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Stacy M. Brown

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Reforming Mandatory Minimum Sentences

New Guidelines Proposed for Drug Offenses

President Barack Obama and his staff have joined others in an effort to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses.

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Doctors Prescribe a Walk in the Park

Patients Find Outdoors Beneficial in Treatment of Ailments

The next time a patient visits a doctor at Unity Health Care, they might be surprised at what doctors are prescribing.

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Landover, Md., Resident Hopes to 'Rock the District'

Suicide Prevention Concert Scheduled in Prince George's County

Shaun Jai remembers well the horrors of being abused at a young age and the Prince George's County resident hasn't forgotten the moment when she first considered suicide.

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Faye Fields Blazes Trail for Women, Blacks

Faye Ford Fields counts as the very definition of a mogul.

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New Pain Med Zohydro Could Be Deadly

Doctors, Drug Counselors Concerned

A recent news headline referred to Zohydro, the painkiller released by the FDA, "America's Deadliest New Drug."

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Wizards Kick Playoff Push into High Gear

With less than 20 games left, the Wizards conceivably could end the season as the third best team in the Eastern Conference, which would guarantee them home-court advantage in the first and possibly second round of the NBA playoffs.

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Bernard Hopkins Headlines Armory Fight Card

Legendary Boxer Seeks to Make History in D.C.

Bernard Hopkins will attempt to become the oldest fighter in history to unify a world title.

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Push For Health Care Enrollment Continues

Deadline Approaches to Sign up for Obamacare

From public service announcements featuring animals, to high-profile town hall events, President Barack Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are racing to enroll residents in new insurance plans offered under the administration's signature health care law.

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Mental Health Officials Protest Drug Proposal

About 35,000 adults in Washington, D.C., receive mental health treatment or counseling each year while 14,000 are diagnosed annually with serious mental illness.

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Howard U. Graduate, Attorney Publishes Memoirs

Pettit Details Groundbreaking Civil Rights Cases

Attorney A. Dwight Pettit has seen his caseload explode over the past decade, mostly because of civil- and human-rights violations which he said are being carried out under the color of law.

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Lupita Nyong'o 'Overwhelmed' by Oscar Win

'12 Years a Slave' Actress, Cast Shine at Academy Awards

Lupita Nyong'o said winning the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role based on her portrayal of "Patsey" in "12 Years a Slave," proved overwhelming, especially considering the role counted as her debut and the competition she faced for the award

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D.C. Blanketed Again By Heavy Snowfall

Old Man Winter has once again flexed his muscle.

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Coerced Confessions Ruin Faith in Criminal Justice

Inside a Chicago police station, four men sat in an interrogation room and the quartet found themselves relentlessly questioned by police about a brutal crime.

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Pride & Prejudice: The Retrial of George Stinney

American Justice's Negligent History of Incarcerating Blacks

While America has come a long way since a 14-year-old black youth, George Stinney, was executed for killing two young white girls, any retrial 70 years later promises to evoke the same pride and prejudice that led to Stinney becoming the youngest person to be executed by the government in the U.S. since the early 1800s.

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Martin Luther King Classmate Celebrates Black History

When officials at Sunrise Senior Living were putting together plans to celebrate Black History Month, it was easy for them to turn to one of their most famous residents.

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Obama Proves He's His 'Brother's Keeper'

President Relates to African-Americans with New Initiative

President Barack Obama has finally displayed some swagger.

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Young Golfer Aspires to Greatness

With the pro golf season underway and players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia preparing for the Masters Championship in April, a local champion has emerged on the sport’s radar.

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Arthritis Proves Debilitating for African-Americans

Nearly 100,000 in D.C. Suffer from Joint Pain

Arthritis, which means joint inflammation, can be used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joints and other connective tissue, health officials said.

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Obama to Launch Initiative for Minorities

With a flood of recent criticism about what he's failed to do for African-Americans, President Barack Obama plans to answer his critics in a profound way.

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Film Tells Story of Eugene Brown, D.C. Chess King

Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Portrays

Absent any prodding and without hesitation, Eugene Brown eagerly recounts his life growing up in Northeast.

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Despite Critics, Obama Pushes Forward

Supporters Suggest Blacks are Better Off

Before the ink from President Barack Obama's signature dried from signing the controversial Farm Bill earlier this month, critics, pundits and others said legislation passed under his watch has negatively affected African-Americans and the poor.

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Republicans Aggressively Recruit Blacks

Republicans are attempting to set the record straight on their history with African-Americans, including the fact that Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves and it was a Republican Congress that worked to write and pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

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Farm Bill Gets Mixed Reviews

To some African-Americans and others in leadership positions, the newly minted Farm Bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this month represents a compromise in the right direction. Others contend that compromise shouldn't come at the expense of the well-being of already-struggling families.

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Redskins Bring Back Doug Williams as Exec

Doug Williams, who led the 'Skins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in 1988, has been hired by Washington as the team's personnel executive.

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Blacks More Susceptible to HIV/AIDS

Officials Observe Awareness Day By Urging All to Get Tested

The message for this year's National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day remains the same: Get tested.

