Latest from LaVendrick Smith

D.C. woman whose son died after confrontation with guards seeks answers

Alonzo Smith, 27, died in November following an altercation with special police officers.
  • Aug 19, 2016

Search for victims continues at site of Maryland apartment explosion and fire

Three have been confirmed dead after the Wednesday incident, with others missing.
  • Aug 13, 2016

How you can help the victims of the Silver Spring apartment explosion

Where you can bring donations, send money and pitch in as a French or Spanish interpreter.
  • Aug 11, 2016

19-year-old man accused of murdering two Virginia youth counselors

Ronald Francis Dorsey Jr. was charged Friday, the same day the second counselor’s body was found.
  • Aug 6, 2016

Cookout, softball game help bridge the gap between police and returning felons

Both groups say they are judged negatively by the public, based on stereotypes.
  • Jul 31, 2016

Art lessons teach D.C. young adults creative methods and financial skills

Participants in the Arts Leadership Program get formal training, primarily in painting, and lessons in intellectual-property rights.
  • Jul 29, 2016

Shelter from the swelter: Residents and tourists alike try to stay cool

In some places, the heat index reached 105 degrees — just a teaser for the week ahead.
  • Jul 23, 2016

The heat is here, and its planning to unpack its bags and stay for a while

With heat indexes in the 100s, it’s sweat and hydrate — or just stay inside.
  • Jul 22, 2016

Man fatally shot, car stolen after pumping gas at a station in Capitol Heights

Police are still searching for the suspect and a missing 2015 black Dodge Charger.
  • Jul 21, 2016

In tumultuous world, poetry and spoken words help youth find their voice

Festival and competition bring more than 500 young artists to the District, allowing them to vent their frustrations, including about the recent police shootings of black men.
  • Jul 15, 2016