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First lady Melania Trump, center, and Department of Interior assistant secretary Rob Wallace, left, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington to re-open the Washington Monument, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. The monument has been closed to the public for renovations since August 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Melania Trump joins schoolchildren in reopening of Washington Monument

- The Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump kicked off the Washington Monument’s reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Jeff Reinbold and fourth-graders from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Southwest Washington, among others.

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Students change classes at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

It's the charter children, stupid, not the buildings

- The Washington Times

What's equally bad is that the District is breaking both the spirit and the letter of the law when it closes a traditional public school and then forces charter schools to apply to occupy it, as if the children who would attend the school are, here again, foreigners.

Signs supporting D.C. statehood are on display outside an early voting place on in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

House panel announces witnesses for D.C. statehood hearing

- The Washington Times

A House committee on Wednesday released a list of witnesses who will testify during a hearing on D.C. statehood to be held on September 19. The hearing will mark the first time since 1993 that a congressional panel has weighed the possibility of granting the District statehood.

Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. seeking music industry gig

- Associated Press

John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

Resume talks about the Washington Redskins

- The Washington Times

RFK Stadium is headed for the graveyard. Sniff, sniff. Plans call for the aged structure to be demolished in 2021. Up 'til then, though, Dan Snyder has a decision to make, Congress has a decision to make about the site and both should place their bets on a guaranteed moneymaker -- a new home for the Washington Redskins.

A sign stands outside of an entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md., on Jan. 9, 2014. A culture of bad behavior and disrespect among athletes at U.S. military academies is one part of the continuing problem of sexual assaults at the schools, according to a new Defense Department report that comes in the wake of scandals that rocked teams at all three academies last year. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Naval Academy investigating report of noose

Associated Press

The U.S. Naval Academy is investigating a report that a noose was hung on academy property on the 56th anniversary of the March on Washington.