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Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

On a late September afternoon, Atasha James sat in her office at Leckie Elementary School finishing the day's work when she was suddenly interrupted.

A parent of a child came into the principal's office, asking if James had tag board.

"I said, 'I thought this was something really important,'" James said. "She said, 'It is. We need posterboard!'"

A few weeks later, sitting behind her desk, James laughs at the memory. The parent wanted the material because she was going to Leckie's first DC SCORES soccer game that afternoon. She was one of many parents, school administrators and teachers excited that the Lions have a soccer team.

For the first time in the school's history, thanks to the after-school soccer, poetry, and service-learning program that serves 1,500 low-income youth in the District.

Redskins await word on both starting safeties

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - The Washington Redskins could be without both of their starting safeties when they play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Free safety Brandon Meriweather faces a fine and possible suspension after being flagged twice for helmet-to-helmet hits in the Redskins' 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

The NFL said Monday that Meriweather's fouls are being reviewed for potential discipline. Coach Mike Shanahan said he doesn't think there will be a suspension, but Meriweather's history of helmet-first hits makes it more likely that the league will go beyond the usual fine.

Meanwhile, strong safety Reed Doughty suffered a concussion in Sunday's game. He will have to pass the league's required tests before he can be cleared to play in next week at Denver.

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.

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.

NFL may force teams to do 'Hard Knocks' on HBO

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL is trying to spread ''Hard Knocks'' around.

At their fall meetings Tuesday, owners approved a measure that allows the league to choose which team will be the focus of the documentary-style show if no club volunteers.

Certain teams would be exempt from being forced to participate in the filming:

- those with new coaches;

- those that reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons;

- those that appeared on ''Hard Knocks'' within the preceding 10 years.

So far, only seven of the 32 NFL teams have been on the series, which airs on HBO: Dallas Cowboys (twice), Cincinnati Bengals (twice), New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Kansas City Chiefs.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Lets Be Real: Lets pick a new name for your Football team

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- So even if the Redskins owner Dan Snyder agreed to change the team name today, that would just start another big argument over what the new name ought to be.

That is unless Snyder is smart enough to let me have my way.