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DC Blogger Warns Tea Party Members

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa 9) --A  DC blogger is catching grief from national media after writing an advisory for Tea party members to avoid certain DC neighborhoods. 

Thousands of Party members are heading to Washington this weekend for the Glen Beck-Sarah Palin rally at the Lincoln memorial.

Bruce Majors, a DC resident since the 1980's warns in part that

":If you are on the subway, stay on the Red Line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Md. If you are on the Blue or Orange Line, do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW D.C. and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green Line or the Yellow Line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas, but you don't know where you are, so you should not explore them.

Arborists Detects Hazard Trees Before Falling

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa) -- Already weakened trees from recent storms are creating a potential danger in some neighborhoods. Arborists, Mike Galvin says, a presumably healthy-looking tree can actually be on the verge of tipping over.

"You want to look at after a storm event whether there are any holes in the tree and cracks in the tree, you can see the decay in there in the cavity, right there in that union, " Galvin explained. " If you see soil mounted up on one side of a tree after a storm, that might indicate the the tree is okay but the soil is not, the soil is failing."

Galvin tells us, by providing proper care, you should be able to minimize the risk of damage done to your property. In Northwest, several homes, automobiles and fences have been damaged from recent fallen trees.

Plenty of tree service crews were busy removing trees in neighborhoods in and around Rock Creek Park.

Bicycles Must Stop At Signals; Just Like Motorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is launching bicycle only traffic signals at the intersection of 16th Street, U Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, according to a news release.

"We know that this is already a very popular route for many cyclists, but it can be treacherous getting through the intersection," Said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. "These changes will make it safer without impacting other traffic."

With the addition of the contraflow lanes, cyclists can now travel legally in both directions on New Hampshire Avenue. When they reach the intersection, they will have to wait for the GREEN bike signal before proceeding into the bike boxes on 16th Street, DDOT said.