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Early Voting Locations In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Beginning Monday, August 30th District voters, for the first time, will be allowed to do early voting.  This will last until September 13th for the Primary.

Early voting hours will be 8:30am through 7pm.  Voters can cast their ballots at the following location beginning Monday:

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW

Beginning on Saturday, September 4 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM, four additional early voting locations will open:

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Hine Junior High School
335 8th Street, SE

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Avenue, SE

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Please note that early voting centers will not be open on Sunday, September 5 or Sunday, September 12. Voting locations will be open on Monday, September 6 (Labor Day).


One Killed In Southeast Shooting

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- One person is dead after a shooting near a recreation center in the Benning Ridge area of Southeast D.C.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW a officers discovered a male shooting victim after being called to the 4400 block of F Street near the Benning Terrace Recreation Center around 11:30 Monday night.

Officials say the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police could not confirm the victim's age.

Right now there is no information available on possible suspects or motive in the shooting.









Michael Brown, What's In A Name?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Michael D. Brown is running for the at large seat on the DC Council now held by Phil Mendelson a popular democrat and proven vote getter in all parts of the District.

The first surprise is that its NOT the Michael A. Brown who already sits on the Council, the son of the late Democratic Party leader. That Michael brown is not up for re-election.

The Michael Brown on the ballot is the Shadow Senator for DC, a fairly unknown public figure, outside the DC full voting rights movement.

DC voters are apparently confusing the two Browns and telling Washington Post pollsters they prefer the latter Michael Brown, when they really mean the former.

Michael D. Brown dropped the middle initial in his name on the ballot, further confusing voters.

The "BIGReveal" Has Anacostia Community Curious

The "BIGReveal" is set to take place/be announced on September 10 at The Big Chair from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.. 

What is the "BIGReveal"?  I have no idea.  And while PR stunts, such as this one, don't usually get my juices flowing, the Big Reveal has a certain 'je ne sais quoi'.

I simply can't get my mind off it.

The Big Reveal's website says that it will be the "biggest thing to happen to Anacostia since the Big Chair."

I e-mailed bigreveal@thecostia.com to get on this list for the event, and I asked for more details.  I received this response:

"GREETINGS - You are now on the list. Spread the word.  It's coming - and it's BIG."

How big?  What is it?  This "Big Reveal" is killing me! 

What say you Anacostia?  Let the speculation begin...

Only On 9: DC's Streetcar Project Halted For Now

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- Contractors have been ordered to put the first phase of a $25 million pilot streetcar project in Anacostia into mothballs before work is complete, according to four sources close to the project.

"They've told them to stop work, clean up, and make the site safe," said one of the sources who does not want to be identified.

The project has been under construction for two years. Wednesday, rails on one end of the project disappeared under asphalt at the intersection of Firth Stirling Avenue SE and Suitland Parkway. At the other end, unfinished rails jutted into weeds on the way to Bolling Air Force Base at South Capitol Street.

THE GRAND PLAN: DDOT's Master Plan For DC Streetcars (PDF)

School Bus Burst Into Flames In SE

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa) -- A mid-sized DC Public Schools bus is totaled after bursting into flames just before 8am Tuesday Morning.

"It was burned to a crisp and never seen anything like that before," Loraine Grandson described.

As the fire erupted, one thing went racing through her mind. "I hope no kids got hurt," said Grandson.

A handful of kids, parents and a driver were on board.

"Fortunately the passengers on the bus, several adults and several children did evacuate safely prior to our arrival, no one was injured," said DC Fire and EMS Spokesperson, Pete Piringer. "The investigators called out to the seen, it is presumably an accidental fire, probably something mechanical."

The engulfed school bus sent shock waves though the Langston Apartments as residents could only watch, take pictures and protect their little ones.

Tara Davis told us, "The kids were getting ready for school, they were scared."

Construction Workers Rescue Woman From Sinking SUV

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Pete Piringer said a sport utility vehicle traveling southbound along Anacostia Ave, in Anacostia Park, about 2 p.m. Thursday, left the road, went down an embankment and into the Anacostia River.

The incident was witnessed by a Metropolitan Police officer, Piringer said, and two construction workers. The construction workers had access to a boat and used that to get to the sinking vehicle.

Piringer said the DC Fire boat and DC Police Harbor Patrol also converged on the sinking vehicle, but the construction workers were first to arrive.

The workers used an oar to break out a window in the sinking truck and that enabled the woman to escape, Piringer said.