NEW YORK (AP) - Don Stewart and his wife will be home with the lights on Halloween night, waiting for trick-or-treaters. But like a lot of folks who stock up on candy, they'll probably end up eating it themselves.
":My wife and I buy candy every year, knowing that trick-or-treaters won't come to see us,": said Stewart, an artist in Homewood, Alabama. That's why they buy the treats they like, not necessarily what they think kids will like: ":Nothing is wasted. If we plan well, there's usually enough to last us 'til Christmas.":
This little game of self-deception plays out each year in buildings where apartment-dwellers wait in vain for door knocks and on suburban side streets and country roads where kids don't wander. ":We were bummed out the first few times,": said Stewart, ":until we realized, 'Hey this is a bonus. We can buy all the candy we want and eat it and it's not our fault.'":
When Paula Werne moved to a rural stretch in Ferdinand, Indiana, 32 years ago with her farmer husband Gary, ":I was skeptical we'd have any trick-or-treaters.": But her husband insisted the location wouldn't deter locals.
":I purchased multiple bags of goodies and positioned a welcoming jack-o'-lantern in the front window,": she recalled. And who came? ":Not a soul. Not a single solitary soul ... I even checked to make sure the doorbell worked. Twice.": Her husband ate the candy, and each year since, he has convinced her that ":this might be the year.":
Some folks think fewer kids go door to door these days, with more organized parties and programs instead. ":Kids do their trick-or-treating at school now because of safety reasons or fear of drunk drivers,": said Jason Varden, who works for an online videogame company Gazillion and lives with his wife in Milpitas, California. ":It goes into the helicopter mom thing of 'We're not going to let our kids go up to strangers.'":
The trend hasn't stopped him from buying the 200-plus-size bags of goodies from Target. ":It's all for the children!": he insisted. ":But we bought Kit Kats and Snickers - candy we knew we would eat if we had to.":
Bryanna Johns, 20, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, isn't that far removed from her childhood trick-or-treating, but she thinks the practice ":is losing its appeal. People are so worried about can you trust who your child is getting candy from. They're going trick-or-treating more in children's museums, churches and malls instead.":
She goes home Halloween night to help her mom answer the door, but they typically only get about 20 kids. So mom buys candy the family likes - Snickers and Reese's Pieces, rather than fruity or fizzy sweets - and they watch a horror movie at evening's end while finishing the leftovers.
Monique Lewis also has fond memories of trick-or-treating as a kid in Arlington, Virginia. But as an adult living in three different apartments, she's never had a trick-or-treater.
":First year in, I was so excited because I was certain that I would be flooded. By the time 10 p.m. had rolled around, I was standing in the hallway with my door open, frantically searching for the missing treaters,": said Lewis, a marketing consultant now living in Manhattan. Each time she moved, she kept buying candy, thinking ":every building is different.": She even decorated her door to make it inviting.
But usually, the day after Halloween, she's ":eating all the candy and throwing impromptu get-togethers": to get rid of it.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: There are a litany of reasons why recent polling shows Republicans likely taking control of the U.S. Senate next Tuesday night, and rhetoric from GOP candidates and operatives fuels quite the clear narrative &ndash: sometimes listing toward the loony, notwithstanding.
Namely, this midterm campaign is about the man sitting in the Oval Office.
And what with President Barack Obama&rsquo:s relatively low approval ratings, declaring this-is-a-referendum-on-the-president&rsquo:s-policies election is the rallying cry.
Again, that&rsquo:s the overwhelming narrative.
But is it a correct narrative?
In some respects, sure. But that certainly isn&rsquo:t the complete picture. A trend may be a trend, and there&rsquo:s a reason it&rsquo:s a trend, but some of the races offer a broader look at an aging GOP electorate combined with a somewhat disengaged and not-inclined-to vote sector on the other side that includes minorities and the youth vote.
That was the vibe Thursday during the election special &ldquo:Your Voice. Your Future. Town Hall Roundtable,&rdquo: on ABC7&rsquo:s NewsChannel 8.
On the panel were Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), former Republican congressman Tom Davis (Va.), political reporters Sean Sullivan (Washington Post) and Steve Diamond (Washington Times), as well as host Scott Thuman.
They chuckled about quirky races, gently debated about close ones but to a man didn&rsquo:t disagree with this week&rsquo:s Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed a majority of Americans are dismayed by the government&rsquo:s actions on issued ranging from Ebola to the Islamic State to the economy, and Congress in general.
Read: the tide favors a GOP-controlled Senate.
&ldquo:I&rsquo:m not sure it makes a whole lot of difference, though,&rdquo: said the retiring Moran, who has served the 8th District since 1991. &ldquo:Republicans are not going to have enough of a majority to end the filibuster, so I think basically the Senate is going to continue to be a stand-still in terms of getting any real legislation passed.&rdquo:
In other words, continued gridlock that&rsquo:s advantageous for neither party but with the GOP knowing how it reacts if it does indeed control both the House and the Senate will loom large in the 2016 presidential election.
