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DC Streetcar Service Begins in Late Spring

H Street NE Gets First Service

It has been 52 years since streetcars served as transportation for the city of Washington, D.C. In the early 20th century, more than 200 miles of tracks carried residents and tourists from parts of Maryland through D.C. and Northern Virginia. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is working to promote its mission to construct transit options by creating neighborhood connections where they currently do not exist with the new addition of streetcars. Full story

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Heads into Its Last Week

2014 Festival Events End April 13

The District has welcomed the arrival of spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a three-week long citywide series of events showcasing the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan. “We welcome spring with over 25 days of events that are mostly free and open to the public,” said Danielle Davis, festival spokeswoman. Full story

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Trader Joes

Trader Joe's Opens in U Street NW Neighborhood

Trader Joe’s, known for its low prices and healthy food choices, took on a new name in D.C.--convenience. Trader Joe’s opened its second D.C. location on 14th and U streets NW. Curious to learn what the store offered, customers flocked to it on the opening day. Full story

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Marlon Wayans Returns to Howard U

Actor/Writer Spends Afternoon with Students

Marlon Wayans, actor, writer and onetime Howard University student, returned to HU recently as part of his promotional tour for his upcoming film Haunted House 2. The movie opens April 18. Reporter Sondai Costley captures Wayans with students on video. Full story

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Need A Ride? Get A Lyft

If you have yet to see vehicles with huge pink mustaches driving throughout your neighborhood, you can expect to see it soon.  That bright pink, furry mustache stuck to the front of dozens of cars is the signature of Lyft, a car pickup service run solely from your Apple and Android devices. Full story

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DC Diaper Bank Brings Hope To Mothers In Need

A simple conversation between two new parents has led to infants in the D.C. area being liberated of possibly going without diapers. This gesture was baby Jack’s first birthday present in a sense. His mother, Corinne Cannon, founded DC Diaper Bank, a nonprofit that works to provide diapers to families with limited resources. Full story

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Nonprofits Pinched as Gov't Shutdown Continues

The government shutdown is well into its second week and nonprofit organizations around the United States have been feeling its effects. More programs like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, which in some areas had to stop operations immediately, will run out of funds with each day that passes. Full story

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Residents Near Proposed Casino Fear Crime

National Harbor Site Worries Neighbors

  If a Las Vegas style casino opens in 2016 as expected at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Md., Prince George's County residents would benefit from the revenue generated and jobs created. But a number of residents who live near the expected site of what would be Maryland's largest casino wonder whether the benefits would come at a cost: an increase in crime. Full story

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DC Eateries Join the Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Picks Program Offers Deals, Special Meals

For D.C., the popular Cherry Blossom Festival is back and in full bloom. D.C. area restaurants are able to participate in the festivities by being a part of the annual Cherry Picks restaurant program. The program features some of the D.C. area’s unique restaurants and their diverse food selections. Full story

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Friends with Benefits

College Students Go Beyond Friend Zone, But Don't Commit

Sixty percent of college student participants in a study admitted to being in a friends with benefits relationship at a certain time in their life. Full story

Museum of African American History and Culture

African American History Museum, Planned to Diversify National Mall

With its foundation laid, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is starting to take shape on its five-acre site near the Washington Monument. Full story

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Adora Jenkins Handles Media for U.S. Attorney General

Dressed in black knee-high, four-inch leather boots, black stockings, black skirt with a conservative back split, black tweed jacket and burgundy blouse, Adora Andy Jenkins is fashionably dressed for success. By many measures, Jenkins is just that in her role as press secretary to U. Full story

Focus on Guns

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Gunshot Wounds to the Spinal Chord

There Is Hope after Injury with Hard Work and Determination

Gun violence has been a prominent issue lately, with the mass shootings in Sandy Hook and Aurora being the main focus of the public. While gun violence is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, more people are injured non-fatally than those who are fatally injured. Full story

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Stand Your Ground Law Proposed in Maryland

Stand Your Ground legislation could make its way to the Maryland General Assembly in 2014 following an August proposal by State Del. Pat McDonough (R-7th District). The theory behind stand your ground law is that citizens have no duty to retreat in the event of a crime threat. Full story