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Anthony Bowen YMCA Personifies Black History

Officials, Others tout facility an 'African-American Sanctuary'

Simply put, the Anthony Bowen YMCA in Northwest is black history personified.

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Insufficient Sleep a Public Health Epidemic

A number of recent medical studies show the troubling consequences that come along with a lack of sleep, such as diabetes, obesity and irritability.

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Minorities Provide Mixed Reviews on Obama Address

Barack Obama's State of the Union Address last month probably provided more questions than answers in the black community, where many said they remain perplexed as to why the nation's first African-American president hasn't done much to help minorities.

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Phillips Collection Teams with UNCF

Internships, Fellowships Offered to Assist Black Students

A nationwide program to address diversity in the museum field has launched just in time for Black History Month.

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Southeast Rappers Return from North Korea

Two emerging hip-hop artists from Southeast have returned to the District after traveling to North Korea to film a music video.

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Area Youth Follow MLK's 'Blueprint'

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke six months before his assassination to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, making it a point to remind young people of the importance of carefully planning for their future, noting that it would prove vital in helping them to realize their dreams.

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CBC: Obama Must Act Decisively in 2014

Historic Congressional Organization Targets Poverty, Unemployment

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have declared 2014 a pivotal year in the fight against poverty in the African-American community and have vowed to press for new and improved job opportunities while also remaining vigilant in helping to push for the confirmation of black judicial candidates.

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Activist Amiri Baraka Laid to Rest

Legendary Poet Praised at Star-Studded Funeral

Final arrangements have been made for a viewing and the burial of Amiri Baraka, the famed activist and poet who died on Thursday, Jan. 9, after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.

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Magic Johnson 'Aspires' to TV Greatness

Former Lakers Stars’ New Network Doing Well

Nearly two decades after he starred on the hardwood, Earvin "Magic" Johnson has proven to be a force to reckon with inside the boardroom.

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'12 Years a Slave' Nabs Nine Oscar Nods; Other Top Black Films Shut Out

With such great African-American films as "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "12 Years a Slave," many critics labeled 2013 as the year of the black movies. Apparently, Academy Award voters weren't too impressed.

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MLK Event Empathizes with Downtrodden in India

Martin Luther King Jr. possessed more than just a dream. The civil rights champion displayed empathy not just for fellow African Americans, but any individual or group weighed down by oppression.

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Suggestive Appearances Make Up for Lack of Talent

Beyonce, Rihanna, Others Try to Compensate for Shortcomings

Simply put, pop star Beyonce's new album counts as another attempt to sell an age-old idea instead of substance in a world heavy on video vixens and extremely light on musical talent.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month Observed in the District

Glaucoma silently steals eyesight from more than 2.7 million Americans each year and officials at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md., project that more than 4.2 million will have the disease by 2030.

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Georgetown University Celebrates MLK with Dream Award

Academy of Hope Director to be Honored

Lecester Johnson wasn't quite sure what to think when representatives of Georgetown University in Northwest informed her that she'd be this year's recipient of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

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African-American Heritage Tour Visits Alexandria

Fourth Annual Event to Explore City's Historic Black Sites

Held annually during Black History Month, the African-American Heritage tours have entertained hundreds of individuals who've been treated to visits to such landmarks as the Frederick Douglass House in Anacostia and the African-American Civil War Museum in Northwest.

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Remembering James Avery: 1948-2013

'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actor Dies at 68

James Avery, the lovable but stern family head on Will Smith's popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," died on New Year's Eve following complications from open heart surgery.

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Redskins Coaching Search Includes Black Candidates

Caldwell, Jackson, Fewell Head List to Replace Shanahan

An NFL rule mandates that teams searching to hire a new head coach must identify and interview minority candidates. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen each said that's not going to be an issue at all.

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Record-Low Temperatures Blanket D.C., Nation

The District and its surrounding areas are still recovering from dangerously cold weather and record-setting low temperatures that led to school cancellations and delays as well as concerns for the safety of the homeless, seniors and anyone exposed to the frigid elements.

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Maysa Celebrates Her First Grammy Nomination

Baltimore Native to be Honored at the Birchmere

After a career that's spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now.

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Northwest Health Advocate Presses Flu Vaccine

Ray Bridgewater Stresses the Importance of Receiving Vaccination

It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear.

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Congressional Black Caucus Prepares 2014 Agenda

Poverty, Economy and Student Loans are Top Priorities

While the Congressional Black Caucus continues to hammer out details of its 2014 agenda, an organization spokesperson said it's a safe bet that poverty and the economy will again top the organization's to-do list this year.

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Redskins, Shanahan Part Ways After Dismal Season

Daniel Snyder took a hard look at his team's performance, checked his bank account and decided that $7 million shouldn't stand in the way of giving the Washington Redskins a fresh start next year.

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Rap Star Common Performs in Silver Spring

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.

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Maurice Hines Taps Down Memory Lane

Performing in the nation’s capital has always been akin to being at home, said acclaimed tap dance star Maurice Hines.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video Turns 30

Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson forever changed the way people viewed music videos.