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Mystics Fever Takes Over The DMV Mystics Set for Championship Showdown in D.C.

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Sun Stymie Game Four Comeback

By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Sonya Byrd loves the Washington Mystics, especially forward Emma Meesseman "because she's a beast." Byrd, of Southeast, joined dozens of Mystics faithful who sported red, white and blue paraphernalia and braved the chilly air Tuesday, Oct. 8 during a watch party at National Harbor in hopes of witnessing the team win its first WNBA championship. Unfortunately, the Mystics lost Game 4, 90-86, to the Connecticut Sun, leaving the WNBA Finals knotted at two games apiece. The fifth and deciding contest will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Entertainment and Sports

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In Aftermath of Dallas Cop Sentencing, Will Law Enforcement Finally Pay? By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia

5 Fans donned blankets and winter gear and sat picnic style to cheer on the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals at the National Harbor hosted by the Mystics. The Mystics lost to the Conecticut Sun 90-86. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer

The conviction and imprisonment of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger could represent a new trend where law enforcement officers are forced to face the music for crimes against unarmed individuals of color. Earlier this year, Jason Van Dyke, a white former Chicago police officer, was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, an unarmed Black teenager. Van Dyke, who shot Laquan 16 times, was sentenced to nearly seven years in

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Millennials Making Mark in D.C. Politics

By James Wright WI Staff Writer

5 Markus Batchelor, 26, is running for the D.C. Council as an independent. (Courtesy photo/Facebook grab)

Young people in the District such as Marcus Goodwin are no longer asking their elders for permission to participate in the political life of the city — they are doing it and making waves in the process. "I think many young people are disenchanted with politics as it is now and want to make changes so people live better lives," said Goodwin, president of D.C. Young Democrats. "We are an on-demand generation and we want things to move for-

ward quickly. We don't want to wait in line or wait for our turn, as some older people suggest." A November 2015 study, "D.C. Millennial Population Age 18-34: Then and Now," found that 35 percent of the District's population consists of millennials, with the non-Hispanic White segment the fastest growing and people of color in decline. The study also found that millennials in the District are well-educated, with over 50 percent possessing bachelor degrees. Goodwin leads his organization with the 2020 elections on the horizon. In 2020, the presi-

dency, about a third of U.S. Senate seats and all U.S. House of Representative positions are up for grabs. In the District, the delegate to the U.S. Congress will be up for election, as well as two atlarge and the Wards 2, 4, 7 and 8 seats on the D.C. Council, D.C. Board of Education and all advisory neighborhood commissioner posts. The District's political terrain recently got a shake when Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Markus Batchelor, 26,

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Women the Cycle of wi hotBreak topics Domestic Violence Del. Tawanna Gaines Four Homeless Men

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When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, na P. Gainestold faces old daughter her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families an alleged charge of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicof and federal life, the lifewire of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessfraudknew for something soliciting had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further she $22,565 done. Outinof camher frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement paignlaw enforcement's contribu- handling with Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protections personal of the for situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselstart Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. use, the according to paign. a court document case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradi“It Monday, seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must filed Oct. that won't 67, turn a my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. 7. Gaines, loose,” Marlowwho said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicDemocratic shared her story with theinaudilogue about violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow represented District 22 the northern part domestic of ence the District Alsoa present PrinceatGeorge’s County,Heights allegedly used PayPal at the event was said. Domestic Symposiumdonations Mildredthrough Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see account toViolence accept electronic on May 7 at theofDistrict Heights An assailant,programs clad in all black, attacked wifeAofcriminal John Allen Muhammad, designed to raisefive “The Friends Tawanna P. Gaines.” Municipal Center. The sympohomeless men while they slept on sidewalks who was sentenced to six consecawareness among children inearly information document filed in U.S. District Court sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole last Saturday morning in New York City’s Lower public and private schools. She shows Gaines didn’t disclose the funds she received Family and Youth Services byina Maryland his role in community, feels children need to be them educat-with Manhattan bludgeoning between January 2015 to April 2018 state cam-jury for Center of thefilings. city ofGaines, District Beltway in Four ed about metal bar. died domestic with oneviolence. clinging to life paign finance who the resides in Ber-Snipera attacks Heights and the National Hook2002.lawmaker Mildred Muhammad “We The haverampage to stop being in critical iscondition. ended paswithin wyn Heights and has served as a state Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chil- deminutes after the police arrested a suspect since December 2001, abruptly resigned Friday. Marlow has written a book, helps by thethe officers dren about domestic man violence,” scribed as a homeless himself. Gaines, who could not be reachedan fororganization comment, that “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. The incident becomes one of the most shocking is scheduled to appear for an arraignment Oct. 17 story about four generations of and their children. and deadly in New Marlow worked to break York’shas recent history for the domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for homeless six years. Sixpopulation the cyclewhich of abusecontinues in her family, to rise inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It isCityand confident the policies she even as the hasismaintained steady economic and those of her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that growth. her mother and her daughter. of,” she said. process.over 62,000 people currently Advocates estimate She said every time she reads Mildred Muhammad saidstreets,“Iinplan take these policies live on the thetosubways and other topubexcerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to lic spaces – far more than an annual count held in can not believe the words came domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. January that totaled 3,5888. Many of the homefrom her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliless suffer from mental illness, drug addiction or won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” other maladies. Meanwhile, the community where Books” Award. that she may be in “survival Tia Carol Jones can be reached the attacks took place resembles many others in the “I was just 16-years-old when mode”. at tiacaroljones@sbcglobal.net U.S. – a place that once sheltered those down on my eye first blackened and my “Before you get to 'I'm going their luck which has become a place for young prolips bled,” Marlow said. to kill you,' it started as a verbal WI fessionals and fledgling entrepreneurs. Elaine Davis-Nickens, president of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, said there is no consistency in the way domestic violence issues are dealt with by

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Five Wrongfully Convicted We have to stop being Maryland Men Still Await passive-aggressive Compensationwith poor October 16 about appears to be domestic the date when MaryPrince George’s County Democratic Central children land’s Board of Public Works will finally have a Committee, Prince George’s Young Democrats plan in place for deciding how much to compenand Progressive Maryland are collaborating to host I wrongfully plan to take these sate five convicted men who spent dea Democratic presidential debate watchviolence. party at cades in prison. But as the squeaky wheel moves 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Trinity Bar and Grill slowly, someto Maryland officials are and urging the in Hyattsville. The Central Committee has can- policies Congress Board to move swiftly, particularly as one of the celled a scheduled meeting, clearing the way for men was recently attacked while sleeping on a park their members to participate. The season’s fourth implore them to change our bench and remains homeless. Comptroller Peter presidential debate, featuring 12 candidates, takes Franchot (D) and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) place at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. laws. will stop bothIbelieve Oct. not 16 should be the until deadline for a The candidates include: former Vice President Joe decision so the men can be immediately compenBiden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, sated –policies an amount totaling million as petiIndiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former HUD Sec-these are$12passed. tioned by attorneys represented the five. retary Julián Castro; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Ha-

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A Recipe for Turning Up Your Tailgating Game for Football Season

By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia

It's the time of year when there's no longer a need to ask that ageold and once-provocative question: "Are you ready for some football?" Why, of course, everyone is ready for the pigskin season, particularly as homecoming rolls around. For many fans, the more pressing question might be how to turn up your homecoming tailgate game? The answer, if not expansive, could be simple, according to those who make a living by working the grill. "You have got to have a game plan, be prepared," said Jonathan Dolphin, the chef behind the YouTube sensation Soul Hole Kitchen. A big part of the game plan begins with the meat selection, Dolphin said. "Nice fat sausages or chicken thighs will do," he said. "If you have a propane fryer, then get some fish and season it with salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder and mix in some Creole seasoning." Then, Dolphin said, "put on some nice music."

Chris Sarajian, CEO of Roundhouse Restaurants, shared a recipe for grilled chicken and wings — dishes he said are sure to liven any tailgate party. "We marinade all of the chicken at least 24 hours before cooking it. The chicken breasts and wings can stay in marinade up to 48 hours under proper refrigeration," Sarajian said.

HERE'S THE RECIPE: 4 cups olive oil 1 cup peeled chopped fresh garlic 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley 1 cup fresh hooped cilantro 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp cumin Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Marinate the chicken for 24 to 48-hours before grilling the chicken or roasting the wings.

"We like to marinade all of our chicken wings and for grilling in this marinade," Sarajian said. "We feel it makes it moister and it gives it a nice bursting flavor no matter what sauce you add to the [meat]." Naturally, if you're not in the mood to cook, Sarajian said tailgate hosts could simply order a bunch of precooked wings. Frank Ferrara, a chef at the Original Pocono Pub and Grill in Pennsylvania, said the key to a lively homecoming tailgate party is not forgetting the basics. "The key to a great tailgate party needs to have three main guidelines — theme, preparation, time usage," Ferrara said. "They go hand in hand." The theme will make the tailgate fun and a draw for friends, family members, and guests to talk about, he said. "For example, if your home team is playing the Miami Dolphins or the Green Bay Packers, this would make me go with a theme of a fish or cheese," Ferrara said, noting the obvious connection between a dolphin and fish, and Green Bay residents' affinity for cheese.

LEMON DROP RUB (FISH, CHICKEN):

Lemon pepper, sea salt, sugar, granulated garlic, and onion, parsley mixed Baste protein in an olive oil and lemon juice mix when ready to grill add dry rub and cook on medium heat. after cooking sprinkle more dry rub for added flavor

LAGER CHEESE SAUCE (SAUSAGE, BRATS, HOTDOGS)

Aged cheddar, American and Monterey jack cheese Onion diced Bottle favorite lager Heavy cream In a saucepan, add oil. Caramelize onion lightly proceed to add cream to a lukewarm temperature. Then slowly add shredded cheeses at a low heat, mixing until dissolved. Add beer and heat again. This item should be prepared a day prior and reheated day of the game. Of course Redskins’ fans can reach hog heaven with a delicious smoked pork shoulder. For the preparation, Ferrara said a menu is necessary before one purchases supplies. He recommends seasoning any food in advance and even precooking items to save some time. "Being prepared to have your guest eating and you not cooking and cleaning up after the tailgate

party is important," he said. "You don't want to miss the first quarter of the game so set up a schedule of things to prepare the day before, like smoking any meats or marinating any foods. This will free time up, and you can feed the guests earlier." Ferraro dropped a couple of recipes (above) that he noted should add to the homecoming tailgate experience. WI

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1899 – Black inventor Isaac R. Johnson receives patent for bicycle frame. 1901 – Frederick Douglass Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund, is born in Washington, D.C. 1917 – Groundbreaking jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 1929 – Black inventor and engineer Elijah McCoy, who held patents for the folding ironing board and lawn sprinkler and made numerous revolutionary contributions to train travel, dies in Detroit at age 81.

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1887 – Black inventor Alexander Miles receives patent for automatic opening and closing elevator door. 1991 – Iconic comedian Redd Foxx (above), best known for his starring role in the '70s sitcom "Sanford and Son," dies in Los Angeles at 68 of a heart attack.

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1932 – Social activist and comedian Dick Gregory is born in St. Louis. 1968 – West African nation Equatorial Guinea gains its independence from Spain. 1999 – Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain dies in his Bel Air, California, home of a heart attack at age 63.

1834 – Maryland-born Henry Blair patents the corn planter, becoming the second-ever African-American inventor to receive a patent. 1919 – Famed black activist Marcus Garvey is shot inside his Harlem office, wounded in his leg and scalp. He recovers, but his assailant, who claimed he was sent to shoot Garvey by the district attorney, died a day later after jumping 30 feet from a jailhouse window. 1964 – Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial inequality in America.

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1883 – The Civil Rights Act of 1875 — which guaranteed African-Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation and jury service — is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. 1968 – Track star Wyomia Tyus becomes the first person to win a gold medal in the 100-meter race in consecutive Olympic Games.

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1859 – White abolitionist John Brown leads a raid on a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt. He is later tried, convicted and executed by hanging for his role. 1968 – African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise black-gloved fists during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. 1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his ant-apartheid work in South Africa. 1995 – The Million Man March, called by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, is held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. WI

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1898 – Lawyer and judge Edith S. Sampson, the first black U.S. delegate appointed to the United Nations, is born in Pittsburgh. 1902 – Harlem Renaissance-era writer and librarian Arna Bontemps is born in Alexandria, Louisiana. 1914 – Inventor Garrett A. Morgan receives patent for the gas mask. 1926 – Jesse L. Brown, the first African-American aviator in the U.S. Navy, is born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 1970 – Famed political activist Angela Davis is arrested in New York City and charged with unlawful flight to avoid persecution for her alleged role in a California courthouse shootout.

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corporate citizens. Washington, D.C.’s “Hopeless Village” situation exemplified these issues. Despite a dire community need for -- and support for -- a new approach to the reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals, a major developer in the city has emerged as the biggest obstacle. With CORE DC ready to open a sorely needed reentry center in the city, Douglas Development – without clear reason - pulled the plug on a lease it had with the social-service provider for space out of which it would operate.  With the clarion question – why? - continuing to echo throughout the community, two things have become increasingly clear: First, any developer who blocks progress without bothering to explain is no friend of the community. Secondly, and most importantly, it’s time to move on. There are those who would say that Douglas Development, as a private entity, certainly is within its right to change its mind without necessarily giving a reason. But whatever the reason, the public shouldn’t forget this at a time when the city is in desperate need of a space for CORE DC to begin to provide a structured, supervised; yet flexible environment that caters more to the needs of those in the facility, including social services, mental health, than adhering to rules for their own sake. The issues facing returning citizens are so daunting that there’s no time to waste. When most

return home, options for most jobs, housing, mental health counseling are rare. In a 2016 report, Beyond Second Chances: Reentry Citizens’ Struggles and Successes in the District of Columbia, produced by the Council for Court Excellence, the authors note in the executive summary that: “The path home from time in the criminal justice system is a rocky one, no matter who has to walk it or where they are headed. But here, in our nation’s capital, that path is incredibly complex and laden with obstacles, such as overlapping local and federal jurisdictions, a lack of resources to help returning citizens, and systems that do not always serve the unique needs of specific populations.”  And in a letter supporting CORE DC’s decision to open a halfway house in DC, Washington, DC’s Reentry Action Network also stated what’s at the core of the needs of this constituency. “By opening a new halfway house in D.C., as opposed to Maryland or Virginia, the BOP ensures a more effective continuum of care for D.C.’s returning citizens and facilitates family reunification. Residents will be able to access community-based and government programs in the city while at the halfway house and post-release.” Courtney Stewart, a prison reform advocate who was released from prison in 1985 and who chairs the National Reentry Net-

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POLITICS from Page 1 announced on Sept. 19 his candidacy for the independent at-large seat in 2020. "I'm excited about making my case to the residents of the District every day for the next 14 months — the case that we need bold leadership on the D.C. Council, with both experience and perspective needed to urgently address the real needs of our communities," said Batchelor, who served as a commissioner for single-member district 8C04, before his election to the District's education board in 2016. "This campaign is people-powered, no corporate donations; no PAC money. I'm an independent voice for the people of Washington, D.C., and from health care and education to public safety and government accountability, we'll work together to make D.C. a city that works for all of us." Batchelor seeks the council position occupied by David Grosso (I-At Large), who hasn't said publicly whether he will seek reelection. The ward council races presently consist of several millennials. In Ward 2, Jordan Grossman, Patrick Kennedy, Daniel Hernandez and Yilin Zhang are millennial candidates seeking to replace embattled Council member Jack Evans while Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd will face fellow millennial Janeese Lewis George. Ward 7 commissioners Anthony Lorenzo Green and Veda Rasheed and community activist Kelvin Brown are among the millennials who want Vincent Gray's seat, while Trayon White (D-Ward 8) may have to face another millennial, commissioner Mike Austin, for re-election. Darrell Gaston, an ANC commissioner aiming to replace Batchelor on the D.C. State Board of Education, said millennials sometimes aren't taken seriously by older adults in the political process and that bothers him. "I think too often elders say we need to engage young people but then they don't come through," Gaston said. "Young people need to just step up. Not only for the council but for the State Board of Education and even civic association president." Goodwin, who challenged D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) in the June 2016 Democratic primary, said the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

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D.C.-Area Former, Present Leaders Discuss Issues Metro, Redskins Stadium Among Chief Topics By James Wright WI Staff Writer @jamesdcwrighter A riveting discussion recently took place between D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, two of her predecessors and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks about the future of the Washington region. The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Oct. 5 hosted the State of the District & Region Conference at the University of the District of Columbia in which former Mayors Anthony Williams and Sharon Pratt also participated. The discussion centered on how the District and Prince George's County are doing well but have similar challenges and how they can work together collaboratively. "We found out this week that the District has $80 million more coming into the city," Bowser said, referring to the September revenue estimate by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. "We want to make that Washingtonians are prospering as a result of that growth. For example, we are working to build more affordable housing. The ways to build more housing is one of the critical ways that our city and region are competitive." Both Bowser and Alsobrooks say that Metro has been a boon to their jurisdictions but work needs to be done within the transit system and the immediate areas outside of it. "The health of our Metro is a top issue," Bowser said. "We could get more funding and support if we had six senators working together regionally." The mayor has long argued that if the District became a state, it would have two senators to see that the city would get the federal support that it needs. Bowser said the bus system will play a key future in the District saying that "public transit is convenient and affordable." She pledged to keep fighting for the city-owned bus system, the Circulator, to be free of charge instead of riders having to pay a $1. Alsobrooks noted that Metro stations in Largo and New Carrollton have attracted new gov-

ernment agencies and businesses near them. "Largo will be downtown Largo soon and there is the new medical center that is being built steps away from the Metro station," the county executive said. "New Carrollton will be the new headquarters for Metro's Maryland office and it is the only transit station in the country to have six modes that will include a commercial bus station, Metro, Amtrak and MARC." Williams and Pratt talked about the impact of gentrification on the District. Williams, who served as mayor from 1999-2007, said gentrification has come to the city but everyone benefits "when there is a general uplift of the economy." Pratt, the District's mayor from 1991-1995, said gentrification "is a tough issue." "You need the taxpaying residents to support the city," she said. "You have to find a way to attract that taxpaying population but keep your longtime residents. Everybody has to buy end on how to figure this out." While Bowser and Alsobrooks are political and personal friends, they do part ways when it comes to the fate of the Washington Redskins stadium. Bowser wants the stadium back in the District but said they are planning the future of the former site, Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, without a team or not. "We're not going to chase them down and we'd like them to be winners when they come," the mayor said. "We don't feel like we're in the position to beg for this type of development. We have a great site; we think the best site in the region. And when the time is right, we're going to make sure the site is activated." Alsobrooks said she wants the team to stay in the county but probably at another site other than the Landover location. "We've got to re-envision the way the stadium exists today and have it be more of a destination that doesn't just end on Sunday," she said. "We'd want to build something that residents can enjoy all week long, even when games are not happening." WI

5 Washington Post reporter Robert McCartney moderates a panel consisting of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayors Anthony Williams and Sharon Pratt and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Court to Decide on Concrete Batching Plant Plan By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

The Rev. Charles Dockett appreciates Ernest Maier Inc., not only as a good corporate neighbor cutting his church's grass and cleaning up dust with a street sweeper, but also for managing a respectable business in Bladensburg. However, Dockett, pastor for 16 years at Kingdom Missionary Baptist Church, said "enough is enough" regarding Maier's proposal to build a concrete batching plant alongside its current concrete manufacturing plant.

