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D.C's Barry backs off remarks about Asians

D.C's Barry backs off remarks about Asians

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- District of Columbia Councilman Marion Barry backed off disparaging comments he made about owners of Asian businesses, saying it was poor word choice.

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Washington's Barry seeks 3rd council term

Washington's Barry seeks 3rd council term

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Marion Barry, who has been censured for abusing his office and struggled to pay his taxes, filed to seek re-election as a Washington, D.C., city council member.
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Eddie Murphy to play Marion Barry

Eddie Murphy to play Marion Barry

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Eddie Murphy has signed on to play former Washington Mayor Marion Barry in an HBO movie, a source close to the project told The Hollywood Reporter.
Deal predicted for Marion Barry TV series

Deal predicted for Marion Barry TV series

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A former staffer for Marion Barry says the former Washington mayor's reality series project is still being shopped around to television networks.
D.C. council censures member Marion Barry

D.C. council censures member Marion Barry

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The District of Columbia Council voted to censure member Marion Barry, take away his chairmanship and refer public corruption allegations to U.S. prosecutors.
Barry probes prompt D.C. ethics code

Barry probes prompt D.C. ethics code

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The investigations of Marion Barry have prompted consideration of the first ethics code for Washington, D.C., city council members, observers say.
Barry's role in funding could be probed

Barry's role in funding could be probed

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- A member of the City Council in Washington wants a broader investigation of former Mayor Marion Barry, who sits on the council.
Barry: No problem with hiring girlfriend

Barry: No problem with hiring girlfriend

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- There's nothing wrong with city officials hiring their girlfriends or boyfriends, Washington City Council member Marion Barry says.

D.C. council orders Barry investigation

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- A lawyer who defended former President Bill Clinton is to head an ethics investigation of Washington City Councilman Marion Barry, officials say.

Prosecutors drop Barry stalking case

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Washington announced stalking charges will not be pursued against Marion Barry, a D.C. Council member and former mayor of the capital.

Former D.C. mayor Barry arrested

WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- Washington City Council Member Marion Barry has been arrested after being accused of stalking, U.S. Park Police say.
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Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry speaks to members of the press on his way out of a D.C. Superior Court after being found not guilty of driving under the influence in Washington on June 13, 2007. (UPI Photo/Dominic Bracco II)
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Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. (born March 6, 1936) is an American Democratic politician who is currently serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing DC's Ward 8. Barry served as the second elected mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. In addition to his current term, Barry also served two other tenures on the D.C. Council, as an At-Large member from 1975–79, and as Ward 8 representative from 1992–95. In the 1960s he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as the first president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the national capital, the first prominent civil-rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city; he gave the presidential nomination speech for Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by FBI officials on drug charges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded Barry seeking re-election, and Barry served six months in a federal prison. After his release, however, he was elected to the D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.

Despite his history of political and legal controversies (which continues to the present day), Barry remains a figure of enormous popularity and influence on the local political scene of Washington D.C. The alternative weekly Washington City Paper nicknamed him "Mayor-for-Life," a designation that remained long after Barry left the mayoralty. The Washington Post has stated that "To understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry."

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