The News4 I-Team’s Most Read Stories of 2018

The award-winning News4 I-Team sheds light on some of the Washington area's biggest secrets from Metro to teacher licensing to finding devices that could be used to track your cellphone. Here are the 10 most-read I-Team stories this year.

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At least six local women have had their teaching licenses canceled or revoked since January 2017 for sexual misconduct or inappropriate texting with their students, yet none was revealed to parents or communities by school districts, according to the I-Team. None of the six cases led to police arrests or prosecution.
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At least six Washington, D.C.-area high school football teams canceled their 2018-19 seasons amid a fast decline in participation in the sport among local teens, according to the I-Team. The number of Virginia, Maryland and D.C. public school football players has dropped by at least 3,600 since 2012, according to school district athletic records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and formal records requests from almost a dozen local school districts.
Federal government agencies are combating voluminous and criminal pornography viewing by employees, an I-Team investigation found. Despite increasing efforts by federal managers to filter and monitor internet usage, federal workers continue to gain access to illicit images on government-issued computers.
A man who fell on to Metro tracks is sued the D.C. restaurant in which he was drinking before the fall. Patrick Augusma of Southeast D.C. says the staff at Maggiano's Little Italy in Friendship Heights served him too much alcohol one evening in June 2017.
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Reports of rodents in the West Wing, frigid temperatures at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a bathroom mishap by a Cabinet secretary have prompted repair requests in Washington, D.C., federal buildings in the past two years. The I-Team obtained internal emails and logs of repair needs and maintenance orders at the White House, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters and Environmental Protection Agency headquarters.
A former MGM National Harbor Casino card dealer admitted stealing more than $1 million from the casino in a cheating scheme. Baccarat dealer Ming Zhang was caught cheating by the security system. For three months in 2017, Zhang cooperated with partners who he'd allow to take pictures of decks of cards he would neglect to shuffle. They'd win large on sure bets, and Zhang got a payoff in return, according to court documents.
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An I-Team analysis of databases obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from D.C. Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education showed approximately 1,000 D.C. Public Schools teachers worked without licensure during the 2017-18 school year. The unlicensed included new and veteran teachers, including at least four members of the elite Chancellor’s Teacher’s Cabinet, which advises top school district officials on policies and meets monthly with the schools chancellor.
Commuters make almost one million trips each day on Metrorail and Metrobuses, yet many are unaware of how best to stay safe and comfortable on their rides, according to a group of bus and rail operators who spoke publicly with the News4 I-Team. The bus operators said passengers make common mistakes and fail to be diligent about their surroundings.
The News4 I-Team found dozens of potential spy devices while driving around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. The device, sometimes referred to by the brand name StingRay, is designed to mimic a cell tower and can trick your phone into connecting to it instead. The I-Team rode around the capital region with special software loaded onto three cell phones, with three different carriers, to detect the devices operating in various locations.
A U.S. Secret Service officer was injured in an assault while on patrol outside the White House in July shortly after a major immigration rally in Lafayette Park, according to federal court records. Steven Carmona is accused of illegally parking his BMW along Pennsylvania Avenue, moving a bicycle rack-style security barrier erected for the rally and screaming at the officers, "Where is the president?" according to a Secret Service affidavit obtained by the News4 I-Team.
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