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President Obama gets key vote for Iran nuclear deal

(UPI) — Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski gave President Obama the critical last vote of support he needed to keep his promise to veto Congress if it rejects the historic Iran nuclear deal later this month.

Mikulski, a Democrat, said she spent “countless hours reading, being briefed and pouring over the intelligence” before coming to her decision. Mikulski, who is retiring at the end of her term, handed Obama a foreign-policy win after months-long lobbying efforts by his administration.

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb,” she said in a written statement. “For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.”
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Mayor Bowser Outlines Next Steps in Homelessness Plan and Calls on Residents to Sign Pledge

On Tuesday September 1, Mayor Muriel Bowser, City Administrator Rashad Young, Director of DC Department of Human Services Laura Zeilinger, Executive Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness Kristy Greenwalt and other Administration officials participated in a meeting with members of the District’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). During the meeting, Mayor Bowser announced a set of legislative and administrative measures to improve the District’s homelessness crisis response system for families and called on residents to sign a pledge to end homelessness.

“Far too many men, women and children live on our streets and in our shelters,” said Mayor Bowser. “Ending homelessness in the District has to be a priority for all of us. We have a plan to make homelessness, rare, brief and non-recurring by 2020, and it’s on all of us to make that goal a reality. That’s why today, I’m asking residents to sign a pledge and commit to ending homelessness in the District.”

Residents can sign the Mayor’s pledge to end homelessness in the District by visiting mayor.dc.gov/homewarddc.

Bowser continued, “Together we will close DC General and implement an all eight wards strategy to end homelessness.”
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CBCF Celebrates Faith Community at Annual Prayer Breakfast

Stellar award-winning gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell will perform and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The Miles College Choir will also perform.

The Prayer Breakfast, the penultimate, signature event of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), draws roughly three thousand attendees each year. Interactive One will livestream the event for the second year in a row on NewsOne.com.
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Apply Today: DC Advocacy Partners!

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is seeking a diverse group of highly-motivated and enthusiastic men and women to participate in the fifth class of DC Advocacy Partners (DC AP). DC AP is a free nine-month leadership training program designed to develop and train self-advocates, family members of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and professionals working with people with disabilities in the policymaking, influencing, and implementing processes. DC Advocacy Partners is funded by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council. Here’s a little more information:

-DC Advocacy Partners classes, meals, transportation, and childcare/respite are at no cost to selected participants.
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National/Global Week of Non-Violence Announced, October 17-25

Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) a national, inter-faith, multi-cultural volunteer and advocacy network based in Washington, DC, will convene the third National Week of Non-Violence, October 17-25, 2015. The theme of the week is “Changing the Culture of Violence in America…and the World.

This effort is dedicated to promote violence prevention and awareness in major U.S. cities, and overseas. Key organizing cities for the 2015 Week of Non-Violence include: Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California; Compton, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton Roads, Virginia; St. Louis, Missouri; the DMV in Greater Washington, D.C. including District of Columbia; Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, Charles County, MD, Northern Virginia; and London, United Kingdom. (See attached for list of local leaders) Continue reading

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Top 10 Black-To-School Scholarships For Black and Minority Students in 2015/16

It’s that time of the year again! School is back in session, and high school seniors are being advised to start looking for and applying for available scholarships and internships. Every year, thousands of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and companies give away billions of dollars in financial aid. Quite a few of these programs are specificially for minority students – that is, African Americans, Hispanic American, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and sometimes even disabled students of all ethnicities.

Here are the top back-to-scholarships for Black and minority students in the 2015/16 school year:
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Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.
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THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND ANNOUNCES 2015 APPLE HBCU SCHOLARS PROGRAM

(BlackNews.com) — Tech giant Apple, maker of the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to create the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. The program will offer a one-year scholarship to 30 students selected as Apple Scholars. This award will be applied to the scholars’ final year of study.

More importantly, the inaugural class of scholars will receive an opportunity to develop key skills to enhance their resumes and help launch their careers through the hands-on experience gained at one of the top tech companies in the world.

These scholars will have the opportunity to:
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Galaxy Tab S2: Samsung’s Most Powerful Tablet Yet

Take command of your digital life with Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. recently announced the U.S. release of the Galaxy Tab S2, its thinnest, lightest, ultra-fast tablet. Blending form and function, elegant design and multitasking power, Galaxy Tab S2 is the new flagship in Samsung’s line of tablets—and the ultimate device for experiencing and sharing digital content. From the creators of Samsung’s award-winning televisions and large-screen smartphones, the Galaxy Tab S2 is available for preorder starting today and will be available at select U.S. retailers and carriers beginning September 3.
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The H Street Festival to Celebrate 10th Anniversary Festival on September 19

H Street NE will celebrate the 10th annual H Street Festival on September 19, 2015. This year’s festival is sure to be one of the best, with activities, performances, restaurants and vendors spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE.

For our foodie festivalgoers, more than 175 local restaurants, vendors and food trucks will offer a abundance of food selections, including international cuisine, regional fare and much more. Attendees can also visit one of the many beer gardens featuring a wide array of libations from breweries and distilleries, or hop aboard the Big Bus parked outside of the Queen Vic for a double decker dining and drinking experience. We’ll also have the “Only On H” on full display at this year’s festival with over 50 H street businesses and restaurants featuring outdoor patios, displays and special deals that are sure to show attendees exactly what makes our area so special!
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Georgetown’s Free Sunset Cinema Series Ends with Burn After Reading

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) will screen Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in scenic Georgetown Waterfront Park. The movie is part of the lineup in Georgetown Sunset Cinema, Georgetown’s first-ever free outdoor movie experience. This summer’s inaugural lineup features movies filmed in or inspired by Georgetown, Washington’s oldest and most iconic neighborhood. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. For more information, visit www.georgetowndc.com/sunsetcinema.
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DPR presents the final 2015 #SplishSplashSummer Late Night Pool Party

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced an additional, fourth (and final) free #SplishSplashSummer community pool party for the 2015 summer. On Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 7 pm to 11:30 pm, DPR’s Aquatics team invites everyone – community members, DC residents, families, returning college students, and more – to join DPR in celebrating a safe and successful summer season with a final #SplishSplashSummer Late Night Pool Party at Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave., NW).  Attendees are asked to RSVP online for this free event.
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Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

A Free, Must Attend Event for Creative College-Bound Students

College-bound students interested in music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines are invited to learn more about undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in their area of interest at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Washington, DC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair.

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My Girlfriend’s House Provides Apartment Renovations to New Endeavors by Women

On Saturday, September 5, 2015, My Girlfriend’s House will renovate permanent supported housing apartments run by New Endeavors by Women (NEW) for homeless women and children in Washington, DC. The “grand reveal” will be held 3:30 pm that afternoon at 300 56th St., NE, Washington, DC.

