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Howard U. asks alumni to help clear
student debts before graduation

Howard senior Paris M. Bates will graduate, thanks in part to fundraising appeals to alumni to help pay final balances. (K. Patterson for Post)

The university president says 180 seniors won’t be eligible for commencement until their balances are cleared.

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    From Hurricane Katrina to Howard University, a young woman’s odyssey

    From Hurricane Katrina to Howard University, a young woman’s odyssey

    Talitha Halley’s graduation marks a major triumph over adversity as she rose from childhood devastation.

    Education Digest: Top-ranking official to leave U.S. Education Department

    Deborah Delisle was responsible for vetting state applications for No Child Left Behind waivers.

    Tulip Grove science teacher named Prince George’s teacher of the year

    Renee Roth has spent years in Prince George’s schools and will represent the county in the statewide contest.

    With little choice, O’Malley defends Baltimore tenure

    With little choice, O’Malley defends Baltimore tenure

    As Martin O’Malley prepares to announce a bid for the Democratic ticket, the former Baltimore mayor appears to be embracing his record and faces critics of his “zero-tolerance” policing policies.

    WCAC tennis: O’Connell’s team, Gonzaga’s Dominick Perez win titles

    WCAC tennis: O’Connell’s team, Gonzaga’s Dominick Perez win titles

    BOYS’ TENNIS | The Knights sweep the doubles portion of the WCAC championships, winning their first conference crown since 1982.

    Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen go head-t0-head at Rockville forum

    Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen go head-t0-head at Rockville forum

    The forum pitted effectiveness versus identity in the race to represent Maryland in the U.S. Senate.

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    Congregants thank National Guard in Baltimore

    Congregants thank National Guard in Baltimore

    At Mt. Pisgah CME Church, in Freddie Gray's neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester, preachers called Baltimore's demonstrations a "wake up call" and pledged to take their worship out into the community. That started with including National Guard members stationed just across the street in their service.

    How video games could make our kids smarter and learning more engaging

    A new book by Greg Toppo goes deep into a world alien to many adults but one that may be the way forward.

    Supervisor who sued for primary wins nomination in firehouse canvass

    Republican Corey Stewart, who holds an at-large seat, was one of a handful of incumbents who fought process.

    Two arrested in Woodbridge stabbing

    Police say the pair confronted a man while he slept in a drug-related attack.

    D.C. area forecast: Spring starts to feel more like early summer

    D.C. area forecast: Spring starts to feel more like early summer

    We get a sneak peek at summer this week as the next several days bring increasing warmth, and some increasing humidity as well.

    Maya Plisetskaya, one of the 20th century’s great ballerinas, dies at 89

    Maya Plisetskaya, one of the 20th century’s great ballerinas, dies at 89

    Ms. Plisetskaya starred at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and captivated audiences around the world.

    Baltimore police arrest some demonstrators at close of peaceful day

    Baltimore police arrest some demonstrators at close of peaceful day

    The announcement of charges against six officers in Freddie Gray’s death had helped to defuse tension.

    For April, the average temperature was higher than average

    Warmer than normal temperatures could continue into May.

    Some Baltimore youth have fears of police reinforced in their schools

    Some Baltimore youth have fears of police reinforced in their schools

    City campuses account for 90 percent of Maryland’s school-based arrests. Some don’t view police as protectors.

    Sanders draws warm welcome in New Hampshire

    Sanders draws warm welcome in New Hampshire

    The longtime independent alters his stance, saying he will register as a Democrat if needed on N.H. ballot.

    Protests likely to accelerate retreat from tough police tactics of the 1990s

    Protests likely to accelerate retreat from tough police tactics of the 1990s

    In Baltimore, New York and Washington, police have already backed away from “zero tolerance.”

    Ruth Rendell, prolific British crime novelist, dies at 85

    Ruth Rendell, prolific British crime novelist, dies at 85

    In more than 60 books, Ms. Rendell examined crime and dark psychological depths.

    In Ward 8, a new face claims Marion Barry’s legacy

    In Ward 8, a new face claims Marion Barry’s legacy

    Trayon White believes he can carry on the mayor-for-life’s legacy.

    D.C. celebrates U Street history during packed Funk Parade

    D.C. celebrates U Street history during packed Funk Parade

    The parade was intended to bring together people from across D.C. to celebrate the city’s music history.

    D.C.-area news briefs

    A roundup of D.C.-area news briefs.

    David Goldberg, executive of online questionnaire service, dies at 47

    David Goldberg, executive of online questionnaire service, dies at 47

    SurveyMonkey.com official was married to Facebook executive and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg.

    Steady Spalding baseball holds firm against Riverdale Baptist

    Steady Spalding baseball holds firm against Riverdale Baptist

    BASEBALL | The top-ranked Cavaliers lean on strong pitching and stingy defense to run their winning streak to 10 games by topping Riverdale Baptist.

    Richard Suzman, leader in research on how the world grows old, dies at 72

    Richard Suzman, leader in research on how the world grows old, dies at 72

    Dr. Suzman pushed scientists in pursuit of knowledge about aging and how it might be improved.

    Why couldn’t $130 million transform one of Baltimore’s poorest places?

    Why couldn’t $130 million transform one of Baltimore’s poorest places?

    Sandtown-Winchester, where Freddie Gray was arrested, remains bleak despite a big push for change.

    Huff shines at Mullins Russell meet

    Huff shines at Mullins Russell meet

    TRACK & FIELD | Phelps junior Tyreece Huff avoids the pitfalls of the steeplechase to notch a meet record at H.D. Woodson.

    Rowing: St. Albans takes Foley Cup, National Cathedral retains Carr Cup

    Rowing: St. Albans takes Foley Cup, National Cathedral retains Carr Cup

    ROWING | The Bulldogs and Tigers win their final races before next weekend’s VASRA state championships.

    For Route 7, a plan that could ease traffic congestion and boost transit

    For Route 7, a plan that could ease traffic congestion and boost transit

    A new study will explore a bus rapid-transit line and light rail to service a congested 13-mile corridor.

    Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez announces for Van Hollen House seat

    Fourth-term Del. Gutierrez says immigration, education and women will be Congressional campaign focus

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Readers say old cars can get you where you want to go, even if it’s only in your imagination.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    After videos of men who died after police encounters surfaced, trust has eroded — and that hurts everyone.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    At a local barbershop, little surprise at flawed testimony from the FBI’s elite forensic workers.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Florida mailman is part of a wave of homegrown, daffy, sometimes troubled activists descending on D.C.

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    Historic U Street brings in the Funk Parade

    This year, the event’s second, organizers got permission to close a part of the street for revelry, and the party was on.

    Hope a scarce commodity in Sandtown-Winchester

    Misery and poverty have gripped the crumbling Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived.

    Baltimore protests take on a festive flavor

    Much of the tension that wracked the city seems to have drained away after six officers were charged in Freddie Gray’s death.

    Seeking justice in the death of Freddie Gray

    State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Friday that a medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide.

    Watergate parking garage collapses

    Firefighters rescued at least one person trapped in the garage, which was under construction.

    Nepal rescuers pull teen survivor out of the rubble five days after quake

    The stunned Nepali had survived almost 120 hours since the earthquake by breathing into an air pocket.

    In the aftermath of Baltimore riots

    Residents clean up from the looting and fires that plagued parts of the city Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray.

    Justices hear arguments on same-sex marriage

    The Supreme Court takes on cases that could give same-sex couples nationwide a constitutional right to marry.

    Our Washington

    From waterfronts to monuments, Post photographers share their favorite D.C. spots.

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