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Taxi Boss Calls For "Severe Fines" After WUSA9 Probe

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - After seeing preview clips of an undercover WUSA9 investigation airing Thursday night, the DC Taxicab Commission issued a statement saying it "is determined to eliminate the discriminatory actions of drivers."

The full story hadn't been broadcast when the commission responded, but preview clips show one cab refusing to take a black man to a Southeast Washington destination, while picking up a white man 100 feet up the road and agreeing to take him to the same location.

Update: 
Report has broadcast and published online.  Click here to see DC cabs
refusing service to black passenger investigation.

Black Taxi Driver Apologizes For Refusing Black Passenger

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) A 9 Wants To Know Investigation that airs Thursday at 11:00 tested DC taxicab drivers to see who would transport a black passenger to a destination in Southeast Washington.

We have now posted three clips showing the surveillance footage and confrontations with cabbies who refused to transport our WUSA9 employees to the requested destination.

The video attached to this story shows a black cab driver explaining why he refused to pick up a black passenger, but picked up a white passenger 100 feet later.

We've posted two other videos, and will continue posting clips for our undercover operation until the segment airs on WUSA9 Thursday night at 11:00 pm.

Undercover Video Shows DC Black Man's Taxi Attempts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) A 9 Wants To Know Investigation that airs Thursday at 11:00 tested DC taxicab drivers to see who would transport a black passenger to a destination in Southeast Washington.

This video shows our black staffer being refused transportation cab after cab

Click here to see another video where a driver refused to transport a black passenger, but picked up a white passenger a hundred feet later and agreed to take him to the same location.

WUSA9 will publish the results of the entire test Thursday and broadcast the undercover video during Thursday's 11:00 p.m. 9 News Now.

Video: WUSA9 Undercover DC Taxi Investigation Airs Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9)  A 9 Wants To Know Investigation that airs Thursday at 11:00 tested DC taxicab drivers to see who would transport a black passenger to a destination in Southeast Washington.

Click here to see surveillance video.

The video shows one of the 40 taxis tested.  The driver refused to transport a black passenger, but picked up a white passenger a hundred feet later and agreed to take him to the same location.

WUSA9 will publish the results of the entire test Thursday and broadcast the undercover video during Thursday's 11:00 p.m. 9 News Now.

Tips for Making it a Great New Year

Tips for Making it a Great New Year

 

Each New Year millions of people make resolutions in hopes for everything from losing weight to quitting smoking to learning how to control their anger. The problem is that many are not sure what things can truly help them have a great year, or what changes they need to make to help those resolutions become a reality. The good news is that there are some really small changes people can make that will help give them a great New Year.

“Most people sit down to make their resolutions and they simply want to lose weight or something like that,” explains Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation and leads the events. “Just making that a resolution doesn’t show you the path on how to achieve results, or happiness. When you are happier and more complete, you will find it much easier to achieve those goals.”

There are a variety of good things that people can focus on to help bring them a great 2013, including:

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER; DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER;  DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. All tickets can be purchased online, with $1 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of MFAC’s former dance student, Emma Jordan, who lost her battle with cancer.  Nutcracker tickets can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

The dance studio will also offer free Frosty Follies performances at:
            Sat., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. - Reston Town Center,  Reston Va.

            Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. – Kingstowne Towne Center,  Alexandria, Va.

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

Bill Clinton did it. So did Ellen DeGeneres. In fact, millions of people around the nation have taken the pledge to go vegan. November is considered World Vegan Month, and it is a great time to take a look at what veganism is and why so many people are moving toward this lifestyle, which eschews using any animal products.

“Veganism is a diet based on living in peace and harmony with the natural world,” explains Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started and leads events through the Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation. “There are many great reasons for being vegan, and people around the country are beginning to take notice, helping to increase the number of those who are either vegan or moving toward a vegan lifestyle.”