Obama hosts Italian Prime Minister for final state dinner

(UPI) — With just three months to go before he checks out of the White House for good, President Barack Obama prepared Tuesday to host his final state dinner at the commander in-chief’s residence.

Obama welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House and said he felt a little “bittersweet” about Tuesday night’s formal dinner.

“Today is bittersweet for Michelle and I because this marks the final official visit and state dinner of my presidency,” he told reporters on the south grounds Tuesday afternoon. “But it’s okay, we saved the best for last.”

Obama formally welcomed the young Italian leader with a reception on the South Lawn.

“Today is a chance for Michelle and me to reciprocate the incredible warmth and hospitality that the Italian people have shown us on each of our visits to Italy,” the president continued.
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DC Board of Elections Is Ready for Nov. 8th, Are You?

The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) is fully prepared for the upcoming November 8th election and wants to make sure that DC’s voters are informed and ready to vote. This year, voters in the District of Columbia will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on key local and national races, including the presidential election. DC’s more than 455,000 voters will also have the opportunity to weigh in on the Advisory Referendum on DC Statehood.

Remember, DC allows same-day registration! You may register at an Early Voting Center beginning October 22 or at your assigned polling place on Election Day. Bring a current and valid proof of residency to register and cast a ballot on the same day.

Here are tips and guidelines for the many options that are available for this election to make voting in DC easy and convenient:

What’s on the ballot?
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Mayor Muriel Bowser Honors Hands on Hearts CPR Lifesaver

Mayor Muriel Bowser joined DC Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean and Serve DC Director Delano Hunter to honor and recognize more than 20 people who all played a role in saving the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest inside a Dupont Circle office building on October 7. Less than 24 hours after being trained in the Hands on Hearts CPR program, District resident Danette Purvis performed life-saving, hands-only CPR on the patient.

“I am grateful to FEMS and Serve DC for making DC safer and stronger by training more than 10,000 DC residents in this life-saving technique. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, time is of the essence,” said Mayor Bowser. “Often times, the first responder during a medical emergency is you or me. When more of us know how to do CPR, we can keep more people alive – just like Ms. Purvis was able to do.”

The Hands on Hearts program provides free life-saving, hands-only CPR training to communities across Washington, DC. The initiative was launched by Mayor Bowser in October 2015 with the goal of training 5,000 people by September 2016. Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, and FEMS have trained over 10,000 people in the last 13 months.
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D.C. Middle School Students to Receive Tablets and Mobile Data Plans through Verizon Innovative Learning

 Verizon Innovative Learning event on Saturday, October 22nd will introduce students to possibilities technology holds for their futures

Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C., will receive tablet devices for the upcoming school year through Verizon Innovative Learning. As part of its education initiative, Verizon is working with D.C. Public Schools and providing approximately $1.6 million dollars in equipment, service, STEM education programs and training over a two-year period to Hart Middle School. In partnership with the nonprofit Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning will equip every Hart Middle School student and teacher with a personal mobile device and a two-year Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data plan for 24/7 internet access at school and at home. Teachers will also receive comprehensive, ongoing professional development on how to effectively integrate mobile technology in their lessons.

The Charles Hart Middle School will become one of three Washington, D.C. schools joining the 46 schools nationwide participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative. Since the program launched we’ve seen marked increase in interest in STEM fields with participating students; specifically, 100% of students increased mobile technology proficiency, 75% increased interest in STEM subjects and 69% increased interest in STEM careers.[1]
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Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities

A new report coinciding with the release of the October monthly employment data explores the wide gaps in white and black joblessness and identifies the roots of the problem to industrial flight in once thriving manufacturing centers that gave African Americans a path to the middle class.

The report, Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities, goes beyond current statistics that show national black youth jobless rates at 27 percent—nearly double that of white youths. The report examines the multi-generational impact of plant closings, outsourcing and housing discrimination in trapping black communities in concentrated poverty. While high joblessness is the obvious outcome of deindustrialization, other casualties include crime, educational inequity and fractured neighborhoods.

“Unmade in America touches on an array of issues that surface a story hiding in plain sight,” said report author Gerald Taylor, a research fellow with the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). “The story began with the post-World War II manufacturing boom that created the world’s greatest economic power for white and black American working families. But when manufacturing began to decline, industrial flight snatched the livelihoods of these workers — and black workers suffered the most.”
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Walmart and the Walmart Foundation sponsor new delivery vehicle for DC Central Kitchen

Additional transportation infrastructure expands healthy food access in DC’s food deserts

DC Central Kitchen, a local nonprofit that develops social ventures to fight poverty and hunger, will unveil its new healthy food delivery truck with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Wheeler Market (4133 Wheeler Road, SE).

The purchase of the new transportation vehicle was made possible by a $125,000 grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to support DC Central Kitchen in expanding healthy food access in DC’s food deserts. The new truck will allow DC Central Kitchen’s social enterprise, Healthy Corners, to deliver healthy food to partner corner stores in Wards 7 and 8.
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Bob Johnson, Founder and Chairman of RLJ Entertainment

( — RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), the entertainment content distribution company which owns and operates Acorn TV, the premier streaming service for British mystery and drama, and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), the first urban-focused subscription streaming service, has formed a strategic partnership with AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX), the company behind several of the most recognized brands and shows in entertainment, including AMC, BBC AMERICA, WE tv (a leading network for African American audiences), SundanceTV, AMC Networks International, IFC, and IFC Films. The announcement was made by RLJ Entertainment Chairman Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), and AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan.

The partnership builds on each company’s long track-record of successfully developing high-quality content for targeted audiences and capitalizing on new technology and changing viewing habits to make that content available to consumers.

As part of the agreement, AMC Networks has invested $65 million in the form of loans to RLJ Entertainment to refinance the company’s existing senior credit facility, add working capital, reduce the cost of capital through lower interest rates, and provide revised covenants that will allow for increased operational flexibility. In addition, AMC Networks has received warrants which, if exercised, would provide AMC Networks with at least 50.1% of the outstanding RLJ Entertainment common stock on a fully diluted basis.
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TRICARE to Expand Preventive Service Coverage

TRICARE has always had excellent coverage of important preventive services and we are making it better.  TRICARE is adding new services and screenings to ensure our preventive services are aligned with recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) guidelines.

Effective Jan.1, 2017, TRICARE will cover annual preventive office visits for all Prime beneficiaries 6 years of age and older. Children under 6 are already covered by existing well-child coverage. This will ensure children in developing stages receive observation, physical examination, screening, immunizations, and various counseling services. TRICARE Standard beneficiaries can receive preventive services with no cost-share or copayment through Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HP&DP) examinations (i.e. in connection with a covered immunization or cancer screening).

Additionally, the annual well-woman exam will continue to be covered for all Prime and Standard beneficiaries under age 65 with no cost-share or copayment. The new covered services include free genetic counseling by a
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– Special VIP Hiring Event for Black Sales Executives and IT Professionals in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virgnia –

( — HBCU Connect has hosted several events (in Dallas, Charlotte, and the San Francisco Bay Area) this year to help big tech companies recruit African American talent, and all of the events have been very successful. In fact, many attendees have even been hired on the spot to work for companies like Symantec and Microsoft.

On October 25th, in partnership with Microsoft’s Sales Business division, HBCU Connect is offering Black technical professionals in the D.C. Maryland, and Virginia area, the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft, to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one-on-one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead to a new career for attendees for high paying tech careers!

Microsoft is looking for African Americans with experience in the following areas to register for the event:

* Public Sector & Enterprise Sales Professionals
* Software Sales & Solutions Engineers
* Windows Operating Systems Experts
* Cloud Solutions Experts
* IT Consultants
* Cyber Security and Mobile Technology Professionals


Study Shows Whole Grains Lead to Wholesale Changes in WIC

Real-life impact shown in program that services more than half of U.S. infants

In the United States more than half of all infants and nearly one-third of children ages one to five participate in USDA’s WIC program (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).

That’s one reason why the USDA made changes to the program in 2009 to provide foods linked to healthy diets and to include more whole grain food options in the packages families receive. This came on recommendations of a committee of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, which included research by AAEA member Helen Jensen of Iowa State University.

“Whole grains have health benefits so if we make changes in the (WIC) foods offered we can increase the amount of whole grains compared to refined grains,” Jensen said. “We want to build healthy eating habits for the long term.”
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Man Paralyzed to Walk in Marine Corps Marathon

On Saturday October 30, I Got Legs founder Adam Gorlitsky will become the first paralyzed man in history to walk in Marine Corps Marathon.

Gorlitsky gained national attention this past April as he became the first paralyzed man to complete South Carolina’s Cooper River Bridge Run and participate in the Portland marathon. His public supporters include Marvel movie stars Anthony Mackie and Chadwick Boseman, as well as The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert, and Rudy and Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin.

After a tragic car accident left him paralyzed ten years ago, Adam was told he would never walk again. The miracle of technology has changed his story. Using a robotic exoskeleton he’s affectionately named The Betty Carlton, he now participates in races around the country to foster awareness for his I Got Legs movement. I Got Legs is the non-profit he founded designed to help bridge the gap between what it means to be disabled and able-bodied.

The race this weekend is a part of Adam’s One Million Steps to a Cure campaign which was created to help raise money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. To get involved with Adam’s journey and donate please visit Proceeds benefit Adam’s One Million Steps to a Cure campaign.


