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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.

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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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Washington Monument scaffolding to come down

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Sunday is your last night to see the scaffolding on the Washington Monument in lights.

The National Parks Service will turn off the decorative lights on Monday in preparation for taking down the scaffolding.

Deconstruction of the scaffolding, which is up for workers to repair damage from the August 2011 earthquake, will begin the week of November 11 and will take about three months to take down completely.

"I know the decorative scrim and lighting are popular and will be missed, but we are excited that this brings us one step closer to reopening," said Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. 

Officials say the Monument is expected to reopen to the public in Spring of 2014. 

The exterior work is about 80 percent complete. Cracks at the top of the Monument, where most of the damage occurred, have been filled. Work will continue on the lower portions as the scaffolding is removed.

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Police identify body found in Metro station

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Metropolitan police have identified a man whose body was found behind a platform wall in the Judiciary Square Metro station.

Officers said Friday that 35-year-old Okiemute Whiteru of southeast D.C. apparently fell off a wall between the platform and the side of the station, landing on the platform level. It was not known how long Whiteru's body had been there before it was found Wednesday afternoon.

The Washington Post reports that police say Whiteru's death from blunt force trauma has been ruled an accident.

Man gets 5 years for hammer attack at GW Univ.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday, a 46-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison for a hammer attack on a George Washington University student in a campus bathroom, says U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

Mohammed Niazi of the United Kingdom was found guilty in August 2013 of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Haunted hotels across the USA

These hotels allegedly have observable poltergeist activity - so prepare for some chills and thrills on your next overnight stay.

The Biltmore Coral Gables, Miami: Originally opened as a playground for the rich in 1926, the Biltmore Coral Gables is not only luxurious and elegant, but is also believed to be quite haunted. The 13th floor served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, when the hotel saw its first premature death: Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed at a crowded party. 

Years later, the U.S. government bought the hotel and converted it into a hospital for World War II soldiers. After being abandoned for several decades, the Biltmore re-opened in the 1980s as a hotel, and ever since then guests have experienced unexplained noises and visions.