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Michael Brown, What's In A Name?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Michael D. Brown is running for the at large seat on the DC Council now held by Phil Mendelson a popular democrat and proven vote getter in all parts of the District.

The first surprise is that its NOT the Michael A. Brown who already sits on the Council, the son of the late Democratic Party leader. That Michael brown is not up for re-election.

The Michael Brown on the ballot is the Shadow Senator for DC, a fairly unknown public figure, outside the DC full voting rights movement.

DC voters are apparently confusing the two Browns and telling Washington Post pollsters they prefer the latter Michael Brown, when they really mean the former.

Michael D. Brown dropped the middle initial in his name on the ballot, further confusing voters.

Four Lion Cubs Born At National Zoo

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is celebrating the birth of four lion cubs.

Zoo officials said the four cubs are the first litter for 5-year-old Shera and the first surviving litter for 4-year-old male Luke.

The birth took place between 10:30 p.m., Monday and 2:30 a.m., Tuesday, and Zoo Director Dennis Kelly said they are thrilled that their captive management program for African lions is growing.

A short video clip of the cubs is available on the Zoos YouTube page.

DC Police Need Your Help Finding Bank Robbery Suspect

WASHINGTON - (WUSA) District police are asking for the public's assistance to find a man they say robbed a bank Thursday morning. The robbery happened at 10:20 a.m. when a man entered the Chevy Chase Bank, on the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue, SE and passed the teller a note demanding money, police said in a news release. The bank robber walked away with "an undisclosed amount of money," according to police. He is described as a black male, about six feet tall and approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a green hat with an emblem, a dark shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202)727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). Written by Manny Fantis 9NEWS NOW and WUSA9.COM

DC Blogger Warns Tea Party Members

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa 9) --A  DC blogger is catching grief from national media after writing an advisory for Tea party members to avoid certain DC neighborhoods. 

Thousands of Party members are heading to Washington this weekend for the Glen Beck-Sarah Palin rally at the Lincoln memorial.

Bruce Majors, a DC resident since the 1980's warns in part that

":If you are on the subway, stay on the Red Line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Md. If you are on the Blue or Orange Line, do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW D.C. and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green Line or the Yellow Line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas, but you don't know where you are, so you should not explore them.

Uprooted Trees Cause Power Outages, Disruptions And Mess

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa) -- While crews worked to cut down a massive tree on Ingomar and Nebraska Avenue, PEPCO was repairing the wires it brought down.

"It was like a sudden, big, loud bang," said Bob Hagherty.

Although Hagherty lives only a few houses down from the downed tree, the power outage did not affect him as it did others in the neighborhood.

On South Dakota and 10th street, there were more problems with yet another stormy summer day. DC Fire Department put out a fire when wires were burning on a tree.

Lieutenant Jimmy Seavy told us, " What was unusual about this is when the breaker blew, some shrapnel flew off and it went off a windshield of a car coming down on South Dakota."

Lt. Seavy explained, ground saturation has caused plenty of uprooted trees to tip over and damage property. A big tree fell on a car on the 1600 block of Hobart and another on 20th Street in Woodley Park.

Officials Say System Doesn't Exclude Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. prosecutors are opposing a request by the man charged in federal intern Chandra Levy's slaying to turn over the names of summoned jurors to his attorneys.

Prosecutors also rejected defendant Ingmar Guandique's argument that D.C. juries have a statistically significant under-representation of Hispanics in a Friday court filing.

Guandique's lawyers had previously asked a judge to give them access to the names of summoned jurors while charging that Hispanics are underrepresented in D.C. juries. Guandique is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

But prosecutors maintain that even if the system could be improved, that does not mean the current system excludes Hispanics. They also questioned whether giving the defense access to potential juror names could discourage some people from returning questionnaires.










Man Shot, Killed In Adams Morgan

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A man is dead after a shooting in Adams Morgan Wednesday night.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW DC Police officers responded to the 2600 block of Mozart Place NW shortly after 9:00 p.m. to investigate a report of gunshots in the area.

Officers arriving on scene discovered a man suffering from a gun shot wound. Police say the victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Right now police do not have any information on any possible suspects or motive in the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.