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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail project begins at the Wiehle Avenue station in Fairfax County. Funding for the project is emerging as a sticking point in Virginia's two-year, $85 billion spending plan. (The Washington Times)

Federal audit questions MWAA's spending in Dulles rail project

A federal audit is questioning whether the authority overseeing one of the largest public works projects in the D.C. region is properly managing the federal funding it received for the $6 billion Dulles rail project. Published January 17, 2014

The Capital Wheel at National Harbor will soar 175 feet above the Potomac with views of the District, Maryland and Virginia. It is expected to be completed by May. (associated press)

Wheel may exempt Harbor from increasing minimum wage

Days after a Prince George's County lawmaker introduced a bill to exempt amusement parks from paying the county's increased minimum wage, developers announced plans to build a 175-foot Ferris wheel on the Potomac River's edge at National Harbor. Published January 16, 2014

Gov. Martin O'Malley accompanied by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown speaks during a rally asking to rise the state's minimum wage on Tuesday. Six Flags amusement park in Prince George's County is seeking an exemption. (associated press photographs)

P.G. official fears slippery slope with exemption to regional minimum wage

Prince George's County Council chairman Mel Franklin said he is concerned that a proposal to exempt amusement parks from the county's minimum wage law could destabilize the regionwide pact to increase wages and open the floodgates for requests from other industries. Published January 15, 2014

2 shot, 1 fatally, in D.C.

Two men were shot, one fatally, in separate incidents Wednesday in the District, D.C. police said. Published January 15, 2014

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)

Pot decriminalization bill advances in D.C. Council

A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to legislation that decriminalizes possession of marijuana in the city — making it a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine. Published January 15, 2014

D.C. Council members suggest expanding medical marijuana program

Six months after medical marijuana became available in the District, officials have registered less than 15 percent of the people projected to participate, leading council members to propose broadening the list of conditions that qualify patients for the struggling program. Published January 8, 2014

Thieves steal elephant tusks from D.C. city hall

D.C. police are searching for a thief who swiped a pair of ivory elephant tusks presented to the city in 1954 by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie from the District's city hall. Published January 8, 2014

FILE - The proposal that is expected to be submitted to the D.C. Board of Elections would allow residents to legally grow up to six marijuana plants per household. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

D.C. proposal would allow ounce of weed, 6 plants per household

Activists in Washington, D.C., plan to submit an initiative by week's end that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot in the nation's capital in November — making the city one of a handful of jurisdictions poised to ask voters to consider the issue this year. Published January 7, 2014