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Trial Begins In Death Of DC Intern Chandra Levy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago, a case that derailed a California congressman's career and generated headlines around the world.

Ingmar Guandique, 29, is charged with murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and other counts. Authorities say he attacked Levy while she was jogging alone in Rock Creek Park in May 2001.

Levy's disappearance -- her body was not discovered until more than a year after she went missing -- caused a national sensation when she was romantically linked to then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. Authorities once considered Condit a prime suspect but no longer believe he had anything to do with her death.

Don't Let The Costume's Fool You

WASHINGTON (WUSA) --It looks more like a costume party than a sports competition as the eight women pose for their pictures.  But the fact of the matter is they're all about to engage in something pretty unique.   Would you believe they were all dressed up to arm wrestle?  "Being in an arm wrestling competition is pretty much as far from my normal life as you could possibly get," says Andrea Kavanagh, who works for an Environmental company. 

Michelle Rhee Resigns As DC School Chancellor

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Michelle Rhee announced Wednesday she will resign as DC Chancellor of Schools, answering the question on many peoples' minds after Vincent Gray defeated Andrian Fenty last month in the DC mayoral primary election.

"Reforms will continue," Rhee said, in a somewhat elated tone.

Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson will replace Rhee in the interim.

"I have known and worked with Kaya for the past three and a half years, and I can tell you, she is an unbelievable candidate," Rhee said.

Henderson thanked Rhee for the opportunity to continue what she called the "immense progress," they teamed up to make in the past three years.

"I've worked in the DC school system for the past 13 years and I never imagined we could reach such heights," Henderson said.

Parking Meter Relief?

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) - City Council Member Jack Evans wants to rollback the parking meter increase that was passed in Spring.

The Ward 2 representative is getting more complaints about the meters than any other issue. It costs $2 to park for one hour in premium parking zones. He wants to bring it back to when one dollar bought you an hour.

Evans said he also wants to allow for free parking after 6:30 pm. Currently, parking meter enforcement can dole out the expired meter tickets until 10pm in premium parking zones.

"I work around here and I see them giving out tickets all the time. It's outrageous and they're just preying on people like vultures," said JoAnn Slaight on a Friday night in Chinatown. "Last night at Massachusetts Avenue at 20 minutes before 10pm, I was going to my car and I saw a meter person giving out 10 tickets. "

2 Sexual Assaults Near GW In Same Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- There have been two sexual assaults on or near the GW campus in the past week according to DC information culled by 9 NEWS NOW from Dc police and GW campus police.

The latest sexual attack happened Wednesday around 4:30 am as the 23 year old woman was walking near Pennsylvania Avenue and 23rd Street NW. She was assaulted in a Foggy Bottom alley.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, around 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. His age is estimated to be between 25 and 35.

Earlier this week, on October 3rd, another victim was sexually assaulted around 2:30 am. This attack was noted in the GW campus crime log but no further details were available although the GW police department tells 9 NEWS NOW the suspects description in this case does not match the latest attack.

Metro Blue and Orange Lines Cut In Two This Weekend

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- It could be a stressful Columbus Day weekend for Metro riders going through downtown Washington. Metro will close three stations along the Blue and Orange Lines in order to install new track switches, track fasteners, replace old tracks, install safety lights, and repair platforms.

The closure will begin around 10:00 Friday evening. It will last all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which is the Columbus Day federal holiday. Service will be back to normal by the time service begins Tuesday morning.

OFFICIAL WORD: Read Metro's press release on the Columbus Day Weekend work

Chancellor Rhee On Oprah

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee took her education reform efforts to Oprah on Monday.

Rhee's appearance was on the Oprah Show was in conjunction with her star role in the film "Waiting for Superman", a documentary about the poor state of education in the country's public schools.

The taping occured before the September 14 Primary in which her boss Mayor Adrian Fenty lost to DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Rhee has said she couldn't work for Gray. He says he wants a Chancellor who gets along with people.

The two could meet as early as this week.

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com