Author Archives: Erica Butler

  • No Leads in Shooting, Killing of Transgendered Woman

    As police investigate the shooting and killing of a 23-year-old transgendered woman, no significant leads have been made in the case, officials said. On July 20, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was called around 4:30 a.m. to the 6100 block of Dix Street, N.E. where the body of Myles ...

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  • Henderson: Don’t Compare D.C. to Atlanta on Cheating

    The shocking cheating scandal that has rocked the Atlanta public school system left the public wondering about other metropolitans and their ethical standards. But D.C.’s schools chancellor said the District school system does not tolerate a “culture of cheating” and should ...

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  • Barry Calls for Halt on Ward 8 Construction

    Council member Marion Barry (D) is taking drastic measures to “save” his ward from a culture that prefers renting to owning, proposing legislation to ban any new apartment construction in Ward 8—the poorest part of the city. The Moratorium on the Construction of Apartment ...

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  • D.C. Council Goes on Recess with Unfinished Business

    The D.C. Council’s two-month hiatus from routine legislative work leaves behind a controversial committee reshuffling and the dampening pall of multiple investigations into officials, including council members and the mayor. During the last legislative hearing, Chairman Kwame Brown ...

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  • Neo-Soul Artist Goapele Makes a Comeback

    After drifting away from the game for a while, neo-soul artist Goapele is back, sporting a new radiant hairdo and a new attitude toward life. Even without her usual locs and denim style, the songstress proved she could still rock a crowd at D.C.’s The Park at Fourteenth nightclub for the ...

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  • LGBT Community Decries Handling of Hate Crimes

    D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the department will meet with the lesbian, gay and transgender residents to mediate issues after a recent three-hour hearing, where local LGBT activists complained that the D.C. Council and the police department are slow responders to hate crimes. The ...

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  • Surplus of Funds Makes Room For More Police Officers

    The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department got a much-needed boost this week with the passage of Mayor Vincent Gray’s FY 2011 supplemental budget, which was voted on by lawmakers July 12. The department, which has long complained of insufficient manpower, was awarded $10.8 million in extra ...

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  • Union Proposes Shields for Metro Bus Drivers

    Four attacks against Metro bus drivers in June prompted a D.C. union to propose the installation of optional bus safety shields on July 1 before a panel of transit officials. In a letter issued by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which has 11,000 Metro workers, President Jackie Jeter ...

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  • Gang Violence Involved in Shooting near Festival

    “Call it what it was: gang violence, not parade violence,” said a D.C. lawmaker, urging the public to not associate last weekend’s shooting with the D.C. Caribbean Festival, a summer staple that took place on June 25. The violence left one person dead and three injured. Four ...

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  • D.C. Autonomy Fight Goes to the White House

    A dozen protestors locked arms and patiently waited on June 25 to be arrested in front of a restricted part of the White House. D.C. activists and leaders called on President Barack Obama to help a city tired of being used a bargaining chip among elected officials. “You know I support ...

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