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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. 

Week 9, Text to Vote: Toyota Game of the Week Poll

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The high school football season is underway! Want to see your favorite match-up on TV Friday night?

CLICK HERE to vote as many times as you'd like!

You can also vote from your phone by texting the code of your favorite game (listed below) to "25543."

-Text DC to "25543" to vote for Dunbar at H.D. Woodson

-Text MD to "25543" to vote for Damascus at Seneca Valley

-Text Private to "25543" to vote for St. Mary's Ryken at Paul VI

-Text VA to "25543" to vote for Oakton at Robinson

Polls are open until Thursday at 10:00 p.m. and we'll announce the winner on-air every Thursday night during the 11 o'clock sportscast.

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Woman dies from injuries in Md. car accident

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say 71-year-old Dorothy Jean Rudnicki died due to her injuries from a car accident on Oct. 11. 

According to police, Rudnicki was driving her 2008 Saturn westbound on Clopper Road and crossed into the eastbound lanes.

The car hit a 2008 Acura that was driven by 60-year-old Toni Helene Johnson-Conner. Another car, a 1994 Honda, was unable to stop and struck the Acura from behind, police said.

Rudnicki was later transported to the hospital due to her injures and died on Oct. 21. The medical examiner has ruled the death accidental due to injuries sustained in the collision.

Friday Night Football: Week 8 Scoreboard

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Relive all the action from some of Friday's top high school football games!

DC & Private Schools:

DeMatha 31, Gonzaga 21

Ballou 54, Coolidge 20


Albert Einstein 22, Wheaton 15

Arundel 52, South River 33

Bladensburg 24, High Point 18, 2OT

Bullis 47, St. Albans, D.C. 0

Catoctin 35, North Hagerstown 13

Clarksburg 21, Bethesda 19 

Damascus 43, Rockville 8 

Dematha 31, Gonzaga College, D.C. 21 

Gaithersburg 40, Magruder 6 

Gilman 29, Archbishop Spalding 21 

Good Counsel 49, Archbishop Carroll, D.C. 0 

Hammond 47, River Hill 38 

John F. Kennedy 13, Hubie Blake 0 

Linganore 42, Walkersville 7 

McDonough 34, La Plata 14 

Middletown 14, Urbana 7 

Police search for bank robber who wore disguise

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are looking for the man who wore a disguise during a robbery at TD Bank in Germantown on Tuesday. They have released surveillance photographs of the robber in hopes someone may recognize him or have more information.

On Tuesday at approximately 9:20 a.m., officers responded to bank at 19501 Frederick Road for the report of a bank robbery.

They found that the robber entered the bank, and passed a note demanding money to the teller. Police say the note implied that the robber had a weapon.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5'11? to 6'1? tall, and approximately 200 pounds, say police. They say he was wearing a disguise.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).