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Tapping Into Generation Earn

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- "Push the right arm, along side the right ear."

Kimberly Wilson taps into power within at her Dupont Circle yoga studio. Somehow, she managed to get a half million dollar loan just before credit got airtight during the recession.

"What was scary was moving into this new location, with massive debt, never having debt, 8 years into business. And, to be like, oh lovely economy," says Wilson.

She opened a new "Tranquil Space" studio in May of 2008 - at the height of the financial freefall. It was clear the path to peace wasn't going to be easy.

"There was no more going out to eat. Like none. There was no more going to Target to pick up one thing," says Wilson.

Wilson is part of a group many refer to as Generation Debt. It conjures up stereotypes of young slackers who aren't responsible with money.

CDC: Lead-Contaminated Water Still A Problem In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as 15,000 homes in Washington may have dangerously lead-contaminated water despite removal of lead pipes.

In a report released Wednesday, the CDC said homeowners who had pipes partially replaced may have made the problem worse. The agency also said that children in D.C. were exposed to lead poisoning from 2000 to 2006 as an unintended result of moves to disinfect the water supply.


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The CDC initially claimed that it found no evidence that increases in the level of lead in the water had harmed D.C. residents.

George Hawkins, director of D.C. Water, said if young children, pregnant women or those with a compromised immune system live in the affected homes, the water should be tested.

 

Debate Continues Over Film's Removal From Portrait Gallery

Debate Continues Over Film's Removal From Portrait Gallery

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Transformer Art Gallery on P Street has began showing a video by an artist whose work was removed from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery after critics complained about its depiction of ants crawling on Christ on the cross.

The work by David Wojnarowicz, who died of AIDS in 1992, depicts the suffering caused by that disease and, in the version shown by the Transformer Gallery, includes a brief scene of a man masturbating.

The video monitor phases P Street and can be easily seen by pedestrians.

"This has gone too far. This has crossed the line," said a man who identified himself only as Michael from Minneapolis.

The father of five said he would be "extremely outraged if they had to see something like this."

Others approved of the work.

"It's great to have art readily available right in the window front," said Danielle Adams of Philadelphia.

Sandbags Available For DC Residents

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Sandbags are being made available to D.C. residents in lieu of a patch of stormy weather expected in the region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The DC Department of Public Works announced that residents can pick up the sandbags at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street location, officials said in a news release.

Four sandbags per household will be given to anyone who shows up to pick them up.

Sandbags will be distributed between 8 p.m. and midnight tonight and will resume at 7 a.m. through noon tomorrow.

Each sandbag weighs between 40 lbs. and 50 lbs. and residents will need to load them into their vehicles. Weather forecasters predict rain storms through today and Wednesday that could cause flooding.

DPW will have employees and signage directing residents to the site entrance.

 

Are Bar Employees Crossing The Line With Rowdy Patrons?

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Are bar employees crossing the line when it comes to handling patrons who are drunk and rowdy?  Some people are asking that question after a second violent incident comes to light.

The first high profile case happened last month at DC 9 when five club employees were accused of aggravated assault following the death of a bar patron. Those charges were later dropped.

Witnesses say at another D.C. bar workers assaulted a customer and they can't believe what they saw.

To look at him now, you wouldn't know that Michale O'Mahoney was beaten unconscious two Sunday Nights ago. He says he was inside the Leaky Faucet celebrating after his goddaughter's christening when he bumped into the wrong person.

Masked Protestors Could Be Arrested In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.

The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.

DC Passes Restrictions On Masked Protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.
The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.