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Shutdown 'Lawnmower Man' rewarded

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The South Carolina man who brought his lawnmower and chainsaw to the National Mall during the federal government shutdown is being rewarded.

Chris Cox kept the grounds clean around the Lincoln Memorial, where he returned Wednesday to receive a chainsaw and other donations from around the country that were raised through a charity crowd-funding site. 

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Chris is a woodcutting artist who inspired a nation by mowing, clearing fallen trees and emptying trash during the government shutdown.

Chris worked during the shutdown without accepting any tips or other forms of compensation. The Crowd It Forward campaign was set up without his knowledge.  

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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.

Female vets remembered on eve of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A group of female veterans gathered at the Vietnam Women's Memorial Sunday night to listen to the songs of unsung heroes. 

On the eve of Veterans Day, the women took part in the 20th anniversary ceremony commemorating the sacrifices of women during the Vietnam War.

Many women tended to the countless numbers of wounded soldiers left on the battlefields, but they weren't always recognized or praised. 

"It was kind of a quiet time for us all, even though we served and wanted to serve. We volunteered to serve. No woman was ever drafted," said one female veteran.

This group of veterans won't soon forget their memories. Thankfully, though, they're a thing of the past. 

"We paved the way but we were working on the shoulders of those before us."

Reminders of those shoulders aren't hard to find around town. 

USPS honors WWII Vets with stamp series

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY/WUSA9) -- The U.S. Postal Service is unveiling its newest stamp on Veterans Day.

The faces of 12 WWII Medal of Honor recipients will provide the backdrop for what the Postal Service is calling the most iconic stamp in history: the Medal of Honor stamp.

"This is the most prestigious stamp issuance that we will ever undertake," says Susan McGowan, who manages stamp services for USPS. "There is so much to tell and honor. How do we communicate it all on a 1-by-2-inch box?"

Originally, the Postal Service considered putting medal recipients' faces on the stamps, but it wanted to make sure the stamp package honored all 464 World War II recipients.

Each package consists of 20 stamps on a souvenir sheet. It lists the names of every recipient and includes two stamp designs depicting Medals of Honor for the Army and Navy, the only service branches that awarded the medal at the time.

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Starbucks, Palisades Pizza, food truck spot cited

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)-- WUSA9 cameras spot DC food trucks at a Virginia kitchen inspectors suspended for rodent violations.  The Arlington cafe is one of seven restaurants ordered closed in this report.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

Inspectors temporarily closed: Starbucks, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, DC; Palisades Pizza, 4855 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, DC; Lindy's 2040 I Street, NW, DC; West Wing Cafe at Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, DC; Roger Miller Restaurant, 941 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, Md.; Wok Express, 9615 Lost Knife Road, Gaithersburg, Md.; Nell's Carryout, 1199 Fern Street, Arlington, Va.

Caught on cam: DC cafes defy close orders

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A new caught-on-camera WUSA9 investigation documents DC restaurants, including high-end French cafe Paul Bakery, defying closure orders - and continuing to serve customers - despite "health hazard" suspensions designed to keep customers safe.

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DC restaurants are also failing to abide by city regulations requiring that they post the most recent health inspection in a location easily visible to customers.


To see a list showing hundreds of DC restaurants ordered closed for health violations, click here.

GWU Hospital holds pumpkin decorating contest

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Decorated pumpkins are on display in the cafeteria at George Washington University Hospital.

The pumpkins are part of the employee pumpkin decorating contest. Judging for the contest began at 2 p.m. Thursday. 

The results are in and the Operating Room team wins today's pumpkin decorating contest.

There were a total of 42 entries from different departments across the Hospital: OR, ICU, Security, Environmental Services, Engineering, Emergency Room, Occupational Therapy, were just some of the entries. 

The decorated pumpkins include trauma pumpkin, Jimi Hendrix pumpkin, wound care pumpkin and many more. Click through these photos to see the rest.

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