United Nations Panel Threatens Pharmaceutical Innovation

By Paul R. Michel

In America and across the globe, about 7,000 new medicines are in development. There’s no question that many of them will save lives. Unfortunately, the United Nations is working to degrade the innovation ecosystem that makes such breakthroughs possible.

In 2015, UN officials convened a new panel to study ways to improve impoverished countries’ access to lifesaving medicines. By all indications, that panel will soon push to weaken intellectual property protections on medicines.

That would be a huge mistake. Such a policy shift would surely slow and possibly stop creation of new diagnostic tests and drugs, depriving patients of treatments like immune therapies and gene editing — the biggest medical breakthroughs in a century.

The UN’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, created by outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, is comprised of public health experts, activists, and policymakers. Its charge: “Remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules and public health.”
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USBC honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency 2016 National Minority Development Week 

The U.S. Black Chambers, the only national advocacy organization working solely to advance Black businesses and building economic power in the Black community, was named Distinguished Advocate of the Year. The award, given by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency was announced as part of the 2016 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Award winners. This is the first year USBC has earned this award.

Each year MBDA honors “Champions of Minority Business Development” through its National MED Week. The initiative recognizes the achievements of minority entrepreneurs, along with those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

“Each year the US Black Chambers’ commitment to building the economic power of the Black community is strengthened. Whether talking to officials in the federal administration, or working with larger corporations, advocacy on behalf of small business and economic empowerment is a cornerstone of our work,” said Ron Busby, Sr., president/CEO, US Black Chambers. “USBC’s partnerships are key to our success, and to the success of the Black community. We’re proud to be honored by the Minority Business Development Agency, and look forward to our continued collaborative work.”


Tips To Help You Navigate 
The Treacherous 401(k) Waters

A 401(k) is the primary retirement-savings vehicle for many Americans.

But despite the 401(k)’s importance, the average participant’s only investment strategy is to plow money into the accounts – then do nothing. They rarely if ever make changes to the investment selections their plans offer.

“I’ve known people who had the money in the same fund for 20 years,” says Craig Wear (, a Certified Financial Planner™ and founder of Q3 Advisors and Game Plan Advisors.  “That strategy doesn’t usually yield good returns.”

What makes people so passive about how they manage their accounts?
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Governor McAuliffe Announces $300,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch Grants

~ Five communities to receive $60,000 each for small business development ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced $300,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch (CBL) grants for the towns of Altavista and South Boston, as well as the cities of Bristol, Franklin and Waynesboro. The CBL program helps communities incentivize and foster local entrepreneurship. Each community will receive $60,000 in funding to support their respective development strategies.

“Small business development and entrepreneurism are key components to building and diversifying the new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The localities selected for this funding have articulated a clear vision for how to develop and grow a small-business ecosystem in their communities. The Community Business Launch program will help these cities and towns turn those visions into reality by helping entrepreneurs get their start and begin creating the next generation of homegrown Virginia jobs.”
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Verizon & D.C. Public Schools Invest in Sustainable STEM Learning in the District

Roughly one-third (31.4%) of households with children age 6 to 17 and an annual income below $50,000, do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, placing low-income students at a learning disadvantage.

Verizon, as part of its education initiative Verizon Innovative Learning, is working with D.C. Public Schools to address this learning gap. They are holding an event at Hart Middle School on Saturday, October 22nd, beginning at 11 AM, where every student and teacher will receive a tablet and a two-year Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data plan for 24/7 internet access at school and at home.
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District of Columbia and Maryland Officials Work to Change the Culture of Violence in America….and the World

Elected Officials and National Leaders in the District of Columbia and Maryland joined Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) in kick-off ceremonies for the 4th Annual 2016 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities, October 15-23, 2016. In a joint statement BW4PC National Co-Chairs Dr. Stephanie Myers and Delegate Daun S. Hester said, “During the 2016 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities” over fifty (50) non-violence events will be held in seventeen (17) U.S. cities. We appreciate the support of elected officials, national civic leaders, faith leaders, law enforcement, millennials and youth who are working together to change the culture of violence.”

On Monday, October 17, 2016, Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the District of Columbia City Council, and DC Councilman Kenyon McDuffie Ward 5 Chairman Pro Tem and Chair of the DC Judiciary Committee participated in a press conference on the steps of DC City Hall, to decry the crisis of violence in the nation. Joining them were Week of Non-Violence Partners Honorable Mayor William Euille, former Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia; National Honorary Co-Chair, Week of Non-Violence; Kevin Judd Esq., President, National Bar Association & National Honorary Co-Chair, Week of Non-Violence; Dr. Millicent Gorham, Executive Director, National Black Nurses Association; Marcus Hughes, President, Next Generation Network, and Ibrahim Mumin, representing Imam Talib Shareef, Co-Chair of the Week of Non-Violence Inter-Faith Committee. The press conference was organized by Karen Carrington and Bernadette Tolson, Co-Chairs of Media and Events, BW4PC.
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Mayor Bowser Announces Success and Extension of the Private Security Camera Incentive Program

Over 2,500 Cameras Funded Across All Eight Wards

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants Michelle M. Garcia, reported on the success and expansion of Washington, DC’s Private Security Camera Incentive Program. The program provides rebates for the purchase, installation, and registration of a security camera system on the exterior of a building owned or leased by a resident, business, nonprofit, or religious institution.

Mayor Bowser originally introduced legislation to create the program in 2015 as part of her comprehensive public safety agenda, “Safer, Stronger DC.” Since the program was launched in February, over 1,000 applications for rebates have been approved, funding over 2,500 cameras across all eight wards.
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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces FY2017 Community Legacy Awards for Baltimore City

BALTIMORE, Md. (October 18, 2016) – Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt today announced the awardees of the FY2017 Community Legacy Awards for Baltimore City. The announcement came during the launch of Maryland Community Development Week at the Empowerment and Wellness Center in West Baltimore.

The Community Legacy program provides local governments and community development organizations with essential funding and gap financing for important projects that will strengthen local communities, supporting housing and homeownership goals and attracting and retaining businesses. Projects include improving commercial facades, greening and streetscaping activities, renovating historic buildings for conversion into service or community centers, and rehabilitating blighted properties in downtown areas. It is one of Maryland’s most effective programs for promoting neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, tourism, and economic growth.
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Mayor Bowser Signs Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016

New law promotes safety and fairness for pedestrians and cyclists

Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh and Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) Executive Director Greg Billing to sign the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016. This legislation, introduced by Councilmember Cheh and passed by the Council, enables pedestrians and cyclists to recover up to 100 percent of their losses from medical bills and property damages if they are found to be up to 50 percent at fault for a collision with a motor vehicle. 

“Our streets are made for everyone and the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016 sends a strong message that pedestrians and cyclists are welcome in the District” said Mayor Bowser “This legislation gives much-needed legal protection to more commuters and brings more equity to the streets of DC.”  

“I’m glad that we were able to pull people together to find a solution that promotes safety and provides fair compensation for pedestrians and cyclists who are injured in an accident,” said Councilmember Mary Cheh.
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Grammy-Nominated John Hasse and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Octet performs Miles Davis classics alongside jazz historian and SJMO founder Dr. John Hasse at the Castleton Theatre House

Explore the Life and Music of Miles Davis During the 20th Anniversary of the Castleton in Performance Season

Grammy nominated music historian Dr. John Hasse will be joined by members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) Octet as they perform and discuss the life, times, and music of Miles Davis Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. Dr. Hasse’s presentation recounts Davis’s life, struggles against racism, convention, and his own demons, richly illustrated with photos, audio, and video clips, some of which have never before been seen in the United States. His talk will be followed by a performance of some of Davis’ most famous works by the SJMO Octet, including On Green Dolphin Street, Fran Dance, Love for Sale, So What, and Blue In Green.Tickets for the Castleton in Performance (CiP) 20th Anniversary concerts range from $20 to $40, and the performance will be held in the Theatre House (663 Castleton View Road, Castleton, Va.), an intimate, state-of-the-art, 140-seat proscenium theatre. There will be one intermission. Call the Box Office at 540.937.3454 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Marriott Plans New $600-Million Office and Hotel Complex in Montgomery County, Maryland

New state-of-the-art facility in downtown Bethesda will house about 3,500 corporate jobs, and solidify iconic company’s presence in state for decades

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Marriott International, Inc., the world’s leading hotel company, announced today plans to relocate its global corporate office to a state-of-the-art, build-to-suit $600-million facility to be located in downtown Bethesda in Montgomery County. The county has been Marriott’s home for more than 60 years. The new complex will house more than 3,500 employees in approximately 700,000 square feet of leased office space. The company is continuing its consideration of several sites in downtown Bethesda, and is expected to select a final site in the first half of 2017. Marriott plans to occupy the new space before the expiration of its current lease at 10400 Fernwood Road in late 2022. Marriott also announced that a 200+ room, Marriott-branded hotel will be built on the site.

As part of the announcement, Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said, “Marriott has been headquartered in Montgomery County, Maryland for more than 60 years and we intend to remain close to our roots. Our goal is to provide a cutting-edge workspace for our associates that offers state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and access to a range of transportation options.” Sorenson added, “We also plan to manage a new 200+ room Marriott-branded hotel to be built on the site, which will be a significant economic driver for the community. After a comprehensive review of many excellent options in Washington, D.C., as well as Arlington and Fairfax counties in Northern Virginia, and North Bethesda, we have narrowed our search to downtown Bethesda, an area which offers multiple sites that meet our priority needs.”
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Pepco Provides Tips to Help Customers Fall into Savings

It may be early in the fall season, but Pepco says now is the best time for customers to take the necessary steps to save electricity and money this winter. By following a few simple tips and making a few easy energy efficiency improvements, customers could save 20 percent or more on their winter heating bills.

