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DC hospital worker overcome by fumes, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - MedStar Washington Hospital Center says a worker died after he was overcome by fumes and at least four others were treated.

The hospital says the worker responded to a mechanical room in the east building to fix the air conditioning and was overcome. Spokeswoman So Young Pak says the worker, identified as Melvin Lewis, and a colleague were taken to the emergency department, where Lewis died. She says the other worker is expected to be released.

D.C. fire and emergency services department spokesman Timothy J. Wilson says a total of five people were taken to the emergency room.

As a precaution, some the building was evacuated, but patients were able to return after an hour.

The hospital says the cause of the leak is under investigation.

TASER robberies linked in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for robbery suspects in DC who are armed with a TASER in the incidents. 

DC Police put the warning out over an Email community alert in the 3rd District. 

"Over the past three days there have been three robberies along N Street, between 9th Street and 13th Street, NW. In all three robberies the suspects were armed with a Taser and the victims were hispanic," the Email said. 

Police are looking for two or more black males. In one of the robberies the suspects fled the area in a gray colored vehicle.

Anyone with information related to these robberies is asked to contact MPD at 202 727-9099.

Jan Jeffcoat makes her WUSA9 debut at 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You told us you wanted something different, something fast and something that spoke to you, the viewer. We listened. 

On Sunday night, WUSA9 debuted its new anchor, Jan Jeffcoat, and its new 11 p.m. show format, which reflects more viewer-friendly segments. 

We at WUSA9 are always listening to your questions and comments on www.TellWUSA9.com as well. Click the link and tell us what you think about all the hottest topics in today's news, entertainment, weather and local sports. 

HERO CENTRAL: Latin American Youth Center Offers Free Career Training

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --- The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) helps the city's youth get on a path to a stable profession. The non-profit organization in Columbia Heights launched the LAYC Career Academy last year. The free public charter program has offered over 100 students training in medical assistance or IT.

"We need that motivation to succeed in life and actually become somebody in life. And prove to people that we can excel to a higher standard than what the stereotypes are given to us," said Janie Velasquez. The 19-year-old studies IT at the Career Academy.

"It's helping me tremendously because, well first off, it's free," she said.

WUSA9 to try drone camera

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Phantom is one of a handful of radio controlled rotor aircraft designed to act as miniature flying camera platforms.

WUSA has experimented, with limited success, other popular models. One model we tried flew well as long as there was no wind-but the method for downloading the video was not simple enough for our workflow-which always requires speed, reliability and ease of use.

The Phantom is a quad motor, rotor type aircraft that has a GoPro camera slung underneath for shooting video and still pictures. The GoPro is usually tough and reliable so it makes a nice choice for shooting aerial footage this way.

Rieder: 'Washington Post' sale a shocker

(USA TODAY) -- It is a stunning separation.

For years, The Washington Post and the Graham family have been as deeply intertwined as it is possible for a news outlet and its owners to be.

In fact, the storied newspaper almost seemed like part of the Graham family. Generation after generation served as its steward. The Grahams flat-out loved that paper.

And so the news late Monday afternoon that the paper was being sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos came as a shock. It must have been a deeply painful decision for Post Co. CEO Donald Graham.

But despite its legendary history, its courageous and inspirational role in publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate secrets, its continuing if diminished commitment to quality journalism, the paper is hardly immune to the profoundly disruptive impact of the digital era.

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.