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QUICK-THINKING FAMILY SAVES TWO IN HOUSE FIRE
Annandale Patch: "Erin Cook and her two daughters, Maggie and Grace, were just leaving Mosby Woods Elementary School after last night's basketball practice when 9-year-old Maggie spotted sparks on a nearby roof. The family's quick thinking may have saved two Five Oaks Road residents from burning in the house fire.
Firefighters arrived around 8:15 p.m. to find a couple uninjured and outside of the home. Alerted by her daughter, Erin had parked her car and raced inside 9875 Five Oaks Road to warn the residents of the fire, according to neighbor Lesli Kraiger. She found both inside, unaware of the danger. Together they left the burning home."
MONTHS AFTER A TRAGEDY, RESTRICTIONS ON DC9 ARE LIFTED
Washington City Paper: "Last night, 9th Street NW nightclub DC9 held a fundraiser for Ethiopian charities from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Though the event wasn't advertised via the club's event calendar, fliers were distributed in the vicinity of the establishment. At a Jan. 19 Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hearing, the liquor board urged the club to reach out to members of the local Ethiopian community in light of the death of Ethiopian-American Ali Ahmed Mohammed outside the club in October. The club had another hearing today, at which the board inquired about DC9's efforts to heal the rift that may have been caused by Mohammed's death. DC9 owner Joe Englert mentioned that his "neighbors have been very nice," and that he has "an extensive partnership with several people in Little Ethiopia." He also mentioned DC9's fundraiser, and how it netted $2000 in pledges. Thirty people attended, Englert said."
NURSES PREPARE TO STRIKE... AGAIN
Washington Examiner: "The union representing about 1,600 nurses at the Washington Hospital Center has voted in favor of holding a one-day strike to protest staffing and wage cuts.
National Nurses United last threatened to strike the day before Thanksgiving, but then backed off after hospital officials agreed to return to the bargaining talks for 90 days.
The date for the latest strike has not been set, union officials say, but it's likely to take place sometime in early March."
MONTGOMERY'S 911 TROUBLES APPEAR WIDESPREAD
Gazette.net: "Residents in Montgomery and at least two other Maryland counties have been unable to connect with 911 operators at times in the past several months due to a glitch with Verizon, the utility that provides service to emergency dispatch centers.
Thousands of 911 calls have gone unanswered, said Jamie Barnett, chief of the Federal Communications Commission's public safety and homeland security bureau. The FCC thinks the problem might be occurring nationwide, he said."