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Former DC Mayor's Son Dead at 36 From Suspected Overdose

Family believes drug overdose is to blame

(Newser) - Marion Christopher Barry once hoped to follow his famous father into Washington, DC, politics. Instead, he has followed him to the grave at the age of 36. Family members tell NBC Washington that Barry, the only child of former Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday from a suspected drug overdose.... More »

Marion Barry Dies at 78

Former DC mayor collapsed outside his home

(Newser) - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the DC Council. Instead, Barry will be... More »

Marion Barry Apologizes for Gaffe ... With New Gaffe

Recalls troubles of the 'Polaks'' in US

(Newser) - Marion Barry has apologized again for incendiary comments about Asians —but his apology has him in more hot water. The DC Council member recently said he'd "do something about these Asians coming in, opening businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go." Within weeks, he complained... More »

Barry Apologizes for 'Dirty' Asian Comments

Ex-DC Mayor said shops 'ought to go'

(Newser) - Marion Barry finally sort of apologized today after coming under a hail of criticism for comment disparaging Asian business owners. "We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go," the four-time mayor of Washington, DC, said... More »

Prosecutors Drop Stalking Charges Against Barry

(Newser) - Close another chapter in the Marion Barry files. Federal prosecutors are dropping stalking charges against the former DC mayor and current councilman, reports the Washington Post. The move follows a bizarre chain of events in which his ex-girlfriend flagged down US Park Police late Saturday to accuse Barry, 73, of... More »

'Stalking' Victim Is Barry's Ex

(Newser) - Marion Barry’s lawyer says the woman he was arrested for stalking on Saturday is his ex-girlfriend, and that the two had been together earlier that day, the Washington Post reports. Police say they took Barry into custody after a woman said he was “bothering her”; ex Donna Watts-Brighthaupt... More »

DC Cops Charge Marion Barry With Stalking

Woman says scandal-plagued councilman was 'bothering' her

(Newser) - Washington DC's most-wanted politician, Marion Barry, has again found himself on the wrong side of the law, reports the Washington Post. Police busted the 73-year-old councilmember and former mayor last night after a woman complained he was "bothering her" as the two traveled in separate vehicles in a DC ... More »

DC Council Recognizes Other States' Gay Marriages

Council passes measure 12-1

(Newser) - Washington, DC’s city council voted 12-1 today to recognize gay marriages from other states, the Post reports. The vote was initially unanimous without debate, but member (and former mayor) Marion Barry asked for a re-vote, saying he hadn’t initially understood what he was voting on. Another member said... More »

Barry 'Doing Well' After Kidney Transplant

(Newser) - Marion Barry—the controversial former DC mayor and current council member—had a successful kidney transplant last night, the Washington Post reports. Barry, 73, who had been on dialysis for 3 months, announced a week ago that he was experiencing kidney failure likely brought on by a 20-year battle with... More »

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