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D.C. Responds to Zimmerman Trial Verdict

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A local march is forming overnight in response to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The news broke from Sanford, Fla., late Saturday on the fate of the neighborhood watchman accused in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. 

Dozens in the district, possibly hundreds, gathered to demonstrate in Northwest. DC Police said they had officers with protective gear on standby. They add Secret Service sees a few people gathered by the White House. 

Chants of "no justice" are heard with a diverse crowd carrying posters in Northwest.

WUSA9 and WNEW crews report people were getting together after midnight along U. Street and possibly marching their way downtown. 

There are possibly plans for more protests Sunday. 

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

Free Summer Fun For The Family

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) - Summer officially begins today! Now that everyone is out of school, it's time to enjoy the summer. We've put together some fun free activities the whole family can enjoy.

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Increased Police Presence at Metro on Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There will be an increased police presence at some Metro stations on Friday during evening rush hour.

Metro notes this is not in response to any specific threat but a chance for Metro Transit Police to work with other agencies in DC. This is called the Blue TIDE program. 

The goal of this is to increase partnership between the various law-enforcement agencies in a joint effort to lessen crime and deter terrorist activity, WMATA said in the news release. 

This means more security sweeps at stations and more officers boarding trains and checking for any suspicious activity. More than 50 officers will be taking part in this, according to WMATA.

Officers also will distribute crime prevention information at the stations, providing tips to riders on how to protect themselves and their property while traveling, WMATA said in a news release. 

 

Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

Roach Photo Complaint Gets Restaurant Shut Down

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- A viewer who contacted WUSA9 with a roach photo in her curry chicken forwarded the picture to health officers who shut the restaurant down, sewage closes another restaurant, a hotel and a 4 star Virginia restaurant is shuttered with mold in the ice machine and a market closed for mice droppings.

MORE: Follow Investigative Reporter Russ Ptacek on Twitter or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/russptacek).

Inspectors closed Tropicana Eatery in Marlow Heights, Stone Hearth Bakery in Forestville, Hampton Inn in Bowie, Russia House in Herndon, Mexico Lindo in Bladensburg and Smucker Farm of Lancaster County in The District.

All the food establishments have passed re-inspection and have since re-opened.

Dinners by Design Raised Money for Smithsonian Programs

Dinners by Design Raised Money for Smithsonian Programs

Smithsonian Women's Committee Members, Smithsonian Craft Show Artists and Dinner Guests Joined Five of DC's Top Interior Designers at Their Homes for the Second Annual Dinners by Design

David MitchellAndrew Law, Camille SaumSkip Sroka, and Rosemarie Howe generously and creatively supported the recent Smithsonian Craft Show by hosting five exciting Dinners by Design. David Mitchell founded this annual event in 2012 and is working towards declaring April Design Month in DC.

Guests had the unique opportunity to tour the designers' homes, who offered a rare behind-the-scenes look at their residences while also sharing insight into the process of designing homes for some of the DC area's celebrities.