Our network


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.

National Zoo reopens to visitors after shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after most furloughed federal employees went back to work, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is open to visitors again.

The zoo opened its gates Friday morning. Zoo director Dennis Kelly greeted visitors at the main gate. The zoo was closed for nearly 3 weeks because of the government shutdown.

The zoo's popular panda cam went back online Thursday. While giant panda Mei Xiang (may SHONG) and her unnamed, 8-week-old female cub are still not on public display, zoo visitors can see the cub's father, Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).

The cub's eyes have opened, and she can scoot around on her front legs.

The zoo is offering a 10 percent discount on food and merchandise through Sunday.

Top 10 brunch spots in DC

(USA Today/10Best) -- There is something quite indulgent about a leisurely Sunday brunch -- especially if bottomless mimosas are one the menu. 

In Washington, DC, there are many restaurants where you can dine on your breakfast favorites late into Sunday afternoon, and sometimes on Saturday, too.

*If you're viewing this on our iPad app, click VIDEO then choose photo option.

Popular and pricey, brunch at The Lafayette is the best of the brunch, er, bunch. So, is the award-winning brunch menu at Seasons, one of the restaurants inside the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown. And the Tabard Inn's brunch is so popular reservations are booked two to three weeks in advance.

The best bargain brunch can be found at Masa 14 and Ambar Restaurant. These bottomless brunches cost $35 per person.

Marine Corps Marathon: 'We are SO on'

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The 38th Marine Corps Marathon will be held as scheduled after being threatened by the government shutdown.

Director of the Marathon, Richard Nealis released the following statement:

A special thank you to MCM and MCM10K participants for your patience during the recent period of uncertainty. 

It is with great pleasure that the MCM can officially announce we are on. We are SO on. See you at the start line!

The Marathon is scheduled for next Sunday, October 27th. Because most of the course is on Federal land, the Marathon's organizers and participants were waiting anxiously for Congress to end the shutdown.




The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.

Updates on ticket scalping in D.C.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. officials confirmed that ticket scalping prohibition was left out after it's vending laws were re-introduced. 

Early this year, the city revamped its vending laws to include rules for food trucks. However, due to an oversight, the city left out the section which prohibits scalping. 

DC police tell WUSA9 that emergency legislation to put anti-scalping laws back on the books will be considered next month.