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Top 10 List of Rider Complaints About Metro Service

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- If you ride the Metro and have a complaint or an issue, you can attend the monthly Rider's Advisory Council (RAC) meetings and discuss it, or you can tweet a news reporter and let her (and by "her", I mean me) ask the questions.

After a rail cracked and the Red Line ground to a halt this morning, leaving hundreds of Metro riders late to work, we asked Metro riders on Twitter for their top complaints.

We took our "Letterman-style" Top Ten list to tonight's RAC meeting at WMATA Headquarters, and shared it with Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel, asking him to respond.

NBA Player Jason Collins: "I'm Gay"

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A professional male professional athlete has finally come out and admitted he's gay. 

The Washington Wizards are showing support for their player (he played six game for the team this season) by releasing this statement: 

"We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly. He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career. Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation," Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in an Email to the media.

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Prince William's wife, Kate, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday.

Caroline Chassain, spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, said that Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September.

The photos showed the duchess of Cambridge relaxing at a private villa in Provence, in southern France, sometimes without her bikini top and, in one case, her suit bottom partially pulled down to apply sunscreen.

Chassain added that Suau's employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation on Monday, but she did not elaborate.

The investigation will likely take months to complete.

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Bethesda, Md. (WUSA9) -- An armed bank robbery in Montgomery County is still being investigated and with no new leads, detectives are turning to the public.

Police say a suspect wearing a "dark blue jacket, a light green button up, gloves and a Halloween mask" robbed M&T bank off of Seven Locks Road on December 22, 2012 in the early morning," police said in the news release. 

The suspect walked into the bank, intimidated the teller with a small black handgun and left with an "undisclosed amount of cash," police said.

The robber is described as an "unknown race male, over 6'0'' tall, with a medium build." Investigators are urging anyone who may have tips about this incident to come forward and contact the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100, police said.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER RAISES $5,000 for NEW ALLIANCE THEATRE

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER RAISES $5,000 for NEW ALLIANCE THEATRE

 

Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance raised $5,000 at their first Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their new Alliance Theatre in Alexandria, Va. MFAC is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance Benefit Concert.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building the Alliance Theater,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.

DC Man Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Deli Owner

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man plead guilty to second-degree murder while armed in killing a NE deli owner, police said.

Steven Williams, 46, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a
charge of second-degree murder in the June 2012 slaying of the owner of a deli owner. He could serve up to 40 years in prison, officials said.

Police found the dead body of victim, Hae Soon Lim, 64, on the floor of Grace's Deli in the 700 block of H Street NE. An autopsy showed that she was killed from a single gunshot wound that entered through the back of her neck.  Surveillance video from the location shows the series of event prior to Lim being shot. Police found an empty brown handgun holster on the floor next to the body. DNA from the holster matched that of the defendant, it said in a news release.

Williams was charged with the murder in November 2012. 

Japanese Ambassador Highlights The Meaning Of The Cherry Blossom Festival

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- The 101st National Cherry Blossom Festival features more than just the fabulous blossoms by the Tidal Basin.

"Cherry Blossoms symbolize the friendship for many years between Japan and the United States," said Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.

Ambassador Sasae arrived four months ago to serve his post in Washington. He spoke to anchorwoman, JC Hayward, on Tuesday on WUSA 9 at Noon.

"Especially this spring season, it's wonderful to come," he said of the annual spring tradition of pink blossoms.