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Stacy M. Brown

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Metrorail Construction Causes Chaos for Weekend Riders

Construction work on the Metrorail system this weekend has caused confusion and chaos for thousands of Red Line riders.

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D.C. Homicides Up, Other Crime Down

Recent Spate of Murders Not Tied to Attrition

Like their Charm City neighbors to the north, law enforcement in the nation's capital are battling an alarming increase in homicides that some argue is, in part, the result of losing about 500 police officers over the past year and a half.

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Construction Set for New County Business

Groundbreaking has been scheduled for later this month on a new 61,200 square foot building in Capitol Heights, Maryland, that will expand an already robust and popular complex near Interstate 95.

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U.S. Attorney Still Tracking Vincent Gray

For former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, life must be a little like living in the Twilight Zone.

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Bill Cosby Firestorm Refueled by Drug Revelations in Court Docs

The sex-abuse scandal surrounding legendary comedian Bill Cosby has reached its zenith with the release of a decade-old deposition where the beleaguered superstar admits that he plied women with drugs to have sex with them.

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UDC President Ronald Mason Gets Three-Year Deal

The D.C. Council has unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Ronald Mason Jr. to head the University of the District of Columbia through 2018.

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Navy Yard Ends Lockdown; Reports of Shots, Gunman Unfounded

Authorities responding Thursday morning to reports of an active shooter at the Washington Navy Yard in southwest D.C. found no evidence of a gunman or weapons.

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'Cooley High' Feted on Film's 40th Anniversary

Decades after its release, the accolades and fond memories continue to pour in for the hit 1975 film "Cooley High" as it marks its 40th anniversary.

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D.C.-Area Reporter Tisha Lewis Comes Home to Fox 5

D.C.-area journalist Tisha Lewis joined the anchor and reporting team at Fox 5 (WTTG-TV) on Monday after more than a decade away from home — and no one is as thrilled about her return as Lewis herself.

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Prince George's, D.C. Study Affordable Housing

After studies revealed that one-third of households in the Washington, D.C., that earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area's median income are spending more than half their incomes on rent, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and others joined the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers for the region's largest affordable-housing and community development expo.

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D.C. Entrepreneur Pushes STEM for Minorities

Charles Wilson isn't shy about discussing poverty and the issues that face many inner-city and poverty-stricken youth on a regular basis.

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Shawn Prez, Former Bad Boy Exec, Succeeding Solo

Shawn Prez isn't your typical CEO. He also isn't the average business owner.

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Face-to-Face Visits Resume in D.C. Jails

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that visitation at the D.C. Jail is being expanded to include a new incentive-based, face-to-face component that will be offered to inmates who meet specific behavioral criteria and are without disciplinary infractions.

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Firm Provides 'Second Chance' to Residents

Second Chance offers reclaimed materials to the public at a discount, helping fund job training and workforce development programs.

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Obama Lauds NNPA on Anniversary; Black Press Wants More

President Obama, who recently has been taken to task for continuously refusing interview requests from journalists for black-owned publications, addressed the National Newspapers Publishers Association's annual conference last week via video — but the black press says that's not enough.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bar Association Seeks Voting Rights Change

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.