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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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  • D.C. Schools’ Test Scores Show Steady Increases

    Secondary and elementary school test scores are improving in Washington, D.C., according to the results of the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) tests released July 8 by officials. The DC CAS is an annual series of standardized tests given to third- to eighth-grade and 10th-grade ...

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  • Marion Barry’s Son Arrested on Drug Charges

    Marion “Christopher” Barry, 31, son of Councilman Marion S. Barry, former mayor of the District, was arrested on May 28 allegedly for the possession and intent to distribute PCP. Barry’s next court date is July 27. According to court documents, around 10:44pm on May 28, a ...

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  • Developers, Church and Bank Properties on Tax Sale List

    This year’s D.C. tax sale inventory is a substantial and varied one, with properties owned by developers, banks and large non-profits totaling millions owed. High-priced condos also lead the list of delinquent taxes. The annual tax sale, scheduled for July 18, has property liens ranging ...

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  • D.C. Cops to Use Web for Info on Serial Rape Suspect

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Police in the District of Columbia plan to start a website seeking tips and leads about a suspect whose DNA is linked to the 1998 killing of a young scientist in Georgetown and to a series of violent rapes in Montgomery County in the 1990s, investigators say. They ...

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  • Some Ward 8 Leaders Wary about Mayor’s Plan

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s economic plan for Ward 8, which he announced on June 27, struck a sour note with some of his campaigns supporters. Activists claim Gray quickly abandoned campaign promises to include leaders from the area in key positions to oversee all projects and programs ...

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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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  • Mayor Gray to Hold Ward 8 Community Summit

    (Washington, D.C.) –Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that he will hold a Ward 8 Community Summit on Saturday, July 9 at the Thurgood Marshall Academy and Savoy Elementary School Gymnasium to discuss the unprecedented changes taking place in the areas near the Anacostia and Congress Heights ...

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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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