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

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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

D.C. Council member David A. Catania is running as an independent in the mayoral election in November. He is a lawyer known for his prosecutorial style and his quick temper, and will have to distinguish himself in a heavily Democratic city. (Associated Press)

Council OKs $10.6B budget with 'yoga' tax intact

D.C. lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to the city's $10.6 billion spending plan, which includes a package of broad cuts to income and business taxes but expands sales taxes to some new services such as health clubs. Published June 24, 2014

The "Pride of Petworth" started out 100 years ago with a motorized pump-and-hose wagon, the first of its kind in the D.C. fire department. The equipment has changed since then but Engine Co. 24's service to the community has not. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Interim fire chief to continue 'soft posting' firefighters

The man set to take over as the District's interim fire chief next month says he will continue the controversial practice of detailing firefighters to high-crime areas as a means to deter criminal activity. Published June 23, 2014

The Washington Redskins take the field against the New York Giants for monday night football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, December 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

A panel of judges with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled what they called "disparaging" trademarks associated with the Washington Redskins for the second time in 15 years amid mounting political pressure on the team to change its name. Published June 18, 2014