The business operates on a nearly five-acre parcel beside a predominately Black church that has fewer than 50 members and holds one Sunday morning service inside a more than 200-year-old building. "We haven't raised a lot of concerns about [dust accumulation] until the company wanted to expand," Dockett said. "I don't think that is a good idea." Dockett called the company's owner, Brendan Quinn, "a good fellow" who he converses with about other topics other than the current batching plant proposal. Quinn acknowledged dust can accumulate on the street and

church property and "we mitigate it as much as we can." "In the 24 years that I've been here, this experience has been by far the worst," he said. "I didn't [think] of myself as doing anything but [being] a partner with the town and the local community." It's now up to a Prince George's County judge to decide whether to affirm or reverse a District Council voted this year to deny Ernest Maier's application. "I will take it under advisement," Judge ShaRon Grayson Kelsey said after the more than one-hour judicial review hearing Thursday, Oct. 3 at the county's Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Disagreements between the company and some residents along the Port Towns — Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston — began in December 2016 when Maier first applied for a special exception use for a concrete operation on the same property as its current business zoned heavy industrial. After various hearings and meetings in 2017, the county's zoning hearing examiner recommend approval of the plan. In December of that year, residents with the Port Towns Environmental Action filed an appeal. District Council, which are County Council members that review zoning and land matters, held

5 Rev. Charles Dockett (Robert Roberts/The Washington Informer)

a hearing in April 2018 that lasted more than four hours. One major point brought to attention by Ernest Maier attorney Daniel Lynch dealt with air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, businesses classified as a "minor source" don't have to monitor air quality based on business size, calculation of pollutants and/or hazardous pollutants and emissions released. Besides concrete batch plants, other businesses that could fall under this designa-

Judicial, Evaluator Experience Sought in Child Custody Cases By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill ANNAPOLIS — When a group in Annapolis first met this summer to study child custody proceedings intertwined with domestic violence in Maryland, advocates already knew some children remained in dire situations that could lead to troubled futures or, worse, death. But one of the most disheartening aspects members learned so far is that

judges, child custody evaluators and court personnel have limited experience in these particular cases. A preliminary idea would be to assess whether to create a dedicated court with specialized judges and stronger evaluators focused specifically on child custody incidents. Camille Cooper, vice president of public policy for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), said another assessment would be to review what's in a bench book, which judges use to review information on

5 Daniel Saunders (right) addresses a Maryland work group commissioned to provide recommendations for improving child custody court proceedings on Oct. 1. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

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complex matters that come before the court. "Right now, we're still in the research and learning phase and we are requesting a lot of documents from the courts and from the state to figure out what type of training the judges have," said Cooper, one of the 17 members of the child proceedings work group. "We want to see whether that training is required, or whether it is elective. My sense is that they get very little training in these types of cases and it impedes their ability to be able to proceed without some biases." Another proposal under review would require all professionals involved in child proceedings, including judges, should receive training in gender and implicit bias, child advocacy and other situations that involve domestic violence. "The judges have their mind made up before we even start talking," said David Griffin, a member of the group legal director of Child Justice Inc. in Silver Spring. "The case of domestic violence of husband and wife, [judges] believe as long as they are separated that's all that matters. That's not true." The group, chaired by Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith, was

established through a bill passed in this year's General Assembly to assess how state courts process allegations of child abuse and domestic violence and analyze scientific research of children in traumatic situations. It's also the first group of its kind in the nation where a secretary of state convened it on behalf of a governor. The group consists of state senators, delegates, child advocates, lawyers and a "protective parent." Because of the intricate and emotional material and testimony the group will hear and read, an interim report won't be due until Dec. 1 and a final summation to the governor by June 1, 2020. One of the most passionate members, Anne Hoyer, directs the Safe At Home Address Confidentiality Program in the secretary of state's office that supports 1,100 parents involved or left abusive relationships. "I think what we are talking about in this group is kind of the seed that spawns into all these different things: depression, mental illness, human tracking, sex trafficking, sex abuse," said Hoyer, daughter of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland). "If we don't

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tion include gas stations, printing operations and sawmills. Almost a month later, council sent the application back to the hearing examiner to review several items such as distance from plants, boundary lines and merging other properties. In August 2018, the zoning hearing examiner again recommended the county grant special exception approval. And again, opponents filed an appeal. District Council held a hearing in February and then decided against the plan in March. During that time, the company amended its application which claims adding Maier Retail Inc., a commercial business already on the property, doesn't require the company to go through a new approval process. The county disagrees. Quinn, who attended last week's hearing, outlined how the business pays $400,000 annually in taxes and now generates about $90 million in revenue. The company also received a visit in October 2010 from former President Barack Obama to tout the importance of small businesses. If the court does grant in favor of Ernest Maier, the covenants in agreement with Bladensburg include installing a "Welcome to Bladensburg" sign at the municipal border along Annapolis Road, limiting hours of operation between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and providing an annual contribution of at least $12,500 to the town for maintenance of Upshur Street. That still doesn't sit well with some residents, including Denise Hamler of nearby Cottage City. "Having another plant just doesn't make sense," said Hamler, who attended last week's hearing. "Do we need another one on the same site?" WI

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ANNAPOLIS — A work group created to assess school construction projects in Maryland hammered out potential solutions Monday in the state capitol. Those recommendations include addressing schools with heating, air conditioning and ventilation system problems, incorporating a $14 million statewide measurement and verification program to monitor up-to-date status on facilities, and placing a higher priority on portable classrooms. Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D-District 23A) of Bowie asked about education efficiency when it comes to technology. "We've got some historical disparities where we have pockets of poor jurisdictions and pockets of poverty … that even if you have broadband, there's not the affordability for anybody to bring in their own equipment if the school's not supplying it," she said after the more than twohour discussion. "If you don't have what you need to plug into the broadband, you can't contin-

CUSTODY from Page 12 get these children early on from out of these situations and we send them to an abuser to live, what are we expecting to see in our future?" At least two college professors testified before the group to explain various research on the topic and how there's a nationwide problem with child custody proceedings. Joan Meier, professor of clinical law at George Washington University Law School in Northwest, came to Annapolis on June 25 to discuss a nationwide she led that analyzed 2,000 court cases between 2005-15. It showed courts either granted split or full custody to an abusive father when a mother claimed or, in some cases, proved domestic violence abuse against her. Meier, who's also the legal director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Project, showed mothers lost about 43 percent of child custody cases against fathers, even when abuse was proven in some cases from parental alienation, a claim fathers make in court when a mother allegedly tries to isolate or separate a child from a parent through words and actions.

ue to learn." The body, formally named "Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities," received no specific recommendations on technology for a variety of reasons. Bob Gorrell, executive director of the state's public school construction program, said trying to assess wireless access points and sufficient broadband in every school can become "complex" and may require a contractor to conduct the work. State Superintendent Karen Salmon, who chairs the committee, said local school systems analyze what type of technology would be required in its schools. She said about 99.8 percent of students in grades three through eight have access to technology to conduct standardized tests. "I don't think that is part of [technology] equipment," she said. "If we start putting that idea in, we are going to have a very hard time measuring what's equitable across the state." Another discussed recommendation focused on definitions from the National Council on School Facilities, which focuses on six categories: planning, acquisition, alteration, nonpermanent addition, maintenance and

operations. One of the main goals would be to classify expenditures and budgeting on construction projects to provide "better analysis and reporting of facilities costs." However, the state would need to replace its current financial data system which cannot accommodate further modifications, according to a draft plan. "I would not want that recommendation [because] we are in the process of getting a grant to do upgrades on our financial system," Salmon said. "I don't really believe its within the purview of this subgroup to make that recommendation." State Sen. Bill Ferguson

(D-Baltimore City) the definitions may be necessary because of ongoing conversations on public-private partnerships (P3). Prince George's County already plans to use the P3 model to build several new schools. For instance, construction of a replacement building would "include all steps from planning to occupancy that are necessary to achieve a facility that has an initial lifespan of 30 or more years before comprehensive renewal would be required to gain back the learning and operational advantages." Gorrell said P3 stills has some unfamiliarity because of the complexity of contracts between

a private business and school system, also called a local education agency (LEA). "So when we get into those contracts, they are defined with something that can be repeated over time," he said. "By using these same measurements, we would be able to compare how an LEA that's not using a P3 compares to another LEA that is even on a project-by-project basis." A final report on the proposed recommendations would be completed by Dec. 1 and incorporate as possible policies to incorporate when the Maryland General Assembly convenes Jan. 8. WI

Daniel Saunders, a sociology professor at the University of Michigan, visited Annapolis last week and said the last hope to produce change in child custody court proceedings would require some judges to step down. "We are going to wait for them to retire," he said. "You just sigh and hope retirement is the answer." Saunders, who established one of the first intervention programs for abusive men and advocacy programs for battered women in the 1970s, presented 11 problems and solutions to improve child proceedings. In a 2011 National Institute of Justice study led by Saunders, about 47 percent of evaluators recommend unsupervised visitation even with evidence of violence in the family. Additionally, only 23 percent of evaluators paid attention to coercive behavior. His solution: expand definitions of abuse in policies and training and provide a guidebook on materials to include coercive behavior. "This is the most meaningful part of the work that I've done because there is such an injustice," he told the group. "There's no doubt the recommendations you makewill make a difference." WI

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BUSINESS Bowser Wants Marijuana Industry to Grow High in D.C. By James Wright WI Staff Writer The District has the reputation as the capital of the United States but if D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has her way, the city will also be known eventually as the best place in the country to buy and engage safely in commerce in marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. In 2014, District voters approved Initiative 71, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The initiative allows adults 21 and older to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, the right to grow up to six plants and

gift up to one ounce of weed to other adults 21 and older. However, sales of the substance remain banned. Voters approved medicinal marijuana in 1998 but the U.S. Congress blocked implementation until 2009. Medical marijuana became commercially available in the District in 2013. Cannabis has become a big business nationally. In 2018, legal marijuana generated $10 billion and had 250,000 employees nationwide, according to statistics from the New Frontier Data firm. In terms of marijuana, the D.C. region would be the sec-

ond-largest market in the country with the greater Los Angeles area being number one, New Frontier data suggests. Bowser, speaking at the "WeDC Future Forum: The Capital of Inclusion Innovation" at the Eaton Hotel in Northwest on Oct. 2, said legalizing marijuana mainly had to do with controlling the product legally. "There are underground markets in the District and they are exploding," Bowser said. "They are also creating violence in the community. We were incarcerating too many people for small amounts of marijuana and that was a drain on our city's resources. "A change needed to be made," the mayor said. "We aren't doing this for the money but to keep people from being locked up." John Kagia, a marijuana industry expert at the New Frontier Data firm, agreed with Bowser that the District has become a hot marijuana market. "Washingtonians have a prodigious appetite for cannabis," Kagia said. "It is estimated that 18 percent of all adults in the District use cannabis." He also agreed with the mayor's social justice argument, pointing out a disparity.

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"Black men make up 22 percent of D.C.'s population but are 80 percent of the arrests for marijuana violations," he said. "This is even when law enforcement has de-prioritized marijuana arrests." Laurent Crenshaw works as the senior director for governmental affairs for EAZE, a medical cannabis company. Crenshaw suggested the Black male marijuana arrest rate would go down if social consumption lounges could be set up throughout the District. In regards to entrepreneurship should recreational marijuana become commercialized, Crenshaw said minorities should be able to participate. "In order to help marijuana entrepreneurs, particularly those who are Black or brown, we have to keep taxes low and have micro-loans available," he said. However, he did note the barriers that marijuana entrepreneurs of color could face. "Marijuana entrepreneurs don't have access to capital through traditional banks because it is a federally banned substance," Crenshaw said. "There

is no assistance from the Small Business Administration on this. I am aware though of a bill that passed the House that would let banks loan to marijuana enterprises.” Crenshaw said White males in the industry don't have this problem because they can tap into alternative capital sources that minorities can't. Bowser has proposed a bill, the Safe Cannabis Act of 2019, to the D.C. Council that would essentially allow the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. When Initiative 71 passed, Congressional Republicans attached a rider to a D.C. appropriation bill that prohibited local funds from being used to implement it. Bowser's bill would correct that by allowing the city to set up the structure to commercialize recreation marijuana. "The Safe Cannabis Act will provide safety and clarity and promote equity by ensuring that the benefits of this new system — from jobs to revenue — go to communities that have been disproportionately hurt by marijuana criminalization," the mayor said. WI

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Councilmember Bonds Scheduled to Meet with Coalition Members Next Week By Sam P.K. Collins WI Contributing Writer @SamPKCollins As a rent control extension bill makes its way along the legislative process, tenants and rent control advocates have issued a call to the D.C. Council for tighter laws that prevent what they describe as the rampant tenant and building neglect that exacerbates displacement. Some of the people leading this charge live in 220 Hamilton Street NW, a rent-controlled apartment that the DC Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs cited for more than 170 housing violations last year. When tenants attempted to purchase the building under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act three years prior, their landlord filed bankruptcy and sold it to another party. Rent-control protections allowed tenants to petition the new owner for substantial rehabilitation. Legal negotiations made it so that the more than 20 people temporarily leaving 220 Hamilton Street NW at the end of this year can come back to their newly furnished abode within 18 months and without incident. However, to pay for the substantial repairs, rent will increase 10 percent. Landlords can also lease vacant units at market rate. During a recent gathering on the lobby steps of 220 Hamilton Street NW, some tenants recounted the aforementioned events and alleged landlords’ abuse of current rent-control laws as a key factor in building vacancies and sales across the city. People like David Bonilla said D.C.’s current rent-control law doesn’t include enough units, and enables landlords to further deplete the

amount of available housing. “Simply reauthorizing rent control isn’t enough. It keeps us locked in the housing crisis,” said Bonilla, a member of Reclaim Rent Control, a campaign centered on stronger protections for rent-control tenants and expansion of the rent-controlled housing stock. The demands of Reclaim Rent Control, comprised of nonprofits, tenant unions, and advocacy organizations, center on qualifying four-unit apartments and early 21st century buildings for rent control. Advocates also want new buildings to gain eligibility after 15 years. Proposed changes to the substantial rehabilitation petition process would better hold landlords more accountable to building and financial management, a write-up by campaign organizers said. Reclaim Rent Control has also touted eliminating voluntary agreements, which they said landlords have used to force rent increases. “We need to expand the units covered under rent control and make it harder to convert them into market rent housing,” Bonilla said. “D.C. residents cannot afford the delay; countless residents will be displaced, our communities will be disrupted, and our crisis will be more settled.” The Rental Housing Act of 1985, only relevant to units built before 1976, will expire at the end of 2020. It has kept living cost increases at less than 5 percent for rent-control tenants and less than 3 percent for D.C.’s rent-control seniors. Over the years, as more renovated and newly constructed buildings replaced older units, the District’s stock of rent-controlled housing fell by the tens of thousands. Some legal adjustments, the D.C. Council’s repeal of the rent

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ceiling provision in 2006 for example, have also played a significant role in shrinking rent-controlled housing. Since September 17, Bonds’ Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act has been under the review of the Committee of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, on which she serves as chair. A representative of

Bonds’ office said hearing should be scheduled shortly. In the meantime, the councilmember will meet with members of the Reclaim Rent Control Coalition most likely sometime next week. “It is a complex topic, but the councilmember, the staff of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, and the committee members

will review the details and work towards developing an approach that meets the needs of District residents in a responsible manner and satisfies the Councilmember’s ultimate goal of maintaining and expanding rent stabilization policies in the District,” Emmannuel Brantley, Councilmember Bonds’ director of communications, wrote in an email. WI

I Am Getting Married…. AGAIN! Aimee D. Griffin, Esq., After 25 years of being divorced I have accepted a proposal to remarry. For many people this is a reality. The first time I was married my “wasband” I were both in our early twenties. We both had the same level of assets which was very little money and quite a bit of student loans. My former husband entered our married with a daughter who did not live with us. We had very little to protect. Now I have a different reality. My soon to be spouse and I both have children who are in their 30’s. With that in mind we don’t have to plan for guardianship if one of us were to pass. If there are minor children living with the biological parent and the biological parent was to pass away, the “step” parent has no legal relationship to the child. Often adult children are protective of the assets of the parents and are concerned about their inheritance. They may perceive the relationship as a threat to their parent’s safety or their legacy and seek to protect. Change is almost always viewed as a loss. At the Griffin Firm we have the opportunity to counsel families on how to peacefully bring blended families together. Often the conversation focuses around if there are disparities between the asset level of the families coming together. If one person has much more than the other the family with more assets is suspicious. The family with less may have a vulture mentality and look to gain when the partner with plenty passes away. A prenuptial agreement and a complete estate plan are good tools to determine what are each party’s intentions. My soon to be spouse and I both own homes that have mortgages. I was single when I bought my house. My fiancé who has been divorced for years bought his home when he was married. Although he retained the home and there was clarity in the divorce decree that his ex-wife was to vacate the house, the divorce decree was silent on who would own the property. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. We have found properties that have not been retitled after divorce. If the divorce decree does not specify the distribution and the parties are not able to agree, a modification of the divorce decree may be required. The fact that we both have mortgages on our homes creates the possibility of commingling assets to make our homes marital property although purchased prior to marriage. Maryland is not a community property state. A community property state allows for the spouses to receive half of all property acquired after the marriage. Maryland is an equitable property state allowing for fair distribution of the assets of the marriage. Bringing two previously married people together may complicate some end of life decisions. Often previously married people purchase funeral and internment plans. In many cases, spouses buy joint cemetery plots. The couple may have to decide that the plot is to be sold or the new spouse can be laid to rest on the left side of their spouse while the predecease spouse is laid to rest on the right side. The joining of two families is difficult but joyful. The key to minimizing the confusion is having significant and focused conversation.

