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DC Police looking of 'Person of Interest' in armed robbery

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC Police Department released video of a man they think has a connection to an armed robbery that happened the night before Halloween, they said. 

It happened at the 1500 block of New Jersey Avenue, NW, just after midnight, police said. 

"The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, clean shaven, in his mid 20's, approximately 5'6" to 5'7" in height, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a purple jacket, dark pants, black sneakers, and a black baseball cap. He was armed with a handgun," police said. 

The person of interest is shown in this video: http://youtu.be/rRyO-JUWMdA : 


Street closures for AIDS Walk, Marine Corps Marathon, and Howard University Homecoming Parade

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. authorities have released a list of street closures for some events this weekend. On Saturday, the 2013 AIDS Walk and the Howard University Homecoming Parade will take place in the District. The Marine Corps Marathon happens on Sunday.


The staging area will be on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 13th Street to 14th Street, NW. The following streets will be closed from 7:00 p.m. on Friday until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday:

• 14th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
• 13th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
• 13-1/2th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Race Route
The race start time will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at which time the roadways mentioned below will be closed to traffic:

Cool Schools: Howard Univ. Middle School

(WUSA9) -- Have you ever thought about starting your own business and then sort of gotten intimidated, thinking this is too hard?

Learning how to say "Yes I Can" is what today's Cool Schools is all about.  The students at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science can show you how to do it, too.

The seeds of entrepreneurship are being sewn at the school. Eight graders like Leah Porter come up with their own mobile apps that will solve a problem in their community.

"There is no app that is suitable for smart money management. We believe we could build Budget Buddies by December of 2014," proposed Leah Porter, who is the CEO of the app company.

Porter and her team are getting professional help to make it happen. Aaron Saunders owns Clearly innovative. He builds apps for a living.

Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

On a late September afternoon, Atasha James sat in her office at Leckie Elementary School finishing the day's work when she was suddenly interrupted.

A parent of a child came into the principal's office, asking if James had tag board.

"I said, 'I thought this was something really important,'" James said. "She said, 'It is. We need posterboard!'"

A few weeks later, sitting behind her desk, James laughs at the memory. The parent wanted the material because she was going to Leckie's first DC SCORES soccer game that afternoon. She was one of many parents, school administrators and teachers excited that the Lions have a soccer team.

For the first time in the school's history, thanks to the after-school soccer, poetry, and service-learning program that serves 1,500 low-income youth in the District.

Ballou Football Coach Jason Lane recounts days as Go-Go musician

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Jason Lane is very comfortable banging out tunes on a piano and barking out orders on the gridiron, but why is the coach of a 3-4 football team in such good spirits? Easy, Jason Lane is at peace.

"It's safe to say I am at home," said Lane.

Home is Ballou. Lane graduated from the school in Southeast in 1988 and then the odyssey began.

The piano man was once the drummer boy of the DC famed Junkyard Band. In Go-go style, Lane played buckets, that's right, buckets, along with traditional percussion. In the late 80's and 90's the band often packed the Capital Centre.

"We had a string of runs that was phenomenal," remembered Lane, who also played with megastars like MC Hammer and Heavy D & the Boyz.

In 1994, it was time for a change. Lane became officer Lane, on the same streets in which he grew up. It was a steadier lifestyle, but the coach said he was morally conflicted.

New Big Wong's filthy violations & other closures

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- WUSA9 catches crawling roaches on camera at one cafe, upside down fish floating in a Chinatown foodie favorite - closed a second time for health violations, and we face-off, on video, with an armed U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security officer who refused our attempt to visit another closed restaurant.

MORE: To know about health department closure orders first, follow @russptacek on Twitter or like Russ Ptacek on Facebook.

All winning DC Lottery tickets can be redeemed again

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Good news for anyone who is holding on to a winning DC Lottery ticket: The DC Lottery has resumed normal business operations.

You may remember that during the government shutdown D.C. lottery officials weren't making any large payouts for winning tickets. Earlier this week, one gas station owner cashed out some of his customers' prizes with money out of his own pocket, as long as their winning tickets were under $600. He told us he wasn't allowed to cash out any winnings over $600 and scratch off tickets.

One man came to the gas station after he found out he had won $2,500 in cash prizes. He was told, however, that he would have to wait until the government shutdown was over. He can now collect his prize.