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CDC: Lead-Contaminated Water Still A Problem In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as 15,000 homes in Washington may have dangerously lead-contaminated water despite removal of lead pipes.

In a report released Wednesday, the CDC said homeowners who had pipes partially replaced may have made the problem worse. The agency also said that children in D.C. were exposed to lead poisoning from 2000 to 2006 as an unintended result of moves to disinfect the water supply.


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The CDC initially claimed that it found no evidence that increases in the level of lead in the water had harmed D.C. residents.

George Hawkins, director of D.C. Water, said if young children, pregnant women or those with a compromised immune system live in the affected homes, the water should be tested.

 

Sandbags Available For DC Residents

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Sandbags are being made available to D.C. residents in lieu of a patch of stormy weather expected in the region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The DC Department of Public Works announced that residents can pick up the sandbags at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street location, officials said in a news release.

Four sandbags per household will be given to anyone who shows up to pick them up.

Sandbags will be distributed between 8 p.m. and midnight tonight and will resume at 7 a.m. through noon tomorrow.

Each sandbag weighs between 40 lbs. and 50 lbs. and residents will need to load them into their vehicles. Weather forecasters predict rain storms through today and Wednesday that could cause flooding.

DPW will have employees and signage directing residents to the site entrance.

 

Masked Protestors Could Be Arrested In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.

The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.

DC Passes Restrictions On Masked Protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.
The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.

 

Condoms Connected To Your Character?

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- "Join The Rubber Revolution." It's an attention-grabbing website title the DC Department of Health hopes lures people to practice safe sex, in a city marred by its staggering HIV rates.

The site is in seven different languages, including Spanish, French and even Chinese. However, the message is the same in every dialect: use condoms, prevent the spread of disease and unwanted pregnancies.

www.rubberrevolutiondc.com also has quirky quizzes, seemingly unrelated to a person's sex life. For example, the "What Kind of Condom Are You?" quiz asks you questions about how you order food at a restaurant.

National Mall Plan Finalized

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis signed their names to the final National Mall Plan on Tuesday.

The National Mall's aging facilities, some of which were built in the the 1800s, needed extensive repair. The planning effort began in 2006 when "deferred maintenance for needed repairs" was more than $400 million, according to the National Park Service.

More than 30,000 Americans in all U.S. states gave input on the National Mall Plan, which has 30 objectives relating to cultural and natural resource protection, public access, education, visitor amenities, public safety and security as well as protection and preservation of monuments and memorials.

Fmr. Georgetown University Hospital Worker Pleads Guilty

A former Georgetown University Hospital employee pleaded guilty Monday to stealing money from a non-profit foundation based at the hospital. 

Frankie Renee Kennedy of Largo pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property in U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The charge stemmed from her theft of $86,286 from the Transplant Institute Foundation, a nonprofit based at the hospital from 2005 through 2009.

Kennedy, 35, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3, 2011. She faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years of imprisonment. Under federal guidelines, Kennedy
likely faces a sentencing of up to 16 months in prison.

As part of the plea, she agreed to pay full restitution to Georgetown University Hospital.