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Father Charged With Murder In 7-Week-Old's Death

WASHINGTON (WUSA) --  D.C. police have arrested a father for the death of his 7-week-old child in 2009.

Eighteen-year-old Hiawatha Henry of Northeast D.C. was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hiawatha Jackson.

Hiawatha Jackson died last year. Police responded to the 1800 block of Bryant St NE for a report of an unconscious person on Aug. 29, 2009 in the afternoon. They found the 7-week-old unconscious and medical services took the baby to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After an autopsy was performed, his death was ruled a homicide.

Monday, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force members arrested Hiawatha Henry.

Star Quality: R&B Sensation Mýa Calls Upon DC's 8112 Studios

Star Quality:  R&B Sensation Mýa Calls Upon DC's 8112 Studios

Just off her charitable weekend in the District, Grammy Award Winning Mýa was back in Washington this week to bring a little Hollywood to our Nation’s Capitol with her new music video, “Love is the Answer”.  When seeking where and who would shoot her video, DC’s very own 8112 studios was the obvious “answer” to the singer.  “It is important for me to continue to put D.C. on the map because DC is where I come from, these are my roots which have molded me and influenced me so I love to bring attention and notoriety to my hometown.  D.C. is traditionally associated with just politics but D.C. has so much more.  D.C. has great restaurants, nightlife, great art and a melting pot of culture.  D.C. is the next market to blow up,” said Mýa.

Police Release Suspect Photos In Shopkeeper's Murder

Police Release Suspect Photos In Shopkeeper's Murder

 

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- DC police have released pictures from surveillance video of suspects they say shot and killed a shop owner over the weekend.

Police say the gunmen were wearing hooded sweatshirts when they entered the Newton Foodmart Saturday night and killed 46-year-old Rajesh Kumar Patel of Bowie in front of his family.

Patel was gunned down in front of his wife, Irma, and their 22 year old son.  Outside of the Brookland store Wednesday, Irma told 9NEWS NOW she is closing up shop - for good.  "I am not working in the store anymore," she said, "it's just me and my son."

 


 

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Census Shows DC's First Growth In 60 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has seen its first population growth in 60 years based on 2010 Census data, surpassing the milestone of 600,000 residents.

 

The numbers announced Tuesday show the nation's capital grew steadily over the past decade to 601,723 residents this year. That's an increase of 5.2 percent from 572,000 residents in 2000.

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Washington's population had been declining since the suburban flight in the 1950s until this turnaround fueled by a real estate boom and the federal government's expansion after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

 

The city reached its peak of 802,000 residents in the 1950 census after decades of growth during the New Deal and World War II.
Overall, the nation experienced its lowest rate of growth since the 1930s.

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.

 

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.