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Breast Cancer Survivors Share Intimate Stories

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Restaurant and Lounge, Busboys & Poets, invites locals to join them for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"Taking Flight," a local non-profit organization will be holding a fundraiser and exhibit at Busboys & Poets on 14th and V Street, NW DC on Wednesday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m.

Women of all ages and different experiences with breast cancer will have an opportunity to share each of their stories through the exhibit, "Telling Intimate Stories."

Chief: Arsonists Blocked Exits During Fire

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, DC (WUSA) - - A possible dispute between neighbors could have sparked the blaze inside Sarbin Towers on 16th Street in Columbia Heights.

The fire started in a common area in the 5th floor hallway of the 8 story building where accelerants were discovered. "We have what we would call suspects or people of interest," said DC Fire Chief Dennis Rubin.

Chief Rubin said it even looked like the arsonists tried to block people from escaping the flames. "There was a mattress we found in the hallway that was pretty burned out we think that may have played into this scenario," he explained, "and we are wondering if that was used as the primary source of ignition."

Northwest Man Died From Fall During Fire

From Pete Piringer of the DC Fire and Emergency Services Department: 

Around 3:45 a.m., on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 units from the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services (DC F&EMS) Department were dispatched for the report of smoke in the area of the 3100 block of 16th Street, NW, in the Mt Pleasant neighborhood.  In a minute’s time firefighters arrived the scene at the Sarbin Towers Apartments and encountered heavy smoke coming from the upper floors of the 8-story apartment building located at 3132 16th Street.  Immediately firefighters entered the building and encountered heavy fire conditions on the 5th floor, numerous and obvious rescue opportunities, including several injured persons, some critical. A Second Alarm was requested bringing additional personnel and equipment to the scene.

DC Delinquent Taxes Accepted Without Penalties Until September 30 at Midnight

Scofflaws who owe the District of Columbia delinquent taxes have until midnight tonight, Thursday, September 30, to clear the slate and take advantage of the tax amnesty which waives collection fees, penalties and fear of prosecution.

“If you have outstanding taxes with the District, this is your last chance to pay them without penalties and fees,” warned Stephen M. Cordi, deputy chief financial officer for the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).  “The last District amnesty was held in 1995, so it is likely to be some time before there is another opportunity.”

Employed individual tax debtors who do not take advantage of the amnesty should expect that additional money will be withheld from their paychecks beginning January 2011.

Chief: Apartment Fire Not Accidental

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WUSA) -- Just before 4am, fire broke out at an apartment building on the 3100 block of 16th Street, NW. 1 man is dead. 11 people were taken to the hospital. 4 people are in critical condition including a 2 year old girl who has since been flown to the burn unit at Boston's Shriners Hospital.

Fire investigators said the "fire is not accidental" but will not release an exact cause. Chief Dennis Rubin told us he knew of an ongoing domestic dispute.

By 5pm, crews restored power to the 8 story building and all residents, except those who lived on the 5th floor (where fire started) were allowed to return to their homes.

"He told them I don't want to die."

Bring the World Home – Host an Up with People Cast Member

Chelsey Panchot of the non-profit organization Up with People sent us this notice about a unique opportunity for DC residents:

Up with People is a six-month global education organization that takes 70-100 students between 17-29 years old from about 20 different counties on a tour around the world. The purpose is to learn, experience and connect with the communities we visit. We do this by taking part in various community service projects, staying in local host families and performing in an international dynamic show.

Families in Washington, D.C. will have the unique opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes between October 14 – 25, 2010 when the international cast of Up with People arrives in Washington, D.C., a stop on their 2010 world tour.

Columbia Heights Neighborhood Fires Prompt Investigation, Authorities Seek Tips

This community notice comes to us from  Pete Piringer of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services (DC F&EMS):

Fire Investigators assigned to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services Department are seeking the assistance of the community in regards to several vehicle fires in the Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant areas. 

Between the dates of August 24, 2010 through this past weekend, September 26, 2010, there have been multiple vehicle fires across the city.  While some of the fires occurred in various quadrants of the City, a few car fires were reported in the vicinity of the Woodner Apartments in Northwest.