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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.

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:

Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

On a late September afternoon, Atasha James sat in her office at Leckie Elementary School finishing the day's work when she was suddenly interrupted.

A parent of a child came into the principal's office, asking if James had tag board.

"I said, 'I thought this was something really important,'" James said. "She said, 'It is. We need posterboard!'"

A few weeks later, sitting behind her desk, James laughs at the memory. The parent wanted the material because she was going to Leckie's first DC SCORES soccer game that afternoon. She was one of many parents, school administrators and teachers excited that the Lions have a soccer team.

For the first time in the school's history, thanks to the after-school soccer, poetry, and service-learning program that serves 1,500 low-income youth in 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.

2 men shot in Northwest DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two men were shot in the legs in Northwest D.C. early Tuesday morning, according to police.

The shooting was reported shortly after 3 a.m. in the 700 block of Somerset Place NW, say police. It happened outside a residential area.

Police say both men were conscious and breathing on transport. They are believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

At this time, there is no suspect description.