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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Andrea Noble

D.C. Council approves rideshare regulations as taxi drivers protest

Vehicle-for-hire services like Uber and Lyft got the go-ahead from D.C. lawmakers Tuesday, making the District the latest jurisdiction to approve regulations governing a fast-emerging industry that has drawn ire from traditional taxicab companies nationwide. Published October 28, 2014

Yelp backed by Facebook, Google, Twitter in anonymous reviews case

Internet heavyweights including Facebook, Google and Twitter are taking the side of popular review website Yelp in a Virginia Supreme Court case to be heard Tuesday that will consider whether commenters who anonymously criticized a prominent local carpet-cleaning business must be identified. Published October 27, 2014

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, left, is on hand as D.C. public officials speak to the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conforming to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the DistrictÕs gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits

The District's newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training. One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course. Published October 22, 2014

D.C. Council member David Grosso, at-large independent (The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. lawmaker suggests disarming city police officers

A D.C. Council member participating in a forum on police-community relations suggested that one way to improve interactions would be to strip Metropolitan Police Department officers of their firearms. Published October 9, 2014

D.C. Council proactively probes police-community relations

Lawmakers and residents of cities across the country are increasingly calling for deeper scrutiny of the tactics employed by their police departments, including officials in the District who are trying to take a proactive approach to policing their own police. Published October 9, 2014

Washington, D.C. MPD Chief Cathy Lanier announces that the police department is testing 5 different kinds of body-worn cameras as part of a pilot program, during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. citizens decry police tactics at hearing

Dozens of residents and activists gathered this week at Howard University and testified before the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety to shed light on police practices they say have terrorized the city’s black residents. Published October 9, 2014

The liberalization of marijuana laws is a key issue in D.C.'s first-ever race for attorney general. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Critics of D.C. pot legalization demand debate before vote

With little money, a late start and an uphill battle in polls, opponents of the initiative to legalize marijuana in the District are hoping a public debate will give their cause the airtime they can't afford to buy. Published October 7, 2014

Fans wait in line for the gates to open prior to Game One of the National League Division Series as the Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr.)

Nats die-hards, newbies revel in postseason ecstasy at Game 1

Nationals fans new and old were hyped up, dressed up, and ready to cheer their hearts out as they made their way into Nationals Park Friday for the first game of the playoff series against the San Francisco Giants. Published October 3, 2014

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel E. Bowser (D), left, David A. Catania (I) and Carol Schwartz (I) wait off stage to be introduced to participate in their first debate together for the general election at American University, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Second D.C. mayoral debate: Digs a little deeper, exchanges more personal

Independent David A. Catania came out swinging against Democratic front runner Muriel Bowser in the second debate of the D.C. mayoral race Thursday, but his attack was blunted by an extended and unusually personal line of questioning about his involvement in the 2008 council defeat of the third candidate in the race, Carol Schwartz. Published October 2, 2014