Washington D.C. News

  • DC Economic Boom Hits Major Black Areas

    Everywhere you look in Washington these days you see construction crews, scaffolding, jackhammers and cranes soaring. Drive down any major street in the city, Georgia Avenue Northwest, Benning Road Southeast, or M Street and you see older apartment buildings and row homes mixed with new condos ...

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  • D.C. Voting Rights: Long Overlooked, Long Overdue

    So now what? What’s the latest hypocritical excuse for why the capital of the free world, the District of Columbia, cannot enjoy equal democratic rights? What’s holding back the president, the House of Representative and the Senate from doing the right thing? What did you wager ...

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  • Activist Mark Dixon Remembered for Service

    Family and friends gathered at Mount Airy Baptist Church on Feb. 2 to commemorate the life and legacy of Mark Dixon, an influential advisory neighborhood commissioner (ANC) whose only vice seemed to be the soft drink Mountain Dew. He died Jan. 23 at age 70 after a brief illness. Attendees to ...

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  • Giving Women Ex-Offenders a Helping Hand

    Aishia Smith strutted and bounced on stage in a coral suit, beaming a sweet smile while her long braids swung behind her. The 32-year-old D.C. resident had plenty to be happy for. After enduring a life of sexual abuse, drug addiction, alcohol addiction and serving a year in jail, she is ...

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  • D.C. School Officials Propose Changes

    D.C. school officials have proposed changes in graduation requirements and have finalized which schools are slated to be closed. The proposed changes for graduation requirements were submitted by the D.C. Board of Education in December. The public was given the opportunity to respond in January ...

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  • Mayor to Build on ‘Prosperity Dividend’

    With an unexpected windfall socked away for the city, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray promised Feb. 5 to create affordable housing, rebuild the city’s public schools and foster economic development in what he called a “prosperity dividend” in his state of the city address. He unveiled ...

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  • D.C. Mayor Unveils Budget Surplus

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced on Jan. 29 that the city has a budget surplus of $417 million through Fiscal Year 2012, increasing the city’s rainy day fund from $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion. The surplus is largest for the city since 2005 and the second highest surplus figure since the ...

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  • Nonagenarian Makes Her Vote CountTwice

    These are good days for Alice Bynum. At just a few years shy of 100, she feels well and has everything she needs by way of worldly goods. She has plenty of people she loves and plenty who love her. And, she lived long enough to see an African American inaugurated as president not once […]

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  • Defendant in Drug Case Retrial Rips up Indictment

    A D.C. nightclub owner being retried on a drug conspiracy charge dramatically tore up a copy of his indictment at the beginning of his new trial Monday. Antoine Jones, who is representing himself, told jurors that the indictment is nothing but a formal charge before ripping it twice. In 2010, ...

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