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

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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

D.C. police union Chairman Kristopher Baumann says he is skeptical of crime statistics, given problems including suspension of the daily crime report. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. police union chairman will not seek re-election

The head of the D.C. police department’s union will not run for re-election this year. Kristopher Baumann, who has served as union chairman for eight years, made the announcement Monday in a letter to members. Published January 7, 2014

Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe says the D.C. fire department will buy new ambulances and hire single-role paramedics to bolster response capabilities. A news conference with Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the Chinatown fire station Tuesday got testy as the paramedic plan runs counter to recommendations made years ago. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Fire department's social media policy bans photos, videos

The D.C. fire department unveiled a new highly restrictive social media policy Monday that bans department employees from taking photos or video of fire or accident scenes while on the job and from transmitting such images to the media or other organizations. Published December 30, 2013

Animal control officers found a deer with an arrow wound in Southwest D.C. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Humane Society)

Deer found with arrow wound in Southwest D.C.

The Washington Humane Society said Friday it is seeking information about a white-tailed deer that was shot with an arrow and found in Southwest D.C. Published December 27, 2013

'Santa' shot during toy giveaway in Southeast

In the ultimate "bah, humbug" moment, a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit was apparently shot in the back with a pellet gun during a toy giveaway to children in Southeast D.C. on Christmas Eve. Published December 24, 2013

The gurney in the death chamber is shown in this May 27, 2008, file photo from Huntsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) ** FILE **

Virginia leads national trend in decline of death penalty

Once entrenched as second only to Texas in its use of the death penalty, Virginia has dramatically scaled back the number of executions it has performed in recent years — a trend that seems unlikely to change amid a national downturn in the use of capital punishment. Published December 18, 2013