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April 28, 1996 | Associated Press
A beleaguered Mayor Marion Barry, saying he has been neglecting his health and well-being, announced suddenly Saturday that he is taking time off to seek physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation. The mayor, who had surgery for prostate cancer in December and who has had drug and alcohol problems in the past, made the announcement in a two-page statement faxed to news organizations.
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August 22, 2009
Re " 'Dancing' With DeLay," by Matea Gold, Aug. 18: How apropos that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be appearing on "Dancing With the Stars." The man has been dancing around the issues for years. Mike Mayock Pasadena -- Here's an idea for a ratings-grabber now that "Dancing With the Stars" has booked as a contestant former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay despite his indictment. Rival show "So You Think You Can Dance" should present a Disgraced Politician of the Week, featuring such luminaries as Rod Blagojevich, Eliot Spitzer, Marion Barry, Gary Hart, John Edwards and Larry Craig.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2002 | LISA DE MORAES, WASHINGTON POST
Chris Rock, the comedian who turned Marion Barry into a punch line, will executive produce a TV movie for HBO about the former Washington mayor. Jamie Foxx is ready to take the lead role on "Livin' for the City: The Marion Barry Story." It's scheduled to start shooting around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in the early fall. Barry, who had just got his hands on a copy of the script late Friday, blasted it as "outrageous," his spokeswoman told the Washington Post.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
Marion Barry: Washington, D.C. councilman, mayor, womanizer, drug abuser, convict, punch line, councilman, mayor, councilman. Viewed from a safe distance, his extravagant misadventures have been good for a laugh or two over the years, the odd bemused shake of the head. Nowadays, of course, scandal-beset politicians can seem as common as crows. But what sets Barry apart is that however crazy his private life has become, he has been continually returned to office. Now 73, he's in his second term representing D.C.'s disadvantaged Eighth Ward on the City Council.
NEWS
April 18, 1992 | from Associated Press
Former Mayor Marion Barry on Friday lost an appeal of his six-month prison sentence for cocaine possession, in a court ruling issued six days before his release date. A federal appeals court affirmed the sentence and rejected the former mayor's bid to disqualify the sentencing judge for bias. Barry contended that U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Effi Barry, 63, a regal first lady of Washington, D.C., who endured her husband's very public sex and drug scandal during his tenure as mayor, died early Thursday of leukemia. Barry, who most recently worked for the city health department, was married to former mayor Marion Barry for 14 years. They separated in 1990, not long after he was shown on videotape smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room with an ex-model and begging her to have sex with him. The Barrys divorced three years later.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Former Mayor Marion Barry was admitted to Howard University Hospital for a kidney transplant scheduled for today. The District of Columbia Council member, 72, has been beset by health problems as prosecutors are seeking to jail him on accusations of failing to file his 2007 tax returns. Bernadette Tolson, Barry's chief of staff, said he was in good spirits. The new kidney was reportedly being donated by a longtime friend.
NEWS
October 29, 1992 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked away in the lower-right corner pocket of the District of Columbia are the neighborhoods of Ward 8. Here reside more crime, poverty, unemployment and hopelessness than in any of the communities spanning the District's seven other wards. Here, also, lives Marion Barry. Barry, the former Washington mayor, moved into this gritty slice of Southeast Washington earlier this year after serving a six-month prison sentence for smoking crack.
NEWS
September 14, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry, convicted of drug possession four years ago, was in a virtual dead heat in his reelection bid in early Democratic primary returns, local radio and television stations reported Tuesday. Barry was a mere 200 votes behind council member John Ray, both with 41% of the vote, with incumbent Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly trailing far behind. The Democratic nominee is usually assured of election in the heavily Democratic city.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget Bill Clinton. Forget Oliver L. North. In this city's political boxing ring, there's only room for one true "Comeback Kid." Marion Barry is taking a shot at that title and trying to regain another one: mayor. After serving a six-month jail term for cocaine possession, the former mayor and current city councilman is aiming for a fourth four-year term. The 58-year-old Democrat, claiming to have overcome his drug addiction, has emerged as the front-runner in the upcoming mayoral primary.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Former Mayor Marion Barry was admitted to Howard University Hospital for a kidney transplant scheduled for today. The District of Columbia Council member, 72, has been beset by health problems as prosecutors are seeking to jail him on accusations of failing to file his 2007 tax returns. Bernadette Tolson, Barry's chief of staff, said he was in good spirits. The new kidney was reportedly being donated by a longtime friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Effi Barry, 63, a regal first lady of Washington, D.C., who endured her husband's very public sex and drug scandal during his tenure as mayor, died early Thursday of leukemia. Barry, who most recently worked for the city health department, was married to former mayor Marion Barry for 14 years. They separated in 1990, not long after he was shown on videotape smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room with an ex-model and begging her to have sex with him. The Barrys divorced three years later.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2004 | Emma Schwartz, Times Staff Writer
Marion Barry is the Lazarus of District of Columbia politics: Just when you think he's politically dead, he rises -- most recently on Tuesday in a City Council primary, trouncing his opponent with 57% of the vote in a city where winning the Democratic nomination is tantamount to victory in November. From the praise heard outside Barry's campaign headquarters Wednesday, it was clear this was about more than the return of a former four-term mayor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2002 | LISA DE MORAES, WASHINGTON POST
Chris Rock, the comedian who turned Marion Barry into a punch line, will executive produce a TV movie for HBO about the former Washington mayor. Jamie Foxx is ready to take the lead role on "Livin' for the City: The Marion Barry Story." It's scheduled to start shooting around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in the early fall. Barry, who had just got his hands on a copy of the script late Friday, blasted it as "outrageous," his spokeswoman told the Washington Post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1998 | ZERLINE A. HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To hear his mother tell it, about the only thing Anthony Williams did wrong as a kid in Los Angeles was get on his bicycle and careen down the large hill known as the "Arlington dip" in the West Adams neighborhood where he grew up. The problem was, his dad would be waiting at the bottom for him. "He would speed on that bicycle as fast as he could," said Virginia Hayes-Williams, who with her husband, Lewis, adopted the boy when he was 3. "He would ask me, 'How do I always get caught?'
NEWS
May 25, 1998 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marion Barry is the last of the civil rights activists to parlay street leadership into City Hall power.
NEWS
December 28, 1994 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a city where politics is often played as a game of organized revenge and human frailty is not something one tends to advertise, an unlikely new theme is being bruited about by hardened operatives--the politics of redemption.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1990 | JOHN BOUDREAU
Polemic playwright Ishmael Reed--who brandishes his pen like a knife--is jabbing the U.S. Justice Department for its prosecution of Washington Mayor Marion Barry on cocaine charges in his bizarre and wacky new play, "Savage Wilds Part II." Barry's case is ready-made for the stage, says the 52-year-old Oakland writer, who uses his drama to pepper the government for what he sees as a racist assault on the mayor.
NEWS
May 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Marion Barry announced he would not seek a fifth term as mayor. Barry, who held the office for most of the last 20 years, said he concluded he could better fight "the mean-spirited Republican Congress" that had whittled away home rule in the district from "the outside rather than the inside."
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