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  • Council Measure Would Hasten Special Elections

    The City Council of the District of Columbia has approved a measure that would require the Board of Elections and Ethics to hold a special election to fill a vacancy occurring in the office of mayor, City Council chairman or Council member on the first Tuesday, following 60 days after a ...

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  • More Affordable Housing Underway for Ward 8

    A new affordable housing option has been unveiled in Southeast Washington, which has the distinction of having the highest concentration of low-income accommodations in the city. Occupancy for the mixed-housing initiative, which is being constructed adjacent to Matthews Memorial Baptist Church ...

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  • D.C. Recognized for Record-Breaking Census Participation

    The U.S. Census Bureau recently congratulated the D.C. City Council for its leadership role in promoting the 2010 Census campaign among residents. The Council was recognized for its outstanding work in promoting a successful 2010 Census effort in the city.  The unprecedented response rate ...

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  • King Family Visits MLK Memorial in D.C.

    On Oct. 8, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, children of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., viewed the inscription wall while touring the construction site of the Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, which is expected to be completed in 2011. Construction of a ...

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  • ‘The Tassel is Worth the Hassle’

    The laundry list of needs for new college students is dizzying. Money, clothes and door room needs are plenty, but when a teen’s caregivers are incarcerated, the list of necessities grows. ScholarCHIPS, a District-based nonprofit, hopes to make college life easier for children whose ...

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  • District Native Honored for Volunteer Efforts

    District native Terrance Payton will receive the Marvin Young Volunteer Award at the Us Helping Us Fall fundraiser, “A Passion for Living,” in recognition of his volunteer activities, including: program facilitation, volunteer coordination, HIV counseling and testing, and street ...

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  • D.C. Not Ready for Internet Voting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A University of Michigan professor who hacked a prototype D.C. elections voting website with his students and had it play the school's fight says that it will be decades, if ever, before voting can be done safely over the Internet. Computer science professor Alex ...

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  • Metro Mulls SmarTrip Fare Changes

    SmarTrip card users are about to see their fare cut in half. But the change could also lead to costly problems for Metro. After months of wrangling over the matter, officials announced recently that the $5 fee for the plastic cards will be reduced to $2.50, and that to help things process ...

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  • D.C. School Reform Featured in Film

    In the new populist movie, Waiting for Superman, District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee appears on camera discussing her take on reformation among the nation’s troubled schools. The controversial chancellor came to town three years ago, invigorating waning efforts to ...

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  • Cheh Proposes Longer School Day for DCPS Student

    Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, D-Ward 3, has introduced legislation that would expand the school day in District of Columbia Public Schools. The School Day Expansion Act of 2010 would extend the DCPS school day to seven hours, an increase of 30 minutes per day and 90 hours of classroom instruction ...

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