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CDC: Lead-Contaminated Water Still A Problem In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as 15,000 homes in Washington may have dangerously lead-contaminated water despite removal of lead pipes.

In a report released Wednesday, the CDC said homeowners who had pipes partially replaced may have made the problem worse. The agency also said that children in D.C. were exposed to lead poisoning from 2000 to 2006 as an unintended result of moves to disinfect the water supply.


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The CDC initially claimed that it found no evidence that increases in the level of lead in the water had harmed D.C. residents.

George Hawkins, director of D.C. Water, said if young children, pregnant women or those with a compromised immune system live in the affected homes, the water should be tested.

 

Debate Continues Over Film's Removal From Portrait Gallery

Debate Continues Over Film's Removal From Portrait Gallery

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Transformer Art Gallery on P Street has began showing a video by an artist whose work was removed from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery after critics complained about its depiction of ants crawling on Christ on the cross.

The work by David Wojnarowicz, who died of AIDS in 1992, depicts the suffering caused by that disease and, in the version shown by the Transformer Gallery, includes a brief scene of a man masturbating.

The video monitor phases P Street and can be easily seen by pedestrians.

"This has gone too far. This has crossed the line," said a man who identified himself only as Michael from Minneapolis.

The father of five said he would be "extremely outraged if they had to see something like this."

Others approved of the work.

"It's great to have art readily available right in the window front," said Danielle Adams of Philadelphia.

Gallery Protests Smithsonian's Removal Of Video

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington art gallery is showing an artistic video that was removed from the National Portrait Gallery to protest what it calls censorship by the Smithsonian Institution.

The Transformer Gallery began showing the video piece, "A Fire in My Belly" by David Wojnarowicz, on Wednesday in honor of World AIDS Day. A short clip of the four-minute video shows ants crawling on a crucifix. It was meant to portray the suffering of an AIDS victim.

The Smithsonian's Portrait Gallery removed the piece Tuesday after the Catholic League and members of Congress complained the video was sacrilegious.

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Controversial Art Removed From National Portrait Gallery

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A four-minute video created by an artist dying from AIDS proved to be too controversial for the National Portrait Gallery. It was removed because it became a distraction.

The video was part of the exhibit "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." It was on display since the exhibit opened on October 30th. It recently gained attention from religious groups.

Some said images of a crucifix crawling with ants was offensive.

Gallery Director Martin Sullivan says the video was removed Tuesday afternoon.

"We didn't undertake this exhibition to shock people," he said.

Others say the exhibit as a whole is offensive because it deals with sexual orientation. 

"I don't want to see it. And if you want to be homosexual, keep it secret," said Delano Kittrell, DC.

David Boaz with the CATO Institute says there's another issue. Taxpayers help fund the gallery.

Masked Protestors Could Be Arrested In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.

The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.

DC Passes Restrictions On Masked Protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.
The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.

 

Cyclist Seriously Hurts Pedestrians In Hit And Run

NORTHWEST, DC (WUSA) -- An elderly couple taking their morning walk ends up in the hospital after a bicyclist ran into them.

The unusual hit and run accident happened Friday around 10 a.m.

Police say the couple in their 70s was walking in an alley in the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in Chinatown.

Soloman Belay was working in a paid parking lot nearby and says, "I've known them for a long time. They walked here every morning and they say 'good morning.' That's very tragic, they are nice people. I want to catch him."

Police are searching for the man who ran into the couple.
They say the cyclist was riding on a BMX style bike.

These incidents may be rare, but in February of 2007, a man was struck and killed by a cyclist while he was walking across New Hampshire Avenue near 2nd Street, NW, in the Petworth area.