Assistant Chief Peter Newsham chosen as interim D.C. police chief

Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, who frequently is the face of the department as he discusses major crimes before reporters or addresses the D.C. Council, was named interim police chief Tuesday to take over for the retiring Cathy L. Lanier.

Newsham has been an assistant chief for 14 years of his 27 years on the force and now serves as head of the criminal investigation division, overseeing all homicide cases and high-profile robberies, burglaries and assaults.

The 52-year-old, a lawyer and member of the Maryland State Bar Association, will take over Sept. 17, the scheduled last day for Lanier, who is leaving to be chief of security for the National Football League.

Newsham takes on the interim role amid an ongoing search for the next permanent chief under Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

Bowser has said she will concentrate on internal candidates but accept applicants from department outsiders.

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Councilmember Todd Celebrates School Modernizations in Ward 4

Ribbon Cutting at Roosevelt Senior High School

This past week, Councilmember Todd joined the Roosevelt Rough Rider community to celebrate the full modernization of Roosevelt Senior High School — the first high school in Ward 4 to be fully modernized! The $140 million modernization invested in Roosevelt supported improvements such as a restored auditorium and swimming pool; basketball and tennis courts; a brand new atrium; state of the art facilities, computers, furniture, and equipment; and, for the first time in decades, the opening of the 13th Street entrance.

There is no better way to show our students we care about their education and their future than rewarding them with a state of the art, world-class school like this one. Councilmember Todd remains intensely focused on ensuring our students have the resources they need to compete on a global scale.

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Councilmember Todd Joins the “Senior Zone” Radio Program

On Monday, Councilmember Todd joined The Senior Zone radio program with host Shawn Perry to discuss the state of the nearly 17,000 senior residents of Ward 4.

On the program, Councilmember Todd spoke to his tireless work fighting on behalf of our seniors. For example, Councilmember Todd discussed his legislative efforts to create the UDC Elder Law Clinic to provide our seniors with free legal help. In addition, the Councilmember described his new partnership with Verizon to provide seniors with smartphone technology training workshops. Finally, he emphasized his role as District Ambassador of the D.C. Age Friendly Taskforce, where he spotlights local businesses who utilize senior-friendly practices.


District of Columbia Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 5.9 Percent

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in July – unchanged from the reported June unemployment rate.

The District’s preliminary July estimates show an increase of 12,300 jobs, for a total of 787,600 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 1,500 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 13,800 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 900 from 374,300 in June 2016 to 373,400 in July 2016.

Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released June estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (May 16- June 16) total non-farm employment decrease of 2,200 jobs.


Back to School

By Marian Wright Edelman

President of the Children’s Defense Fund

As a new school year begins, parents, teachers and administrators are all thinking about how to make it the best year ever. One of the keys to student success sounds very simple but can make a profound difference: making sure every student is in school every day. This is not the case in many schools and school districts across the country. The Department of Education estimates that five to seven and a half million students miss 18 or more days of school each year, or nearly an entire month or more.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a school year for any reason. As part of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice have joined together to launch Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism. I was honored to participate in their national symposium to share what the Children’s Defense Fund has learned since our first report in 1974, Children Out of School in America. We found from examining census data that at least 2 million children were out of school for at least 3 months, including 750,000 between 7-13 years old. But there was no clear information on who they were or why they were out of school — so we knocked on thousands of doors in a variety of census tracts across our country to find and ask families why their children were home and not in school.
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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) is excited to welcome 10,000 attendees at its 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), scheduled for September 14 – 18, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The ALC is the premier conference of its kind nationwide, offering more than 70 forums on public policy issues facing African Americans. Honorary co-chairs of this year’s conference are U.S. Representatives Karen Bass of California and William Lacy Clay of Missouri.

This year’s theme, “Defining the Moment – Building the Movement,” will highlight a culmination of social and political moments in American History that define the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the CBCF. It will also explore the critical policy issues of voter suppression, police brutality and economic opportunity-and identify forward-looking solutions that empower people to change their lives, communities and futures.

“The ALC is one of the nation’s most influential conferences of African-American entrepreneurs, business leaders, legislators and community activists. This year more than ever, it is imperative that beyond measuring the status of racial democracy and economics we take actionable steps towards equalizing those disparities,” said R. Donahue Peebles, chairman of the CBCF board of directors. “We intend for this conference to accelerate solutions to the most threatening problems facing African Americans.”
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HHS awards $716,598 to District of Columbia to improve 
health center quality

District of Columbia is receiving eight awards totaling $716,598 to invest in health center quality improvement efforts, and to provide high quality comprehensive care. Health centers in District of Columbia will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and to improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.

“Millions of Americans rely on health centers to provide them with quality health care,” said Dr. Mary Wakefield, HHS Acting Deputy Secretary. “These quality improvement awards will support health centers to continue to deliver superior health care that engages patients, improves care coordination and bridges overall access to care.”

Health centers are receiving these FY 16 funds based upon high levels of To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.htmlperformance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality of Care, Advancing Health Equity, Maintaining Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition, Enhancing Access to Care, and Delivering Value. This funding comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.
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First Child to Undergo a Bilateral Hand Transplant Marks One Year since Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

–CHOP, Penn Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children Celebrate Their Collaboration on Groundbreaking Surgery–

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, nine-year-old Zion Harvey can throw a baseball over home plate. He can write in his journal, prepare himself lunch and manage zippers on his clothes. However, for most of his life, these and many other ordinary actions were impossible for this little boy.

Then, in the summer of 2015, surgeons at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine joined with colleagues from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia, to complete the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child. The surgical team successfully transplanted donor hands and forearms onto then eight-year-old Zion Harvey who, several years earlier, had undergone amputation of his hands and feet and a kidney transplant following a serious infection. Read more about this historic transplant surgery here: http://bit.ly/2aMoU5T
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Greater Washington Urban League Distributes Over 1,000 Backpacks

In partnership with Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. (TMCT) and Trusted Health Plan (THP), GWUL hosted its 4th Annual Community Health and Wellness Back to School Festival.

It was a jam packed day of family fun activities, safe food handling demonstrations by USDA and healthy cooking demonstrations by City Weeds. GWUL also distributed fresh fruits and vegetables donated by Capital Area Food Bank.

Area residents received health screenings provided by Trusted Health Plan as well as pediatric dental screenings led by Essence Dental and Howard University College of Dentistry.  Free haircuts and hairstyles for kids were provided by Hair Academy New Carrollton while service providers assisted residents with enrollment in health plans and other resources.

Thanks to our sponsors Andrews Federal Credit Union, M&T Bank, Washington Mystics, as well as Foreman Mills, Whole Foods Markets, and Sports Zone Elite for their generous raffle prize gifts.


Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Host a Mental Health Summit

Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team will host the 2016 Mental Health Summit to enhance mental health care for Veterans through dialogue and collaboration between VA, private and local government mental health stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations and the community.

The Summit will take place on September 15, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Saint Elizabeths Hospital 1100 Alabama Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC. 

The Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Mental Health Service team is working to increase the public’s understanding of mental health concerns and challenges of Veterans as well as bringing an awareness of VA services and community resources available. This is the 4th year the medical center has hosted a Mental Health Summit to bring together area psychologists, social workers, clergy members, law enforcement, paramedics, elected officials, Veteran Service Organization members and other community stakeholders.
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Medical Society of the District of Columbia Urges DC Residents to Make Back-to-School Vaccinations a Family Affair

Ensure That All Family Members are Up-to-Date on Immunizations

The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC), the largest medical organization in the District of Columbia representing Washington-area physicians, encourages DC parents to get their children the required school vaccinations and to have a conversation with their health care provider about the appropriate vaccine schedule for the entire family. Herd immunity – or the protection conferred on an entire community when a high enough percentage of its members are vaccinated – is critical not only to DC students, but residents of all ages, and particularly for those vulnerable populations unable to be vaccinated, including infants, the elderly, and those who are immunocompromised.

“Vaccines are one of the most effective public health tools for protecting our students from a broad range of potentially dangerous illnesses, including measles, mumps, whooping cough, and meningitis. However, the threat of disease and the protection conferred by vaccines are not limited to our children,” said MSDC President Carla C. Sandy, MD. “MSDC encourages parents having back-to-school conversations with their health care providers to ask about the most appropriate vaccine schedule for their entire family, including college-age students returning to school and parents or grandparents who are also susceptible to vaccine-preventable illnesses.”
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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.7%

Commonwealth posts 28 consecutive months of year-over-year employment growth

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in July while year-over-year job growth continued for the 28th consecutive month.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which has remained stable at 3.7 percent for three straight months, is significantly below the national rate, also unchanged in July at 4.9 percent.

Compared to July 2015, Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment was up 57,200 jobs. Virginia’s over-the-year employment growth was 1.5 percent in July—the 28th consecutive month of positive over-the-year growth. Nationally, employment grew 1.7 percent from last July.

Virginia had the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states and the third best rate among the states east of the Mississippi.

Compared to last July, the seasonally unadjusted private sector average weekly earnings grew by $32.97, or 3.6 percent, to $938.90.
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Governor McAuliffe Announces $60 Million Investment in Rockingham County

MillerCoors to expand brewery, creating 27 new jobs 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that MillerCoors, a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company, will invest $60 million to expand its Shenandoah brewery in Rockingham County. The brewery is the newest in the MillerCoors network and is used to service Northeast markets. The project will create 27 new jobs.

“Virginia continues to solidify its status as a leading state for the brewing industry,” said Governor McAuliffe. “MillerCoors has been present in Rockingham County for nearly 30 years, providing quality jobs. The Shenandoah Valley offers the ideal business climate and workforce needed to brew world-class beer that consumers can enjoy all over the country and world. I am thrilled to have MillerCoors as a partner in our work to build a new Virginia economy.”

