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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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D.C. residents to decide on budget autonomy, council seat

D.C. voters will turn out Tuesday to elect a council member and to decide whether to grant the city budget autonomy from Congress the fourth time in a year that residents have been asked to take to the polls. Published April 22, 2013

Man shot in Northeast D.C.

A man was injured in a shooting in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Brentwood, not far from the scene where two men were shot over the weekend, according to police reports. Published April 17, 2013

Homeland Security police officers keep watch along Pennsylvania Avenue a day after the Boston Marathon bombings. Ayo Handy-Kendi (left) and others wear chains to show their opposition to the District not having a voting representative in Congress.

Police vigilant as D.C. parade proceeds

A heightened police presence was evident Tuesday at the District's annual Emancipation Day parade, where local officials considered the long-term implications for security within the District after the Boston Marathon bombings. Published April 16, 2013

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D.C. police: Heightened security in effect after Boston blasts

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said heightened security plans initiated after a pair of blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon will remain in place until officials are "comfortable" there is no threat against the District. Published April 15, 2013

Mayor Vincent Gray said that approval of the referendum would send a signal that we are sick and tired of the special burdens imposed on the District.  (The Washington Times)

Gray: 'Emancipate' D.C. budget from Congress

Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Sunday urged D.C. residents to vote in favor of a ballot question next week that frees the District's local budget from the grip of Congress — an endorsement that comes after months of opposition to the measure on the grounds that it could invoke federal ire and might not stand up in court. Published April 14, 2013

A photo posted on the Twitter page of the D.C. Firefighters Association shows a Northeast blaze that injured two people Sunday.

Two hospitalized after Northeast D.C. fire

Two people were hospitalized Sunday afternoon with life-threatening injuries after firefighters rescued them from a Northeast D.C. house fire. Published April 14, 2013

Body pulled from Tidal Basin

A man's body was found floating in the Tidal Basin early Thursday, the second time during a week of heavy tourist traffic around the waterfront that such a gruesome discovery was made. Published April 11, 2013

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ACLU lawsuit says cop gave 10-year-old a concussion in D.C. school

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a 10-year-old boy suffered a concussion when a D.C. police officer slammed the boy's head into a cafeteria lunch table while at the child's elementary school. Published April 11, 2013

**FILE** Gun dealer Mel Bernstein fires his AK-47 assault rifle on full automatic at his own Dragonman's shooting range and gun store, east of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

Law enforcement says gun restrictions are ineffective: Survey

A national survey of law enforcement shows officers believe many proposed gun control measures — including bans on assault weapons — will be ineffective at reducing violent crime and that legal gun ownership by private citizens would prove a better safeguard. Published April 9, 2013

Mental evaluation scheduled for man arrested with guns at Capitol

A Florida man arrested at the U.S. Capitol after police found three unregistered guns in his car claimed he was helping to take down Osama bin Laden's terror network and had the guns for protection, according to court documents made available Monday. Published April 8, 2013

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D.C. Council grills fire chief on recent failed responses

Skeptical D.C. Council members demanded answers from the city's fire chief Thursday on what they said were serious and systemic problems with the department in the wake of a string of failed responses to emergency calls. Published March 28, 2013

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Don’t leave keys in the car (and that goes for police, too)

Police often dole out tips to drivers to help prevent them from becoming victims of car theft. But on Monday, a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant who until recently was a supervisor in the auto-theft unit, could have used a reminder himself. Published March 25, 2013

** FILE ** Washington D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Union votes no confidence in D.C. fire chief

D.C. firefighters overwhelmingly voted no confidence in D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe at a Monday morning meeting, citing mismanagement of the department's fleet, staffing and safety failures and a pattern of retaliatory actions taken by his administration. Published March 25, 2013

Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe speaks at a press conference held at Fire and EMS headquarters on his proposed plan to redeploy the department’s emergency medical service workers into a configuration that would leave ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. fire union chief calls sabotage claim ‘nuts’

The District's ambulances have been sabotaged. The assertion, laid out in a D.C. inspector general's report, is the latest tit-for-tat allegation highlighting the erosion of relations between labor and management within the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. Published March 24, 2013