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8 people injured at Howard University homecoming event

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Eight people which included two police officers were injured at a homecoming event outside Howard University, officials said. 

The incident took place at 'Yardfest', a homecoming concert when a large crowd tried to run towards the main gate. All of the eight people suffered minor injuries, officials said. 

The Washington DC Fire Fighters Association Local 36 tweeted earlier that 'mass casualty task force dispatched for multiple patients.' The location is reported to be 4th Street, NW. They also said in a tweet that 'multiple patients trampled - Use caution.'

Around 4:00 p.m., a Twitter user, @BisonHomecoming tweeted, "...And Yardfest is back on!"

Banneker soccer player commits to healthy eating at Common Good Community Garden

Reporting by Diane Roberts

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Gessika Bridgeforth is a sophomore at Banneker High School in the District.

She says playing soccer makes her feel free.

"She's very, very aggressive, very persistent and always comes back very hard," said coach Kate Mansfield.

And even though Banneker loses more games than they win, Gessika loves playing for her team, although the sport isn't her only passion. After school, Number Six trades in the soccer field for the field of food -- Common Good Community Garden -- which grows food for the city's low-income population. 

So far this year, they've harvested 4,600 pounds of food. Besides their small staff, the farm employs 16 kids as part of their fall youth program, and Gessika is one of them.

Residents furious over signs at Verizon Center

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The streets around the Verizon Center are no strangers to the bright hustle and bustle that defines one of D.C.'s most notable entertainment districts.

But it is what now hangs above these streets that has some at odds.

"It's distracting. I find it dangerous...I am always wondering when I am crossing the streets if the cars are going to be looking at the signs," said Nanette Paris, an upset resident.

Nanette Paris lives in the area and says the new digital billboards displaying full motion advertisements for the venue's sporting teams and events are just disruptive.

According to her, they create light pollution that bounces off windows and right into her condo.

"When they are at full blast it reflects off many building blocks away," she said.

Police: Mother charged for infant's death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested a mother from D.C. who choked her infant son to death.

Sosefina Amoahe, 26, was arrested and charged with first degree felony murder in the death of the infant. The incident happened on the 4200 block of Harewood Road NE around 11:00 a.m. when a woman brought the young child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The cause of death by the Chief Medical Examiner was death due to asphyxiation, officials said. 


Officials: Construction worker pulled out of hole in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Officials said a construction worker fell into a hole below the ground at 14th and Constitution Ave. in Northwest D.C. 

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The worker fell long distance below grade on scaffolding. He was pulled out and taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injures. 

 He was breathing and conscious when he was rescued. 





The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.

Doyle's Deals: A new wardrobe, photo cards and wine

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- I've been combing through the day's Daily Deals emails and retailer websites to find you some deep discounts. 

Here are some of my favorites!

Time to revamp that fall wardrobe. Macy's is running what it calls the "Ultimate Wardrobe Sale." Deals2Buy tells me that you can find discounts up to 50 percent. On some items, you can take an additionally 20 percent off for apparel, shoes, jewelry and more. This sale will run until October 20th.

You can already start working on your holiday cards with this LivingSocial deal. Pay $18 and get 40 photo cards. The normal price is $65 so you are saving 72 percent off. Many templates are available from PhotoAffections for the holidays, baby announcements and other important events.