Ismail Watkins

Time Moves Slowly for Gun Violence Survivors

Ismail Watkins Views Life from Wheelchair

A bullet fired from a handgun caught Ismail Watkins in the neck in March 1998 forever changing his life. Paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair to get around, Watkins is among regulars who share thoughts at a support group for survivors of gun violence. They meet at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Northwest Washington. Full story

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At Maryland Gun Range Shooting Not Just A Hobby

The On Target indoor shooting range in Severn, Md.,draws customers who describe gun ownership and shooting practice as a way of life that includes training on how to safely handle firearms.  Full story

Van Ness Neighborhood Happy Hour Offers Discussion on Gun Issues

  “Did I make the Humanitini too strong?” the bartender asked as she eyed too many still full martini glasses. A few patrons at the bar assured her their drinks were fine. They were opting for the clear-headed route for the 90 minute exchange on gun control and firearms laws. Full story

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Opinion: Gun Control Debate Hits Close to Home

Darryl Darnell Henley laid in his casket, dressed in the same brown suit with tan detailing that he proudly wore to his high school prom. Gold, cursive letters spelled out his name on the Bible his hands cradled. Funeral assistants moved to lower the lid on his casket, but Darryl's mother stopped them, heaving her body over his in a desperate and protective stance. Full story

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Use Demand A Plan Campaign to Decrease Gun Violence

  More than 850 mayors from big cities and small towns across the country have joined a coalition—Mayors Against Illegal Guns--aimed at protecting the rights of Americans who own guns while fighting to keep criminals from possessing guns illegally. Full story

Student Organization Calls for Guns on Campuses

  Students for Concealed Carry believes there is a solution to deter mass shootings on college campuses: allow students to carry firearms. Founded in 2007 in the dorm room of University of North Texas student Chris Brown, Students for Concealed Carry has grown to more than 43,000 members and 350 campus chapters in all 50 states. Full story

Opinion: Schools Need Care with Zero Tolerance

  Schools administrators design zero-tolerance policies to eliminate acts of violence before they happen. Yet these policies dramatically affect children who are unaware that some bad  behavior can damage their academic career and in extreme cases gain them a criminal record. Full story

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Wedding Planner Finds Calling in Same-Sex Marriage

Driving in her car on her way home one day, the image of a sign popped into Tiffany Newman’s head: “Our Marriage Was Once Illegal, Too.” The words meant something powerful, not only to Newman and her husband--an interracial couple--but also to the District's gay community. Full story

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Atlanta Church Leads in Accepting LGBT Community

Tabernacle Baptist Church Preaches Acceptance

  Soon after settling in the pews at the historic Old Fourth Ward’s Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta, visitors notice that they are surrounded by a diverse congregation infused with same-sex couples, transgendered men and women and heterosexuals, all caught in the rapture of Sunday service “I was the first African American pastor in the city—in Atlanta, who began to preach messages of inclusion, who opened my church to the LGBT community, and who was embracing it,” said the Rev. Full story

Legal Same Sex Married Couples Still Fight Federal Law

Although some same-sex partners may be legally married in some states, under federal law those couples are refused numerous federal benefits available to heterosexual couples. Full story

Illinois Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

  On Valentine's Day, 33 Democrats and one Republican in the Illinois State Senate passed and sent to the House of Representatives a gay marriage bill, reflecting the growing support of same-sex marriage in the United States. The old stomping ground of President Barack Obama, a supporter of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, seems to be on the road to accepting  same-sex marriage after several failed attempts to legalize the act. Full story

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    LGBT Community Responds to Supreme Court Briefs

    A pair of opening legal briefs for gay marriage cases to be decided by the Supreme Court this spring were sent out last month. Specifically, lawyers in support of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act ask the Supreme Court to rule that the law should only recognize marriages between opposite-sex couples.

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    Same-Sex Marriage Could Mean Big Bucks to DMV

    Legalization of gay marriage brings joy to partners and DMV businesses alike, as the wedding industry sees an all-around increase in profits.

