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The Congressional Football Game, In Photos
Members of Congress and former NFL players played Capitol Police officers

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and NFL star Herschel Walker watch along the sidelines during the Congressional Football Game at Gallaudet University in Washington on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The Capitol Police team, known as the Guards, bested the Mean Machine, a team of members of Congress and former NFL players in a Wednesday evening matchup in Northeast Washington. This is the fourth win in a row for the officers’ team in a game that occurs every other year on non-election years.

Here’s the night in photos:

Scalise to Appear on ‘60 Minutes’ on Sunday
Interview will be House majority whip’s first public appearance since he was shot at Congressional Baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has been on a long road of recovery after being shot through the hip at the Republicans’ Congressional Baseball Game practice in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s  first public interview since he was shot at a Congressional baseball team practice in June will air on Sunday.

The interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell will air on “60 Minutes” as part of a feature on Scalise’s experience during the shooting and his recovery from it. The Louisiana Republican’s wife and the doctors who saved his life were also interviewed for the story, according to “CBS This Morning.”

Full-Body Scanners Appear Outside House Chamber’s Gallery
Capitol Police are tightening security measures

Two security points on the third floor of the Capitol now feature full-body scanners like the one above at the Capitol Visitor Center in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police is working on increasing Hill security, and one obvious addition includes two new, large body scanners on the third floor of the Capitol.

The third floor is usually occupied by tourists, journalists, Capitol Police officers, and the occasional member of Congress escorting tourists. There are a few security points on both the House and Senate sides from where tourists can enter the respective chamber’s gallery but must walk through metal detectors. 

Woman Arrested in House Office Building After Handgun Found in Suitcase
Suspect was trying to enter Cannon on Friday afternoon

Capitol Police say Kimberly Barber, 34, of Washington was arrested after she tried to pass through security at the Cannon House Office Building with a handgun in one of her suitcases. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Washington, D.C., woman was arrested Friday while trying to bring a loaded handgun into the Cannon House Office Building as members were getting ready to leave for their August recess.

At 12:21 p.m., Capitol Police found the handgun at the bottom of a suitcase that was carried through security by Kimberly D. Barber, according to a Capitol Police weekly arrest summary released Wednesday.

Baseball Practice Shooting Mix-Up: Capitol Police Sent to Pelosi’s Georgetown Home
Alexandria address was not originally given to USCP team

Alexandria Police stand next to a SUV with a shattered window across the street from Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Capitol Police Containment and Emergency Response Team was directed to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s house the day of the Republican baseball practice shooting, as oppose to the Alexandra, Va., field where the incident occurred, Bloomberg first reported.

There is an open internal investigation about how Pelosi’s Georgetown home was given as the address on June 15 when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire on the practice.

Flooding Closes Part of Rayburn
Oversight hearing moved and escalator closed

The corner closed off pictured just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

A corner of the Rayburn House Office Building and an escalator were closed on Wednesday after a broken pipe flooded the area.

Several Architect of the Capitol employees taped off the area and worked on mopping and vacuuming up the water.

Capitol Police Officer Injured in Car Crash
Police carry out controlled demolition of suspicious vehicle’s trunk

Capitol Police investigate at the scene of an incident in March in which a Capitol Police officer fired shots at a woman who rammed a police cruiser. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By ANDREW BREINER and BRIDGET BOWMAN, CQ Roll Call

A Capitol Police officer sustained minor injuries Monday after a car crashed into a USCP vehicle near the Library of Congress. The driver of the car was also injured. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said there is currently no evidence that the incident was related to terrorism.

Capitol Police Officer Paints to Heal
Federico Ruiz searched for survivors in the Pentagon on 9/11

Capitol Police officer Federico A. Ruiz uses his garage as an art studio. (Screenshot)

Sitting in his garage just a few miles from the Capitol, where his job is to protect the building and those in it, Federico A. Ruiz is surrounded by splatters, brushes stiff with dried paint, and the rattling of a fan mounted on the wall.

The Capitol Police officer is an artist when he comes home and his garage is his studio. Painting is a way for him to cope with his memories from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Former House Staffers Indicted Over Nude Image Distribution
Charges involve private images of U.S. Virgin Islands delegate circulated last year

U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett said she was grateful to her constituents for their support during her family’s ordeal. (Courtesy Plaskett’s congressional website)

Two former staffers of U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett were indicted Thursday following an investigation into the circulation of nude photos and videos of the Democrat and her husband that one of the staffers found on her iPhone, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia said in a statement.

Juan McCullum, 35, a legislative assistant for Plaskett in 2015 and 2016, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of cyberstalking for allegedly creating accounts on Hotmail and Facebook using a made-up name to distribute and post the photos and video in July 2016, the statement read.

Scalise Undergoes Surgery for Infection
Brooks says full recovery could take ‘about a year or two’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., remained in serious condition after undergoing surgery for an infection on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise underwent surgery to manage an infection after being readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

“He tolerated the procedure well,” the hospital said in a statement, adding that Scalise remains in serious condition.