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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 [email protected].

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Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe

D.C. fire department to check 1,800 employee backgrounds

The D.C. fire department plans to conduct extensive criminal background checks on 1,800 employees after a series of arrests involving its members in recent months, according to fire officials. Published January 28, 2014

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