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[[caption]] CLIFTON R. WHARTON, U.S. Ambassador to Norway [[/caption]]

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[[caption]] ARTHUR A. CHAPIN, Minority Groups Consultant to the Department and the Secretary of Labor [[/caption]]

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[[caption]] JOHN W. DAVIS, Educator [[/caption]]

CHANGING WASHINGTON
By Larry A. Still
Capitol News Service

Washington, D.C., the Capital of the United States of America, is also known as the "Capital of the Free World;" the most Democratic city in America with a little "d"; the most segregated city in the nation, at times, with a majority black population; "Chocolate City" for obvious reasons; the "partyingest city in the world" with the inauguration, convention and social events by supporters of political activity; "Hollywood on the Potomac," with all the acting going on by politicians and governments officials, and the "phoniest town in the country," as a result of the constant wheeling and dealing by some residents.

The above names are usually given by tourists; government workers and officials who move in and out of town every four years after the national elections; transients doing all types of business" in the public interest and in violation of the public interest"; migrants from other states who settle in the capital where they are facinated [fascinated] by the big government; elected politicians who travel back to their regular homes on weekends; international jet set commuters and thousands of military police and security forces who occupy the area for the protection of the Capitol, White House and, sometimes, the home town residents.

But, the majority of the 700,000 residents, including those "born and bred" in Washington, refer to the Capital City (newly named by new "Home Rule" Mayor Marion Barry) as "my hometown," or "D.C." or "the District." Even, few of the native born citizens (an estimated 200,000) refer to the still growing metropolis (located at the apex of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers where the states of Virginia and Maryland meet), by its official name of the District of Columbia which it is with a Federal triangle area serving as the half, vast seat of the U.S. government.

And "D.C." has grown from a wistful looking, segregated southern

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[[caption]] CARL T. ROWAN, Deputy Asst. Secretary of State for Public Affairs [[/caption]] 

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[[caption]] JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN, Historian and University Professor [[/caption]] 

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[[caption]] GEORGE L.P. WEAVER, Asst. Secretary of Labor [[/caption]]

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