With the number of families in DC’s homeless population increasing each year, housing programs are finding it harder to secure the funds needed to provide adequate housing and support. My Girlfriend’s House addresses this issue semi-annually by bringing their Shelter Room Makeover Party to facilities that house women and their children in the DC Metropolitan area.
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BGE Electric Safety Contest for Elementary Students

29 Schools have won $80,000 in annual Wires Down Video Challenge

As the new school year begins, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth annual Wires Down Video Challenge to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety among elementary school-aged children. From Aug. 31 until Nov. 9, 2015, elementary school teachers (kindergarten through fifth grade) in public and private elementary schools across BGE’s electric service area are encouraged to work with their class to submit 30 to 45-second videos of their interpretation of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electrical safety commercial.   Entries have a chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program. At least one winning school will be chosen as a winner from each participating county. Continue reading

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MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $142,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BULLETPROOF VESTS TO KEEP MARYLAND POLICE OFFICERS SAFE

Federal funds to allow 28 Maryland law enforcement jurisdictions to purchase 368 bulletproof vests

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), today announced that law enforcement agencies in Maryland will receive $142,594 for the purchase of bulletproof vests.

“Police protect our homes and communities, and the federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs safer and smarter,” Senator Mikulski said. “Every day when our first responders report for duty, they don’t know what they will face. These funds in the federal checkbook will help protect our protectors when they put their lives on the line to keep us safe. I will continue to fight for the equipment, training and staffing our protectors and communities deserve.” Continue reading

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MONTGOMERY PARKS ANNOUNCES 24TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

This year’s festival highlights the vital role of horses in the daily life of a working farm.

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 24th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year’s festival centers on the theme “Horse Power,” showcasing the important role of horses in everyday farm life. The festival takes place at Montgomery Parks Agricultural History Farm Park, situated on 445 acres of land in the Agricultural Reserve. The park is
located at 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855.

A number of new activities related to the “Horse Power” theme will be offered this year including:
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BGE Announces Energy Savings Day to Help Customers Save on Summer Energy Bills

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) asks its customers to conserve energy during the Energy Savings Day that will be in effect on Sept. 3, between the hours of 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. BGE typically schedules Energy Savings Days when an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region is anticipated—typically hot days. The power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

BGE customers with a smart meter installed at their home can participate in the Energy Savings Day by voluntarily reducing their electricity usage to earn a BGE Smart Energy Rewards bill credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt-hour saved from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eligible customers will be notified, usually the day before an Energy Savings Day, by phone and email or through an opt-in text notification. These notifications help customers plan ahead to ensure they have time to shift or reduce electricity use on the Energy Savings Day. To ensure customers receive Energy Savings Day notifications, they should update their contact information by visiting BGE.com/MyAccount. BGE will also keep customers updated on BGE.com and BGE.com/EnergySavingsDay. Continue reading

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MNT RETURNS TO NATION’S CAPTIAL IN CONCACAF CUP TUNEUP AGAINST PERU

The U.S. Men’s National Team is back in Washington D.C. for the first time since 2013 for an international friendly at RFK Stadium against Peru on Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

The friendly will serve as one of two MNT tune-ups for the CONCACAF Cup, the playoff game against Mexico which will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Oct. 10. The winner of that game will qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, a dress rehearsal of confederation champions in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After its match with Peru, the MNT will head north to Massachusetts where it will take on five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough as the final prelude to the playoff. Continue reading

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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Launches Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

BALTIMORE, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford represented the Hogan administration with the launch of Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City, a $3 million program to build stronger communities in Baltimore through homeownership.  The Lt. Governor was joined by Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the launch of the partnership to encourage first-time home buyers in Baltimore.

Using $2 million from the state and $1 million from the city, Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City will help an estimated 400 homebuyers increase their purchasing power through the Maryland Mortgage Program, the state’s premier home loan product.
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DPR Announces Open Registration for 2015 Fall Programs


The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announces registration is open for 2015 Fall Programs.  New this season, DPR is offering “No Cook” Cooking, Kid Fit, Rugby, Young Men, Future Leaders, and Enrichment Zone. These will join the ever-popular programs such as Zumba, Water Aerobics, Afternoon Access, Young Ladies on the Rise and more. There are hundreds of options for DC residents across all eight wards and all ages to recreate, educate or just relax. Continue reading

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Robots, Giant Tricycles, and Performances at Maker Faire Silver Spring

KID Museum announces the return of the most popular Maker Faire in the DC area on Sunday, September 20th, 12:00-5:00pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building.   Maker Faire Silver Spring, a free family festival celebrating innovation and creativity, is jam packed with free activities to interest adults like driving robots, creating quad-copters, and hands-on furniture making; as well as free activities for kids including making Pi-bot robots, LED craft projects, and painting oneself invisible in a freeze ray dome.

Maker Faire Silver Spring was the first Maker Faire in the DC area, and it continues to grow each year. With over 14,000 people attending, Maker Faire Silver Spring has become the DC community’s home-town Maker Faire and includes a wide range of creative hands-on electronics, art, engineering, science, and crafts activities for children and adults. Continue reading

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Governor McAuliffe Announces $20 Million to Improve Energy Efficiency in Virginia

~ VirginiaSAVES will facilitate low interest loans for approved projects

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week the launch of VirginiaSAVES, the Commonwealth’s first Green Community Program.  VirginiaSAVES is a loan program created to lower financing costs for energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and alternative fuel projects. This low-cost financing tool will be available to local government, institutional and commercial and industrial entities in the Commonwealth.  VirginiaSAVES will be funded through $20 million in federally-allocated Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs).

Governor McAuliffe said, “Providing the public and private sectors with the tools they need to reduce energy consumption and save on energy costs is critical for building a new Virginia economy.  VirginiaSAVES encourages investments that will save money, improve energy security, reduce Virginia’s dependence on federal spending and attract new jobs and advanced energy industries.” Continue reading

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Trio of 2-run Shots Power Orioles to 8-5 Win over Royals

(ABC)–Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop each hit a two-run homer off Johnny Cueto, and the Baltimore Orioles totaled five long balls in all Wednesday night to power their way to an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals that snapped a six-game skid.
Wei-Yin Chen (8-6) allowed three runs for the Orioles while scattering nine hits over six innings. The losing pitcher against the Royals in Game 3 of last year’s AL Championship Series, he has now gone seven straight starts without a defeat.
Cueto (9-9) labored through five innings for Kansas City, allowing 10 hits and a walk. It was his second consecutive shoddy start after yielding a career-high 13 hits in a loss at Boston.

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Georgetown Football Players Become Entrepreneurs

(CBS)–Have you ever had an idea for a product, but weren’t sure how to actually get it made?
Some Georgetown student athletes were in that very situation and are now well on their way to being full-fledged businessmen.
QB Kyle Nolan and two of his targets, wide receivers Jake DeCicco and Harry Grol speak the same language of business.
“It’s refreshing to be able have honest conversation with someone. We practice it on the field and off the field…to get honest feedback from your teammates is very helpful,” said Grol.
The connection the teammates have goes beyond the football field. It involves your favorite morning drink: Coffee.
“I’m the COO. I kind of direct and work with these guys on a direct basis. Jordan heads prouduction team with Kyle and Harry and I are head of sales,” said DeCicco.
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Nats Team Up with ‘Teachers are Superheroes’

 (WUSA9)–On the field, the Nationals finally got off the schnide in a big way Tuesday night, routing the Rockies 15-6. Off the field, they’re a hit with D.C. public schools.

The Nats and WUSA9 both back a program to help fund D.C. schools in need of help.

Scott Harding has a been a teacher for 10 years but he’s a newbie this year, one of 10 who’ll be inaugural teachers at Van Ness Elementary School, not far from Nationals Park. Like Scott, the Nationals have been around for 10 years and now the team is hoping to provide a grand slam of support for education.

