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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.

VIDEO: Watch the Panda cub crawl

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --  Watch this adorable video of the giant panda cub at the National Zoo as she crawls:


In his own words: Driver talks about car hanging off wall

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --  If you were in the 2600 block of Tunlaw Rd NW on Wednesday morning, then you may have seen a car dangling off a wall.

We talked to driver Ira Batt, who explained, "So I go over the wooden barrier and the car gets stuck. Well, I said, 'I'm an old straight-shift guy.' I backed it up, throw it into forward and it bounces right over the barrier."

"Four guys come running out. You go any further, you're going to drop down a 12 foot wall. Says I, 'it's an old car but I think that's a hard ride,'" he chuckled. "'It's too old to fly.'"

SEE PHOTOS OF THE CAR HERE: http://on.wusa9.com/17fKYgE

Batt then told us, "I came out and they're not kidding. That car could drop as far as that roof and, uh, so I sit there and I go, what goes next? He says, 'tow truck.'"

Temporary traffic circles go in at Van Ness St

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A DC Department of Transportation spokesperson says crews are putting in two temporary traffic circles in the area of 42nd St and Van Ness St NW. He expects the work to be done Tuesday afternoon, but did not know how long the circles will remain at that location.

The traffic circles are part of an ongoing traffic calming effort in the neighborhood, according to the spokesperson. The traffic calming effort stems from a survey that in part addressed "liveability" concerns for residents in the neighborhood, including homeowners, apartment dwellers and American University, says the spokesperson.

The spokesperson tells us the traffic calming study is expected to last for three months.

Woman struck by Metro train at Cleveland Park

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Crews are working to remove a woman who was struck by a train at the Cleveland Park Metro station on Tuesday afternoon.

A Metro spokesperson says that at approximately 1:20 p.m. the woman intentionally placed herself on the tracks in front of an incoming Red Line train.

We are told the woman is conscious and breathing.

Metro officials say there are delays in both directions on the Red Line.

Doyle's Deals: Yoga, haircuts, District 2 Bar

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We've been combing through the day's Daily Deals emails and retailer websites to find you some deep discounts.  Here are some of my favorites!

How about unwinding with some yoga? Get two free yoga classes when you purchase one class at Refresh Yoga Center in Alexandria.  It's available through Google Offers and is good until January 20th.

And you know yoga can do a number on your hair. A trip to Salon Lynne in Logan Circle could fix that.  It's offering discounts of up to 54 percent on blow out, haircuts, and highlights. This deal can be found on Gilt City and is good through January.

How about dinner for two for under $40? District 2 Bar and Grille in Northwest DC is offering an order of mussels, fries, and two drinks for just $32.  The offer is through Living Social at a savings of 52 percent.



The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.