That&rsquo:s where Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential White House candidate enters the debate, as he often does with typically devilish rhetoric.
Thuman pointed out that Rand recently said: &ldquo:The Republican Party brand sucks.&rdquo:
Davis, who served as a relatively moderate Republican for the 11th District from 1995-2008 and often has disagreed with certain tactics of the Tea Party, replied in blunt, matter-of-fact fashion.
&ldquo:Well, they&rsquo:re not going get elected on who they are, they&rsquo:re going to get elected because of who they aren&rsquo:t,&rdquo: Davis said. &ldquo:And right now they&rsquo:re not the incumbent party in the White House, and that&rsquo:s what the midterm is going to be about.&rdquo:
Narratively speaking, that is.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - Arlington County Police are gearing up for a pub crawl in Clarendon this weekend &ndash: expected to attract a crowd of 3,000.
Previous bar crawls have seen rowdy and some illegal behavior, such as a June incident when a naked man was chased by police and arrested after crashing a vehicle into parked cars.
Now, hoping to avoid problems seen at previous pub crawls, the events are being regulated by Arlington County. And for the first time, the county has issued a permit for a pub crawl this Saturday.
At least 30 officers will patrol the event &ndash: 24 more officers than a typical Saturday in Clarendon.
To get a permit, event organizers agreed to cover police overtime costs, an estimated $10,000 to $15,000.
&ldquo:[Police will] be throughout Clarendon,&rdquo: said Arlington County Police Capt. Kamran Afzal. &ldquo:They'll be dividing Clarendon into different zones. They'll be visible.&rdquo:
Still, nearby residents have mixed feelings about these pub crawl events.
&ldquo:I choose to live here because there is a lot of activity, but the pub crawls are a little bit much and I tend to stay out of the area during that time,&rdquo: said Dale Roberts.
Many complain that the events result in extra traffic, late night noise, public urination and lots of trash in their neighborhoods.
Alyssa Parker works in Clarendon. She said, &ldquo:You can always tell the morning after a bar crawl because there's pizza boxes, vomit, beer cans, all in our parking garage.&rdquo:
However, some residents said they enjoy these events. A few said they even take part.
&ldquo:I think they get a bad rap,&rdquo: said Jonathan Fields. &ldquo:I also think people are too easily offended.&rdquo:
Several of the bars participating this weekend declined to comment saying media coverage of previous bar crawls had been unfairly negative. Still, one general manager said off camera the events are great for his business. He said his establishment tripled its sales during previous bar crawls.
The organizers of Saturday&rsquo:s event did not respond Thursday to repeated requests for comment, but police said they have been cooperative during the permit process.
Along with SoberRide, organizers have partnered with Uber, encouraging everyone to get home safely.
&ldquo:It's simple. Drink responsibly, be courteous, be safe,&rdquo: said Afzal.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: #TGIT, Gladiators! It&rsquo:s time to talk episode six of &ldquo:Scandal.&rdquo:
Tonight&rsquo:s new episode focuses on Jake, who&rsquo:s been framed for the murder of the president&rsquo:s son, what Fitz will do next and more shakeups at the White House.
The stars of ABC&rsquo:s &ldquo:Scandal&rdquo: have been busy this week. Lead actress Kerry Washington is using her love of fashion to raise money and awareness for an important cause. She&rsquo:s teaming up with the Allstate Foundation to design a limited-edition purse, benefitting victims of domestic and financial abuse&mdash:that&rsquo:s when someone forcibly controls someone else&rsquo:s money.
Washington told People magazine of the Purple Purse program, &ldquo:Purple is the signature color for domestic violence awareness, and a purse is where a woman&rsquo:s financial well-being lives. This bag represents taking back your purse strings in the face of abuse.&rdquo:
Now, for tonight&rsquo:s all-new episode, Jake Ballard, Olivia&rsquo:s boyfriend, has been locked up inside the Pentagon, accused of killing the president&rsquo:s son, and an unlikely ally may be coming to his side. (Watch a special sneak peek in the video player above.)
So, what will happen to Jake? And who is the convicted assassin who claims he was wrongly accused? How will Olivia help him and Jake? All those questions will be answered tonight on &ldquo:Scandal.&rdquo:
Be sure to watch ABC 7 News at 4 on Thursday, Nov. 6 for a sneak peek at &ldquo:Scandal&rdquo: episode seven, &ldquo:Baby Made a Mess.&rdquo:
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Arlington County has approved a permit for DC Project Events to host its Halloween pub crawl in Clarendon on Saturday.
The permit is the first of its kind since the County voted in July to add pub crawls to its Special Events ordinance, requiring organizers to pay for any County resources they use for the crawls such as extra police officers.
