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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Attempted murder-suicide in Landover Hills leaves 1 dead


LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man is dead and a woman hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries in a domestic shooting.

It happened around 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the Cooper's Crossing apartment complex on Warner Avenue in Landover Hills.

"I was just walking with my brother and saw this lady sitting on the ground and she was bleeding. She had blood all over her face all over her shirt, and she was signaling to call the police," Jordan Nwalipenja remembers, who lives nearby.

"I walked over to the scene and I see an older lady just slumped over. I thought it was Kool-Aid on her shirt, the whole time it was blood. She was waiving to us to get help," Chris Smith, a neighbor says. "I couldn't recognize her, there was too much blood on her face. I wish the best for her."

Redskins: Name change not a priority


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On the day two congress people planned to send a strongly worded letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about urging support for the Redskins name change, American University held a sports law symposium on the topic.

DC Councilmember at-large David Grosso said "The term Redskins is a racist and derogatory term... it's been defined as such in the dictionary...not just one, but four dictionaries."

Just about everybody has an opinion, like lawyer Jesse Witten, who represents native Americans in a trademark lawsuit against the team.

"Trademark action that we've brought has galvanized a lot of attention and a focal point, but what will change the name is if enough people feel the team name should be changed and team owners come to realize time is on the side of changing the team name."

President Obama Pushes Minimum Wage Boost At Costco In Lanham

LANHAM, Md -- Republicans are calling it "small ball," but the President is sure hitting it hard.

He took his State of the Union "give America a raise" message to the Costco here in Prince George's County on Wednesday.

If you ask Costco workers how they feel about their company, you will get an earful. "I love Costco," said assistant manager Lashonda Hammonds. "I can't even begin to say how good they treat us," said optician Kofi Holland. "It's awesome working here, and the wages are outstanding," said Sherri Hayes.

Costco pays it's employees well north of the minimum wage. Entry level is $11.50 and the average wage is $20. President Obama says Costco's big bag business strategy is working. And he's pushing Congress to pass a $10.10 minimum wage for everybody.

Brother and Sister Meet for the First Time on the Job

Mr. Butler is a guidance counselor at Rosa Parks Elementary. Miss Hanna is a teacher.

Butler, a Louisiana native, has worked at the Prince George's County school for six years. Hanna began teaching there last fall.

But, in what seemed like an instant, they went from Mr. Butler the guidance counselor and Miss Hanna the teacher to Victor and Amancia - brother and sister.

They have the same father. Amancia Hanna has known for all of a week. Victor Butler just found out Thursday. It's a long story, but an incredible one.

Hanna was born in Panama and grew up in North Carolina.

Her mom did not tell her much, only a name - James Butler - and that during a tour in Panama with the U.S. Navy he met Hanna's mother, whom he had a brief affair with.

"I was always looking and trying to find him but 'James Butler' is a very common name so I didn't get very far," she said.