  • Businesses Throw Support Behind Marriage Equality

    Many large corporations are publicly showing support for gay marriage arguing that it helps broaden their customer base and increase diversity.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Growing Problem for College Students

About 25% of college students across the country have either been infected with a sexually transmitted disease or given an STD to their sexual partners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are20 million cases of STDs that occur each yearand more than half of all new STDs occur among young people aged 15–24, according to the CDC, and women bear long term effects, including pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Full story

Twitter Buys Innovative Video App, Vine

The next "big thing" in mobile technology could be the somewhat-new, insanely popular six-second video app called Vine. The cutting-edge application—currently available only to iPhone users—hit smartphones at the endof January. Its creators describe Vine as a “mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos” andalso allows individuals to “share moments in unique ways. Full story

HBCUs Share Spring Break

This year seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) take Spring Break simultaneously. Students at the seven HBCU’s are reveling in the fact that they can share this time that marks the midpoint of the spring semester with their friends. Full story

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HU's Green Campus Program Preps 'Energy Efficiency Leaders"

Howard University is encouraging students to reduce energy usage in their dorms by participating in a campus-wide residence hall energy competition designed to save spending on electricity. The competition is modeled on a “Green Campus Program” created by the Alliance to Save Energy that works with universities and colleges to help educate students on energy conservation and trains them to become “energy efficiency leaders. Full story

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Israel Baptist Church Undergoes Major Expansion

NE DC Church Construction Spiltting Neighborhood

Israel Baptist Church, a 130-year-old church located in Northeast Washington, is undergoing two major construction projects this year. In February, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) allowed the church to continue with its plans for expansion with a 42,000 sq. Full story

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New Architecture and Design Firm Settles in Anacostia

Two men birthed their baby in January. They call it DC Modern Design + Build. As the name indicates, their baby is not flesh and blood. Their creation is the marrying of two concepts and businesses that calls home the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. Full story

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Slaying of Wife of Former Alexandria Sheriff Linked to 2 Slayings

Nancy Dunning Killed in Her Home A Decade Ago

Nancy Dunning, dubbed “The Queen of Alexandria,” was killed on the evening of Dec. 5, 2003. She was found shot to death in her Del Ray home after she missed a lunch date with her friend. According to files released by the FBI, prior to her death, Dunning’s husband and then Alexandria sheriff, Jim Dunning, received a death threat via a letter mailed to him in March 1990. Full story

French-Market

Annual Georgetown French Market Set for Late April

Food, Goods Available April 25-26 at Outdoor Event

One of the most anticipated shopping events in Georgetown will occur on April 25 and April 26. The Georgetown French Marketwill be taking over the Book Hill neighborhood once again, transforming upper Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road into a French-themed outdoor market. Full story

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Nurish Food

Nurish Food + Drink Latest Eatery to Open in Anacostia

French cuisine inspired café NURISH Food + Drink has come to  Historic Anacostia not only to nourish the body, but  also to revitalize and revamp the image of  Historic Anacostia. NURISH Food + Drink is in the Anacostia Arts Center, which also houses art galleries, boutiques, a yoga studio, a cooperative working space and much more. Full story

Plans for New DC Zoning Regs Worry Residents

Some Fear Commercialization of Residential Areas

The District’s Office of Planning is teetering on a thin line between making the city appealing to newcomers and retaining families that have resided in the city’s neighborhoods for decades. In the process of revising the city’s zoning regulations, the Office of Planning proposed a number of drastic changes, including a plan that would allow the creation of corner stores in row house neighborhoods as a matter-of-right. Full story

DC MEETMarket Season Opens in NW DC

Weekly Logan Circle Event Runs through November

It's finally spring, and Logan Circle is kicking off the season by bringing a mix of fashion, jewelry, art and specialty foods to the heart of the city with it’s third annual DC MEETMarket, an outdoor community event hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Full story

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5 x 5 Project to Spread Art Across DC

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announced its second installation of public art displays around the District. The 5x5 Project will feature five contemporary art curators and their handpicked teams of five artist who will to create 25 temporary public art exhibits throughout all eight wards. Full story

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D.C. Archeologist Shares Findings with Library Patrons

Georgetown Neighborhood Library Hosts Dr. Ruth Trocolli

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Peabody Room is known for housing some of its community’s historic information. Now, the room has included a new aspect to its collection—archeology not related just to Georgetown, but to the entire city. Ruth Trocolli, a D. Full story

