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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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In this framegrab from video made by the camera of WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward, Vester Lee Flanagan II stands over Mr. Ward with a gun after fatally shooting him and reporter Alison Parker on Wednesday during a live on-air interview in Moneta, Va. (Twitter via Associated Press)

TV news gunman Vester Lee Flanagan a 'powder keg' of racial discord

Vester Lee Flanagan, a former TV reporter who recorded himself fatally shooting a reporter and videographer during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday morning, was disgruntled over perceived racial discrimination and purportedly said he was pushed to act out because of a mass shooting this summer that targeted black congregants at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Published August 26, 2015

President Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington on Aug. 6, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama's second-chance rhetoric doesn't extend to White House visitors

Although President Obama has embraced the idea of offering second chances to ex-prisoners — like removing the box on employment applications asking if a candidate has committed a felony — his ideals have yet to be implemented at the White House, according to one criminal justice reformer. Published August 26, 2015

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., answers a question in Union Township, N.J., Monday, July 27, 2015. The corruption indictment against Menendez is only a few months old, but early court filings pull back the curtain on a legal fight that figures to be bitter, personal and contested at every step. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Justice Department denies claims of wrongdoing made by Menendez lawyers

The Justice Department is defending its corruption investigation of Sen. Robert Menendez against his attorneys' accusations of government misconduct, calling the attacks so "sensational" and "frivolous" that their arguments should be flatly rejected. Published August 24, 2015

D.C. police officers gather at a community outreach tent placed in the Shaw neighborhood on Aug. 21. The tent, meant to foster community interaction, was placed next to a shrine erected for Tamara Gliss, who was fatally shot at a Memorial Day barbecue when someone fired shots into a crowd. (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

D.C. homicides spike has residents on edge, officials under fire

The onslaught of fatal shootings in the District of Columbia this summer has pushed the city's homicide tally to 102 this year -- 36 percent higher than last year -- leaving residents angry and on edge as they plead with D.C. officials to get the violence under control. Published August 23, 2015

Police departments across the country are facing a crisis in confidence following high-profile deadly use-of-force cases, starting especially with the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (Associated Press)

Names of cops routinely withheld in police shootings amid calls for transparency

For 17 months after an officer responding to a domestic call fatally shot a man standing in the doorway of his home, police in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, only provided family members and the public with a bare-bones account of the shooting, declining to even identify the officer involved. Published August 18, 2015

In this July 10, 2015, photo, volunteer Ruth Cote, facing, hugs a woman inside the police station in Gloucester, Mass., who has voluntarily come to the police for help kicking her heroin addiction. Gloucester is taking a novel approach to the war on drugs, making the police station a first stop for addicts on the road to recovery. Addicts can turn in their drugs to police, no questions asked, and officers, volunteers and trained clinicians help connect them with detox and treatment services. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

White House program stresses treatment to slow heroin epidemic

The White House on Monday announced a $2.5 million initiative to address rising heroin use across the Northeast by, for the first time, pairing public health workers and law enforcement in order to incorporate treatment options into crackdown efforts. Published August 17, 2015

FBI to start efforts to recover data from Clinton's email server

Now that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has turned over to the FBI an email server that once contained tens of thousands of emails, some of which are believed to have contained classified information, the work begins for federal investigators to determine what, if any, information is recoverable. Published August 13, 2015

Dancing sharks stole some spotlight from Katy Perry during the Super Bowl halftime show and inspired a crowdfunding campaign that went bad. Now, the owner and donors are coming to terms. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Crowdfunding websites exploited by scam artists as popularity soars

When Katy Perry's infamous Left Shark awkwardly danced on stage during this year's Super Bowl halftime show, Laura Sirikul's first thought was: How can I get one of those costumes? Days later, she earnestly forked over $100 when she saw a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo promising to manufacture the cartoonish shark suit and to donate the proceeds to a nonprofit benefiting the environment. Published August 13, 2015