“MillerCoors’ expansion in Rockingham County is a testament to the locality and to the Commonwealth’s stellar workforce and business environment,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Business expansion is the best way to grow the Virginia economy, and I thank the company for its continued confidence in our state and our strong, long-lasting partnership. I look forward to witnessing another 30 years of growth!”
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David Sanborn Headlines Silver Spring Jazz Festival September 10

David Sanborn Electric Band will headline the 2016 Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 10, from 3:00 to 10:00 pm in downtown Silver Spring.  Each year, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival has presented a mix of many jazz genres, including straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and other popular jazz forms.  This year the festival stars six-time Grammy award winner David Sanborn and his mix of genres, including instrumental pop, R&B and more traditional jazz; smooth jazz from popular local favorite Marcus Johnson; modern R&B and jazz vocalist Tamara Wellons; Baltimore’s own straight ahead jazz bass saxophonist Todd Marcus; and an eclectic mix from the Jazz Academy of Music, located in Silver Spring.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival Line-up

3:00pm Festival Welcome

3:15pm Jazz Academy of Music

4:30pm Todd Marcus Quintet

5:45pm  Tamara Wellons Band

7:00pm Marcus Johnson presents The Urban Jam Band

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Auditions to be held in New York City at the Apollo, in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Contestants chosen will secure a spot in the Amateur Night at the Apollo 2017 season line-up Competing for a chance to win a new Grand Prize of $20,000

The Apollo Theater announced today that it will hold auditions for its legendary Amateur Night show, now in its 82nd year, in multiple cities this Fall. Auditions will be held in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, September 17th, in New York City at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, September 24th and will conclude in Washington, D.C. at Howard University on Saturday, October 1st. Amateur Night producers will screen hundreds of vocalists, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on the Apollo’s stage, where they will then compete for a chance to win the new grand prize amount of $20,000.


“The Apollo is driven by a commitment to explore all possibilities of contemporary artistic expression. One way to achieve this is by opening our Amateur Night 2017 auditions to a geographically-diverse pool of talent,” said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “Amateur Night is not only a beloved live, weekly show but also a great catalyst renown for sparking the careers of so many legendary performers.”

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Studio Theatre announces another extension of Robert Askins’s Hand to God, now playing through September 18th. Running in Stage 4 as part of Studio X, the production is directed by Joanie Schultz and stars Studio favorite Liam Forde (Jumpers for Goalposts, Helen Hayes Award nomination) as Jason/Tyrone.

Joining the cast beginning August 31 are Helen Coxe in the role of Margery, previously played by Susan Rome, and Tim Barker in the role of Pastor Greg, previously played by Tim Getman. Ms. Coxe has been seen on Broadway in Sideman and Off Broadway in Tail!Spin!, The Shanghai Gesture, Bug, As Bees in Honey Drown, among others, and holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. Mr. Barker has performed in the Oregon, Chicago & Stratford (Canada) Shakespeare festivals, as well as regional theatres including the Ogunquit/Gateway Playhouse, Two River Theater Co., St. Louis Rep, and CTC Minneapolis.
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Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Connor to Embark on Nationwide Tour to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and other senior Obama Administration officials next week will embark on a nationwide tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) – often called “America’s Best Idea.”

Secretary Jewell and Deputy Secretary Connor will highlight efforts to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates; mitigate against the devastating impacts of climate change; tell a more inclusive story; preserve and protect natural, historic and cultural resources; create economic opportunities for local communities; and engage more diverse audiences.

With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 – 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial.
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Have an Un-FAIR-gettable Experience at the 135th Maryland State Fair

Let MDOT’s MTA Be Your Ride to the State’s Annual Funfest  

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is ready to help you reach all of the fun, food and festivities at the 135th annual Maryland State Fair. From cotton candy and whack-a-mole to funnel cakes and the Ferris wheel, the MTA is your direct connection to the fairgrounds and visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take convenient, inexpensive public transit to the fair.

With the Timonium Light Rail stop just a short walk from the entrance, Light Rail remains the best transit option to the fairgrounds. Additionally, MTA’s Local Bus Nos. 8 and 9 also offer great connections.

Attendees can take Light Rail to the Timonium Light Rail stop for direct access to the fairgrounds entrance. The last north and southbound Light Rail trains will leave Timonium Fairgrounds at 11 p.m. each day of the fair. On Sunday, August 28; Sunday, September 4; and Monday, September 5, northbound trains to Hunt Valley and southbound trains to Cromwell Station/BWI Stations will depart from Timonium Fairgrounds on the hour beginning at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. These trains will make all station stops.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture 
Announces Five Grand-Opening Sponsors

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today announced that it has received five $2 million sponsorships from Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Prudential Financial Inc., Target and Toyota to support the museum’s grand-opening celebrations and inaugural events. Each is a founding donor of the museum, and the sponsorship of the museum’s opening represents additional support for the museum.

“These corporations have been longstanding, essential partners in the campaign to build this museum,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum. “Now, their support as sponsors will enable the museum to host a public celebration that reflects the historic significance of this event: the opening of the first national museum dedicated to the African American experience.”

The museum will officially open Sept. 24. President Barack Obama and other dignitaries will dedicate the museum at an outdoor ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. The public is invited to gather on the Washington Monument grounds across the street from the museum to witness the ceremony on Jumbotrons and enjoy a three-day festival.


Mayor Bowser to Launch Effort Showcasing District’s Creative Economy

“202Creates” will Highlight DC’s Diverse and Vibrant Arts and Cultural Scene 

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the inaugural “202Creates,” a citywide effort launching in September to showcase the District’s diverse and vibrant creative economy. Through an array of events, 202Creates will promote the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who contribute to the District’s thriving creative industries.

“We are showcasing that the nation’s capital is also the capital of creativity,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Every corner of our city hosts a diversity of creative industries that employ District residents and improve our quality of life. These are the people that day in and day out contribute to the heartbeat of our creative economy and help to define who we are as a city. With 202Creates, we are celebrating the creative contributions of our residents.”

Led by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (CAH), 202Creates aims to engage residents in the month of September through events and activities that build and enrich our communities across all 8 Wards. 202Creates will also feature conversations with innovators, residents, and businesses with a goal of furthering engagement between government and the creative community.
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“Art + Science,” at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announces “Art + Science,” a provocative new three-part discussion series that brings together internationally renowned digital artists and research scientists from top universities to investigate humanity and identity in the digital world.

Recent advances in technology enable computer programs to mimic facial expressions, decision making and even emotions. Tools such as artificial intelligence software, facial substitution and swapping-once restricted to scientists or governments-are now available for artists to incorporate into their practice.

Held Sept. 29, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17, each “Art + Science” event will explore crucial questions about creativity, technology and humanity in order to discover the potential-and challenges-of these digital tools for the future of both science and art.

The series is presented in conjunction with the Hirshhorn’s current exhibition “Suspended Animation,” which highlights artists who use digitally generated images to question reality.
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Montgomery County Local Small Business Initiative Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Montgomery County Office of Procurement’s Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP), has been a success. To help boost the local economy, Montgomery County Government launched the Program and it was voted into law by the County Council in 2006.

The Program ensures local, small vendors compete solely with businesses of similar size and resources for County LSBRP-designated contracts. More than 1,000 vendors have submitted applications and the Office of Procurement has fully certified 455 of them, with plans to complete the remaining certifications by the end of this calendar year.

“To support the LSBRP, County departments pledge to spend 20% of their budget with local small businesses,” said Montgomery County Office of Procurement Director, Cherri Branson. “I’m pleased to tell you the County spent $88.5 million, nearly 24% of total eligible spending with local small businesses in FY15,” the most recent year for which data are available.

The Program has launched a new logo that will be featured prominently on each vendor’s LSBRP certificate. An electronic version will also be sent to them to encourage each qualified business to promote their certified status with Montgomery County by displaying the logo on their websites, social media outlets, printed marketing materials and correspondence.
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Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Expand Outpatient Health Care Services to Montgomery County Maryland


The 44,600 Veterans who live in Montgomery County will soon have a closer-to-home option for obtaining quality health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

On September 19 at 10:30 a.m., officials from Montgomery County and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Golden Hammer Ceremony to signify the official landmark of the Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The newly renovated clinic will offer 11,600-square feet with room for a primary care clinic and a mental health clinic as well as space for telehealth, patient education, hearing aid fittings and specialty care. It will be the first VA community clinic in Montgomery County.

Expanding health care access to Veterans in Maryland is a high priority for the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center which already operates five other community clinics in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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Playwrights Draw Upon Themes in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in Staged Readings on October 20 and November 3

On October 20, The Phillips Collection will celebrate the work of local playwrights as actors read plays commissioned by the museum and inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series (1940–41). The event is a public program planned alongside the Phillips’s special fall exhibition People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, which reunites all 60 panels of Lawrence’s masterwork. The exhibition opens on October 8, 2016, and runs until January 8, 2017.

The five plays will be presented as staged 10-minute, one-act readings that directly and indirectly respond to and reflect themes found in the series, such as Beauty and Struggle; Transitions and Transformations; Family Ties and Community Building; Separation and Dislocation; and Tension and Conflict. The October 20 performance will include a panel discussion led by Dramaturg Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe and including Playwright and Producing Artistic Director Jacqueline E. Lawton along with Phillips Curator Elsa Smithgall.
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Dominion Awards $1 Million for Educational Programs Exploring Energy and the Environment

From wetland restoration to green roof technology, this year’s Dominion educational grants will engage students of all ages in a variety of outstanding energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs. Some of the higher education grants also support workforce training programs.

For the 2016-17 academic year, schools and educational institutions in 11 states will share grants totaling $1 million from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.

“This year’s grants will support a variety of innovative programs encouraging young people to learn the essential skills needed to tackle real-world issues,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “They will help students gain knowledge and experience with technologies that are leading the way to a greener energy future.”

