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D.C's go-go band leader died after being in a coma

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The founder of Washington's bounce beat sound, TCB has passed away. 

Reggie "Polo" Burwell's manager confirmed his death today to WUSA9. He passed away this morning at St. Thomas More nursing home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Polo collapsed at a show in April 2010. His condition got worse over time and he complained about headaches. He suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and went into a coma. 

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.   

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

CUTE ALERT: Panda cub is getting big!

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The giant panda cub is growing and weighs 9.68 pounds now.

She measures 18.11 inches around her belly. Her nose is starting to lose it's pink color and turn black similar to an adult panda nose. 

Zoo officials said she is crawling with a lot more control now.

PICK THE PANDA'S NAME: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialreports/name-the-panda/

Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on August 23, 2013. The cub is healthy and growing quickly! It is Chinese tradition to celebrate the name of a new life on the 100th day, and we need your help picking the name! 

Caught on cam: Rats and same DC restaurants re-closed

Washington, DC (WUSA9) --  Two times. Three times.  Repeat health hazards at DC restaurants - from Dupont Circle to the Palisades - have resulted in closure orders at the same places.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

In second or third suspensions, inspectors temporarily closed: Heritage India, 1633 P Street, NW; Malgudis, 1633 P Street, NW; Chen's Gourmet, 5117 MacArthur Blvd, NW; Sawah Restaurant, 2222 18th Street, NW; Grand China, 6925 Blair Road, NW.

All the restaurants have since passed re-inspection are back in business.