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Group of D.C. School Kids Join Ferguson Protests Downtown — The 23 students of the Potomac Preparatory Charter School's Gentlemen's Association were handing out blankets to those in need in Franklin Square this afternoon when they spotting a roving group of protesters across the street on the corner of 14th and I streets NW.

A Turkey Giveaway Without Marion Barry? “It Ain’t Fun” — Sandra Brown, 50, says this year's Ward 8 turkey giveaway was a lot quieter than previous ones. There was no singing, no joke-telling, and no shaking. There was no Marion Barry. The Thanksgiving turkey giveaway was a mainstay of Barry's tenure as Ward 8 councilmember. And this year was no different.

More Ferguson Protests Scheduled in D.C. Today — A St. Louis County grand jury decided last night to bring no criminal charges against Darren Wilson-the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August in Ferguson, Mo.-prompting protests from outraged people throughout the country who see the killing as yet another example of racially motivated police brutality.

The Smithsonian Sticks By its Bill Cosby-Associated Art Exhibit — The list of organizations trying to erase any affiliation with Bill Cosby keeps growing. NBC and Netflix, for instance, announced they would scrap (for now, anyway) already-planned projects with the comedian in the wake of an increasing number of horrific rape allegations against him.

Mayor-for-Life: Memories and Photos of Marion Barry — You could love Marion Barry. You could hate him. You could do both at the same time, and a lot people in D.C. probably did. Or you could do something in between. But what you could never do was forget about him.

On Marion Barry’s Last Night, the Mayor-for-Life Was Still Making Friends — When he was 14, Ward 8 native Byron Coleman got his first job at D.C.'s Arthur Capper Recreation Center through Marion Barry's Summer Youth Employment Program. Twelve years later, the 26-year-old Anacostia resident works at the after-school program at Stanton Elementary School in Skyland and is in the process of becoming an elementary school aide.

Ward 8 Residents Celebrate Marion Barry in Anacostia — Jvaughna Cobb, 19, grew up on the same Anacostia block where Marion Barry lived and says the mayor-for-life gave both her and her mother their first jobs. "He's such a friendly neighbor," Cobb says of Barry, the former mayor and Ward 8 councilmember who passed away around midnight Saturday at the age of 78 .

Marion Barry Fans Petition TMZ to Remove Its “Crack Mayor” Headline — TMZ gave Marion Barry its classic tabloid treatment in a brief article this morning announcing his death, and the mayor-for-life's ardent supporters aren't happy about it. The celebrity news website published an article this morning under the headline "MARION BARRY CRACK MAYOR DEAD AT 78."

Marion Barry: A Washington City Paper Reader — Marion Barry may be the single person Washington City Paper has written the most sentences about in the paper's 33 years. Read some features on the mayor-for-life from the last few decades here. The Resurrection of Marion Barry (Sept. 10, 1993) How Barry began his comeback. Visible Man (Jan.

New Yorker Goes Big and Explicit on Washington Football Team Controversy — Bruce McCall discusses his cover for next week's issue: - The New Yorker (@NewYorker) November 21, 2014 While other heady, liberal magazines (and Washington City Paper)have publicly banned the Washington football team's name from its pages, the New Yorker went in a different direction for its latest cover illustration.
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Nov 26, 2014

Last week, I learned the term "sneak diss" while reporting this piece. This week, I've had two opps to use it!…

Nov 26, 2014

"Barry became one of the Council’s most reliable voices for the poor...without passing many actual laws to help them"…

Nov 25, 2014

""To shoot a man? That's not right. Justice was not served."--13 y/o D.C. student."…

Nov 25, 2014

"Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen must have grown a pair in the last 29 years."…

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