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Comcast Announces 3 Million Low-Income Americans Have Crossed the Digital Divide Through Its Internet Essentials Program

Company to Donate $2 Million to Fund Digital Literacy Training Efforts at Non-Profits Across the Country

According to a five-year progress report the company released today, Comcast’s acclaimed Internet Essentials program has helped connect 750,000 families, or 3 million low-income Americans, to low-cost, high-speed internet service at home. David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, made the announcement alongside six-time Olympic Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was recently named the national spokesperson for Internet Essentials. The two kicked off a multi-city tour that, over the next six weeks, will stop in Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Denver, and Philadelphia where the company will announce more than $2 million in grants to community-based organizations that provide vital digital literacy training and internet access.

“In the last five years, we’ve learned that no single company or government program is ever going to fix the digital divide and that solving a big, difficult societal issue like this takes nothing short of a movement,” said Cohen. “We are so proud that thousands of community partners around the country have helped us make a meaningful dent in the digital divide. With the recent announcement of our expansion to HUD-assisted homes, we look forward to bringing this essential connection to even more families over the next five years. There is still more good work to do.”
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Madame Tussauds Washington, DC will welcome three distinct figures of legendary music icon, Michael Jackson, for the all-new experience, ‘HIStory: The Legacy of Michael Jackson.’  On Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:00p.m., the attraction will unveil the three MJ replicas alongside memorabilia from his heyday at the Mansion on O Street. As a celebration for the King of Pop, guests can wander the Mansion posing with MJ’s figures, learning new things about the pop icon and enjoying so with a drink in hand on what would have been his 58th birthday.

Each figure in the experience embodies a different, prominent chapter in Jackson’s career – The Jackson 5, ‘Bad’ and ‘HIStory’. The youngest figure of the bunch depicts Michael in his earliest stage as a member of Jackson 5, as he dons a psychedelic yellow 60’s inspired outfit and his iconic afro. Michael’s ‘Bad’ figure is modeled straight from his notorious music video, dressed in a black jumpsuit decorated with gold buckles and a microphone in hand. The third figure is based on MJ’s ninth studio album, ‘HIStory’, featuring Jackson in the ‘90s, wearing an all-black uniform, a silver armor-like vest, complete with a headset microphone.
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Ross Shines, Jones Injured as Redskins Beat Jets 22-18

Top running back Matt Jones left with a sprained shoulder and receiver Rashad Ross made his best case for a roster spot and the Washington Redskins came back to beat the New York Jets 22-18 Friday night in the second preseason game for each team.
While the Redskins rested several key starters, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback Josh Norman, Jones suffered an AC sprain in his left shoulder when he was pushed out of bounds and landed awkwardly in the first quarter.
Jones looked good at the time he left, running for 31 yards on seven carries after rushing for only a yard last week in the opener at Atlanta.
Jones’ injury could spell trouble for the Redskins (1-1), who have very little experience behind him at running back after letting Alfred Morris leave for Dallas in free agency. Third-down back Chris Thompson, rookies Robert Kelley and Keith Marshall and second-year player Mack Brown split the bulk of the carries after Jones left.
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Olympic Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Says He Omitted Facts in Rio ‘Robbery,’ Apologizes

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the bathroom hi-jinx that spiraled into an international incident in Rio de Janeiro last week.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help teammate Ryan Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

Lochte has been portrayed by some as an entitled American who spun a scare story, using the city’s reputation for crime to conceal their drunken behavior, andseveral sponsors have dropped him.
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A Very Premature Look at the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Rio Olympics just ended and it’s summer, so is it too soon to think about the Winter Olympics? Of course not!

Here’s a look at the United States and its prospects for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony is just 536 days away.


The USA’s strongest competitors in Sochi were the ice-dancing duos of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and the brother-sister pairing of Alex and Maia Shibutani — known as the Shib Sibs.

Davis and White have not said for sure they’ll return to defend their gold medals in Pyeongchang, but they’ve kept sharp. Meanwhile, the Shib Sibs got a silver medal at world championships in 2016 and fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates got bronze there.
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Release of Guatanamo detainees reignites national security debate

President Barack Obama‘s decision to release 15 detainees from Guantánamo Bay this week reignited the debate between the political parties over what to do with suspected terrorists.

According to the Pentagon, the transfer came after officials determined the prisoners were no longer “a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.”

The 15 detainees have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Defense confirmed Monday.

Going back to his 2008 campaign, Obama has made clear his desire to close the detention facility, a goal he has not reached with only a few remaining months in his presidency. But House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Tex., strongly opposes the releases, calling the president’s policy “reckless.”
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DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier Stepping Down After 26 Years

Lanier departs for Senior Vice President of Security Operations for the National Football League

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier will retire from the role she has held for 10 years. Chief Lanier is retiring effective September 17th to become the Senior Vice President of Security Operations for the National Football League.

Chief Lanier epitomizes the best of police chiefs,” said Mayor Bowser. “She is smart, compassionate, tough, data-driven, accountable to those she protects, and a great leader of the brave women and men of MPD. Best of all, she believes in the power of building relationships with communities as the best way to deter and solve crime.   To put it simply, Cathy Lanier has made the District of Columbia a safer and stronger place to live, work, and play. On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, I thank her for her committed service, record of achievement, and safekeeping of the residents of the District of Columbia and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

The Bowser administration will announce an interim Chief in the coming days.  A search for a permanent replacement will begin at once.

I love this city, and I have loved this job,” said Chief Lanier. “This city gave me an opportunity. It has been my goal every single day to pay back that debt of gratitude by keeping the streets safe so that residents of the District of Columbia can have the same opportunity. I’m proud of what the members of the department have been able to accomplish since 2007.”
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson talks Election Cybersecurity with state Officials

(UPI) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson held a conference call with election officials from all 50 states this week to discuss enhancing electronic security measures at polling places.

The Department of Homeland Security is examining whether to confer “critical infrastructure” status on polling places, requiring the same level of electronic security as the nation’s power grid and financial institutions.

Johnson has pointed out U.S. voting machines have not had a security overhaul since they were mandated under the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which required all states to switch to electronic balloting.

The particulars, however, have been left up to individual states because the Constitution delineates the responsibility for administering elections to states and not the federal government. That has led to 50 different systems and nearly 9,000 government jurisdictions that have a hand in holding a national presidential election.

On the call, Johnson alerted election officials to best practices to help avoid instances of fraud, though Voice of America points out the use of electronic voting machines that tabulate and report results using internal fax and email portals make them inherently susceptible to tampering if someone wanted to try hard enough.


Filling in the Stories

By Marian Wright Edelman

President of the Children’s Defense Fund

Do your children love the books on their summer reading lists? Are your children reading about diverse cultures and books that reflect their experience or history? Children of color are now a majority of all public school students and will soon be a majority of all children in America yet children’s books and the publishing industry have failed to keep up with the rainbow of our children’s faces and cultures and needs. Every summer our Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® curriculum is focused on a superb collection of diverse books that reflect children’s own images and a wide variety of cultures and experiences. For some children it’s the first time they’ve seen books with characters who look like them. For others the storylines draw them in, teach them about moments in history they may not have studied in school, and allow them to fall in love with reading in a way they’ve never experienced.

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are. At a recent panel discussion before nearly 2,000 college students preparing to fan out across the country to teach in this summer’s CDF Freedom Schools programs, a distinguished group of children’s book authors and illustrators spoke about their work and what guides them in creating books children will love to read. Often it’s because they are creating the books they would have loved to see themselves when they were younger.
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Department of Education Announces Efforts to Strengthen Loan Counseling to Help Borrowers Manage their Debt

Getting a higher education is one of the most important investments students can make for themselves, and it is best way to ensure a strong middle class. Since the start of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education has worked to make college more affordable and increase college success, including doubling investments in Pell grants and tax credits to help students and their families pay for college, releasing better information on debt and outcomes through the College Scorecard that helps students and families make strong college choices, and allowing borrowers to affordably manage their debt through repayment options like the President’s Pay As You Earn (PAYE) plan, which caps monthly payments at 10 percent of income.

For many students and families, federal Direct Loans are an important resource to help cover the costs of attending college. Accurate and timely loan information can help students make informed decisions about borrowing, and it also helps students understand their rights and responsibilities as borrowers, as well as their options for managing and affordably repaying their loans after college. Despite its importance, there is limited rigorous research on how to make loan counseling more effective, including which types of content and delivery methods are effective in helping students understand and manage their debt, as well as when—and how often—counseling should occur to have the greatest positive impact.
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Aetna to exit healthcare exchanges in 11 states

(UPI) — Healthcare insurer Aetna Inc. announced it will pull out of the Affordable Care Act individual public exchanges in 11 states after millions of dollars in losses.

In a statement Monday, Aetna said it will remain in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia, but will stop offering policies in 11 other states, beginning in 2017.

The decision followed “a second-quarter pretax loss of $200 million and total pretax losses of more than $430 million since January 2014 in our individual products,” the statement by Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini said.

Aetna had 838,000 customers at the end of June, of the 11 million covered under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

UnitedHealth Group will also exit most exchanges in 2017 after losing about $1 billion in 2015 and 2016, and Humana Inc. announced it will leave nearly 1,200 counties in eight states in 2017.



The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will host its Twelfth Annual “African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit,” on Thursday, September 15th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the United States Capitol Visitors Center, (Room HVC 201AB) and on Friday, September 16th, at the Washington Convention Center (801 MT. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20004, Room 144C), as part of the Congressional Black Caucus’s (CBC) 16th Annual Legislative Conference, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. This year’s Summit will include the sessions: Prostate Cancer Early Detection PSA Testing – The Next Chapter; Increasing African American Participation in Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials; and Meeting the Challenges of Educating and Mobilizing Black Communities on Prostate Cancer Issues.

