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Jam in Capitol Hill at This Year’s Hillfest

By LaNesha Kearse, Special to the AFRO The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation has teamed up with Mayor Muriel Bowser for the second annual Hillfest Music Exposition, Hillfest Conference Panel and Hillfest 2018 all day-event from Oct....

Some District Taxes and Age Restrictions on the Rise, Feminine Hygiene Taxes Cut

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] Oct. 1 marked the beginning of the 2019 fiscal year, which also meant tax changes for those who spend money in the District of Columbia. The general sales tax has...

Fury Over Tip Repeal Talk

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] On June 19 District voters approved Initiative 77, which mandates workers earn a full minimum wage and tips by 2025, 55 percent to 45 percent. On July 10, D.C....

What Summer Vacation? D.C. Council Members Plan to Work During Recess

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] The District of Columbia Council started its annual summer recess on July 15 but that doesn't mean legislators will be taking a long vacation from their jobs. "I am planning on...

D.C. Committee on Education Names New Director

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Akeem Anderson, a former D.C. Public Schools employee, has been appointed as the new director of the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Education, Chairman David Grosso (I-At Large)...

Allen Wants to Represent All of D.C. on the Council

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] The already crowded race for the D.C. Council at-large independent seat has added another candidate and this one promises to be potent. Former District of Columbia Banking Commissioner S. Kathryn...

DCPS Wants All Teachers Certified Before School Begins

By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO Last week, Washingtonians heard concerning news about the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS): 1,000 current D.C. educators do not have the proper certification to teach in the...

Incumbents Win; Initiative 77 Passes

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Despite spirited campaigns from opponents, the incumbents in the District of Columbia's June 19 primaries had no problems being re-nominated to their seats. Of the registered voters in the District,...

Change in Police Leadership Following Spike in Homicides Causes Concern in Ward 8

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Some Ward 8 residents were upset over the abrupt departure of 7D Police Commander Regis Bryant but cooler heads have prevailed as it became apparent why. On June 8, there was...

DC Candidates Face Tough Questions Over Police Reform

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Candidates for the District of Columbia’s City Council chairman and at-large member spent the evening of May 30 answering tough questions about criminal justice reform. One candidate called...

New DC Council Emergency Law Allows Chronically Absent Students to Graduate

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] District policy currently states that students who have 30 absences in a class should fail the course, yet on June 5 the D.C. Council voted 12-1 on an emergency...

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