Tony Lewis Jr. is the son of Tony Lewis Sr., a former cocaine kingpin in D.C. who's been in prison since 1989. In Lewis Jr.'s new memoir, "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration," he shares stories and lessons from his upbringing during D.C.'s crack epidemic.

The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better Pools

As society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, is there still a place for a team created for gay and lesbian swimmers?
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With A 'Strike Force' And $100 Million, Bowser Moves On Affordable Housing

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took two cracks at the city's affordable housing crisis this week, appointing a "strike force" to focus on protecting affordable housing and putting out $100 million to build new housing.
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Midday Mugging Prompts Placement of Mile Markers Along D.C. Bike Trail

The July 13 midday robbery of a woman and other recent incidents exposed a hole in the District’s response system. The signs are intended to help rectify it.

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On Loosening Some Alcohol Sales Rules, Montgomery County Makes It Official

The county Council is formally asking the Maryland General Assembly to allow bars and restaurants to "special order" beer and wine from private stores.

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Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
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Pilot Program Makes Inmates Eligible For Education Grants

In hopes of reducing recidivism, the Obama administration is announcing a pilot program that will allow incarcerated students the ability to receive federal Pell grants for college courses.
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Virginia's Bid To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plate Faces Judge

A judge in the Virginia city that was the final refuge for the Confederacy is set to hear arguments over the state's bid to erase the Confederate battle flag from license plates.
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As Crime Spikes Nationwide, Lanier And City Police Chiefs To Meet At Summit

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is organizing a summit of police chiefs from across the country to discuss a national crime spike — and what police can do to fight it.
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Is Washington Sinking To A New Low? In Geological Terms, Yes.

Our area will continue to sink as the earth naturally reverses the large-scale effects of ice sheet action to the north thousands of years ago.

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Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Hate Crime Charges

The 21-year-old is accused of carrying out the ruthless attack that killed nine worshippers in a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., last month.
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Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

Inmates who took college-level courses while in prison saw a 16 percent drop in their risk of reincarceration.
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Hillary Clinton's Doctor Says She's Healthy Enough To Be President

Clinton's doctor says she's eating healthily, drinking occasionally, swimming, lifting weights and, yes, doing yoga.
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Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

"Nobody got the messaging right at the beginning," one activist said. "They should have known better." Three Democratic candidates are speaking to the National Urban League today.
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U.K. Officials Instructed To Grant Ai Weiwei's Original U.K. Visa Request

The Home Office has apologized for denying the prominent Chinese dissident a six-month visa. He got only 20 days, because staff counted secret imprisonment as a criminal conviction.
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Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee has selected Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's the first city ever to host both summer and winter games.
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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases 6 days after vaccination.
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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.