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Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is conducting its annual Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations for more than 140 vocational and graded students in April. This year’s examiner, Paula Lau, originally from Hong Kong, holds the RAD's prestigious advanced teaching diploma. Lau was the founder of the internationally renowned Hong Kong Ballet Company and former director of the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet. For more information about RAD examinations, visit www.metrofinearts.com.

"I've just spent the last week conducting practice exams and I am delighted with each and every student's progress,” said Lesley Shearer, school director and head of the MFAC ballet program.  “The standard of technique and artistry we have at MFAC is testament to the dedication of our ballet faculty,” said Shearer. 

Police Investigating 13 Cases of Vandalism's to Auto in Va.

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating 13 cases of vandalism to vehicles that took place between Tuesday and Thursday.

All vehicles had window damage which appeared to have been caused by a BB-Gun. Police suspect that the suspect(s) may have shot from a car driving past the parked vehicles on the street since most of the damage was on windows closest to the roadway, police said.

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call police at (703) 330-0330.

The 13 incidents of vandalism took place during the overnight hours between Tuesday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 4th at the following locations, police said:

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack. 

Wild Wings Restaurant Apologizes For Refusing To Serve Cops With Guns

MANASSAS, Va.  (WUSA) - Eight plainclothes police officers carrying guns were asked to leave the Buffalo Wild Wings in Manassas because of  its "no guns" policy.  

Now, the restaurant chain has issued an apology and more. Regional Manager Philip Rossi says the company has a good relationship with the community and welcomes all law enforcement officers, with or without guns. 

Rossi says the manager knew they were officers when he asked them to leave.  The officers were all wearing identification.  The problem, Rossi says, is that the manager didn't realize the company's "no guns" policy excluded police officers, even plain clothes officers. 

The restaurant has put up blue and white balloons in support of police and has pledged to donate 10 percent of today's sales to the non-profit Law Enforcement United which helps the children of fallen officers. 

WUSA 9 Partners With Call For Action

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- We are always on the lookout for consumer news, recalls and alerts that are important to you.

But, we aim to more than that, so we've formed an exciting new partnership that is all about helping you.

And, if you've got consumer problems, contact our WUSA 9 Call For Action team.

You can file a complaint online 24 hours a day on our website, wusa9.com, just click on the Call For Action link.

Or you can call our hotline at 301-652-HELP (4357).

Police: Babysitter Charged In 23-month-old's Death

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A babysitter was arrested and charged with murder and child abuse on Tuesday, Manassas City Police Department said.

Jessica Fraraccio, 21, of Manassas, has been charged in connection with the on-going investigation of the August 22, 2012 death of a 23-month-old child, police said.

The child died while Fraraccio was babysitting the child at a house on the 9300 block of Birchwood Court, police said.

She is being held at the ADC without bond pending on her appearance in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.




Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria donated more than $6,000 of cake and cookies to support the servicemen and women at the USO-Metro Annual Awards Ceremony at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. A “Stars and Stripes” centerpiece cake and star-shaped takeaway cookies by Occasionally Cake were on the dessert menu for the almost 700 attendees. Call (703) 647-9638 to register or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

“My grandfather and uncle were both part of the U.S. Navy, so it’s with great pride that I’m able to support USO-Metro in their efforts to help the military and their families,” said Sabrina Campbell, Occasionally Cake owner. “We are thrilled to be part of the annual awards ceremony where we can help pay tribute to service members that sacrifice so much for us,” said Campbell.