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For those not familiar with Dorothy Height:

“an American administrator and educator, was a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.”

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Jane Bennett Clark via @JaneBClark

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at approximately 6:44 pm.

The bicyclist was traveling southbound on 13th Street, Northwest toward the intersection of I Street, Northwest, when a pedestrian began stepping off the southwest curb in the crosswalk. The bicyclist struck the pedestrian causing her to fall to the ground. The bicyclist remained on scene. DC Fire and EMS transported the pedestrian to an area hospital for treatment.

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 65-year-old Jane Bennett Clark, of Takoma Park, MD.

This case remains under investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099.”

The Washington Post reported:

“Clark was a senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, according to the Kiplinger website.”

Kiplinger’s website says in full:

“Senior Editor
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Clark covers all facets of retirement and writes a bimonthly column that takes a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversees the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheads the annual “Best Cities” feature. Clark is a graduate of Northwestern University.”

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Courtesy DC Council

From a press release:

“The final chapter in the long saga of the Wilson Building’s World War II Memorial has been reached: the fully restored Memorial has been reinstalled on the building’s ground floor.

After spending two decades broken and forgotten in a closet, then another five years languishing in a mystery status with no known identity, the Memorial’s original purpose was rediscovered in early 2016.

The memorial, measuring nearly 12 feet by 6 feet, honors the nearly 2,000 DC government employees who served during World War II. Their war service is especially poignant given that they could not vote neither for their Commander-in-Chief, nor for a representative or Senator in the Congress that declared and funded the War.

To visit the Memorial, enter the Wilson Building through the 13 ½ Street entrance, then take an immediate left.

This article describes the detective work it took to rediscover the Memorial’s history, and includes links to the original historical documents on which that work relied. The memorial’s historic timeline is included below. (more…)

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From an email:

“The Space Foundation today commented on the death of Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC (Ret.), 95, the last of the Mercury Seven astronauts, military test pilots selected by NASA in 1959 to become America’s first astronauts.

“U.S. success in space was built on the courage and determination of men like John Glenn, who dedicated his life to serving his country and proving what humans could accomplish in space,” said Kevin Cook, Space Foundation – Marketing & Communications.

In 1962, Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, and the fifth human in space. He was also the oldest person to go into space when, in 1998 at the age of 77, he returned to space as a Payload Specialist on Discovery’s STS-95 mission.

An Ohio native, Glenn was a U.S. Marine Corps aviator, engineer and United States Senator. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.”

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From WETA:

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away this afternoon following several months of cancer treatment. She was surrounded by loving family and many friends whom we ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers. Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President & CEO of WETA, sent the following email to staff earlier today: “Gwen was an extraordinary and special person — one of the nation’s leading lights in journalism, a gracious and inspiring colleague, and a warm and steadfast friend. As she bravely battled cancer, Gwen was lifted by the well wishes, flowers and emails from so many who love and respect her. My heart truly goes out to her and her wonderful family. Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers. I have loved knowing and working with Gwen and will always cherish her memory.”

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“I see a sad procession,
And I hear the sound of coming full-key’d bugles;
All the channels of the city streets they’re flooding,
As with voices and with tears.”

-Walt Whitman:  Citizen of the District of Columbia

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