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Basketball pioneer, Va. native Earl Lloyd dies at 86

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WASHINGTON – Earl Lloyd, who grew up in Alexandria and became the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association when he took the court for the Washington Capitols in 1950, has died. He was 86.

ABC7 in Detroit reports that Lloyd died Thursday afternoon at about 1 p.m.

Lloyd also won a championship while playing with the Syracuse Nationals in 1955, and was the first African-American bench coach in the NBA when he coached the Detroit Pistons from 1971 to 1972. He was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

His emphasis, NBA.com says, was on setting picks, getting rebounds and playing defense.

NBA.com says that he played until 1960, and said he encountered virtually no racism from fellow players. The fans, he said were another matter.

“My philosophy was if they weren’t calling you names, you weren’t doing anything,” Lloyd says. “You made sure they were calling you names, if you could. If they were calling you names, you were hurting them.”

Source WTOP.com

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D.C.-Area Business Leaders Launch $1B Affordable Housing Challenge

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Housing affordability has become an increasingly urgent concern in D.C., and a group of business leaders is challenging the region to invest $1B over the next two years to help solve the issue.  The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington launched the Capital Region Housing Challenge, an effort to spur the D.C. region’s public and private sectors to each add $500M in affordable housing investments above their current baseline by the end of 2020.  Housing Leaders Group co-convenor David Bowers, also the market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, announced the challenge at Bisnow’s Metro D.C. Affordable Housing Summit Wednesday morning in a rousing call to action.  “The challenge is the call to work collectively, across sectors and geographic boundaries, to fundamentally move the baseline of thinking and investment and connect capital to solutions,” Bowers said. “Those of you that are already investing, we’re challenging you to do more.”

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/affordable-housing/dc-area-housing-leaders-launch-1b-affordable-housing-challenge-98112?&utm_source=outbound_pub_67&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_1571&utm_content=outbound_newsletter3&utm_medium=email?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

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Two-bedroom Hill East home with screened-in porch and Anacostia River views asks $599K

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Sitting on a tree-lined street at the southern tip of Hill East, this two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom blue brick rowhouse looks out to the Anacostia River and boasts an updated kitchen graced by a working fireplace. The sellers say Fourth of July fireworks are easy to see from the front of the house, which recently entered the market for $599,999. The address is 1360 L St. SE.

There are wood floors throughout, and in the back, an expansive screened-in porch offers a tranquil place to relax or entertain. It comes with an overhead fan and skylights. Behind the porch, the fenced backyard includes a brick patio, raised garden beds, and a big storage shed. The Potomac Avenue Metro station and bus routes are a little over five minutes away by foot.

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Cheers at the Big Chair closing | Business owners ask ‘is it a sign of what’s to come?’

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