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NATIONAL Investigation Gets Real: Some Republicans Back Trump Impeachment By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia Would the Republican-controlled Senate really consider a House decision to impeach President Trump? While as recent as one week

ago such a suggestion appeared laughable, there's now an indication that the GOP might very well consider holding an impeachment trial if the Democratic-controlled House ultimately votes to impeach the president. "The yearning for impeachment and removing Trump

from office has risen significantly among moderate and liberal potential Republicans — i.e. Republicans and Republican leaning independents," Harry Enten wrote in an analysis for CNN. "Nearly a third of moderate/liberal potential Republicans in CNN's latest poll said they wanted Trump impeached and removed last week, while about two-thirds didn't want that." Back in late May, the split was 16 percent for impeachment and removal and 81 percent against it, which statistically is significant movement, he said. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first declared that Congress would open an impeachment query, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he wouldn't allow a trial in the senate if such a resolution passed in the House. As Majority Leader, McConnell has demonstrated the power to quell any actions by Democrats. Prior to President Barack

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Obama leaving office, McConnell refused to allow the Senate to take a vote on an Obama Supreme Court justice pick. Most recently, however, McConnell has indicated he would allow for the convening of an impeachment trial if the House moves forward and impeaches Trump. Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh, who is challenging Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, labeled the president a "traitor" for imploring China and Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden. "The president should be impeached for asking other countries to interfere in our election," Walsh told CNN's Jake Tapper. "There's enough we know now to vote to impeach this president. He stood on the White House lawn this week, and told two additional foreign governments to interfere in our election. That alone is impeachable. "This is a strong term I'm going to use, but I'm going to say it on purpose: Donald Trump is a traitor," Walsh said. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney drew Trump's ire over Romney's criticism of the president regarding his call for Ukraine and China to investigate Biden. Although senators and mem-

bers of Congress cannot be impeached based on the Constitution, Trump tweeted that Romney "should be impeached." House Democrats subpoenaed the White House on Friday, Oct. 4, as part of the impeachment investigation, CNN reported. The White House said the "subpoena changes nothing — just more document requests, wasted time, and taxpayer dollars that will ultimately show the president did nothing wrong." However, Democrats have lambasted the president and they appear to be moving ahead with a full-on impeachment investigation. "I'm beyond pleased that a strong majority of my Democratic colleagues have joined us in the effort to hold accountable and impeach the most unlawful and unpatriotic man to ever occupy the White House," said California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, an ardent Trump detractor. "As I have stated time and time again, Donald Trump is a dangerous and dishonorable man. He has no respect for our democracy, our Constitution, or the rule of law. It is past time that Congress fulfills its Constitutional duty to impeach him. I am elated that it appears that day is upon us." WI

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Suffragist Leader Nannie Helen Burroughs Lived Her Best Life By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia This is part of an ongoing Washington Informer series about the Women's Suffrage Movement and an initiative that includes Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes that will use the lens of history, the fabric of art and culture and the venue of the public square to shine a light into dark places, equipping all with a compass to chart the way forward. The initiative lives in the institutional home of the Washington Informer Charities. Nannie Helen Burroughs established the National Training School for Women and Girls, which became a major influence nationally in the education of Black women on land she purchased in the District of Columbia. An educator, feminist, businesswoman and suffrage supporter, Burroughs is another unsung hero of the suffragist movement. Burroughs, who was also an orator, religious leader, and civil rights activist, was born on May 2, 1879. She died on May 20, 1961. Burroughs left behind quite the legacy — including helping Black women of the suffragist movement through the toughest of times. During her life, and after she died, Burroughs arguably became one of the most quoted suffragists of her time. Among the more memorable were: • "I know when I look good, I feel good. I know when I come home and my house is in order, everything else seems to fall into place for me. Shouldn't we strive for that all of the time?" • "Having standards isn't really for anyone else. You should want to have them for yourself." • "People, a vast majority of people, are fakers and shakers when it comes to serving their God. Sure, they may be able to quote scripture. They can clutch their Bibles and Torahs and Korans and put on the face of piety, but very few people actually live the truth of their faith." • "What is your purpose? Why are you here? Start small and find out." • High standards can be contagious. But it doesn't necessarily happen through osmosis. Sometimes you have to budge people into doing the right thing — either

by example or in a more obvious way." Burroughs was born to a formerly enslaved couple living in Orange, Virginia. Her father died when she was young, and she and her mother relocated to D.C., according to her biography on the website of the National Park Service. Burroughs excelled in school and graduated with honors from M Street High School (now Paul Laurence Dunbar High School). Despite her academic achievements, Burroughs was turned down for a D.C. public school teaching position. Some historians speculate that the elite Black community discriminated against Burroughs because she had darker skin. Undeterred, Burroughs decided to open her own school to educate and train poor, working African American women. She proposed her school initiative to the National Baptist Convention. In response, the organization purchased six acres of land in northeast D.C., according to the NPS. Reportedly  Booker T. Washington did not believe African Americans would donate money to found the school, but Burroughs was adamant not to count on funds from wealthy white people. Instead, she relied on small donations from Black women and children from the local community, and she eventually did raise enough money to open the National Training School for Women and Girls. The NPS reported that Burroughs also advocated for greater civil rights for African Americans and women. At the time, Black women had few career choices. Many did domestic work like cooking and cleaning. Burroughs believed women should have the opportunity to receive an education and job training. She wrote about the need for Black and white women to work together to achieve the right to vote. She believed suffrage for African American women was crucial to protect their interests in an often discriminatory society. "A lot of people endured a lot of hardship, humiliation, suffering and pain," Burroughs once said. "The least I can do is be my best, live my best life, and treat myself and my surroundings with respect." WI

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More than a month after Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on Sept. 1 and totally demolished portions of two of its major northern islands in the following three days, Bahamians are still struggling to "come to grips" with the devastation caused by the storm to Abaco and Grand Bahama. Despite an outpouring of material and manpower support from the United States and a raft of other countries in the Caribbean and around the world, at the beginning of October the devastation caused by Dorian on Abaco and Grand Bahama had not yet been fully assessed, with the actual death toll still being grossly understated. Meanwhile, with The Bahamas' tourism industry in the midst of a highly successful year, government officials are strongly stressing that The Bahamas is still open for business. "Maintaining a robust tourism industry will be vital in helping the country to recover and rebuild," said Dionisio D'Aguilar, the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Nassau Guardian reported. This message was reinforced by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on his return flight to The Bahamas after addressing the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 27. Speaking into the airline's PA system, the prime minister thanked fellow passengers aboard the Delta Airlines flight from New York to Nassau for choosing to visit the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. "I just spoke at the United Nations yesterday and I told them that the best way they can assist the Bahamas in terms of our rebuilding, Nassau — our economic engine and touristic center — has not been affected," the prime minister said. "If they can get the message out that we're still functional, we're still open for business, the more tourists [who] visit our shores can put us in a better position so that we can rebuild and get back to normal." WI

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October Greetings from DC Department of Aging and Community Living The Department of Aging and Community Living has a new look! As I mentioned last month, you’ve been the most essential part of the process in creating our new brand and identity—and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Mayor Muriel Bowser often reminds us that our role as government is to serve at the pleasure of our community, be a part of our community, and keep community at the core of all we do. So when Mayor Bowser signed legislation officially designating us as a Department, we knew that creating a new brand and identity would be a huge responsibility—one that that we couldn’t take lightly! We wanted our new brand to connect with you, to represent our history, and to fulfil the vision our former Mayor Marion Barry had in 2013, that you pushed forward, and Mayor Bowser made a reality. Many of you have been connected to our agency for decades (and just like you, we’ve only gotten better with each passing year!). You’ve been with us when we were a small office of 26 staff members—you’ve seen us grow, you’ve seen our budget grow, and you’ve seen our network grow. You’ve forged great relationships with me and my team, you’ve advocated for the needs of your neighbors and friends, and you’ve been with us for Holiday Celebrations, Symposiums, and Salutes to Centenarians. So we knew that when creating our new brand, we needed to incorporate your experiences, the lessons you’ve taught us, and most of all, your opinions. I want to thank all of you for helping us create a new brand that represents our agency and especially who we are as a community.

During this process, we received feedback through interviews with residents, staff members, and stakeholders. You helped create our new logo, our vision and our values, and I hope it will make you as proud as it makes us.

We believe in the power of good government to transform our lives at every age and ability. We believe every individual is needed to create strong communities that support, inspire, and love. We believe in the power of community to allow all of us at every age and ability to live boldly! In the coming weeks, you’ll see the new DACL logo appear in various locations. Starting October 1, all DACL-owned vehicles will reflect the new DACL logo. This includes all Seabury-operated vehicles such as buses, vans, and meal-delivery trucks. You may still see materials reflecting our old DCOA logo in the upcoming months—but whether you see our old logo or our new logo, know that we’re still here for you. We’ve changed our look, but not our commitment to our community. If you’re interested in connecting with us and learning more about our new brand, make sure you join us in the community at one of our outreach events. Or give us a call at 202-724-5626 to find out where we’ll be this month. My team is excited to tell you all about how we’re working hard every day to make D.C. a place where you can live boldly!

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Baltimore Program Helps Food Vendors with Economic Inclusion, Growth By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia As one of the largest, most comprehensive and most respected providers of health-related services to the people of northwest Baltimore, LifeBridge Health (LBH) advocates preventive services, wellness and fitness services, and educational programs. And the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP) is a collaborative partnership of anchor institutions, funders, nonprofits and public organizations focused on establishing

economic inclusion as the business culture of norm in the Baltimore region. Its premise is that anchor institutions are already central to the health and prosperity of local communities. Together, LBH and BIP have helped spearhead the success of local and minority-owned businesses. In 2017, LBH tapped its food-service provider, Metz Culinary Management, for a creative way to collaborate with local food vendors and further BIP's mission of advancing economic inclusion and growth. In response, Metz

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small businesses that sell food products at Greenspring, Gonzalez said there is little concern as to whether the set up will be successful. "It has worked very well. It is successful and it has allowed the local vendors to have permanent shelf space within our retail area," Gonzalez said. "For 25 years, Metz Culinary Management has built great relationships and supports Population Health in every community including but not limited to community-based fundraising, volunteer groups, philanthropy, nutrition education, and charity groups." To learn more, go to metzculinary. com. WI

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CITIZENS from Page 8 work for Returning Citizens in Washington, D.C, told me that the way the city and federal officials deal with returning citizens is one of profits over people and power and money over all else. Very rarely are the wants and needs of those returning home taken into consideration. Complaints from those who ended up at Hope Village are rife: rigid adherence to rules regardless of extenuating circumstances, a paucity of mental health services,  prohibiting access to the Internet on-site, denying residents passes to meet with non-profits who had offered to help them and failing to provide required transportation assistance to residents.  As Stewart said:  “The thing is that these people, the corporations who make up the Prison Industrial Complex, have been getting away with murder for a long time. They’ve been able to sustain the Prison Industrial Complex and they have ruined generations and generations of

HEALTH the Black community. It’s been so devastating, and we still haven’t recovered.” Stewart said Hope Village is indicative of the careless way that returning citizens have been treated by those getting considerable amounts of money to provide services. And he’s not alone. A chorus of criminal justice reformers and advocates say the same. “Hope Village  could never do better no matter how many opportunities they get,” he said. “They’ve been in the city for 44 years… They’ve been a part of the problem. They supported profit over people. Looking at the roots and vines, they need to cut the tree down.” The glaring question that comes to mind is, why has federal and city government officials allowed the problems and abuses at Hope Village to continue for so long? Yes, I’m sure they would argue that, overall, the good work outweighed the bad, but even such a statement ignores the very real needs of the people they purported to serve. Another question to ask is

whether policymakers, city leaders and the community has the political will to do what’s right. To their credit, public officials like Councilmembers Robert White and Kenyon McDuffie have signed on to ensuring that any barriers to CORE doing its job are removed. I hope that they are just the tip of a concerted effort by right-thinking elected officials to correct what is and has been an untenable situation.   It’s time for the city to fully embrace the concept of providing a full palette of services to the District of Columbia’s beleaguered returning citizens, and help CORE find the right spot so that it can do its part to transform the lives of people who have paid their debts to society but are still punished by a sometimes heartless, unfeeling city. It’s not as if DC doesn’t have the talent, work power, creativity and innovation to create a system that finally provides services that will help returning citizens rebuild fractured and interrupted lives. It’s past time for society and our city to do the right thing. WI

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The Office of the State Superintendent of Education has awarded $69,800 in McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant funds to Friendship Public Charter School to serve nearly 400 homeless students.

Children and youth experiencing homelessness are defined as school-aged individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Specifically, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance funds are used to remove barriers to the identification, enrollment and retention of children and youth experiencing homelessness. "At OSSE, we know that each child is capable of learning at high levels, but that sometimes these vulnerable students need additional support to access those opportunities," said State Superintendent Hanseul Kang. "This grant will provide much needed assistance that will help eliminate barriers that hinder learning and academic success for students experiencing homelessness." The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program, funded through the US Department of

Education, provides local education agencies with support for programs and services that help remove barriers for children and youth experiencing homelessness while addressing the challenges that this population faces in enrolling, attending and succeeding in school.

PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Le’Zarria Escobar, a seventh grader at BASIS DC Public Charter School on Northwest, shares how her mother engages with Le’Zarria’s teachers to help her be a better student: "My mom and I are really close with my teachers at BASIS DC PCS. When my mom and school work together, my teachers see me in a different way, which helps me see myself differently, too. It’s nice that my mom and I feel like we can be open and honest with my teachers and principal; we celebrate together and support each other when things get challenging. Just like my teachers help me to be a better student, my mom feels like she can share ideas with the school to make the way that I learn better, too."

5 Perry Street Prep teacher Felecia Cave helps her students with challenges both at school and home. (Courtesy of Perry Street Prep PCS)

FAMILY TIES

Students, teachers and parents at Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School in Northeast all attempt to create a familial atmosphere. For example, Felicia Cave not only teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math, she helps her students with the challenges they have at school and home. Last year, one of her students was misbehaving and falling asleep in class. Cave found out the student was struggling because her family did not have stable housing. She opened her home to them until they found permanent housing. Now, thanks to Felicia's help, the student's grades and behavior have improved.

VITAL CONNECTIONS

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement’s Leadership Academy — a school-based initiative aimed at promoting school and community safety by providing wraparound services and mentorship through direct engagement with students and their families at Anacostia High School.

Bowser, schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee and ONSE Director Delbert McFadden also participated in a community building restorative circle with Anacostia students focused on what students need to make each day count. This school year, Anacostia became one of 10 DCPS Connected Schools, a new $1.6 million investment by Bowser to take the community schools model to the next level. Connected Schools take a whole child, whole school, whole community approach by transforming schools into spaces that support not only a student’s academic development, but a family’s overall wellbeing through access to resources related to health, employment, housing and more. "We know that when we are out in the community offering support and breaking down barriers to opportunity, we can help reduce violence and put more residents on a pathway to prosperity," Bowser said. "Through the ONSE Leadership Academy, we will be able to help these students achieve success by connecting them with the resources they need to transition into adulthood and lead safe and happy lives." WI

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Financial literacy is important to achieving many goals in life. Wells Fargo is proud to be title sponsor of the Washington Informer’s financial literacy supplement. Get Smart About Credit Day, an annual financial education outreach campaign sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA) is on October 17, making this month the perfect time to bring awareness to this important topic. We appreciate the Informer’s leadership in providing helpful information to its readers focused on financial education and we are glad to be included. Wikipedia defines financial literacy as the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources. Having a sound understanding of credit – including how to use it responsibly – is essential. Good credit may make it easier to borrow money, may lower interest rates on loans or credit cards, may reduce insurance premiums, and may make it easier to rent an apartment and buy a home. When you understand money and credit, you are more informed and can be more confident in the financial decisions that you make. In addition, it can make the journey to reach your financial goals an enjoyable and successful one whether that’s purchasing a car, becoming a homeowner, starting a business or even planning for retirement. Not understanding financial requirements and implications for goals like these can delay then or even mean not achieving them at all. As we recognize Get Smart About Credit this month, I encourage everyone to be proactive about financial literacy. Learn everything you can about the financial goals you want to achieve. There are many resources to help. You can find assistance online, by phone and even in person, many times at no cost. At Wells Fargo, our Financial Health bankers provide our customers personalized support, proactive guidance and encouragement, and convenient financial resources they need to take action and improve their financial health. The Hands on Banking® online learning center offers resources for anyone who wants to learn more about money management. There are articles to read and even self-guided courses to help improve financial literacy on a number of topics. Financial literacy is a solid foundation to start the journey to achieve many of life’s financial goals. And Wells Fargo is committed to helping people establish better financial health – setting them on a path towards financial stability and reaching their full potential. FLS

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Understand Costs Associated with Buying A Home Before You Purchase Buying a home is one of life’s most delightful achievements and a goal most Americans hope to achieve. In Wells Fargo’s latest “How America Views Homeownership” survey, more than half of the respondents (70%) say that owning a home is seen as a sign that someone is a “successful adult.” If your goal is to be a homeowner, it’s important be aware of costs associated with the home buying decision. Not only do you want to know what it takes to finance the mortgage, but also what’s needed to help you stay in the home and be a successful homeowner. Here are some associated costs with homeownership that buyers should keep in mind.