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Founder of Carolina Kitchen Branches out to Burgers

Rhode Island Row Location in Northeast Opens in March

DC-based restaurateur Lance London, owner of the southern food Carolina Kitchen eateries, will open his latest venture, TKO Burger this month next door to his Carolina Kitchen at Rhode Island Row in Northeast Washington. “Hopefully the snow won’t set us back,” said London who has been planning to launch the restaurant’s opening for several months only to be delayed by legal hassles and the D. Full story

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Lowe's Store Planned for Fort Lincoln

A year and a half after wholesaler Costco opened its doors to consumers, the developers of The Shops at Dakota Crossing have decided to add a second anchor to the shopping center in Northeast Washington. A 28,600 sqare foot Marshall's has been proposed for the site at Fort Lincoln as well as a second, larger store proposed at 55,000 square feet, according to the site’s developers. Full story

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Indie Bridal Project: Alternative Wedding Planning

If you have attended a bridal expo, you know it can be impersonal with hundreds of aggressive vendors who too often fail to put the desires of brides (and grooms) to be ahead of all else. Well, Megan Moriarty and her partners at Fenton Street Market, Chocolate City Creative and Juanita’s Adventures seek to change that one whimsical wedding at a time. Full story

Ward 6 Dems to Choose Local or National Experience in Council Race

The Democratic Primary battle for Ward 6 council member has come down to whether voters in the ward prefer a candidate whose experience in politics and government is largely local or national. Charles Allen brings the local flavor to the race. He says he has worked more than a decade on D. Full story

Meridian Hall Fire

HU Students Adjusting to Life after Dorm Fire

There are 93 dormitory rooms on the fourth floor of Meridian Hill Hall at Howard University, all of which are now deemed unsafe due to a fire that occurred last Wednesday. Last Wednesday Interim President Wayne Frederick said, “All students on the fourth floor and other impacted residents have been relocated to other halls on the main campus,” in his second update email. Full story

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Monroe Street Market Set to Open in Early 2014

Monroe Street Market, a new development in Northeast Washington, sits between the Brookland-CUA Metro Station and the Catholic University campus. On a recent weekday afternoon, there is not much activity at the project aside from a woman witling away at a block of wood in her art store. Full story

Reported Crime Highest at Brookland Metro Station

NE DC Metro Stop Tallied Highest Numbers

The Brookland Metro Station has topped the list for the most reported crimes in the DMV, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Quarterly Security Report,  There were 44 reported incidents at the Brookland Metro Station between the months of January and August this year, most of which were thefts of purses and electronics. Full story

DC Council Is Latest to Condemn Name of Washington Pro Football Team

Resolution Calls the Team Nickname Racist

The D.C. Council has approved a resolution to change the name of the Washington Redskins, making the local legislative body the lastest in a growing number of organizations to call for the pro football team to change what they say is a racist nickname that offends Native Americans. Full story

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The Sushi Bar's No-Child Policy

Alexandria Eatery Serves Adults Only

Restaurateurs Mike Anderson and his partner Bill Blackburn have launched another restaurant in Alexandria, The Sushi Bar at 2312 Mount Vernon Ave., and it comes with a no children allowed policy.  The policy, which only patrons 18 and older, has sparked controversy within in Alexandria, with both residents lining up on both sides of the issue. Full story

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DC Tourism Industry Still Hurting from Shutdown

Tourism, the second largest industry in Washington, D.C., is still reeling from the first government shutdown in almost 17 years Officials from Destination DC say they won’t know the full economic impact of the shutdown until next summer. But D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at an Oct. Full story

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Children Go Boo at the National Zoo

The annual “Boo at the Zoo” event at the Smithsonian National Zoo was far from a frightful affair. Parents and children dressed in their best costumes for a night of tricks, treats and Panda Cams.   Children as young as 2 years old embraced the wildlife at night. Full story

