Washington D.C. News

  • Washington reacts to news of Osama bin Laden’s death

    The news came just a little before midnight on March 1: Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the devastating terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was dead. After a decade of eluding capture by America’s and its allies’ forces, the al-Qaeda leader was killed in a U.S. special forces ...

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  • Gas Prices Put the Brake on Local Businesses

    Not so long ago, Northwest D.C. florist Karen Woods could plan to spend about $100 per week on gas to make whatever deliveries she needed to make in the region. But with the recent surge in gas prices, the weekly cost of gas for Woods has more than tripled to close to $350. Woods says […]

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  • Minority-owned H Street Businesses Decry Tax Increases

    Bachir Diop looked down the District’s H Street corridor at the clusters of large wooden barricades, orange mesh tape and warning signs that dominate the streetscape, evidence of the 12 blocks of construction that have closed or crippled more than a hundred businesses and properties in ...

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  • In Redistricting, Wards 2, 7, 8 Will Change

    The parameters of Wards 2, 7 and 8 must be modified to meet federal requirements, D.C. Council members said in the first Council Redistricting Subcommittee hearing on April 25. The city’s population grew by 5.2 percent since the 2000, totaling 601,723 in 2010. Ward 2 has nearly 80,000 ...

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  • Economy Drives Increase in Homeless Count

    High rates of unemployment among minorities, foreclosures, the rising cost of rent, utilities and fuel and extreme budget cuts are behind a rise in the area’s homeless population, local homeless advocates say. An upcoming report by the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments ...

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  • Bill to Approve All Deputy Mayors Delayed

    An emergency bill that would compel Mayor Vincent Gray (D) to approve all deputy mayors has been delayed. The bill, sponsored by Councilmen Jim Graham and Marion Barry, would be the first legislation proposed by the council the mayor publicly opposes. Gray, a former council chairman, said the ...

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  • D.C. Mayor Names May 2011 Cultural Awareness Month

    District Mayor Vincent Gray has declared May 2011 Cultural Awareness Month in honor of Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC initiative, a month-long celebration of international culture. In May 2010, former District Mayor Adrian Fenty instituted the first Cultural Awareness Month in D.C. ...

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  • Laurel Fair in Town Through May 1

    Spring has arrived, and with it the Laurel Fair, which opens April 15 at Laurel Park Racetrack in Laurel, Md. The fair, which provides unusual but amazing entertainment, will be open on weekends and will run through May 1. This year there will be over 100 attractions for customers to enjoy, ...

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