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Norton Introduces Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Smoking on Amtrak

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By AFRO Staff Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today she has introduced the Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019, which would codify Amtrak’s internal policy prohibiting smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on its trains.  The bill is modeled after Norton’s...

Local Actions Taken While Science Develops

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com The nation’s capital is still suffering from the novel coronavirus with more than 3,000 District of Columbia residents having tested positive for COVID-19. Fifty percent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 are African American. Dr. Asefa Jejaw Mekonnen,...

Mayor’s Office Pushes Back on Council Cuts to Budget During Roundtable

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer The Mayor’s office pushed back against several cuts the D.C. Council proposed. Those cuts impact the city’s most vulnerable residents in many ways official said this week. City Administrator Rashad M. Young said, “We...

GOP’S Chittams Seeks Council Seat in Democrat Stronghold

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com The Rev. Ralph Chittams Sr., a Republican, is fed up with the way the District of Columbia is being run by its politicians so he has decided to run for the D.C. Council to...

Bowser First Woman Mayor to Be Sworn in to Second Term

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer It was a spirited morning as Mayor Muriel Bowser, and several members of the D.C. Council were sworn in as part of several #DCProud2019 events last week. “Today I follow in the footsteps of Marion...

Bowser’s Veto of Fare Evasion Decriminalization Brings Wrath of Council Members and Advocates

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day more than 46 organizations publicly admonished Mayor Bowser’s veto of the {Fare Evasion Decriminalization Bill}, joining Council member Robert C. White, Jr. who released a blunt statement criticizing...

What Summer Vacation? D.C. Council Members Plan to Work During Recess

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com The District of Columbia Council started its annual summer recess on July 15 but that doesn't mean legislators will be taking a long vacation from their jobs. "I am planning on attending legislative conferences that will...

REPORT: None of the 28 Top Staffers in House and Senate are People of...

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia WASHINGTON – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has released six detailed reports on the troubling lack of racial diversity among the 167 top staff in the Washington, D.C. offices of six...

Grosso Pushes Marijuana Legislation with Democratic House in Session

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer District of Columbia Council Member David Grosso pushed a revised version of his Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act, a bill that could surge through with a Democratic House of Representatives firmly planted in Congress,...

Marriott Accused Of “Drip Pricing”

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By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com Marriott International, the company that owns the international conglomerate of hotels around the world, is being sued by the District of Columbia for allegedly deceiving customers by charging hidden fees to increase their profits. The...

READY Center Pools Resources for Returning Citizens in Order to Lower Recidivism Rates

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer The READY Center, 1901 E Street S.E., the new facility created to help returning citizens receive access to a multitude of services, is a quiet nondescript building just behind the treatment facility. But what...

Garbage, Feces Take Toll On National Parks Amid Shutdown

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By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, as a partial government...

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