":As the County Board has said, our goal is to manage these events in a way that ensures the safety of participants and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and reimburses the County for crawl-related expenses,": said County Manager Barbara Donnellan in a statement.
The pub crawls drew criticism from residents earlier in the year due to the increase in participants, which can range from hundreds to thousands, and duration of the events.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Board of Education is honoring two school divisions and 40 schools for improving the academic performance of economically disadvantaged students.
The awards are based on results of Standards of Learning tests during the last two school years.
West Point and Poquoson public schools were honored as Highly Distinguished Divisions for high graduation rates and for two years of full accreditation and exceeding federal objectives in English and math.
Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, and three other schools in Amherst, Franklin and Isle of Wight counties were named Highly Distinguished Schools for exceeding state and federal benchmarks two years in a row and passing English and math SOL tests at or above the 85th percentile. Thirty-six schools that passed at the 60th percentile or better also were recognized.
ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) - Redskins fullback Darrel Young joins Alex Parker on the eighth edition of ":After the Game.":
Young breaks down Monday's 20-17 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys and looks ahead to Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – After dutifully addressing such sober topics as illegal nude photos, teacher-student sex, the concealed gun law, the potential for legal marijuana in the District, traffic-stop complaints, cop cams and on and on, D.C. police chief Cathly Lanier was the recipient of an artful curveball Tuesday from NewChannel 8’s NewsTalk host Bruce DePuyt.
To paraphrase, DePuyt asked Lanier about a recent commentary in the Federal Times that touted her as a logical head of the troubled United States Secret Service.
And then he read part of Marc Pearl’s piece to Lanier:
“. . . While the natural tendency is to appoint within the ranks, the president should give thoughtful consideration to Cathy Lanier, the chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Chief Lanier has both the experience and leadership qualities needed to make changes at the agency and to help return it to its former elite status. She demonstrates everything that Obama should seek in a candidate: she is an experienced, energetic law enforcement professional and a results-oriented leader who is creative, accountable and able to handle the high-pressure politics of the job.”
Did Chief Lanier blush?
Sure looked like it. And she definitely giggled.
“Thank you Marc, Marc Pearl for that vote of confidence,” a smiling and laughing Lanier said, adding, “He’s been talking to my mother, I think.”
Even so, asked what she would do if the phone rang and she was offered the job, D.C.’s top cop since 2007 didn’t discount potential interest.
She again laughed.
She also didn’t discard the idea as rubbish.
“I haven’t gotten a call, that is a tough job (and) I think they’re going to have to do some national searching for it,” Lanier said, still smiling. “Right now I have a job.”
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said Tuesday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk she expects the rabbi-voyeurism case to be a painstakingly prolonged affair.
She was responding to a question about the Oct 14 arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel.
Lanier said she has been to a few community meetings “to just listen to people from the community and try and explain what the process is so people have some sense of what’s going on and what to expect.
“It’s really a tragic case, and it’s going to take some time for all of the details to unfold – I think this case is going to be rolling out for a really long time.”
“Well, just the nature of it,” she said, adding that a charges of placing a hidden camera in a ritual bath-house, and perhaps other locations require intensive investigation, not to mention the methodology required to root out telling digital data.
“And for people who are potential victims and victims,” Lanier said, “that’s agonizing.”
Ultimately, though, she predicts clear resolution.
“There is going to be evidence,” Lanier said, “that is going to be difficult to overcome.”
(Editor's note: The U.S. Attorney's office has set up a hotline number for potential victims: 202-252-7585. There is also a web site with updated information: http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/programs/vw/bernard_freundel.html.)
It involved Tony Wiley of the Redskins public relations department ripping quarterback Colt McCoy away from an interview with an ESPN Deportes reporter, yelling at the reporter that "No means no."
Wiley told ABC7 News on Tuesday that he was simply doing his job and wanted to make sure that McCoy was back in the locker room in time for head coach Jay Gruden's post-game speech.
But Wiley also acknowledged that he might be more "diplomatic" if faced with a similar situation in the future.
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The small-town West Texas kid calmly led another winning drive at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, this time for the Washington Redskins five years after the former Texas Longhorn star beat Nebraska on a march to a last-play field goal in the Big 12 championship game.
McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo came back from an injury to his surgically repaired back, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys' six-game winning streak.
Two weeks ago, the last thing McCoy's family and friends expected was him making his first NFL start in nearly three years in his home state. But then McCoy replaced an ineffective Kirk Cousins at halftime and led a comeback win over Tennessee in Week 7, and Robert Griffin III still wasn't ready to return from a dislocated left ankle.
"I had to tell a lot of people, 'No,'" McCoy said of the influx of ticket requests. "I didn't make any money this game with all the tickets I bought."
It was quite likely a limited engagement. If the Redskins (3-5) decide Griffin has recovered enough from an injury that has sidelined him since Week 2, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year and former Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor will start against Minnesota on Sunday. The Redskins have their bye the following week.
