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METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.

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.

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.

Saving Ryan: Ryan Goes Into Detox

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Only on 9, a rare, firsthand look at the magnetic pull of heroin through the eyes of a young addict. His desperate mother reached out to our reporter Andrea McCarren through Facebook, in a frantic effort to save her son's life and prevent others from getting hooked.

Andrea says on the day she and photographer Joe Martin met Ryan, he'd promised his mother and himself that he'd detox. But hours after taking a prescription that was supposed to ease the gut-wrenching symptoms of withdrawal, he was in a motel room, -determined- to get high.

Andrea asked Ryan, "Is there anything I could have said or done to stop you?" 

"No," he replied. "Once I had the dope and everything, there was no stopping me."

"Addiction is the devil," said Ryan. "It's a disease from hell."

In a random motel room, far from the million-dollar home where Ryan grew up, the devil is winning.

Red Panda Missing From National Zoo FOUND

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Smithsonian's National Zoo has found the red panda named Rusty.  Shortly after 2:20 p.m., the Zoo tweeted "the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!"

Zoo officials said Rusty had been missing since 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Officials didn't rule out the possibility that someone could have taken him, but said that he was most likely in a tree.

"Red pandas typically spend the warm daytime hours resting, so it's likely Rusty is somewhere in or near the Zoo hiding in a tree," the National Zoo's Twitter account stated.

Monday afternoon, a woman tweeted a photo from Adams Morgan of what appeared to be a red panda. @AshleyFoughty tweeted: "Red panda in our neighborhood! 20th NW and Biltmore. Please come save him! @nationalzoo1 pic.twitter.com/llQF7P9QH5"

Shortly after her tweet, the National Zoo announced Rusty had been found and was headed back home.

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.

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.