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New traffic cameras waiting to catch you

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police announced Friday the addition of several new traffic cameras at intersections, stop signs and crosswalks beginning Saturday.

The new cameras are part of a traffic safety campaign called D.C. Street Safe, which is aimed at combating aggressive and dangerous driving habits.

"We have experienced reduction of traffic fatalities over the last 10 years of about 70 percent," said Metro PD Assistant Chief, Lamar Green, about the how camera technology has helped increase traffic safety. 

Cameras at new locations will issue warnings to vehicles for violations until Sunday, December 29. Beginning Monday, December 30, cameras at new locations will issue fines for violations, officials said in a news release.

Police say the new cameras will help officials in areas and circumstances where it could be dangerous or impractical for police officers to pull over vehicles for violations.   

Chris Brown allowed to skip DC court date

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court.

D.C. Superior Judge Robert Tignor agreed Friday to let Brown waive his scheduled appearance on Monday.

Brown is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. He and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside a hotel who tried to jump into a picture with the singer.

Brown was ordered into anger management rehabilitation this week following a Los Angeles court appearance.

Metro is getting a makeover

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- Metro is about to get a makeover.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is making moves to replace existing carpet with newer "slip-resistant resilient flooring" that will last longer than carpet, according to a news release.  

The change in flooring comes after Metro got feedback from customers who said they "strongly preferred"  flooring to carpet, citing cleanliness. And it's true. The dirt and spills that seep into the carpet each day will bounce right off of the new resilient flooring.  Maintenance crews will also be able to clean the new floors more easily than the carpet.  

Riders will find another benefit to the new flooring: the new floors will reflect the interior and exterior light, making your ride a bit brighter. 

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Track DC Bunnies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--  Ever wanted to be a "Citizen Scientist?" Now's your chance to help out wildlife biologists here in the District.

The District Department of the Environment is asking all residents of the District to assist in counting the number of Eastern Cottontail Rabbits. On Wednesday, the DDOE sent out a letter to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) members to ask for help in tracking the numbers of these bunnies.

The purpose of the tracking is to help biologists figure out the numbers of the Cottontail's density, abundance and distribution throughout the District.

Fluid leak cause of Red Line delays

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Red Line was delayed Thursday morning because of a fluid leak from maintenance equipment near Union Station, officials said.

The leak was reported at 5:40 a.m., with fluid going onto the track between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island during maintenance. 

Single tracking between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Ave caused delays in both directions and crowding on some platforms. 

Single tracking ended just before 9 a.m., but delays continued in both directions. 

Some Red Line trains heading downtown offloaded at Farragut North. During the morning Metro suggested Metrobus as an option for going downtown.