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What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? Spoiler alert: 1776.

Even though someone may be a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t always mean they know the complete history of their country. Some residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. had a tough time answering questions from the citizenship test given to immigrants. When asked why we celebrate July Fourth Ricky Monroe, 55, said, “Was there a war…

People celebrate the June 26 same-sex marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Associated Press photo by Jaquelyn Martin.

SCOTUS same-sex ruling brings diverse opinions

Students and residents in the Washington D.C. area offered diverse opinions regarding June’s historic U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, with many people’s views mirroring how they feel about homosexuality as more than just the right to marry. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage is a Constitutional right, prompting passionate…

Tenleytown librarian Joanna Harris hopes for more cultural understanding. Photo by Anne Yang.

D.C. students and residents want more, better cultural education

Residents and workers in Northwest Washington D.C. talked this month about their experiences with foreign cultures and discussed their interactions with world cultures. Taylor Dewey, an American University student majoring in international relations, spent 4 months in Spain and England. She thinks that Spanish people know a lot about the U.S, but she thinks some…

Fireworks explode over the National Mall in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Some district residents say terrorism thoughts always close on Independence Day

People in Washington D.C.’s Tenleytown neighborhood discussed their opinions Thursday regarding the potential terrorist attacks on July 4th, fearing the nation’s capital could be a target. Brittany Jones, 24, admitted that she is not one to celebrate the Fourth of July, but said she would fear the chance of terrorist attacks. “When you think about…

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District residents tense, concerned as Navy Yard goes on lockdown

Reports of a possible shooter and hours-long lock down Thursday at the Washington Navy Yard left many residents in Washington D.C. concerned, according to interviews. A couple of hours after initial reports of a possible shooter flooded social media and metropolitan news sites, authorities gave the all clear. But, that didn’t stop residents from feeling…

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Some District residents think Trump’s run “hilarious”

Businessman and reality show host Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential bid stirred strong emotions among District residents who, two weeks after his announcement, found a Trump White House unlikely. “I think it’s stupid,” said American University student Emily Smith, 19. “I honestly just think he’s running for the publicity of it.” Trump, 69, announced his…