"Robert's our starter," coach Jay Gruden said. "I haven't wavered off of that in my mind. When he's ready, he'll be ready to go."
It was McCoy's first appearance at the home of the Cowboys since his Texas-record 45th victory for the Big 12 title against Nebraska - 13-12 on a last-play field goal. And he won after beginning the night with a career NFL record of 6-15.
"Last-second wins, right?" McCoy said, laughing. "But I grew up as the game went on. I felt more and more comfortable and I started seeing the defense right. We made some plays down the stretch that good teams have to make to win games."
The Cowboys (6-2) had one last chance after Forbath's kick, but didn't get a first down. Romo's final pass on fourth down was knocked away by rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
"Well, it's terribly disappointing," owner Jerry Jones said. "Jay Gruden and his staff, their organization, they came in here and took it to us and they won the game. We couldn't get it done."
Things to consider after the Redskins snapped an eight-game losing streak against NFC East teams with their first win since beating Dallas in the 2012 finale with a playoff berth on the line. They also ended a seven-game losing streak in prime time and won in back-to-back weeks for the first time since that win over Dallas almost two years ago.
ROMO'S BACK: Romo left after getting sacked by Keenan Robinson in the third quarter but returned for the final Dallas drive of regulation.
The 34-year-old Romo, who had surgery for a herniated disk last December after getting injured against the Redskins, reached for his back after the hit and stayed flat on the ground before trainers rolled him to his side. He walked to the locker room mostly under his own power. Coach Jason Garrett said X-rays were negative and Romo had a back contusion.
"Even if I hadn't had back surgery, I probably would have felt that one pretty good," said Romo, who was 17 of 28 for 209 yards and a touchdown while getting sacked a season-high five times. "It was a direct shot."
Backup Brandon Weeden led two scoring drives with Romo out to help force overtime.
WINNING DRIVE: McCoy, who was 25 of 30 for 299 yards, threw 23 yards to Pierre Garcon to get the winning drive going. On third-and-3 from midfield, he fled the pocket, pointed to Jordan Reed to run up the field and lofted a pass that Reed caught while tiptoeing inbounds. Another 16-yarder to Reed made Forbath's job much easier.
MURRAY STILL ROLLING: Dallas running back DeMarco Murray extended the record he took from Jim Brown a week ago with his eighth straight 100-yard rushing game to start the season. He had 141 yards rushing and another 80 receiving, but also had his fifth fumble of the season at the end of a 36-yard screen pass inside the Washington 10 in the first half.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather had two of the sacks on Romo to go with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Breeland had four pass breakups for a secondary that held Dez Bryant to a season-low 30 yards receiving on three catches, although Bryant did have a touchdown.
SEASON-ENDING INJURY: Dallas linebacker Justin Durant sustained a season-ending injury when he tore an arm muscle in the fourth quarter. The starting trio of Durant, Rolando McClain and Bruce Carter never made it through a full game together.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy's successful return to Texas trumped Tony Romo's dramatic return to the game.
McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Romo came back from an injury to his surgically repaired back, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys' six-game winning streak.
McCoy, the former Texas star playing at the home of the Cowboys for the first time since his final college game in his home state, calmly drove the Redskins (3-5) to the winning points.
The Cowboys (6-2) had one last chance, but didn't get a first down. Romo's final pass on fourth down was knocked away by Bashaud Breeland.
Romo left after getting sacked by Keenan Robinson in the third quarter. He lay motionless for several minutes but returned for the final Dallas drive of regulation.
The 34-year-old Romo, who had surgery for a herniated disk last December, reached for his back after the hit and stayed flat on the ground before trainers rolled him to his side. He walked to the locker room mostly under his own power.
Coach Jason Garrett said X-rays were negative and Romo had a back contusion.
He played through a back injury against the Redskins last year, leading a winning drive that kept the Cowboys' playoff hopes alive. But he had to sit out a season-ending loss to Philadelphia that kept Dallas out of the postseason for the fourth straight year.
This time, it was McCoy getting the win in his first start in almost three years after beginning the night with a career record of 6-15.
McCoy, who was 25 of 30 for 299 yards, threw 23 yards to Pierre Garcon to get the winning drive going. On third-and-3 from midfield, he fled the pocket, pointed to Jordan Reed to run up the field and lofted a pass that Reed caught while tiptoeing inbounds.
Another 16-yarder to Reed made Forbath's job much easier.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray extended the record he took from Jim Brown a week ago with his eighth straight 100-yard rushing game to start the season. He had 141 yards rushing and another 80 receiving.
Brandon Weeden took over at quarterback after Romo was hurt, and his first play was a handoff to Murray for 51 yards to the Redskins 6, pushing him over 1,000 yards for the second season in a row.
The previous Dallas running back with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons was NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith with 11 in a row from 1991 to 2001.