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DCPS Is on the Rise With Fourth Year of Growth in Student Enrollment

On Monday August 24, 113 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) opened their doors with the highest enrollment on the first day of school in the past four years. DCPS also opened four new schools, created 250 new teaching positions, hired 14 new athletic coordinators, launched a new career academy, and more.

In the 2015-16 School Year, DCPS will continue to focus on the goals set forth in A Capital Commitment to ensure that every student, in every part of the district, receives a world-class education that prepares them to succeed after school, in college, and in life. To meet these goals, DCPS schools will focus on increasing the level of rigor in classrooms through Cornerstone assignments in every grade and subject area and additional Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as expanded opportunities for our high school students through new electives, career programming, and athletics. Continue reading

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Mayor Bowser Celebrates First Day of School and Makes Education Announcements

Mayor Muriel Bowser, with Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, celebrated the start of the 2015-16 school year. Educational announcements included the launch of two career academies at H. D. Woodson High School in Ward 7 that focus on engineering and information technology (IT), participating in the “Slow Down” campaign to remind motorists to slow down while students are in school, and visiting Brent Elementary School in Ward 6 and Dorothy Height I. Elementary School in Ward 4. Continue reading

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New Solar Financing Program For DC Businesses


DC PACE Helps Family-Owned Businesses Finance Solar Panels, Save Money

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently launched the District’s first energy efficiency and clean energy finance program, DC PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Commercial.  The program will provide 100 percent financing for businesses and commercial property owners to install clean energy upgrades, with no out-of-pocket payments.

“The District of Columbia is leading the nation in green building, and DC PACE adds yet another innovative tool for building a greener, more prosperous city,” said Mayor Bowser. “DC PACE creates green jobs and infuses investment into our local economy – at no cost to taxpayers or the District’s budget.   That is a good deal for local businesses, our environment, and residents in the District of Columbia.” Continue reading

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The District of Columbia Economy Adds 11,700 jobs in July

District’s Unemployment Rate at 6.8 Percent

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported recently that the preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 11,700 jobs, for a total of 775,900 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 300 jobs, while the public sector payrolls increased by 11,400 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 District’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in July. The number of unemployed District residents was down 700 from 26,900 in June 2015 to 26,200 in July 2015.
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White House calls on Congress to reduce gun violence

(UPI) — In the wake of a fatal shooting during a live television broadcast in Virginia, the White House called on Congress Wednesday to pass tougher laws combatting gun violence.

“While there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “there are some common sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have attainable impacts at reducing gun violence.”

Two members of WDBJ 7 in Roanoke, Virginia, were killed in the early-morning attack: reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. The interview subject, Vicki Gardner, was shot but not killed and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Continue reading

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Civil Rights Icon Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

Iconic civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, who almost died while helping to lead the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., during “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, has passed away at the age of 104, her son, Bruce Boynton, confirmed to the Associated Press.

Boynton Robinson was among the many individuals fighting for civil rights who were brutally beaten while attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in March 1965. The horrific incident became known as Bloody Sunday.

A leading champion for voting rights, in 1964 she became the first black woman to run for a seat in Congress, and the first woman (black or white) to run as a Democrat from Alabama. She hoped to encourage black people to register to vote and actually vote, the newswire notes. Continue reading

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PHEN TO ADDRESS BLACK AMERICA’S PROSTATE CANCER BURDEN AND PUBLISH NATIONAL CONSENSUS AGENDA

– 11th Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit takes place September 17-18, 2015, in Washington, DC –

(BlackNews.com) — The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will host its Eleventh Annual “African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit,” on September 17th, at Hotel Monaco (700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004), from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and on September 18th, at the Washington Convention Center (801 MT. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20004), as one session of the annual Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) event from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. This year’s Summit is titled “Black America’s Prostate Cancer Burden, A National Review.” Continue reading

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Decrease in Virginia Unemployment Rate

Governor McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in July to 4.8 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which was unchanged in July at 5.3 percent.

The average weekly wage for private employers was $905.58 in July, 4.6 percent above a year ago.

“We are seeing tangible results from our work to build a new Virginia economy in communities across the Commonwealth by attracting new, high-growth industries and fostering growth in the existing businesses that represent our employment base,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The new jobs numbers demonstrate enhanced income security for Virginia’s workers while offering the opportunity of lower costs for employers doing business in Virginia. We still have much work to do, and I remain committed to providing pathways to prosperity for all Virginia families and businesses.” Continue reading

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MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $36 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP MARYLAND CRIME VICTIMS REBUILD AND RECOVER

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, recently announced that the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has been awarded $36.3 million to help victims of violent crime in Maryland through the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) grant program.

“Victims of crime need a government on their side. That’s why I fought so hard to increase federal funding to help victims of crime recover and rebuild their lives,” Senator Mikulski said. “VOCA grants provide critical federal and state support to give people a helping hand when they need it most. I will keep fighting to put funds in the federal checkbook that help victims in Maryland create a way forward.” Continue reading

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Virginia Receives $5.4 million in Community Planning Assistance Funds

~ Funds to support programs assisting Virginia’s defense-related businesses in diversifying to international and domestic non-defense-related markets ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia has been awarded $5.4 million in federal Community Planning Assistance Funds from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment.  This grant will be used to assist communities, businesses and employees in defense-related areas respond to the impacts of defense reductions.  Additionally, the grant will provide funding to expand entrepreneurship opportunities for defense-related employees and businesses, and to support displaced defense contractors seek other employment opportunities.
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19th Annual Columbus Weekend Soccer Classic

Team registrations are now being accepted for the Central Maryland Soccer Association’s Columbus Weekend Soccer Classic scheduled for the weekend of October 10th and 11th in Westminster, MD.

The Classic is open to all USSF youth affiliated youth teams within the mid-Atlantic region. Male and female competition is offered in the single age levels of U8 through U14, and the dual age U16 and U18.  The tournament features a round-robin format with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of three games.  The first and second place teams in each division will receive team and individual awards. Continue reading

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National Gallery of Art Book Sale

Offers Thousands of Books, Exhibition Catalogs, DVDs, and CDs at 50% off Ticketed Price  

The National Gallery of Art will have several thousand overstocked books, exhibition catalogs, DVDs, and CDs—many one-of-a-kind—on sale at 50% off the ticketed price from August 27 through September 13 in the Concourse Book Shop. The sale includes exhibition catalogs from museums all over the world, catalogs from galleries featuring intriguing new work, and books with scholarly titles for every interest. To see some of the catalog titles, click here: https://shop.nga.gov/category/sale/sale/1.html and scroll down.

To learn about the history of the Gallery Shops, click on https://shop.nga.gov/cms/aboutus/gallery-shops-history/1.html.

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Department of Permitting Services to Host Open House Events Focusing on New Building Codes

In an effort to familiarize the construction industry with the new building codes adopted to implement the 2015 code cycle, the Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is holding a series of open house sessions hosted by DPS’ divisions of Commercial Building Construction and Residential Construction & Intake. The sessions, in late August and September, will focus on new executive regulations adopting the 2015 International Building Code changes from previous editions, affected policies and procedures, and related code interpretations.
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Montgomery County’s Back-to-School Safety Information Available on Summer of Safety Webpage

The 2015-2016 Montgomery County public school year will begin on Monday, August 31, and now is the time to review all those important back-to-school safety tips to make certain that everyone is properly prepared.

