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DC firefighters respond to blaze in Woodley Park

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least two people were injured in a two-alarm fire at a condominium building near the Woodley Park Metro station.

District of Columbia firefighters responded to the fire in the 2500 block of Calvert Street NW on Monday evening. Heavy fire was seen coming from the fifth floor of the building.

Fire department spokesman Timothy Wilson says a firefighter was injured along with a resident of the building who was sent to a hospital. The injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

The residential building is located near large hotels and some busy restaurants in the neighborhood.

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Julia Walter of Boffi and Brian Fell of Maxalto designed an Italian-themed tree that includes a Tuscany Villa getaway and gift certificates from local Italian restaurants and beauty salon.

Spectacular holiday trees and décor are now on display in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in anticipation of the 8th Annual Georgetown Jingle held this Sunday, December 15th. The event benefits pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.

Traffic cameras will catch you rolling through stop signs

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- New traffic cameras watching you in the District aren't just looking for speeders and red light runners.

The new silver boxes nestled in neighborhoods will catch drivers who are rolling through a stop sign at an intersection.

So you may be wondering, how can a camera determine if you've stopped at a stop sign long enough? 

D.C. police have a three-tier review system by a human being who will look at the tape and then finally determine if indeed a driver broke the law. 

Even though there's no legal time frame, according to AAA, a complete stop means all four tires come to a rest. 

The new cameras will also catch drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, block the box or speed through the intersection to beat the light. 

Sensors will even catch oversize vehicles like trucks and big rigs cutting through some D.C. neighborhoods. 

New traffic cameras waiting to catch you

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police announced Friday the addition of several new traffic cameras at intersections, stop signs and crosswalks beginning Saturday.

The new cameras are part of a traffic safety campaign called D.C. Street Safe, which is aimed at combating aggressive and dangerous driving habits.

"We have experienced reduction of traffic fatalities over the last 10 years of about 70 percent," said Metro PD Assistant Chief, Lamar Green, about the how camera technology has helped increase traffic safety. 

Cameras at new locations will issue warnings to vehicles for violations until Sunday, December 29. Beginning Monday, December 30, cameras at new locations will issue fines for violations, officials said in a news release.

Police say the new cameras will help officials in areas and circumstances where it could be dangerous or impractical for police officers to pull over vehicles for violations.   

Metro is getting a makeover

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- Metro is about to get a makeover.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is making moves to replace existing carpet with newer "slip-resistant resilient flooring" that will last longer than carpet, according to a news release.  

The change in flooring comes after Metro got feedback from customers who said they "strongly preferred"  flooring to carpet, citing cleanliness. And it's true. The dirt and spills that seep into the carpet each day will bounce right off of the new resilient flooring.  Maintenance crews will also be able to clean the new floors more easily than the carpet.  

Riders will find another benefit to the new flooring: the new floors will reflect the interior and exterior light, making your ride a bit brighter.