  • Keep it sealed. A drafty house lets warm air escape and is much more costly to keep warm – especially during cooler weather. Use caulking around doors, windows and any openings for utility services. Locks on your windows can make them tighter and more resistant to drafts. Keep your fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
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Chase Young earns elite status as a U.S. Army All-American

Chase Young (Hyattsville, MD/DeMatha Catholic High School), the No. 20 overall recruit in the country and the top prospect in Maryland, was selected today to join an elite class as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American. Having been selected to play in the seventeenth edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance, Young will play in the annual East vs. West matchup on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Bowl will be nationally televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. CST and will feature the nation’s top 100 high school football players.

The Bowl consistently draws an annual crowd upwards of 40,000 to the Alamodome and is the most-watched high school sporting event of each year, with 4.3-million viewers tuning in to the 2016 NBC broadcast.
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Pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan joins the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, for the second Masterworks Concert of the 2016-2017 season, November 18 and 19 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  From the infectiously contagious bouncy rhythms and tunes of Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, through the joyful piano dance of Zhou Long’s Postures, to the masterfully integrated essence of classical ballet in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Adam’s Giselle, this program explores how music and dance are so intrinsically linked to each other.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Dance Mix” concert program includes Antonín Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, Zhou Long’s Postures, for Piano and Orchestra featuring Christopher Janwong McKiggan, Adolph Adam’s Grand Pas de Deux from Act II of Giselle, and Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite.
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KidsPeace Trick or Trot Event Supports Maryland Foster Care Transition Program

The 7th Annual KidsPeace Trick or Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk, held in partnership with the Baltimore Orioles, benefits KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs in Maryland — including an innovative effort to make the transition from foster care to independent living easier.

Every year, nearly 25,000 adolescents and young people in the U.S. “age out” of foster care, often without basic knowledge about living on their own.  KidsPeace’s Maryland Foster Care operation is addressing that problem with a comprehensive program called KEYS (KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed), which seeks to train foster youth on life skills they’ll need to live on their own.  The program includes:

  • Life skills education groups, addressing development areas such as Daily Living, Self-Care, Relationships & Communication, Housing & Money Management, Work & Study Life, and Career/Education Planning.
  • A job readiness program aimed at developing professional skills and make good career choices.
  • Individual transition planning and assistance.
  • And access to a Youth Advisory Board – made up of former foster children who share their experience and support for those aging out.

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces Over $9 Million in FY17 Grant Awards

Funding supports arts and humanities projects in all eight wards of the District

(Washington) – The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) board of commissioners recently approved $9,191,280 in funding recommendations as part of the agency’s FY17 grant awards, including $352,200 for new acquisitions to the District’s Art Bank Collection. This announcement comes on the heels of September’s 202Creates, an initiative of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s that spotlighted the District’s creative economy sector.

“These grant awards support a wide range of projects and professionals working in a variety of arts and humanities disciplines across the District of Columbia,” said Arthur Espinoza, Jr., Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “These grants are investments in the District’s creative economy, and are critical to supporting the work of our arts and humanities professionals.”
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Marriott Plans New $600-Million Office and Hotel Complex in Montgomery County, Maryland

Marriott International, Inc., the world’s leading hotel company, announced today plans to relocate its global corporate office to a state-of-the-art, build-to-suit $600-million facility to be located in downtown Bethesda in Montgomery County. The county has been Marriott’s home for more than 60 years. The new complex will house more than 3,500 employees in approximately 700,000 square feet of leased office space. The company is continuing its consideration of several sites in downtown Bethesda, and is expected to select a final site in the first half of 2017. Marriott plans to occupy the new space before the expiration of its current lease at 10400 Fernwood Road in late 2022. Marriott also announced that a 200+ room, Marriott-branded hotel will be built on the site.
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The Vote by Mail Deadline is Approaching for the November 8th General Election

Voters have one week to request an application to vote by mail for the November 8 Presidential General Election. The deadline for receipt of your completed application to vote by mail is November 1 at 8 p.m. if mailed, or by 11:59 p.m. if faxed to 240-777-8560 or e-mailed to

The vote by mail application may be found online on the Board of Elections website at or Follow all instructions and return the completed -signed- application by mail, fax, or e-mail. Ballots will be mailed within approximately three business days.
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Redskins Trademark Dispute Case Delayed Until December

(NBC)–A federal appeals court has postponed arguments in the Washington Redskins trademark dispute.

Both the team and the federal government agreed the case should be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides another trademark case that raises the same basic issues, according to NBC News’ Pete Williams.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, had set Dec. 9 for argument in the Redskins case. The team is challenging a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to take away a trademark for the name “Redskins” on the grounds that it is offensive.

While that case was pending, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute involving Asian American musicians from Portland, who wanted a trademark for their band’s name, The Slants.

The federal government said no, citing the federal law that bars granting trademarks for names considered offensive, which is the same law at issue in the Redskins case. A lower court found that provision to be unconstitutional.

No date has been set for oral argument in the band’s case. A decision would be expected by late June.


Clinton Will Win Election According to ‘Redskins Rule’

The “Redskins Rule” has only failed one time since 1932, and that was in 2012

The Washington Redskins’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles is good news for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

If tradition holds true, the win means Clinton will be the next president of the United States.

According to the “Redskins Rule,” if the team wins the final home game before a presidential election, the incumbent party will keep the White House. If they lose, the opposing party will be victorious.

On Sunday, the Redskins beat one of the NFL’s top defenses in a 27-20 victory. After starting the season 0-2, Washington now has its fourth consecutive win and its best record through six games since 2008.

If you don’t count the time the Redskins played as the Braves in 1932, the “Redskins Rule” has only failed once in over 80 years. In 2012, the Redskins came up short against the Carolina Panthers, but President Barack Obama still secured a win against his challenger Mitt Romney.


5th Grade Contest Winner Spends Day with Redskins Player

(CBS)–Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan went back to school Monday – literally.

An 11-year-old Prince George’s County boy entered a sweepstakes online and won the chance to bring Kerrigan to class.

Mikai Simmons, the winner for the sweepstakes “Bring Ryan Kerrigan to School” contest, is a fifth grader at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland.

It is the third year of the contest and a first for the school.

Monday, the soft-spoken 11 year old stood in front of his energetic classmates with football idol, Ryan Kerrigan, by his side.

Kerrigan’s public visit started in the gymnasium after a private meet and greet with the fifth grader.
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Terps Have to ‘snap out of it,’ Bounce Back from Losing Streak

(CBS)–When DJ Durkin took over Maryland’s football program, he had his work cut out for him with a team coming off a 3-9 season. But even in his first year at the helm, Durkin is trying to build a brand designed to facilitate a competitive future in the Big Ten.

The Terrapins opened the season 4-0 for the first time in three years but dropped their last two games to Penn State on the road and Minnesota at home on Saturday.

As Durkin looks to develop a program and a consistently strong roster, every experience is “a teachable moment because we’re building this thing for the long term.” He takes every loss personally, but with a young team, he strives to take advantage of the successes and failures.

“It’s a learning process,” he said. “4-0 is uncharted waters. Now, two [losses] in a row, what do we do from here? To me, the answer always is go work. Go put that smile back on your face and go get back to work.”
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[NFL Exclusive] Tackling Breast Cancer One Screening at a Time

(NFL)–For the eighth year, the National Football League, the American Cancer Society and the NFL Players Association are teaming up to support October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the “A Crucial Catch: Screening Saves Lives” campaign, reminding women about the importance of having a regular mammogram. 

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Radio One, Inc., the largest Black-owned multi-media company congratulates its founder and chairperson, Ms. Cathy Hughes, as the new namesake for Howard University’s School of Communications. In honor of her lifetime commitment to excellence in the media industry, the university will officially rename the school, Cathy Hughes School of Communications during its unveiling ceremony and celebratory brunch on Sunday, October 23. Leading up to the celebration, Radio One, Inc. is saluting Ms. Hughes with an integrated, cross-platform congratulatory promotion consisting of on-air and online announcements and special programming across its 56 Radio One stations, national television network, TV One, 10 nationally syndicated Reach Media radio programs and its six Interactive One branded websites.

On Monday, October 17, in honor of this significant occasion, Ms. Hughes will be a guest on many of her urban media company’s nationally syndicated shows including, Russ Parr Morning Show, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, DL Hughley Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Ed Lover Show, and Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell. Also throughout the week of October 17-22, Washington, D.C.’s WOL-AM will broadcast Ms. Hughes’ classic radio shows in a marathon, “The Best of The Cathy Hughes Morning Show,” from 12-2 p.m. ET and 12-2 a.m. ET.

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Mayor Bowser Celebrates Historic Investments in Affordable Housing

Beacon Center Groundbreaking marks DC’s use of more than $100 million from the Housing Production Trust Fund

Mayor Muriel Bowser joined District residents and officials to celebrate the unprecedented investment of over $100 million from the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF). The $106.3 million supports 19 projects that will produce or preserve more than 1,200 affordable housing units in all 8 wards.

