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Marion Barry dies at 78; Washington, D.C., mayor, civil rights leader

18 minutes agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Marion Barry was a polarizing figure in a polarized town, a mayor so charismatic he was reelected even after an FBI videotape showed him smoking crack.

Photos: A Mural For Marion Barry

  Upon hearing about Barry's death, Pahel Brunis grabbed what he had an painted a mural of the mayor-for-life in Petworth. [ more › ]

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

2 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

3 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

Postscript: Marion Barry (1936-2014)

4 hours agoNews : News Desk

Give him this: Marion Barry was the most vivid local politician in the history of the District of Columbia. Like Earl and Huey Long, of Louisiana, he was a kaleidoscopically strange and contradictory political beast: a man of civil rights,...Show More Summary

The Unforgettable Marion Barry

Marion Barry has passed away. Flashback to the 2009 profile of Mayor Barry by Matt Labash in The Weekly Standard. Labash has written a brief remembrance following Barry's death. An excerpt: Marion Barry helped me more than I ever did him. Show More Summary

Marion Barry, a mayor who changed his constituents’ lives

My first job at The Washington Post was covering Marion Barry in his first term as mayor. Over the years, as he settled into a sad pattern of self-destruction, his name was reduced to a punch line for late-night comedians – but never for me. The man I knew was always an original, always the […]

RIP, Marion Barry

The Washington Post, company paper in a town where the main industry is politics, has an epic biographical spread for the man it calls “the most powerful local politician of his generation”. Self-labeled “area white gentrifier” Dave Weigel, at Bloomberg Politics, has the shorter: … Anyone who has not lived in D.C. might struggle to [Read more...]

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. Dies at 78

5 hours agoNews : Truthdig

In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference on the steps of Washington’s City Hall. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Marion Barry Jr., who began his career in public service during...Show More Summary

Marion Barry: A Towering, Flawed Titan

5 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

One of the last, great rascal pols, Marion Barry left his mark—for good and ill—on DC and the country.

TMZ Calls Late Marion Barry 'Crack Mayor,' Angers Mourning Supporters

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition urging the tabloid site to change the headline. [ more › ]

Anger over ‘Crack Mayor’ headline for TMZ’s Marion Barry post

When the TMZ web site reported Marion Barry’s death early this morning, subtlety was not in the offing. The headline for its posting: “CRACK MAYOR DEAD AT 78.” That prompted an uproar on social media among people upset that Barry’s decades in public life had been reduced to “CRACK MAYOR” and a YouTube clip of […]

The death of Marion Barry

Marion Barry didn’t die an unnatural political death, as other African-American politicos of his generation had done. While he seemed to test fate constantly and deliberately, he was a near political genius and master salesman. He expertly...Show More Summary

Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

7 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Show More Summary

Marion Barry: 'I may not be perfect, but I'm perfect for Washington'

At Marion Barry's turkey giveaway two years ago in southeast Washington, D.C., a holiday controversy came to the forefront. 

Richard Cohen: The smart — and stupid — Marion Barry

It was down in Mississippi, at one of those civil rights reunions, that we fell to discussing Marion Barry. Around me were veterans of the movement, men and women of astounding courage and enormous accomplishment, and what they wanted from me, the visiting columnist from The Washington Post who was current with the current Marion […]

Marion Barry Dead At 78, Reportedly Collapsed While Walking Into His Home

Former mayor Marion Barry died early Sunday at the age of 78. Washington Post reports that the D.C. council member and former four-term mayor ended a short stay at Howard University Hospital hours before his death. The death of Marion...Show More Summary

Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry has Died

An early supporter of gay rights, Barry may best be remembered for successfully re-entering public service after serving jail time for drug possession. read more

Change.org Petition Asks TMZ to Remove ‘Crack Mayor’ Marion Barry Headline

9 hours agoNews : Mediaite

A local Washington, D.C. group is demanding TMZ apologize and remove the words “crack mayor” from its headline about the death of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. “We want  his legacy to be honored the right way,” the petition reads. “Show respect to his family friends and supporters.” The petition has garnered more than 4,000 [...]

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