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Gray comments on building height limits and affordable housing

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Gray had wanted local elected officials and citizens to have final say over whether a federal law restricting the height on buildings could be lifted.

Today, in response to WUSA9's  Bruce Johnson's question, Gray said that affordable housing would be part of the additional housing that went into the taller structures. He also said if something isn't done to find more space and resources for affordable housing "more people will be forced out of the city."

It is an uphill battle for the Gray administration made even taller this week when the National Capitol Planning Commission voted not to recommend (to Congress) that the height restriction be lifted. A majority of the elected DC Council also opposes lifting the building height restrictions.

Gray's comments came at a press conference on Wednesday where he announced that the city was making a $187 million investment in affordable housing.

DC Mayor presides over 1st same sex marriage

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray presided over his first same sex marriage, the first at the John Wilson building (City Hall) .

Rob Robertson married his 14-year partner Carlos Taylor with a packed room of family, friends and gay rights leaders looking on. There were also lots of Gray administration staffers looking on. For many of them it was their first same-sex wedding.

Gray says the union was in keeping with his long track record of supporting gay rights.

It is a position he hopes will serve him well, should he launch a re-election bid amid a federal probe into corruption in his 2010 campaign.

Gray has not been accused of wrong doing but several key staffers have taken felony plea deals.

CIAA championship canceled after Winston-Salem State QB is attacked

Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson was expected to lead his team on the field Saturday as it attempts to win its third consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) football championship. But after an alleged incident at a celebratory banquet Friday, Johnson won't be able to play, and neither will anyone else.

President Obama: Canceled plans can be kept for a year

President Obama said Thursday that insurance companies can allow Americans to keep canceled policies for another year as they adjust to the new demands of the health care law.

"Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan," the president said during a White House news conference.

In the coming weeks, insurance companies must also notify customers of what those policies lack, and of options consumers have for better coverage under the new law, Obama said. He said, "this fix won't solve every problem for every person, but it's going to help a lot of people."

"Game" aims to knock out people at random

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It's a shocking and violent "game" that kids across the country are "playing."

Fundraiser for officer shot during Navy Yard

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There will be a fundraiser on Saturday for the D.C. police officer injured during the Navy Yard shooting.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Kelly's Irish Times located at 14 F Street NW.

Veteran D.C. police K-9 officer Scott Williams was one of the first police officers on the scene at Navy Yard. Scott was shot in both legs, causing his left leg femur bone to crack and his right leg femur bone to shatter.

A $20.00 donation will be required. All of the proceeds with benefit Officer Williams in his recovery.

President Obama's health care fix doesn't allay Dems' jitters


WASHINGTON - A contrite President Obama announced a rule change to his signature Affordable Care Act on Thursday that will allow insurance companies to keep some of the millions of people who received cancellation notices in recent weeks on their health care plans for another year.

But his proposed fix, which is intended to assist Americans in the individual insurance market who saw their policies canceled because they didn't meet minimum benefit requirements set under the ACA, failed to stanch Republican outrage and only temporarily alleviated Democratic unease over the problems arising from the law's rollout.