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Ads Urge Prince George's Residents To Report Domestic Violence

An ad campaign is underway in Prince George's County urging victims of domestic violence to reach out to authorities.

The message of the ads is simple: "Stop the silence about domestic violence."

The ads urge victims to call 211, not 911. The county says the 211 line offers domestic violence victims help with the immediate needs many of them face, such as finding shelter or filing for a restraining order.

Police chief Mark Magaw says domestic violence continues to be a problem in Prince George's County, even as violent crime is dropping.

"We've had 44 homicides this year to date," Magaw says. "Nine of those were domestic related. Twenty percent of the homicides in 2013 are domestic related. We can change that."

And while 20 percent of homicides in the county are tied to domestic violence, officials estimate that 1 in 4 women— or 25 percent — are impacted by domestic violence.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?


In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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