McCoy put Washington up 17-10 early in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard run on a quarterback draw, slicing between three defenders across the goal line.
Weeden answered with a matching 80-yard drive capped by his 25-yard scoring pass to Jason Witten.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – So, expert panelists, what say you about the Ebola virus?
And the other.
Slightly differing opinions, yes, but a general agreement during NewsChannel 8’s social-media town hall meeting that the killing disease wreaking havoc on western Africa nations most certainly is a concern for the United States but that red-white-and-blue denizens should take a deep breath and relax.
On the panel for “Ebola in America” were Dr. Scott Betzelos, the chief medical officer for Inova Fairfax (Va.) hospitals, U.S. congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who held last Friday’s congressional hearing on Ebola, Nelson Sabatini, former Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Ben Carson, former director or pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Rajani Ward of National Nurses United.
One of the more anticipated solicitations of opinion was reserved for Carson, a world-renowned neurosurgeon who also has made a splash as a decidedly conservative black man whose name often is mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
But for the most part, no partisan spin on this night.
Carson wondered out loud about the initial response from the White House, and indicated he believes some sort of travel bans would be prudent.
“We must prepare for the worst-case scenario,” he said, adding that continued flights from western Africa to the U.S. poses a problem.
A travel ban, he said, “just sends everybody underground.”
There was a social-media question from a college student, who wondered what would happen if the virus found its way to a large campus.
“That’s a game changer,” Betzelos said.
True, Connolly said, while also indicating such a thing is more a product of frenzy than reality.
From Carson: “The real focus needs to be in Africa.”
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – D.C.’s top doc made a home visit to quite a few folks Monday morning on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk.
You’re perfectly fine.
We’re talking about the Ebola virus, which indeed has nicked the United States with less than a handful of isolated incidents but also has sparked hand-wringing concern among citizens about its potential spread.
Not coincidentally, NewsChannel 8 is broadcasting a local town hall meeting Monday at 7 p.m. dubbed “Ebola in America.”
The aforementioned top doc, Joxel Garcia -- otherwise known as the chief of D.C.’s department of health – completely understands the angst, what with Dulles International Airport being a point of entry for people who’ve arrived from Ebola-torn western Africa.
Garcia, however, sees no need for the measures being taken by New Jersey, which is requiring mandatory quarantine for health-care workers returning from nations where they served (New York initially made the same call but on Sunday revised the policy to more of a closely monitored and self-regulatory situation).
What he is urging, though, is for such travelers to exercise extreme cautions following what he says is highly “proactive guidelines” at the airport.
Asked by host Bruce DePuyt whether such measures amounted to a self-quarantine, Garcia was quick with a clarification.
“It’s not a quarantine – quarantines are forceful isolation,” he said.
This simply is a matter of common sense, Garcia added, and that’s why it’s wise to avoid such things as mass transit until one is absolutely cleared of not having the virus.
“And the reason for that is very simple – the cases that we have had here. . .initially they were not aware that there was a breach in protocol.”
In other words, pretty much stay put and allow yourself to be monitored for 21 days.
Garcia added all D.C. hospitals are on full alert, and that he has been working with health officials from Maryland and Virginia.
He also addressed the nagging notion of false alarms with the coming of flu season – especially for emergency room technicians.
Turns out it’s a low level of difficulty.
“They would go with a very simple screening process: ‘Have you traveled the last 30 days?’ ’’ he said. “. . .If you have not traveled and you have not been treating patients with Ebola, there’s no chance that you have Ebola.”
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo could barely walk the last time he saw the Washington Redskins. Colt McCoy barely came away with a win in his last visit to the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
There's a good chance they will be the opposing quarterbacks when the Cowboys (6-1) go for a seven-game winning streak for just the second time since 1993 when the Redskins (2-5) visit on Monday night.
It's not surprising that Romo is leading Dallas because he's hit just about every benchmark along the road to recovery from a herniated disk in his back. He sustained the injury before leading a season-saving drive at Washington last December, and had to endure a painful plane ride home before surgery five days later that kept him out of a loss to Philadelphia in a playoffs-or-bust finale.
Nobody saw the McCoy thing coming. The former Texas quarterback was the third-stringer behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins at the beginning of the season and hasn't started an NFL game since 2011.
With Griffin sidelined by a dislocated ankle and Cousins struggling with turnovers, McCoy came on to lead a comeback win over Tennessee last week. Now he's likely to start in his first trip to the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys since beating Nebraska for the 2009 Big 12 championship and earning a spot in the national title game.
It's hard to imagine the drama being any higher than when McCoy threw a pass out of bounds and off a railing with the clock approaching 0:00, and the referees put a second back on the clock. The Longhorns kicked a field goal for a 13-12 win.
Emotions will be high.
"I can't even sometimes take my mind there," said McCoy, the winningest quarterback in Texas history. "But I'm really just trying to approach this as a professional and know that this is our next game, this is our next opponent. It's a game in our division that we really need to win."