African American men suffer the nation’s largest prostate cancer burden with incidence and mortality rates 60% and 150% higher than all other men. Now in its twelfth year, The African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit convenes prostate cancer survivors and leaders within medicine, research, government industry, as well as the community, to address policy and medical issues towards eliminating this racial disparity.
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Immunizations Offer Protection for All Stages of Life

August is Immunization Awareness Month and is a great time to find out which vaccines you and your need to be protected at different ages and stages in life.

Immunization typically starts at birth. At 2 months old, infants start receiving a series of six primary immunizations that protect against disease.

These diseases can be spread in a variety of ways. Flu and other diseases spread through the air or on surfaces. Hepatitis B is spread through exposure to infectious blood or bodily fluids. Rotavirus is spread when the virus is shed by an infected person and then enters another person’s mouth. Babies frequently use their mouths to explore the world around them, so this vaccine is extremely important. For more information, visit the Rotavirus page on Health.mil.

Some vaccines require multiple doses for lifelong protection. These may start in infancy and continue in later stages of childhood. Toddlers and school-age children typically get immunized again for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A and chickenpox.
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Cancer Survivors More Prone to Obesity

A recent report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology presents some puzzling news — survivors of some types of cancer seem to be more prone to developing obesity than other people. It’s well known that obesity itself can increase the risk of some types of cancer, such as breast and colorectal cancer, but the converse hasn’t been widely recognized. Dr. Heather Greenlee from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and her colleagues analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 1997 to 2014 to determine what happened to people who had survived various types of cancer.

The NHIS is an annual national survey in which a representative sample of Americans between the ages of 18 and 55 are telephoned and asked health-related questions. In this particular study,  over 32,000 cancer survivors provided the data over the period between 1997 and 2014. The most common cancers were breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.
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World Energy Engineering Congress, WEEC, to discuss the Future Energy Economy

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the U.S. Presidential election moves forward, energy and facility managers will need to address future energy challenges as impacted by the winning party’s energy policy. Making the 2016 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users, both timely and critical.  Key leaders in the professional energy management field will discuss energy resiliency and security, international efficiency projects, the growing importance of water, wastewater treatment, renewable energy and leveraging data analytics. WEEC, presented by the Association of Energy Engineering (AEE) and hosted by Toyota will be held in Washington, DC on Sept. 21-23, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Featured keynote opening session speakers include David Gregory, Political Analyst, CNN discussing the race to the white house and its impact on energy policy, J.B. Straubel, Chief Technology Officer, Tesla speaking on energy and technology megatrends, and John Hofmeister, Former President, Shell Oil Company discussing the future of affordable energy. The WEEC conference contains 14 tracks with over 250 speakers from more than 20 different countries with session topics including industrial energy management, green and high performance buildings, sustainable development, emerging energy trends, as well as big data and IoT.  “As always, our conference is staying true to the AEE and WEEC mission”, said Al Thumann, Executive Director, AEE, “– to share and educate about fast-moving developments in the energy field, to provide a look at and discuss promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and find out about the latest cost-conscious project implementation strategies.  When energy management professionals leave WEEC it’s almost certain it’s with new knowledge and contacts that are not only very valuable, but would have been difficult to pick up elsewhere.”
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D.C. rents aren’t just expensive. They’ve risen faster than anywhere else

More bad news for Washington’s renters: Nowhere have rents risen faster in the past several decades than the D.C. region.

For anyone who leases in this area, that’s hardly surprising news. Rents have been steadily marching upward for a while.

Now a study by Apartment List shows how much rents have been outpacing incomes. The San Francisco-based company, which runs an apartment listings search engine, analyzed Census Bureau data and compared rents to incomes not just in the D.C. region but across the country. It found that D.C. area rents have grown by 86 percent (adjusted for inflation) since 1980 while real incomes of renters have risen by only 33 percent.

“It’s a city where incomes have actually gone up quite a bit more so than the national average, but because it’s such a popular housing market and housing supply is so limited, rents have skyrocketed,” said Andrew Woo, an economist with Apartment List.
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State Dept. approves $231 million munitions sale to NATO countries

(UPI) — The U.S. State Department has approved the proposed sale of $231 million in guided munitions to several European countries.

Required notification was sent to Congress on Tuesday, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

NATO’s support and procurement agency requested the sale, which includes equipment and support, on behalf of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain.

The order includes 2,040 joint direct attack munition guidance kits of various iterations, as well as computer control groups, joint programmable fuzes and bomb fin assembly and airfoil groups.
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Oil Price Rally Continues

(UPI) — Crude oil prices continued their rally Monday on speculation of OPEC policy action next month, though underlying forces could dampen the movement.

Oil prices last week surged more than 4 percent after the International Energy Agency suggested the gap between supply and demand could narrow during the second half of the year. Saudi Arabia’s oil minister last week suggested there may be some coordinated action taken among major producers, including those in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, during an extraordinary meeting next month in Algeria.

The price for crude oil was influenced by the publication of the full remarks from the minister by the official Saudi news agency.

“There is an opportunity for OPEC and major exporting non-OPEC ministers to meet and discuss the market situation, including any possible action that may be required to stabilize the market,” Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih said.
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Surgeon General Calls on Prescribers to Mobilize to Prevent Opioid Abuse

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, brought his Turn the Tide tour to New Jersey to discuss the current opiate abuse epidemic impacting the state, and discuss action steps physicians can take to stem the tide of the epidemic. The Surgeon General is currently on a national tour designed to educate and mobilize prescribers to take immediate action to end this epidemic.

The discussion was part of a forum hosted by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, (both-D-N.J.), and moderated by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Executive Director Angelo Valente. It was held at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey on August 8, 2016.

U.S. Surgeon General Murthy was joined by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Health Doctor David Shulkin for the forum. Dr. Murthy is visiting states, like New Jersey, that have been especially hard hit by the prescription opioid epidemic and will send letters to over two million prescribers and health care professionals, urging them to: improve prescribing practices, inform their patients about the risks of opioid addiction, and connect people with opioid use disorders to evidence-based treatment.
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Google building new operating system that could run on computers, phones

(UPI) — Google is developing a new operating system that doesn’t rely on Linux kernel or Android.

Google’s new OS, dubbed Fuchsia, can run on smartphones, PCs, tablets, embedded devices that include car dashes, GPS and digital watches, according to {link:Android Police. :                 “http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/08/12/google-developing-new-fuchsia-os-also-likes-making-new-words/” target=”_blank”}

The company isn’t giving any details. On the project’s GitHub page, it only says: “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)”.

All of Google’s products now utilize Linus: Chrome OS, Android, Chromecast.

Google’s new OS uses Magenta, which is based on LittleKernel, a rival to commercial operating systems. Google is also utilizing its own Dart as the main programming language and Flutter for user interface.

Linux kernel is not as suited to embedded devices like car dashboards or GPS units as it is for desktop operations.

Tech Crunch reports the project will be available on the circuit board Raspberry Pi 3, according to Google project member Travis Geislebrecht, who previously worked on Palm, Apple, and embedded system OS development for Jawbone.

Android Police speculates Google hopes to replace its Chrome operating system and Android, but wrote: “But there is always the possibility that this is simply a Google experiment, and may never see the light of day in a commercial product.”


Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center Staff Offers Care Beyond the Scope of Duty for Local At-Risk Veterans and Community Members

Going above and beyond to help Veterans and the community is all in a day’s work for the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Inpatient Unit-3 East team. In spite of their hectic schedules, every week the team provides bag meals and clothes to area homeless shelters at their own expense.

It began in 2014 during a frigid cold spell, the 3-E team of doctors, nurses and support staff repurposed their holiday leftovers into 15 meals for at-risk Veterans. Then an amazing thing happened. The team’s effort not only fed Veterans but opened the hearts of medical center employees who witnessed how a small gesture can have such a big impact.

They wanted to do more. Soon the unit’s medical support assistant, a Veteran who was once homeless himself, proposed the idea of a weekly project to prepare bagged lunches for the vulnerable community members who frequent the area around Union Station.
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35 volunteers of Friendship Association Education Assistance, Inc., (FAEA) celebrate 20 years of collaborative giving, supporting teachers and renovating schools and invite the community to discover the joy of helping underprivileged students receive a good education.

In 1986, the Nigerian Friendship Association (NigFA), a non-profit organization, was formed by Nigerian students and professionals. In 1996, NigFA members establishedFAEA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

FAEA has created a compelling legacy of success in addressing the educational needs of underprivileged children in North America and in Africa for 20 years by providing children with school supplies, mentorships, and scholarships, as well as funding of materials for school renovations, furniture and equipment, and science laboratories. FAEA volunteers have funded the renovation of over 15 schools in Nigeria and finacially granted teacher wishes at over 43 schools. FAEA estimate its investment has positively impacted over 18,000 children.

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Season Kicks off with Special Concert Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves

The Phillips Collection announced the 76th concert season for the museum’s prestigious music series. Beginning in late September, Phillips Music will open the first of 37 planned performances across the Sunday Concert series, Leading International Composers, Thursday Music, and concerts in partnership with the University of Maryland’s School of Music.

The success and reputation of concerts held at the Phillips is due to the continual search for exceptional talent and the curation of a series based on the philosophy Duncan Phillips wanted for his collection.

“Music and its ability to interact with visual art continues to be held in high esteem at the Phillips,” said Director Dorothy Kosinski. “Our founder Duncan Phillips was drawn to experiencing and being challenged by music and visual art in the same setting. Decades since the museum hosted its first gathering in the iconic Music Room, this season continues to keep alive the same artistic spirit and aim. The performances ahead are certain to take audiences on a powerful journey that is once again greatly enhanced by the beautiful environment in which the music is heard.”
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Washington Redskins Defensive End Ricky Jean-Francois hosted a snow cone giveaway for more than 1,000 kids

Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois beat the heat on Sunday and took the time to show his appreciation for young fans that braved the elements to watch the team practice on one of the hottest days of 2016 as the summer comes to a close.

