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Code Red Day

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) -- If you thought the summer was winding down, one step outside Tuesday convinced you otherwise; Things were just heating up on the last day of August.

"It's so hot and we're walking up hill," said Heather Hrynkow who was on vacation from Ohio with her 4 young boys, "so we're just keeping hydrated and trying to walk in the shade."

The code red air quality day meant the air pollution level was so high, that technically everyone could suffer health effects, especially young children. But keeping kids cooped up indoors can be difficult. DC Public School principals could decide for themselves if recess was held outdoors. At Hyde-Addison Elementary School in Georgetown, the playground was full with children around noon. However, the principal said students will have P.E. class will be inside as the mercury rises.

Michael Brown, What's In A Name?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Michael D. Brown is running for the at large seat on the DC Council now held by Phil Mendelson a popular democrat and proven vote getter in all parts of the District.

The first surprise is that its NOT the Michael A. Brown who already sits on the Council, the son of the late Democratic Party leader. That Michael brown is not up for re-election.

The Michael Brown on the ballot is the Shadow Senator for DC, a fairly unknown public figure, outside the DC full voting rights movement.

DC voters are apparently confusing the two Browns and telling Washington Post pollsters they prefer the latter Michael Brown, when they really mean the former.

Michael D. Brown dropped the middle initial in his name on the ballot, further confusing voters.

Brookland Man Writes Letter to MPD about Accused Attack

Check out this note that was written by a 23-year-old graduate student at Catholic University to the Metro Police Department as well as the greater Brookland community:

"Around 12:00 AM Sunday I was tackled by some rowdy high school aged kids at the Brookland metro who were fooling around. They were trying to intimidate me prior to this by yelling in my face as I left the escalators on the 10th street side
of the station, where the bus stops are. After this, some followed me a bit and
one guy jumped on me from behind and put his arm across the front of my neck
before releasing once I was on the ground, while still within the station.
Earlier some of the group--which may be more than one group, there were over a
dozen people--were also messing with a young lady who was trying to run up a
broken escalator to catch a train--tripping her and getting in her way--and some
jumped fare gates and knocked stuff down with in the station.

Check out the Bonsai Exhibit at the National Arboretum

Looking to get in touch with your green side?  Check out the Becoming a Bonsai exhibit at the National Arboretum.

The exhibit will be running until September 12, each day from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m..  Becoming a Bonsai will demonstrate all the steps involved in trimming the perfect Bonsai tree.

Artifacts and tools from some of the world's best Bonsai trimmers will be on display.

The exhibit is in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Special Exhibits Wing.

Admission to the exhibit is completely free of charge.

For more information visit the National Arboretum's calendar of events.

Greater Brookland Community With Gray in Ward 5 Straw Poll

If the Ward 5 straw poll from August 23rd is any indication, Mayor Adrian Fenty has only a couple of months left leading the city.

According to the unofficial results of the straw poll conducted by the Ward 5 Democrats, Vincent Gray received a whopping 847 of the total 955 votes for DC Mayor.

Fenty, the incumbent, received just 108 votes, while Leo Alexander received 26 votes, and Ernest E. Johnson and Sulaimon Brown got two votes and one vote respectively. 

Man Found Dead on Georgia Avenue in Petworth

Eric Right, 22, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, was found dead early Saturday morning on the 3700 block of Georgia Avenue in Petworth.

Just before 2:00 a.m., Fourth District MPD officers responded to the call, and pronounced Right dead on the scene.

According to sources, Right fell from the top of the Park Place DC apartment building, though it is not known if the act was intentional or not.

Investigation is now underway, and MPD asks that anyone with information about the incident call 202-727-9099.