Dog breed specific legislation: It just doesn’t work -- a student perspective

Dog breed specific legislation: It just doesn’t work -- a student perspective

I am an owner of two pitbull: my girl’s name is Precious and my boy’s name is Max. I love them both so very dearly and can't imagine being without them. It saddens me to know that there are laws that are intended to protect people but are hurting animals and pet owners.

Ed note: We’re pleased to publish the article below from Toni Blakeney, a senior at Capital City Public Charter School.

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Op-Ed: The DC Council must include Howard University Hospital in the United Health Services agreement

Op-Ed: The DC Council must include Howard University Hospital in the United Health Services agreement

The DC Council should reconsider the current plan for the East End hospital as it does not include provisions for Howard University’s doctors, residents and medical and other health professions’ students to provide services and training. (Opinion)

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Hail to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin... a remembrance

Hail to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin... a remembrance

I'm not a music critic but a music lover. With the passing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, I've been moved to pay tribute. Aretha was iconic, awesomely talented, confident in her ability and demanded RESPECT.

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Hamilton shines on Broadway and the Kennedy Center -- try to get tix!

Hamilton shines on Broadway and the Kennedy Center -- try to get tix!

Hamilton in the hottest tickets on Broadway and in any other city it plays. The story of Alexander Hamilton the first Secretary of Treasury is brilliantly  told by  Lin-Manuel Miranda through a combination of glowing lyrics that encompass hip hop, jazz, blues, rap and R&B. The choreography at times is fast moving and high energy with a cast that is predominantly people of color. What a creative way to tell the story! 

Hamilton is currently on a 14-week run at the Kennedy Center through September 16th. If there is any way you can participate in this phenomenon, do it!  

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Awake and unable to move... when sleep makes life stranger than fiction

Awake and unable to move... when sleep makes life stranger than fiction

I have always had less-than-ideal sleeping habits. As a child, my siblings would taunt me for falling asleep downstairs watching TV rather than going to my bed when I was sleepy. (That practice continues today.) I always fall asleep on the sofa and then wake up and stumble off to my bedroom. There are times I wake up in the wee hours of the morning and watch TV until I fall back to sleep and wake up at about 6AM. These practices do not promote a peaceful and restful sleep.

One morning, things got very bizarre and 911 had to be called.

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Before #MeToo, there was "The First Silence Breaker"

Before #MeToo, there was "The First Silence Breaker"

In this era of the #MeToo movement, which has caused a cataclysmic effect across many professions in the wake of pervasive sexual harassment and silence, I want to recognize a local woman. A woman whose courage was critical to the legal case that established the precedent and protection against sexual harassment for all women today. That unsung hero is Sandra Gray Bundy, also known as "The First Silence Breaker” in the March edition of the Washingtonian Magazine.

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12 Angry Women: Petworth moms pay Senator Marco Rubio a visit to say "Hands off DC"

12 Angry Women: Petworth moms pay Senator Marco Rubio a visit to say "Hands off DC"

Our shared goal was to tell Senator Marco Rubio to keep his hands off of DC gun laws and to ensure safe schools for our children and safe streets for our families and neighbors. We were there to voice objection to members of Congress, who don’t represent DC residents, making major decisions about our lives. 

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Aging gracefully and other life lessons

Aging gracefully and other life lessons

The DC Office on Aging (DCOA)  newsletter dated June 2016 noted that there were 300 registered Centenarians in the District of Columbia. The oldest DC resident according to the DCOA is Betsy Stanford, a Ward 4 resident who was born in 1903. On December 15th, my mother Catherine Cooper joined the growing list of persons to reach the golden age of 100.

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A look back at the top posts of 2017

A look back at the top posts of 2017

Happy New Year! It's been a crazy year for many reasons, but I'm grateful that the blog has continued to grow and be read by so many people. The blog went viral nationally a few times, and appeared on the front page of HuffPost and NPR, was quoted by the New York Times and helped change animal welfare laws in the District, and was voted Best Community Blog (runner up!) for the second time in two years. Not too shabby.  Here's a look at the top 10 articles and content based on number of unique readers from the past year. I hope the year ahead is a healthy and happy one for you.

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Unwelcome house guests... when rats move in

Unwelcome house guests... when rats move in

We have all heard about the rat problem here in the city. The Mayor has been on the news talking about way the city is combating the situation. But some of us are having our own personal problem with rats. I am one.

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Surviving cancer and looking to the future

Surviving cancer and looking to the future

I remember the day I was summoned to my best friend's Petworth home for a meeting with close family and friends. I thought this could not be anything good. Nervous, anxious and panicked, we all assembled in the kitchen where she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis.

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Councilmember’s Corner:  Protecting your internet privacy rights

Councilmember’s Corner:  Protecting your internet privacy rights

As more and more of our personal and professional lives are centered around the internet, privacy protection has become an issue at the heart of life in a digitally-connected era. It is imperative we have robust protections in place, and a new bill in front of the DC Council sees to that. 

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