Shutdown Forces Art Lovers to Find Alternatives

The government shutdown, which included the Smithsonian Institution, forced tourists visiting the District and local art appreciators to find alternatives to the 19 Smithsonian museums. While the inability to explore popular exhibits at favorite destinations like the Hirshhorn and the National Portrait Gallery was surely disappointing,  those who searched found that the city offers hundreds of other galleries, museums and events that display the  city’s cultural and creative versatility. Full story

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Area around Washington Navy Yard Back to Normal

Shooting Rampage in SE DC Compound Left 12 People Dead

It has been four weeks since the shooting massacre at the Washington Navy Yard, daily routines are back in the neighborhood of Southeast Washington. Restaurants filled with hungry patrons and food trucks lined up along M Street. Traffic moved smoothly on the streets adjacent to the military compound while men and women who work in the area have a “business as usual” demeanor. Full story

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative Announces Partnership with Comcast

Partnership to Increase Broadband Access in Kenilworth-Parkside in NE DC

Only about 25 percent of households in the Kenilworth-Parkside community in Northeast Washington have access to broadband internet, compared to about 90 percent of households in the affluent Georgetown section of Northwest D.C. That huge gap in internet access is what drives the partnership between Comcast and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI). Full story

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Baker's Path to Schools Takeover Rocky

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker’s proposal to take over the Prince George’s County school system has been met with protest and changes as it fights to become reality. Baker’s proposal would include adding the next superintendent.. Full story

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Substance and Style in NW D.C.

An Insider’s Guide to D.C. Style, a course presented by Knowledge Commons D.C. and the D.C. Public Library, is a testament to how style is becoming a significant thread in the fabric that binds the city.  NE x NW blogger duo Elizabeth Demeo and Jessica Phippen spearheaded the class at Shaw Public Library to a small but earnestly curious classroom of students seeking help in reinventing their looks. Full story

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Development of Historic Theatre in Adams Morgan Underway

The razing of The Ontario Theatre, located at Columbia and Ontario roads NW in Adams Morgan, started in late Spring as metal fences and Bob Cat trucks replaced the unfettered loiters who called the corner home for the past two decades. Full story

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Construction underway on GWU's Super Dorm

George Washington University began construction this summer on what is being called a “super dorm” on its Foggy Bottom campus. This new dorm will be the most expensive dorm residence at GWU, costing $130 million. It will combine three existing residence hall along the 2100 block of H Street NW. Full story

Prince George's Schools Implementing Security Improvements

Ongoing Evaluations Sparked by Sandy Hook Shootings

  While school administrators around the country debate the merits of a new report by the National Rifle Association recommending that schools train and arm teachers and other staff, Prince Georges County Public Schools officials are taking a measured approach on the issue of school safety and implementing several security strategies to keep the county’s children safe. Full story

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Logan Circle Residents, Churches Work on Parking Problems

City Agency Devises Plan to Ease Restrictions on Sundays

  Residents and churches in the Logan Circle neighborhood in Northwest Washington have worked with city officials to temporarily at least ease concerns over parking congestion in the area, especially during Sunday morning worship hours. The two sides worked with the D. Full story

Politics and Prose Trivia Night

Politics and Prose Engages the Chevy Chase Community and Beyond

As major bookstore chains close or move online, Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Northwest Washington, remains one of the most prominent bookstores in the city. Politics and Prose and the Modern Times coffeehouse, located in the lower level of the bookstore, hosted a trivia night on Feb. 16 at 7:30pm. Full story

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Video: Reporter Jordane Frazier tours new home for Capitol Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington.

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    Rowers Find Peace, Friendship on Anacostia River

    The Anacostia River isn’t a place where many people look to get their exercise. The members of Capitol Rowing Club, however, embrace the Anacostia each time their oars hit the water.             “I had no understanding of it before I started,” says Kelley O’Connell, 45.

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    D.C. Central Kitchen Brings a Celebrity Chef on Board

    The D.C. Central Kitchen prepares and delivers 5,000 meals a day for the city’s homeless and residents in need. The man who sets menus and supervises food preparation at the kitchen holds a title rare among charities. He is Celebrity Chef Rahman “Rock” Harper.

  • Development Projects Underway in Ward 5

         Ward 5’s Brookland neighborhood is undergoing major development projects in efforts to turn parts of the residential area in Northeast Washington into a destination point with restaurants, retail shops and new housing.      Abdo Development, a D.

