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

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Wal-Mart is building a 106,000-square-foot store on Georgia Avenue but is threatening to stop its plans to provide as many as six stores in the city after the D.C. Council passed a bill requiring a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour. The outcome will provide insight into whether mega-retailers can continue their drive into the nation's urban cores. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Wal-Mart wage bill in D.C. heads for mayor's desk

A "living wage" bill that has sparked a running tiff between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and D.C. lawmakers is expected to reach the desk of Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday. Published August 29, 2013

Sam, the Metropolitan Police Department's first bloodhound, chills out, during a press conference, in Washington, DC., Thursday, August 29, 2013.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

D.C. police introduce new bloodhound

The Metropolitan Police Department's newest member has a nose for detective work — just watch out for his drool. Published August 29, 2013

Kindergarten teacher Nick Brooks calls on eager students who raise their hands during a lesson in his classroom on the first day of school at DC Scholars Public Charter School in Southeast. (Photographs by Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

Gray, chancellor help ring in school year

More than 80,000 students headed back to school in the District on Monday, but it was a bumpy start for a few of them after two early morning school bus accidents. Published August 26, 2013

The construction site where a 106,000 square foot Wal-Mart is being built at 5968 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 18, 2013. Wal-Mart is stoping plans to build 3 new stores and reconsidering what to do with the 3 stores already under construction after the D.C. City Council passed a living wage bill on July 10th, requiring big box stores to pay their employees a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. 'living wage' bill still in limbo

Legislation that would raise the minimum hourly wage at certain large retailers in the District — and could jeopardize Wal-Mart's development plans in the city — is in limbo more than a month after it passed. Published August 21, 2013

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe touts his changes for EMS service as a way to provide better service, denying that it is for staffing or budgetary reasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. firefighter files assault report against chief

A D.C. firefighter filed a police complaint accusing Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe of assault, pointing to an encounter last week when the chief showed up on the scene of an ambulance fire and grabbed the man's cell phone from his hand. Published August 21, 2013

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ICE had chance to detain suspect before Vanessa Pham was killed

Months before the slaying of a 19-year-old Falls Church woman, immigration officials sought to detain the man now on trial in her death. But the Guatemalan native — held at the Fairfax County jail for a few hours on a public intoxication charge — was released without being fingerprinted and before federal immigration officials were able to file paperwork requesting that he be detained until they could take him into custody. Published August 20, 2013

Civilian paramedics to be hired in break with D.C. policy

The D.C. fire department is set to hire civilian paramedics to address dire shortages in its emergency medical services workforce — moving forward with a major policy shift that reverses decades of efforts to establish an agency whose employees are cross-trained as both medics and firefighters. Published August 15, 2013

Ex-P.G. deputy accepts deal, admits to sex with inmate

A Prince George's County deputy sheriff once charged with the rape of an inmate in his custody has pleaded guilty to lesser counts after the woman told investigators the sex was consensual, according to prosecutors. Published August 15, 2013

An ambulance sits broken down outside Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 13, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. ambulance that caught fire not the one sent to the White House

The D.C. ambulance that caught fire at a hospital Tuesday and the unit that served as a back-up to the presidential motorcade when another ran out of gas came from the same fire house but were not the same vehicle, fire officials said Wednesday. Published August 14, 2013

Judge to consider releasing jailed Internet talk show host

A D.C. judge is considering a motion to release a jailed Internet talk show host who faces felony gun charges after a videotaped July Fourth stunt in which he is seen apparently loading a shotgun in the District's Freedom Plaza. Published August 13, 2013