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Leaky roof ruins Thanksgiving

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Landover woman spent this Thanksgiving in tears because she says she has no place to go after her apartment was made unlivable by a leaking roof.

Teresa Smith claims neither managers at the Kent Village Apartments in Landover nor roofers she says are responsible for a flood in her unit would foot the bill to put her in a safe dry unit or hotel room while emergency repairs are being done.

As a result, she is spending Thanksgiving alone will all her belongings stuffed in the lone room unaffected by the disaster.

Smith's daughter, who was visiting from Atlanta, returned home because there was no safe place for her to stay, Smith said.

The apartments are operated by Southern Management.  There was no response to WUSA's call to an emergency contact number.

Workers were called in to install new ceilings in Smith's unit Thursday.

Police investigate Maryland hit-and-run

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident in Md.

It happened on November 22 around 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Pinebrook Avenue and Landover Road. The pedestrian who was hit was pronounced dead on the scene. Police are now looking for the suspect(s) who fled from the scene.

Investigators believe that the man was run over by several cars. If you have any information, call officials at (301) 731-4422. 

Navajo 'Code-Talkers' honored at Redskins Game

(AP) -- Four members of the famed Navajo Nation Code Talkers were honored at a Washington Redskins game.

The men's appearance at Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers came during the Redskins' military appreciation night. But it's also fueling the debate over the team's mascot, which has been criticized as racist and offensive.

The crowd cheered as Peter MacDonald Sr., George Willie Sr., George James Sr. and Roy Hawthorne stepped onto the field during the first quarter.

A video shown overhead paid tribute to the Code Talkers, who used their native language to confound the Japanese during World War II. The video ends with MacDonald saying, "Hail to the Redskins. Go, Redskins. Let's do it."

Mailman murder sparks criticism of Postal Service

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- The investigation into the murder of a mailman on his route is intensifying, and so has bitter criticism of the Postal Service management policies that have carriers routinely out on the street well after dark. 

Twenty-six-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette was shot to death in the 1600 block of Reed Street in Landover, around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The Postal Service has offered a $125,000 reward trying to solve a crime that critics say wouldn't have happened if Postal Service cutbacks didn't put carriers out routinely at night. 

Bewildered neighbors say night deliveries are obviously risky.

"It was unusual. Never got that mail that night, never. My mom said she heard a pow, a pause, and then a pow, pow, pow, pow. Wait a couple minutes, looked out the windows, no cars went up the street. She'd seen a truck and said they done killed the mailman," said a resident of the neighborhood. 

Police: Suspects used Taser in robbery at FedEx Field

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police say two concessions workers at FedEx Field were robbed by suspects who used a Taser.

Officer Harry Bond said it happened early Tuesday morning after the Redskins-49ers game at a concession area. 

Both victims suffered minor injuries.

The suspects, who were wearing all black, took an undisclosed amount of cash, according to officials.

Police are looking for surveillance photos for possible release. 

Questions mount for RG3 after loss to 49ers

LANDOVER, Md. - In a nearly empty locker room an hour after his worst loss as a Washington Redskin, Robert Griffin III sat at his locker, joined by his father, who seemed to be there to console his son as he faces the toughest test of his leadership.

It was an unusual scene, but then, this is an unusual time for RGIII and his fading 3-8 team.

A few minutes earlier, RG3 had addressed questions about an embarrassing 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in which the Redskins managed just 33 second-half yards.

In 67 combined games at Baylor University and with the Redskins, Griffin had never played in a game in which his team had failed to score an offensive touchdown, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

On a night when Colin Kaepernick threw for three touchdowns and 235 yards, Griffin threw for 127 yards with a 58.7 passer rating.

Md. school test exclusions raise questions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Maryland's exclusion rate was more than double that of any other state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The board overseeing the test has set a goal that states exclude just 15 percent of learning-disabled and English language learners.