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DC schools buy new instruments, other supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia public school students will get new musical instruments, books, computers, art supplies and science lab equipment thanks to $10 million in funding that had been left unspent.

The Washington Post reports that the school system announced the purchases this month, including 4,000 instruments, 2,000 desktop computers, more than 1,300 laptop and tablets and 85,000 new books for school libraries.

Officials say the money was unspent because of vacant jobs going unfilled and reduced benefits costs.

Chancellor Kaya Henderson says it's an example of the school system putting its resources into the classroom.

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DC councilman calls for taxi chief's resignation after WUSA9 Investigation

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A DC City Council member is calling for the resignation of the DC Taxicab Commission Chair, after he "defended racism," according to the Councilman.

During a Russ Ptacek investigation, Commission Chair Ron Linton told Ptacek that it's not racism when cab drivers choose not to pick up black passengers, "it's economics," Linton said. 

Council Member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said Linton's comments are unacceptable.

"There is a bright line here - calling it 'economic' is a defense of racism," said Wells. "It is disgusting and it has no place in our government. Ron Linton needs to go. Everybody should have equal access to taxis and transportation in our city regardless of their skin color or where they live," Wells said in a news release. 

Wells, who announced he is running for Mayor last month, is challenging current Mayor Vincent Gray to do something about Linton.

Man shot by security officer in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police say a security officer at an apartment complex shot a man in Northeast Friday morning.

It happened in the 3700 block of Hayes Street, NE at about 9:30.

According to police, the shooting occurred after a brief chase between the security guard and another man. Officials say it began near Jay Street, continued through several courtyards, and ended at the courtyard hear Hayes Street, NE.

Police say the man attempted to flee but was apprehended. He was transported to a hospital with life threatening injuries from multiple gunshot wounds.

RAW VIDEO: First Lady donates toys in DC

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Anacostia-Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. to deliver gifts as part of the Toys for Tots campaign.

CAUGHT ON CAM: Police look for two burglary suspects

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for two persons of interest in connection to a burglary incident in DC.

The burglary happened on November 30 around 12:38 p.m. at the 3400 block of 4th Street, SE.

Police describe the first suspect as a 'Black male, unknown age, with a heavy set build. He was last seen wearing a white or light yellow collared jacket, dark trousers, and dark loafers. The second suspect is described as a Black male, unknown age, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket with hood and white loops, dark pants, black gloves, and white tennis shoes'.

Anyone who has information should call police at 202-727-9099.  

CAUGHT ON CAM: Three suspects wanted for burglary

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for three suspects in connection to a burglary in DC.

The burglary happened on November 24 around 10:40 p.m. at the 2400 block of Shannon Place, SE. Police describe the first suspect as a 'Black male wearing a dark-colored jacket with hood, dark pants, and tan boots. The second suspect is a Black male wearing a dark-colored jacket with hood and gray sleeves, and orange tennis shoes. The third suspect is a Black male wearing a black top, black mask, dark colored pants and gray and black tennis shoes'.

You can see them in the video here: 

Anyone with information should call Police at (202) 727-9099. 

Man arrested for DC shooting death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting in Southeast that happened in August.

James Cornelius Robinson of Suitland has been charged for the murder of 30 year-old Jason Alexander Murphy of New Carrollton, officials said.

The incident happened at approximately 2:29 a.m. on August 31 in the 1300 block of Savannah Street, Southeast.

Police say they responded to the report of a shooting and found Murphy suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced.