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AIDS Walk gears up in DC for October 26th

Washington D.C.(WUSA9) - Runners and walkers may join in the fight against HIV/AIDS, an illness that has a major impact on communities of color.

Black women represent 92% of all women living with HIV, according to Tiffany Gilliard, the Chief External Affairs Officer at Whitman-Walker Health.

The Whitman-Walker Health prepares to host their 27th AIDS Walk to raise money for HIV/AIDS research and support the community on Saturday, Oct. 26th.

New HIV infections has decreased 40% in the DC Metropolitan area, Gilliard said citing the DC Department of Health.


Manhole explodes in Northwest DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police say a manhole exploded in Northwest DC. 

According to officials, the explosion that took place at about 2:30 p.m. at 7th Street and F Street. DC Police and the fire department responded to the scene. 

According to Pepco spokesperson Bob Hainey, when crews arrived the hole was no longer smoking and workers began investigating. No customers lost service due to the explosion.

Police said traffic was diverted for a very short period of time but when it was determined that there was no danger the streets were reopened.

Va. man receives $200 parking ticket, but it's not his car

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Only on 9, one of the most outrageous parking tickets we've ever seen.

A Virginia man has spent the better part of this year fighting a ticket and subsequent fine for something he insists was incorrectly issued.

And he's now turning to some pretty drastic measures.

"I spent 20 years fighting for this country, its Constitution and the laws and I'm being held guilty until I prove myself innocent," said Arlington resident Walt Edwards, an Air Force veteran who is understandably exasperated. "And they won't listen to anything I say."

"They" is the DC Department of Motor Vehicles who mailed Walt his first ticket in his 54 years of driving--ironically for an infraction he insists he did NOT commit.

"My vehicle has not been in the District of Columbia for 12 years. It was parked right here on Sunday afternoon, the 27th of January," he said.

Police: Man charged for killing 26-year-old DC man

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection to a fatal shooting in DC. 

Ahmad Robertson-Bey has been charged with 'Murder Two while Armed' in the shooting death of 26-year-old Andre Wilson. The incident happened on June 6 at the 1100 block of 1st Place, Northwest when officials found two victims who had been shot. One of them was later treated and released from the hospital, officials said.

Man charged for trafficking over 500 stolen electronics

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection to trafficking stolen goods.

David Brown of Capitol Heights Md. has been charged him with Felony Trafficking of Stolen goods. Detectives recovered over 500 items including iPhones, iPads, laptops, computers, Kindles, cell phones, bicycles, tools, musical instruments, gaming systems, and other electronics. They are still currently determining who the items belong to, police said. 

The search was conducted at the 12 Volt Electronics store located in the 300 block of H Street NW, officials said. 

Betty White to become wax figure at Madame Tussauds in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --  Actress and animal lover Betty White will get her own wax figure at Madame Tussauds this week.

Tuesday morning, her figure will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds D.C. at 1001 F Street, NW by Washington Humane Society CEO Lisa LaFontaine. WHS will have its mobile adoption center, 'Adopt Force One', outside the attraction.

Betty White is best known for playing Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. She now plays as Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland. That role won her two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

White has also won six Emmy Awards and is the only woman to have won an Emmy in all performing comedic categories.



Man dies after setting himself on fire in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The man that set himself on fire at the National Mall today has died, according to DC Police.

Police say the man had such extensive burns that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records.

The incident happened around the area of 7th and Jefferson Drive on Friday. Witnesses said he poured a can of gasoline on himself and set himself on fire. Joggers going by took off their shirts to try to put the fire out, the Associated Press reported.

The man was 'conscious and breathing' when he was transported to the hospital in critical condition after officials extinguished the fire, officials said.