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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

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The majority of District of Columbia ambulances needing repairs to air-conditioning units during a July heat wave were returned to service within hours.  A shortage of ambulances that can be put into service has led the District to do some outsourcing to cover special events, such as sporting events, however, at a cost to the city. (Andrew S. Geraci, The Washington Times)

July heat wave too hot for D.C. ambulances

Nearly three-fourths of the D.C. fire department's ambulance fleet had to be pulled from the streets for repairs during a July heat wave that wreaked havoc on the units' air conditioning systems, according to new data provided by the department. Published August 7, 2013

Apparent suicide at D.C. Jail is third in two months

A 53-year-old man awaiting trial on sexual abuse charges was found hanging in his cell at the D.C. Jail on Monday, the third apparent suicide at the facility in the last two months. Published August 6, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Associated Press)

D.C. budget autonomy bill advances

A House committee with oversight of D.C. affairs on Wednesday advanced a bill that would ensure the District has greater control of its finances. Published July 24, 2013

Deputy Mayor Paul A. Quander Jr. said private companies will provide emergency medical service at Nationals games and Verizon Center events. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. fire department's ambulance fleet decimated by summer heat

Widespread ambulance breakdowns brought on by high summer temperatures have overwhelmed the D.C. fire department — causing it to send 22 ambulances to other agency's mechanics for repairs and to outsource coverage of special events to private ambulance companies for the coming weeks, according to agency officials. Published July 23, 2013

"I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

Court deals blow to D.C. police's All Hands on Deck initiative

A D.C. Superior Court judge has upheld an administrative board's ruling that puts the Metropolitan Police Department on the hook for millions of dollars in back pay and raises questions about the continued use of Chief Cathy L. Lanier's signature crime-fighting initiative. Published July 22, 2013

Radio talk show host Joe Madison addresses a "Justice for Trayvon" rally outside the U.S. District Court for the District on Saturday (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

Nationwide rallies demand 'Justice for Trayvon'

Hundreds gathered outside the District's federal courthouse Saturday under an oppressive afternoon sun as part of a growing movement demanding the Justice Department file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, acquitted last week in Florida in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Published July 20, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says he is focused on Virginia, not social issues such as gay marriage. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Prosecutor: Cuccinelli won't face charges over late reports

A three-month investigation by Richmond prosecutors has cleared Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of criminal wrongdoing for his failure to report in financial disclosures thousands of dollars he received in personal gifts. Published July 18, 2013

Woman injured in Southeast D.C. stabbing

A woman was cut on her ear during a stabbing Tuesday night in a Southeast D.C. neighborhood where gun violence has injured seven people in the last four days. Published July 17, 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)

D.C. retailers join forces on minimum wage bill

Representatives from six national businesses sent a letter to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Wednesday urging him to veto "misguided" legislation that would raise minimum hourly wages at large retail stores. Published July 17, 2013

Rep. Darrell E. Issa "remains very supportive" of budget autonomy for the District, the California Republican's spokesman says. Voters approved the charter amendment in April but must wait for a congressional deadline to pass before it can take effect.
(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Time)

House report sets up possible legal fight over D.C. budget autonomy

A report issued Tuesday by a House committee dismissed as nonbinding a voter-approved referendum to grant the District budget autonomy, signaling a possible legal fight ahead over the city's attempts to seize greater control of its finances. Published July 16, 2013

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray (The Washington Times)

Wait could be long for Vincent Gray's decision on 'living wage' bill

D.C. residents, stakeholders and Wal-Mart executives alike are eager to see whether Mayor Vincent C. Gray will sign or veto a contentious bill that raises the minimum hourly wages at large retail stores — but they could be waiting awhile. Published July 16, 2013

3 men injured in Southeast D.C. shooting

Three men were shot early Tuesday while playing dominoes outside a Southeast D.C. apartment complex located just up the road from the scene of a shooting three days earlier that injured four people. Published July 16, 2013