This year the County’s Summer of Safety webpage at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/summersafety is a one-stop back-to-school information source from the Montgomery County Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Public Information Office. Included is information about safe walking, biking and riding the bus to school. There are also reminders about safe driving for adults and new teen drivers, safety tips for latchkey kids, and the vaccinations that are required for admittance to school. Continue reading

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Office of Human Rights to Host Community Picnic

Montgomery County’s Committee on Hate/Violence and the Office of Human Rights will host the Third Annual “Friendship Picnic” on Sunday, September 20 from 1 to 5 p.m., at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road. The event brings together diverse communities to share their cultures, traditions and faiths. Food, beverages and entertainment for the entire family will be provided.

The picnic will be co-hosted by the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Community Partnerships, the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group, the Fund for Montgomery and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

For more information, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.

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Discussion on “Religious Freedom and the American Constitution”


Will Mark Constitution Day at Library of Congress on Sept. 16

In commemoration of Constitution Day, Princeton University professor of jurisprudence Robert P. George and Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal will discuss the importance of religious liberty in America and its historical connection to the U.S. Constitution at the Library of Congress.

Presented by the Law library of Congress, the discussion will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Continue reading

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Expanded ‘Kids Ride Free’ Program

For the first time ever, DC students are eligible to register for free Metrorail passes.

On Monday August 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC education leaders and students kicked off the first day of enrollment in the ‘Kids Ride Free’ program for the 2015 school year by riding on Metrorail from Archives-Navy Memorial to Anacostia.  Under the newly expanded program, public school students and public charter school students can ride the bus, DC Circulator, and Metrorail — to and from school, and for school-related activities.  Private and parochial school students can register to receive the Metrobus pass.

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Leading Violence Prevention Group Launches Free Personal Security App on University Campuses in the District

Leading DC based Sexual Assault and Advocacy Group, Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), through funding from DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, (OVSJG) announced a back-to-school kick-off event to launch the UASK DC personal security app. (University. Assault. Services. Knowledge.)

Participating UASK DC Universities: American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity Washington University, and University of the District of Columbia.

This kick-off event serves as the launch of the UASK DC App, along with supporting activities and related resources. The primary goal is to increase exposure of app features, encourage university students to download the free, confidential and safe app and also promote bystander intervention.

Help Keep DC Safe. Updates will be provided on the latest public policy and trending stories in the media regarding gender-based violence, sexual assault and other important announcements, which inform MCSR’s mission to create cultures free from violence and their leadership role in prevention, education, awareness-raising, and bystander intervention.

This event will take place on Tuesday, August 25, from 10:45am – 12:15pm at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Window Lounge Student Services Building 38 2nd Floor.

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Mayor Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier Re-launch Illegal Gun Initiative, Increase Reward Amount

 Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier re-launched the District’s illegal gun initiative, which seeks the public’s help to identify violent offenders who carry illegal firearms. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) currently offers a $1,000 reward to anyone who has information that can lead them to an illegal firearm.  Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier announced new reward amounts of up to $2,500 for a tip leading to an arrest and a seizure of an illegal gun (from $1,000) and up to $10,000 for a tip leading to an arrest and conviction in a shooting (from $1,000).

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WORLD WAR II VETERANS AND PACIFIC THEATER ALLIES TO COMMEMORATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF V-J DAY AT THE WWII MEMORIAL

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) and the National Park Service (NPS) will pay tribute to the Greatest Generation during a special event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Pacific and the effective end of World War II.

Nearly 70 years ago the Empire of Japan formally surrendered to the Allied Powers during a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay bringing the world closer to the end of the deadliest conflict in human history.

During a radio address to the American people, U.S. President Harry S. Truman declared September 2nd as V-J Day stating, “This is a victory of more than arms alone. This is a victory of liberty over tyranny” and asking Americans to “set aside V-J Day as one of renewed consecration to the principles which have made us the strongest nation on earth and which, in this war, we have striven so mightily to preserve.”

As part of the special V-J Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration at the WWII Memorial, more than a dozen World War II veterans and representatives of the United States and Pacific Theater Allies will place wreaths at the “Freedom Wall” of the Memorial in memory of the more than 400,000 Americans and 60 million people killed worldwide during the deadliest military conflict in human history.

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FATHERS INCORPORATED PARTNERS WITH OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY TO ENCOURAGE 20,000 BLACK FATHERS TO JOIN “THE HONORABLE MAN” CAMPAIGN

(BlackNews.com) — Current trends are showing that black fathers in America are spending more time day-to-day with their children than any other segment of the population. While no one thing can take credit for the shift in behavior or exposing more clarity on existing behavior, the news is something to be recognized and be celebrated.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March of October 1995. It’s a perfect occasion to highlight the positive trends of black fathers.  What better partnership to have than one with one of the most respected fraternities in the country; Omega Psi Phi, says Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. The momentum is building for our Honorable Man campaign. In just a few short weeks the campaign has signed black fathers from more than 86 U.S. cities.

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Survey Shows How People Connect To Faith On Mobile Devices

/PRNewswire/ — People are turning to mobile technology to connect with faith practices whether it’s streaming online, apps or social media.  

In a recent survey1 sponsored by AT&T*, 4-in-10 (41%) respondents said they use a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to connect to faith-based organizations or inspiration sites. That compares to about a third (32%) who said they regularly2 attend worship services.  The research is part of AT&T’s Inspired Mobility™ conversation.

The survey found that among those who attend services regularly, 1-in-4 (25%) report using a mobile device as part of that experience. 

The use of mobile technology to connect with faith differs among ethnic groups. Blacks are more likely to use technology to connect with their faith. The study found that 57% of blacks use mobile devices to connect to faith and inspiration sites and groups. That compares to 46% of Hispanics, 38% of Asians and 37% of whites.

“People use their mobile devices to manage their lives and access their passions,” said Jennifer Jones, AT&T’s vice president of diverse markets. “This research shows that their faith and inspiration practices are no exception.”

People using mobile devices in faith practices say they:

0. Listen to or download music (42%)

0. Stream services3 (38%)

0. Research or study (32%)

0. Access holy or song books (29%)

0. Keep up with religious holidays/holy days (28%)

0. Give (24%)

0. Use prayer/meditation apps (22%)

0. Use faith/self-improvement apps (19%)

0. Keeping up with dietary guidelines (10%)

Across all groups, 72% of those who use mobility to connect with their faith report using social media to do so, with Facebook and YouTube used most.

The survey also found that the younger the person, the more likely they are to use social media to connect with faith-based organizations, with 18-24 year olds leading the way at 85%.

Also, according to the survey, people in the South were more likely than people in any other region to connect to faith with online worship.

Finally, some people admit being somewhat distracted during worship with their devices.  According to the survey, 44% of 25-34 year olds said they used their mobile device to engage in activities unrelated to the service they were attending.  Most popular activities were texting a friend (15%), posting to social media (8%), watching a video (7%), even gaming (4%) and other things (6%). However, 73% of people reported never using their mobile devices during worship to engage in these activities.

 

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First two women set to graduate from Army Ranger School

(UPI) — Two of the first women to ever be admitted to the Army Ranger School are scheduled to graduate from the rigorous training program Friday, military sources said.

