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Marion Barry dies at 78; 4-term D.C. mayor was the most powerful local politician of his generation

Marion Barry Jr., the Mississippi sharecropper’s son and civil rights activist who served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia, survived a drug arrest and jail sentence, and then came back to win a fourth term as the city’s chief executive, died around midnight Saturday at United Medical Center in Washington. He was 78.

Hospital spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Mr. Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m. He had been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday following a brief stay. His death was announced by his family in a statement released through a spokeswoman for Mr. Barry. No cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments.

Full Story: Marion Barry
Attribution: Bart Barnes,

Great Cutaway Drawing of Evening Star Building in 1922

A thank you to Jody Beck for finding this article:
 "This is such a cool cutaway drawing of the Evening Star Building at 11th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. We posted a great photo of it some time ago, but this was something we had to share after GoDCer Ellen sent this in last month. Thanks Ellen! The image was printed in the Evening Star on May 10th, 1922."

 Full website: Evening Star Building


Remembering the Greatest Generation on Veterans Day

"The last time I saw my dad was Sept. 9, 1979, when I was at Fenway Park covering the Orioles for the Washington Star. On the final Sunday of the regular season, I left tickets for my parents in the left-field grandstand. In the late innings, on my way to the visitors clubhouse for postgame interviews, I stopped by Section 27 to say goodbye to the folks."

 Full story: Veterans Day
 Attribution: Dan Shaughnessy

Journalist, horseman extraordinaire Finney honored at Harford Community College

"The inaugural equestrian journalism award, which was presented by the Hays-Heighe House in October 2012, recognized the late Joseph B. Kelly, a longtime racing writer, first with the Baltimore Sun and later the Washington Star. "

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Attribution: By Special to The Aegis,