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Ballou Football Coach Jason Lane recounts days as Go-Go musician

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Jason Lane is very comfortable banging out tunes on a piano and barking out orders on the gridiron, but why is the coach of a 3-4 football team in such good spirits? Easy, Jason Lane is at peace.

"It's safe to say I am at home," said Lane.

Home is Ballou. Lane graduated from the school in Southeast in 1988 and then the odyssey began.

The piano man was once the drummer boy of the DC famed Junkyard Band. In Go-go style, Lane played buckets, that's right, buckets, along with traditional percussion. In the late 80's and 90's the band often packed the Capital Centre.

"We had a string of runs that was phenomenal," remembered Lane, who also played with megastars like MC Hammer and Heavy D & the Boyz.

In 1994, it was time for a change. Lane became officer Lane, on the same streets in which he grew up. It was a steadier lifestyle, but the coach said he was morally conflicted.

Pasta and Goat Ragu from Al Tiramisu

(WUSA9) --- The newscast at noon got a little taste of Italy.

Award- winning Chef Luigi Diotaiuti cooked a famous dish from Al Tiramisu in Dupont Circle. He prepared a mouth watering dish called Market Swiss Chard Laganelle Pasta with Goat Ragu. The savory meal combines local ingredients and the inspiration of Italy.  

Al Tiramisu will be featuring this dish in the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge from September 1st through October 31st.  The Foundation is involving several restaurants that will be donating $1 from every dish sold to the JBF Taste America education drive, a program that supports educational programs on topics surrounding our country's food system. 

Top 10 brunch spots in DC

(USA Today/10Best) -- There is something quite indulgent about a leisurely Sunday brunch -- especially if bottomless mimosas are one the menu. 

In Washington, DC, there are many restaurants where you can dine on your breakfast favorites late into Sunday afternoon, and sometimes on Saturday, too.

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Popular and pricey, brunch at The Lafayette is the best of the brunch, er, bunch. So, is the award-winning brunch menu at Seasons, one of the restaurants inside the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown. And the Tabard Inn's brunch is so popular reservations are booked two to three weeks in advance.

The best bargain brunch can be found at Masa 14 and Ambar Restaurant. These bottomless brunches cost $35 per person.

The Shutdown in a word

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Are you frustrated? Embarrassed? Or just feel like saying "Really?" 

What's the one word you'd use to describe your feelings about the shutdown? 

We asked dozens of people on Capitol Hill and in Dupont Circle, and heard some words we can't type here. Some we can: "un-American," "embarrassing," "asinine," "frustrating," "upsetting," "unfortunate," "confusing" and "crippling" to name a few. 
 

For so many days and in so many ways, the frustration is palpable, even if you're not a federal worker, says Mary Bliss of NW DC says, "Your local sub sandwich place is shut down, your local bars are shut down because there's no federal employees to come in to eat."

A WUSA9 Intern Reflects on Malala Yousafazi's Talks

WASHINGTON- (WUSA9) Last week I was blessed with two opportunities to see Malala Yousafazi and her father speak on their education campaign on the International Day of the Girl (October 11, 2013.) The first time was at the World Bank where Malala had a sit down conversation and q & a with the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim. The second time was later that night hosted by Politics and Prose, at Sidwell Friends School the school President Obama's daughters attend.

 

THE HAY-ADAMS PRESENTS A FALL WINE DINNER WITH BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARD

THE HAY-ADAMS PRESENTS A FALL WINE DINNER WITH BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARD

The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.

Truck protest still on for Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thousands of truckers are still promising to ring the Beltway Friday in a kind of general strike against the government.

It's hard to know how many will actually show up. Virginia State Police say they are monitoring the situation. But that as long as the truckers obey the law, they won't intervene.
 
The truckers say they'll gather at the Doswell Truck Stop Friday morning at seven and then head north.

One guy told US News they had blockade the Beltway, even head up Constitution Avenue and try and handcuff some members of Congress -- although he now says that was just a ploy to gain attention from the mainstream media.

On YouTube, organizers are promising massive disruption starting Friday and running through the weekend. "We got a load of crap riding around America that ain't worth hauling and it's time we shut it down," says an unidentified protestor.