“When I took office, we set out to ensure that all residents—no matter their background, income, or ZIP code—could afford to live in the District,” said Mayor  Bowser. “With over $106 million now fully invested to produce, preserve and protect affordable housing, we are helping to deliver on that promise. This amount of financial commitment—and the speed in which it occurred— has never happened in the District of Columbia. Because of our efforts, real money is getting out the door that will allow over 2,600 residents to call the District home.”

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UN agency signs $23.8 million agreement to promote rural development in Paraguay

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Paraguay today signed a financing agreement to promote rural development in the country by strengthening family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

The Project for Improved Family and Indigenous Production in Departments of Eastern Paraguay (PROMAFI) will benefit 14,000 rural households in four departments in the eastern region of Paraguay. The total project investment is US$23.8 million, which includes a $17.4 million IFAD loan and $5.1 million grant for climate change adaptation.

The financial agreement was signed by IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze and Paraguay’s Minister of Finance Santiago Peña in Washington, D.C. where both are attending the annual meeting of the World Bank Group.

“PROMAFI targets groups with very low organizational capacity. It aims at strengthening family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations, allowing them to set up and finance business activities and better adapt to the effects of climate change, which are particularly severe in Paraguay,” said Nwanze.
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Do Your Part: “March to the Polls” and Vote

By Marian Wright Edelman

President of the Children’s Defense Fund

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, I am certain he would be urgently saying it is a moral imperative for each one of us to register and vote in our local, state, and national elections this year — and every year. Shortly after Congressman John Lewis spoke movingly at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, he was asked on a radio show if he thought this was the time to organize another march on Washington. Without missing a beat, he replied: “I think the best march that we can have right now in America is on Election Day, November the eighth, for all of us all over America – Black and White, Latino, Native American, young people – to march to the polls. The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society.”

On March 7, 1965, when John Lewis was 25 years old, he and Rev. Hosea Williams were leading 600 other people in a nonviolent march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery to demand voting rights for Black Alabama citizens. They and others were brutally attacked by lawless Alabama state and local law enforcement officials at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lewis’s skull was fractured and dozens of marchers had to be treated at the hospital. The televised images of “Bloody Sunday” and the savage beatings shocked the nation. While the massive television coverage of this brutality was new for many White Americans, for African Americans the attacks were just one more episode in a very long history of hostile Jim Crow resistance to their struggle to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
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New mobile app will provide instant, vital information on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the upcoming launch of MATx, a free mobile app that will provide health care practitioners with immediate access to vital information about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. 
“There’s nothing like MATx in the field today,” said SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator, Kana Enomoto.  “It will be a significant step forward in improving timely access to medication-assisted treatment by enabling physicians and other health care practitioners to better provide effective, evidence-based, and in some cases, life-saving treatment to people with opioid use disorders.”
Key features of the MATx app include:

  • Information on medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of opioid use disorders and treatment approaches for practitioners
  • A buprenorphine prescribing guide, which includes information on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver process and patient limits
  • Clinical support tools such as treatment guidelines, ICD-10 coding, continuing education opportunities, and recommendations for working with special populations
  • Access to critical helplines and SAMHSA’s treatment locators

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#BlackWomenVote Campaign Launches to Energize and Engage Black Women GOTV Effort

New Website Showcases Election News and Tools for Black Women to Prepare to Vote

/PRNewswire/ — Higher Heights, the leading, independent and trusted political voice for Black women leading up to, and beyond Election Day 2016 launched #BlackWomenVote Get Out The Vote, a nonpartisan campaign. The nationwide effort is to ensure Black women have the news and tools to get out the vote on Nov. 8.

The campaign is being launched on the birthday of civil rights leader and voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer organized and encouraged Blacks to register to vote. Hamer died in 1977, today would have been her 99th birthday.

The campaign is centered around the new website  The site provides the latest election news, commentary and tools for Black women to prepare to vote, and get out the vote within their social networks. The campaign over the next month, will reach Black women across the country to activate their circles and give them the tools to raise their voice, cast their vote and flex their collective voting power.
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– One student will win a scholarship to cover all expenses to an HBCU of their choice, joining an impressive group of previous Full Ride Scholars –

( — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2017. “The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner, Morgan Taylor Brown, of Fayetteville, Ga., who is attending Spelman College, pursuin her interests to become a psychiatrist. In 2015, JoAnna Jones of Ashville, North Carolina’s Buncombe County Early College High School is attending Winston-Salem State University, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Another winner is Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank.
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Located in the heart of Ward 8, Rocketship Rise Academy is the innovative social impact fund’s latest venture, and the first Rocketship Education school on the East Coast. 

Andre Agassi, Rocketship Education, the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation and leaders from the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund celebrated the opening of Rocketship Rise Academy, the fund’s first venture in Washington, D.C. and Rocketship Education’s first school on the East Coast.

Opened this past August, Rocketship Rise Academy at the Ruth Rales Campus is located in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood at 2335 Raynolds Place in Southeast D.C. The campus will serve 758 students in pre-K through 5th grade at maturity. As part of its partnership with Rocketship Education, the school’s preschool instruction is provided by AppleTree Early Learning.

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Mayor Bowser, Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants Announce Grant Awards of $24.5 Million

Grantees provide services to help victims of crime, reduce truancy and juvenile delinquency and meet the needs of returning citizens 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) Director Michelle Garcia announced the awarding of $24.5 million in grants to groups that provide services to crime victims, returning citizens, and work to reduce truancy and juvenile delinquency. The grants are awarded to over 60 community-based organizations and government agencies that provide services such as crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and therapy, case management, and housing, as well as engagement services for students and their families.

“Our hope is that a crime never happens, but when it does it is important that victims receive the services and support they need to heal and rebuild their lives,” said Mayor Bowser. “These funds will also assist in preventing crime by reducing recidivism and juvenile delinquency.
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2016 Age-Friendly DC Progress Report

2016 Age-Friendly Progress Report Marks the Completion of the Second Full Year of Implementation

Mayor Muriel Bowser released the 2016 Age-Friendly DC Progress Report. Guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Age-Friendly DC is a citywide initiative that works to transform the District into an easier place to grow older by bringing together DC residents of all ages with government and community partners. The initiative works to prepare DC for a future with more residents and visitors who are age 50 and older and to ensure that we offer to people of all ages opportunities to thrive and live life with purpose. The report tracks progress on 75 strategies across ten Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan domains.

“We know that we can make the District a great place to age by increasing access to affordable, accessible, multigenerational housing; providing reliable and convenient, low-cost transportation options; and expanding access to wellness services, including healthy food, health care, and safe places to exercise close to home,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Age-Friendly DC has brought the community together and allowed us to make significant strides on all of these fronts.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Federal Grant to Support Virginia’s Export Promotion Efforts

~ U.S. Small Business Administration Program increases trade opportunities for Commonwealth’s small businesses ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia has received more than $359,400 in grant funding to support the Commonwealth’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program. The STEP Program, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is designed to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for small businesses that are already selling products overseas. The grant will be administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) International Trade Division.

“Helping Virginia companies engage in international trade is critical for creating private sector jobs and building a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking about today’s announcement. “By providing resources and services to increase exports, we help Virginia businesses find new customers around the world and, in turn, create new jobs for Virginians. We are pleased to continue this effective partnership with our federal partners to provide assistance to even more of the Commonwealth’s small businesses.”

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Good Neighbor Day with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

A neighborly day awaits you at the William Paca House!  Come meet Daniel Tiger in person and celebrate what makes our neighborhood special and unique. Activities will provide children and families opportunities to learn more about the history of their neighborhood and how they can support their neighbors in ways big and small.

The event is from 10 am – 1 pm at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street. Free Admission; No Reservations Required

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Events DC Lights Up Its Iconic Venues Across the District to Celebrate the Washington Nationals 2016 Postseason

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square and Gateway DC Illuminate in Red throughout the Nationals’ Playoff Run

As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC will shine its venues in a red glow to celebrate the 2016 playoff berth of the Washington Nationals.  Events DC will light up the following venues: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square and Gateway DC to support the Washington Nationals during their postseason quest.

In addition, Events DC and its partner, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) will team up to promote postseason spirt and energy across the District’s hospitality industry and restaurant members, by offering Nationals-inspired cocktails and postseason menu specials.

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The Phillips Collection will partner with the University of Maryland to present a weekend program in conjunction with fall exhibition People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. A powerful visual epic, The Migration Series (1940–41) documents the historic movement of millions of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between World War I and World War II—a departure which forever altered the fabric of American society.

International Forum Weekend in Washington is an annual program hosted by the Phillips, and this year’s programming will facilitate discussion on migration and immigration. Using Lawrence’s series as a lens for dialogue, thought leaders across disciplines will come together to explore similar patterns and themes that exist in today’s political and cultural landscape. Specifically, discussion events will investigate the broader human quest for freedom, equality, and opportunity, which fuels ongoing patterns of migration around the world.
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-ZooBOOO! to feature trick-or-treating, costume contests, Halloween themed animal enrichment-


It’s a Baltimore Halloween Tradition!  On October 28, 29, and 30, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will once again host ZooBOOO!  The event takes place from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Zoo in the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area. ZooBOOO! includes Baltimore’s safest Halloween trick-or-treating, visits from our Animal Ambassadors, two costume contests each day, carnival games, crafts, a hay maze, silly and magical entertainment and much more!

