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Recent Content

1971 video of Marion Barry

This video of Marion Barry, speaking at McDonough Hall's counter-dedication in September of 1971, was just posted by the Law Center's Special Collections Librarian and may be of interest to some of you (Barry appears in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the video, followed by William Kunstler). It's also interesting because Barry announced in his speech that he had to rush over to the Board of Elections to file his petition as a candidate for the school board.

HPRB Live Video Webcast - December 18 2014

Greetings:   Tomorrow's HPRB hearing will be webcast live at 9:00 am. Citizens may view the hearing at this URL:   http://planning.dc.gov/node/568302  Please select "View Live Video".

The agenda and staff reports are accessible on our website at:    http://planning.dc.gov/node/960782 



Also, please note the following cases are now removed from the Agenda and Consent Calendar:


Christmas in Washington 1794: a new blog posting

Sharing images of and analyzing time roles and payrolls in my new blog Slave Labor in the Capital, I explore Christmas Day 1794 in Washington. The city was nothing but a work site then. No one left any record of a Christmas celebration, but a time role in the National Archives shows that the cook, Thomas Smith, worked on the 25th while almost everybody else didn't.