The two women, whose names were not reported, began the program in April with 17 other women, but were the only ones to make it to graduation, sources told Military.com. One other woman is further behind in the training program, while the others failed to advance.

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Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Trees for Planting in Washington, D.C.

Everyone from Washington, D.C. who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program.

Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefits
the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

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District DMV Inspection Station Returns to Fall/Winter Hours on September 1

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) Inspection Station, located at 1001 Half Street, SW, will resume its Fall/Winter hours from 7am-3pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

All other DC DMV locations will be open for their normal hours of operation.

With more than 45 online and mail services available, DC DMV encourages customers to “skip the in-person trip,” and conduct their business online at dmv.dc.gov.

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H Street Festival Hosts 10th Anniversary Logo Contest

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The H Street Festival is holding a 10-day logo contest, and asking designers to submit their unique creations for use during the 2015 Festival. The winning logo will be used on select Festival banners, t-shirts and other 10th anniversary commemorative merchandise.

“The H Street Festival has always been about celebrating the H Street NE Corridor and the District,” said Anwar Saleem, executive director of H Street Main Street, which hosts the Festival each year. “Holding a contest to celebrate and honor the work of local designers seems like a fitting way to ring in our 10th anniversary. There is so much talent in the DC area, and we look forward to receiving artists’ amazing creations.”

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MSE FOUNDATION HOSTED FLASHES OF HOPE FAMILIES AT MYSTICS PRACTICE

LaToya Sanders and Kia Vaughn with Ruth (photo by Virgil Ocampo)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation hosted families affiliated with Flashes of Hope during a Washington Mystics practice on Monday, Aug. 10. Flashes of Hope families had a chance to watch practice and enjoyed lunch courtesy of Subway. Following practice Mystics players Bria Hartley, LaToya Sanders and Kia Vaughn joined the families in a basketball-themed Flashes of Hope photo shoot. Prior to the photo shoot, the team and coaching staff had a chance to play and interact with the families. 

“It has been wonderful having them at practice,” said Sanders. “I know it’s not easy what they are going through and to bring a smile to their faces for a moment is priceless.”

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Gala Celebrates Hospital’s 40th Anniversary

Raising Funds to Support Free Community Health Programs

Doctors Community Hospital Foundation will host its 23rd annual fundraising gala on Saturday, November 14, starting at 7 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Virginia.  With a “Moment in Time” theme, the gala will celebrate the hospital’s 40th anniversary with all donations supporting free health services provided to the community.  Tony Perkins, evening news anchor with Fox 5 News, will be the master of ceremony.

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MIKULSKI, CARDIN LEAD TEAM MARYLAND IN ANNOUNCING FEDERAL FUNDING TO COMBAT HEROIN TRAFFICKING IN WASHINGTON / BALTIMORE REGION

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that $2.5 million in federal funding has been awarded to the Washington/Baltimore region together with regional partners to combat heroin and fentanyl drug trafficking through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program. The Washington/Baltimore HIDTA will also receive nearly $250,000 to support drug trafficking prosecution of those supplying heroin and fentanyl to Baltimore.

In addition to the Baltimore/Washington HIDTA, regional programs in Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, and New York/New Jersey will share in the $2.5 million in federal funding for the Heroin Response Strategy in an unprecedented partnership to address the severe heroin threat facing those communities. Continue reading

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“People’s History” of Public Libraries Is Subject of Book Discussion

Book Features Testimonies from Users on Why They Love Libraries

The public library is a “part of our lives,” argues a new book on the history of American libraries as told through the testimonies of those who use them.

In “Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library” (Oxford University Press, 2015), library historian Wayne A. Wiegand makes the case for why the library has survived and flourished in the 21st century, “despite dire predictions in the late 20th century that public libraries would not survive the turn of the millennium.”

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National Philharmonic Opening Night: Great American Composers

Local Virtuoso, Thomas Pandolfi, Plays Gershwin Conductor Piotr Gajewski Honors Mentor,
Leonard Bernstein

The National Philharmonic kicks off its 2015-2016 season with an all-American program featuring the works of Leonard Bernstein (a  mentor of Maestro Gajewski) and George Gershwin. The National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, performs Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The program concludes with local DC resident and pianist Thomas Pandolfi as the soloist in Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F. “American symphonic music has begun to take its rightful place in the international canon,” says Gajewski, “and this program is proof it can stand on its own.” Opening night is Saturday, September 19 at 8pm, followed by a subsequent performance on Sunday, September 20 at 3pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. Ticket prices start at $29 and are free for young people age 7 to 17 (please call 301-581-5100 or visit the Strathmore Box Office to reserve Kids Free tickets). Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.nationalphilharmonic.org or call 301.581.5100.

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Library of Congress National Book Festival

The 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be the most expansive one in its 15-year history, with more than 175 authors, poets and illustrators in its 18 pavilions and programs.

The festival is Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. (doors open at 9). The event is free and open to the public.

The theme of the festival is “I cannot live without books,” which is a quote from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend John Adams in 1815 following the third president’s sale of his personal library to the Library of Congress. Jefferson sold his 6,487 books to replenish the Library that was burned by the British during the War of 1812.

The festival website is www.loc.gov/bookfest. Author schedules and other information can be found there.  

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SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS 
OF FREE FOR ALL WITH A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

One of the capital’s most beloved annual traditions, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) Free For All, and one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, are coming together for a major milestone: Free For All’s 25th anniversary. Ethan McSweeny directs a revival of his 2012–2013 STC production, which will run September 1–13 at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW).

Love, magic and wonder fill the air in McSweeny’s stunning “ghost light” production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in the ruins of an abandoned theatre. Hailed for providing “a guarantee of giddy-ever-after” (The Washington Post), “a feast for the senses” (DC Theatre Scene) and “a thoughtful…risky take on a familiar classic” (Washingtonian), the production creates a fantastical, unforgettable realm where reality and the supernatural intersect as four mismatched lovers flee to the forest and find their destinies forever changed.

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Library to Host 2015 Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Authors Duncan Tonatiuh and Margarita Engle will receive the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature during a special awards presentation on Friday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 

The award is co-sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and administered by both Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies. The Library of Congress Hispanic Division and its Center for the Book host the event, which is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made through the Library’s Special Events Office at (202) 707-5218.

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EPA Grant to City of Baltimore will help revitalize properties

City will use brownfields funding to assess properties for cleanup and redevelopment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $200,000 brownfields grant to the City of Baltimore’s Sustainability Office.  The grant will support efforts to assess brownfields sites potentially contaminated with hazardous substances so that they can be cleaned up and redeveloped.  Baltimore’s Sustainability Office will focus the work of this grant on transforming brownfields into green spaces, including urban gardens and places for urban agriculture.

Outside the offices of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition at 1212 N. Wolfe St., EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were joined by community partners in announcing this latest brownfields funding supporting Baltimore communities.     

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ACE CASH EXPRESS PROVIDES MORE SUPPORT TO MENZFIT AS THE ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TO ASSIST MINORITY MEN

Shown in the photo is MenzFit founder and President, Rhonda Willingham (right) and Willie Wiggins (left), District Manager for ACE Cash Express in Washington, DC. (Photo by Robert Roberts)

To assist MenzFit in the organization’s ongoing effort to provide clothing assistance and financial literacy education to individuals seeking to enter into the District of Columbia workforce, ACE Cash Express, Inc., recently donated $5,000 to the group whose primary mission has been to “ensure long-term gainful employment and financial fitness to low-income men who are largely minority with little formal education.”

