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Allegation Of Theft In DC Summer Jobs Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- DC City Councilman Michael Brown says he is about to ask the DC Auditor to commence an investigation of the Department of Employment Services to see if funds were embezzled from the city's controversial Summer Jobs for Youth program.

Brown has been tipped that a person or persons may have entered the payroll program at DOES and altered payroll records to increase the payments due several young people and at least one adult who had served in the jobs program.

Investigators will likely ask if that suspect or suspects then diverted the funds electronically to an account in North Carolina.

"That's what we're hearing and, frankly, it's quite disturbing. We hope that's not the case, but we want to make sure the taxpayer dollars are protected and that we do all of our jobs as overseers," Brown told 9NewsNow.

Young Teacher In DC Inspires And Raises Test Scores

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Education in D.C. has been a hot button issue in recent weeks: President Obama said he didn't think his daughters who attend private school would get the same quality education at a D.C. public school. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee resigned.

But there are some bright lights in a troubled city like Washington. Julia King is a young woman who was recently named Teach For America's elementary school teacher of the year. She increased reading and math test scores dramatically at her former school in Indiana and now she's teaching here at DC Prep, a public charter school.

In a former warehouse in an economically struggling quadrant of the city, 24 year-old King teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.

"She tells us to always try and never give up," said Orie Ulu, one of King's 5th grade students.

At DC Prep, character and compassion are as important as academics.

DC Early Voting

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Starting Monday, October 18, DC residents can cast a ballot in the general election.

 

Here are the early voting sites and hours of operation:

Early Voting Centers

One Judiciary Square
441 4th St. NW
Monday, October 18 - Saturday October 30 - 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM, closed Sundays

Monday, November 1- 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Remote Voting Centers

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Saturday October 23 - Saturday October 30

Hine Junior High School
Auditorium
335 8th St. SE
Saturday October 23 - Saturday October 30

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
Round Room
701 Mississippi Ave, SE
Saturday October 23 - Saturday October 30

Problems for Medicinal Marijuana in DC?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- As DC prepares to join more than a dozen states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana, some patients here say other laws will have to change in order for it to work.

One patient who says she needs medicinal marijuana raises the issue of drug tests.

If medicinal marijuana is legal, she asks, how can an employer deny you a job or fire you for failing a drug test because it shows you have used marijuana?

"I have been H-I-V positive over 20 years. I've been denied employment over numerous times due to drug testing, and I just refuse to tell an employer I'm H-I-V positive, this is the reason I can't pass the drug test," she told 9NewsNow, which agreed to protect her identity.

It's not the only problem she forsees as DC implements the new law next year.

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. "

Fight Song Changes DC Election Procedures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A plan to help DC voters who are in the military and stationed abroad, and other voters who are working abroad ,has just been de-railed by student hackers who have demonstrated security weaknesses in a computer program designed to allow those voters to cast their ballots online.

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics is testing a process that would allow absentee voters to download a ballot, fill it out, and file it, all online.

Gunman Fires Multiple Shots At DC Police Officer

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Police are searching for a gunman who they say took a shot at one of their own.

DC Police officials tell 9 NEWS NOW one of their officers was in the area of the 2100 block of Queens Chapel Road in Northeast around 12:30 Monday morning when he heard the sound of gunfire. When the officer arrived at the scene to investigate he approached a green Jeep Cherokee with dark-tinted windows. That's when police say the occupant of that vehicle fired a multiple shots at the officer.

Police say the officer was not injured and it is unclear whether or not he exchanged gunfire with his assailant.

Right now police do not have a description of the suspect, however, they are looking for the Jeep Cherokee which fled the scene.