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Bill Would Rename University of D.C. After Marion Barry

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    FILE - Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry listens to speeches at the awards luncheon of the National Conference of Black Mayors, in this April 26, 2002 file photo taken in Jackson, Miss. Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File)

    A D.C. Council member wants to rename the city's only public university after the late former mayor Marion Barry.

    Councilmember Vincent Orange introduced a bill Tuesday that would rechristen the University of the District of Columbia as the "Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia.''

    Orange says the university could be referred to as "MBUDC.'' He says Barry was the university's "biggest champion.'' He also notes that the District has a history of renaming buildings after local political leaders, including city hall and the convention center.

    Barry served four terms as mayor. He died in November at age 78.