Author Archives: Valencia Mohammed

  • District Group Monitors Conditions for Exiled Offenders

    Imagine you’ve been sentenced in the District for offenses that in other jurisdictions would land you in a county jail or state facility. In the District, because there are no such facilities, offenders are sent to federal institutions. If you’re lucky, you might be sent to a prison ...

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  • Confusion Prevails with Legalized Marijuana

    Long before the D.C. Council decided to decriminalize marijuana (cannabis) possession, there was a lone voice that would not be deterred. It was Adam Eidinger, 40, who’s been working for more than 15 years to legalize the herb. When many residents thought it was absurd to attempt to ...

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  • It’s a Pampered Dog’s Life

    It’s a dog’s world in D.C.! There are doggie daycare centers, overnight hotels, parks, psychics, walkers, specialty clothing shops and natural and organic foods. There’s even a special day when dogs swim at pools for an annual splash. Debbie Gomes, 39, owner of Little Rascals, ...

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  • Hookah bar controversy continues in DC

    Despite warnings by medical experts, hookah or water pipe smoking is increasing across the US. The pace of this socializing tool is increasing so rapidly until the American Lung Association refers to it as the “21st Century biggest tobacco challenge.” It was a picturesque evening on ...

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  • D.C. Medicinal Marijuana Not for Most Needy

    City officials openly admit the current design of the medicinal marijuana program is for wealthy. They wrestle with the issue because that it was not the intent of the program. “Until it is covered by insurance, medical marijuana is only for the privileged residents who can afford it. ...

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  • Obama’ Second Inauguration Brings Joy, Hope

    For thousands of celebrants, the day of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration started with a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, a chance to mark both Obama’s occasion and Martin Luther King Day. But reaching the monument required avoiding several barricaded ...

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  • Former Councilman Hopes to Regain Seat

    Two months after losing his seat to a newcomer to D.C. politics, former D.C. Councilman Michael A. Brown has thrown his hat into the ring for a run at a vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council. In November, Brown lost his seat to attorney David Grosso. He changed his party affiliation back to ...

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  • Activist Barbara Lett Simmons Celebrated

    Hundreds of people gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church on Jan. 3 to pay tribute to Barbara Lett Simmons, a dedicated political and community activist who died on Dec. 22, 2012 at 85. In an upbeat celebration filled with scripture readings, Simmons was praised as a tireless advocate of public ...

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  • Brown Blames Voter Confusion for Loss

    D.C. City Councilman Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) was defeated Nov. 6 by lawyer David Gross. The son of the late Ron Brown, who served as commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton, was seen as a rising star in D.C. politics until questions arose about his personal finances and the ...

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