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Man keeps dog from climbing out window in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A dog tried to climb out of a window of a building in DC.

The incident happened on Saturday on the 2700 block of Connecticut Avenue N.W. 

With no one apparently home, a passerby entered the unlocked dwelling to close the window and keep the dog inside as a number of concerned people looked on.

"I [didn't] want the dog to fall out of the window," Bill Richy said, "I closed the window and he licked me a couple of times."

Thousands participate in 2013 Marine Corps Marathon

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) -- More than 30,000 runners from around the world showed up bright and early Sunday morning to participate in the 38th Marine Corps Marathon.

Racers hit the streets of Arlington, Va. and Washington, D.C. for the 26.2 mile run in memory of fallen soldiers and in support of the United States Marine Corps.

The top runners in the marathon finished around 10:30, about 2 hours after the race began.

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Street closures: Marine Corps Marathon

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Marine Corps Marathon will be starting at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

The race starts in Arlington, Va, crosses the Potomac River into Washington. Metrorail will begin service at 5:00 am on Sunday.

See below street closure list. The roads will be closed from 6:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.:  

Over 200 people gather for 'Make A Difference Day'

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA)  --  Saturday is the 23rd annual "Make A Difference Day", the nation's largest single day of community service.  

More than three-million volunteers across the country donated their time to community service projects orchestrated by WUSA9's parent company, Gannett, and the USA Today Weekend team.

One of the biggest events took place at Gannett's headquarters in McLean, where more than 200 employees and their families gathered Saturday morning to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of children in their community.

"It's crazy when you think about the fact that we are in one of the richest counties in the country, Fairfax County, but one in seven kids doesn't know where they're going to get their next meal," said WUSA9 anchor, Jan Jeffcoat.

Gannett teamed up with a local food bank, Food for Others, to put together weekend food packs for kids who normally get a free lunch during the school week.

DC, Md. sites top scariest horror film sets

(WUSA9) -- In honor of Halloween, TripAdvisor has highlighted filming locations of some of Hollywood's scariest movies. 

Two of these frightening locations are local! 

The M Street Stairs in Georgetown were the scene of Father Karras' climatic on-screen death in The Exorcist.

Independent film makers shot several scenes of The Blair Witch Project at Seneca Creek Park in Montgomery County.

Click through the photos, courtesy of TripAdvisor, to see the other locations.

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Top 10 DC area French restaurants

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- Do you love French food? Or is it the ambiance that draws you in? 

The experience of dining at a French restaurant can be just as good as the food -- the multiple courses; the relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace, slowness of enjoying a meal bite for bite; the ambiance that's so uniquely Francais, whether the restaurant mimics a French country inn or a Paris bistro.

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There are several restaurants in the district that offer both a delicious menu AND the ambiance of dining in France. The newest French restaurant on the DC dining scene is le Diplomate. Sit under the red awning long enough and you'll imagine you're dining al fresco at a Parisian cafe.

GW waitlists students with financial need

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- George Washington University admits that financial need can come into play for admitting students who have been put on a waiting list, according to the school's student newspaper The GW Hatchet.

The university previously claimed it used a "need-blind" application process, meaning the applicant's financial status is not a factor in admission.

The university issued a statement that read in part:

"What has changed is the new leadership in enrollment management. What we are trying to do is increase the transparency of the admissions process."

The cost of attending George Washington University is roughly $60,000 per year.