JPI Report: In District, Poor + Black=Incarceration

In Washington, D.C., if you’re indigent and Black you are more likely to end up in the judicial system, according to a report released July 27 by the Justice Policy Institute. “Capital Concern: The disproportionate...

Latino Group Endorses Gray

The D.C. Latino Caucus is going to bat for mayoral contender Vincent Gray. In providing its landslide endorsement earlier this month, the Caucus, which serves as the official voice for Latinos in the District’s Democratic...

District’s Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Having gained Congress’ nod of approval, the District’s Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010 has cleared its final hurdle. But considering that local officials now face the tasks of...

D.C. Launches Tax Amnesty

The District of Columbia is one of several jurisdictions implementing tax amnesty periods this year as governments nationwide seek to close budget gaps. That’s great news for delinquent taxpayers who now have the opportunity...

Evaluation System Linked to Mass Teacher Firings Deemed ‘Flawed’

A leading official with the Washington Teachers Union said its president, George Parker, knew when he signed the new teachers contract that more teachers were in line for termination, and gave Chancellor Michelle Rhee...

Metro Crash Explained, Finally

A faulty track circuit system was likely the cause of the June 22, 2009 rush hour Metro crash that claimed nine lives, injured several others and caused $25 million in damages, concluded federal officials...

AAA Challenges District’s Reason for Installing Speed Cameras

With the recent installation of 12 roadside speed cameras at various sites in the city – but mostly in the Southeast area – District officials are showing just how serious they are about getting...

Afrocentric School Fights to Keep Charter

Washington, D.C. — Leaders of an embattled Afrocentric charter school fought back a school board effort to shut the school down and pleaded for a chance to build on the 10-year-old school’s legacy of...

D.C. Play, ‘The Marijuana-Logues,’ Aims to Relieve Tension

Whether or not you’re cool with conservatives or aligned with liberals, the scent of marijuana is hard to ignore. A handful of states have already legalized the drug for medical purposes and the popular...

Ward 5 Council Candidate Wants Barry to Withdraw Disapproval Resolution

A candidate for this fall’s Ward 5 City Council race is urging Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry to immediately withdraw his disapproval resolution for the highly-anticipated construction of Gage-Eckington Park in Northwest Washington, D.C....

Labor Group Wants Social Workers Reinstated

Labor union leaders are calling on Mayor Adrian Fenty to reinstate three Children and Family Service Agency social workers who were fired in the wake of the Banita Jacks case, in which the mummified...

Black Police Officers Win Discrimination Suit

Five Black District of Columbia police officers, who filed a racial discrimination complaint two years ago against department officials, have been awarded $900,000 in compensatory damages by a federal jury. The verdict was reached...
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