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2011 White House shooter opposes terrorism enhancement in case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for an Idaho man who has pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011 don't want a "terrorism enhancement" to apply to his case.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez' lawyers wrote in court filings Monday that the application of a "terrorism enhancement" is unconstitutional, though he accepted it as part of his guilty plea in September. An enhancement increases the penalty for a charge in terrorism cases

Lawyers also asked that Ortega-Hernandez be allowed to speak with the judge privately.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend Ortega-Hernandez spend 24 to 27 ½ years behind bars. But his lawyers compared his case to that of Joseph Reel, recently sentenced to nearly three years for rigging his Jeep to crash into a White House Secret Service guard booth.

Ortega-Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced March 19.

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Federal Government Closed Thursday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Federal Government will be closed on Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management's website says.

"Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:"

Restaurant Alert: 2 closures at Eastern Market and 2 closures at Trinity Square.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) - This week's health department closures in Virginia and all over DC include famous sandwich shops, one of Washington's most famous destinations, and a carryout closed a fourth time for violations inspectors ruled put the public health at risk.

All the restaurants have passed re-inspection and except for a Subway that now appears vacant, are back in business.

To know about restaurant closures first, follow @russptacek on Twitter or like Russ Ptacek on Facebook.

DC Rollergirls Bout, Double Header

DC Rollergirls Bout, Double Header

1 Feb! The DC Rollergirls are hosting another action packed nail-biter...make that two! At the DC Armory!


BOUT 1 (4pm): Scare Force One vs. Cherry Blossom Bombshells

BOUT 2 (5:45pm): Majority Whips vs. DC DemonCats


Tickets are just $15 for adults age 12 and up! For children age 6-11, tickets are only $6. Future rollerbabies under age 6 are FREE! Military tickets are $12.

Get your tickets here or at the door. http://www.ticketmaster.com/DC-Rollergirls-tickets/artist/82763


DC Rollergirls



DC Armory

2001 East Capitol St SE

Washington, DC 20003

(202) 547-9077

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The American lawyer and preservationist will discuss his latest book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, while The Hay-Adams Chef Peter Schaffrath presents a delicious lunch on Top of the Hay, the hotel's rooftop venue

On Monday, January 27, 2014The Hay-Adams Author Series will welcome Richard Moe, who has had a distinguished career in government, law and historic preservation, to discuss his recent book, Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House. Chef Peter Schaffrath will prepare a delicious seasonal luncheon with dessert by Pastry Chef Josh Short.

LIST: Restaurant Week in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Food lovers, rejoice! It's Restaurant Week in D.C.

Hundreds of restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week, which takes place from January 13 to 19.

Click through these photos to see some of the participants and visit http://www.ramw.org/restaurantweek for a full list.

DC delegate blocked from testifying on abortion bill

CAPITOL HILL (WUSA9) -- DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton blasted a House Republican subcommittee chair she was denied a chance to speak on a bill to permanently ban the city from spending its own tax money on abortions for low-income women.

Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) says Delegate Norton could have testified, but only as the Democrats sole witness on the 'No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act'. "The minority was entirely free to invite Ms Norton as their witness."

Democrats say the bill hits women across the country. And they say allowing Norton to testify is a common courtesy almost always extended to members of the House.