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DC Residents Register Handguns After Court Decision

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Two-and-a-half years after the United States Supreme Court threw out key provisions of the city's restrictive gun laws, more than 14 hundred residents here have now registered legal guns with the city. Under the ruling, city residents are now allowed to have guns in their homes.

A study by the Washington Post shows that most of the guns have been registered in areas of the city that are wealthier and less crime-plagued than the areas that see the most gun crimes.

"I think there is a lot of misperception about what the gun law did. You've always been able to legally register firearms in your home here in the District. What you couldn't do was register a handgun and a semi-automatic handgun, and what you still can't do is carry them on the street.

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

National Institutes of Health Co-Sponsors
National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Health
NIH Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute

On February 7th from 5:30pm-9pm, the Patriots Technology Training Center will host its 2nd annual Bio Medical Competition at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda MD  20894.  Their goal is to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields.  Please visit their website (www.patriots-ttc.org) to view the 2010 Bio-Medical Competition co-sponsored by The Library of Medicine.

Eight high school and one home school team will present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the medical careers listed below: 

Marriott In NW DC Evacuated

Marriott In NW DC Evacuated

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington hotel was evacuated yesterday, and a hazardous materials team responded to the scene to investigate a possible chemical reaction that sent fumes through the building.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said the Washington Marriott Hotel was evacuated about 4 p.m. Thursday in the city's Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Several streets also were closed in the area.

Piringer said one person was evaluated by medics.

Firefighters believed the chemical reaction started in the hotel's trash compactor.

REPORT: DC One Of Nation's 'Rudest Cities'

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Pushed on the Metro? Honked at when driving in Dupont Circle? Lousy service at a Capitol Hill restaurant?

Travel & Leisure magazine's annual survey of America's Favorite Cities rated the nation's capital the fifth rudest city in the nation. Nearby Baltimore came in at number seven.

The magazine asked readers to rate 35 cities on 54 different features including affordable hotels, great restaurants and the personality of the locals.

Los Angeles topped the list of rude cities, followed by New York.

Travel and Leisure Magazine writes this about DC:

Get A Free Travel Mug On National Coffee Break Day

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Thursday, January 20th is National Coffee Break Day.  It's an event sponsored by the National Coffee Association of the U.S.  The group is celebrating its 100th anniversary and encourages people to take a break and join a friend for a cup of coffee.

Misha's Coffeehouse and Roaster in Alexandria will mark the day with a giveaway.  From 10:00am to 11:15am, people who come in and share their stories about coffee breaks will receive a free travel mug courtesy of Capitol Cups.  Misha's is at 102 South Patrick Street.

Fenty Finds New Job At Firm

WASHINGTON (WUSA) --  Heffler, Radetich & Saitta LLP have announced that former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will represent the firm based in Washington, D.C. Fenty just finished his term as mayor earlier this month.

Fenty will serve as an outside Advisor and Counsel in Washington, D.C. for the 70-year-old accounting and consulting firm based in Philadelphia.

According to the firm's press release, "...Fenty will help further develop and enhance the firm's preeminent position in class action litigation support services, as well as health care industry consulting and forensic accounting services."

The firm noted Fenty's administrative and leadership abilities and creativity.

DC's Vote Officially Gone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the first acts of the new Republican-controlled House is to take away the floor voting rights of six delegates representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

Five of those delegates are Democrats, while one, from the Northern Marianas Islands, is an independent.

The GOP decision to rescind the ability of delegates to vote on amendments on the House floor was the predictable outcome of a longtime dispute.

Democrats extended those voting rights in 1993 when they controlled the House. Republicans disenfranchised the delegates when they became the majority in 1995, and Democrats restored delegate rights when they regained control in 2007.

Virgin Islands Delegate Donna Christensen calls the Republican action "a very undemocratic way" to start the new Congress.