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Top 10 DC area French restaurants

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- Do you love French food? Or is it the ambiance that draws you in? 

The experience of dining at a French restaurant can be just as good as the food -- the multiple courses; the relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace, slowness of enjoying a meal bite for bite; the ambiance that's so uniquely Francais, whether the restaurant mimics a French country inn or a Paris bistro.

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There are several restaurants in the district that offer both a delicious menu AND the ambiance of dining in France. The newest French restaurant on the DC dining scene is le Diplomate. Sit under the red awning long enough and you'll imagine you're dining al fresco at a Parisian cafe.

Police called to Sandy Spring's Farm Road

SANDY SPRING, Md (WUSA9) --  Montgomery County's Planning board is refusing to recognize the existence of a century-old road, even after granting African-American landowners addresses to their historic family holdings near the Sandy Spring Slave museum.

The issuing of addresses for at least 8 property owners came in July after a series of reports by WUSA9. These reports exposed allegations that wrongdoing by developers resulted in approvals which wiped out the historic access known as "Farm Road" off state tax maps.

In June, the Montgomery Planning Board and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission came under the scrutiny of Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus, which held an emotional hearing into the land dispute in the wake of WUSA9's reports.

Body found at Metro station in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A body was found at the Judiciary Square Metro Station today, officials said. 

The body of an male in his 30's was found behind the parapet walls that surrounds the station, officials said.

The 4th street entrance of the Metro is closed. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Metro officials say the Red Line service is not affected and this incident is under investigation.

Police believe this is a natural death. 

GWU sorry for misrepresenting admission policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - George Washington University is apologizing for misrepresenting how it considers financial need in admissions decisions.

The school said until a few days ago that requests for financial aid don't affect admissions decisions. It now says that it considers some applicants' financial need in the final stages of choosing its incoming class. The university issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for not clearly communicating how it factors need into its decisions.

The school's associate provost for enrollment management, Laurie Koehler, says the school first reviews applications without considering financial need. The office does consider need in some cases in a final review, she said. Koehler said the "need-aware" policy affects roughly 10 percent of the 22,000 prospective students who apply each year.

The story was first reported by the school's student newspaper.

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Carol Burnett Honored at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9)-- Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was honored Sunday night in Washington.

She received the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The veteran comedian is most notable for her long running CBS skit comedy show the Carol Burnett Show.

Comedians and others celebrity gathered Sunday night for the event which was also a fundraiser at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The broadcast presentation of the awards will air on PBS on November 24, 2013.

How much would it take for your to change your last name?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- How much do you like your last name? How much cash would it take for you to give it up? 

A Northwest D.C. couple says they'll gladly change theirs for charity, but wait until you hear their new name-to-be. 

I'll give you a hint, if they were playing Scrabble, their new potential last name would net them 36 points. It's an 18-letter behemoth. And they say they'll gladly take it on, but only if you help them raise enough money to help hundreds, maybe thousands of needy children. 

Meet Jeff and Jessica, no last names please. Yet. 

Jeff shared the genesis of the idea, "We were just sitting around having dinner one night and I suggested we do something crazy." Jessica added, "If we do this  it's going to make a huge impact on other people's lives."

Ballou Football Coach Jason Lane recounts days as Go-Go musician

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Jason Lane is very comfortable banging out tunes on a piano and barking out orders on the gridiron, but why is the coach of a 3-4 football team in such good spirits? Easy, Jason Lane is at peace.

"It's safe to say I am at home," said Lane.

Home is Ballou. Lane graduated from the school in Southeast in 1988 and then the odyssey began.

The piano man was once the drummer boy of the DC famed Junkyard Band. In Go-go style, Lane played buckets, that's right, buckets, along with traditional percussion. In the late 80's and 90's the band often packed the Capital Centre.

"We had a string of runs that was phenomenal," remembered Lane, who also played with megastars like MC Hammer and Heavy D & the Boyz.

In 1994, it was time for a change. Lane became officer Lane, on the same streets in which he grew up. It was a steadier lifestyle, but the coach said he was morally conflicted.