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Neighborhood Spotlight: Mount Pleasant

BY: BEN GUTMAN, STAFF WRITER PHOTOS BY: NICO ARTIGA-OLIVER, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER One of the most diverse neighborhoods in the District, Mt. Pleasant is located in Northwest D.C. With Adams Morgan to the south and Columbia Heights to the east, Mt. Pleasant is at times overshadowed by two of D.C.’s most popular neighborhoods. However, within Mt.

Gray Gives the Lowdown on the Shutdown

  CLAIRE PARKER, MANAGING EDITOR AND NEWS EDITOR D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray gave a lesson to a Wilson history class yesterday explaining the city’s Contingency Cash Reserve Fund as money that has been put aside for a rainy day.   Well, it’s been raining. It is Day 11 of the government shutdown, and the morale

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Wilson’s LAYC Coordinator Furloughed; PTSO Fund Position in Short Term

CLAIRE PARKER, MANAGING EDITOR AND CO-NEWS EDITOR: The federal government shutdown hit Wilson’s Hispanic population particularly hard, as the Latin American Youth Center was forced to furlough coordinator Maria Navarrete and cut back important programs. LAYC is one of many D.C. nonprofits impacted by the shutdown, a blow that is beginning to cripple the city.

The Beacon Wins 5 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

On Friday, September 20, The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, an international student press organization run by Columbia University, announced their annual awards for student work published in the 2012-2013 school year. The Gold Circle Awards are the highest level of recognition for individual achievement that CSPA offers. The Gold Circle awards cover 4 student publication

Gentrification: Pro/Con

BY: ELIAS BENDA, STAFF WRITER AND AIDAN CALDWELL, STAFF WRITERS Pro: Gentrification is extremely relevant to DC and the surrounding areas. However, the definition of gentrification falsely paints it as an adverse occurrence. The definition of gentrification, by Princeton University, reads; “the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement