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Friday Night Football: Week 12 Scoreboard

WASHINGTON (WUSA / AP) -- Friday marked the start of playoffs in Virginia and Maryland. Check out highlights from some of the region's top games and scores below!


Region 6A:

North First Round

-Centreville 35, South Lakes 0 

-James Robinson 35, Patriot 13 

-Lake Braddock 56, Chantilly 31 

-Langley 28, Battlefield 21 

-South County 51, T.C. Williams 27 

-Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 42, Washington-Lee 34 

-Westfield 33, Hayfield 12 

-Yorktown 12, Fairfax 7

Region 6A:

South First Round 

-C.D. Hylton 19, Cosby 16 

-Colonial Forge 47, Thomas Dale 26 

-Forest Park 21, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 6 

-Grassfield 28, Tallwood 22 

-Ocean Lakes 41, Woodside 7 

Freed slave descendant dies without justice

SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- There was bitterness outside the funeral for 92-year-old Robert Awkard Wednesday as friends and family said the descendant of freed slaves died before seeing justice in a case they believe denied Awkard and others in this historic African American community their property rights.

"It was a tragedy that he died without justice," said Judy Penny who had been helping her elderly aunt, Awkard and others battle the Montgomery County Planning Board and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission over the existence of an historic property access called Farm Road.

Awkard was among a group of at least 8 African American property owners who believe the approval of an allegedly dirty development application more than a decade ago allowed developers to build a subdivision directly on top of Farm Road, cutting off access to land that was settled by freed slaves and passed down through generations to their families.

Missing man from Md. found

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials say they have found a 21-year-old missing man from Md.

Philip Dane Kasparites was reported missing on Thursday morning. According to his family, he voluntarily left his home at 1:30 a.m. after an argument with his grandfather. 

Police did not release any details about where or how Kasparites was located. 


Md. man dies in head-on collision

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police have identified the Germantown man killed in a head-on collision Sunday evening on Great Seneca Highway in Germantown.

At approximately 5:58 p.m., officers responded to Great Seneca Highway and Clopper Road for a report of a personal injury collision, accoridng to police. They found that a 2013 Hyundai Elantra was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Great Seneca Highway when it collided head-on with a 2006 Toyota Camry.

Fifty-two-year-old James Thomas Marks of North Bethesda was driving the Hyundai and 55-year-old Kim Dung T Nguyen of Germantown was driving the Toyota, say police. Both drivers were transported to local hospitals.

Giant Panda cub updates

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Giant Panda cub now weighs 7.7 pounds, zoo officials said. 

The mother of the cub, Mei Xiang leaves her cub for up to two hours at a time to get breakfast. At some point, the mother and cub will be comfortable spending many hours away from each other. The cub is even sleeping through the exams.  Mei nurses the cub before she goes out to get breakfast, zoo officials said.

The cub is now 23 inches long and her right front paw measured in at 2.4 inches long (6 centimeters) and her hind paws at 3 inches (8 centimeters), officials said. 

Click through these new photos from the National Zoo to see how much the cub has grown!

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Lawyer: Md. lawmaker in car crash, not at fault

PASADENA, Md. (AP/WUSA9) -- A lawyer for Maryland Del. Don Dwyer says his client was involved in a car accident in Pasadena and has suffered injuries.

Attorney David Fischer told The Associated Press that Dwyer was not at fault in the collision, which occurred Tuesday on Magothy Bridge Road at Route 100.
Fischer didn't know the extent of Dwyer's injuries but said he was seeking medical treatment.

Misti Lynn Boggs, 29 was attempting to make a left hand turn at a red signal from Rt. 100 E/B onto Magothy Bridge Rd when Boggs car crashed into a Cadillac Deville that was being driven by Delegate Don Dwyer. Del. Dwyer's car struck the Chevy Camero, on its passenger side. His vehicle was towed since it was not in a condition to be driven, police said. 

Fischer said Tuesday's car collision did not involve alcohol and according to preliminary investigation the drive at fault is Boggs. 

Police officer suspended after DUI charges

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY (WUSA9) -- A police officer has been suspended after he was charged with driving under the influence, officials said. 

The incident happened on Friday around 2:45 a.m. when Corporal Rodney Lewis was off-duty in Fairfax, Va.. Lewis was driving an unmarked cruiser in I-495 when he lost control of his car near the American Legion Memorial Bridge and hit a wall. He was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Lewis has been suspended with pay. He is a 12-year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the Regional Investigation Division, police said.