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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

LIVE TRAFFIC BLOG: Blocked lanes causing big delays


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You've made it through the work week, and WUSA9 is keeping an eye on the roads to help make your Friday evening commute a little easier.

Here are some things to look out for when you hit the road today:

- Expect major delays on 395 North near the 14th Street Bridge, an accident has only two right lanes of traffic getting by

- I-66 West is delayed from the Beltway to US-29 Lee Highway

- Traffic on the inner loop of the Beltway is crawling from Cabin John Parkway to Dolley Madison Boulevard

- Expect delays on the outer loop of the Beltway between Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, an accident is blocking the shoulder there

Check your commute using our interactive traffic map: http://www.wusa9.com/traffic/.


Finding a new way to use the Dupont Underground


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thousands of people walk through D.C.'s DuPont Circle everyday. Some, likely are unaware of what's beneath their feet: 75,000 square feet of abandoned but usable space.

Now, The Arts Coalition of the DuPont Underground has its sights set on giving new life to the space.

Braulio Agnese with The Arts Coalition envisions: "Everything from pop up retail and restaurants to fashion shows, dance and theater events, concert performances."

The Arts Coalition is in the process of finalizing a five year lease with the city for rights to the DuPont Underground. They hope to begin transforming the space by the beginning of 2015.

Agnese said the long-term vision is a mix of the cultural and commercial. Agnese stressed that potential commercial tenants would have to fit the character of the space.

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.