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Myra Dorsey Turns Tragedy into a Page Turner

Myra Dorsey Turns Tragedy into a Page Turner

At some point, we all face adversity and challenging times. But what we choose to do with the lessons we learn through them can make a world of difference. For Myra Dorsey, author of the book “Benefit of the Doubt,” she has taken her struggles and turned them into a page-turning book that helps others learn how to change their mindset in order to change their life.

“People are brought up to believe and aspire to many different things, and our lives can take many different directions,” explains Myra Dorsey. “We may get caught in traps of thinking one way when, in order to overcome challenges and live our lives to the fullest, we need to be willing to change the way we think.”

Slain Teen Olijawon Griffin Remembered

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA)-- Loved ones of Olijawon Griffin can't make sense of the brutal stabbing attack that killed him. 

The 18-year old was a Sherwood High graduate. His friends say he was a popular student, and a football team stand out. According to authorities, Griffin was robbed in Adams Morgan early Saturday before following the suspects to the Woodley Park metro station, where a fight ensued. Sources tell 9news, a robbery that turned deadly was over a phone and a jacket.

Police arrested nine people in connection to the incident, including another teenager charged with murder.

Handfuls of family friends and friends of Griffin gathered outside his Olney home Saturday night to share their memories of him. 

His neighbor and mentor Jacob Kapepula was distraught to hear of the news. 

Kapepula said, "I'm at a loss for words."

PHOTOS: Woman, Man Wanted For Stealing Credit Cards From Cars

DAMASCUS, Md. (WUSA) -- Take a look at these photos of two people who may have stolen credit cards from a car parked at Damascus Elementary School in Damascus and from a car at a home in Olney on October 25.

Montgomery County police say sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. a man and woman may have taken the cards from a purse on the driver's seat that day. The driver says she locked the car. Her car did not appear to have damage. That night, police say the suspects also stole money and credit cards from a purse on the passenger seat of a car parked in the driveway of a home in the 3800 block of Old Baltimore Drive in Olney. Again, the victim said she locked the car and no apparent damage was found to the vehicle, according to police.

DCIAA & WCAC Championships Set

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Saturday, the Turkey Bowl and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship games were set.

At Cardozo High School in the District, Wilson defeated Anacostia, 40-20, and Dunbar defeated H.D. Woodson, 28-14.

PHOTOS: Dunbar vs. H.D. Woodson

PHOTOS: Anacostia vs. Wilson 

(photos by Allison Frick & Andy Le, DC Public Schools)

Dunbar Crimson Tide (8-2) is the defending DC Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) champion. The team will face-off against Wilson (8-3) on Thanksgiving Day for the Turkey Bowl.

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Attendees enjoyed Praline Bakery & Bistro sweets, Black Elk wine and light bites in the beautiful Italian kitchen and bath showroom.

Jessica Waters, assistant professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Society at American University, along with her husband Doug Ward, held a fundraiser for the Children's Law Center (CLC), www.childrenslawcenter.org, at Boffi Georgetownwww.boffigeorgetown.com, 3320 M St. NW in Cady's Alley on Saturday evening, November 3rd.

Steve Lobel Offers Motivation to the Musical Masses

Steve Lobel Offers Motivation to the Musical Masses

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are over 176,000 musicians and singers in the country. Many people dream of a career in music, yet don’t know where to begin or how to make it happen. For those who do, there are often certain things that they do in order to make it big. Knowing what those things are, and being able to pull them off, can make all the difference.

“Many people who want to become musicians or have a career in the hip hop industry shy away from it because they are afraid they won’t be successful,” explains Steve Lobel, well-known celebrity music manager. “But their success starts with what they believe. If you believe in yourself, you can make it happen.”

Olney Speed Camera Damage Is Vandalism, Police Say

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA) -  It's a crime -- but there are a lot of people cheering from the sidelines anyway.

On Tuesday we showed you a speed camera in Olney, Maryland that was knocked off its pedestal.

Today Montgomery County police said they are nearly certain that someone hit it with a vehicle on purpose.  There are no suspects, even though a police substation sits little more than a block away.

The camera near the intersection of northbound Georgia Avenue and King William Drive was repaired and put back in service within a day.

WUSA9's Facebook page was flooded with comments expressing seething contempt of speed enforcement cameras, especially in Montgomery County which operates at least 115 of them.

"It needs to happen to every one of them," wrote one viewer "Stop the Greed in government."