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#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Gas $2.99 at station in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A gas station in DC is selling gas at $2.99, according to a AAA representative.

The station which is located at the Costco on 2441 Market St NE in DC appears to be selling gas for $2.99. According to AAA, this would be the first time in four years for gas price to have gone this low.

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Track DC Bunnies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--  Ever wanted to be a "Citizen Scientist?" Now's your chance to help out wildlife biologists here in the District.

The District Department of the Environment is asking all residents of the District to assist in counting the number of Eastern Cottontail Rabbits. On Wednesday, the DDOE sent out a letter to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) members to ask for help in tracking the numbers of these bunnies.

The purpose of the tracking is to help biologists figure out the numbers of the Cottontail's density, abundance and distribution throughout the District.

Pet of the Week: Wedgie

(WUSA9) -- Washington Animal Rescue League has a new pet of the week: Wedgie.

Despite his less-than-dignified name, this 5-year-old Tuxedo cat is quite the gentleman, says WARL. He's a "lap cat" who loves human companionship and would enjoy nothing more than cuddling on the couch while watching a good movie. He's not especially fond of other felines, preferring to have his person all to himself.

Due to his age (5 years or older), Wedgie's adoption fee will be waived for adopters 50 or over as part of our Boomers' Buddies program.

Are you interested in Wedgie? Then, visit warl.org to see how you can adopt him.

DC officer found guilty of simple assault at store

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Metropolitan Police Department officer was found guilty Wednesday of a charge of simple assault stemming from the use of excessive force at a Northeast D.C. retail store in January 2011, say officials.

Forty-two-year-old Clinton Turner was found guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

According to the government's evidence, Turner and another officer were on their beat at the Downtown Locker Room store in the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue NE on Jan. 20, 2011. Turner reportedly exchanged words with a store employee, who walked away to try to avoid the confrontation. Turner, however, followed him across the store.



The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.