Thanks to our generous sponsors Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Stifel, Goetze’s Candy, Wolfgang Candy, ShopRite, Utz Potato Chips, and McDonalds, the event is free for Zoo members and free with paid general Zoo admission. Some activities do require an additional fee.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s November 2016 Events

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) presents the following events in November 2016:

National Novel-Writing Month Workshops – NaNoWriMo Writers Block Clinic with Hannah Sternberg

Meet your National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goals with help from some writing games! Published author Hannah Sternberg leads a series of interactive, self-contained writing exercises designed to defeat writer’s block and inspire you to keep writing. Come for as many sessions as you like; there’s no homework, and each week has a different theme.  Sessions are FREE and open to all levels of writers.  The workshops will take place Mondays in November at the SE Branch of the DC Public Library, 7pm-8:30pm; and the first four Tuesdays in November at East City Bookshop, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

  • Mondays in November (11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28) 7pm-8:30pm at the SE Branch of the DC Public Library (403 7th St. SE)
  • Tuesdays in November (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22) 6:30pm-8:00pm at East City Bookshop (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 100)

Fridays, November 4 & 18 – Friday ARTnights: Drop-In Figure Drawing The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts a drop-in “Working from the Figure” session on Fridays, November 4 & November 18, 2016 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at CHAW, 545 7th Street, SE. Work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without formal instruction, facilitated by artist Will Fleishell. Please bring your own drawing materials. Easels are available. The session is $15 for drop-in students. For more information, visit or call (202) 547-6839.
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“Costumes for a Cause!”

7th Annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk At Oriole Park, in partnership with Baltimore Orioles

Camden Yards, Costumes and a CAUSE! What could be a better start to your Halloween weekend?  KidsPeace comes together with the Orioles for the 7th Annual Trick or Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk – a chance to run (or walk) and have some Halloween fun, all while raising money for our youth in foster care.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his wife Angela host this family-friendly Halloween-themed event.  Don’t miss your chance to join in the fun while doing your part for kids in our community. You won’t regret it!
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Montgomery County Announces First Commercial PACE Project Application and Groundbreaking

Montgomery County is proud to announce the first accepted application into the County’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program. The project at the Shady Grove Professional Building and the adjacent Comfort Inn Shady Grove in Gaithersburg, Maryland, owned by Rock Grove Associates LTD Partnership, is the first C-PACE project recognized in the State of Maryland.

In March 2015, Montgomery County established a C-PACE program to assist qualifying commercial property owners to achieve energy savings with innovative financing. With C-PACE, commercial, multifamily, industrial, and nonprofit building owners can finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their properties.

“With our first C-PACE project underway, Montgomery County continues to be at the forefront of improving energy efficiency in the state,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Making energy improvements easier to finance and implement will improve our building stock and attract new businesses while reducing the County’s carbon footprint.”
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US Labor Department recovers more than $570K in back wages, damages for 55 workers at Johnny Rockets restaurants

Consent judgment follows federal investigation of labor violations affecting servers


The U.S. Department of Labor announced today a consent judgment requiring the owners of two Johnny Rockets restaurants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to pay $571,460 in back wages and liquidated damages to 55 servers denied the minimum wage and overtime.


Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia entered the consent judgment against Dariush Inc. and Rockets and Rockets Inc. – both doing business as “Johnny Rockets” – and co-owner Gholam Kazemian.

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Giant Food celebrates 50th Anniversary of It’s Academic Sponsorship


Giant Food recently announced its fiftieth anniversary as primary sponsor of the Emmy-award winning show It’s Academic, America’s foremost high school quiz show and the Guinness Book of World Records longest running TV quiz show. In addition to its support for the program, Giant has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to participating schools over the last 50 years.


“Giant Food is thrilled to celebrate fifty years as a sponsor of the excellent television show It’s Academic,” said Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Since it began in 1961, It’s Academic has become an institution where knowledge is celebrated each week and the importance of keeping students engaged and excited about learning is acknowledged. We are very proud to be part of this historic institution and recognize the important role it fills in our communities recognizing students for academic excellence in a competitive and entertaining environment.”

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Receives Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the award—which recognizes U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—JHSON will be featured in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


“Advancing and supporting a culture of diversity and inclusion are top priorities here at our school,” says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “Our students and faculty offer unique experiences, cultures, and views, and we strive to respect individual perspectives and foster the value of how they work together. We are proud to be recognized as a recipient of this respected award.”

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Treinen, Nats Not Discouraged After Dropping Tight Game 4

(ABC)–Even after Blake Treinen gave up the Los Angeles Dodgers’ tiebreaking run in the eighth inning of Game 4, the Washington reliever wasn’t discouraged by his performance or the Nationals’ painful loss.
Win or lose, Treinen and the Nationals recognize the stellar quality of baseball being played in this NL Division Series.
“I didn’t make a bad pitch,” Treinen said of the down-and-in slider that Chase Utley smacked for a single to drive in the go-ahead run. “He just made a really good swing. We got a groundball. It just wasn’t where we wanted it. Tip your cap.”
Two division champions with reputations as postseason underachievers have been largely outstanding in this series. Although the Nationals lost 6-5 on Tuesday in their first shot to clinch, they claim they’re actually looking forward to the grand finale.
“The emotion here is so high,” said Max Scherzer, who will start Game 5 on Thursday at Nationals Park. “This is such a competitive series, and both sides are playing extremely well. Every little thing matters. Everything can go to one pitch, one play, one call. That’s why the postseason is the best. Everything matters.”
The Nationals will have their ace on the mound when they try again to win a playoff series for the first time since the team relocated to Washington before the 2005 season. The franchise has won one postseason series — the Montreal Expos beat Philadelphia in 1981.
Washington nearly got it done on the West Coast, but the Nationals realized they didn’t lose Game 4 as much as the Dodgers won it.
Los Angeles got to inexperienced Nats starter Joe Ross for four early runs, but Washington pounded out a thrilling rally to tie it against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers’ vaunted bullpen in the seventh.
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Woods to Withdraw from Safeway Open in California

(CBS)–The comeback of Tiger Woods is going to have to wait at least two more months.

Three days before he was to return at the Safeway Open, Woods said he wasn’t ready to return against PGA Tour competition.

He first said on Sept. 7 that he planned to play, then officially committed to the tournament on Friday.

Woods, who had back surgery three times last year, says he feels strong and his health is good. But he says that after several days of practice in California, he feels his game is vulnerable.

Along with pulling out of the Safeway Open, Woods said Monday he was withdrawing from the Turkish Airlines Open next month.

He plans to play at his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the first week of December.

Woods was to play the Safeway Open with Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo.


Redskins Get Defensive in 16-10 Win over Ravens

The Washington Redskins used an 85-yard punt return by Jamison Crowder and an uncharacteristically strong performance by their defense to beat the Baltimore Ravens 16-10 on Sunday.

It was the third straight win for the Redskins (3-2), who came in with the league’s 29th-ranked defense. Washington allowed a touchdown on the game’s opening drive and smothered the Ravens (3-2) the rest of the way.

The game wasn’t decided until the final minute, when an apparent 23-yard touchdown catch by Baltimore’s Breshad Perriman was overturned by replay. Perriman got his right foot down in the end zone, but his left foot was out of bounds.

Crowder scored Washington’s first TD with a sensational run through the middle of the Baltimore punt return team in the second quarter.

The Redskins went ahead 13-10 in the third quarter with a 50-yard drive following a wind-shortened punt by Sam Koch. Kirk Cousins connected with Crowder for 23 yards before lofting a 21-yard pass to Pierre Garcon, who got behind Jimmy Smith and caught the ball in the left side of the end zone.

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Redskins’ Garcon, Jean Francois Taking Medical Supplies to Haiti

(NBC)–Redskins players Pierre Garçon and Ricky Jean Francois are taking a plane full of medical supplies to Haiti, the second effort from the team within three days to help nations struck by Hurricane Matthew.

On Saturday, Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his wife, Tanya, flew a plane of supplies to the Bahamas, according to the team’s blog. The hurricane barreled along the length of the Bahamas last week, felling trees and causing flooding so severe that it trapped people in their homes.

Monday, wide receiver Garçon and defensive end Jean Francois are traveling to take supplies to Haiti, where the hurricane killed hundreds, destroyed tens of thousands of homes, and rendered many communities cut off from aid.
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Mayor Bowser Increases Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount Increases to $425

This week, Mayor Bowser implemented changes to the District of Columbia’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. With the changes, residents who are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits will be able to receive up to $425 per week, up from the previous maximum payment of $359, for up to 26 weeks. Furthermore, those with part-time work earnings will see a 14% increase in their weekly benefit payouts, a change that will make it easier for claimants to hold part-time jobs.

The increase marks the first adjustment since 2005, when the maximum weekly benefit was raised from $309 to $359.  The new $425 rate brings the District into alignment with other states in the region – Maryland ($430), Virginia ($378) and West Virginia ($424).

