South African Musician Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the...

D.C. Council Passes Landmark Energy Bill

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer The crowd erupted in applause Tuesday as the D.C. Council unanimously passed the “Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018,” a historic bill that will push the District...

District Files Lawsuit in Providence Hospital Closure, Nurses Applaud City for Action

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] When Providence Hospital announced it was shutting its doors for acute-care services on Dec. 14, there were mumbles around the city about the action as another form of gentrification...

Sonja Herbert Creates Sisterhood of Black Pilates Instructors

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you should probably just make it yourself. That is the principle that Sonja Herbert was going by when she was...

Health Insurance On Demand? Some Are Betting On It

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer A startup is trying to shake up health insurance by letting customers buy some of their coverage only when they need it. Bind Benefits has designed insurance that gives patients coverage...

Warren Tackles Race Following Criticism of DNA Test Release

By Elana Schor and Juana Summers, The Associated Press Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to solidify her connection with African-American voters Dec. 14 as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach...

PRESS ROOM: Public Charge Rule Undermines Human Rights, Harms Families and Communities

(December 10, 2018, Washington, DC) –Today, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty joined the close to 190,000 other commenters in submitting a comment opposing the proposed “public charge rule,” that will prevent immigrant families...

Ex-Pharmacist Sentenced To Prison For Trading Pills For Sex

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland pharmacist has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for illegally dispensing thousands of oxycodone pills in exchange for sex with women...

AARP Poll: Majority of Caregivers with Family Suffering from Dementia, Spend Less Time with Friends

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia For family caregivers, the holidays can be a joyful time when spirits are lighter and it feels good to care for loved ones and enjoy time together, celebrating...

Providence Hospital Keeps Emergency Services but Closes Hospital Mid-December

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] When Providence Hospital announced its closing in July 2018, residents and Council members alike begged the question of where Ward 5 residents would go for reliable access to healthcare...

Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Sales Hit $96 Million

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's medical marijuana industry brought in $96.3 million during its first year of operation. The Baltimore Sun reports that between 250 and 350 people a day are applying to...

Children’s National Hospital Kicks Off The “Light Up Dr. Bear” Campaign

By Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer Washington D.C.’s very own Children’s National Hospital is kicking off the holiday season with the “Light Up Dr. Bear” campaign. The goal: to bring a little more joy and light...

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