Morgan Grad, Gen. Kip Ward, 1st Commander of U.S. Africa Command, Retires

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 37th chief of staff of the United States Army, hosted a retirement ceremony April 26 in honor of the former commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. William E. “Kip”...

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...

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...

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...

Judge Rejects Rabbi’s Request to Move D.C. Election Day

A federal judge on April 15 denied a rabbi’s request to move a special election in Washington, D.C., which coincides with the final day of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Polls will be open on...

Nia, Ideal Public Charter Schools Challenge Proposed Revocation

Two community-based public charter schools are challenging their proposed closures by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) on the basis of process and fairness. Nia Community Public Charter School (Nia CPCS) and Ideal Academy...

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...

Local Tennis and Learning Center to Host 10th Anniversary Gala Featuring Venus and Serena...

International tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams will help the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) commemorate a decade of shaping young future tennis greats at the Tennis Ball II, an anniversary gala on...

AFRO Exclusive: Mayor Gray Addresses Arrests, Cheh Hearings

It’s been a turbulent three months for Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D). The city’s executive was arrested April 11 along with the other “DC 41”—local officials and activists who protested riders in an...

Youth Activism Rises in D.C.

With black bands wrapped around their mouths and sporting T-shirts that read, “No Taxation Without Representation,” nearly 80 students stood in front of the Senate building last Friday to fight for Washington, D.C.’s autonomy,...

Budget Vote Brings Back Polarizing School Vouchers

Last week’s congressional and White House approval of a budget that includes the $100 million, five-year renewal of a D.C. school-choice program is stirring controversy between local officials, unions and residents. Detractors say the DC...

Howard Alumna Asks University to Save a Life in Her Daughter’s Name

WASHINGTON (April. 18) -- Howard Alumna Odiney Brown is determined to make sure her daughter, Shannon, did not die in vain. At age 11, Shannon Tavarez seemed to have everything. She was young and...

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