“My Administration has fought together alongside workers to raise the minimum wage and now increase unemployment benefits for the first time in 11 years. This is huge step toward ensuring District workers and their families are able to better take care of their basic needs while searching for their next employment opportunity,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
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HHS encourages District of Columbia consumers to evaluate Marketplace options during upcoming Open Enrollment

Since the Affordable Care Act became law, millions of Americans gained coverage or found more affordable options thanks to premium tax credits available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released data showing that 2,000 District of Columbia residents who currently purchase off-Marketplace individual market coverage may qualify for tax credits if they shop for 2017 coverage through the Marketplace.  Nationally, the report finds that 2.5 million Americans who currently purchase off-Marketplace individual market coverage may qualify for tax credits.

“More than 9 million Americans already receive financial assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace to help keep coverage affordable, but today’s data show millions more Americans could benefit,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “We encourage everyone to check out their options on or their state Marketplace and see if they qualify for financial assistance. Marketplace consumers who qualify for financial assistance usually have the option to buy coverage with a premium of less than $75 per month.”

Today’s analysis estimates that about 6.9 million individuals currently purchase health insurance in the off-Marketplace individual market. Of those, about 1.9 million either have incomes that would qualify them for Medicaid or place them in the Medicaid coverage gap or are ineligible to purchase Marketplace coverage due to immigration status, while the remainder could enroll in Marketplace qualified health plans (QHPs).
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DC Super Hero Girls Teams Up with Pop Sensation Fifth Harmony to Empower Girls

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) (a division of Time Warner No. 37 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) and DC Entertainment (DCE) announced a partnership with the award-winning, pop powerhouse Fifth Harmony to collaborate on the first-ever DC Super Hero Girls music video, showcasing the pop sensation’s new single,That’s My Girl.” Featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana, the animated DC Super Hero Girls music video is available for viewing on the official DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel.

“We all grew up with these strong female Super Heroes and it’s amazing to see how they have come together to show girls that anything is possible,” said the ladies of Fifth Harmony.  “Our new single ‘That’s My Girl’ is the perfect anthem for DC Super Hero Girls and we are excited to team up with our new squad on this video to inspire young girls everywhere to feel powerful, strong and super.”
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International development company Chemonics International Inc. agrees to pay $482K to African-American applicants in hiring discrimination case

International development company and federal contractor Chemonics International Inc. has agreed to pay $482,243 in back wages, interest and benefits to 124 African-American applicants. The agreement settles U.S. Department of Labor findings that the company discriminated on the basis of race in hiring for its professional entry-level program.

The company has entered into a conciliation agreement with the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to resolve this and several other identified violations of Executive Order 11246, including its failure to maintain required records and conduct internal audits.

“Winning federal contracts, paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars, is a privilege, not a right. With that privilege comes the obligation to practice equal employment opportunity towards all demographic groups of workers in this country,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “I am pleased Chemonics has agreed to take the steps needed to correct the problems we uncovered in its hiring process.”
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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6.5 Million in Grants to Help Schools and Communities Promote Equity in Education

 The U.S. Department of Education is awarding more than $6.5 million in grants to fund four regional Equity Assistance Centers to support schools and communities creating equitable education opportunities for all students. These centers, authorized under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will provide technical assistance in the preparation and implementation of plans for the desegregation of public schools (including desegregation based on race, national origin, sex and religion) and in the development of effective methods for coping with special educational problems caused by desegregation. The centers will also provide resources and training to combat issues such as hate crimes, implicit bias, racial prejudice, and bullying.

“Students deserve the opportunity to learn in an environment that provides them with a fair chance to reach their true potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “The centers provide critical resources to districts and communities to ensure that our most vulnerable students have access to an equitable education.”

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D.C. Council to Consider Death with Dignity Act Following Health Committee Approval

New Video of D.C. Woman with Cancer Urges Council, Mayor to Enact Bill into Law

Advocates for the D.C. Death with Dignity Act praised the D.C. Council’s Health and Human Services Committee for approving the bill by a 3-2 vote this afternoon, so the full D.C. Council can consider the bill before the end of the year.

The legislation would give mentally capable, terminally ill adults the additional end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying. It would enable them to get a doctor’s prescription for medication they could take to die peacefully in their sleep to stop unbearable suffering.

“I am very grateful that my Health and Human Services Committee colleagues have voted to send to the full Council historic legislation which gives terminally ill D.C. residents the option to die peacefully in their sleep if their suffering becomes intolerable,” said Councilmember Cheh (Democrat, Ward 3). Cheh is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee and the author of the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. “I urge the full Council to pass this bill and Mayor Bowser to sign it into law. The vast majority of our constituents want this end-of-life care option, and it has a proven record of safety in other states.”
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Celebrating Washington, DC in Song, Poetry and Dance Featuring Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert

On Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at the historic Church of the Epiphany on G St., NW, Congressional Chorus (CC) will present the first concert of their 30th Season, entitled Fascinatin’ Rhythms: Celebrating Washington, DC in Song, Poetry, and Dance.

This innovative, two-hour, multi-disciplinary performance will be Congressional Chorus’ fifth annual fall collaborative concert.  Previous fall concerts have been standing room only events that have included collaborative presentations with University of Maryland’s Percussion Ensemble, 2014 International Poetry Champions the DC Youth Slam Team, visual art from the DC Modern Quilt Guild, original dance from Afromoda Dance Theater and Capitol Movement Dance Company, theatrical performances with Shakespearean actors, and many more! This year’s fall collaborative concert continues Congressional Chorus’ unique inter-disciplinary tradition, celebrating our 30th Anniversary Season by highlighting our home, Washington, D.C.

Our fall Fascinatin’ Rhythms concert will pay special homage to famous composers, poets and dance enthusiasts who were born, raised, or spent significant time in the District of Columbia, and left behind an enduring legacy in the Nation’s capital, the country, and the world at large. The concert will feature 80-singers from Congressional Chorus and our 24-member Congressional Chamber Ensemble, performing jazz, contemporary classical, and a cappella works in a myriad of musical genres, alongside local arts/humanities companies and nationally-renowned dancers, poets and vocal soloists. The first half of the concert will feature a live instrumental ensemble, consisting of piano, percussion, woodwinds, double bass, and violin, while the second half will feature a swingin’ 17-piece, jazz big band in honor of Washington’s eclectic musical heritage.
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Fourth Graders to Receive Every Kid in a Park Passes

Every Kid in a Park Kick-off Event in Rock Creek Park to connect children with nature

Partners are coming together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. Launching in Rock Creek Park, the National Park Trust, The North Face, and Outdoors Alliance for Kids will join the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event for 50 fourth graders from E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School. This is the second event to be hosted in five different cities (NYC, D.C, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago) all funded by The North Face Explore Fund.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative, launched under President Obama’s Administration, allows all fourth graders and their families free access to all federal lands for an entire year. This Every Kid in a Park launch event will feature a welcome program with Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison, as well as speakers from The North Face and National Park Trust. The students will receive their Every Kid in a Park passes and gather for a group photo with Big Buddy Bison, NPT’s mascot. Following the welcome program, students will break into groups to participate in five fun educational activity stations.


Giant Food donates $30,000 to the Children’s Inn at NIH

Photo Caption (Left to Right): Adrienne Evans, Store Manager, Georgetown Square Giant; Eric Smith, District Director, Giant Food; Jennie Lucca, CEO, The Children’s Inn at NIH; Terry McGowan, Director of Quality Assurance, Giant Food; Aileen Musselman, External Relations Manager, Procter & Gamble; Laura King, Sr. Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach, The Children’s Inn at NIH; David Axelrod, Customer Service Manager, Georgetown Square Giant.

On September 27, Giant presented a $30,000 donation to The Children’s Inn at NIH through support of vendor partners Procter & Gamble and Newman’s Own Foundation. The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential facility for families with children participating in leading-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health. Since opening in 1990, nearly 12,000 children have come from all 50 states and 86 countries to stay together with their families at no cost, in The Inn’s supportive environment.


Giant Food donates $100,000 to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors through Giant’s Our Family Foundation

(Left to Right) : Kelly Griffith, Media Relations Manager, TAPS; Ashlynne Haycock, Education Support Services Coordinator, TAPS; Bonnie Carroll, Founder, TAPS; Gordon Reid, President, Giant Food of Landover, Md.; Felis Andrade, Director Marketing & External Communications, Giant Food of Landover, Md.; Drew Buehring, Education Support Services Coordinator, TAPS.

Grant goes towards programming and support for those grieving loss of military loved ones

On September 26, Giant presented a $100,000 grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) through Giant’s Our Family Foundation. Founded in 1994, TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since its founding, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. The grant is part of Giant’s commitment to helping military families in the Greater Washington, D.C. region.


DPR Announces 2016 Columbus Day Schedule

All DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) administrative offices, recreation/community centers and aquatic facilities will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

- All synthetic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts will be open.

- The permits office will be closed. All previously permitted events will take place as scheduled. Field permits will not be issued. 

Please note that maintenance at indoor, year-round aquatic centers begins on Sunday, October 9, 2016 and pools will close in phases. To view the indoor pools closure schedule, visit DPR Announces 2016 Indoor Pools Maintenance Closures Schedule.


OHR Releases New Employer Resource to Reduce Hiring Bias against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Job Applicants

A new instructional guide to more inclusive hiring practices

 The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) has released a new resource for employers as part of its ongoing work to reduce employment discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming job applicants.  This free resource, titled “Hired and Transgender: Self-Testing for Hiring Bias against Transgender Applicants,” provides step-by-step instructions for employers, human resources professionals, and hiring managers to evaluate their hiring practices for discrimination based on gender identity and make changes as needed.