For the second consecutive year, Jean-Francois rented a Kona Ice truck and hosted a snow cone giveaway for more than 1,000 kids who were in attendance at Bon Secours training facility for the closing day of Redskins training camp.

Jean-Francois said, “It’s been so hot out here that I wanted to repeat what I did last year and do something special for the kids. I remember how much fun we had visiting the ice cream truck when I was little. So since our dedicated fans came out here in the heat to watch us practice, I wanted to make sure our younger fans knew that we really care about them. It’s a token of my appreciation, and I hope everyone had a lot fun.”


Come Get That Go-Go Swing at the 2nd Annual Chuck Brown Day

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in conjunction with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is hosting the 2nd Annual Chuck Brown Day. The free event celebrates the music and memory of DC’s Go-Go music legend Chuck Brown.

The celebration features musical performances by the Chuck Brown Band, with Plunky and the Oneness, and Secret Society. The event also includes information tables and a children’s area with the Chuck Brown Foundation’s annual “back to school back pack giveaway.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair for an afternoon of entertainment in honor of the godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.

Chuck Brown Day takes place on Saturday, August 20, from 3 to 7 pm at Chuck Brown Memorial Park, 2901 20th Street NE Washington DC



The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is pleased to announce its upcoming Pops in the Park concert.  This free Labor Day Weekend concert will take place at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Sunday, September 4 at 5:30 PM.  The rain date is Monday September 5, same time, same place.

Set in the lovely outdoor theater at Quiet Waters Park, the annual Pops in the Park concert features the ASO’s full orchestra performing a fun and festive program for all ages.  Popular well-loved pieces by composers such as Copland, Mozart, and Bizet will share the stage with music from the Broadway show Oklahoma, the hit TV show House of Cards, an Olympic Fanfare, and many others, with some surprises along the way.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is led by renowned Music Director José-Luis Novo who is beginning his twelfth season with the orchestra.  The Pops in the Park is generously supported by Coldwell Banker.  This support enables the ASO to offer this concert at no charge to the community.
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Hillyer Kicks off the Fall Season

Hillyer Art Space presents three solo exhibitions featuring local artists Scott Hutchison, Suzi Fox, and Christian Brahe. The exhibitions open on Friday, September 2nd and will run through Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.  The artists will be present to talk about their work with visitors at our reception on Friday, September 2nd from 6-9pm.

Hillyer Art Space presents three new exhibitions opening on September’s First Friday, featuring Scott Hutchison, Suzi Fox, and Christian Brahe. Hutchison presents “Synchronicity” a series of paintings that start with the use of a combination of photography, digital collage, animation and projections to create multifaceted figures that appear to move and animate, each painting consisting of four or five different poses and time frames that create echoes of a figure that merge into another or become a haunting monstrous abstraction – appearing to be trapped between an important decision and a solitary disquieting moment.

Fox’s “Handmade” is a series of new sculptures that explore her reinterpretations of common manmade objects and techniques of building forms by hand. The resulting sculptures are infused with humor and playful explorations of materials but throughout the work Fox explores ideas about gender roles and self-reflection. Brahe’s “Accumulations” is a series of large scale drawings that are based upon his immediate surroundings, amalgamations of thousands of individual moments of consciousness.

The drawings map day-to-day, month-to-month, and often seasonal changes manifested within a given space: the natural fluctuations of light, the shuffling of objects, and the shifting of Brahe’s own physical proximity and perspective.  Guests can meet the artists at the reception on Friday, August 5th from 6-9pm, during Dupont Circle’s First Friday Gallery Walk, sponsored by Circa Dupont.


Hours at Select Spray Parks Extended Due to Heat Emergency

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS) announced, due to the District’s heat emergency, the operating hours at select spray parks will be extended to 9 pm through Sunday, August 21, 2016. Spray parks are normally open from 10 to 7 pm daily.

A heat emergency is in effect for Washington, DC. Residents are urged to take precautions against the heat. While spray parks will be open for extended hours, residents are strongly encouraged to seek relief in cool, indoor locations as there is an added risk from remaining outside in the heat.
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DPR to Host the Final 2016 Late Night Pool Party

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host the final 2016 Late Night Summer Pool Party for the season. The free event is open to all ages and will be hosted on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Avenue, NW) from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Attendees are asked to RSVP online for this free event and there are no non-resident admission fees, however photo ID is required for entry (youth will not need photo ID, however they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a photo ID).  In addition, please note that patrons are not allowed to bring any outside food nor drink onto the pool deck. All standard pool policies and rules will still apply. Please visit DPR’s website for more information regarding DPR’s policies on Pool Rules and Safety and Admission and Fees.

For more information, please call DPR’s Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.


Community Services Block Grant Program Draft Plan Open for Public Review

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the state’s draft plan for the distribution of approximately $9.7 million in federal funds under the Community Services Block Grant Program for federal fiscal year 2017.

The block grant funds, originally authorized under the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, will be distributed to local agencies across the state to finance numerous programs for low-income persons. Per federal statute, 90 percent of the funds will be distributed to local community action agencies throughout Maryland.

“The Community Action Agencies are the frontline providers of assistance to low-income families across the state, providing a wide range of services,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt.

Originally part of the nation’s War on Poverty, the community action agencies have used federal funds since 1964 to develop programs designed to ameliorate the causes of poverty in local areas. In Maryland, these programs have included Head Start educational centers of young children; health, employment, housing and weatherization programs for adults; and other special programs for young persons and the elderly.
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EPA settles with Citrus and Allied Essences. Ltd. over hazardous waste violations at Belcamp, Md. facility

Citrus and Allied Essences, Ltd. a producer of essential oils used for flavoring and fragrances, will pay a $59,472 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility in Belcamp, Md., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

As part of the settlement, Citrus and Allied also agreed to spend an additional $44,000 to complete a supplemental environmental project that involves developing a management program that will enhance the company’s safety and environmental compliance.

EPA cited Citrus and Allied for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.  RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
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Organization Dedicated to Increasing Opportunity, Reducing Costs for Low-Income Residents

Power52, a Maryland-based energy company led by Rob Wallace and Ray Lewis, will make its presence and purpose felt in Baltimore City on August 20th at Easter Woods Park from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Day of Hope event.  Power52 develops renewable energy and community solar projects to reduce power costs for low-income communities and families. In the coming months, the organization will identify locations in the city and train its community members to construct solar farms that feed power directly back to the community at deeply discounted rates. The renewable energy projects created and managed by Power52 will allow the organization to offer jobs for low-income individuals, provide job training for those interested in the renewable energy sector and provide scholarships for economically challenged Baltimore residents to attend trade school or college.

Power52’s involvement in the Day of Hope event is a testament to its mission and commitment to the Baltimore City community. The organization’s leaders, alongside Baltimore churches, businesses, service organizations and city officials, will interact with the community and spread a message of hope and empowerment. Event attendees, or Day of Hope Guests of Honor, will receive free admission and have access to free groceries, school supplies, clothing and information on renewable energy systems and job training while enjoying music, games, physical activities, autograph sessions and more.
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Governor McAuliffe to Lead Trade and Marketing Mission to Colombia

 Mission Aims to Promote Virginia Agricultural Exports, Encourage New Investment in the Commonwealth

Governor Terry McAuliffe leads a trade and marketing mission to Bogotá, Colombia. The Governor will be accompanied by Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, representatives from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and a number of Virginia agribusinesses and distributors. The Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzón, invited Governor McAuliffe earlier this year to lead an agricultural trade and marketing mission to Colombia to grow the relationship between Virginia and Colombia and capitalize on the benefits of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, which came into effect in 2012.

“To help build the new Virginia economy, we must look for sales opportunities around the world for Virginia businesses while also recruiting new investments to the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Missions like this one are critical to our efforts to spur new exports and economic development. I am grateful for Ambassador Pinzón’s invitation and I am excited to make my first visit to South America as Governor and establish new export deals for agriculture, Virginia’s largest private industry.”
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Governor Announces New Exports to Canada for Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Company

~ Veteran-owned company expands international sales through participation in Virginia-led trade mission to Vancouver ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that AMTI Microwave Circuits, a Lynchburg-based, global provider of high performance microwave components, made new export sales to Canada through participation in a trade mission to Vancouver. The company worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) International Trade Division to sell its products to Vancouver-based D-Wave Systems, the world’s first quantum computing company. Canada was Virginia’s largest product export destination in 2015, with product exports totaling more than $3.4 billion.

“Our trade missions have a proven track record of helping Virginia companies grow and diversify their customer base,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “AMTI is a great example of a Virginia business that expanded its clientele with the help of the Commonwealth’s outstanding trade programs. We will continue to look for new ways to facilitate international partnerships for businesses across the Commonwealth that are fundamental to diversifying and building a new Virginia economy.”
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(BPRW) Church of God in Christ and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Launch New Initiative as Part of Ongoing Partnership

New Direct Response TV ads aim to engage a diverse and inclusive audience with UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children around the world

(Black PR Wire) New York (August, 2016) – The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have developed and produced two new Direct Response TV (DRTV) spots with both Bishop P.A. Brooks and his daughter, Evangelist Faithe Brooks. Bishop Brooks is the First Assistant Presiding Bishop of COGIC and Evangelist Faithe Brooks is a noted Evangelist who has performed as singer and lecturer around the world in regard to the teachings of Christianity. The new DRTV ads will air every Sunday on the Word Networkat 3:00 p.m. (EST) through to at least the end of the year.