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Black entrepreneurs address community health concerns with businesses that focus on wellness

By Curtis Bunn, Urban News Service

Bad knees forced fitness enthusiast Kendra Blackett-Dibinga to quit her passion of running and training. But those same knee troubles ultimately lead her to a business that has not only relieved her pain, but also provided her Washington, D.C.- area African-American community a haven for improved health.

An elder woman who had arthritic knees suggested she try hot yoga to alleviate pain. She did.

“And I fell in love,” Blackett-Dibinga said.

Reports by medical professionals indicate health and health care for black Americans lead to a shorter life span, and that African-Americans are pre-disposed to myriad crippling diseases.

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Mayor Bowser Highlights Commitment to Renewable Energy, Public Health & Green Jobs

Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed her commitment to sustainability and clean energy for the District of Columbia.

 

During a press conference at the Frank D. Reeves Center for Municipal Affairs overlooking one of its green roofs, the Mayor highlighted the groundbreaking wind power purchase agreement between the District and Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, that will save the District $45 million over the next 20 years.  Officials from Iberdrola presented the Mayor with a District flag that was recently flown over a Pennsylvania windfarm. The windfarm provides 35 percent of the energy needed to power District government buildings.  The District Department of General Services, which manages the District’s portfolio of government buildings, has purchased the entire output of Iberdrola’s South Chestnut 46-megawatt (MW) windfarm in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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Staying Focused on Our Agenda

This past week, Councilmember Todd was out in the community addressing the core components of the agenda he and the residents of Ward 4 set together, focusing on seniors, education, economic development, and quality constituent services.

Seniors. Last Wednesday, Councilmember Todd and Community Outreach Liaison La Roya Huff visited Colony House for a discussion with Ward 4 seniors about what the government can do to help residents age-in-place and remain active in their communities.

Education. Yesterday, Councilmember Todd joined representatives from District of Columbia Public Schools, the Department of General Services, the Executive Office of the Mayor, principals, teachers, and community stakeholders for walkthroughs of Shepherd Elementary School, Powell Bilingual Elementary School, and Truesdell Education Campus. The Councilmember and community were briefed on the status of modernization projects at each facility and received commitments from District officials that the schools will be ready for the arrival of students as classes begin this month.

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CIAA Football Championship Tickets On Sale Now


Three CIAA Schools Play on ESPN3’s 2015 NCAA Division II Football Game of the Week Schedule

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) annual football championship game; hosted at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Durham, N.C.

Beginning today, fans can purchase advanced tickets at special early bird pricing at TheCIAA.com. Advanced early bird pricing for reserved seating is $30 and $25 for general admissions. Children six and under are free. Tickets are available for pick up at the CIAA conference office located in Charlotte, N.C. or at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on game day.

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Unheard Recording of MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Restored

(UPI) — A recording of an early version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech surfaced Tuesday at North Carolina State University.

Prior to delivering his landmark speech before thousands of supporters in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, King delivered his speech to a smaller audience at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount, N.C. on Nov. 27, 1962.

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Stem Cells help Researchers Determine Toxicity of Pollution

(UPI) — While using stem cells to investigate the effects of Bisphenol A, or BPA, on gene expression researchers believe they’ve found a new way to effectively test the effects of pollutants on human cells.

Traditionally, animal testing has been used for the wide array of potentially toxic pollutants, however it can be costly and time consuming. Testing cells in the lab, however, is far more cost- and effort-efficient, according to researchers from State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the University of California at San Diego.

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Shorter Course of Radiation better for early Stage Breast Cancer

(UPI) — Women treated for early breast cancer with shorter courses of radiation than standardly prescribed had a higher quality of life than those with longer treatment plans and no difference in controlling the growth of tumors, according to two new studies.

Generally speaking, women have received conventionally fractionated whole breast irradiation, or CF-WBI, which uses smaller doses of radiation given over a longer period of time. Hypofractionated whole breast irradiation, or HF-WBI, does the opposite, delivering higher doses over a shorter period of time.

“Patients who received the shorter course reported less difficulty in caring for their families’ needs. This is a major priority for women undergoing breast cancer radiation,” said Dr. Simona Shaitelman, an assistant professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in a press release. “Most are busy working mothers, working inside or outside the home, and are juggling a number of priorities. It’s paramount that we address this need.”

Researchers in a study at UT, published in JAMA Oncology, recruited 287 women with early breast cancer, randomly splitting them into two groups that received either CF-WBI or HF-WBI. The patients who received HF-WBI were reported to have 30 percent fewer incidences of dermatitis, 19 percent less breast pain, 8 percent less fatigue, 6 percent less difficulty caring for their families and 31 percent less acute toxic effects than those who received CF-WBI.
A large cohort study by the University of Michigan, also published in JAMA Oncology, found similar significant improvements in comfort and quality of life when patients received HF-WBI than with CF-WBI. Self-reported pain among the patients was 20 percent higher with those who had CF-WBI, fatigue was 11 percent higher and swelling was 14 percent higher — results the University of Texas study reproduced.

“This study fills in a missing piece in the literature,” said Dr. Benjamin Smith, an associate professor of Radiation Oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson. “No longer do I regard the shorter course of treatment as just an option for patients, but rather the preferred starting point for discussion with patients if they need whole breast radiation.”

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Oil Prices Stage Minor Rally

(UPI) — Expectations of future growth in energy demand and the potential for a slowdown in U.S. crude oil production gave a modest lift to crude oil prices Wednesday.

Brent crude oil prices saw only small gains in early trading Wednesday, up a small fraction of a percent to $49.24 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark for oil prices, was up six tenths of a percent from the previous session’s close to trade at $43.48 per barrel.

Both indices remain near the lowest price point for 2015 amid signs global supplies of crude oil are far in excess of demand. Two recent reports, however, suggest the momentum may be reversing.

The International Energy Agency said in its latest market report demand for oil, encouraged in part by low prices, is increasing at its fastest rate since 2010. In the United States, where recent figures indicate a healthy labor market, IEA said it saw the sixth consecutive month of demand growth for gasoline and other products.

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Federal report finds Uninsured Americans on the Decline

(UPI) — The rate of Americans without health insurance dropped in the first three months of 2015 from 36 million to 29 million, marking a seven million person decline from all of 2014, the National Center for Health Statistics said.

A new report from the center, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said for adults between the ages of 18 to 64, the uninsured rate dropped from 16.3 percent in 2014 to 13 percent from January to March 2015. At the same time, there was an increase in private coverage, from 67.3 percent to 70.4 percent. Overall, there’s been a decline of 15.8 million since 2013.

While the report does not link the decline to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, it does reflect the time period that the federally mandated health insurance was put into place. The data may go far to boost Democrat claims the law is working, but will likely do little to change Republican criticism.

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U.S. claims No. 2 position in global wind power

(UPI) — Reports from the U.S. Energy Department find gains in the domestic wind power sector mean the country is the No. 2 in the world for wind-generated capacity.

The U.S. Energy Department and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found total installed wind power capacity in the United States is near 66 gigawatts, an 8 percent increase since last year. With nearly 5 percent of the nation relying on wind power, the government reports the United States is now second in the world in terms of total installed capacity.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement the government’s findings show wind power is emerging as a major component of the nation’s energy mix.