This important new resource is a continuation of OHR’s groundbreaking report “Qualified and Transgender: A Report on Results of Resume Testing for Employment Discrimination Based on Gender Identity,” the first government-run testing project in the nation to analyze how employers respond to resumes from applicants perceived as transgender compared with resumes of applicants perceived as cisgender.  The report surfaced patterns that could lead to employment discrimination and the full report can be viewed at
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Mayor Muriel Bowser, U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, and DC Attorney General Karl Racine Announce Public Safety Partnership

Partnership to increase the number of attorneys prosecuting crimes in the District of Columbia

Mayor Bowser joined with Channing Phillips, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (USAO) and Karl Racine, DC Attorney General (OAG) to announce a partnership that will increase the number of attorneys prosecuting crimes in the District of Columbia. The partnership calls for the Mayor’s Office to fund eight new attorney positions at the Office of the Attorney General. Those attorneys and others will be detailed from the OAG to the USAO where they will receive training and assist in the prosecution of criminal cases.

“The point of the partnership is simple: when our hardworking men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department arrest a violent offender, we must have the resources to prosecute those cases and to do so quickly,” said Mayor Bowser. “By working together, local and federal law enforcement officials have developed a partnership that will keep our community safer and stronger.”
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Hillary Clinton regains slight lead in first post-debate poll

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump greet each other after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y

(UPI) — The UPI/CVoter daily presidential tracking poll released Wednesday shows Hillary Clinton with a slim lead over Donald Trump of 0.17 percent.

The online poll shows Clinton with 47.86 percent, to Trump’s 47.69 percent, a virtual tie.

The most recent data reflect a 0.41 percentage point shift up for Clinton, while Trump stayed the same compared to data collected a day earlier.
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DISB Approves Rates for 2017 Health Plan Offerings on DC Health Link

Department completes rates negotiations for District residents and small businesses through its rate review process 

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) approved health insurance plan rates for the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace, DC Health Link, for plan year 2017.

Insurers filed initial rates with the Department in May. Since then, DISB has engaged in its rate review process resulting in three out of the four insurers revising their rates down from their initial filings.

“For the last several months, DISB has engaged in a rigorous rate review process to ensure District residents and small businesses are paying fair prices for the benefits offered by District health insurance companies,” said Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor. “The approved 2017 health plan rates are a reflection of that process to ensure the District’s rates remain among the best in the country in terms of cost and value.”
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HHS awards $170,749 to expand District of Columbia behavioral health workforce

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced $170,749.00 in awards to  a training program to increase the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors in District of Columbia.

Nationally, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are funding 144 new and continuing grants for a total of $44.5 million through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program, which supports clinical internships and field placements for an array of professional and paraprofessional behavioral health disciplines and occupations.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces a New Collaboration Between United Medical Center and Howard University

Mayor Muriel Bowser announces a collaboration between the Howard University College of Medicine and United Medical Center (UMC). The collaboration allows for Howard University to share its world-class medical services and physicians with UMC so that communities served by UMC will have access to enhanced healthcare services.

“This is exciting progress in my Administration’s commitment to enhancing the provision of healthcare services in all 8 wards,” said Mayor Bowser. “This collaboration between two of the District’s community-focused institutions is a powerful symbol that we are all better off when we work together. I appreciate the efforts of Howard University and UMC to finalize this collaboration and their commitment to making the District safer and stronger.”
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“Forced From Home” Interactive Exhibit and Tour Opens in Front of the Washington Monument, Experienced Aid Workers Provide First-Hand Accounts of Global Refugee Crisis

The International medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will launch its free, interactive exhibit on the global refugee crisis in front of the Washington Monument this week. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend “Forced From Home,” which aims to put a face on the ongoing global refugee crisis by explaining various migration journeys, showcasing the conditions in which refugees live and offering first-hand accounts from aid workers working in MSF migration projects around the world. Forced From Home will be in D.C. October 1-9 before continuing its tour along the East Coast.

Doctors Without Borders, which is committed to bearing witness and speaking out on behalf of its patients, designed this exhibit to bring the refugee crisis closer to home and illustrate what life for refugees fleeing places such as Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, Syria and South Sudan. With an MSF aid worker as their guide, visitors navigate the immersive, nearly 10,000 square foot exhibition space as a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced person (IDP) and explore the reasons people flee, unique medical needs, journeys to safety, legal statuses, and housing issues faced by displaced people around the world.
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Emerald Cities Collaborative Partners with DOE to launch the Better Communities Alliance,
 A Landmark Initiative to Ignite Clean Energy Action in 60 Cities & Counties Nationwide

Announced by the White House during Smart Cities Week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a groundbreaking collaborative effort among local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress and leadership across the country.

We are proud that DOE has tapped ECC as one of 60 partners and affiliates joining the Better Communities Alliance, said ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild. As part of the Obama White House’s broader Smart Cities Initiative, BCA will reflect the administration’s commitment to a smarter, more collaborative approach to working with local communities that puts citizens, community groups and local leaders at the center of its efforts to identify local needs and priorities, develop and build upon evidence-based and data-driven solutions and strategically invest Federal funding and technical assistance.”With 87 percent of total U.S. energy to be consumed in cities by 2030, America’s city and county leaders, through the BCA, are making commitments to reduce wasted energy in homes and buildings, expand renewable energy and sustainable transportation options for their residents and businesses, harness new energy-saving technologies and invest in resilient power systems and community infrastructure.
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Rock the Vote to Support #OurVoteCounts

Fifty-seven of the nation’s top media brands for women have come together in partnership with Rock the Vote on a voter registration campaign—#OurVoteCounts—to ensure that women participate in this historic election. This unprecedented non-partisan effort will reach an audience of over 67 million women of varied interests, ages, races, political beliefs, geography and faiths, because votes from women in America mean more than ever in 2016.

The participating brands will amplify the #OurVoteCounts initiative through their social platforms, sites and pages.  Many brand leaders will hit the road to register voters across America.
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Giant Food kicks off 2016-2017 A+ School Rewards program

 Customers can help support Mid-Atlantic schools with 28th annual fundraiser

Giant Food recently announced the launch of their annual A+ School Rewards program for the 2016-2017 school year. The annual fundraiser helps customers earn funds for up to two local schools with every shopping trip. Since 1989, Giant has helped local schools by donating more than $94 million through the program. Last year’s program generated a $2 million donation for 1,466 public and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware, with a record-breaking 20 schools receiving over $10,000 each in awards.

Giant customers who wish to participate in the program can sign up now and designate up to two schools in their local community by visiting their local Giant Food store or at  A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using their Giant card. Customers who designated schools last year do not need to re-designate their school(s) but are encouraged to confirm their school IDs by going to
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Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces Week-Long Effort to Identify Street Light Outages Across the District and Launches Text to DC311

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a week-long effort to identify street light outages in all eight wards of the District and launched Text to DC311. Immediately following the announcement, teams of District Government employees went into neighborhoods across all eight wards where residents have reported the most outages to take an inventory of broken street lights.

“We have 70,000 street lights in the District and too many of them do not work. By fixing street lights, we can make District streets safer, stronger and brighter,” said Mayor Bowser. “By launching Text to DC311, we are offering residents a more convenient way to report outages, as well as other issues. We know that everyone’s time is valuable, and we are doing everything we can to bring city services to your fingertips.”
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University of Maryland, Baltimore, Hebrew University sign MOU to Increase Education, Research 

Governor Larry Hogan Joins University Officials for Signing of Agreement

Governor Larry Hogan recently joined with University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) to extend a successful student exchange program and open up additional opportunities for collaboration. Through the MOU, the universities agree to explore opportunities for joint research or training, exchange scholars for seminars and conferences, and increase the exchange of students and faculty for research, teaching, and study over the next five years.

“Today’s agreement will further strengthen the successful partnership between these world-class universities and help to advance research in Maryland, particularly in the study of military medicine,” said Governor Hogan. “Exchanging students and faculty will bring new perspectives and new opportunities for collaboration to both University of Maryland, Baltimore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem and we are excited they are continuing their important work together.”
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Governor McAuliffe Announces $196,000 in Building Collaborative Communities Funding

Three projects receive grants to encourage regional economic collaboration

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced $196,000 in funding for three collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) program. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically-distressed areas that stimulate job creation, economic development and provide a significant return on state investment. The three selected projects focus on and facilitate significant involvement from the private sector, economic development agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, nonprofits, local leaders and governmental officials.

“Through the BCC program, Virginia has seen the success of numerous regional partnerships that are spurring growth and helping to drive the new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Regional, community-based strategies that capitalize upon the unique assets of communities offer stronger opportunities for success and long-term sustainability. These projects are bringing new jobs and opportunities to stimulate economic growth and prosperity for the region.”
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In response to the growing problem of bullying, which sometimes leads to truancy, failing grades and even suicidal thoughts, a local 501(c)(3) nonproft organization, Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT), has published a series of pro-kindness, anti-bullying books. E-versions of these books will be available for FREE download at during the month of October 2016 which is NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH. One e-book will be available for free download on October 3, 10 and 24.