The DRTV campaign is part of an ongoing partnership between the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and COGIC, which aims to engage faith-based communities to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2015 the joint campaign, I AM #STOPPINGEBOLA raised $100,000 in support of UNICEF’s work to halt the spread of Ebola in Liberia.
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United Way of the National Capital Area Unveils Back-to-School Initiatives Targeting Region’s Middle School Students

Programs Part of United Way NCA’s Community Commitment Goal to Prepare 12,000 Area Middle School Students to Perform at Grade Level

As thousands of middle-school students prepare to head back to school this year in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA), the region’s preeminent convener, collaborator and catalyst for social change throughout the National Capital community, today announced Back-to-School initiatives to support the area’s public schools.

As part of United Way NCA’s five-year, $12.3 million Community Commitment, the nonprofit will be targeting 12,000 at-risk middle school students in the National Capital Area to help them perform at grade level and on track to succeed.  Every year, 160,000 young people in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland are dropping out of high school and research shows that those students most at risk of dropping out were also struggling in middle school.
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Biles Wins Floor Exercise for Record-Tying 4th Olympic Gold

(ABC)–Simone Biles put the finishing touches on one of the greatest Olympics by a gymnast, capturing her fourth gold of the games with a showstopping performance in the floor exercise on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old American completed an extraordinary stretch that included a team gold for the “Final Five” as well as individual golds in the all-around and vault and bronze on balance beam. Her five medals tie the most for an American female gymnast in a single Olympics and her four golds tie an Olympic record shared by four others.
Biles embraced her longtime coach shortly after her routine — which includes a tumbling pass named in her honor and a Brazilian-themed segment intended to play to the crowd in Rio — and beamed when her score of 15.966 was posted.
Teammate Aly Raisman followed with a 15.500 to give her a third medal during Rio and six overall in her Olympic career. The 22-year-old team captain — who was second in the all-around to Biles last week — waved to the stands as she walked off the floor, likely for the final time as a competitor.
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In a Breeze, Bolt Starts Pursuit of 200-meter Title

Usain Bolt glanced to his right once, twice, three times. No surprise: Nobody was there.
That’s how the quest began for his final individual sprint gold at the Olympics — a jog through the sunshine in the opening round of the 200 meters and a stress-free victory in the ninth heat of Tuesday’s qualifying.
He finished in 20.28 seconds, a time that means nothing. More importantly, he coasted into the finish line after triple-checking on Nigeria’s Ejowvokoghene Oduduru simply to make sure nothing crazy was happening.
“I know how to run the 200,” Bolt said. “It’s all about just reminding myself. Tomorrow, I’ll show up with much better progress. I have to run fast, and so I’m looking forward to that.”
Everyone is.
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His Career Over, Phelps Looks Forward to Being Full-Time Dad

(ABC)–Michael Phelps has nothing left to do at the pool.
He’s ready to start branching out.
At the top of the list: being a father.
The most decorated athlete in Olympic history insisted again Sunday that his swimming career is over, less than 24 hours after claiming his 23rd gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
He ditched the athletes village and spent the night with his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer.
“Being apart from him for the last three weeks, four weeks from when I saw him last, he’s grown so much,” Phelps said. “I changed a diaper last night. He was just sitting there looking at me, smiling the whole time. It brought a tear to my eye, just because he hasn’t seen me in a while and it was so cool to see him smiling back at me and laughing and giggling.”
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Katie Ledecky Returns to DC Area With 5 New Medals

(NBC)–Gold medalist Katie Ledecky is back in the D.C. area, and she has some new hardware with her.

Ledecky was greeted by a mob of fans at Dulles International Airport Wednesday.

The Bethesda, Maryland, native won four gold medals in Rio, smashed her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle and broke an Olympic record in the 800m freestyle during the preliminary heats.

Additionally, Ledecky anchored the silver medal 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the gold medal 4×200-meter freestyle relay. In her last event, Ledecky crushed her own world record in the 800-meter freestyle Friday night.
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MBDA National Director Receives 
2016 National Urban League’s “Women of Power Award”

The National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Alejandra Y. Castillo received the National Urban League’s (NUL) “Women of Power Award” during the 2016 “Women of Power & Business Leaders Awards Luncheon,” Aug. 4 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The “Women of Power” award is designed to recognize women leaders who are making an impact in the world of arts, politics, journalism, justice and sports.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from the NUL and to be in the presence of so many dynamic and powerful women, past, present and future,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “It’s so important that we continue to celebrate and support one another. This is one way that we can help ensure even more women are in position to lead, grow and contribute to the success of our nation.”
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11 DC Public Schools Kick Off School Year 2016-2017 with More Learning Time

More than 3,600 elementary and middle school students begin school at 11 extended-year schools across DC Public Schools (DCPS), gaining an extra month of learning.

“The extra classroom time that an extended-year calendar provides is critical,” said Chancellor Kaya Henderson. “We know that students from low-income families often lose more than two months of reading achievement during the summer, despite the fact that their middle-class peers are making gains. Providing students in struggling schools with more instructional opportunities across all subjects – from math and English language arts to world language and music – leads to better outcomes in the long term.”

The 11 elementary and middle schools with extended year in School Year 2016-2017 are:

  • Garfield Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • D. Cooke Elementary School (Ward 1)
  • Hart Middle School (Ward 8)
  • Hendley Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • Johnson Middle School (Ward 8)
  • Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7)
  • King Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • Randle Highlands Elementary School (Ward 7)
  • Raymond Education Campus (Ward 4)
  • Thomas Elementary School (Ward 7)
  • Turner Elementary School (Ward 8)

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Energy Assistance Programs Available for Pepco Customers

August declared LIHEAP action month 

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition has declared August Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Action Month. Pepco customers have numerous options to apply for energy assistance including LIHEAP, which provides critical home heating and cooling assistance.

In Maryland customers can apply now for LIHEAP funds, which are administered by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) through the Office of Home Energy Programs.

In the District of Columbia, the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) provides assistance to District of Columbia residents through the Residential Aid Discount program. However, customers in the District may not apply until Oct 1. For more information or to apply, residents can visit the new DOEE web portal at doee.dc.gov/liheap. District customers can apply starting Oct. 1 through a network of local agencies.
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Show Your Pride in Local D.C. Businesses

D.C. businesses tend to see a slump in sales during the summer and the Department of Small and Local Business Development has started the “Show Your Local” campaign to help curb that trend!

Show your support this month by dining and shopping at our local neighborhood businesses. Remember to share a picture with the tags #showURlocal #shopdc to show your DC pride! Please visit dslbd.dc.gov/shopdc for a list of great neighborhood destinations.


The Executive Leadership Council Celebrates 30 Years with One Million Dollar Gift to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Organization of top global black executives joins founding donors with its $1 million gift to the museum and issues record number of scholarships in its 30th Anniversary year

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the pre-eminent organization of current and former black CEOs, senior executives, top-tier entrepreneurs, global thought leaders and board members of Fortune 1000 and equivalent companies, has given a donation of $1 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The donation was made in commemoration of The ELC’s 30th Anniversary this year.

“The Executive Leadership Council has been at the forefront of advocating for black leadership in business and we welcome the participation and support of the organization and its members,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the museum.
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NAACP National President and Students Holding Sit-In at Congressman’s District Office

NAACP National President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and NAACP members are held a nonviolent sit-in at Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s district office in Roanoke calling for a hearing on the restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

Brooks, an attorney and minister who has served as president of the NAACP since 2014, is currently refusing to leave the office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte for refusing to hold hearings on the re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for three years. He has told police that he will not leave unless arrested or he receives a response from the congressman.

The sit-in began at 11 a.m. and followed a morning of protest by the local chapter of the NAACP, where a group of youth and adult activists called for congressional action to restore federal protection against state laws barring ballot access in states with the worst histories of voter suppression and discrimination. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which has refused to hold hearings on legislation to combat egregious voter discrimination in recent years.
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Adults hold key to preventing kids’ drownings

Parents and others need to do more to prevent child drownings and near-drownings, according to an expert in trauma and injury prevention.

“Nearly 800 children drowned last year in the United States,” said Amy Morgan. She is manager of the Pediatric Trauma and Prevention Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Penn.

“When you break that down, it’s about two children a day. And for every two children who die, five more visit the emergency department. It’s a big problem with potentially devastating consequences,” she said in a hospital news release.

One reason for so many child drownings and near-drownings may be that supervising adults are distracted by things such as tablets, cellphones, books, magazines or other people. Or, they may step away from the water to fetch a snack or other items, she added.

“You typically have less than a minute to react once a child goes under water,” Morgan said. “Parenting is a difficult, all-consuming job — it’s completely understandable that adults need to take a break. However, the pool is a place where we must be vigilant.”
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UNH Research: Cold Weather Makes for Tastier Spinach

Experiment Station Scientists Investigated Best Varieties, Time to Plant 

Old Man Winter’s coldest months are a boon to New Hampshire growers interested in adding spinach to their winter crop. Researchers at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station have found that spinach grown in high tunnels during the coldest months of winter has the highest sugar content.

Becky Sideman, a researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station and extension professor of sustainable horticulture production, Kaitlyn Orde, a graduate student in agricultural sciences, and Connor Eaton, a graduate student in plant biology, conducted a two-year winter spinach trial at the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm to determine the most suitable spinach varieties and planting dates for winter production in New Hampshire in an unheated high-tunnel environment.
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Thomas T.J. Loftin teaching a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs

– Thomas T.J. Loftin’s speaking tour teaches aspiring young and adult entrepreneurs everything they need to know about the low rider business, real estate development, and land development. –

(BlackNews.com) — World-renowned industrialist, Thomas “T.J.” Loftin is currently on tour speaking on how he played a pivotal role in expanding the low rider business and its affiliates (i.e., paint shops, tow trucks, auto transporters) into multi-trillion dollar industries by teaching others about low riders, classic cars, muscle cars, custom cars, and auto accessories.