“Through continued investments and the help of stable policies, we’re confident that wind power will keep playing a major role in creating jobs and shaping America’s clean energy future,” he said in a statement.

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HHS announces an additional $2,117,315 in Affordable Care Act funding to Washington, DC community health centers

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced recently $2,117,315 in Affordable Care Act funding to 3 new health center sites in Washington, DC for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for 6,870 patients.

Nationwide, $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding will go to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, increasing access to health care services for a projected over 1.2 million patients. These awards build on the $101 million awarded to 164 new health center sites in May 2015.

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ACLU CALLS ON THE DC COUNCIL TO OUTLAW CHOKEHOLDS AND EXPAND THE OFFICE OF POLICE COMPLAINT’S AUTHORITY

A recent report by the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) uncovered alarming inconsistencies with the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) current policies regarding the use of chokeholds and other neck restraints. The American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital (ACLU-DC) calls on the DC Council to outlaw these practices.

 

It is indisputable that chokeholds are dangerous. In cases like the tragic death of Eric Garner, we’ve seen they can be lethal. E ven if trained properly, the potential unintended consequence of death is too great a risk. Neck restraints have been prohibited in places like Atlanta and Miami and other jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Virginia, are working towards eliminating the practice. It’s time for the District of Columbia to join them.

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FY2016 Great Streets Retail Small Business Reimbursement Grants

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the FY2016 Great Streets Retail Small Business Reimbursement Grants. Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to owners of small retail and service-oriented businesses in 13 Great Streets corridors. Prospective applicants can verify their location eligibility by using the interactive mapping tool at www.greatstreets.dc.gov.

The grant application is now live and available at www.dmped.dc.gov and www.greatstreets.dc.gov. Applicants must submit a completed online application to DMPED via the ZoomGrants system by Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

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WARNER, KIRK, SHAHEEN INTRODUCE BILL TO MAKE AIR TRAVEL SAFER FOR PASSENGERS WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES

Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S.1972) would ensure life-saving medication available for passengers with allergies

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve access to life-saving medication for airline passengers with food and other severe allergies. The Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S.1972) would require airlines to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors on commercial aircraft and to train flight crews on proper administration in the event of an allergy attack.
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FRIENDS OF JEFFERSON PATTERSON PARK AND MUSEUM TO HOST 13TH ANNUAL AFFAIR AT POINT FARM

Join us for an evening of Southern Maryland hospitality at the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum’s annual fundraising event, Affair at Point Farm,”An Evening under the Harvest Moon.” The public is invited to attend the event held on Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM in the Pavilion at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM). Guests, including members of the community, business leaders, and local elected officials, will enjoy a festive evening of lively music, dancing, an open bar, a mouth-watering small plate tapas dinner, Southern Maryland hospitality and breathtaking views of the Patuxent River!  

 

Live and silent auctions featuring sports tickets and sports memorabilia, beautiful jewelry, romantic getaways, a fishing excursion and sightseeing trip by air, as well as a variety of specialty baskets will all be up for auction. Some special auction items include: two tickets and a parking pass for 6 days (practice round, Pro-Am, and 4 tournament rounds) of the 2016 Quicken Loans National PGA Tournament at the Congressional Country Club; a week at a vacation house in Calabash NC; three days in a 3-bedroom home near Shenandoah; a boat cruise on the Chesapeake Bay followed by crabs; and an Elvis impersonator gig! Guests will be able to purchase a ticket for a 50/50 raffle that will benefit the education programs at JPPM.

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MONTGOMERY PARKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECREATION LAUNCH NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM TO SIMPLIFY PROGRAM ENROLLMENT

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in collaboration with Montgomery County Recreation is launching a new registration system, ActiveMONTGOMERY. The new system replaces ParkPASS and RecWeb, the two separate registration systems currently used by Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation, respectively.  ActiveMontgomery provides one location, with just one username and password, for people to register for classes from either organization.

“People expect technology to make their lives easier across all aspects of their lives from shopping to reading to listening to music to accessing directions,” said Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “ActiveMontgomery brings this same experience to our park patrons enabling them a fast, easy way to sign up for programs, classes and reserve facilities.”

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The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs Announcing Mentorship Program

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) are announcing a partnership to launch their new mentorship program “DC SmallBiz Mentorship Program (DCSMP)” for the District of Columbia’s Latino businesses.

“The Chamber is committed to the economic growth of Latino and other minority-owned businesses in the Washington metropolitan area and we are truly honored that OLA will be partnering with us on DCSMP,” said Angela Franco, GWHCC President and CEO. “We are excited that this program will benefit the economic growth of the District through the expertise of successful business owners. We will be selecting the best candidates to serve as mentors of businesses and entrepreneurs in need of guidance.”

The mentorship program will allow experienced business owners to impart their knowledge and help small businesses improve processes, customer experience, and strategy. The pilot program, scheduled to start on September 1st, will consist of five mentors and five mentees who will be meeting on a monthly basis for two hours for six months. There will be an opportunity each meeting to discuss the current state of the business, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats including strategies to leverage expertise.

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Washington DC’s National Zoo hopeful for panda pregnancy

(UPI) — Washington National Zoo’s adult female giant panda Mei Xiang‘s hormone levels are rising, raising hopes that she may indeed be pregnant.

Mei Xiang is entering the final part of her months-long reproductive cycle. When over she will either deliver a cub or continue to experience a false pregnancy.

 

Panda pregnancies are difficult to detect due to the animal mimicking the behaviors and hormones associated with being pregnant. The only concrete way of confirming a pregnancy is to see a fetus on an ultrasound, but a giant panda fetus does not start developing until the final weeks of gestation, the zoo said.

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DPR will Extend Summer Camp until August 21 at Select Locations!

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that it will offer extended summer camp at five (5) locations during the week of August 17-21.

The camps will be offered for children ages 3-13 at the following locations:

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Each location will offer two programs: Junior Engineers for ages 3-5, and Fun with Engineering for ages 6-13. There are 25 spaces available for each program at each location. 

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Across-the-Board Improvement on SOLs

Recently Passed Legislation Provides Second Chance for Elementary and Middle School Students 

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that student scores on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests have improved significantly since last year. Statewide, students posted five-point overall gains in reading and mathematics while increasing by two points each in writing, science and history.

 

Following the passage of SOL reform legislation, the 2014-2015 school year was the first in which elementary and middle school students were allowed to retake a test if they fell short of passing by just a few points. On average, the performance of these students following a retake increased pass rates by about four points on each test.

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LANTIAN DEVELOPMENT, LLC AND 1788 HOLDINGS, L.L.C. FORM JOINT VENTURE TO PURCHASE 31-ACRE SITE IN ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND

Lantian Development, LLC and 1788 Holdings, L.L.C. have announced the formation of a joint venture to acquire a 31-acre site in the Rockville section of Montgomery County, Maryland for $50 million. The project, fronting on Shady Grove Road between Choke Cherry Road and Gaither Road, currently contains seven separate two-story buildings totaling approximately 450,000 square feet of Class “B” commercial office space. The building portfolio was purchased from TA Associates.

