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D.C. Jail health care contract raises activists’ ire

- The Washington Times

The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital and inmate advocates are encouraging the D.C. Council to reject a contract that would place a for-profit corporation they say has a history of providing poor care in charge of health care at the D.C. Jail.

Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, a day after being elected the next mayor of the District of Columbia.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bowser pitches District for 2024 Olympics

- The Washington Times

Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser was part of the five-person team that made the pitch to the U.S. Olympic Committee Tuesday to select the District as the United States’ contender to host the 2024 summer Olympics.

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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

U.Va. fraternity rebuts Rolling Stone gang-rape article

- The Washington Times

The University of Virginia fraternity at the center of a gang-rape allegation detailed in a Rolling Stone article issued a statement rebutting the story Friday following an apology made by magazine, which acknowledges discrepancies in the report.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. Professional athletes have worn "I Can't Breathe" messages in protest of a grand jury ruling not to indict an officer in the death of a New York man. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

The Washington Times

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an "I can't breathe" T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.

District officers carry the casket of former Mayor Marion Barry up the steps of the John A. Wilson Building, Thursday to be greeted by Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Mr. Barry's remains were to lie in repose for 24 hours before a procession Friday to The Temple of Praise church. A viewing is scheduled Saturday at the convention center. (Associated Press)

Mourners remember the best in Marion Barry

- The Washington Times

Mourners filed into the District's city hall on Thursday to honor the late "mayor for life," Marion Barry, praising him as a champion for youth, elderly, and black communities in the District.

Passage of a defense bill would put an official stamp on the contentious debate over how and where to recognize World War I by authorizing sculptural and landscape changes to Pershing Park, named for WWI Gen. John J. Pershing, so it can honor American soldiers who fought in the 1914-1918 war. (Washington Times)

Defense bill would create WWI memorial

- The Washington Times

A massive defense bill introduced in Congress contains a provision that would designate Pershing Park in the District as a national World War I memorial, putting an official stamp on the contentious debate over how and where to recognize the Great War.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who campaigned on a pledge to protect the existing abortion clinics, has named several appointees to the 15-member board that will decide the contentious issue. (Associated Press)

Virginia board weighs revisiting abortion clinic regulations

- The Washington Times

Virginia's Board of Health is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to revisit the state's controversial regulations governing abortion clinics in what is widely seen as an attempt by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to undo restrictive measures adopted in the name of women's health under his Republican predecessor.

The John J. Pershing Memorial in Pershing Park, located in downtown Washington, D.C., is seen here. (Wikipedia)

Defense bill authorizes WWI memorial at park near White House

- The Washington Times

A national defense bill released late Tuesday designated Pershing Park in downtown Washington as a national World War I memorial, putting an official stamp on the contentious debate over how and where to recognize the Great War and put it on par with other 20th century conflicts memorialized in the capital.