.

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Racism in Politics Takes Toll on Black America

Throughout American history, race has been a major factor in all politics beginning with the English occupation and the Westward drive of settlers to conquer and slaughter the native peoples, according to an essay on race and politics by Malik Miah.

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Bill Cosby Supporters Grow Silent, Except One

In the wake of the criminal charges filed against legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby, the voices that once supported the star have suddenly grown silent.

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D.C. Ranks Worst in Police Spending: Study

A new study on law enforcement spending is a good news/bad news proposition for District residents and the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Vincent Gray to Announce Intentions in Coming Weeks

Vincent Gray has come out from under the darkness of an indictment that never was and now sees the light at the end of a tunnel that could lead him back to City Hall.

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Famed Doctor Frances Cress Welsing, 80, Dies

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, the famed psychiatrist and Afrocentrist, has died, family members confirmed Saturday. She was 80.

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Judge Hatchett Opens Firm to Seek Justice

With the Black Lives Matter Movement in full steam and the need for activism at a premium not seen since Martin Luther King Jr., Judge Glenda Hatchett has decided to turn in the robe again for a seat on the other side of the bench.

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Senators Respond to Joint Center Diversity Report

Long before this month's damning report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies that revealed a stunning lack of diversity among top staff in the U.S. Senate, Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid had formed a means to assist offices with identifying and hiring a more diverse workforce.

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Fans Say Jackson 5 Deserve Grammy Honor

With 'Motown the Musical' in D.C., Support for Icons Grow

As fans all over the District stream to the National Theater for "Motown the Musical," some are calling for Motown legends the Jackson 5 to finally be recognized with a Grammy award.

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Volkswagen Apology Ads Ignore Black, Latino Media

Still facing an uphill battle to regain its reputation as a trusted automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen has turned a blind eye to consumers in the Black and Latino community.

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Children are Primary Victims of America's Prison System

Report Reveals 36M Youths Have Incarcerated Parent

As many as 36.5 million American children — or nearly half of all children in the U.S. — now have at least one parent with a criminal record, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

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African-Americans, Minorities Hold Christmas Spending Power

African-Americans are again expected to wield their vast spending power this Christmas, but not without some pushback from a community that's seeking to further emphasize just how much black lives matter.

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Bill Cosby Sues 7 Accusers

Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit Monday against seven of the dozens of women who have claimed he sexually assaulted them, countering the women have made "malicious, opportunistic and false and defamatory accusations."

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First Trial in Freddie Gray Death Goes to Jury

Closing arguments have ended Monday in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

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D.C. Council Pushes to Decrease Minority Unemployment

At-large Councilman Vincent Orange has worked on numerous pieces of legislation that could cure the District's African-American population of the ills of unemployment.

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CBC Pushing Diversity to Tech Firms

The Congressional Black Caucus has turned its attention to the lobbying industry as it pushes for more diversity in the tech world.

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Blacks Pay More for Car Insurance

If you live in a predominantly African-American community, your auto insurance premiums could be more than double those of premiums found in predominantly white communities.

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Baltimore Cop’s Trial Enters Second Week

The trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a Black man from injuries suffered in custody will likely to focus on the officer’s medical expertise, the victim’s history of claiming injury and even how closely the officer read his e-mail, according to multiple reports from several news organizations inside the courtroom for the first week of the trial of Officer William Porter.

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D.C. Office of Pensions 'Bullies' 91-Year-Old

Retired City Teacher Threatened with Pension Loss

When Tillett retired in 1982, she and those who know her were convinced she had not only accomplished her mission as an English teacher, but a generous pension from the District of Columbia Teachers’ Retirement Plan would secure her golden years. However, last month, Pennsylvania Avenue called with some disturbing — if not insensitive — news for the now-91-year-old former educator.

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Less is More for 2016 Obamacare Enrollment

The overall number of plans on the federal health exchange is decreasing for the first time, but federal officials insist they aren't worried.

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U.S. Attorney Won't Charge Ex-D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray after Corruption Probe

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that the investigation into corrupt spending in federal and local political campaigns, including the 2010 D.C. mayoral election, has concluded with no charges against former Mayor Vincent Gray.

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Jesse Jackson Leads Chicago Demonstrators

Latest Police Video Fuels Spike Lee, Others to Call for Mayor's Resignation

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and more than 400 demonstrators took to the streets Sunday to demand police accountability in Chicago – a city wrought with violence and still reeling from the release of a video showing a police officer unloading 16 shots into Black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Chicago Citizens Join 'Black Lives Matter' Movement

Shooting Death of Teen Sparks Protest, Reform Demands

In Chicago, a city like Ferguson and Baltimore before it, residents are teetering on the brink.

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Christmas Cards on the Decline

U.S. Postal Service, D.C. Stores See Big Drop

Thanks to Facebook, FaceTime, Snapchat and other digital modes of spreading holiday cheer, the number of paper cards delivered has dropped 30 percent.

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World AIDS Day Brings Out Activists

Charlie Sheen Announcement Coincides with D.C. Decline in HIV

The announcement by actor Charlie Sheen that he's HIV-positive has helped to highlight that the stigma surrounding the virus not only remains, but is worse than ever, according to a local HIV/AIDS activist.

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'Motown The Musical' Opens In D.C.

Critics, Fans Rave About the Legendary Record Label

D.C. residents, brace yourself for "Motown the Musical."

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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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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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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.