Author Archives: Valencia Mohammed

  • D.C. Schools Voucher Program Causing Political Split

    The political wheels in the District of Columbia are churning up once again as House Republicans take jabs at Home Rule. Having stripped the congressional representative of voting power on the floor, and barring her from testifying on a bill that affects the District, Republicans have also ...

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  • Impoverished Includes Black Middle Class and Seniors

    While the recession continues to increase its number of casualties, the new faces of poverty in the region include the Black middle class, the elderly and youth. Ron Moten, 41, cofounder of Peacoholics, said needy, desperate and homeless youth have been around for over a decade. “They ...

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  • Family of Slain Ethiopian Demands Answers

    Family and friends of Ali Mohammed, 27, say they want justice from city officials regarding his slaying and the reason no one has been prosecuted for his death. Mohammed was allegedly stomped and beaten to death by a restaurant owner and four security guards on Oct. 15, after witnesses saw him ...

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  • Legal Marijuana-like Substance Faces Harsh Scrutiny

    “Got any K2?” Nouri Moore, 19, asked, approaching the counter of an Asian-owned convenience store in northeast Washington, D.C. A cashier at the Northeast Market located on the 1300 block of Mount Olivet Road, N.E., came to the counter, where a large basket sat, displaying the ...

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  • Wilson’s Restaurant Survives Gentrification

    Before integration, Black-owned businesses flourished in African-American communities and were considered one of the strongest pillars of African-American culture. But with the benefits of integration also came the declining desire among African Americans to support Black-owned establishments, ...

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  • Bedbug Invasion Spreads Fear, Loathing

    In an effort to address the epidemic of bedbugs creeping through the nation, federal and local agencies are attacking the menace with effective measures. Bedbugs, biting insects that thrive on the consumption of human and animal blood, have been around for thousands of years. Drawings of ...

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  • District Libraries See Major Increase in Usage

    District residents are flocking to the newly designed and renovated neighborhood libraries to find the latest in book selections, technology and a cozy place to relax. Once one of the city’s best kept secrets, the new public library system is gaining popularity among residents. Since ...

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  • Respect, Hate, Violence, Death

    Richard Barrett, 67, general counsel of the Nationalist Movement, which he founded in Mississippi, was found dead in his home on April 22, in Rankin County, Miss. Police said the attorney, well-known for his public opposition to the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday and his anti-Jena Six ...

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  • Valencia Mohammed…D.C. VotersThink for Yourselves

    For several decades, Washingtonians have been steered to select certain candidates for elected office based on the opinions of editors and reporters of daily newspapers. Never mind the fact that most of the editors and reporters didn't reside in the District and knew nothing of the struggle ...

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