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#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Your world in 90 seconds

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Your world in 90 seconds features:

1. Capitol Hill

2. England women held captive 

3. Kennedy cousin free

4. Weather

5. Markets



Remembering JFK: 50 Years later

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy's assassination. 

People are taking time to reflect on the moment they learned of the tragic news. At the Kennedy exhibit at the Newseum, people are remembering the day that changed the nation.

Across the globe, and here at home, people remember what they were doing, how old they were, and how they felt.

Betty Rahal says, "Still brings me to tears."

Ronn Lonon, who was in 2nd grade in 1963 says, "It was the first time and only time, I saw a nun cry she actually told us the President had been shot." Mignone Wood, 8 years old in 1963, "The stable boys came running out saying el presidente killed."

Kamal Rahal was a 28 year old federal worker in Prince George's County when he heard the news. 

"Federal workers were released. It was so curious, so quiet on the roads. There was signal of calmness and sadness throughout the city."

White House Forum encourages STEM education for minorities

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It is no surprise that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education is a challenge to take on. But, with the evolution of today's generation in technology and life style, it is critical that more youth get involved in the rapid growing STEM industries of our future, according to educators and lawmakers. Focusing on the minority youth involvement in STEM has officially become a focus of the U.S. Department of Energy.

In September, the Department of Energy launched The Minorities in Energy Initiative to engage more minorities in STEM education, climate change and energy-focused economic development.  

U.S. Park Police Chief announced retirement

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The first female leader of the oldest uniformed federal constabulary has announced her retirement today, officials said.

U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers will retire on December 5, which is the 35th anniversary of when she was sworn as a police officer.  

In a statement, Chief Chambers said, "It is time for me to accept new challenges. It was important that I leave on my terms and at a time of my choosing."

Chambers started her career as a police officer for Prince George's County, where she served for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI's prestigious National Executive Institute. 

Your world in 90 seconds

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Your world in 90 seconds features:

1. Couple found dead in Chantilly home

2. Senator Creigh Deeds 

3. Weather

4. Presidential Medal of Freedom


N.Y. congresswoman OK after being robbed

WASHINGTON - Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., was robbed Tuesday night near Capitol Hill and has returned to her regular duties.

Meng said in a statement released Wednesday by her congressional office that she was walking toward her apartment after dinner when she was struck in the back of the head near Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Her assailant took her purse before fleeing from the scene.

"While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured," Meng said. "Obviously, things could have been much worse. I thank the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Police for responding quickly and professionally."

The lawmaker was bruised on her chin and underwent a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital.