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• Roxana Olivas, who advised Mr. Gray on Hispanic affairs as Council chairman, will head the Office of Latino Affairs.

• Crystal Palmer, who for more than 20 years ran the Office of Motion Picture and TV Development, will resume that role in 2011. Ms. Palmer, wife of former Council member Harold Brazil, replaces Kathy Hollinger, who was brought in by Mr. Fenty in 2008.

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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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