Standing by his motto, “We Create Entrepreneurs, Not Employees,” Loftin mentors the youth through S.T.E.M. applications and teaching of life skills as the means by which to fight the school-to-prison cycle. He credits his high school shop classes as the springboard to his entering the automotive industry straight out of high school. He advocates the necessity of these classes to the future successes of today’s youth.
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The NBMBAA® Entrepreneurial Institute Offers Business Leaders A Chance To Compete For $10,000

Finalists of the Innovation Whiteboard Challenge® to Compete in New Orleans

Innovative entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas and superb pitching skills will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in business funding by participating in the National Black MBA Association® Innovation Whiteboard Challenge®. The Challenge will take place on Friday, October 14 in New Orleans at the 38th Annual National Conference & Exposition as a featured component of The Entrepreneurial Institute. Three finalists will present their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists, academicians and successful business owners with the hopes of winning the grand prize.
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Mayor Bowser Announces Appointees to the Working Group on Jobs, Wages, and Benefits

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her appointees to the Working Group on Jobs, Wages, and Benefits (WGJWB). Mayor Bowser initially announced plans for the working group during her 2016 State of the District Address and formally established the WGJB by Mayor’s Order 2016-083 on May 26, 2016. The WGJWB will draft recommendations to the Mayor and the Council on legislative, programmatic, and policy ways to improve the District’s economic competitiveness in the region, attract and retain businesses and employees, protect and promote commercial diversity, and create and preserve good paying jobs. The recommendations will be sent to the Mayor by the end of the year.

“The District succeeds when its working families get a fair shot. I have convened the Working Group on Jobs, Wage and Benefits to study, discuss and explore opportunities to support our workers while fostering an environment where businesses thrive,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The appointees represent the best the District has to offer from government, business, and labor organizations. I look forward to their recommendations.”
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Food Bank, BrightFarms, and Giant Fighting Hunger Through Supply Chain Innovation

Direct Weekly Donations of Fresh, Local Greens will Nourish Washington Area Residents In Need

A retailer, a grower, and a food bank are getting more quality fresh produce flowing into under-served communities throughout the Washington metro region by cutting out the middle man together.

BrightFarms, a startup creating the first national brand of local produce, has begun donating greens directly to the Capital Area Food Bank through a partnership brokered by Giant Food, the exclusive regional retailer of BrightFarms’ products.

“Getting moms, dads, and families access to fruits and vegetables is critical for the health of the communities we’re serving,” said Nancy E. Roman President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. “Strong and innovative partnerships like this one are a big part of how we’re doing that”.
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Madame Tussauds DC Welcomes Figure of Olympian Michael Phelps Just in Time for Rio


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Famed DC Attraction brings American Olympian to Life As Michael Phelps Goes for the Gold Yet Again in 2016 Summer Games

Madame Tussauds Washington, DC welcomed the figure of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps coinciding with the highly-anticipated 2016 Summer Olympics. As Phelps looks to win gold in Rio de Janeiro, visitors to the DC attraction can interact with the famous gold medalist and cheer on Team U.S.A alongside his figure. Phelps’ figure, initially launched by Madame Tussauds San Francisco in 2014, will remain in the nation’s capital throughout the 2016 Summer Olympics, honoring his athleticism and admirable career representing his beloved home country.


To celebrate the arrival of the Olympian, Madame Tussauds DC partnered with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to unveil the figure at Banneker Pool, located conveniently at 2500 Georgia Avenue NW in downtown DC, inviting aspiring young swimmers to interact with the figure. Overlooking the large pool and surrounded by cheering fans, Phelps’ figure looked right at home. Children were invited to participate in swim competitions where the grand-prize winner took home free admission for a family of 4 to the famed DC attraction.


“We couldn’t think of a better time to welcome this figure to the heart of the nation,” said Therese Alvich, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Washington, DC. “It is not often that an individual becomes a champion of this caliber and we are thrilled to be able to provide fans a place where they can cheer alongside Michael as he makes our country proud once again.”


Born nearby in Baltimore, Maryland, Phelps found a love for swimming at the mere age of seven. Since then, he has spent innumerable hours in the pool and participated in the past four Summer Olympic Games, racking up a total of 22 medals, thus making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Rio will be Phelps’ fifth and final Olympic endeavor as he takes one final lap, coming out of retirement at the age of 31 to again compete against the world’s elite. Out of water and away from his stellar career, he has recently become a father to his son, Boomer, with fiancée Nicole Johnson.


The Official Super Chevy Show Presented by Winegardner Auto Group Returns to Maryland International Raceway

The world’s largest manufacturer show is celebrating 30 years at Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) and it is just two weeks away. This year’s original Super Chevy Show Presented by Winegardner Auto Group returns with the history and prestige of TEN: The Enthusiast Network with full coverage from Super Chevy Magazine. The August 20 – 21, 2016 event brings together Chevy enthusiasts from around the country to celebrate their favorite manufacturer.

“We are extremely excited for the return of the Super Chevy Show to Maryland International Raceway. It is the premiere national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts,” said Rick Lindner, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of Maryland International Raceway. “The buzz surrounding this show is growing and I guarantee the family friendly two-for-one event that also features Jet Wars on August 21 offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars now for an extraordinary weekend offering drag racing, car show, swap meet and of course our legendary Jet Wars show that will thrill kids of all ages,” Lindner continued.
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The District’s Historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Unifies Community With 3-Day St. Luke’s Festival

Community Festival Brings Together Community Leaders, Law Enforcement, Churches

From September 9-11, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in conjunction with faith-based leaders, 15th Street Presbyterian Church and Foundry Methodist Church will host a three-day community festival.  Situated in the heart of Logan Circle, St. Luke’s Festival will bring together faith-based leaders, law enforcement and local businesses.

The St. Luke’s Festival will further unify the Logan Circle community through song, prayer and community networking”, says Reverend Ray Massenburg Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. “Our goal is to begin a conversation that transcends race, class, sexual orientation, gender, family status, national origin and all the artificial boundaries that divide our community.”
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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Explores What Is Inside Popular Everyday Devices

National Tour Begins at Upcountry History Museum-Furman University on September 3

A quarter-inch-thick smartphone can be used as a watch, a camera, a theater, a map and even a mobile bank. “Things Come Apart,” a traveling exhibition circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and featuring the works of creative photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, looks inside the evolutions of the smartphone and dozens of other everyday technologies. The traveling exhibition will debut Sept. 3 at the Upcountry History Museum—Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in Greenville, S.C., and remain on view through Feb. 5, 2017, before continuing on a 12-city national tour.

Through more than 40 captivating photographs, videos and objects encased in acrylic, “Things Come Apart” displays the complex parts that have spurred revolutions in product design and functionality across multiple industries and the staying power of classic designs, from the ever-changing navigational systems to the evergreen bicycle. McLellan spent countless hours disassembling objects of all sizes and functions—from a watch to a laptop and a Walkman to an upright piano—with painstaking precision into hundreds or even thousands of pieces. With each object fully stripped to its bare parts, he methodically worked backwards, laying out each item in reverse order from the protective case to the smallest circuits until the true scope of each design was captured. The resulting images, grouped alongside other items built for similar purposes, provide a visual history lesson of mechanical innovation and highlight the contrast between old-world craftsmanship and sleek modern engineering.
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Walk, Sip, and Eat Your Way Through the
DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza Featuring Barktoberfest

An annual tradition continues as the DC Walk for the Animals takes place on Sunday, September 18th at the Capitol Riverfront. The fund-raising event includes a one mile walk around the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood by Nationals Park, and those that register for the walk will also gain admission to Pet-A-Palooza and, for the first time, admission to “Barktoberfest” – all to raise money to benefit the 60,000 animals cared for by the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS-WARL).
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Thrilling drama takes sibling rivalry to new heights
and launches the festival celebrating iconic playwright Lillian Hellman

There are people who eat and there are those who get eaten. This fall, Arena Stage serves up Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, a delicious drama about family greed and betrayal. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger, known for her 12 seasons as Catherine Willows on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, stars as Regina Giddens under veteran director Kyle Donnelly, who has directed more than 20 productions at Arena Stage. The Little Foxes runs September 23-October 30, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater.

As previously announced, the production features four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (Arena Stage’s The Originalist) as Benjamin Hubbard and Jack Willis (Arena Stage’s All the Way, Sweat) as Horace Giddens. They are joined by Gregory Linington (Arena Stage’s Equivocation) as Oscar Hubbard and Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Isabel Keating (Broadway’s The Boy from Oz) as Birdie Hubbard.

The cast also features Stanton Nash (Boq in the Chicago production of Wicked) as Leo Hubbard, Megan Graves (Folger Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Alexandra Giddens, James Whalen (Mosaic Theater’s After the War) as William Marshall, Kim James Bey (Center Stage’s Beneatha’s Place) as Addie and David Emerson Toney (Arena Stage’s All the Way) as Cal.
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Governor McAuliffe Announces 368 New Jobs in Arlington County

Applied Predictive Technologies to expand headquarters operation Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), a leading cloud-based analytics software company, will expand its headquarters operation in Arlington County. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for the project, which will create 368 new jobs.

“Applied Predictive Technologies, headquartered in Virginia, is a world-class company and it was a high priority of our administration to ensure that APT continued to grow in the Commonwealth,” Governor McAuliffe said. “APT is a strong corporate citizen that boosts Virginia’s position as a technology industry leader, and its decision to expand in Arlington County is a testament to the region’s high-tech workforce and IT infrastructure. We want to ensure our existing businesses continue to choose the Commonwealth, and this significant project is evidence of our ongoing success in diversifying and building a new Virginia economy.”
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Register now for Washington Nationals/DPR STEM Education Camps

The Washington Nationals and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) are teaming up to offer STEM education camps this summer. Running August 15-19 at Raymond Recreation Center and Emery Recreation Center, the camps will be open to rising third through fifth graders.