The joint venture intends to immediately invest significant resources in the renovation and improvement of five buildings in the portfolio, for the purpose of retaining the existing tenant base and increasing the occupancy with the attraction of new tenants. In addition, upon final site plan approval from Montgomery County, the partnership intends to transform the asset into a mixed-use and multi-functional project that will eventually support 1.5 to two million square feet of commercial office, medical office, retail, hospitality and residential product.  

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New Hands-On Video Experience at the Newseum Brings Civil Rights History to Life

The Newseum, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, unveiled “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement,” a new interactive kiosk that features stories and interviews with leaders of the struggle for equal rights. The videos in the kiosk are part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s “His Dream, Our Stories” project, a collection of historical narratives and firsthand accounts of the civil rights movement from activists, participants, community leaders, elected officials and others.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces more than $50 million DOJ Award for Crime Victims’ Services

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia has been awarded more than $50 million in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). This year’s award is more than four times the amount the state received in 2014. Funds will support and improve services for crime victims.

 

“April marked the 20th anniversary of the Virginia’s Victims’ Bill of Rights. We have made great progress over the years, but there is a great deal yet to do,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “VOCA funds, in tandem with state support, have played a key role in our efforts, and this increase will give us a great opportunity to expand services for crime victims.”

 

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Obama begins campaign for Congress’ support of Iran nuclear deal

(UPI) — President Barack Obama will begin his campaign Wednesday to build support on the Iran nuclear deal in an effort to stop Congress from blocking what the White House considers “the most consequential foreign policy debate since the decision to go to war in Iraq.”

In a speech at American University in Washington, D.C., Obama will explain and defend the agreement reached last month, which lifts some economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s access to develop nuclear weapons.

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District of Columbia Receives National Small Business Award

The White House selected the District of Columbia as a winner in the 2015 Startup in a Day – Start Small Model prize competition. The District received a $50,000 prize to help build a portal that will streamline the business licensing process.

 

The winners are located in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and were announced at White House Demo Day, an event highlighting the Obama Administration’s focus, accomplishments and efforts surrounding the American entrepreneurial and innovation engine.

 
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Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.

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FRATERNITY MEN SPEND SUMMER RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Journey of Hope and Build America teams finish their journey at the Capitol

On Saturday, August 8, a group of fraternity men will be in Washington, D.C., as the conclusion of the journey of their lives. This group of 124 team members participated in The Ability Experience’s summer programs including Journey of Hope, a cross-country cycling event, and Build America, a service-learning construction event.

The Ability Experience summer teams consist of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity men from across the country representing 58 different chapters.

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Apple may offer wireless service in U.S., Europe

(UPI) — Technology giant Apple may soon offer its own wireless service, according to a new report from Business Insider.

Apple is considering the launch of a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the U.S. and Europe. It is already privately trialing such service in the U.S. but is conversing with telecommunications companies in Europe in order to potentially offer service there as well.

Were Apple’s wireless service to become a reality, customers would pay the company directly for data, calls and texts. They would also receive an Apple SIM that switches between carriers in order to provide them with the best service. This is an advantage of MVNOs, which are virtual carrier networks where in tech companies lease spaces from established carriers (e.g. T-Mobile, AT&T) and sell it directly to their customers.

It may take Apple as long as five years to roll out pricing plans for customers if it chooses to do so. Continue reading

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Trusted Health Plan to Give DC Kids and Families a Boost and a Day of Fun

  A “Back to School Health Fair”; Free Immunizations, Health Screenings, Games, Food, Entertainment 

Trusted Health Plan and United Medical Center will give thousands of District of Columbia Kids a “back to school boost” at the first annual outdoor “Back to School Health Fair”.   The event is being held on Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, on the campus of United Medical Center, located at 1310 Southern Ave SE.  The hospital is two blocks from the Green Line Metro.  This year Trusted has many things scheduled for children going back to school, such as immunizations, lead screenings, dental screenings, back to school physicals for children and school athletes.  Kids will receive book bags filled with school supplies.

Students 12 and under can get free haircuts, play games, partake in loads of fun.  For the adults, we will have cholesterol checkups, blood pressure checks, health screenings and education, HIV testing, GO-GO dancing, yoga, free food and loads of excitement and activities.

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MULTIMEDIA PERSONALITY ANGELA STRIBLING BRINGS NEW LEVEL OF “MIDNIGHT LOVE” TO D.C. AREA RADIO WAVES

– “Pillow Talk with Angela” airs Monday to Friday on 96.3 WHUR FM in Washington, D.C. and Sirius/XM HUR Voices Channel 141 with streaming online at WHUR.com –

Lovers of engaging Radio & Television host Angela Stribling now have reason to fall even deeper into adoration by way of her seductive new, late night, radio show “Pillow Talk with Angela Stribling”. Providing luscious late night ear candy for discretionary sophisticates, “Pillow Talk” is an aural aphrodisiac of provocative relationship talk set to a sexy soundtrack of top shelf jazz, lounge and R&B. Twos way interactivity as the audience gets a chance to chime in with celebrities on hot topics via 1-877-844-2ANGELA; TWITTER @angelastribling; FB and Instagram #PillowTalkWithAngela. Continue reading

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D.C. High School Students from Global Kids Travel to South Africa

Trip marks the D.C. Department of Employment Services first partnership year with Global Kids

Fifteen Washington, D.C. high school students from Global Kids-DC (GK-DC) in partnership with the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI) and generously funded by the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) l traveled to South Africa on August 4th for a youth leadership trip.

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DMV 2 Go Helps Children Get Ready for Back to School at Ashburn Event

Customers Can Apply for Child IDs, Birth Certificates and More in Mobile Office

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ full-service mobile customer service center, DMV 2 Go, will visit Child Safety Day in Ashburn on Saturday, August 8.

The event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at Brambleton Town Center, 22875 Brambleton Plaza.

DMV 2 Go will offer child ID cards and certified copies of Virginia birth certificates, as well as other popular DMV transactions.
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MADAME TUSSAUDS WASHINGTON D.C. WELCOMES BACK ALBERT EINSTEIN JUST IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is happy to once again showcase the incredible wax figure of one of the most influential and genius minds of all time, Albert Einstein. The impressive figure will be officially welcomed to the nation’s capital just in time for back-to-school preparations and celebrations on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Madame Tussauds D.C. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the esteemed theoretical physicist for a limited time only.

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“BIRTHRIGHT” EVENT IN WASHINGTON, DC TO CELEBRATE AFRICAN DIASPORIC CULTURE IN HIGH STYLE

The Adinkra Group is proud to present BIRTHRIGHT, an exquisite indoor event that celebrates African Diasporic Culture in high style with superior performance by four of the hottest traditional and contemporary professional African dance and drum performance ensembles in the country – Asase Yaa (NY), Urban Foli (Baltimore), ASA! Kelenya (DC) and the Farafina Kan Family (DC).

BIRTHRIGHT will take place on Saturday, August 15, at the newly renovated University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW just steps from METRO’s Van Ness Red Line stop. The celebration kicks off at 3 pm with the Good & Plenty Marketplace sponsored by Asli Pure & Koumani Holistics. For individuals interested in a higher level BIRTHRIGHT experience, the VIP Reception starts at 4 pm and features healthy light African fare, live Jazz, custom cocktails, wine and goodie bags for all VIP ticket holders. Theatre seating begins at 5 pm and the show starts at 6 pm.
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