Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Marion Barry is sworn in as a city council member in Washington DC.By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. …



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