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November 14th, 2012

Islamic Heritage Museum News

From Food Pantry to Presidential Engagement

 

“People don't know each other. That's why we have all this mess,” says Ahmad Ansari, participant in a recent event at America's Islamic Heritage Museum (AIHM). He gestures to encompass the range of discussion topics just raised: interfaith mistrust, economic development insensitive to community needs, people who hear without listening, politicians who speak without understanding. That's why it's essential, Ansari argues, “to get to know people better,” and that's one reason AIHM is so important.

Finding Fashion at Home

Dispatches from the Village of Anacostia

Uniontown Bar & Grill Will Reopen

November 13th

DCPS to Close 20 Schools

DC Public Schools (DCPS) will close 20 schools in Wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced at a press briefing this morning. The majority will be closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year. These include eight elementary schools, four middle schools, one high school and three special education campuses. Nearly half of the proposed schools are in Wards 7 and 8.

Chancellor Henderson presented several reasons for consolidation:

November 12th

The US Ranks 6th in Military Expenditures

Ranking America

According to the World Bank, military expenditures in the United States equal 4.7% of GDP, which is enough to make the United States tied for sixth with Jordan in that category. Saudi Arabia ranks first with military expenditures at 8.4% of GDP. 

Ranking America (on Twitter as @RankingAmerica) can help individuals better understand how the United States stands in global rankings in a variety of categories.

Retail Therapy

Treasury

1843 14th Street NW, www.ShopTreasury.com

A trip to Treasury always leaves me with the impression that I’m rummaging through the attic of some great eccentric old aunt. She’s lived a bohemian life filled with world travel and intriguing love affairs, and the racks and shelves of the store are stocked with the proof.  

Matchbox Opens on 14th Street NW

What happens when you take a successful restaurant and recreate it in a hot, growing, dining-destination neighborhood? If you’re a national chain, you load the same decor into the same space, serve the same menu and find a kitchen crew who can serve DC residents the same food they would find in Dubuque. If you’re DC’s matchboxfoodgroup, it’s a very different story.

Find your favorites

Jazz Avenues

In September, Cedric Hendricks, Executive producer of the CBCF Jazz Night for the 28th year, spoke of the need to support programs for jazz preservation and education.

Brian Settles

Saxophonist Brian Settles performs with another Duke Ellington School of the Arts alum, Marc Cary, at Bohemian Caverns Nov. 30.

Mark the date to honor Jerry Gordon