Washington D.C. News

  • Ballet School Increases Dance Opportunities for D.C. Youth

    The Washington Ballet intends to increase the number of free dance classes it offers to D.C. public schools east of the Anacostia River. The announcement of the expanded offerings came at a April 29 fundraiser for the ballet.  The classes are part of DanceDC, an education and outreach program ...

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  • D.C. Mayor Pushes $7.50 Hourly Minimum Wage for Tip Workers

    (Updated 04/29/2016) While Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed minimum wage increase from $10.50 to $15 continues to be hotly debated, Washington, D.C. residents recently asked for clarity on the measure’s impact on those who work for tips. Under Bowser’s minimum wage increase, tipped workers would ...

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  • D.C. Youths Explore New Experiences in Ballet

    In 1999, as Septim Webre took over as artistic director of the Washington Ballet, the first thing he created, even before assembling his first set of dance rehearsals, was DanceDC, an education and outreach program geared specifically towards underserved Black youth. 17 years later, Weiber’s ...

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  • Weekend Violent Crime Wave Hits District

    A Northwest, D.C. man died April 23, a victim of one of two D.C. stabbings during the weekend, along with six separate shootings, D.C. police said. Metropolitan police said they found Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 38, from Northwest D.C., suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 800 block of Kennedy ...

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  • Orange Wins Ward 8 Nomination

    On April 23, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (At-large-D) got the support of over 60 percent of Ward 8 Democrats in a straw poll that took place at the St. Elizabeth’s Auditorium in Southeast D.C. This was a major endorsement in his quest for re-election. “Vincent Orange is our ...

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  • D.C.’s ANC Reform Bill Sparks Controversy

    A bill co-authored by At-large D.C. Council members Anita Bonds (D) and David Grosso (I) to reform the advisory neighborhood commission system is generating controversy. Bonds and Grosso introduced the “The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016″ on April 5, ...

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  • High Lead Levels Plague D.C. Schools

    Troubling levels of lead found in drinking water at several D.C. schools have parents, water officials, and city leaders on high alert. Despite efforts by the Department of General Services to allay fears and work to install proper filtration systems, parents of students at Minor Elementary, ...

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  • VA Gov. Restores Voting Rights to Ex-Felons

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed legislation April 22, reversing more than 150 years of state law that stripped convicted felons who had served their time of the right to vote.  Those affected are overwhelmingly Black and male, which increases the group as a voting bloc to nearly ...

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  • MS Walk

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host a MS Walk April 30 at the C. Paul Barnhard Elementary School, 4800 Lancaster Circle. Registration is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and the walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The walk began in 1988 and has raised more than $920 million to drive ...

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