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DC cabbies to be represented by Teamsters

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A big vote in Northeast DC has forever change the political landscape for Dc cab drivers.  

Investigative Reporter Russ Ptacek was at Teamsters hall where cabbies are organizing a facedown with the District. 

If you had trouble getting a can over the past couple hours, this is why. In a video, you can see hundreds of DC cabs jammed into the teamsters parking lot - overflowing and double parked on surrounding DC streets. 

Brought here by mounting frustration and costs associated with the districts required modernization, like new dome lights, credit card readers, and standardized paint jobs. 

An overflow crowd of about a thousand shouted and cheered at the new association  that DC's Taxi Commission had been stone deaf to the reality and costs born by drivers. 

Ghosts, guests liven up D.C. cemetery for Halloween bash

Ghosts of congressmen, composers and murder victims will rise again to tell their tales to guests brave enough to visit their graves at the Congressional Cemetery during the Historical Congressional Cemetery's Ghosts and Goblets event.

The Historical Congressional Cemetery will host its annual Halloween party Saturday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Congressional Cemetery located on E Street Southeast in Washington, D.C.

"Why not have a Halloween party in the cemetery?" program director Lauren Maloy said.

WUSA9 gets answers on healthcare maze

WASHINGTON - The troubled HealthCare.gov website will be running properly by late November, said Jeffrey Zients, President Obama's appointee to fix the problems that have plagued the site since its opening Oct. 1.

"By the end of November, HealthCare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users," Zients said Friday. "The HealthCare.gov site is fixable. It will take a lot of work, and there are a lot of problems that need to be addressed."

Government did not test health care site as needed

WASHINGTON - Not enough tests were performed on the HealthCare.gov website by the government and its contractors before the site was launched Oct. 1, a Department of Health and Human Services official said Thursday.

"The system just wasn't tested enough," said Julie Bataille, communication director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is in charge of the site. "We all know we were working under a compressed time frame to launch this on Oct. 1."

Nat'l Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony being held in Dec

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 6 around 5:00 p.m., according to the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced today. 

There will be an online lottery in which free tickets to the 91st annual tree-lightning ceremony will be awarded. The lottery will be open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on October 31 and will close at 10:00 a.m. on November 4.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov and www.nationalparks.org.

Boyfriend of woman killed in DC expressed concerns

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The boyfriend of the woman who was shot to death after a car chase outside the U.S. Capitol earlier this month called police several times last year to express concern about her emotional stability and the safety of their infant daughter, according to records released Thursday.

Miriam Carey, who had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis, told officers who responded to one of the calls to her Stamford condominium on Dec. 10 that she believed the president had her under surveillance.

"She stated that President Obama put Stamford in lock down after speaking to her because she is the Prophet of Stamford," the police report said.

The 34-year-old dental hygienist tried to ram her car through a White House barrier on Oct. 3 before leading police on a chase that ended with her being killed. She is survived by her 1-year-old daughter, who was in Carey's black Infiniti during the chase but escaped serious injury.