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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.

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.

Rabid 'suspect' raccoon caught in Fairfax County


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Animal Control captured a suspect raccoon that could be responsible for biting a woman Wednesday morning in a Springfield park, police said.

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Animal Control responded to the report of a raccoon that was "walking in a wobbly manner" close to a walking path at Monarch Oak Lane and Oak Hollow lane, close to a creek, according to Fairfax County police.

2nd person attacked by raccoon in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was attacked by a raccoon in Springfield Wednesday morning only days after a man was attacked by one in his Springfield garden on Sunday.

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A 75-year-old woman was walking along a path close to South Run Rec Center around 9:30 a.m. when she stopped to take a picture of the raccoon. The animal suddenly charged at her. The raccoon bit her on her leg, hands and forearms, according to Fairfax County Police Department. She was then taken to the hospital.

Man attacked by rabid raccoon in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was attacked by a rabid raccoon Sunday in Springfield, prompting Fairfax County police to distribute information about rabies to nearby residents.

Police say a man was working in his garden on the 5300 block of Kings Park Drive at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when a raccoon quietly approached him behind and bit him, causing a laceration that was nearly a foot long.

Animal control responded to the scene and shot the raccoon when it charged at an officer. The animal was taken back to the lab and tested positive for rabies, police say.

The man was treated for the bite and is taking the appropriate medications.

Police say there have been 21 positive rabies cases investigated by animal control in Fairfax County so far this year. There were 50 such cases of rabies in 2014.

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Unattended food on stove causes Springfield house fire, 3 displaced


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA) -- Three people have been displaced after unattended food on a stove inside of Springfield home caused a fire.

The fire happened at the house located at 8678 Center Road around 9:55 a.m. on Sunday, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

When crews got to the scene they found smoke and fire coming from the split-level home. They did an aggressive fire attack and were able to get the fire under control within 10 minutes. The occupants inside of the home were able to get out of the house unharmed, officials said.

Three people had to be displaced. Red Cross offered to help those displaced, however they declined.

The investigation shows that the smoke alarms inside of the house were not working.

Damages are estimated at $163,750. The cause of the fire was unattended food on the stove.

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.