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Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Track DC Bunnies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--  Ever wanted to be a "Citizen Scientist?" Now's your chance to help out wildlife biologists here in the District.

The District Department of the Environment is asking all residents of the District to assist in counting the number of Eastern Cottontail Rabbits. On Wednesday, the DDOE sent out a letter to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) members to ask for help in tracking the numbers of these bunnies.

The purpose of the tracking is to help biologists figure out the numbers of the Cottontail's density, abundance and distribution throughout the District.

DC Council passes licenses for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC City Council approved a bill on Tuesday granting access to driver's licenses and ID's for city residents regardless of their immigration status. 

The licenses will be marked to show they belong to undocumented residents.

The DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 will go into effect in May 2014.

Recently, California, Vermont, and Massachusetts passed similar bills.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

Police need help identifying DC theft suspect

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police need your help identifying a suspect wanted in connection with multiple thefts.

Police say an adult male who is making a purchase hands a clerk a $100 bill, disputes the change he receives, confuses the clerk and leaves with the change and the $100 bill.

The thefts happened on the following days:


  • October 6 at approximately 5:55 p.m. in the 2000 block of 18th Street, NW
  • October 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Georgia Avenue, NW 
  • October 29 at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of 17th Street, NW

The person of interest in the first theft was described as being a black male with a medium complexion, 60 to 65 years of age, short hair or bald, officials said.

VIDEO: Puppy opens door for older dog

(USA TODAY) -- Watch this adorable video where Maureen Gilronan's 7-month-old puppy Inky has such good manners, he opens the door for her 14-year-old dog Scooby. 

Haunted hotels across the USA

These hotels allegedly have observable poltergeist activity - so prepare for some chills and thrills on your next overnight stay.

The Biltmore Coral Gables, Miami: Originally opened as a playground for the rich in 1926, the Biltmore Coral Gables is not only luxurious and elegant, but is also believed to be quite haunted. The 13th floor served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, when the hotel saw its first premature death: Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed at a crowded party. 

Years later, the U.S. government bought the hotel and converted it into a hospital for World War II soldiers. After being abandoned for several decades, the Biltmore re-opened in the 1980s as a hotel, and ever since then guests have experienced unexplained noises and visions.

Top 10 DC area French restaurants

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- Do you love French food? Or is it the ambiance that draws you in? 

The experience of dining at a French restaurant can be just as good as the food -- the multiple courses; the relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace, slowness of enjoying a meal bite for bite; the ambiance that's so uniquely Francais, whether the restaurant mimics a French country inn or a Paris bistro.

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There are several restaurants in the district that offer both a delicious menu AND the ambiance of dining in France. The newest French restaurant on the DC dining scene is le Diplomate. Sit under the red awning long enough and you'll imagine you're dining al fresco at a Parisian cafe.