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D.C. is often portrayed as a land of monuments and politicians. We want to show you something more. These are the stories that matter to us — about the city, its people, and the lives they lead — sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, often messy, but always interesting.

D.C.’s segregated schools

We sometimes think of D.C. as a liberal progressive city, but its history involves as much segregation as the South. Public schools in D.C. were segregated up until Brown v Board of Education (and D.C.’s similar case Bolling v. Sharpe) in 1954.

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I AM A MAN

Signs saying I AM A MAN have been common in the recent Black Lives Matter protests, but the history of this phrase goes back more than 50 years.

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What We Love About the DMV

For Valentine’s Day, we asked area photographers to tell us what they love about living in the DMV. Among the answers: the artists and performers, the parks, the quirky events, the architecture, unexpected moments, and, of course, the pandas.

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Snow!

Good snowstorms are a rarity in D.C., so people and animals came out to celebrate this week

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Nick Benson – carving inspiration in D.C.

“Hope” – it’s what we all need in these difficult times. This “hope” is a carving at the Eisenhower Memorial, one of many inspiring words found all over D.C. The surprising thing is that most of the memorial carvings have been done by three generations of a single family, the Bensons.

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Welcoming the Biden/Harris team

D.C. puts on a magnificent celebration every fourth year for the Inauguration, but this year is vastly different both because of the pandemic and the security provisions following the invasion of the Capitol on January 6th.

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