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Earlier Closing For Metrorail On Weekends?

Earlier Closing For Metrorail On Weekends?

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Facing a $72 million budget shortfall, the Metro Board is considering a number of options to close the gap, including the potential of closing its rail system at midnight on weekends.

The system currently operates until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

"I think what the Board is doing is examining a variety of options that the manager gave us in the budget, and we gotta figure out. The $72 million can be closed with fares. It can be closed with additional subsidies. It can be closed by changing services. He gave us a bunch of service change recommendations to look at. We need to examine them. We need to understand them," said Mary Hynes, the Arlington County representative on the Metro Board.

Business owners dependent on late-night trade see the proposal as an economic killer.

DC Residents Register Handguns After Court Decision

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Two-and-a-half years after the United States Supreme Court threw out key provisions of the city's restrictive gun laws, more than 14 hundred residents here have now registered legal guns with the city. Under the ruling, city residents are now allowed to have guns in their homes.

A study by the Washington Post shows that most of the guns have been registered in areas of the city that are wealthier and less crime-plagued than the areas that see the most gun crimes.

"I think there is a lot of misperception about what the gun law did. You've always been able to legally register firearms in your home here in the District. What you couldn't do was register a handgun and a semi-automatic handgun, and what you still can't do is carry them on the street.

Delays At Gallery Place-Chinatown

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Metro reports a disruption at Gallery Place-Chinatown.

There are delays in both directions.

REPORT: DC One Of Nation's 'Rudest Cities'

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Pushed on the Metro? Honked at when driving in Dupont Circle? Lousy service at a Capitol Hill restaurant?

Travel & Leisure magazine's annual survey of America's Favorite Cities rated the nation's capital the fifth rudest city in the nation. Nearby Baltimore came in at number seven.

The magazine asked readers to rate 35 cities on 54 different features including affordable hotels, great restaurants and the personality of the locals.

Los Angeles topped the list of rude cities, followed by New York.

Travel and Leisure Magazine writes this about DC:

Smithsonian Chief Defends Decision To Remove Video

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough is defending his decision to remove a video from the National Portrait Gallery after being criticized in the art world for bowing to complaints from a Catholic group and members of Congress.

In an interview Tuesday, Clough said controversy over a video in the first major exhibit about gay themes in art history threatened to spiral out of control.

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Clough said his top priority was to preserve the overall exhibit, "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."

In late November, the Catholic League complained the video, "A Fire in My Belly," by the late artist David Wojnarowicz was sacrilegious because a clip depicted ants crawling on a crucifix. The Smithsonian took down the video the same day.

Keeping the Dream Alive: BET Honors and MLK

Keeping the Dream Alive:  BET Honors and MLK

Washington,D.C. was full of star power this past weekend with the annual BET HONORS 2011 taping at the Warner Theatre.  Acclaimed actress Gabrielle Union hosted the show for a third year, honoring legendary actress Cicely Tyson (Theatrical Arts), Oscar award-winning actor/musician and comedian Jamie Foxx (Entertainer), supermodel/entrepreneur Iman (Service), publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice (Media), world renowned musician/composer Herbie Hancock (Musical Arts) and accomplished historian/educator Lonnie G. Bunch (Education).

The National Marathon Adds Relay Race

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- In two months, two weeks and less than two days roughly 15,000 - 18,000 runners will be pounding the pavement of the District of Columbia and 9NEWS NOW will broadcast the event live.

The SunTrust National Marathon has grown from less than 3,000 runners six years ago to the popular event it is today.  This year WUSA 9 is joining to partner with organizers.

"It's a big deal and a great showcase for the community," said WUSA9's General Manager Allen Horlick.  "We're expecting to raise around half a million dollars from this event for local charities in 2011."