NBC4's Top 10 News Stories

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    Number 10: The Real Housewives of DC premiers on Bravo.

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Housewives know how to catch your attention.  The season finale featured what you'd already seen a thousand times: the most infamous party-crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi at the White House State Dinner for the Indian Prime Minister.

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    The couple denied any wrongdoing, but they talked to everyone about it ... except members of congress who investigated the security breach.

    Number 9: The deadliest mass shooting ever in southeast washington.

    In March, four people were killed; five injured in a drive-by shooting.  Retailation, police say, for the death of Jordan Howe.  He was shot and killed a week earlier over a misunderstanding and a missing bracelet made of fake gold.  Police made 5 quick arrests in the case.

    Number 8: The 9-year murder mystery in the death of a D.C. intern - solved.

    Jurors found Ingmar Guandique guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Chandra Levy.

    "I'm not sure if it's a sense of peace.  But I can assure you it ain't closure," said Susan Levy, the victim's mother, after the verdict.

    Number 7: Pepco's Reliability. Or lack thereof.

    The energy company's inability to keep the power on tested the patience of more than 400,000 customers and their families left in the dark during severe winter weather, summer storms, and even sunny days.

    Outraged customers let the utilty have it at public hearings investigating the failures.

    Number 6: What caused the worst crash in metro's history.

    The National Transportation Safety Board released findings into what went wrong said the accident was preventable had Metro implemented a verification test that would've identified the faulty track circuit.  The report concluded that layers if safety had broken down at many levels.

    Metro's General Manager John Catoe resigned after the crash and has yet to be permanently replaced.

    Number 5: The biggest resignation of the year: Michelle Rhee steps down as the chancellor of d-c public schools.

    Rhee the Reformer was brought in to save DC schoolkids but she was out after 3 controversial years of teacher firings, administrative shakeups, and an increase in enrollment.

    Number 4: The stand-off at Discovery channel headquarters in Silver Spring.

    James Lee burst into the building's lobby with a bomb strapped to his body and a gun drawn.  He held three men hostage in a four-hour standoff with police.

    The hostages made a run for it - safely - leaving the SWAT team to finish off the gunman.

    Number 3: D.C. voters make a change at the top.

    Vincent Gray upset Adrian Fenty in the Democratic Primary for D-C mayor.  Mayor Gray assembled a racially-balanced leadership team but upset union officials who felt shut out of the selection process.  Gray also condemned the reappointment of publicly popular Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

    Number 2: Police arrest Prince George's County Executive and his wife.

    The federal corruption investigation charged former chief exec Jack Johnson and wife Leslie with destruction of evidence.

    Arresting documents showed Mrs Johnson tried to stuff nearly $80,000 into her bra.

    Despite her arrest, she brazenly claimed her seat on the county council.

    Number 1: SNOWMAGGEDON!

    Pat Collins' yardstick never saw such a workout!

    Nearly two feet fell across the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

    Snow shut down the federal government and every major school district in the region.

    Airport passengers were stranded, rail service halted, even Metro closed above-ground stations.