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Cleaning up DC's environment

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray will propose a ban on Styrofoam containers; the kind your take-out orders are placed in.

It's a step to help clean up the Anacostia River and other waterways where plastics and glasses have become the most discarded trash.

The city's environment was topic A at the Mayor's press conference on Wednesday.

The administration had a police cruiser idling by with some new equipment designed to shut the engine down when the batteries are fully charged, thus saving on fuel and emissions.

Ninety cruisers are being equipped with the idling machine.

A new environmentally friendly Whole Foods store, the sixth for DC, was also announced. This one will go up along the trendy H Street Corridor at 6th Street.


CAUGHT ON CAM: Police search for armed robbery suspects

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for three suspects in connection to an armed robbery in DC.

The robbery happened on Friday at the 200 block of 15th Street, NE, around 7:35 p.m. Police describe the first suspect as a black male in his 20's, 5'6"-5'8" in height, with medium complexion. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with white and red horizontal stripes across the sleeves and chest area, black jeans, and black and white tennis shoes. He was armed with a black revolver. The second suspect is described as a black male in his 20's, 5'6" in height, with slim build. He was wearing a gray or purple hooded sweatshirt and baseball hat. He was armed with a knife. The third suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, 6'0" in height, heavy set build. He was wearing a purple jacket with a light purple or gray stripe running down the sleeves, a purple knit hat, and a fake black beard. He was armed with a silver handgun, police said.

DC backs Redskins name change

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Redskins don't have to do what the DC city council says. Despite "Washington" in the name, the city has no authority over the team. 

That did not stop city council from approving a measure Tuesday to urge the team to change their name. The council was only the latest to jump on the bandwagon.

This is not the first time there's been an effort to change the Redskins name but those on the council who support the name change say what is different this time is that the national spotlight is brighter than ever.

"I think it's just time to change the name. The country is getting around it," said Councilmember David Grosso.

Grosso sponsored the proposal. Jay Winter Nightwolf of the Echota Cherokee Nation supports it. 

"This word 'Redskin' is the worst insult to a Native American that one can make," said Nightwolf, who attended the council meeting in traditional Native American attire.

Va. man arrested for 1984 murder in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police in D.C. say they have the man responsible for the sexual assault and death of Rachel Cox from 1984.

Tuesday, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 55-year-old Joe Anthony Barber of Woodbridge, Va. for the crime. He is charged with first degree murder.

Cox, who was 43 years old, was found unconscious inside a location in the 3300 block of 6th Street, SE the morning of January 1, 1984. Police reported that she appeared to be the victim of a sexual assault and stabbing. Emergency personnel found that she showed no signs consistent with life and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for a determination of cause and manner of death.

Following an autopsy, the cause of death was ruled to be multiple stab wounds and the manner of her death was homicide.

Charging documents say a DNA sample taken during an autopsy of Cox matched the profile of Barber.

DC Council passes licenses for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC City Council approved a bill on Tuesday granting access to driver's licenses and ID's for city residents regardless of their immigration status. 

The licenses will be marked to show they belong to undocumented residents.

The DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 will go into effect in May 2014.

Recently, California, Vermont, and Massachusetts passed similar bills.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

15-year-old girl still missing from DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police in D.C. are looking for 15-year-old Tenisha Moss.

They say she was last seen on Friday at approximately 7:26 p.m. in the unit block of Anacostia Avenue, SE. 

Police describe Tenisha as a black female with shoulder length black hair, brown eyes, approximately 4'7" in height, approximately 124 pounds, with a dark complexion. She was last seen wearing blue cut-off jean shorts, a short white shirt, and black low top chuck Taylor shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tenisha Moss is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.










Tickets and tows for DC cabs that don't have new dome lights

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- D.C. cab drivers say they are pulling their cabs from the streets rather than risk a $250 ticket plus towing fees for not displaying the new dome light approved by the Taxi Cab Commission.

The light had to be displayed beginning November 1st.

The Taxicab Commission says 25 tickets and tows have occurred thus far. 3,810 cabs were displaying the new lights that tell if a cab is on or off duty.

But there are 6,500 hacker licenses in DC and that can only mean many hundreds of drivers are operating without the new dome lights or they have parked their vehicles and that could impact passengers need to hail a cab.

Drivers say there is a lengthy wait at the installation garages. and the price has gone up from less than $200 to nearly $500 for the lights.