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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/05/2011

A.M. Buzz: Tuskegee Airmen, MLK dedication and desegregation tales

Good morning. Welcome to Friday, and it’s time to line up your weekend plans.


After a rocky start, the District’s summer jobs program for youth has wrapped up, without most of the problems of previous years.

Two weeks of inattention, two days of attention and now Congressional leaders have resolved a stalemate that cost 4,000 furloughed FAA workers almost two weeks of pay.

Two Prince George’s County teens were arrested Thursday in the stabbing murder of a 74-year-old man who was walking his dog at 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of his apartment building.

In the 1940s, teacher Martha Miller of Arlington fought to have publicly elected school boards in Virginia, eventually prevailing. But after her school was one of the first around here to desegregate, and she volunteered to teach the African-American students, the state’s general assembly revoked publicly elected school boards until the 1990s. She is turning 100 this weekend


Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Leo R. Gray, near the plane "The Spirit of Tuskegee," a World War II-era plane at the end of a cross-country flight to its new home at the Smithsonian. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
The ranks of Tuskegee Airmen are dwindling with time. Just over 100 original members of the pioneering fliers gathered for an annual conference (and don’t miss the video there).

The dedication of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall is coming up Aug. 28 and President Obama just confirmed that he will speak. Others attending include Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder as well as civil rights leaders Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

Time to file, but more news is coming, so we’ll see you at PostLocal all day.

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