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Tickets Available For Gray's Inauguration

Tickets Available For Gray's Inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The public is being invited to attend the inauguration of Vincent Gray as the sixth elected mayor of Washington.

Several inaugural events will be held Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in northwest Washington, and all are free.

The day will begin with a prayer service at 8 a.m. Gray's inauguration and a swearing-in ceremony for D.C. Council members will be held at 10 a.m. Tickets are not needed for either event.

There will also be a black-tie gala at 7 p.m. featuring D.C. artists Chuck Brown and Raheem DeVaughn, along with Style Band and The Yvonne Johnson Trio. Tickets for that event are required and will be available at the convention center on Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are 7,500 free tickets available.

Free Parking In Effect In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington's Department of Public Works has an early Christmas gift for drivers: free parking.

Spokeswoman Linda Grant says no expired parking meter tickets will be written on Friday, the day before Christmas, or on Saturday, Christmas Day. Residential parking restrictions and rush hour parking restrictions will also be suspended.

Drivers should still be careful, however. The Metropolitan Police Department can still write parking tickets for things like parking in an emergency zone or in front of a fire hydrant.

Census Shows DC's First Growth In 60 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has seen its first population growth in 60 years based on 2010 Census data, surpassing the milestone of 600,000 residents.


The numbers announced Tuesday show the nation's capital grew steadily over the past decade to 601,723 residents this year. That's an increase of 5.2 percent from 572,000 residents in 2000.




Washington's population had been declining since the suburban flight in the 1950s until this turnaround fueled by a real estate boom and the federal government's expansion after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


The city reached its peak of 802,000 residents in the 1950 census after decades of growth during the New Deal and World War II.
Overall, the nation experienced its lowest rate of growth since the 1930s.

Passengers And ACLU Critique Random Baggage Checks

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- There's more fallout from Metro's plan to randomly screen passenger's bags for explosives.

The ACLU calls random screening ineffective and intrusive and is considering legal action if Metro ignores its request to stop.
Lots of riders are skeptical, too. In an unscientific poll, we talked to a whole lot of people getting on and off Metro at Dupont Circle and found very few who thought randomly searching bags was an effective way to fight terrorism.

Metro has a video on its website showing how the process works. It involves a swab and a ionization machine.  Only if the scanner and an explosive detection dog alert on your bag will officers go through your belongings.

But the plan is already close to provoking a passenger revolt. "I think it's ridiculous, all this stuff," said one rider. 

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Happy Brawlidays

Happy Brawlidays

Give the gift of derby this holiday season! Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your coworkers or just bring yourself to the DC Armory this Saturday, Dec. 18, to see the DC DemonCats fight it out against Scare Force One. Both teams will certainly be in the brawliday spirit as they trade gifts of hip checks and bruises.

This bout is sure to leave the Armory shaking, as these two teams—so far undefeated—will be fighting to take the lead this season. Scare Force One, who came out on top in Seasons 1 and 2, are eager to show their dominance over the Season 3 and 4 champion DemonCats. With a roster heavy on members of the DC All-Stars (Condoleezza Slice, Chinese Cheker, Marion Barrycuda, Velocityraptor, Soledad and Lois Slain), Scare Force has a strong base. But the DemonCats are confident that smart strategy can get them ahead.

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search