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Study ranks NM school system second-worst in nation

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:52:36 GMT

The research for the study was developed by a specific methodology created by WalletHub's research team in conjunction with academic experts in the field, Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst, said. The data used to create the rankings is aggregated from reputable, mostly government, sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and National Center for Educational Statistics, Gonzalez said.




Fairfield Strategic plan getting on track

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:42:02 GMT

The Strategic Plan Committee is finalizing a request for proposals to find a consultant to help create guidelines to lead the town into the future. John Wynne, chairman of the SPC, provided the Board of Selectmen with a quarterly update of the committee's progress Wednesday.




Sharp sues Hisense over a foreign "gag order"

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:07:43 GMT

Sharp, a Japanese electronics manufacturer, has filed a lawsuit challenging a foreign gag order that company lawyers say prevents Sharp from talking about its own brand. The dispute is rooted in a licensing deal gone sour between Sharp and Hisense, a fast-growing Chinese maker of televisions and appliances.




Former IT staffer for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Imran Awan, indicted for bank fraud

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:48:24 GMT

Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were indicted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with a total of four charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday. Awan and Alvi were charged with "conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on a loan or credit application, and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions."




Interior Department issues millions of dollars to 'protect' historical landmarks

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:48:23 GMT

The Interior Department said Thursday that it is sending tens of millions of dollars in historic preservation grants to help states preserve "our national heritage and history." The announcement comes after President Trump tweeted that he considers the statues of Confederate war heroes taken down recently in Baltimore and other cities an affront to history.




Judicial Watch Sues for Anti-Israel 'BDS' Lobbying Records

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:26:53 GMT

Judicial Watch today announced that it filed two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State for records of communications regarding anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions' groups' efforts to lobby the Obama administration to ignore trade laws that protect Israel. Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Department of Homeland Security failed to respond to two June 20 FOIA requests, one to the Department itself and one to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau , a component of DHS ).




Ellington School Ribbon-Cutting Is Aug. 19

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:12:23 GMT

After many delays - and cost overruns that almost tripled the budget - the renovated Duke Ellington School of the Arts on 35th Street NW between Reservoir Road and R Street will officially open this Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson will cut the ribbon at a public ceremony in the auditorium of the Classical Revival-style main building, which looks to have been spectacularly restored. Originally completed in 1898, the building was designed to be Western High School, one of the District's first buildings specifically dedicated to public education at the high school level.




Charges dropped against marijuana activist who gave out joints in front of Capitol

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:52:07 GMT

On April 20, an unofficial holiday for marijuana users, Capitol Police arrested eight protesters for handing out marijuana joints on land near the U.S. Capitol under local jurisdiction. Only two of those arrested were charged with a crime, and on Monday, the U.S. attorney's office said it would drop charges against one of those protesters.




Attorney General Bondi Leads Nationwide Effort to Amend Sex Trafficking Law

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:15:09 GMT

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the District of Columbia Attorney General are leading a bi-partisan coalition of 50 attorneys general urging Congress to affirm that all law enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to members of Congress sent today, Attorney General Bondi called for an amendment of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute online facilitators of child sex trafficking.




District of Columbia's vaunted high school for the arts reopens-over budget

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:53:01 GMT

When the Duke Ellington School of the Arts reopens its Georgetown campus next week after a three-year renovation, it will boast state-of-the-art dance and music studios, gleaming new classrooms, an 850-seat multimedia auditorium, a 300-seat performance hall, a rooftop terrace and underground parking. From head to toe it will be the showstopper in the decade-long drive to modernize the D.C. Public Schools.




Trump attacks retailer Amazon

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:53:00 GMT

The president has been a frequent critic of the company and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. Many traditional retailers are closing stores and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online.




Lawsuit Could Set Precedent on Restoring Gun Owner Rights for Non-Violent Felons

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:52:59 GMT

A man convicted in 2010 for securities fraud who wants his right to own a gun recognized by the government filed a complaint Monday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Montana resident Gregory L. Reyes' lawsuit names as defendants U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.




Trump renews Twitter criticism of Amazon

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:39:27 GMT

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Many traditional retailers are closing stores and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online.




Benghazi Suspect's Statements in Ship Brig Will Be Allowed in Court

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:29:29 GMT

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan suspected of being a ringleader of the 2012 Benghazi attack, to suppress statements he made to interrogators in the brig of a navy warship, rejecting arguments that the government violated his rights. The 59-page ruling , by Judge Christopher Cooper of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, means prosecutors may use Mr. Khattala's statements as courtroom evidence during his trial on charges he conspired with others and participated in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.




DC officials seek to remove statue of Confederate general new

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:05:09 GMT

Eight D.C. elected officials have asked the National Park Service to remove a statute of a Confederate general from a parklet near Judiciary Square saying it commemorates an ideology with no place in the nation's capital. The letter dated Tuesday says that Albert Pike supported slavery and served as a brigadier general for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.




The request marked an escalation from January when prosecutors...

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:58:42 GMT

A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day - a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution. "What we have is a sweeping request for every single file we have" in relation to DisruptJ20.org, said Chris Ghazarian, general counsel for DreamHost, which hosts the site.




Impact of historically black colleges and universities not merely historical

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:58:41 GMT

Historically black colleges and universities played an important role in the education of blacks who were largely blocked from higher education in an lengthy era of segregation, and continue to serve the needs of a growing and diverse student body today. Historically black colleges and universities are defined as any institution of higher learning whose primary goal is the education of black Americans established before 1964.