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Young Teacher In DC Inspires And Raises Test Scores

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Education in D.C. has been a hot button issue in recent weeks: President Obama said he didn't think his daughters who attend private school would get the same quality education at a D.C. public school. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee resigned.

But there are some bright lights in a troubled city like Washington. Julia King is a young woman who was recently named Teach For America's elementary school teacher of the year. She increased reading and math test scores dramatically at her former school in Indiana and now she's teaching here at DC Prep, a public charter school.

In a former warehouse in an economically struggling quadrant of the city, 24 year-old King teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.

"She tells us to always try and never give up," said Orie Ulu, one of King's 5th grade students.

At DC Prep, character and compassion are as important as academics.

DC Early Voting

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Starting Monday, October 18, DC residents can cast a ballot in the general election.


Here are the early voting sites and hours of operation:

Early Voting Centers

One Judiciary Square
441 4th St. NW
Monday, October 18 - Saturday October 30 - 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM, closed Sundays

Monday, November 1- 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Remote Voting Centers

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Saturday October 23 - Saturday October 30

Hine Junior High School
335 8th St. SE
Saturday October 23 - Saturday October 30

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
Round Room
701 Mississippi Ave, SE
Saturday October 23 - Saturday October 30

Problems for Medicinal Marijuana in DC?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- As DC prepares to join more than a dozen states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana, some patients here say other laws will have to change in order for it to work.

One patient who says she needs medicinal marijuana raises the issue of drug tests.

If medicinal marijuana is legal, she asks, how can an employer deny you a job or fire you for failing a drug test because it shows you have used marijuana?

"I have been H-I-V positive over 20 years. I've been denied employment over numerous times due to drug testing, and I just refuse to tell an employer I'm H-I-V positive, this is the reason I can't pass the drug test," she told 9NewsNow, which agreed to protect her identity.

It's not the only problem she forsees as DC implements the new law next year.

New Target Grocery Store Opens, Will You Shop There?

The Target located in the DC USA mall in Columbia Heights has opened up its a grocery store section.  We want to know how often you'll be shopping there.



WTOP Reports Naked Fireman Placed on "Enforced Leave Without Pay"

Remember the controversy surrounding the Columbia Heights fireman who was photographed naked inside the firehouse on the 3400 block of 14th Street?

Well WTOP is reporting that the fireman, who was cooking eggs in the nude, "has been placed on enforced leave and is now the subject of a new investigation".

The main difference between the old investigation and the new investigation, according to WTOP's interview with D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin, is that the man will now be on "enforced leave without pay".

If you are not familiar with the situation, here is the story we ran when it first broke on September 17:

Here is a very bizarre and a somewhat troubling story out of Columbia Heights.

e2Campus Announces New 360 Safety Suite

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El Bosque de Mis Libros Showing at Gala Hispanic Theatre

Each Thursday and Saturday from now through October 21, the Gala Hispanic Theatre at 3333 14th Street in NW will be showing "El Bosque de Mis Libros".The play, which will be performed in Spanish, is "a magical adventure into a fantastic forest where books grow on trees and children learn about the writers' colorful lives and discover the joy of writing stories and reading books."Performances will take place on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.