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DC Primary: One Week To Go

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There is but one week to go before DC Democrats go to the polls to select their candidate for Mayor, a move that always leads to the Democrats winning in November in DC.

DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray is leading in the polls by 17 percent among likely voters according to a Washington Post poll.

On Tuesday he said complacency is his biggest concern and getting his people to the polls. Mayor Fenty who four years ago won every precinct is trying to cut into that 17 points by targeting undecided and soft voters.

If he can't expand the number of likely voters he's in big trouble of becoming a one term Mayor.

Critics say Fenty won 52 percent of the vote four years ago; but has failed to expand his base. Fenty landed the endorsement of the Examiner newspaper today. He already has the Washington Post endorsement.

A Conversation With Mayor Adrian Fenty And His Wife Michelle

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- DC Mayor Adrian Fenty is far behind in the polls, in danger of losing his job after only one term. It would the biggest fall in this city's young history of electing its political leaders. The big question is how did it come to this? Some answers from the Mayor himself and his wife Michelle who sat down with our Bruce Johnson for an exclusive interview at their home in Northwest.

Early Voting Locations In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Beginning Monday, August 30th District voters, for the first time, will be allowed to do early voting.  This will last until September 13th for the Primary.

Early voting hours will be 8:30am through 7pm.  Voters can cast their ballots at the following location beginning Monday:

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW

Beginning on Saturday, September 4 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM, four additional early voting locations will open:

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Hine Junior High School
335 8th Street, SE

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Avenue, SE

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Please note that early voting centers will not be open on Sunday, September 5 or Sunday, September 12. Voting locations will be open on Monday, September 6 (Labor Day).

 

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.

Mobile Street Vendors Say Restaurants Want Them Shut Down

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Some restaurants claim that mobile vendors are taking their lunchtime business. The mobile vendors say restaurants are trying to shut them down.

Many of the mobile street vendors, including Fujol's Brothers, put their location on Twitter. City rules requires there be a line of waiting customers before they can stop and open for business.

But they're not just serving lunch-- they're asking their customers for support.

"We only operate a couple hours a day. We're impacted when the weather's not good. We're not always in the same place every day," says Peter Korbel, Fujol's Brothers.

Bicycles Must Stop At Signals; Just Like Motorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is launching bicycle only traffic signals at the intersection of 16th Street, U Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, according to a news release.

"We know that this is already a very popular route for many cyclists, but it can be treacherous getting through the intersection," Said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. "These changes will make it safer without impacting other traffic."

With the addition of the contraflow lanes, cyclists can now travel legally in both directions on New Hampshire Avenue. When they reach the intersection, they will have to wait for the GREEN bike signal before proceeding into the bike boxes on 16th Street, DDOT said.

Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream Sales Red-Hot In Summer Heat

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Temperatures in the Washington area are expected to reach the high-90s this week. While Washingtonians are sweating, some local business owners are smiling. Sales of tart frozen yogurt and ice cream are surging.

Aaron Gorden is the owner and "Chief Yogurt Taster" of TangySweet, one of the first tart frozen yogurt shops to hit the DC scene. "Our business is up about 300 percent over the winter... But our sales are up 30 to 40 percent over last summer," Gorden says.

Frozen yogurt isn't the only cold comfort benefiting from this exruciating heat. Ice cream sales are up too.  The National Ice Cream Retailers Association reports that industry sales are up about 25 percent.