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Downpayment – Most home purchases require a downpayment. While a downpayment could be as low as 3%, that amount can be a homeownership barrier, especially for many low-to-moderate income homebuyers. More than one in four respondents to the Wells Fargo survey said that the downpayment is

the No. 1 hurdle to purchasing a home. For those who qualify, there are programs that could help families reach the amount they need for that downpayment. The NeighborhoodLIFT program has helped more than 22,000 families achieve homeownership with downpayment assistance since 2012. Homebuyers should also check nonprofits and even their local governments for programs that offer bond and/or downpayment assistance programs.

Closing Costs – These costs are due when you sign the final documents at the closing transaction for your home purchase. Closing costs may include attorney, lender and real estate agent fees, and prepaid items such as escrow payments. Closing costs are often 3% to 5% of your total loan amount. So even if you have the funds for the downpayment, make sure you have enough saved to cover closing costs. Property taxes and insurance – Many homeowners have their

property taxes and insurance paid through an escrow account. That means you do not have to save for these separately because they are part of the monthly payment you make to your lender where part goes toward principal and interest of the mortgage and the other goes to the escrow account. Property taxes and insurance premiums may change over time, so your lender may conduct an annual review and make adjustments to make sure you have enough to cover the costs of the taxes when they are due. Your lender may require having an escrow account, especially if your downpayment is less than 20%. If you have that choice and want to pay the taxes on your own, it’s important to budget correctly so that you have the funds available when they are due. Not paying your taxes on time can result in additional fees and could lead to foreclosure. Repairs and Maintenance – If you don’t already have a rainy day fund, you definitely want to have one as a homeown-

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er. Regular maintenance is one thing but repairs can pop up at any time. Making sure, you also are prepared for unexpected repairs play an important role in being a successful homeowner. Some lenders also look at your savings when considering you for loan approval. Planning to become a homeowner is an exciting decision. Help that journey be as enjoyable as you can by understanding and being prepared for all of the financial obligations of being a homeowner. FLS

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Career Change Checklist: Are You Prepared? If you’re considering a job or career change, it’s important to do some homework before you make the leap. Many benefits from your current position could be tied to specific dates and time frames. Gathering the right information can help you strategically time your exit and set yourself up for greater success. Consider these steps before you resign:

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1. Decide if you’d prefer to quit now or wait until you have an offer. This decision requires you to factor in how unhappy you are in your current position and whether you’re able to live off your savings for a while. If you’re in a traditional industry, such as sales, it might be better to find a new opportunity while you’re employed. But if you’re in high-tech, biotech, private equity, or a similar industry, there may

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2. Check your employment contract and noncompete agreement. Have a labor attorney review any legal documents you signed when you were hired to evaluate their terms and enforceability. Some contracts may require you to pay back relocation money, education grants, or bonuses if you don’t stay for a certain period of time. Others include “golden handcuffs” that mean you will lose unvested options, restricted stock, deferred compensation, and other benefits upon resignation. Still others may require waiting for a specified length of time before taking a job with a competitor. 3. Review your retirement benefits. Check the vesting schedule for

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your employer’s 401(k) contributions and profit-sharing contributions to see how long you have to work to claim your portion of the money. Many plans require you be employed on the last day of the plan year to get employer contributions for that year. You may want to wait until after the plan year ends before you terminate employment so you don’t lose those contributions. 4. Check the terms of stock options, restricted stock, or other forms of non-salary compensation. You may want to delay your departure if a valuable number of options will vest in the near future. If you’re already vested, find out if you’re still subject to the same trading windows and how much time you have to exercise your vested options once you resign. In many cases, options expire if they aren’t exercised within a certain time frame—typically 90 days after your departure. 5. Manage your health insurance. If you don’t already have a new position or if your new employer’s health plan has a waiting period, figure out where you will get coverage to fill the gap. If your company has 20 or more full time employees, you’ll be able to keep your current plan for up to 18 months after you stop working under the federal law COBRA (you’ll likely have to pay your share and your employer’s share of the premium). You may want to compare those costs with coverage available on the government’s health insurance marketplace. Remember, if you live in a state with a health insurance man-

date and you can afford but do not purchase coverage, you may have a tax penalty. 6. Spend your FSA accounts. If you put pretax money into a flexible spending account (FSA), try to spend down the account before you resign. FSAs typically operate on a use-it-or-lose-it basis (though you may be able to extend with COBRA). In contrast, if you have money in a health savings account (HSA), that money is yours to keep. 7. Consider a group life and disability insurance conversion. If you have life or disability coverage through your employer, you may be able to convert your group policy to an individual policy. Often you have a short window after your resignation to apply with the insurer for continued coverage. This can be an especially good option if insurers consider you a risk because of your age or medical condition. 8. Consult a Financial Advisor. Whether you’re planning to take some time off or go right into to a new job, an advisor can provide valuable financial guidance through the transition. This article was written for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of John Marshall, Financial Advisor in Washington, DC at 202-8614458. © 2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. FLS

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From Milk to Meat: Grooming Youth for Banking Success

By Lee Ross WI Staff Writer

One of the most difficult tasks involved in leading the unbanked and underbanked into new relationships with banking institutions, is getting them to set aside the myths, fears, and anxieties – many of which are generationally taught. To calm those fears, D.C.’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, regularly engages with young people to reach them before those family lessons take root.

“Often, we find that people mistrust banks and aren’t sure about them. Or they believe they don’t have enough money to have a bank account and be able to go out and do the transactions they need so they rely on nontraditional money sources and transactions like money transmitters and check cashers,” Stephen C. Taylor, Chairman of the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking told the Informer at a Financial Literacy Day at H.D. Woodson High School. “These alternative routes, cost consumers about $800 per

year trying to access their own money and there are issues surrounding safety when you’re walking around with money in your pocket rather than having it in a savings account.” Taylor said that programs, like Bank on DC work to reduce the number of unbanked (those without any accounts) and underbanked (those with some type of account but still rely on nontraditional money services) by easing them into banking. In some instances, this means providing free or low-cost bank accounts to those who cannot af-

DC’s Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking partnered with H.D. Woodson High School to introduce financial literacy to 11th and 12th grade students. They passed out Bank on DC bags and pens to students. (Photos by Shantella Y. Sherman)

Financial advisor, Linda Easley Stroman said that financial wellness and overall wellness go hand-in-hand.

ford the fees or aiding those who have had previous problems with bank accounts to establish second chance accounts. The program at H.D. Woodson, used the performing group, The Reminders to bring the message to young adults, who Taylor said are often encouraged through peer pressure to spend money on the latest trends with little regard to saving. “We’re here at H.D. Woodson, with the Mayor’s Pathways to the Middle-Class agenda and economic inclusion to ensure everyone has a fair shot. This program is geared towards 11th and 12th-graders so these young adults start learning about good financial hygiene, about saving money and making budgets,” Taylor said. “They will begin to see that they don’t have to have the latest smartphone and begin looking towards the future by learning to pay themselves first.” Linda Easley Stroman, Founder and Owner of Lasting Change Life Coaching, LLC, told the Informer that one of the biggest challenges to good financial hygiene is self-image. “Our self-image or the way we allow others to see us and tell us how we are, encourages us to dress up the outside rather than taking care of the inside or infrastructure. We do not embrace wellness overall, which includes financial health,” Stroman said. “It’s all connected. If we’re well financially, we tend to be on our way to being well physically,

mentally, and nutritionally.” Stroman, who took part in the Woodson High program with Bank on DC, said that African Americans tend to make others rich rather than trying to figure out how to do for ourselves. This would include creating multiple streams of income, investing, and taking time to learn how best to secure our futures through delayed gratification. “Delayed gratification is something we really have to work on because it gives a clearer picture of what we want and why we want it. Do we want things for the wrong reasons? When you have to wait and work towards getting those things, you can sometimes determine, it really isn’t of value,” Stroman said. “We have to get to a point where we begin shifting behaviors, doing a bit of tweaking and seeing how banking and investing can benefit us.” The Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) partnered with H.D. Woodson High School and Funding the Future to hold the financial literacy event for District students in grades 11 and 12. Funding the Future (www.fundingthefuturelive.org) is a nonprofit organization that uses live music, video and performance to engage students in an interactive financial education program. It has performed for more than 150,000 students in 500 unique venues across 34 states, promoting financial literacy. FLS

The musical duo The Reminders, performed during the Woodson program, encouraging youth to spend responsibly and invest in their futures.

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The Costs of Being Unbanked Compiled by Lee Ross WI Staff Writer Consulting firm Accenture estimates that bringing unbanked adults and businesses into the formal banking sector could generate as much as $380 billion in new revenue for banks in emerging markets by 2020. Unbanked is defined as those without an account at a financial institution or through a mobile money provider. Underbanked households have bank accounts, but also rely on alternative financial services (such as payday loan companies) because their banking relationships do not fully meet their needs.

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Cashless Culture on the Rise?

By Lee Ross WI Staff Writer

On a recent trip to a local salad shop a massive queue of customers could be seen turning around and exiting – without their food. Amid the murmuring, one customer angrily shouted back to employees, “This is still America! You have to accept cash!” What this gentleman and many other Americans are finding is that cash is no longer ‘king’ and a growing number of businesses have opted out of accepting cash as legal payments for goods and services in a bid for streamlined, efficient operations. “We save a lot of time not having to count registers, there is virtually never a case of our books being unbalanced, and we have more time to focus on food preparation,” the store manager, Stephanie Webb said. “It does mean that a lot of people who do not have credit or debit cards or who do not have our app, aren’t served, but so far, that’s been a small minority of customers.” But that small minority tends to demographically include the unbanked and those in disenfranchised communities. Keya Strong, a Northeast, D.C. resident and college sophomore said the push to go cashless goes against many of the tenets of a healthy economic system she learns about in school. It also forces students to use credit for frivolous things. “Some of my friends and I have experienced situations where because we had to use credit to buy lunch, we neglected to add on the interest or caused an overdraft on our accounts,” Strong said. “We are always being advised to use credit for emergencies only, but then you go to buy a burger or get a salad, and no one wants your cash money, so you have to use it for frivolous things.” Strong said that in addition to making the average young person seem irresponsible, the overdrafts later impacted her ability to establish another bank account. To simplify things, Strong said if she cannot pay cash, she will not make the purchase. “My grandfather used to say, ‘never owe or borrow against the store’ meaning don’t live using credit and owing other people. He lived to me almost 100 and kept a wad that could choke a mule in his pocket. I was able to restore my relationship with my bank, but I live my grandfather’s rules now. Cash only.” Across the U.S. a backlash has begun in several cities, including San Francisco and Philadelphia to ban cashless businesses. One salad chain, Sweetgreen, reportedly reversed its decision to go completely cashless, though individual locations in the District continue a credit or app payment only system. Opponents of cashless stores say the move hinders privacy, as each transaction that goes through a middleman (banking system) takes note of what is being purchased, at what frequency, and by whom. Cashless businesses also deny access to those who are unable to acquire bank accounts because they lack proper documentation. FLS

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) found in a study that 90.6 million Americans are financially marginalized, having to rely on alternate financial services (AFS), which charge fees for transactions that are often free to customers of banks, credit unions and other federally insured institutions. An estimated 9 million U.S. households (7 percent overall), which includes 15.6 million adults and 7.6 million children, were unbanked in 2015, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Many banks decline accounts to prospective account holders if they have a record of financial mistakes, such as bounced checks or relatively minor overdrafts. Other Americans have been blacklisted from major U.S. banks because they’ve failed background checks.

  

ChexSystems is a debit bureau, which collects information from banks and other financial institutions. While not a part of your credit report, your ChexSystems report is similar in that it shows previous account activity, in this case with banks and credit unions. If denied a checking account, it is generally the result of a poor ChexSystems rating. The Center for Financial Service Innovation’s 2016 Financially Underserved Market Size Study found that financially underserved Americans spent approximately $141 billion in fees and interest during 2015 to borrow, spend, save and plan.

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Nearly 45 million consumers are credit invisible – meaning when lenders or potential landlords go to the credit bureaus to pull your credit history, they simply won’t find anything. Or, you may be unscoreable, meaning that the bureaus will find some credit data, but not enough to create a reliable credit score.

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When we live life with a commitment to our overall wellness, we are able to make well-informed decisions resulting in health and financial balance. Positive thoughts and affirmations lead us to discover our best health and wealth connection. Below is “food for thought” to improve our mental, intellectual, emotional, physical and financial wellbeing: Adopt an attitude of self-care I decided to rid my household of chemical-based products and replace them with natural solutions and remedies. Immedi-

ately I noticed my thinking was clearer. In addition, I decided to switch to a whole-food based diet and began to eliminate processed foods. The money saved on less beneficial food items and cleaning products reduced expenses, increased savings and grew my businesses. My energy and mental clarity heightened to make better decisions regarding my health and wealth Understand your “enough” The process of “mindfulness” in my day-to-day life has led me to more abundant health and wealth. Mindfulness is a process of being present with all aspects of your being. I have embraced the concepts of “mindful cooking and eating.” It is said it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to determine you are full. Slowing down my eating process has helped to not overconsume. This also leads to savings within

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Recent and Recommended Books to Better Understand the Unbanked

By Lee Ross WI Staff Writer

The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives

Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid By Carol Realini , Karl Mehta

As incredible as it may seem in this hyper-connected, technologically advanced era, half the planet’s population exist as “Financial nomads”-those who nourish and shelter themselves without using traditional banking services. While the wealthy live at the top of a metaphorical pyramid, taking financial security and banking services for granted, there are billions of people who struggle at the pyramid’s base in an exhausting state of financial exclusion and insecurity. Times are changing rapidly, but despite global uncertainty, technology has the capacity to reach and equip people in all walks of life. Advances in communications have reconfigured the ease with which we interact with our money-and these advances can provide innovative financial services to the unbanked and underserved around the world.

By Lisa Servon

No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans

What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high-net-worth entrepreneur, and a twenty-something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their lower- and middle-income customers while serving only the wealthiest Americans. Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check-cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers engaging, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us.

By Michael S. Barr

The financial crisis exposed the potentially unsavory results of the interaction between low- and moderate- income households and alternative and mainstream financial institutions. Many households were overleveraged or paid high costs for financial services, while others lacked access to useful financial products that can cushion against economic instability. The financial services system is not well designed to serve low- and moderate-income households, leaving them without financial slack: they did not have adequate breathing room for making the financial adjustments that would permit them to better meet their own needs. No Slack shows us why these families were the least prepared to handle the shock of the deep recession. This pivotal analysis focuses on the Detroit metropolitan area’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, which are similar to those of other Rust Belt communities. The Detroit Area Household Financial Services study—conducted at the height of the subprime lending boom—examines these households’ decision-making processes, behaviors, and attitudes toward a full range of financial transactions.

How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy By Mehrsa Baradaran

The United States has two separate banking systems today—one serving the wellto-do and another exploiting everyone else. How the Other Half Banks contributes to the growing conversation on American inequality by highlighting one of its prime causes: unequal credit. Mehrsa Baradaran examines how a significant portion of the population, deserted by banks, is forced to wander through a Wild West of payday lenders and check-cashing services to cover emergency expenses and pay for necessities—all thanks to deregulation that began in the 1970s and continues decades later. “Baradaran argues persuasively that the banking industry, fattened on public subsidies (including too-big-to-fail bailouts), owes low-income families a better deal...How the Other Half Banks is well researched and clearly written...The bankers who fully understand the system are heavily invested in it. Books like this are written for the rest of us.” —Nancy Folbre, New York Times Book Review “How the Other Half Banks tells an important story, one in which we have allowed the profit motives of banks to trump the public interest.”

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Housing Counseling: Your Trusted Path to Homeownership

By Hermond Palmer Vice President, Housing Programs National Foundation Credit Counseling I have heard it said, “African Americans don’t do counseling.” My response is always, “Why not?” If you were sick, you’d go see a doctor. If your car needed some engine work, you’d go to a mechanic. If you wanted to get your praise on, you’d go to a house of worship. The premise behind this formula is simple. You need help for a specific issue, you get the help you need from a

subject matter expert to address that issue. So, why not go to counseling? What makes counseling so different? There are many types of counseling; career, educational, marital, spiritual, and more. For the purpose of this article, I will be discussing housing counseling. So, let’s start at the beginning. What is housing counseling? The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) describes housing counseling as services designed to educate consumers about the home buying process and the benefits and risks of homeownership. These programs work to support sustainable homeownership as an outcome that provides homebuyers with housing stability and financial independence. To help you better understand housing counseling and get the support you need in your pursuit of homeownership, I have listed some key points to consider: 1. Why should you want to work with a housing counselor? It works!!! Through the “Pre-Purchase Counseling Outcome Study,” HUD found that 35 percent of participants became homeowners within 18 months of pre-purchase counseling.1 After reviewing the data from

their 2013 study on the benefit of pre-purchase housing counseling the executives at Freddie Mac said, “We find that [pre-purchase housing] counseling reduces the delinquency rate of first-time homebuyers by 29 percent”2 2. Who should you be dealing with when preparing to buy your home? You should always work with a HUD-approved housing counselor. 3. What is a HUD-approved housing counselor? A trained professional who is certified  by the government to help you assess your financial situation, help to determine if you are ready for homeownership, help to evaluate your loan options and create a plan to help you qualify for an affordable mortgage.  4. Why is it important for you to work with a HUD-approved housing counselor? First and foremost, they are certified by the government. A HUD-approved housing counselor cannot promise that you will get your home right away for exactly the price you want. They will, however, help you look at your options and decide what’s affordable and right for you.

