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2 men fined $6,000 after fatal Dupont Circle house fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington authorities have cited the owner of a Dupont Circle house where two tenants died in a June fire, saying inspectors found no license to rent rooms.

The Washington Post reports the notices were made public Thursday and name the building owner, Len Salas, and his father, Max Salas, who lived in the house and who one tenant said accepted the rent checks.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs issued three fines against the men for a total of $6,000.

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 



Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.



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.