The Cowboys had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive last year when Romo, injured back and all, threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 1:08 left to beat the Redskins. While he didn't get a chance to break what ended up being a three-year rut of 8-8 finishes without a trip to the playoffs, it was a definitive moment nonetheless in his up-and-down career.
"Sometimes I cringe thinking about it, playing that game," Romo said. "As a competitor, you kind of feel like, 'I'll worry about it after the game,' and you do everything you can. It felt like the season was on the line."
Things to consider with the Cowboys playing from ahead for a change, holding the league's best record by a half-game as one of four teams with one loss:
WAITING ON RG3: Redskins coach Jay Gruden said it would be a game-time decision whether to start Griffin ahead of McCoy. Griffin hasn't played since getting injured in Week 2, and he was limited in the first full practice Thursday. Early in the week, Gruden sounded like he was leaning heavily toward waiting one more week with the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. "I'm not going to say it's not going to happen for Monday, but ideally I want him back when he's ready," Gruden said.
MURRAY'S GIFTS: Murray, the NFL's rushing leader and the first to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games, showed his appreciation this week by purchasing iMac computers for the starting offensive linemen. Murray has 913 yards, the third most since 1980 behind Denver's Terrell Davis (1,001 in 1998) and Baltimore's Jamal Lewis (977 in 2003). Murray also leads all running backs with seven touchdowns. "We appreciate it, but DeMarco deserves all the credit," guard Ron Leary said. "If it's free, I'll take it."
MORRIS' DROUGHT: On the flip side, Washington's Alfred Morris doesn't have a 100-yard game this season. Just three of his 10 career 100-yard games have come since he rushed for 200 yards when the Redskins beat the Cowboys in the 2012 finale with a playoff berth on the line. The Redskins are 21st in run offense, averaging about 60 yards less than the Cowboys, who lead the league at 160 per game.
BACK AT LB: Linebacker Bruce Carter is expected back in the Dallas lineup after missing three games with a thigh injury. He and fellow starters Justin Durant and Rolando McClain have all missed time this season. They haven't made it through a full game together yet. Durant injured a groin when all three played in the opener, and Carter went down in the fourth quarter when all three were on the field again three weeks later against New Orleans.
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME: The Redskins have lost seven straight prime-time games and are 4-15 on Monday night since 2000. That includes a 27-17 loss to Seattle three weeks ago that would have been a lot worse if three touchdowns by Percy Harvin hadn't been wiped out by penalties.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - On a beautiful autumn Sunday, more than 30,000 people ran the streets of D.C. and Virginia in the annual Marine Corps Marathon.
Samuel Kosgei finished first with a run time of 02:22:12.
Meghan Curran finished first among women with a time of 02:51:46.
Tom Davis was the Handcycle Winner, crossing the finish line at a time of 01:11:29.
Check the complete, unofficial list of runners’ results for the Marine Corps Marathon and the MCM 10K here.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – OK, time’s up, Carol.
D.C. mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz (I) couldn’t have cared less Friday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk as she wrapped up and momentarily high-jacked her segment on the program.
In a way, it mirrored her D.C. political career. She was done but she wasn’t done.
Despite a gentle urge from host Bruce DePuyt, the fearless Schwartz kept right on rolling – and, quite frankly, rambling.
Consider how the five-time contestant for the mayor’s chair, with four previous losses, wrapped up her session:
“Everybody who really wants me to win, and has voted for me before, and I ran four times and I got 200,000 votes in those four elections, if they vote for me, those who didn’t vote for me wish they had voted for me, (so) vote for me, and those who miss me and want to bring me back will vote for me, I can win.”
Schwartz, who served on the D.C. Council for 16 years until 2008 and ran for the top office in 1986, 1994, 1998 and 2002, is trailing her two opponents – Muriel Bower (D) and David Catania (I) – by a lopsided margin but nonetheless remains resolute.
“I think,” she said, “there’s something happening out there.”
What it is ain’t exactly clear.
“I’m back,” Schwartz said, “so keep me here, folks.”
ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) - Thomas Finnegan remembers every mile of the 17 Marine Corps Marathons that he has run.
"We ran across the Pentagon we saw the whole side just smashed, just crushed after the plane hit, I guess I will always remember that one," said Thomas Finnegan, a former marine.
He traveled from Upstate New York to D.C. For this year's event.
But he is resting his feet for this race.
"I am 72, the injuries are happening now, so I just come down and watch," said Finnegan.
On Saturday morning several hundred racers took in a 3-mile run to prep for Sunday's race.
Some are taking the ultimate challenge for the first time. "I am very excited to run it and be with the marines who serve our country," said Ashley Callen, a runner.
"I'm just excited to come home. It's the third largest in the country and you get to run with the Marines," said Kirsten Reutebuch, a runner.
While many runners have spent months preparing for the next 26.2 miles, organizers have been stocking up and setting up.