5. How can you find a HUD-approved housing counselor? There are different ways to find a HUD-approved housing counselor: • Use the CFPB’s Find a Counselor tool to get a list of HUD-approved counseling agencies in your area. • Call the HOPE Hotline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (888) 995-HOPE (4673)  • Call the CFPB at (855) 411CFPB (2372) to be connected to a HUD-approved housing counselor over the phone In closing, here are the key takeaways: • Don’t buy into the hype that, “African Americans don’t do coun-

seling.” If you have an issue and counseling of any benefit, you make sure to get the help you need. • Know that pre-purchase housing counseling works. • Trust that support from a HUD-certified counselor can be a tremendous help to anyone preparing to buy a home. • A HUD-approved housing counselor will help you look at your options and decide that’s affordable and right for you. NOTES: 1.) HUD study highlights benefits of housing counseling by Tanisha Warner 2.) The Undeniable Benefits of Housing Counseling Are Worth Every Cent by Garrick T. Davis FLS

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By Bruce McClary Vice President, Marketing National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) A recent study conducted by Prosperity Now reveals troubling details about debt in African American communities. Data shows that more than 27 percent of African American households are struggling with late debt payments, which is noticeably higher than white households at 15 per-

Look Beyond the Promises You’ve heard the ads on radio and television that promise to share “the secret to getting out of debt that the big banks don’t want you to know” or the guarantee to make up to half of your debt disappear. It might be easy for someone without debt worries to dismiss these messages, but anyone who is being pressured by a debt collector day in and day out might be tempted to believe what they see in these commercials. It always helps to take a moment to investigate an offer, especially when money is at stake. Fact-checking a debt settlement advertisement through trusted sources like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) can give you the real story on what to expect.

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EDITORIAL

OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Hispanics and Blacks Have Much in Common but We’re Still Miles Apart From One Another

October is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month. But what do we know about our Hispanic neighbors and fellow Americans? We acknowledge that October is a better time for celebrations than February with its frigid temperatures when Blacks celebrate our history. After that, most Blacks are in the dark when it comes to understanding the nuanced traditions, proud legacies and difficult journeys traveled by Hispanics in making America their home and capturing their piece of the proverbial pie. Sadly, the reverse is probably true too with Hispanics knowing very little about Blacks. We are two races of color, more often relegated to the margins of society, who tend to live isolated or insulated from one another, youth attending urban public schools being one of only a few exceptions. That said, perhaps those of us who are older and more entrenched in our views and prejudices can learn something from today’s youth. If these children, black and brown, can learn together, play together, grow together – even love one another despite outward differences – then why can’t we do the same? What if Blacks and Hispanics made intentional, meaningful efforts to learn more about each other? What if we ignored the rhetoric that our nation has long perpetuated about our two distinct cultures and set upon a path to become friends, colleagues and co-workers in the fight for true equality in America? Hispanics make up 18.3 percent of the U.S. population and are therefore America’s largest minority group. But stereotypes about them continue to dominate the perceptions held by Americans. For example, while the U.S. has never adopted an official language, we lament when we hear our fellow Americans speaking Spanish, even though America’s count of 58 million Hispanics is greater than the population of Spain and only second to that of Mexico. If we knew the languages of our ancestors from the African continent, wouldn’t we proudly speak those words whenever we gathered together? Blacks did not create the denigrating myths about Hispanics or Hispanic cultures. That was the hard work of the world’s Anglophones. Why have Blacks been so eager to get on board? With the Census coming our way and with the next election for president also on the horizon, we would be wise to consider forming alliances, crossing bridges that we have allowed to separate us for centuries so we might join forces. We are, truth be told, more alike than unalike. WI

The Fading Vision of Dr. Carter G. Woodson

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History hosted its 104th annual meeting and conference in Charleston, South Carolina last weekend with record-breaking attendance. More than 1,400 historians, scholars, genealogists and pure lovers of African-American history and culture attended. Over 224 sessions including tours, lunches and a worship service focused on Black migrations and the 400th anniversary of the first 20 enslaved Africans’ arrival to the U.S. in 1619. The event also paid tribute to ASALH’s founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a native of Virginia born in 1875, the son of ex-slaves, who later became the second African American to earn a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. Woodson’s profound appreciation of education inspired his efforts to correct the miseducation and reverse the overwhelming ignorance of the role African Americans contributed to America and other cultures across the globe. A few like-minded historians, authors, and journalists aided Woodson, who founded ASALH in 1915 and later established Negro History Week in 1925. The week became a month-long celebration which now seeks to honor the achievements of African Americans and celebrates African culture throughout the diaspora. The challenges Woodson faced nearly a century ago in his efforts to convince people to acknowledge the numerous contributions of Blacks, despite violent opposition and undeniable odds, continue to exist today. Woodson would be incredibly proud of those who thought enough of him to turn his Washington, D.C. home on 9th Street, N.W. into a national historic landmark where current and future generations can see first-hand where the study of African American history was born. Woodson dedicated his entire life to documenting and preserving Black history and culture. However, it seems that today the page has turned. In an era more favorable for Black people than in Woodson’s day, news of the shuttering and sale of historic Blackowned property and land is permeating the headlines. Properties including the United Black Fund building on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., SE., the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Urban League home in Old Town Alexandria, historic Black churches all across the District and the homes of Woodson’s renowned neighbors, including Duke Ellington in Shaw, are going to the highest bidder. What would Woodson say about this atrocity? “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” WI

TO THE EDITOR Remembering Jessye Norman

Black Trans Lives Matter

Very surprised but happy nonetheless to see a story on the great opera singer Jessye Norman! She was such a wonderful talent that often times got overlooked. Thanks for doing her justice.

Black Trans Lives Matter! Black trans people are just as important as Cis-heterosexual Blacks and those of the majority need to speak up against the widespread harm against Black trans folks. We are one. Trans folks are not the enemy and deserve to have freedom and live how they so choose like everyone else!

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS Guest Columnist

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

To His Wealthy Donors, Trump is Their Grifter

To decipher President Donald Trump's presidency, apply the basic rule of politics: Follow the money. Last month, for example, Trump performed at rallies in North Carolina and in New Mexico. He entertained adoring crowds, clad in Trump's MAGA caps and T-shirts. The rallies got featured on Fox and other news stations. Then Trump flew to California and went to a series of big-dollar

fundraisers that were closed to the public, pocketing what his campaign boasted as more than $15 million in campaign funding, largely from anonymous wealthy donors. This is only a small part of the record campaign war chest that the wealthy are building for Trump's re-election campaign. The press treats the overwhelmingly white, working class audiences at Trump's rallies as his “base.” But they are more his marks than his base. The anonymous wealthy donors in California have a far better claim to be the base that he serves. The donors got the tax cuts;

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the working people at his rallies got health care cuts. The CEOs got the roll-back of clean water and clean air regulations; his rally audiences got the fouled water and more kids with emphysema. Big oil and coal executives got lavish public subsidies; teachers and parents got cuts in school funding. Big Agra got billions in payoffs to make up for Trump's trade war; family farmers were casualties, many bankrupted by the loss of markets, with Wisconsin's small farmers suffering the worst. Auto executives enjoyed record profits; auto workers suffered more layoffs and plant closings.

The rich saw their wealth soar; working people faced rising prices in housing, health care, college, cars — with incomes that didn't keep up. Trump brags on the record-low unemployment numbers, but the jobs too often don't pay a living wage and Trump and Republicans won't even allow a vote on raising the minimum wage. Not surprisingly, workers are beginning to protest. GM autoworkers are involved in the largest strike in years. Teachers in red states across the country have gone on strike to demand greater investment in schools. Nurses are on strike for

decent wages and better staffing of hospitals and clinics. Fast food and restaurant workers have led marches for a $15 minimum wage and a union. Young people are marching to protest Trump's refusal to address the clear and present threat posed by catastrophic climate change. Trump regales the crowds at his rallies with scurrilous attacks on his opponents, lies and tales about his accomplishments, and boasts about the economy. He panders to their fears, fanning racial division, railing against immigrants and Muslims and the

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By Marc H. Morial

Congress is Duty-Bound to Investigate Reports of Trump Misconduct

"Any attempt by a President to use the office of the presidency of the United States for personal political gain—rather than the national interest—fundamentally undermines our sovereignty, democracy, and the Constitution. ... Misuse of the office of the presidency for such a corrupt purpose would thus represent a clear breach of the trust placed in the President to faithfully execute

the laws of the United States and to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution." – Statement by Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Ever since Russian interference in American democracy first was disclosed in September of 2016, the words of George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address have been invoked many times:

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"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government." Credible allegations have been made that President Trump not only solicited a foreign government for election assistance, but also sought help in discrediting a U.S. intelligence finding of previous foreign interference and implicitly threatened to withhold

military aid if his requests are not honored. The gravity of these allegations cannot be overstated. Congress is duty-bound to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation to protect American democracy. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is correct when she says this is a sad time for our country. Regardless of where one falls along the political spectrum, no one should take any pleasure in the idea that the Commander-In-Chief could be abusing the power of his office for personal

and political gain. "Our tone must be prayerful, respectful, solemn, worthy of the Constitution," Pelosi said. Nor should the impeachment process be abused for political gain. It is a remedy for only the most egregious betrayals of the public trust. Only a fact-driven, evidence-based inquiry can determine whether that remedy is warranted. The integrity of American elections is sacrosanct for African-Americans, who have bled

especially ones east of the river, continue to struggle to stay afloat. They continue to be plagued by gun violence, poverty, a broken school system, an alarming shortage of affordable housing and a health care system that is akin to that of a third-world country. What is perceived as completely unacceptable and intolerable west of the Anacostia River, has become normalized on the east side. These communities, which are predominantly Black, are traumatized daily by the lack of opportunities, the spread of K2 and

other mind-altering drugs and the violence that has become all too routine. By almost any measure, Black residents of the District fall far behind their white counterparts. A recent Census Bureau report showed that D.C. has the highest wealth disparity in the nation. White families in D.C., on average, are 81 times richer than Black ones and this chasm continues to widen. Black unemployment is 13% compared to 2% for whites. Median earnings are half.

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By Andy Shallal

The Case for Reparations for D.C.

Events touting D.C.'s economic triumphs have become all too common — after all, there is much to celebrate. The city is dotted with cranes and beer gardens with kombucha on tap, bicycle lanes, restaurants, pricey taquerias, high-end condos and frequent sightings of former Mayor Anthony Williams, the nerdy "superhero" who tightened the economic

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screws and "saved" D.C. from itself. "Thanks to Mayor Williams, the city can run on autopilot" has become a frequent refrain. This autopilot scenario was based on the prevailing wisdom that if you can spur development and improve services then you can attract more affluent residents and rebuild a dwindling tax base. The plan worked. Developers descended on D.C. with a vengeance followed by a wave of millennials who discovered D.C. as a cool, livable city. The rising tide came with the promise of

lifting all boats. However, anyone who has been out on a river when the tide is rising knows the limitations of this analogy. While a high tide can raise large yachts and big boats, it can also cause smaller less equipped vessels to be destroyed and capsize. Even Mr. Williams in a recent article in the Business Journal admitted that had he known what he knows now about the unprecedented displacement, he would have used a less aggressive approach to development. Despite D.C.'s enviable economic gains, some communities,

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By Charlene Crowell

Senate Education Chair Blocks Bipartisan Bill to Extend HBCU Funding

Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family's commitment to higher education. And when these institutions are among the more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), that pride is magnified by the history of how our

forefathers overcame what once seemed to be insurmountable challenges. According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, between 1861 and 1900 more than 90 HBCUs were founded. From the first HBCU, Pennsylvania's Cheney University, established in 1837, ensuing years led to even more educational opportunities that today include institutions spread across 19 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

So when federal legislation is blocked that would extend and preserve funding for HBCUs, such actions are not only an affront to today's college students but also to a history that has led to only 3% of the nation's colleges and universities educating nearly 20% of all Black graduates. The success of HBCU graduates is even more noteworthy considering that 70% of students come from low-income families. On Sept. 26, the damaging action taken by Tennessee Sen. La-

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mar Alexander, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, blocked HBCU funding. Even worse, Alexander made this move just days before funding was set to expire on September 30. The bill sponsored and introduced on May 2 by Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and co-sponsored by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, was named the FUTURE Act, an acronym for Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources Act. It began with bi-

partisan and bicameral support to extend critical HBCU and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) funding through 2021 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. "Alabama is home to 14 outstanding HBCUs that serve as a gateway to the middle class for many first-generation, low-income, and minority Americans," Jones said. "The FUTURE Act will help ensure these historic

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By Dr. Laurence Dopkin

The Answer to Our Psychiatrist Shortage Lies Abroad More than 40 million American adults suffer from mental illnesses like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. Nearly six in 10 aren't receiving treatment. That's often because they can't find a mental health professional. Sixty percent of U.S. counties lack a single psychiatrist. More than 110 million Americans live in mental health professional shortage areas. This shortfall will likely grow worse in the years to come. More than six in 10 practicing psychiatrists are nearing retirement age. By 2024, the United States could be short between 14,000 and 31,000 psychiatrists, according to

a study published in the medical journal Psychiatric Services. Graduates of international medical schools can help plug this gap. These doctors — many of whom are U.S. citizens who chose to pursue their medical degrees abroad — already account for a significant share of our nation's psychiatrists. Recruiting more of them to practice stateside would greatly improve Americans' mental health. One in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. About 16 million people struggle with major depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Over

6 million struggle with bipolar disorder. And many patients cope with multiple conditions simultaneously. It's becoming harder for them to find mental health specialists. California, Florida and Texas — the three most populous states in the union — have less than half the number of psychiatrists they need to meet patient demand. In rural areas, 95 percent of mental health professionals say they can't handle their communities' needs. International medical graduates (IMGs) are well-equipped to fill these shortages. They already account for nearly one-third of our country's psychiatrists — and

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roughly one-quarter of all physicians nationwide. IMGs tend to minister to highneed populations. They account for more than 35 percent of the active psychiatry residents who specialize in adolescent and child treatment. Their work is crucial, given that 20 percent of kids between 13 and 18 suffer from a mental health condition. Research shows that increased access to mental health care for our nation's youth could help reduce suicide rates, juvenile delinquency and school dropouts. International medical graduates also tend to practice in high-need areas. In places where three-quar-

ters of the population is nonwhite, over one-third of practicing doctors graduated from international medical schools. Doctors trained abroad are "more willing than their U.S. medical graduate counterparts to practice in remote, rural areas," according to a report from the American College of Physicians." Physicians trained abroad provide top-notch care — sometimes even better than their domestically trained counterparts. A 2017 study in the BMJ, a medical journal, found that patients treated by

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By Askia Muhammad

No Jury Duty for Me, Thank You

A young Black man, who said he overslept and missed his assigned jury duty, learned the hard way the truth of comedian Richard Pryor's description of the U.S. legal system. If you go to the courthouses and especially the jails "looking for justice," Pryor said, "that's just what you'll find: just us." A judge in West Palm Beach, Fla., threw the book of law at Deandre Somerville, sentencing him to 10 days in jail, plus one year of probation, and 150 hours of commu-

nity service after Somerville failed to show up for a trial in August. Somerville, 21, had never been arrested. He had hoped to one day be a firefighter. He works for the West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department's after-school programs, and he was cited for criminal contempt of court for oversleeping. "When a juror is selected and sworn, the administration of justice in this courthouse depends on you following the orders of the court," Judge John Kastrenakes told Somerville at sentencing, according to court records, adding that the trial was delayed for almost an hour while the court waited for the young

man. After Somerville served his time in the slammer, he said his sentence was "a little overdone" and even read a letter of apology aloud to the court. "I am extremely sorry for my actions. I also sincerely apologize for delaying the trial by 45 minutes and not being considerate of other people's time," the letter read, according to NBC News. Around the same time Somerville's case made national headlines, I myself received an ominous notice from the D.C. Superior Court addressed to me as: "Juror # 100604657. This is a reminder that

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you did not report for service as a Superior Court juror as scheduled" in early September. Accordingly, I was told, my service is now scheduled for mid-November: "Failure to report as directed in response to this notice may result in a Show Cause hearing, a fine of not more than $300 or imprisonment for not more than (7) days or both." In Somerville's case he felt a little "outdone" as the old folks used to say. "I feel like I didn't need any rehabilitation," he told NBC News, "I just made a mistake." In my case, I wrote the court back when I first got my summons, promising that I

would not be appearing because I object to the very existence of the "criminal injustice system," and would be an unfit juror if forced to do so, because I would view all police testimony as lies, and would find any and all Black defendants innocent if I served on a jury. I've been called, and appeared, for jury duty several times before. On the one time I went for a possible trial, that's precisely what I told the judge during the voir dire and was subsequently dismissed. My views about the unfairness of the legal system and the uselessness of my

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Bishop James D. Nelson, Jr., BMore Now Bring Hope to Baltimore

Bishop T.D. Jakes to Bring a Word as Conference Guest Speaker WI Staff Report The inaugural BMore Now  conference is set to commence in the heart of Baltimore. Presented by  Bishop James Nelson, Jr., BMore Now  is a one-day empowerment conference that addresses issues within the Baltimore community.  “Employment, economic equity, safety and serving our seniors are key elements that BMore Now aims to impact,” says Bishop James Nelson, Jr., Senior Pastor of Destiny Christian Church. “Access to healthy living and effectively transitioning formerly incarcerated indi-

viduals into a new life are additional aspects of BMore Now.” The event will provide resources and actionable steps for citizens to help generate positive change and there is no one more equipped to inspire Baltimore citizens than the renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes. Bishop T.D. Jakes, a pastor, leader, visionary and entrepreneur, is founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and church with more than 30,000 members based in Dallas. Jakes will be the featured speaker of the event, galvanizing the Baltimore community through both his enticing words and thinking.   The free, city-wide event takes place at The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord in Baltimore, 4321 Old York Road, on October 12th beginning at 9 a.m. The schedule is as follows: • 9:00AM - 10:00AM:  • City Wide Job Fair

• Expungement Clinic • Voter Registration  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM:  • CHASE Currency Conversations, Moderated by Ivy McGregor • 11:00AM - 1:00PM:  • Bishop T.D. Jakes The event kicks off with a city-wide job fair featuring major corporations, followed by an hour-long discussion sponsored by  CHASE Currency Conversations  and moderated by  Ivy McGregor, CEO of The IVY Inc.  Bishop T.D. Jakes will close out the conference with an empowering message for attendees.  To learn more about the conference and ways to get involved, visit  www.jamesnelsonministries.comor follow Bishop James Nelson, Jr. on Instagram at @pasjamesnelson. The hashtag used for this year’s conference is #BMoreNow.  Look for our interview next week with Bishop Nelson. WI

