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Lead Contamination Closes Columbia Heights Playground

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A community playground is shut down because of lead contamination. Kids and people living near the park are getting blood tests.

According to DC's Department of the Environment, the contamination came from a nearby construction site. The park is located at the corner of 11th and Monroe Streets in Columbia Heights.

"It was like a snowstorm of dust," says Michael Northern. "The individual I was sitting down playing dominos with, he started turning white right before my eyes, that's how much dust there was."

Michael Northern says he knew the dust was a problem. But he didn't know it contained lead. His 7-year-old son Michael missed school Friday to get tested.

"It's best that he miss school than to miss life," Northern says.

DC Blogger Warns Tea Party Members

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa 9) --A  DC blogger is catching grief from national media after writing an advisory for Tea party members to avoid certain DC neighborhoods. 

Thousands of Party members are heading to Washington this weekend for the Glen Beck-Sarah Palin rally at the Lincoln memorial.

Bruce Majors, a DC resident since the 1980's warns in part that

":If you are on the subway, stay on the Red Line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Md. If you are on the Blue or Orange Line, do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW D.C. and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green Line or the Yellow Line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas, but you don't know where you are, so you should not explore them.