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DC close to decriminalizing marijuana possession

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia is on the fast track toward decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The D.C. Council is poised to approve a bill that would make possession of less than 1 ounce of pot a civil offense, punishable by a fine as low as $25.

Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray says he supports it. He could sign the bill as early as January.

Fmr. Clinton administration official to formally announce bid for DC mayor

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Clinton administration official is set to formally announce her campaign for District of Columbia mayor.

Reta Lewis began her campaign in July. It's her first bid for elective office. Lewis is one of several candidates for the Democratic nomination, which historically decides the mayor's race in the city. The primary is April 1.

When she launched her campaign, Lewis declined to offer specifics about her platform and did not criticize the city's current leadership. Her campaign says she will outline her vision for the city at her formal announcement Saturday afternoon.

Banneker soccer player commits to healthy eating at Common Good Community Garden

Reporting by Diane Roberts

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Gessika Bridgeforth is a sophomore at Banneker High School in the District.

She says playing soccer makes her feel free.

"She's very, very aggressive, very persistent and always comes back very hard," said coach Kate Mansfield.

And even though Banneker loses more games than they win, Gessika loves playing for her team, although the sport isn't her only passion. After school, Number Six trades in the soccer field for the field of food -- Common Good Community Garden -- which grows food for the city's low-income population. 

So far this year, they've harvested 4,600 pounds of food. Besides their small staff, the farm employs 16 kids as part of their fall youth program, and Gessika is one of them.

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.



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.

Ford's Theatre: Event changes after government shutdown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Severl performances of "The Laramie Project" to the First Congregational United Church of Christ have been relocated due to the government shutdown, The Ford's Theatre Society said in a press release. 

Ford's Theatre Society Performances of "The Laramie Project" Relocated to First Congregational United Church of Christ October 8-15, 2013

All Remaining Performance Tickets $25 
October 9 through 15

October 11 Candlelight Vigil Continues as Planned 
Outside of Ford's Theatre

October 13, 2 p.m. matinee cancelled

Center for Education and Leadership Exhibits and 
Society's Walking Tours Continue During Government Shutdown

You can visit their website for more details: www.fords.org

Jan Jeffcoat makes her WUSA9 debut at 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You told us you wanted something different, something fast and something that spoke to you, the viewer. We listened. 

On Sunday night, WUSA9 debuted its new anchor, Jan Jeffcoat, and its new 11 p.m. show format, which reflects more viewer-friendly segments. 

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