New School Boundaries Proposed for 2015-2016 School Year

By: Victoria Jones D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray authorized new school boundaries on August 21st that will… [Full Article]

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R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center Opens

By C.N. Writer Development is happening on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The DC Gateway Pavilion… [Full Article]

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Summer Job Program Celebrates 35 Years

By C.N. Staff Writer “I love Marion Barry. I received my very first job through the Mayor’s Summer… [Full Article]

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Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners

By C.N. Staff Writer Ward 8 has often been characterized as a ward with low voter turn out. Political… [Full Article]

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners

R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center Opens

By C.N. Writer
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Development is happening on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The DC Gateway Pavilion opened last year, but in mid-August another facility on the campus held its grand opening. The RISE Demonstration Center — for “relate, innovate, stimulate and elevate” — opened its doors on August 13th. It is the former chapel on the campus, but has been redeveloped to serve as a tech, demonstration and flexible meeting center. After four months and $8.3 million worth of city investment, the center opened in mid-August.
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Summer Job Program Celebrates 35 Years

By C.N. Staff Writer
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“I love Marion Barry. I received my very first job through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program,” said Maiysha Toney. She recalled participating in the first summer job program and said, “I always had summer money” because of the program. Officially named the Summer Youth Employment Program, the program was one of former Mayor Marion Barry’s key tenets of his mayoral legacy. It was one of his first programs when he took office in 1979 and in the first installment of the program Barry and his team was able to enroll 25,000 youth. 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the program, which aims to employ thousands of the District’s youth each summer.
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Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners

By C.N. Staff Writer

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Ward 8 has often been characterized as a ward with low voter turn out. Political pundits have said that voters are apathetic. Residents have said politicians don’t care and only campaign when they “need” their votes. Even more, it has been the thought that young people- those categorized between ages 18-35- don’t vote. However, this year’s political season might see a change to that old adage. This November there will be four new faces on the ballot for the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) seat across Ward 8.
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The Black Press: Black Owned Newspapers

By: Phinis Jones

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Since its birth, Black owned and operated newspapers, known as the Black press has served as a staple in the Black community. Rooted deeply in combating racism, fighting for justice and equality and promoting empowerment and excellence, the Black press is an essential part of our history and culture. Without it, our stories would remain untold.

Black newspapers were the dominant means of communication within our culture. These papers functioned not only as a tool to transfer Black news at a time when Whites fought hard to silence them, but it served as a guiding light, words of encouragement and inspiration and the main source of information across the nation. Important black newspapers such as the Chicago Defender, D.C. based Afro-American, New York City’s Amsterdam News and the Pittsburgh Courier served as
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Bowser Wins Labor Endorsement

By C.N. Staff Writer
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DC Democratic mayoral candidate and Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser continues to heat up the mayoral race as she maintains her favorability while racking up yet more prime labor union endorsements. On August 12, 2014, District 20 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced its endorsement of Democratic Nominee for Mayor, Muriel Bowser in the upcoming District general election on November 4, 2014. The announcement comes just one day consecutive to the endorsement of Councilmember Bowser by the Metro Washington Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Both endorsements sustain and advance Bowser’s propulsion of support from working families in the district.
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Ferguson: The Shooting of Michael Brown

By: LeMara Perry
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The Encounter:
On Saturday, Aug. 9, shortly before noon, 18-year-old Michael Brown, and his friend, 22-year-old Dorian Johnson, walked into the Ferguson Market and Liquor store.

According to the police report, at approximately 11:51 a.m., someone inside the store dialed 911, alerting officers that a robbery was in place; however, by the time officers arrived, the suspect, who “appears” to be Brown, was gone.

At 12:01, as Brown and Johnson turned onto Canfield Drive, they came upon officer Darren Wilson. According to Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, Wilson was unaware of Brown being suspected of robbery. At the time, Brown and Johnson were only obstructing traffic, as far as Wilson was concerned.

There are conflicting reports as to whether or not Wilson received information about the robbery between the moment that the officer encountered Brown and the fatal shooting.
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Air Strikes in Iraq

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On Aug. 8, the United States conducted its first airstrikes on Sunni fighters in Iraq, attacking militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, near the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil.
“At approximately 6:45 a.m. EDT, the U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil where U.S. personnel are located.The decision to strike was made by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief.As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against ISIL when they threaten our personnel and facilities.”
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby
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