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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

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray

ACLU slams Gray on issues of transparency

Vincent C. Gray criticized his predecessor for running "one of the most opaque administrations" he had ever seen and singled out its failure to process requests for public records as he promised more transparency during his 2010 campaign for D.C. mayor. Published July 16, 2014

The District of Columbia has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

D.C. police quietly prepping for change in law on marijuana

The District is quietly preparing for a law to take effect Thursday that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, with the Metropolitan Police Department issuing a special order to officers advising them of new protocols. Published July 15, 2014

3 killed, 4 wounded Sunday in three D.C. shootings

Three people were killed in three separate shootings in the District on Sunday that injured another four people and brought the city's homicide total up to 67, compared with 45 killings at this time last year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Published July 14, 2014


Council overrides mayor's veto of fiscal 2015 budget

Lame-duck Mayor Vincent C. Gray failed to persuade a single council member to support his call to reconsider the city's $10.8 billion budget, with lawmakers Monday overriding his veto of the fiscal 2015 spending plan by the same 12-1 vote with which they passed it last month. Published July 14, 2014

FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Forgotten vial of smallpox found in NIH storage room

A forgotten sample of smallpox dating back to the 1950s was found in a storage room at the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Police officials in the nations capital have been facing recent questions about headline-making arrests _ not of hardened street criminals but of their own officers. In a single month, one District of Columbia police officer was accused of taking semi-nude pictures of a 15-year-old runaway and another was charged with running a prostitution operation involving teenage girls. A third was indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of striking his wife in the head with a light fixture. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Sharp increase in homicides in D.C. blamed on domestic disputes

Homicides in the District are up by more than half in the first six months of the year. But unlike the days when drive-by shootings and feuds among drug gangs propelled the deadly violence, the current uptick is the result of a spike in domestic killings behind closed doors that have contributed to more female homicide victims already than in all of 2013. Published July 1, 2014