Matthew Diebel USA TODAY Published 12:44 p.m. UTC Jul 23, 2018 If you live in or travel to a big city in America, chances are you have seen them — rats, that is. And, with such famous residents as “Pizza Rat,” a rascally rodent that was seen dragging a slice of pizza into the subway in 2015, New York City has long been considered rat central in the United States. Make that was. A new study has named Chicago the "rat capital" of America, with a total of 50,963 rat complaints in 2017 compared to 32,855 in 2014, an increase of 55%. The study, by apartment search service RentHop.com, compared complaints in the Windy City, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., and found that Chicago topped the list with 1,876.09 complaints per 100,000 residents, a figure more than twice the number of the nation’s capital, which came in second place. Chicago also led in total number of complaints, beating New York’s 19,152 gripes by more than 31,000. … [Read more...] about Chicago beats out New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., as America’s ‘rat capital’
By Lenore T. Adkins/Special to the AFRO True to its name, Marvin Gaye Park is playing host to a concert series this summer that has three dates lined up . The free series, presented by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, kicks off every third Saturday of the month all summer, so plan to hit the park from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 21, August 18 and September 15. The concerts will be held at The Riverside Center, 5200 Foote Street NE, located in Ward 7’s Deanwood neighborhood. Besides music, residents are invited to experience art, eats and to shop with Made in D.C. makers. As well, Washington Parks and People, a group centered on transforming neglected and sometimes dangerous areas into green spaces for the community, will open the Riverside Center Café so you can buy menu items and try treats from local chefs. The city spent $2.4 million redeveloping the park. On May 5, Bowser, Ward 7 Councilman Vincent Gray and other D.C. officials cut the ribbon the on park’s $14 million … [Read more...] about D.C. Mayor Launches Summer Concert Series at Marvin Gaye Park
By Lenore T. Adkins/Special to the AFRO The American Civil Liberties Union of D.C. on July 18 filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 39-year-old Black man who alleges a D.C. police officer grabbed his genitals and stuck his fingers between his buttocks in a stop-and-frisk that went viral last summer. The lawsuit alleges that on September 27, 2017, Officer Sean Lojacono performed an unconstitutional and highly intrusive bodily search of M.B. Cottingham, an ice cream vendor, without a warrant, reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Police conducted the search in the Bellevue neighborhood in Southwest by I-295 after the life-long D.C. resident and his friends were standing on the sidewalk and talking about plans to celebrate his birthday. Two police cars, including one unmarked car, pulled up next to them over an open container of alcohol and officers asked the men if they had any weapons. When the men said they didn’t, Officer Lojacono, who is White, asked Cottingham what was … [Read more...] about ACLU Sues D.C. Cop Over “Humiliating” Stop-And-Frisk
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The National Association of Black Journalists will bestow one of its most prestigious awards to John Watson, an associate professor of journalism at American University, for his efforts in ensuring newsrooms and news coverage reflects the diverse communities it serves, the association announced July 16. Watson will receive the association’s Ida B. Wells Award, named after the Chicago feminist and journalist who led an anti-lynching movement in the 1890s. “I am honored, humbled and encouraged by this recognition,” Watson said in a statement. “I see it not as a reward for what I have done in the past, but encouragement to stay on track in the future. It’s recognition of the fact that everyday people like me, someone who does not have the impressive public profile of prior recipients, have an important role to play in expanding newsroom diversity. It’s not only a noble crusade, it’s an every-day … [Read more...] about NABJ To Honor D.C. Journalism Professor
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