The first book, Be A Superhero by Saying No to Bullying, written by

Gerald Nordé Jr., Founder/Executive Director of DTWT, focuses on the many reasons youth are bullied, including the fact that some youth are bullied because they have behavioral health problems. The book is geared towards third to fifth graders. A unique aspect of this book is that there is an edition which features living children as the superhero characters.
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U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) recently announced that the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) has been awarded a $2,000,000 federal grant through the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program. These federal grant funds will help the foundation provide mentoring opportunities for at-risk youth in Maryland and 18 other states.

As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski included $90 million in grant funding administered by the Department of Justice for mentoring programs supporting at-risk youth as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.
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Fall into Colonial Fun at Mount Vernon

Replica Boat Launch in the Potomac River, Wine Festival, Trick-or-Treat Event and More!

George Washington’s Mount Vernon kicks off the fall season with special events for all ages! New: Watch as a replica of one of George Washington’s boats sets sail on the Potomac River on Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m.


Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Friday and Sunday, October 7 & 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
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Multicultural Performances and Activities for All Ages Sunday, October 16, 12-4 PM in Rockville

The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the many cultures of the DC area with multicultural music, food, dance, exhibits and hands-on activities at Montgomery College Rockville on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, from noon to 4:00pm. The festival promotes cross-cultural understanding by highlighting the cultural diversity of the DC area through immersive activities and performances. This year’s theme is “A Place Called Home”.

Indonesia, Germany, Korea, the Caribbean, India, Ukraine, El Salvador, Ethiopia, China, and more will represent their cultural traditions in the International Village at World of Montgomery, which is organized by KID Museum. There are two entertainment stages, ethnic food vendors, and fun activities for the whole family.
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This week in history: New Smithsonian African American Museum opens

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, marks a milestone in the long struggle to recognize the impact that African Americans have had on shaping our country. It’s the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Efforts to erect such a museum go back as far as 1915, when it was originally proposed by African-American Civil War veterans. Initially authorized by an act of Congress in 1929, the Museum languished for several decades until Rep. John Lewis co-sponsored the legislation to create the Museum in 1988, which he reintroduced every year for 15 years. Finally, in 2003 Pres. George W. Bush signed the law creating the Museum, and Congress promised $250 million to help build it, requiring that it be matched by $250 million from private sources.

The Smithsonian broke ground for the Museum in February 2012: All the decades of persistence will finally pay off on September 24th.
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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate at 6.0 Percent

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in August – up 0.1 percentage point from the reported July unemployment rate.

The District’s preliminary August job estimates show a decrease of 11,700 jobs, for a total of 772,400 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 900 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 10,800 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers.

The number of employed District residents was down 2,300 from 373,500 in July 2016 to 371,200 in August 2016.  “The summer jobs season ending and youth returning to school have slightly impacted the District’s employment numbers,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.  “But our economy is healthy, and my administration remains committed to ensuring District residents have the tools and skills needed to land good paying jobs, and succeed on a pathway to the middle class.”
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HHS awards $557,034 for health centers’ IT enhancements in the District of Columbia

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $557,034 in funding for 8 health centers in District of Columbia for health information technology enhancements. In total, today’s announcement includes $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.

“Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” said Secretary Burwell. “This investment will help unlock health care data and put it to work, improving health outcomes and building a better health care system for the American people.”

The funding will support health information technology enhancements to accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care, improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions, and increase engagement in delivery system transformation. To support these goals, all purchases or upgrades of electronic health record systems made with the funding must use technology that is certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This is the first significant investment since 2009 directly awarded to health centers to support the purchase of health information technology.
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Susan G. Komen Announces $27 Million Health Equity Initiative to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths in African-American Community

10-City Initiative Complements Komen’s Decades-Long Service to Medically Underserved

The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization gathered philanthropic, civic, medical and business leaders in Washington recently to formally launch a $27 million,10-city initiative to reduce breast cancer death rates among African-American women.

“African-American women are almost 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the U.S. and in some cities, that number is as high as 74 percent. That makes this a public health crisis that must be addressed immediately,” said Komen President and CEO Dr. Judith A. Salerno. “We are deeply appreciative of friends and partners who are working with us to do so.”

Salerno thanked the Fund II Foundation and its president Robert F. Smith for the $27 million grant that made the Komen African-American Health Equity Initiative possible. “This investment in women’s health will truly save lives,” Salerno said.
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District students encouraged to celebrate the environment in creative writing

The District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the U.S. Department of Justice launched an environmental essay contest open to all sixth through eighth grade students in the District. The contest, in support of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 202Creates citywide effort to showcase the District’s diverse and vibrant creative community, challenges students to address the following question in 300-500 words: What do you think is an important environmental issue facing the District, and how can you be part of the solution?

The deadline for entry is November 1, 2016. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of professionals in the fields of education and environment. Ten finalists will receive prizes, including solar backpacks, and will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the Department of Justice on December 9, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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Single largest foundation grant received by the non-profit in its 30+ year history

( — The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Teenshop, Inc., a national organization dedicated to nurturing “girls with goals.”® The grant will be used to enhance Teenshop’s successful college preparatory programs and initiatives, including college campus tours, pre-college summer program, and book scholarships for Teenshop’s graduating seniors.

“We support programs focused on strengthening communities and Teenshop, Inc. is a great example of an organization that is truly making a difference in the Philadelphia area,” said Lauren Craig, Senior Manager, Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola North America. “Our investment is designed to maximize Teenshop’s impact by helping teenage girls from underserved communities successfully matriculate to college.
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Statewide Challenge to Increase Seat Belt Use among Teens and Youth Kicks Off in Virginia; More Than 70 High and Middle Schools Across the State Participating

More than seventy high and middle schools across Virginia are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth. (See list of schools below)

The four‐week challenge, “Save Your Tailgate, Buckle Up” will encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are critical safety equipment for every driver and passenger. Using the slogan, “Seat Belts Are Your Safety Equipment,” the campaign emphasizes that seat belts are critical safety equipment in a vehicle and are designed to protect and save lives. Just as football players always wear a helmet, drivers and passengers should always buckle up for safety is a central message of the campaign.

Save Your Tailgate, Buckle Up is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office. State Farm Insurance is also partnering on the program to fund materials and campaign prizes.
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Mayor Bowser Announces More Than 10,000 Trained in FEMS Hands on Hearts CPR Program

Record numbers signing up to become lifesavers 

Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Chief Gregory Dean to announce official training totals of the FEMS Hands on Hearts CPR program since its launch last fall. The Hands On Hearts program provides free life-saving, hands-only CPR training to communities across the District. The initiative was launched by Mayor Bowser in October 2015 with the goal of training 5,000 people by September 2016. Working with Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, FEMS has more than doubled this number and continues to build on their record.

“Our first responders have always known the life-saving benefits of CPR, and residents always play a hand in creating a safer, stronger DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “With over 10,000 people across the District trained in this life-saving technique, we are at the ready to help our neighbors in the event of a life-threatening cardiac emergency. It is heartwarming to see so many Washingtonians step up to learn this life-saving technique, and we will keep pushing others to do the same.”
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Washington, DC Ranks 6th Among 50 Top Swim Cities in the US

For the Second Year in A Row DC Ranks in Top Ten

Washington, DC has been named sixth among the 50 Top Swim Cities in the United States according to a research study commissioned by USA Swimming and leading swimwear company Speedo USA.  To earn the “Top Swim City” designation, cities must have an impressive number of top-level swimmers, swim clubs, active swimmers, and accessible pools.

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is a national leader in the aquatics industry,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson.  “DPR committed to offered swimming lessons to people of all ages and increasing opportunities for minorities to learn life-saving skills.  Not only are we pleased with ranking sixth among top swim cities, DPR also recently exceeded industry standards in an unannounced aquatics safety audit, in which lifeguards were unaware they were being observed.”
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District Eatery Receives Top Score, While Its Hometown Rivals Get a ’’C’

The demand for healthy and humane plant-based meals—including the ever-popular veggie burger—continues to skyrocket. Now, PETA has released letter grades for burger joints across the country, noting which spots offer delicious vegan entrées and which need to play ketchup—and several D.C. restaurants are standouts on the list.

Local favorite Ben’s Chili Bowl rocked the rankings with an “A” grade for offering multiple vegan entrées, including a veggie burger and veggie chili, while its competitors, Burger King, Fuddruckers, and Smashburger, fell short by not offering vegan-friendly versions of vegetarian menu options.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser Names Ely S. Ross as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs

Mayor Bowser announces the appointment of Ely S. Ross as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs effective September 19, 2016. Director Ross, a third-generation veteran, previously served as the Attorney-Advisor for the Office of Proceedings & the Office of Government and Public Affairs at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

“With 17 years of strong leadership experience and having served our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom, I have no doubt that Ely S. Ross will be an asset at the helm of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “He has served in advisory positions with both the General Services Administration as well as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – experience that well-equips him to serve veterans in all eight wards of the District.”
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Giant Food donates $125,000 to USO of Metropolitan Washington – Baltimore

(left to right): Allen Tubis, Marketing Director, Barbecue Battle; Charm Wright, Branch Manager, PNC Bank; Gordon Reid, President, Giant Food of Landover, Md.; Elaine Rogers, President, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore; Greg Repka, Account Business Manager, Colgate-Palmolive Company; and Daniel Shoop, SVP In-Store Program Lead, PNC Bank.

On September 14, Giant and its vendor partners presented a check for $125,000 to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.  In-store campaigns and fundraising during this summer’s 24th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle produced the significant donation. Giant supports the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore through a partnership which began in 2011.

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