More than 50,000 bottles of water will be used, 32,000 bottles of Gatorade, and 8,400 feet of fencing.
"The course route looks awesome, but everything is very organized, we haven't had any problems," said Tara Boujoulie, a runner
Organizers are working with multiple police agencies on security.
Surveillance cameras have been set up along the route and runners, spectators, and volunteers will have to pass through screening checkpoints.
Multiple roads will also be shut down in Arlington and into Washington D.C.
Metro will open its doors at 5 am to help people commute to the race.
The closest stop to the start line is Pentagon.
The race will start at 7:55 am.
ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) - Arlington National Cemetery is filling up fast.
"They can only put so many tombstones," said visitor Mike Volovsky.
On a typical weekday there are about 30 funerals a day.
"We just heard three gun shots, that means another soldier was buried. It shouldn't have happened," said Julie Giolando, a visitor from Buffalo, N.Y.
Twenty-seven acres are being revamped to add space as a part of the "Millennium Project." Col. Douglas Guttormsen, director of engineering at Arlington National Cemetery, said it is on schedule.
The project is adding nearly 30,000 burial spaces. Work is expected to be complete by the summer of 2016.
"I don't know that we are at our limit, but I think it is important that we have a long-term view to make sure we don't get to the point where we are in danger of running out of space," said Col. Guttormsen.
Once the "Millennium Project" expansion is complete in 2016, it's then on to the more complicated "Southern Expansion." Col. Guttormsen updated the Arlington Cemetery Advisory Board on Thursday afternoon. He told the board that the 37-acre project is still in the preliminary stages. A planning charrette could take place by January 2015, with possible construction happening between 2017 and 2021.
It is a complicated expansion, because it involves swapping land with Arlington County and bringing the cemetery across a road.
The "Southern Expansion" would bring more graves across the old Navy Annex near the Air Force Memorial.
"This is a chance for all of us to come together and extend the lifespan of that National Shrine," said Col. Guttorsmen.
It will mean road changes, aesthetic reviews, and plenty of back and forth between governments in the coming years.
"My generation of Vietnam, I am 64 years old. I am in my third third of life I would say so, will there be enough room for me when I go, I have no idea," said Volovsky.
The expansion would mean hopefully more room for future generations of veterans.
Meanwhile, other work around Arlington National Cemetery includes renovations to the existing visitor's center. Those renovations are expected to get underway in the next couple of weeks.
Plans are continuing to build a Tomb of Remembrance as well.
President Barack Obama condemned the shootings in Canada as "outrageous acts."
"Obviously the situation there is tragic," Obama said, adding, "we're all shaken by it." He confirmed the death of a Canadian soldier, and extended his condolences.
The Canadian soldier had been standing guard at the National War Memorial in the capital of Ottawa, Ontario. Gunfire also erupted inside the Parliament, and authorities in Canada said at least one gunman was killed.
The White House said Obama spoke by telephone with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The U.S. has offered to help the U.S. ally with its response, and Obama expressed the American people's solidarity with Canada.
In a statement, the FBI said it had reminded field offices and government partners to remain vigilant in light of recent calls for attacks against government personnel by what it described as terrorist groups and like-minded individuals. "We stand ready to assist our Canadian partners as they deal with the ongoing situation in their capital," it said.
The agency and Homeland Security said there was no specific threat against this country.
A U.S. Capitol police spokesman said the force remained at a post-9/11 "heightened level of awareness," but did not make any significant modifications as a result of the shootings in Canada.
"The USCP continues to monitor and track the Canadian event," Officer Shennell Antrobus said.
Authorities increased security at the Tomb of the Unknowns, which draws 4 million tourists a year. The Military District of Washington, which oversees the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, that protects the tomb, said the added security was a "precautionary measure."
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.
It was unclear whether Wednesday's shootings were terrorism-related.
Earlier this week one Canadian soldier was killed and another injured in a hit-and-run crash. Authorities have said the suspect in that earlier case was a recent convert to Islam who is suspected of having jihadist ambitions. The suspect was shot to death by police after the deadly crash.
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – In a word, no.
That’s the answer.
And the question?
It was one put to infectious-disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Elting during his segment Wednesday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk.
And the caller’s query appears to be one shared by a lot of folks what with the relative-but-possibly overstated and media-driven hysteria regarding the Ebola virus.
Namely: Is Ebola airborne?
Elting’s answer, after a brief explanation that the virus only can be spread by skin exposed to bodily fluids from someone with the virus, was thus:
“Not airborne is the answer.”
So there you go.
Suggesting she wasn’t satisfied with the answer, another caller had a question, and it pertained to the nurses in Texas who contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man with the virus who ultimately died.
“When you say it’s not airborne, OK, that’s nice,” said the caller, who quickly added, “But these nurses got the virus (and) how else could they have attained it?”