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LIFESTYLE Pastor Marvin L. Winans, Perfecting Church Mark 30th Year

WI Staff Report Pastor Marvin L. Winans and the Perfecting Church Choir shined brightly as musical guests at the recent Democratic Presidential Debates held at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Winans created special arrangements of, “America the Beautiful” and the “National Anthem” that was performed and aired live on CNN’s domestic and international platforms.   Pastor Winans has now turned his attention to the Perfecting Church 30 Year Celebration and Gala on Friday, October 11. The black-tie affair is being held at the historic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. The renown social activist, Bryan Stevenson, and former professor at the University of Michigan School of Law, is making national headlines as an author and is his role as executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, nonprofit law organization he founded in 1989 that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States.  Winans said, “It is hard to believe that 30 years have passed since Perfecting Church opened her doors. We’re honored to have Social Activist, Bryan Stevenson as our special  guest to lift us to a greater awareness of social justice. We will be entertained by the multiple Grammy Award winners BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans. Come and celebrate with us!” Look for our interview with Pastor Winans in the next edition. WI

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Rhiannon Giddens' New Album Traces African, Arabic Roots By Eve M. Ferguson WI Contributing Writer

5 Multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi joins Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens on "There Is No Other." (Karen Cox/The Kennedy Center)

When MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Nashville star Rhiannon Giddens picks up her banjo to play, she is not just preparing to make beautiful music. She is simultaneously teaching people about the African origins of the quintessentially American instrument, bringing back songs that have long been sidelined and defending minstrelsy. Yes, this proudly African American woman from North Carolina, who was a co-founder of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, avidly defends the music that fueled minstrel shows, which were usually performed by whites donning blackface. Giddens sings and plays

minstrel banjo, octave violin, and viola. Her latest album, "There Is No Other" with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, on which he plays piano, accordion, frame drum, tamburello, lute, cello banjo, daf and colascione, reflects the common origins of global music, whether American, Irish or Italian. The recording, which they also released on vinyl, was produced by Joe Henry and recorded and tracked during "an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland. It primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together." The resulting recording "is at once a condemnation of 'othering' and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. The array of instruments reveals the sonic ties that bind between African, Arabic, European and American

cultures." The album is an alluring and emotive mix of original songs penned by Giddens, such as the haunting introductory tune "Ten Thousand Voices" and her personal spiritual, "He Will See You Through," and a soulful set of diverse interpretations from Ola Belle Reed's "I'm Gonna Write Me a Letter" and Oscar Brown Jr.'s "Brown Baby" to the Italian traditional Tarantella tune "Pizzica di San Vito." On the album, the musicians trace the "overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, and illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience." Giddens recently told the Irish Times: "It's all about movement, for both of us … movements of human beings and how we affect each other. If you just look at our range of instruments, where they've come from and how they've traveled across the world, it's pretty amazing. The way that both of us approach music is very similar because we're both educated about where the music is coming from. But when it comes to playing, we're both just play-

ing what we feel." Her latest venture, which included a stop at the Kennedy Center on her tour, falls within Giddens' mission as an artist known to excavate music from the past to "reveal bold and candid truths about our present." She has performed for the Obamas at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville, in addition to being profiled by "CBS Sunday Morning," the New York Times and NPR's "Fresh Air," among others. Her acclaimed solo albums, "Tomorrow is My Turn" (along with the EP "Factory Girl," produced by T Bone Burnett) and "Freedom Highway," received three Grammy Award nominations. Her legendary work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops received a Grammy in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns' "Country Music" series on PBS this fall and will perform at concerts tied to the series in Nashville and New York City. Another collaborative project, "Songs of Our Native Daughters," features Giddens and tells the stories of historic Black womanhood and survival. WI

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Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum: Back, Better and Under New Leadership

My name is Melanie A. Adams and I am happy to serve as the new director of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. I come to the museum with more than 25 years experience in higher education and museums. I am very excited to join the staff of the museum, the community, and the Smithsonian. Before joining the museum, I lived and worked in the Midwest, first in St. Louis, MO and then in St. Paul, MN. In both cities, I worked for historical societies to help them find ways to better connect with their communities and create content that was both timely and relevant to the people they served. While I enjoyed my time in the Midwest, I was happy to move closer to my home state of New Jersey and become a member of the vibrant community of

Washington, DC. Since its founding in 1967, under the leadership of John Kinard, the Anacostia Community Museum has served as a place to share community stories. From exhibitions about Anacostia history, to African American heritage, to contemporary urban issues like gentrification and environmental justice, the museum has always been a space for the community to commemorate, celebrate and share its history and concerns with the DC region and beyond. Indeed, the work of the museum goes beyond the DC area by providing a national model for how museums can work with their communities and help address their most pressing matters. The museum’s current exhibition, “A Right to the City” highlights six neighborhoods across the city—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest— and tells the story of how ordinary

Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways: through the fight for quality public education, for healthy and green communities, for equitable development and transit, and for a genuinely democratic approach to city planning. This exhibition along with the public programs, are a great example of the work the museum does to address relevant community issues that are often universally relevant. This past year the museum’s advisory board ratified a bold new vision and mission to guide the work of the museum. The museum’s vision is focused on creating opportunities for urban communities to activate their collective power for a more equitable future. As a trusted and inclusive organization, the Anacostia Community Museum seeks to inspire communities to take action and serve as an incubator for the next generation of civically engaged citizens.

The museum’s new mission is to illuminate and amplify the community’s collective power. We will do this by convening people and ideas, documenting and preserving the community’s memories, struggles, and successes, and offering a platform where diverse voices and cultures can be heard. We believe that bridging disparate parts of our communities can bring collective action to bear on forging a better future together. For the past seven months the Anacostia Community Museum has been closed to do some renovations of our parking lot and refreshing of our lobby, gallery space, and landscape. These new changes will allow us to expand our spaces both inside and outside of our building to provide more space for visitors to experience the museum’s content and for public programs. We hope these revitalized spaces will encourage new and returning visitors to feel at home

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and a part of the museum. We will reopen the museum with a community celebration on Sunday, October 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Visitors will enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and additional content in “A Right to the City.” I look forward to greeting the community and invite you to enjoy the space. As always, admission to the Anacostia Community Museum is free and all are welcome. I hope you will stop by and say hello. We’re Back and Better. WI

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Diahann Carroll Heralded for Destroying Walls, Opening Doors for Black Women Regal Actress, Star in Groundbreaking 1968 Role as Julia, Dead at 84

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By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir Diahann Carroll, Bronx-born actress, singer, fashion model and advocate for numerous causes including breast cancer – an illness she knew all too personally – died October 4 in her West Hollywood home at the age of 84. She had survived breast cancer in the 1990s and became a public spokeswoman for

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early screening and treatment but could not overcome complications which arose after the recent return of the disease. Carroll’s long list of credits on television, stage and film remain impressive for any actress today but even more so given the challenges she faced during the height of her career as a Black woman. Known for her beauty, elegance and glamour, she began her pro-

fessional life as a vocalist, singing in nightclubs, on recordings and on Broadway where she won the 1962 Tony Award for best actress – the first for a Black woman – in the musical “No Strings.” She garnered a second nomination for Best Actress for her role in “Claudine” in 1974. Ironically, she assumed the role after Diana Sands, for whom the part had been written, became too ill from cancer and recommended her friend Carroll to take on the role. Carroll’s recurring roles on television series including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “A Different World” have endeared her to today’s younger audiences, as well as her standout interpretation of the irascible Dominique Devereaux, Blake Carrington’s half-sister, in the nighttime soap opera “Dynasty.” She also captured our hearts as Eleanor Potter, the beautiful, protective wife of music manager Jimmy Potter in the unforgettable 1991 film, “The Five Heartbeats.” But she will forever be remembered – praised by some and criticized by others – for her ground-

breaking role as Julia in the NBC weekly situation comedy also titled “Julia” which aired from 1968 to 1971. Carroll starred as a widowed nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, leaving her with a young male child to raise alone. Both Blacks and whites enthusiastically watched the show which reached No. 7 in the Nielsen ratings in its first season. Carroll would take home a Golden Globe Award and receive an Emmy nomination for her role as Julia Baker. But more significant remains her achievement as the first African-American woman starring in a role as a professional rather than in the stereotypical servile roles for which Black women had long been relegated. Discrimination had been her greatest challenge in the early part of her career before “Julia.” Still, even with her historic achievement, many argued, Blacks in particular, that the role painted a picture far too unrealistic and rosy for the reality that the majority of Blacks faced in

1968 America. Others criticized the role because she dressed so elegantly, lived in a beautiful apartment and seemed so confident – even “saintly” – despite the challenges she faced as the single, working parent of a young Black boy. Nonetheless, she paved the way for Black actresses today in ways that can only be described as profound. She will forever be our beloved “Julia.” WI

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August Wilson's 'Fences' Takes D.C. by Storm By Brigette Squire Special to The Informer On Oct. 2, the anniversary of playwright August Wilson's death, his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Fences" began a run at Lincoln Theatre in D.C. The play, set in 1950s Pittsburgh, tells the story of a working-class Black man named Troy Maxson and his family. "Fences" is part of Wilson's 10-play "Pittsburgh Cycle" — a series dedicated to portraying varying aspects of the Black experience. The production is directed by Timothy Douglas, one of the foremost interpreters of Wilson's work. Douglas is making his Ford's debut and has directed nine of the 10 plays that chronicle 100 years of the African-American experience. "This is August Wilson's most powerful play," said D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. "It is timeless and layered. Every time I see the play, it feels like the first time." Craig Wallace is flawless in his performance of the lead Troy Maxson, especially when it comes to his interactions with son Cory Maxson, played by Justin Weaks. In the play, Troy is a strong man who makes hard choices with painful consequences for those closest to him, especially Cory. Because of that, Wallace and Weaks must capture the

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oft-contentious relationship between father and son. "It talks about the importance of breaking cycles," said Teresa Roseborough of Atlanta. "All of us have felt that in our own families. It has a lot of poignancy being able witness it onstage with such amazing actors." Wallace has stepped into Troy's shoes before and two seasons ago he portrayed Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," another tragic hero of Shakespearean proportions. Like Willy, Troy is a man reconciling with his unfulfilled dreams and struggling with the difference between love and responsibility. "I love the way that Wilson works with language," said Jennifer Anderson of Northeast. "He can take us from gritty street language to poetry and it all flows together. It's musical." Erika Rose gives a moving performance as Rose Maxson whose loving, generous spirit masks a profound and formidable inner strength. She is a counterbalance to Troy's ferocity, facing her own agonizing choices but guided by love and compassion. "It's an honor to be here tonight," says Sakina Ansari, August Wilson's daughter. "His legacy, hard work and dedication still lives on." "Fences" runs until Oct. 27 at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street NW). WI

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More than 14,000 fans packed the Capital One Arena in downtown D.C. for the television debut of the newest professional wrestling organization, All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The AEW "Dynamite" show appeared on the TNT Network. TNT is showing AEW against the more established World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) NXT series on the USA Network on Wednesday nights. The main event was a six-man tagteam match between AEW champion Chris Jericho, Santana and Ortiz vs. "The Elite" — Kenny Omega and Matt and Nick Jackson, known as the Young Bucks. The Bucks were on their own for most of the match because Jon Moxley (who worked in WWE as Dean Ambrose) made his return from injury and attacked Omega early in the match. Jericho’s team would go on to win the match. After the match, Jericho and his partners would attack the Bucks. Cody and Dustin Rhodes would try to make the save but they were thwarted by Sammy Guevara and AEW newcomer Jake Hager (formerly known as Jack Swagger in WWE). The heels, or bad guys, would win out on this day. The co-feature would feature a local talent who is making history. "The Native Beast" Nyla Rose, a D.C. native who graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., battled Japanese star Riho for the vacant AEW Women’s championship. Rose, the first openly transgender woman to sign with a

major wrestling organization, would lose to the much smaller Riho. In other matches on the show, Pac (who performed as Neville in WWE) won by submission over "Hangman" Adam Page. MJF (Maxwell Jacob Friedman) defeated Brandon Cutler by submission and "The American Nightmare" Cody (Rhodes) won by pinfall over "The Best Ever" Sammy Guevara. The premiere of AEW Dynamite seemed to win over fans who attended the event. "It was fun. Good vibe," said Steven Kramer. "Seemed like most fans were like me in that we haven’t watched since the WWE 'Attitude' era [of the 1990s] and this brings us back." Another longtime fan, Daryl "Docta D" Johnson, who has worked with local wrestling promotions, was very appreciative of the AEW product. "A new energy in pro wrestling has finally burst," Johnson said. "AEW has rejuvenated that diehard pro wrestling fan with its more mature style of entertainment that may have been missing in previous eras often spoke about and thought those voids would have been filled by other rogue promotions in the last decade. AEW on TNT met the expectations of those timed performances by the talented roster." In the first head-to-head TV rating competition between the two shows, AEW came out on top averaging a 0.68 rating for adults 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers for the twohour period. NXT averaged a 0.32 rating and 891,000 viewers. WI

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wi book review "Kid Activists"

By Robin Stevenson, illustrations by Allison Steinfeld c.2019, Quirk Books $13.95 ($15.95 Canada) 224 pages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Someday, this world will be yours. You and other kids like you will be in charge of ensuring that the water's clean, the air's breathable, the land is healthy, and people are safe. Yeah, you might think you're just a kid now but as you'll see in "Kid Activists" by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Allison Steinfeld, every good change-maker had to start somewhere. What do you do when you see something that you think is wrong or unfair? A lot of kids whine and do nothing else but if you're the kind of person who takes the issue to an adult and tries to change things, you're in good company: for much of history, everyday people have stood up for what they think is right. Before that happened, though, every one of those people was a kid. Take Dolores Fernandez, for instance. Little Dolores was born in a tiny town in New Mexico, the granddaughter of immigrants. When she was a kid, her parents split but she kept in close touch with her father, who was a labor organizer and a politician. As a teenager, she noticed discrimination in her high school and she started paying attention to the world outside of school. These, and other injustices, spurred her to become an activist as an adult. No doubt, you've heard about Rosa Parks and her refusal to move to a different seat on a bus back in 1955. Of course, Mrs. Parks was a child once, growing up right in the middle of racism and discrimination and she naturally didn't understand it. But that was the way things were, until she got involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and she learned that with just one small, quiet action, change would come. Helen Keller learned to communicate as a child and later inspired others with her social justice efforts. Six-year-old Ruby Bridges was instrumental in integrating schools in Louisiana. And Autumn Peltier still works to ensure that the world's water is safe to drink and use. On the national stage, protests are nothing new. Your child has likely grown up with them on the nightly news, and has perhaps participated in a march or rally herself. In "Kid Activists," author Robin Stevenson shows children that small starts like theirs can make big change. In addition to the relevance of the tales here — 16 tales that show kids how activists were once just like them — this book offers a wide range of diversity, both economically and racially, in the profiles presented and in the names that will be familiar and new to the age group for which this book is intended. The stories also illustrate a wide variety of early influences and backgrounds, proving to kids that where they come from isn't important when fixing something that is. Add artwork by Allison Steinfeld and you've got a magnet that will attract young leaders and make them want to read. Give your 8- to 12-yearold "Kid Activists" today, and it could make a world of difference. WI

horoscopes

OCT 10 - 16, 2019

ARIES Relationships are important, especially with the sun and feisty Mars continuing to move though Libra. Dynamic Mars can be a call to take the initiative and find ways to heal rifts and clear the air where necessary. The focus shifts this week as sweet Venus joins chatty Mercury in Scorpio and your zone of shared resources and deep emotions on Tuesday. Desires could be more powerful than usual, and you might find it harder to resist temptation. Lucky Numbers: 4, 17, 34 TAURUS A desire to streamline your lifestyle and routines could see you doing exactly that this week and over the coming weeks. Still, the sun's edgy angle to Saturn on Monday hints that you might need to take life at a slower pace because obstacles to your best-laid plans could show up. Just do what you can and in a day or so you'll be up and running again. Lucky Numbers: 15, 20, 28 GEMINI The start of the week could be trying, but any issues you face could be resolved by letting go of a plan that isn't working. This might be hard to admit, but doing so can free up resources that would be better used for something else. As luscious Venus glides into your lifestyle zone on Tuesday, opt for some pampering and enjoy a little self-care. A trip with friends to a spa or a hike in nature could do the trick and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Lucky Numbers: 18, 21, 30 CANCER There's still plenty of action on the home front with fiery Mars and the sun adding vitality and energy to the mix. On Monday, you might need to convince a partner or family member that your plans are as good as you think they are. Present them with the facts and you'll be fine. As lovely Venus moves into your romance and leisure zone on Tuesday, there is ample opportunity for romantic interludes and creative pastimes. Her presence here can inspire you to go off on a romantic break or just spend more time with your children and others in your family doing fun things. Lucky Numbers: 6, 33, 41 LEO While you seem to be making a great impression while discussing a key plan early in the week, you might need to tread with care. Someone may want more than assurances, namely, facts and proof. Give it to them so things can proceed from there. In general, this is a great time to promote your work, and you seem to be doing so very proactively. Lucky Numbers: 14, 25, 37 VIRGO Staying one step ahead with your finances can be a good move because you'll then have the resources to implement potentially lucrative ideas. Keep looking for ways to save and invest wisely and you'll see the benefits over the coming weeks and months. Lucky Numbers: 19, 26, 42 LIBRA You could have a minor spat with family members early in the week, and someone might be particularly stubborn. However, with the sun in your sign angling toward sobering Saturn on Monday, this is your chance to be tactful and diplomatic concerning an issue that may have bugged you for some time. Lucky Numbers: 2, 7, 13 SCORPIO With the sun and dynamic Mars, your co-ruler, stirring up a subtler sector of your chart, this is an opportunity to do some emotional housecleaning. Processing through issues that may have caused upset in the past can allow you to find closure. This might mean talking face-toface with the person in question, but the healing that comes with this can make it so worthwhile. Lucky Numbers: 13, 27, 29 SAGITTARIUS You might want to take part in a social event or other fun occasion, but the thought of the expense could be holding you back. If it's a one-off and you can afford it, why not enjoy yourself? The focus on your social sector continues all week, and it could see you enjoying the chance to reach out and move in new circles. Lucky Numbers: 24, 28, 34 CAPRICORN With a major focus on a prominent zone of your chart, you could be a star in the making. This is very much the time to promote your work, brush up your resume, and generally make a good impression. Want to move up in the world? Promoting good relationships with the right people can assist you. Lucky Numbers: 29, 30, 31 AQUARIUS The chance to reach out for new opportunities can allow you to live up to your potential. Fiery Mars is powering through your sector of far horizons, so this is very much a time to move out of your comfort zone and enjoy being adventurous. Don't let self-doubt hold you back as it could do earlier in the week. This isn't the time to give in but to move beyond it and discover what you're capable of. Lucky Numbers: 8, 21, 24 PISCES Are you ready to transform your life? Warrior Mars powers through a more intense zone along with the sun, making this one of the better times to let go of whatever no longer serves your best interests. This is easier said than done, though, because the process of detaching from people or situations that have been a part of your life for some while can be hard. If your sixth sense tells you that you need to move on, you can open a space for new opportunities. Lucky Numbers: 9, 10, 26

