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The five top major news stories in Washington, D.C. for 2013

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Media sources during the latter part of December and now are still talking about major happenings that affected the nation of the Year 2013. The concentration has also brought on analyst and pundit views on what occurred in the nation’s capital – Washington, D.C. – from events locally in the region. NewsChannel 8 did a review of the top five occurrences that affected the city firsthand. They are:

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*The Government Shutdown. The Government Shutdown of 2013 was a tragedy for the American people, due mainly to the Republican Congress affecting all aspects of citizen’s lives in many ways to a halt. The 16-day (partially) shutdown closed many agencies that included parks and national memorials visitors come to spend their time each year. The cost of the shutdown was a waste of $24 billion dollars, but Congress used the ploy due to their hatred of the President and particularly his Healthcare Bill (i.e. Obamacare). Congress has tried to repeal the healthcare law more than 40 times, giving the stage such as the infamous 21-hour speech Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave last September of the law.

Washington, D.C. had its own problems to contend with in the shutdown. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote a letter to President Obama about the District’s disapproval of Congressional approval for their budget. Letters were also sent to House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The District has its own appropriated dollars and reserve fund. The mayor’s leadership during the shutdown was substantial; he considered all working residents essential.

More on Government Shutdown 2013’s impact from citizens can be viewed below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/government-shu...

*Navy Yard Tragedy. Aaron Alexis, 34, was the gunman responsible for bringing about the Navy Yard shootings that occurred September 16, 2013. He injured three people and fatally shot 12 before he was gunned down by Washington, D.C. police. Alexis was a civilian IT contractor, had prior military service, but it was later revealed he had mental health issues. The tragedy took place at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Building 197. All military and federal installations ordered by President Obama held flags at half-mast until sunset Sept. 20. The news of the tragedy reached global attention.

*RGIII/Washington Redskins. Robert Griffin III, better known in the sports world as RGIII, is the 23-year-old starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor University joined the National Football League (NFL) in 2012. Washingtonians and area residents were ecstatic upon RGIII’s arrival; his #10 shirt outsold all of the Skins jerseys in history. He was the darling of Washington sports; fans expecting the football team to reach the playoffs and perhaps for a chance in the Super Bowl.

RGIII in his first season did bring the Redskins to the playoffs, something that had not been done by a rookie quarterback. He also received numerous accolades in sports reviews on his accomplishments and became the team’s leader. RGIII was also known to be a “running quarterback” who used a lot of his footwork to make yards if necessary; much like other quarterbacks such as Michael Vick or Colin Kaepecnick.

But RGIII’s ability to run came to crushing blow when he was stomped in the Baltimore Ravens game in 2012. The Redskins won in overtime but RGIII was injured on his right knee. The 2013 season was a disaster for the team, with coach Mike Shanahan continuing to play RGIII when he should had sat out the season to repair. Sports analysts inquired about the relationship between the two, many stating that RGIII’s relationship with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was more congenial. Shanahan benched RGIII in early December 2013 and replaced him with Kirk Cousins for the last three games of the season. On December 30. 2013, Snyder fired Mike Shanahan, who came on board January 2010 and finished the 2013 season with a 3-13 record. Jay Gruden, former offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals and brother of former Super Bowl Coach John Gruden, was hired by Snyder as the new head coach on Jan. 9.

More details can be viewed below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/jay-grudens-winding-path-to-becomin...

The changing of the Redskins name has also been a hot issue for the team and its owner, who refuses at this time to take action.

*Governor Bob McDonnell. The outgoing Republican governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia gave his swan song Wednesday night at 7 in the State of the Commonwealth Address; apologizing to Virginia citizens on the scandal he caused that took up the last year of his administration. McDonnell was accused of receiving gifts from former CEO Jonnie Williams. He has not been charged specifically for any crime (the case is still under investigation) but his wife and daughter also received gifts. The payment of gifts and money totaled an estimate of $145,000.

More on McDonnell’s farewell speech is below.

http://www.wric.com/story/24391700/mcdonnell-set-for-final-speech-to-leg...

The Washington Post gives more of an in-depth report of what money and gifts were obtained by the governor. The story is below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/mcdonnells-corporation-w...

*Miriam Carey Killing. Miriam Carey was a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut who caused panic on Capitol Hill October 3, 2013 when she ran her car into a barricade trying to enter the premises of the White House. Carey led Capitol and Washington, D.C. police on a wild car chase before she was shot. Unarmed, her one-year-old daughter was in the back seat when Carey was shot several times. Luckily the child was unharmed

The Washington Post revealed this in its October 4, 2013 report –

Carey had received a diagnosis of postpartum depression with psychosis, her sister Amy Carey-Jones said in a Friday interview on “Anderson Cooper 360°,” and had been treated with counseling and medication, but was reducing her use of medication under a doctor’s supervision. Carey-Jones said her sister “didn’t appear to be unstable.”

“We will never know what Miriam was thinking in those last hours before she died,” her sister told Cooper. “We can only speculate, and our real concern is why and were things done properly. Was there some other way that she could have been helped so that it didn’t end tragically?”

Carey was buried on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to the website ctpost.com, about 90 people attended her funeral.

More on the Miriam Carey story from the Washington Post is below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/miriam-carey-believed-to-be-driver-s...

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