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The Other Races: Bonds, McDuffie And Mendelson Cruise To Victory

While the main stories of Tuesday's D.C. primary were the defeat of Mayor Vincent Gray and Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), a number of other races were also on the ballot yesterday:

  • In the race for Council Chair, Phil Mendelson handily defeated challenger Calvin Gurley 81-17.
  • In an At-Large race, Council member Anita Bonds won another term, beating challengers Nate Bennett-Fleming, John Settles and Pedro Rubio. She took just under 53 percent of the vote.
  • In Ward 3, Council member Mary Cheh ran unopposed, and won.
  • In Ward 5, Council member Kenyan McDuffie emerged victorious with close to 80 percent of the vote.
  • In Ward 6, Charles Allen defeated Darrel Thompson 58-41. Allen will replace his former boss, Council member Tommy Wells, who ran for mayor.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton won her re-election bid for her non-voting seat in Congress, while Paul Strauss and Franklin Garcia took the Shadow Senator and Shadow Representative races.

All of these candidates still face competitors in the November general election.

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Bill Cosby Removed From Documentary On Black Stuntmen

Bill Cosby was instrumental in opening the door for black stuntmen in Hollywood early in his career. He was to be a central figure in a new documentary about black stuntmen, but that has now changed. He will be mentioned, but his interviews have been pulled, following the latest revelations about the comedian, who admitted in court documents that he drugged women for sex.
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Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the tea drinking to get to the used bags.
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President Obama Addresses African Union In Ethiopia

President Obama addressed the African Union in Ethiopia on Tuesday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so. He encouraged African leaders to end political corruption.
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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of two miles – and can very accurately kill that person."

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