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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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Someone in Manassas won $100K and doesn't know it


MANASSAS (WUSA9) -- Calling all lottery players who buy tickets in Manassas, Va.! You better check your tickets, because someone is owed $100,000 and the deadline to cash out is approaching.

The ticket was purchased on Jan. 12 at the 7-Eleven located at 9807 Cockrell Road for the Cash 5 drawing. No one has come forward to claim the prize.

Winning lottery tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing, according to the VA Lottery. That means the winner has until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13 to claim their prize.

The winning numbers were 3-7-10-20-25. The ticket matched all five numbers. The person who has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 703-494-1501.

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

Carmello’s is hosting a Roots Run Deep Wine Dinner on Thurs., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Educated Guess and Hypothesis wines. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The menu includes: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2012, Spitada de Camarao with Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing; Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012 with Brick-Oven Roasted Rabbit Salad, Slow Cooked, White Wine, Onions, Fresh Herbs And Garlic; Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Costélas Do Cordeiro, a Grilled Rack of Lamb, Fresh Mint, Garlic, Olive Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus and Madeira Demi-Glaze; and Sip Moscato 2013With Mixed Berry Shortcake, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries and  Raspberries.

Man exposes himself to woman crossing Va. pedestrian bridge


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man who exposed himself to a woman crossing a pedestrian bridge in Manassas Thursday morning is being sought, Prince William County police said.

The incident happened around 10:37 a.m. in the area of Urbanna Road close to Community Drive in Manassas. The victim, a 29-year-old woman was walking across a pedestrian bridge when she spotted a man.

When the woman walked past the man, he turned an exposed himself towards her.

Police said no physical contact was made and he did not approach the victim.

The area was sought, however police did not find the man.

The suspect is described as a black man between the ages of 18 and 28, standing 6'0" tall and weighing 190 pounds. He has a medium build, a dark complexion and black hair.

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Manassas man arrested on child porn charges


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 23-year-old man has been arrested on several child pornography charges, Manassas City police said.

David Alexander Battle, II, 23, was arrested in the 9800 block of Buckner Road and is being charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and nine counts of possession of child pornography second or subsequent offense. Battle is being held without bond and has a pending court date of July 23.

Anyone with information about these events is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at (703) 257-8092 or Crime Solvers. The Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases. The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

Domestic disturbance leads to Manassas barricade incident


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A domestic disturbance involving a wanted individual has turned into a barricade situation in Manassas Thursday morning, police said.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Manassas Drive around 8 a.m., according to Manassas Park police. The suspect threatened to hurt himself and others and may have poured gasoline throughout the home, authorities said.

Police have shut down the area of Manassas Drive between Kent Drive and Colfax Drive as a precaution.

Some residents in the area are being evacuated as a precaution.

Additional assistance is being provided by the Manassas City Police, Prince William County Police and Sheriff and Manassas Park and Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department personnel.

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