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WUSA9 to try drone camera

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Phantom is one of a handful of radio controlled rotor aircraft designed to act as miniature flying camera platforms.

WUSA has experimented, with limited success, other popular models. One model we tried flew well as long as there was no wind-but the method for downloading the video was not simple enough for our workflow-which always requires speed, reliability and ease of use.

The Phantom is a quad motor, rotor type aircraft that has a GoPro camera slung underneath for shooting video and still pictures. The GoPro is usually tough and reliable so it makes a nice choice for shooting aerial footage this way.

Rieder: 'Washington Post' sale a shocker

(USA TODAY) -- It is a stunning separation.

For years, The Washington Post and the Graham family have been as deeply intertwined as it is possible for a news outlet and its owners to be.

In fact, the storied newspaper almost seemed like part of the Graham family. Generation after generation served as its steward. The Grahams flat-out loved that paper.

And so the news late Monday afternoon that the paper was being sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos came as a shock. It must have been a deeply painful decision for Post Co. CEO Donald Graham.

But despite its legendary history, its courageous and inspirational role in publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate secrets, its continuing if diminished commitment to quality journalism, the paper is hardly immune to the profoundly disruptive impact of the digital era.

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

Enter to Win Beyonce Tickets!



300 lbs of Ice vs. The DC Heatwave: Who will win?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We, here at WUSA9, are an inquisitive bunch. So, when we had our meeting about how to report on exactly how hot it is outside during this heatwave, we asked: "How long will it take for 300 lbs. of ice to melt in the hot DC streets. 

Throughout the day we live tweeted from Dupont Circle as the ice progressively melted.

The first man to walk up to the ice said it would take three whole hours to melt -- but he wasn't close.

After a whole 10 and a half hours, the ice was nearly gone.

Check out PHOTOS of people having fun with the ice block!

Click here to see what people's predictions were on Facebook.

National Zoo Cheetah dies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A cheetah at the National Zoo died overnight, after her spleen ruptured from a tumor, zoo officials said. 

Tumai, who was a 13-year-old female cheetah, lived past the median lifespan for her species, officials said. 

"Treasured by staff and visitors alike, she was most well-known for giving birth to the Zoo's first litter of cheetah cubs Nov. 23, 2004. Tumai was paired with male Amadi and their offspring-two males and two females-went on to live at the Cape May Zoo in New Jersey, the Wildlife Safari Park in Oregon and the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin," zoo officials wrote in a news release on Friday.

Cheetahs are vulnerable to extinction, according to experts. 

The zoo still has five cheetahs, of various ages, on display.

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.