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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

** FILE ** Jeffrey E. Thompson on March 20, 2012. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

Campaign violation figure linked to D.C.'s Thompson

Prosecutors on Wednesday implicated a D.C. businessman at the center of a local campaign finance scheme in an off-the-books effort that provided support for a 2008 presidential campaign. Published September 11, 2013

** FILE ** Experts call teen risk behavior a canary in the cavern. (Seattle Times via Associated Press)

Recreational marijuana bill to be introduced in D.C. Council

A D.C. Council member plans to introduce legislation next week that would legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana for recreational use in the nation's capital — the latest in a series of proposed steps to loosen the District's drug laws. Published September 9, 2013

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat and a candidate for mayor, wouldn't wade into personnel decisions involving the demotion of fire department Deputy Chief John Donnelly, though he praised his work at the Frager's Hardware fire. (The Washington Times)

D.C. fire chief in charge of fleet maintenance demoted

A deputy fire chief appointed earlier this year to oversee the D.C. fire department's troubled apparatus division is being demoted to battalion chief after the embarrassing discovery that several ambulances were repaired with street signs. Published September 4, 2013

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray eventually will have to decide whether to sign or veto the "living wage" bill. Meanwhile, large retailers other than Wal-Mart call the D.C. Council legislation "misguided."
(The Washington Times)

Gray still mum on future of D.C.'s 'living-wage' bill

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday lamented the effects of sequestration on the District — from a decrease in government jobs to a slight uptick in unemployment — but he declined to say how the economic stumble might affect his pending decision on a bill to raise minimum hourly wages at large retail stores. Published September 3, 2013

The construction site where a 106,000 square foot Wal-Mart is being built at 5968 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 18, 2013. Wal-Mart is stoping plans to build 3 new stores and reconsidering what to do with the 3 stores already under construction after the D.C. City Council passed a living wage bill on July 10th, requiring big box stores to pay their employees a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

'Living wage' bill reaches D.C. mayor's desk

Fifty-one days after the D.C. Council passed legislation that would require some large retailers to pay a higher minimum wage, the bill has reached the mayor's desk for either approval or veto. Published August 30, 2013

Sam, the Metropolitan Police Department's first bloodhound, chills out, during a press conference, in Washington, DC., Thursday, August 29, 2013.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

D.C. police introduce new bloodhound

The Metropolitan Police Department's newest member has a nose for detective work — just watch out for his drool. Published August 29, 2013

Wal-Mart is building a 106,000-square-foot store on Georgia Avenue but is threatening to stop its plans to provide as many as six stores in the city after the D.C. Council passed a bill requiring a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour. The outcome will provide insight into whether mega-retailers can continue their drive into the nation's urban cores. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Wal-Mart wage bill in D.C. heads for mayor's desk

A "living wage" bill that has sparked a running tiff between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and D.C. lawmakers is expected to reach the desk of Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday. Published August 29, 2013

Kindergarten teacher Nick Brooks calls on eager students who raise their hands during a lesson in his classroom on the first day of school at DC Scholars Public Charter School in Southeast on Monday. A couple of accidents involving school buses marred the morning for some students, but there were no serious injuries. (Photographs by Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Gray, chancellor help ring in school year

More than 80,000 students headed back to school in the District on Monday, but it was a bumpy start for a few of them after two early morning school bus accidents. Published August 26, 2013