Tom Dempsey, wusa9

Tom Dempsey

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Washington, DC, United States

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'Parents are exhausted from being maligned' | Education on the minds of Virginia voters for gubernatorial race

Heated debates over critical race theory and mask mandates have brought protests in areas around the state over the last few months. → Read More

"It’s sad when a handful of students ruin it for other people"

The fight on Friday night followed a worrying series of recent similar violence happening at high school football games in the region. → Read More

'We have a quarantine crisis here'

A mother who spoke to WUSA 9 believes MCPS has been overly strict with deciding who must quarantine, which has led to lost time in the classroom. → Read More

'In broad daylight, next to where we live, something like that happened'

Investigators describe the suspect as a Black man with a slim build and goatee. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with white writing and a "COVID style mask." → Read More

MCPS teacher pushes back against vaccine mandate

The Germantown teacher believes the vaccine mandate could lead to staff shortage at schools around Montgomery County. → Read More

'Maybe this game will help them work together' | Congressional Baseball Game returns as debate continues on Capitol Hill

Wednesday marked the return of the Congressional Baseball Game after it was canceled last year due to the pandemic. → Read More

'We shouldn’t be silent' | Crowds of protesters rally against Loudoun County School Board

On Tuesday, a rally voiced opposition to Policy 8040 and other controversial issues that have faced the school board this year. → Read More

'It’s about being vigilant' | Rising COVID metrics lead Alexandria to urge others to wear masks

Due to rising COVID-19 metrics showing "substantial transmission" of the virus, city leaders urged others to once again wear masks when in public indoor settings. → Read More

'They saved lives' | DC Marine supports effort to bring Afghan interpreters to Fort Lee

Travis Horr, who lives in D.C. and served in Afghanistan as a Marine, spoke to WUSA9 about the need to help Afghan interpreters during the withdrawal of US troops. → Read More

'Listening to the community' | DC police chief holds discussion with neighbors as recent shootings bring concerns

Wednesday's "Chat with the Chief" virtual event came after the tragic murder of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney last Friday. → Read More

'The big takeaway is to not get careless': DMV COVID-19 numbers show troubling trends

The bump in cases came as the Centers for Disease Control reported that the Delta variant accounts for around 83% of all new cases around the country. → Read More

'We still have soldiers being deployed' | Family of DC service member brings reminder during Afghanistan withdrawal

On Thursday night, the family of Staff Sergeant Christopher Marshall gathered for a special dinner before he was set to deploy for the Middle East. → Read More

'It’s nice now but it may get bad' | Calvert, St. Mary's Counties prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa

Leaders in both areas warned residents to be ready for possible heavy rain and strong winds. → Read More

'It’s relief from the heat' | Local cooling centers provide needed help during hot week

Cooling centers were open around the region on Wednesday as temperatures crept into the high 90s. → Read More

As heat wave hits DMV, some pools still need lifeguards

Across the country and close to home, many cities and localities are seeing a shortage of lifeguards as more people head out to pools. → Read More

Police: KKK fliers found in Leesburg focus on topics discussed at Loudoun County school board meeting

Leesburg Police said fliers addressing topics discussed at a recent Loudoun County school board meeting were being distributed by people claiming to be KKK members. → Read More

Suspect arrested in connection with C&O Canal assaults

The suspect has been tied to a recent string of assaults and indecent exposure near the Cabin John section of the C&O canal, police said. → Read More

Loudoun County Public Schools appeals decision to reinstate teacher after comments about transgender students

Loudoun County Public Schools vowed on Friday to challenge a judge's order to reinstate teacher Tanner Cross after he made comments about transgender students. → Read More

Water main breaks cause traffic delays across DC, Maryland, officials say

There is no word yet on when the water would be fully restored for customers or how many customers are currently without water at this time, officials said. → Read More

Silver Spring food truck owner heartbroken after stolen truck found badly damaged

Investigators said a search for whoever stole the food truck continues after it was found over an hour away in Charles County. → Read More