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HERO CENTRAL: DC SCORES Fosters Active Bodies, Creative Minds For DC Youth

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --- Nana Asare, 17, practices his footwork on the soccer field. He works as a summer camp counselor for DC SCORES, a non-profit organization providing free enrichment programs for over 1,400 low-income youth in the District.

"[K]eeping kids engaged and regularly using their brains and minds is really important 'cause summer learning loss is a massive problem in this city," said Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director of DC SCORES.

Two-hundred and fifty elementary students participate in four summer camps offered by DC SCORES. They follow a daily routine: three hours of soccer practice and three hours of arts enrichment like writing poetry.

Asare coaches a group of 2nd to 5th graders standing on the field at Marie H. Reed Elementary in Adams Morgan. The rising high school senior started playing soccer in fourth grade with DC SCORES.

KABIN Lounge Opens in Dupont Circle --- PHOTOS

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--- At KABIN Lounge, the disco night club meets après-ski lounge at Dupont Circle. Many celebrities and DC notables such as the Celtic's Jeff Green, Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn, and former DC Mayor Marion Barry gathered for the launch, Saturday, June 29, 2013. 

Owners Kunal Shah, Vinoda Basnayake, Dustin Huynh and Rajeev Subramanian were all in attendance at the new lounge this past weekend.

The 3,200 square-foot, 252-person lounge is homage to culture and provides a space in the district that leaves the guest hankering for a hot toddy at the height of summer.

"At KABIN we want to create something destinations like the French Alps and Aspen...It's unlike anything else in the District," said Basnayake.

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

DC AG Files Lawsuits Against 2 Organizations

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC Attorney General filed two civil law suits against "Peaceoholics, Inc." and "WEALTHY" for misusing federal grants.

A lawsuit reveals that Peaceoholics submitted a false grant application and used the money for two luxury SUVs for CEO Jauhar Abraham, officials said in a news release. 

The lawsuit also claims that Peaceoholics falsely reported the amount they paid Jauhar and former COO Ronald Moten. 

A lawsuit reveals that WEALTHY, (Washington East of the River Academy of Entrepreneurship, Arts, Life Skills, Technology and Health for "Youth on the Rise"), also falsely reported how funds were spent, officials said.

Barbara Walters Honored By The American News Women's Club--- PHOTOS

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) - Broadcast legend Barbara Walters received the Excellence in Journalism Award by The American News Women's Club at the National Press Club, Friday, June 21, 2013.

Walters got a cheerful roast from colleagues including Ted Koppel, Sally Quinn, Howard Kurtz and Bob Shieffer of CBS Face the Nation.  Norah O'Donnell, CBS "This Morning" anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Her peers praised her on asking politicians and dignitaries the tough questions, competing to get the scoop and breaking barriers for women in broadcast news. Quinn mentioned the widespread admiration for Walters' "great legs." The crowd burst into laughter.

Increased Police Presence at Metro on Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There will be an increased police presence at some Metro stations on Friday during evening rush hour.

Metro notes this is not in response to any specific threat but a chance for Metro Transit Police to work with other agencies in DC. This is called the Blue TIDE program. 

The goal of this is to increase partnership between the various law-enforcement agencies in a joint effort to lessen crime and deter terrorist activity, WMATA said in the news release. 

This means more security sweeps at stations and more officers boarding trains and checking for any suspicious activity. More than 50 officers will be taking part in this, according to WMATA.

Officers also will distribute crime prevention information at the stations, providing tips to riders on how to protect themselves and their property while traveling, WMATA said in a news release. 

 

HERO CENTRAL: Bread For The City Provides Free Medical Care

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) ---Taking care of your health is a big responsibility. For the District's residents, it is hard to address health needs when money is low. Bread for the City makes sure low-income city residents can see a doctor.

Fifteen years ago, Michael Blue says he saw the head doctor, Dr. Randi Abramson, by chance. He had stopped inside the medical clinic at Bread for the City, because his wife was sick.

"I got here bringing my wife and Randi approached me and asked me, '...and when have you had a check up?' and it had been like, never, and discovered that I had beginnings of high blood pressure."

Dr. Abramson put both Blue and his wife on a path to better health.