Registration begins at noon today. Spaces are limited. Register here Washington Nationals/DPR STEM Education Camp

“We are thrilled that the Washington Nationals are sponsoring this pilot baseball focused STEM camp,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “It is our hope that the camps will inspire participants to learn through sports and athletics.”

Washington Nationals STEM Education is designed to translate the love of America’s pastime into an appreciation and understanding of and a passion for the science and mathematics underlying the sport. By demonstrating the natural connection between baseball, science and mathematics, students better appreciate real-world applications and enjoy learning through fun, hands-on projects. The camp will include a special field trip to Nationals Park and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy with unique experiences.

“DPR is pleased to continue the relationship that we have developed with the Washington Nationals,” said Director Anderson.

Earlier this year, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and representatives from Under Armour dedicated the new Ryan Zimmerman Field at Randall Recreation Center in Southwest DC.


Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s September 2016 Events

Fridays, September 2 & 9 – Friday ARTnights: Drop-In Figure Drawing The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts a drop-in “Working from the Figure” session on Fridays, September 2 & September 9, 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 www.chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839.

Friday, September 2 – New Friday ARTnights: Mind, Magic, and Merlot – World class TV Mentalist, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows™, proudly presents his new monthly workshop: Mind, Magic and Merlot. Held in the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s (CHAW’s) upper dance studio, this workshop is part performance, part instruction of the mystic arts, and all magically fun—with complimentary Merlot wine available until supplies run out. Workshops start promptly at 7:30pm and end at 9:00pm at CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. Tickets are $35-$45 and are available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mind-magic-and-merlot-tickets-27004575412.  For more information: http://www.themanwhoknows.tv/.

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The second annual Back to School Fair presented by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Catholic Charities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13 at FedExField in Landover, Md.

The Back to School Fair is designed to provide under-resourced children with everything they need to be prepared for the upcoming school year. Participants will be able to receive services including dental exams, haircuts, new books, uniform elements and brand new school supplies and backpacks as well as other essential items from a variety of partner companies and organizations. Shuttle services will be available to pre-registered families at select locations around the D.C. Metro Area, courtesy of Deluxe Transportation. Each family will also receive two tickets to the Redskins vs. Bills game courtesy of the Washington Redskins.
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Senior Education Officials to Discuss Promoting Tolerance and Inclusion to Prevent Bullying at a Summit in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Education is hosting the biannual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET. The event will be streamed online here.

Speakers include James Cole Jr., general counsel, delegated the duties of Deputy Secretary of Education; Jim Macrae, acting administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Cynthia E. Pappas, senior policy advisor, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. Ann Whalen, senior advisor to the Secretary, delegated the duties of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, will provide closing remarks.
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Ryan Lochte Races in First Individual Swim in 200-Meter Individual Medley

(NBC)–U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Nathen Adrian are back in the pool on Wednesday.

The preliminaries began Wednesday afternoon, where Lochte kicked off his first individual swim of the Rio Games by topping the competition.


He clocked in at 1:57.38 in the 200-meter individual medley, one of his best events at the Olympics. He won silver in 2004 and 2012 and bronze in 2008.

Phelps, who won his 20th and 21st gold medals on Tuesday, also won his heat with a time of 1:58.41. He heads into Wednesday evening’s IM semifinal against his teammate with the third best time of the group of 16.

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‘Bring Home the Gold': President, First Lady Share Their Favorite Olympics Memories in Facebook Video

The first family is skipping the Rio Games, but they sent their best wishes to Team USA

(NBC)–As Americans tune into the Olympics to cheer on Team USA, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shared their favorite memories from the games in a video posted on The White House Facebook page.

Laughing as they interviewed each other, the “life-long, die-hard” Olympic fans also shared the sports they would compete in if they could. The video was posted Monday evening and had more than 4.4 million views a day later.


The first lady talked about watching the Olympic games growing up, recounting how her entire neighborhood would watch the games every night, “an event” that would “take over life.”
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Phelps Wins 21st Gold Medal

(ABC)–Michael Phelps has claimed the 21st gold medal of his career, anchoring the United States to a dominating victory in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
About an hour after winning gold medal No. 20 in the 200 butterfly, Phelps completed his grueling double with a triumphant four laps of the pool.
The result was no longer in doubt by the time Phelps dove in. Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte made sure of that, handing off a commanding lead to the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.
Phelps essentially spent the next 100 seconds or so on a victory lap, the crowd’s cheers growing louder with each stroke. He touched in 7 minutes, 0.66 seconds, a full body length ahead of Britain’s James Guy.
The British earned silver in 7:03.13, while Japan took the bronze in 7:03.50.
When it was done, Phelps simply sat on the starting block, thoroughly exhausted. He motioned at his neck as though he had nothing left to give.


Out of sorts, Serena Williams upset at Olympics by Svitolina

(ABC)–Out of sorts and out of answers, defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Shanking shots of all sorts, including five — yes, five! — double-faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round in a real shocker Tuesday, ending the No. 1-seeded American’s bid to become the first tennis player to collect a pair of singles golds.

Against an unheralded opponent who at times couldn’t seem to miss, Williams had problems right from the start, when she got broken to fall behind 2-1 with a badly missed overhead into the net.

That set a pattern.

By match’s end, Svitolina had won 63 points, but merely nine came via clean winners of her own doing. The others came thanks to Williams’ 37 unforced errors and 17 forced errors.
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USA women gymnasts throw golden Rio Olympic party

(CBS)—The team had considered several possibilities for nicknames, knowing they had to come up with one of their own or one would be chosen for them. GLAMSquad was discarded, along with Flawless Five and Fiercest Five and almost any other adjective that begins with an F.

Then Simone Biles suggested Final Five. They were, after all, the last in Karolyi’s long list of spectacular teams.

“The Final Five,” Karolyi said, choking up just trying to say the words. “It’s crushing.”

Fitting, given the way the Americans have crushed the rest of the world these last five years.

They have won every world or Olympic title since 2011 and this was, by far, their largest margin of victory. They finished more than eight points ahead of Russia, the kind of rout that just doesn’t happen in a sport decided by tenths and hundredths. They were so far in front they could have fallen three or four times and still won.
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President Obama Commuted the Sentences of 214 Prisoners

(UPI) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday granted more requests for clemency for U.S. prisoners than any presidential administration has done in more than a century, the White House said.

Obama commuted the sentences of 214 prisoners — the most in a single day, the White House said, since at least 1900. The number also makes Obama the most clemency-friendly president since Calvin Coolidge.

The president has granted a total of 562 commutations in his presidency, a number that exceeds “the previous nine presidents combined,” White House Counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post.
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Department of Employment Services to Host 2016 MBSYEP Outstanding Youth Celebration

On Friday, August 5 at 6:00 pm, the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) will host the 2016 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Outstanding Youth Celebration. The event will take place at Eastern High School ,1700 East Capitol Street NE

Washington, DC. The MBSYEP Outstanding Youth Celebration is an annual event that honors outstanding youth participants who have been nominated by their respective host organizations. In addition to recognizing youth participants, select hosts from federal and district government agencies, community-based organizations, schools and private sector employers are honored at this event.
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District of Columbia’s FY 2017 Budget Becomes Law

On Friday, July 29, DC Act 21-414 – the FY 2017 Budget for the District of Columbia, became law after completion of the 30-day Congressional review period. This is the first budget passed under the Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012 and will allow the District of Columbia to spend its locally raised funds on October 1st, 2016. The Mayor and DC Council have fiercely advocated for budget autonomy since it was overwhelmingly passed by District residents several years ago. Earlier this year, the DC Superior Court ruled that the Local Budget Autonomy Act is legal and must be enforced by the District of Columbia government. Since deciding not to appeal the decision, the Office of the Attorney General has worked with the Mayor and Council to implement the law moving forward in our budget process.

“With our first budget under the Budget Autonomy becoming law today, the District of Columbia passes another mile marker to our final destination: statehood,” said Mayor Bowser.  “With the 30-day Congressional review period in our rearview mirror, our Administration can give residents greater certainty that their locally raised tax dollars will be used for their priorities in the upcoming fiscal year. I applaud Congresswoman Norton for her tireless efforts to protect the will of District residents, and Chairman Mendelson – as well as the Council – for relentlessly defend Budget Autonomy. We can and will all continue to work together until we manifest our destiny as the 51st State.”
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Washington Metro’s Unemployment Rate at 4.0 percent

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 22,400 jobs for a total of 2,672,900 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 22,700 jobs, while the public sector declined by 300 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted June 2016 unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, which is up 0.4 percentage points from the May rate of 3.6 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in June 2015, but has since decreased by 0.7 percentage points over-the-year.

Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
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Higher rate of diabetes due to longer survival, not more cases

(UPI) — For many years, the number of type 2 diabetes cases skyrocketed, but researchers say new diagnoses have stabilized in recent years — suggesting more people are living longer with the disease.

Researchers in Scotland suggest part of the reason the number of people with the condition continues to increase has to do with survival.

An analysis of medical statistics suggests improvements in screening and diagnosis played a large role in the increase of diagnoses during the early 2000s.

The evaluation may be apt, as type 2 diabetes rates in the United States increased relatively continuously for about a decade, but part of the increase was credited to 1 in 4 diabetes patients not knowing they had the condition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
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Summer days shouldn’t be lazy for kids

Kids love the unstructured days of summer, but parents need to be sure children get moving during their summer holidays, a physical education expert says.

“I always encourage students to keep active in the summer,” Martin Wurmlinger, a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles middle school, said in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I stress just getting out and finding an activity that keeps them moving and raises heart rate levels,” said Wurmlinger. He’s affiliated with UCLA’s Sound Body Sound Mind, an organization that fights childhood obesity and helps students develop healthy fitness habits.
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