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Ward 5 Warriors, (Grey) 12, Deanwood (Black) 0

5 Grey is tackled by Black during the Warriors 12-0 win at Coolidge High School Field in Northwest, D.C. on Saturday, Oct 5. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer) 3 Grey is ankle tackled by Black during Warriors' 12-0 win at Coolidge High School Field in Northwest on Saturday, Oct. 5. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

United, FC Cincinnati Play to Scoreless Draw

5 D.C. United defender Joseph Mora fends off a FC Cincinnati player during a scoreless draw at Audi Field in Southwest on Sunday, Oct. 6. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer) 3 D.C. United forward Joseph Mora is brought down by FC Cincinnati defender Mathieu Deplagne during a scoreless draw at Audi Field in Southwest on Sunday, Oct. 6. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

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MYSTICS from Page 1 Arena in Southeast. "I'm a little disappointed we didn't get the win, but [the Mystics] fought back coming from 16 down," Byrd said. "We're going to run it back on Thursday." Byrd and other fans clapped, yelled and shook red cowbells to cheer on the Mystics, especially after halftime. Washington came out the locker room more focused, outscoring Connecticut 28-12 in the third quarter to tie the game at 68. The Mystics bench, one of the best in the league, outscored the Sun's reserves 34-10. Aerial Powers led the Mystics with 15 points off the bench. Three Mystics starters scored in double figures, including Natasha Cloud's 13 points along with nine assists and seven rebounds. She missed a layup contested by Sun point guard Jasmine Thomas with 12 seconds left that could've cut the deficit to one. The Sun, which had all five starters score in double figures led by Jonquel Jones' 18 points, also seeks its first-ever WNBA title.

"We're both preparing to win a championship. It's do-or-die time," Cloud said after the game. "They tried to push it to Game 5. That's what they did. Now our season is on the line, too. But if you ask me, I'll take our team 10 times out of 10." The Mystics seek the city's second major professional sports championship in as many years. The Washington Capitals won its first NHL Stanley Cup last year as thousands celebrated in a parade of red in downtown D.C. As for the Mystics, the team used a "Run It Back" motto all season after getting swept in last year's WNBA finals. The Mystics filled an entire page of team and league records this season, including its largest margin of victory June 29, 10258, a 43-point blowout against Connecticut. Other team accomplishments in 2019: • Most regular season wins in franchise history (26). • Highest points per game average (89.3). • Scored 100 or more points

six times in regular season, breaking team record of five set in 2017. • League-record 87.5 percent free-throw percentage. • League-record low 11.8 turnovers per game. • Most made 3-pointers in WNBA history during regular season (316).

Off the court, Cloud showcased her community service efforts in the District and received a 2018 community service award named after WNBA legend Dawn Staley. Mystics fans such as Vickey Wright-Smith of Northwest followed the team's historic run throughout the summer into the

Although the players bought in to the "total team effort" mantra, several also garnered individual accolades. Elena Delle Donne was named the league's Most Valuable Player, unanimously chosen to WNBA All-First Team and shot a franchise record 41 percent from the 3-point line. Cloud, a five-year veteran who started all 34 games and averaged nine points and 5.6 assists per game, broke the team's regular season assists record with 190. Cloud and her backcourt mate, Kristi Toliver, became the first teammates in league history to record five or more assists per game. Cloud also garnered WNBA All-Defensive second team along with teammate Ariel Atkins.

5 Vickey Wright-Smith (right) and her daughter Victoria Smith join dozens of Washington Mystics fans at National Harbor to watch the team play Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Oct. 8. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

fall. She was surprised to learn that Delle Donne was playing with a herniated disc in her back. "I didn't know you could play with a herniated disc," WrightSmith said. "This team has been good all season. We can run it back and celebrate a championship at home." WI

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prison. Robert Bates, a white Tulsa County, Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy, was sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison for second-degree manslaughter in the 2015 death of Eric Harris, 44, who was unarmed and restrained. Peter Liang, a rookie police officer in New York City, was convicted of manslaughter in 2016 in the 2014 death of 28-yearold Akai Gurley. Gurley, who is Black, was walking down the steps of his apartment building when a startled Liang panicked and open fire. A judge reduced the conviction to negligent homicide and sentenced Liang to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service. Former Balch Springs, Texas, Police Officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder in August in the 2017 death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Oliver, who is white, fired his weapon into a car packed with Black teenagers, killing Edwards. North Charleston, S.C., Officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges after killing Walter Scott, a Black man, in 2015. Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison in December 2017. This week, jurors in Georgia are deliberating the case against former DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen. Olsen, who is white, is accused of killing Anthony Hill, a 26-yearold Black man and military veteran who was  unarmed and naked at the time of the shooting. Guyger entered the apartment of 26-year-old accountant Bothan Jean, which she claimed to have mistaken for her own, and shot him to death. Prosecutors had sought a 28year sentence for Guyger, but the judge agreed with the jurors' recommendation of 10 years. Guyger could be paroled after 5 years. "If you truly are sorry… I for-

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give you," Brandt Jean, Botham's younger brother, told Guyger after the jury read her sentence. "I think giving your life to Christ would be the best thing that Botham would want for you," Brandt Jean said, before asking and receiving permission from the trial court judge to give Guyger a hug. Despite Brandt Jean's actions, others weren't so quick to forgive. During the live broadcast of the hearing, protesters could be heard yelling, "No justice, no peace." Activist Dominique Alexander said the sentence was much too light and called for protests. Jean family lawyers said they'd need to consult with their clients to determine where to go from here, including whether to push for federal charges against Guyger because of the light sentence. During the sentencing hearing, a series of text messages sent and received by Guyger were displayed in court for the jury and the world to see. "When does this end, lol," read a text sent to Guyger purportedly from another officer on duty during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. "When MLK is dead… oh, wait…" Guyger replied. Later that year, Guyger received another text about the prospect of adopting a German Shepherd. "Although she may be racist," the individual texted to Guyger. "It's okay," Guyger responded.

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"I'm the same. I hate everything and everyone but y'all." Prosecutors also showed jurors a text message exchange between Guyger and Officer Martin Rivera, her partner and ex-lover. The conversation took place six months before she shot Jean to death. "Damn, I was at this area with five different black officers. Not racist but damn," Rivera texted. As is her wont, Guyger couldn't resist in her reply: "Not racist but just have a different way of working, and it shows." Later, she made other mind-blowing posts. She captioned one post of her with a military-style sniper weapon this way: "Stay low, go fast; kill first, die last; one shot, one kill; no luck, all skill." Another post reads: "I wear all black to remind you not to mess with me because I'm already dressed for your funeral." She also wrote: "People are so ungrateful. No one ever thanks me for having the patience not to kill them." "For Black people in America, this verdict is a huge victory," said Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing the Jean family. "Few police officers ever face trial for shooting deaths, and even fewer are convicted." He added that the verdict shows that justice is finally coming for the family of victims. "Police officers are going to be held accountable for their actions, and we believe that will begin to change policing culture all over the world," Merritt told reporters. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents Jean's family, said it was important to remember that there's a list of unarmed African Americans who have been killed by police officers. He said the verdict against Guyger was a welcome shift in the nation. "For so many unarmed Black and brown human beings all across America, this verdict is for them," Crump said. WI

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RELIGION the religion corner WITH LYNDIA GRANT

Little Fires Everywhere

…when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. — Isiah 43:2 On my flight to New Orleans last week, there was a young lady sitting beside me with a book she seemed to be enjoying. The title caught my attention! It was "Little Fires Everywhere!" When I Googled this book to see what the summary was talking about, it said "Shaker Heights is a wellheeled community. There has been a fire at the Richardsons' house. The firemen report there were 'little fires everywhere' (multiple points of origin) around the house. Isabel "Izzy" Richardson, a freshman, is the black sheep of her family and is missing. Her siblings Trip, Moody and Lexie all suspect she was the culprit." When the firemen notice little fires everywhere and said it appears that someone started these fires, it caused me to ponder. When we come up against troubles in our lives, many times we handle these situations unsuccessfully and, thus, symbolically, we create little fires. If you're not careful, you could look around Mt. Zion Baptist Church Reverend John W. Davis Pastor 5101 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 Phone: 202-726-2220 Fax: 202-726-9089 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church - 11:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd Sundays) Communion - 10 a.m. 4th Sunday Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. (4th Sunday 8:15 a.m.) Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. “A Church with a past to remember – and a future to mold”

and find that several situations are beginning to burn, and others are now out of control. Without intervention, a fire will definitely ignite. Let's take a look at something that is happening in your life that could be like this metaphor. Single mothers often are raising children after the husband is put in jail, dies or more often than not, just chooses to negate his responsibility. Yes, I know how this feels from my own experiences, caring for three children without child support and no alimony. I found myself fighting little fires almost daily! Being an entrepreneur became a necessity for me. Working on a job wasn't enough income to care for three children, especially during those early years, when I didn't even have any college education. Finally, the day came when I was able to attend Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Not only did I earn my bachelor of arts degree, but I went back and got my master's in the field of communications. It has truly been a blessing! Thankful of how God brought me through those rough times; and how He and His angels walked beside me daily. He allowed me and my children to walk through the fire without getting burned. Isaiah 43:2 says "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." The good part about this metaphor is that when we come out on the other side, we will be stronger than ever before. This is an example of how our Lord and Savior will mold us into who He wants us to become. Whether we're talking clay or fire, when we are His children, there will be some times when our strength is tested. No matter what happens, we must lean and depend on God, and TRUST HIM. I found this acronym that really captures my thoughts on the subject of TRUST: T – Thanksgiving: Almost always, when I sense that the fire has gone out and my passion has waned, it's because I stopped being grateful, stopped thanking God for all of the blessings I enjoy. R – Repentance: Another fire quencher is sin and selfish attitudes. Scripture says that His kindness leads us to repentance. U – Understand: Oftentimes when we feel our flame flickering and not burning brightly, it's because we've approached God only for what He can do for us and not for who He is. S – Stand and Surrender: When we don't feel God's presence and His promises don't exactly feel true, it's time to stand on the Word of God because it is true. T – Trust: When I lose perspective on life, I've somewhere along the line stopped trusting God. WI

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RELIGION The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church Rev. Louis B. Jones II Pastor

Bishop Michael C. Turner, Sr. Senior Pastor 9161 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-350-2200 Fax: 301-499-8724

Service and Times Sunday Worship Times : 7:30 AM 7 10:00 AM Communion: 1st Sunday Sunday School: 9:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday, 12 Noon Bible Study in homes: Tuesday 7:00 PM Website: www.themiraclecenterFMBC.com Email: Miraclecenterfmbs@gmail.com Motto: “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight”

700 I Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 547-8849 Service and Times Worship Sundays: 7:30 & 11:00 AM 5th Sundays: 9:30 AM 3rd Sundays: Baptism & Holy Communion Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @ Noon & 6:30 PM www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

Blessed Word of Life Church

Church of Living Waters

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., Pastor

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan Pastor

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews Senior Pastor

Harold Andrew Assistant Pastor

2498 Alabama Ave., SE - Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 - www.acamec.org

800 I Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 - Fax No. 202-548-0703

4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 8:00am and 11:00 AM Sunday Church School - 9:15am & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study 10:30 AM 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study: 6:30 PM Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study: 10:00 AM Tuesday Topical Bible Study: 6:30 PM Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study: 6:30 PM Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study: 6:30 PM Wednesday Children’s Bible Study: 6:30 PM Thursday Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 PM Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service: 6:30 PM Saturday Adult Bible Study: 10:00 AM “The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”

Service and Times Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sunday Sunday School: 9:45 AM Men’s Monday Bible Study: 7:00 PM Wednesday Night Bible Study: 7:00 PM Women’s Ministry Bible Study: 3rd Friday -7:00 PM Computer Classes: Announced Family and Marital Counseling by appointment

1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 - Fax: (202) 526-1661

Service and Times Sunday Service: 8:30am& 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday www.livingwatersmd.org

St. Stephen Baptist Church

Third Street Church of God

Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors

Rev. Dr. Alice Greene Interim Pastor

Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Senior Pastor

Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor

4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax

3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax)

1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-5889 office 202-638-1803 fax

Service and Times Sunday School: 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service: 11:00 AM Communion Service: First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study: Tuesday, 6:30 PM

Services and Times Sundays: 10:00am Worship Services Bible Study: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) Sunday School: 9:00 AM – Hour of Power

5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555 Services and Times Sunday Early Morning Worship: 7:45 AM Church School: 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship: 10:45 AM Tuesday: 7:00pm/Kingdom Building Bible Institute Wednesday , 12:30 PM Mid-Day Bible Study Wednesday: Prayer/Praise/Bible Study-7:30 PM Baptism & Communion Service: 4th Sunday – 10:30 AM

www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org E-mail: church@blessedwordoflifechurch.org

“An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.” www.covenantdc.org

Campbell AME Church Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email: Campbell@mycame.org Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 AM Sunday Church School: 8:45 AM Bible Study Wednesday: 12:00 Noon Wednesday: 7:00 PM Thursday: 7:00 PM “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE - Washington, DC 20020

www.thirdstreet.org Live Stream Sunday Worship Service begins @ 12:00 noon www.thirdstreet.org

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax

Sunday Worship Service: 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6:00 AM & 6:30 PM Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good! www.gmchc.org emailus@gmchc.org

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM Holy Communion: 2nd Sunday at 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Church School: 9:20 AM Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM Noon Day Prayer Service: Tuesdays at Noon Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 PM Motto: “A Ministry of Reconciliation Where Everybody is Somebody!” Website: http://isleofpatmosbc.org Church Email: ipbcsecretary@verizon.net

St Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... Dr. Raymond T. Matthews Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Services and Times Sunday School: 9:00 AM Worship Service: 10:00 AM Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service: 6:45 PM Thur. Bible Study: 7:15 PM

Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor (Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 AM Communion every Sunday: 11:00 AM Sunday School: 10:00 AM Bible Study Tuesday: 12 Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday: 6:30 PM Motto: “Discover Something Wonderful” Website: 12thscc.org Email: Twelfthstcc@aol.com

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Virgil K. Thomas, Sr. Senior Pastor/ Teacher

Service and Times Sunday School: 10:15 AM Sunday Worship Service: 11;15 AM Children’s Church: 11:15 AM Tuesday Bible Study: 6:30 PM Motto : “A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment” Website: www.turningheartschurchdc.org Email: gr8luv4u2@gmail.com

“Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital”

E-mail: Crusadersbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.CrusadersBaptistChurch.org “God is Love”

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

Twelfth Street Christian Church

Turning Hearts Church

421 Alabama Ave. SE Washington, DC 20032 Phone: 202-746-0113 Fax: 301-843-2445

“We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org E-mail: ssbc5757@verizon.net

Services and Times Sunday School: 9:30 AM Sunday Worship: 11:00 AM Sunday Community Worship Service: 8:30 AM

Crusader Baptist Church

901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Service and Times Sunday Church School : 9:00 AM Sunday Morning Worship: 10:10 AM Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00 PM Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00 PM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10:10 AM

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RELIGION Shabbath Commandment Church

All Nations Baptist Church

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

7801 Livingston Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-534-5471

2001 North Capitol St, N.E. - Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730

Service and Times Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 AM Service 11:00 AM Praise & Worship Preaching 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Motto: “A Church Keeping It Real for Real.” Website: Shabbathcommandmentchruch.org Email: Praisebetoyhwh@gmail.com

Zion Baptist Church Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor 4850 Blagdon Ave, NW - Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 - Fax (202) 291-3773 Service and Times 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School 10:15 a.m. – Worship Service Wed. Noon: Dea. Robert Owens Bible Study 7 PM Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Sunday, Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission: Zion shall: Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, And Exalt our Savior. (Acts 2: 41-47) www.zionbaptistchurchdc.org

St. Luke Baptist Church Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor 1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Service and Times Sunday Worship: 11:00 AM Sunday School: 9:15 AM Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Institute: Wednesday - 1:30 PM Prayer Meeting: Wednesday - 12:00 Noon

Service and Times Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration Website: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

Israel Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert Senior Pastor

2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office • (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Moving Faith Forward” 0% Perfect . . . 100% Forgiven!