Elting, medical director for the Presidential Healthcare Center in D.C., maintained it simply was a matter of certain protocol not being followed regarding removal of the nurses’ protective gear, a matter being addressed by the Center for Disease Control.
“We stepped up our game,” Elting said. “. . .(There) may have been some missteps but things have improved.”
Asked by host Bruce DePuyt about lingering, if not growing fears among the public, Elting was blunt.
“You. . .have to keep everything in perspective,” he said. “Somebody dies of a heart attack in the United States every 34 seconds. We have 30,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents every year.”
Ebola, he noted, poses no such threat.
Even so. . .
“Until you stop the entire infection from spreading in Africa,” Elting said, “you’re never going to get a handle on it.”
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser (D) isn’t Olivia Pope, she just portrays her on. . .
A political flier.
This one features Bowser, presumably as actor Kerry Washington, on a mock-up of a promotional spot for ABC’s hit series “Scandal.”
It includes the following line: "Not just a TV show, it's what four years of Muriel Bowser would look like."
Bowser responded to the recent flier, which admittedly is courtesy of opponent David Catania (I), Wednesday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk.
“I’ve heard a lot from people about my opponent’s negative campaign,” said Bowser, the clear leader in the polls, “and it’s not swaying any voters. Actually what it is doing is turning people off. We’ve experienced six straight months of a negative campaign.”
But is the flier, asked host Bruce DePuyt, unfair?
“A campaign that resorts to negative attacks in the last two weeks,” Bowser said, “is a campaign that’s desperate.”
Bowser’s appearance on NewsTalk was the first installment of “Closing Arguments.” Catania will appear Thursday; Carol Schwartz, Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Man's best friend is taking a bite out of renters' wallets.
Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars and are getting steeper. Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is quickly becoming the norm, adding to the cost. Apartment managers nationwide say they require some safety net against pet damage, while others won't allow animals at all.
The rents and deposits pay for dog-poop picker-uppers, cleaning services and more, but some managers say they charge because they can. Many residents decry the move, arguing they are being bilked to keep their cats and canines.
"One out of 50 people will say, 'I can't believe you charge pet rent,' but most accept it," said Stacy Leighty, who manages over 400 properties in Salem, Oregon, and added the monthly fee after her financial adviser said it would boost revenue and is becoming more widespread.
With a third of the country's population - 103 million people - living in apartments, according to the Arlington, Virginia-based National Apartment Association, loads of pet owners are facing extra costs. That's something Fred Lopez, of the small Los Angeles suburb of Hawaiian Gardens, isn't happy about.
"They are exploiting the fact that more and more people have pets," he said. "First they ask for a deposit, then rent. How much more are they going to try and squeeze out of us?"
Lopez, his girlfriend and their Pomeranian recently moved from an apartment where the manager charged $50 a month in pet rent. Lopez, 38, called the cost "ludicrous and another way to gouge people for money."
Two years ago, pet rents weren't even on the radar, said Tammy Kotula, a spokeswoman for Apartments.com, the Chicago-based online listing subscription service that tracks owners and renters.
This year, 78 percent of renters who worked with the company and voluntarily filled out questionnaires said they paid a pet deposit, Kotula said. Of those, 29 percent also paid monthly pet rent. That's up from 63 percent who paid pet deposits last year - 20 percent of whom also reported paying rent for their animal.
The Associated Press spoke to apartment managers in several states about how they handle pet payments:
In Leighty's buildings in Oregon's capital of Salem, dogs cost $20 a month and require a $500 dog deposit, while cats cost $10 monthly and need a $400 deposit.
Her 400 properties started taking dogs last year. Though she was advised to charge pet rents to bring in more money, the additional pet deposit is used to cover damage caused by animals.
"We are a higher-end luxury complex, and we want people to feel at home here, and having a pet is a large part of making people feel at home," Leighty said.
NEW YORK CITY
Mitchell Gelberg, managing director of Rose Associates, said pet policies in the 25,000 units he handles in New York City vary by property.
They have restrictions on dog size and ban aggressive breeds but do not charge pet rents, Gelberg said.
Most leases require dogs be leashed at all times, and some make pets use service elevators.
Sarah Fuller, a property manager in Maple Grove, Minnesota, oversees 600 units in 17 buildings, but just two complexes allow pets - one of which has an on-site spa. Renters pay $40 per dog per month and deposits between $400 and $600.
Pet owners must leash and pick up after their pooches, which are restricted on size and breed.
Bonnie Smetzer, executive vice president and Melbourne, Florida-based partner of JMG Realty Inc., manages 10,000 apartments in 35 communities, some of which do not allow pets.
In those that do, pet rents range from $10 to $20 and help pay for expenses related to the animals, Smetzer said.
She pointed to pet walkways, parks, waste bags and the cost to hire workers to pick up after animals and spray for fleas.
"We try to balance people who love pets with the people who don't," Smetzer said.
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