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Try Googling the late civil rights icon Julian Bond. In a life full of activism, historic achievement and honors, none of the pictures show him relaxing quietly on a bench. But this week a bench took center stage. “He liked the idea...
Metered street parking downtown is difficult to find. City transportation officials say as much as one-fourth of downtown traffic results from cars and trucks circling, looking for street parking convenient to wherever they’re going. Your Notebook has worn out our Twitter...
What are we to make of Ballou? Radio partners WAMU and NPR delivered a devastating look at the backstory behind Ballou High School’s most recent, glowing graduation statistics. Simply stated, too many students at the Southeast school graduated with suspect grades...
Since 2010, D.C. has added more than 9,000 units of affordable housing in the city. Nearly all of it depends upon subsidies achieved through federal tax breaks. Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration has separately budgeted $100 million in each of...
Jay Wu moved to Washington a couple of years ago after graduating from Swarthmore College with a major in linguistics. According to the Linguistic Society of America, the field helps the understanding of “how language influences the way in which...
Carol Schwartz has something to say. And it takes her 745 pages to do it. The former school board member, D.C. Council representative and five-time mayoral candidate is out with her new self-published book, “Quite a Life: From Defeat to Defeat...
Again, the rush of news consumes us. Too much of it horrific. The slaughter in Las Vegas. The heartache and ruin in Puerto Rico made worse, many believe, by the slow federal response and the insensitive tweeting by President Donald Trump. And,...
We live in a dangerous world. It’s worth saying again. We live in a dangerous world. But, really, a spit of a sidewalk is too dangerous to keep open to the public? We’re referring to the sidewalk on the south side of the...
"Gloom, despair and agony on me." That’s a lyric from a song sung by country western stars Buck Owens and Roy Clark on the old “Hee Haw” television program. But the phrase came to mind when we were focusing on...
This past Saturday, your Notebook biked a few minutes to Arena Stage for the theater’s Community Day. A long line of people — in good spirits despite the long line — was waiting to get into Arena Stage's costume sale....

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