623 Florida Ave.. NW - WDC. 20001 Church (202) 667-3409 Study (202) 265-0836 Home Study (301) 464-8211 Fax (202) 483-4009

4504 Gault Place, N.E. Washington, D.C 20019 202-397-7775 – 7184

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 8:00 AM & 10:45 AM Baptism/Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30 PM Prayer Service: Tuesdays – 8:00 PM www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org

“Where Jesus is the King”

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church Rev. Richard B. Black Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms Pastor

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288

1301 North Carolina Ave. N E Washington, D C 20002 202 543 1318 - lincolnpark@lpumcdc.org www.lpumcdc.org

5606 Marlboro Pike District Heights, MD 20747 301-735-6005

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:45 AM Sunday School: 9:15 AM Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:45 AM Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 PM Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 PM Bible Study: Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM Holy Communion: First Sunday 10:00 AM Sunday School: 9:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday @ 12 noon and 6:30 PM Motto: "Faith On The Hill"

Service and Times Sunday Apostolic Worship Services 11:00 A.M and 5:00 PM Communion and Feet Wash 4th Sunday at 5:00 PM Prayer/Seeking: Wednesday at 8:00 PM Apostolic in Doctrine, Pentecostal in Experience, Holiness in Living, Uncompromised and Unchanged. The Apostolic Faith is still alive –Acts 2:42

New Commandment Baptist Church

Eastern Community Baptist Church

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton Senior Pastor

Damion M. Briggs Pastor

1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 - Fax: 202-544-2964

8213 Manson Street Landover, MD 20785 Tel: (301) 322-9787 Fax: (301) 322-9240

13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD. 20720 (301) 262-0560

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 AM and 10:45 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 AM & 10:45 AM Sunday School: 9:30 AM Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon & 6:30 PM Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 PM Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 PM

Service and Times Early Morning Message: 7:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 AM Sunday Church School: 9:00 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sunday 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM Prayer, Praise and Testimony: Wednesday 7:00 PM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 11 AM Sunday School: 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study: Wed. 7 PM

Rehoboth Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor

Rev. Curtis l. Staley Pastor

2001 Brooks Drive District Heights, MD 20744 (240) 838-7074

621 Alabama Ave., S.E.- Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 - F: (202) 561-1112

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:15 AM Sunday School: 9:00 AM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting / Bible Study: Tuesday at 7 PM Theme: “The Kingdom Focused Church with an Emphasis on “Evangelism and Discipleship”

Service and Times Sunday Service: 10:00 AM Sunday School for all ages: 8:30 AM 1st Sunday Baptism: 10:00 AM 2nd Sunday Holy Communion:10:00 AM Tuesday: Bible Study: 6:30 PM Prayer Meeting: 7:45 PM

Email: pastorstmbc@gmail.com Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.org

Motto: “Where God is First and Where Friendly People Worship”

“Real Worship for Real People” Website: www.easterncommunity.org Email: ecc@easterncommunity.org

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

“A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Foggy Bottom - Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW - Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 - Fax : 202-338-4958

Shiloh Baptist Church

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Christ Embassy DC

Dr. Joseph D. Turner Senior Pastor 2616 MLK Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 - Fax 202-678-3304 Service and Times Early Worship Service: 8:00 AM Worship Service: 11:00 AM New Member’s Class: 9:45 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sunday, 11:00 AM Church School: 9:45 AM Wednesday 12:00pm Bible Study Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: 7:00 PM Saturday Bible Study: 11:00 AM Baptism 4th Sunday: 11:00 AM

Kelechi Ajieren Coordinator 6839 Eastern Avenue, R1 Takoma Park, MD 20912 (202) 556-7065 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 AM Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 PM Friday Evening Service: 7:00 PM ; Last Friday “…Giving Your Life a Meaning” www.Christembassydc.org Christ.embassy.dc@hotmail.com

“Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Service and Times Sunday Early Morning Prayer & Bible Study Class: 8:00 AM Sunday School: 9:00 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 AM Wednesday Service: 12:00 PM

Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Service and Times Sunday Church School: 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 AM Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 PM Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 PM Prayer Service Bible Study

“The Loving Church of the living lord “

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Oran W. Young Pastor

Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor

9th & P Street, N.W. - W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4288

602 N Street NW - Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595

2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 - Fax: (202) 529-7738 Service and Times Worship Service: 7:30 AM Sunday School: 9:00 AM Worship Service: 10:30 AM Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30AM & 10:30 AM Prayer Services:Tuesday 7:30 PM. Wednesday 12 Noon

www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: stmarysoffice@stmarysfoggybottom.org

Service and Times First Sunday Worship Service (one service):   10:00 AM Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sunday Worship service:  7:45 AM and 10:55 AM Sunday Church School/Bible Study:  9:30 AM Thursday Prayer Service:  6:30 PM

All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

Email: sbc@shilohbaptist.org Website: shilohbaptist.org

Service and Times Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 AM Sunday Church School: 8:45 – 9:45 AM Holy Communion: Every First Sunday Intercessory Prayer: Monday – 7:00-8:00 PM Pastor’s Bible Study: Wednesday –7:45 PM Midweek Prayer: Wednesday – 7:00 PM Noonday Prayer Every Thursday

Service and Times Sunday Church School: 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service : 11:00 AM The Lord’s Supper 1st Sunday Prayer & Praise Services: Wednesday 7:00 PM Bible Study: 7:30 PM Saturday before 4th Sunday Men, Women, Youth Discipleship Ministries: 10:30 AM A Christ Centered Church htubc@comcast.net

Email Address: admin@pbc712.org

Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church The Rev. E. Bernard Anderson Priest

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Reverend Christopher L. Nichols Pastor

Rev. Reginald M. Green Interim Pastor

Web: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: mtmoriah@mountmoriahchurch.org

St. Matthews Baptist Church

Service and Times Sunday School: 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 AM Baptismal Service: 1st Sunday – 9:30 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sunday – 11:00 AM Prayer Meeting & Bible Study: Wednesday -7:30 PM

Emmanuel Baptist Church

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Service and Times Sunday School for All Ages: 8:00 AM Sunday Worship Services: 9:30 AM Midday Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 11:30AM Evening Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM Laymen's League: Thursday 7:00 PM Email: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org “Changing Lives On Purpose “

Email:mthoreb@mthoreb.org Website:www.mthoreb.org For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 2019 ADM 000836 A.L.M. aka Ann Linder McDonald aka Annie Pearl Campbell aka Ann Linder Decedent Ethel Mitchell 8403 Colesville Rd, #1100 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Attorney

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS David Scott Linder, whose address is 211 Colonial Rd., Edgewater Park, NJ 08010, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of A.L.M. aka Ann Linder McDonald aka Annie Pearl Campbell aka Ann Linder who died on May 18, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 David Scott Linder Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 2019 ADM 988 Anthony Vernon Lee Decedent Deborah Cason Daniel, Esq. 503 D Street, NW Suite 200 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rosie Lee, whose address is 15114 Jenkins Ridge Road, Bowie, MD 20721, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Anthony Vernon Lee who died on July 4, 2015 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 3/26/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 3/26/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 9/26/2019 Rosie Lee Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 2019 ADM 001011 Estate of Parker Jones, Sr. aka Parker D. Jones, Sr. aka Parker Dunford Jones, Sr. NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Parker Dunford Jones, Jr. for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. Admit to probate the Will dated March 6, 1991 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of the witnesses or otherwise

Date of first publication: 9/26/2019 Parker Dunford Jones, Jr. 7220 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20012 Petitioner/Attorney:

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2019 ADM 000624

2019 ADM 001002

2019 ADM 1001

John Francis Wilkinson IV Decedent

James H. Richardson aka James Henry Richardson, Jr. Decedent

Geronia Carter aka Geronia Bell Carter Decedent

Tina Smith Nelson 601 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20049 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Leatha Wilkinson, whose address is 5224 Ames Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of John Francis Wilkinson IV who died on October 24, 2011 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 Leatha Wilkinson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

Robert L. Bell, Esq. 245 Farragut Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Michael B. Hawkins and Deborah M. Peterson, whose addresses are 543 Round Table Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744 & 6821 Milltown Ct, District Heights, MD 20747, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of James H. Richardson aka James Henry Richardson, Jr. who died on August 4, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 Michael B. Hawkins Deborah M. Peterson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

Jeffrey K. Gordon, Esq. 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Robert Carter, Jr., whose address is 8243 Valley Stream Drive, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Geronia Carter aka Geronia Bell Carter who died on June 29, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 Robert Carter, Jr. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

LEGAL NOTICES

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2019 ADM 000964

2018 ADM 001401

Mattie Jean Abrams Williams Decedent

Joseph E. Shelton Decedent

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mary E. Winston and Maurice Austin, whose addresses are 6218 Forest Grove Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22407 & 800 10th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Mattie Jean Abrams Williams who died on June 9, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Peggy A. Miller, Esq. 5130 7th Street, NE Washington, DC 20011-2625 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Delarue Shelton, whose address is 7708 Hanover Parkway, Apt. 201, Greenbelt, MD 20770, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Joseph E. Shelton who died on 9/10/2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Date of first publication: 10/3/2019

Date of first publication: 10/3/2019

Mary E. Winston Maurice Austin Personal Representative

Delarue Shelton Personal Representative

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Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills

Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills

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2019 ADM 001004

2019 ADM 000610

Fredericka Wilson Decedent

Enid W. Smith Decedent

Jasmin M. Torres 711 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21202 Attorney

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Wilson, Jr., whose address is 5115 Aldershot Drive, Lanham, MD 20706, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Fredericka Wilson who died on May 16, 2019 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 William Wilson, Jr. Personal Representative

Evelyn Rice Rolle, whose address is 8 Weyburn Court, Baltimore, MD 21237, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Enid W. Smith who died on June 13, 2016 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 Evelyn Rice Rolle Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

2019 ADM 985

2019 ADM 001033

Edward Johnson Decedent

Wilma Ann Roberts Decedent

Larry C. Williams, Esq. 7600 Georgia Ave., NW #405 Washington, DC 20012 Attorney

Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. Probate Law DC 1308 Ninth Street, NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Robert V. Johnson, Jr., whose address is 6412 Balfour Dr., Hyattsville, MD 20782, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Edward Johnson who died on August 4, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019

Shayla Roberts and Jessica Roberts, whose addresses are 1153 Oates Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Wilma Ann Roberts who died on July 22, 2019 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019

LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 2019 ADM 001023 William E. Thorpe Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Cathie O. Thorpe, whose address is 2825 Douglas St., NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of William E. Thorpe who died on May 29, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Cathie O. Thorpe Personal Representative

Robert V. Johnson, Jr. Personal Representative

Shayla Roberts Jessica Roberts Personal Representative

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2019 ADM 000920 Betty I. Bradshaw Decedent Bradley A. Thomas, Esq. 1629 K Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006-1631 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Kevin W. Douglas, whose address is 1035 Lake Shore Drive, Mitchellville, MD 20721, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Betty I. Bradshaw who died on April 29, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/3/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/3/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 Kevin W. Douglas Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

LEGAL NOTICES

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

2019 ADM 975

2019 ADM 001006

Miriam Hercules Decedent Paul Tony Mensah Mensah Law Office, PLLC 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Angela Bynoe, whose address is 4850 Carmine Ave., Gwynn Oak, MD 21207, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Miriam Hercules who died on January 5, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Angela Bynoe Personal Representative

Mattie B. Butts Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Evelyn Jones, whose address is 70 53rd Place, SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mattie B. Butts who died on July 24, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Evelyn Jones Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

William W. Crocker Decedent

2019 ADM 001008

2019 ADM 990

2019 ADM 001014

NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rosemary Tate, whose address is 761 Quebec Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010, is the personal representative of the estate of William W. Crocker who died April 15, 2002 without a will and will serve without court supervision. All unknown heirs and whose whereabouts are unknown. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned on or before 12/19/2019 or forever be barred. Persons believed to be heirs to the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Joan R. McKinley-Shelton

Faye Yelverton Decedent

Edith U. Hickman aka Edith Utley Hickman Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Constance G. Starks, Esq. 372 Silver Maple Road Groveland, FL 34736 Attorney

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Josette R. Shelton, whose address is 1301 Delaware Avenue

SW, #N503, Washington, DC 20024, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Joan R. McKinley-Shelton

who died on June 23, 2019 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs

Date of first publication: 10/3/2019 Rosemary Tate Personal Representative

whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment

shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on

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or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be

Register of Wills

of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the

presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register

undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred.

Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days

of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Byron Drayton, whose address is 1130 Herkness Drive, Jenkintown, PA 19046, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Faye Yelverton who died on August 12, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

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Date of first publication: 10/10/2019

Josette R. Shelton

Byron Drayton Personal Representative

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Dorothy L. Moore-Duncan, whose address is 1354 C Street, SE, Unit A, Washington, DC 20003, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Edith U. Hickman aka Edith Utley Hickman who died on June 10, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Dorothy L. Moore-Duncan Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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LEGAL NOTICES

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

2019 ADM 1021

2019 ADM 000951

Charles L. Ross, Jr. Decedent

Willie Marie Jones aka W. Marie Jones Decedent

Johnny M. Howard 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

Robert P. Newman, Esq. Law Office of Robert P. Newman 801 Wayne Ave., Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Attorney

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Scott Christopher Billups, whose address is 1307 South Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22204, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Charles L. Ross, Jr. who died on September 10, 2019 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Scott Christopher Billups Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 2019 ADM 000987 William Junior Evans Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Alisa Redd, whose address is 3909 Silver Maple Court,

Rockville, MD 20853, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of William Junior Evans who died on October 17, 2015 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose

whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or

before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be

presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register

of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the

undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred.

Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days

of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Alisa Redd

Personal Representative

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mabel Matthews, whose address is 103 Wild Berry Lane, Garner, NC 27529, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Willie Marie Jones aka W. Marie Jones who died on June 6, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 4/10/2020. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 4/10/2020, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 10/10/2019 Mabel Matthews Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Nicole Stevens Acting Register of Wills Washington Informer

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CROWELL from Page 27 schools and all minority-serving institutions continue to provide excellent education opportunities for their students." Scott agreed, adding, "We all have a role to play in making the dream of college a reality for those who wish to pursue their education. The eight HBCUs in South Carolina have made a significant impact in our communities, creating thousands of jobs which translates to over $5 billion in lifetime earnings for their graduates." By Sept. 18, a total of 15 senators signed on as co-sponsors, including eight Republicans representing the additional states of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Dakota, and West Virginia. Other Democratic senators signing on represented Arizona, California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Montana, Virginia and West Virginia. On the House side, North Carolina Reps. Alma Adams and Mark Walker introduced that chamber's version that quickly passed in just two days before Alexander's actions on the Senate floor. So why would the HELP Committee chair oppose a bill that had such balanced support — in both chambers as well as geographically and by party? "Congress has the time to do

DOPKIN from Page 27 international medical graduates had lower mortality rates than those treated by U.S. medical graduates. This year, IMGs matched to U.S. residencies at the highest rate since 1991. Many of these new doctors

ASKIA from Page 27 participation in it have not mollified since then. They, in fact, have been hardened by case after case of injustice meted out to people, simply because of the color of their skin. Routinely, police lie to suspects. The Supreme Court has justified cops lying to suspects during interrogations. I know. In the one time I was arrested — for talking back to a rich white man outside the bank he chaired in downtown D.C. — the cops lied to me when friends came to bail me out, tricking me into signing a "no contest" confession to a crime I did not commit, by promising "it would all be over" if I signed for my release. In Greenwood, Miss., the most infamous case of the Just Us Legal System took place in 1955, when the murderers of 14-year-old Emmett Till were acquitted after a twohour trial. Just two weeks later, the

this," Alexander said on the floor of the Senate. "While the legislation expires at the end of September, the U.S. Department of Education has sent a letter assuring Congress that there is enough funding for the program to continue through the next fiscal year." Alexander concluded his comments by using his remarks to push for a limited set of policy proposals that would amend the Higher Education Act piece by piece. His comments prompt a more basic question: Why is it that Congress has failed to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) for so many years? Competing HEA legislative proposals with different notions have been bandied about since 2014. Most of these ideas were variations of promises for improved access, affordability, and accountability, simplified financial aid applications and appropriate levels of federal support. Yet for families faced with a financial tug of war between rising costs of college and stagnant incomes, Congress' failure to act on higher education translates into more student loans, and longer years of repayment. The same day as Alexander's block of the bill, Wil Del Pilar, vice president of higher education at The Education Trust, a national nonprofit that works to close op-

portunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families, reacted with a statement. "The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) is of vital importance to millions of students who currently struggle to afford college, lack adequate supports while enrolled, and are underserved by a system that perpetuates racial inequity," Pilar said. "Students need a federal policy overhaul that addresses these issues and acts to close racial and socioeconomic equity gaps, and they can't afford to wait any longer." Ashley Harrington, a senior policy counsel with the Center for Responsible Lending, agreed. "College is only getting more expensive every year, student borrowers are struggling to make payments, and servicers and for-profit colleges are getting free rein to mistreat their customers and students," Harrington said. "As this crisis exacerbates the racial wealth gap and constrains an entire generation of taxpayers, we need a real plan to address these important issues. We hope Senator Alexander reconsiders his position of holding hostage funding for HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions and the students of color that they serve." Senator Alexander, here's hoping you are listening. WI

are U.S. citizens returning home to practice. More than 60 percent of Caribbean medical school graduates, for example, are U.S. citizens. Forty graduates of the school I work at, St. George's University in Grenada, matched into psychiatry residencies in March. They started working at hospitals across

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men confessed in an interview with "Look" magazine that they had in fact maimed and killed the boy, knowing that they could never be tried again for the crime, because of the protection against "double jeopardy" in the Constitution. Well recently, Carol Bryant — the white woman who was the object of young Till's inappropriate "wolf whistle," his "reckless eyeballing," his "eyeball rape" — Bryant has now confessed that her allegation was untrue all along. She lied! The boy died! The Justice Department decided that investigating the decades-old case would be drastic, and that nothing would be gained by prosecuting the 80-plus-year-old Bryant. Well, that not what they said to 80-plus-year-old Bill Cosby about sexual misconduct charges against him that were decades-old, and once even dismissed by a prosecutor as lacking evidence. Now The Cos

sits up in The Big House, serving what could amount to a life sentence at his age. In Florida again — where vigilante George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, using the "stand your ground" legal defense to justify his stalking and killing the young man inside a gated community where the boy's father lived — Marissa Alexander was convicted and sentenced to jail time after she injured no one when she fired a warning shot at her husband whom she said regularly abused her. It happens in case after case, after case, and I refuse to again be tricked into validating the crooked system which punishes people simply for being Black. I'll show up in court in November, but I ain't gonna serve. I almost wish my name wasn't on the voter registration rolls, so my name would not appear on the sucker-jury-duty rolls. WI

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