  • Christopher Feaster

    A Flower That Rises from the Thorn

    Christopher Feaster lived at the D.C. General Hospital Homeless Shelter while completing his senior year at Hospitality High School. However, his diligence led to a full tuition academic scholarship to Michigan State University. He plans to study the hospitality business in hopes of owning his own chain of hotels called the Black Phoenix.

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  • Two Ward 5 School Buildings May Become Historic Landmarks

    The Historic Preservation Review Board will hear testimony on historic status for Langston and Slater elementary schools, among the first to admit black students in Washington. 

  • Medical Marijuana Grow House Proposed for Ward 5

    Some doctors say it helps relieve nausea, vomiting, certain AIDS symptoms and some side effects of chemotherapy. Some opponents call it the infamous "gateway drug". Whether for or against it, medical marijuana has become the topic of conversation across the country.

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    20,000 Runners Set to Sprint Around Capital

    Marathons set off from RFK Stadium to benefit health-related charities.

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    IDEA Public Charter School Objects To Potential Closing

    Parents, students and members of the Ward 7 community filled Integrated Design Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School's auditorium Thursday for a public hearing that allowed IDEA board members to address the school's current state of low academic performance to Public Charter School Board.  

  • On Patrol With a 'Superwoman'

    Meet Police Officer Elizabeth Bradshaw, a superwoman of sorts to her ward. A victim of domestic violence and teenage mother of three, Bradshaw now she keeps the peace while helping her neighbors find peace in their lives.

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Food Desert Series

  • Searching for Healthy Meals in D.C.’s Food Deserts

    Part 1: The grocery gap has helped to create food deserts in Washington. In the first installment of our nine-part daily series, Kendra Desrosiers explains why some residents trade fresh produce for high sugar and high salt.

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    Spending a Dime While Earning a Nickel

    Part 2: For some families, it's hard to buy nutritional food — or even to buy food at all. And if they live in Southeast Washington, Nicole Austin reports, they might be paying 30 cents to $3 more for grapes, milk, bread, cheese and meat than residents in Columbia Heights.

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    Shop 'Til You Drop: Trudging on Buses, Trains to Find Healthy Food

    Part 3: Shopping can be quite hectic for residents who live in food deserts with spotty access to healthy food, and especially for those who rely upon public transportation. Simone Pringle, who is one of them, has also included a map of healthy food sites and their proximity to the Metro system.

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    Eating to Death

    Part 4: Osteoporosis, certain cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, high-blood pressure and stroke all have one thing in common — they stem in part from unhealthy eating habits. Sophia Adem writes that 50 percent of Washington residents are obese or overweight, placing them at risk for diet-related diseases, which are leading causes of death.

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    Culture Influences How and What People Eat

    Part 5: Whether it's soul food or delicacies from other countries, "culture is going to affect certain behaviors — what we eat, the amounts we eat and how we share," said Jules Harrell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Howard University. By Crystal Cranmore.

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    A 'Forty' or Fruit?

    Liquor Stores Outnumber Grocery Stores in D.C.

    Part 6: Being able to find fruits and vegetables versus a "forty," or 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor, has a major impact on health, Sophia Adem reports. The problem is that liquor stores outnumber grocery stores in many cities across the nation, and Washington is no exception.

  • Coy Dunston of Secrets of Nature in Ward 8

    Pushing Vegetables, Fruits on the Corner

    Secrets of Nature: One Piece in Solving the Food Desert Puzzle

    Part 7: "For years it has been believed that corner stores are a part of the problem and not the solution," Kai Siendenburg, lead coordinator of the national Healthy Corner Stores Network, told Eboni Farmer. Secrets of Nature in Ward 8 is one of 12 corner stores in a local initiative to provide fruits and vegetables to residents of food deserts.

  • Rodman's in the Friendship Heights section of Ward 3.

    In a Food Oasis, Residents Don't Have to Hunt for Fruits, Vegetables

    Part 8: On any given day, Cleveland Park residents can find whatever fruits or vegetables they need close to their homes or even right across the street. They live in Ward 3, a food oasis with more grocery stores to serve residents with higher incomes.