Author Archives: George Barnette

  • Prince George’s Never Forgets 9/11

    Never forget. Those words carry a special meaning in Prince George’s County where, on Sept. 11, 2001, 24 county residents were among the dead from a coordinated terrorist attack on key federal symbols here and the World Trade Center in New York City. So the “never forget” ...

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  • High School Student Fatally Shot

    As Prince George’s County mourned its 9/11 dead on the morning of Sept. 11, an 18 year-old youth lost his life while walking to school, police said. It was the second time since school started Aug. 23 that a student had been slain. Marckel Ross, of the 400 block of Abel Avenue, in Capital ...

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  • Doctors Advice: Pay More Attention to Personal Health

    Khaula Holness came to Howard University College of Medicine on Sept. 5 to figure out what was wrong with her. It had been a while since she’d seen a doctor and a free health screening hosted by television talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz provided the perfect opportunity for her. “I ...

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  • FRC Shooting Hero Released from Hospital

    Leonardo R. Johnson is back home, healing, after quick action that may have averted an anti-right-wing shooting rampage at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. last month. The 46-year-old African American maintenance worker requested privacy as he recovers ...

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  • MGM, Penn National Pumping Millions into Casino Debate

    Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International are spending millions of dollars in the fight over a possible National Harbor Casino. According to campaign finance reports seen by the {AFRO} on the Maryland Board of Elections web site, Penn National Gaming has contributed nearly $5.5 million ...

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  • U.S. Treasury’s Planned Move Angers Md. Delegation

    Officials in Maryland are hoping mad about the decision by the Department of Treasury to move 450 jobs from its Financial Management Service (FMS) office in Hyattsville, Md. to Parkersburg, W.Va. Six members of Maryland’s congressional delegation denounced the move in a joint statement ...

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  • Tyler Perry Studios Catch Fire Again

    A building on the campus of Tyler Perry’s movie studio caught fire on Aug. 27 making it the second time this year that a fire erupted at the Atlanta studio. Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Marian McDaniel told the AFRO the official cause of the fire was careless smoking. ...

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  • Former AFRO Editor Janice Brown Dead at 55

    Former AFRO editor and reporter Janice Brown passed away from lung cancer on Aug. 20 at Washington Hospital Center. Brown, described by AFRO publisher Jake Oliver as a “ball of energy” touched the lives of whoever she met according to her friends. Longtime colleague, Carl ...

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