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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.



For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Family reacts to fatal Oxon Hill car crash

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The family of two adults and two children killed in a car crash in Oxon Hill is thankful for the generosity they have received since the tragedy.

Sisters Tameika Curtis and Typhani Wilkerson, and their young cousins 13-year-old Haddah Ba and one-year-old Hassan Boykin were four of the five killed in an October 10th crash, family said.

Nina Bell is the sister of Curtis and Wilkerson: "we used to have three-way calls because I'm in Texas, I'm going to miss those calls." While Bell is overwhelmed with grief, she is thankful for the kindness of strangers.

Bell set up an online fundraiser on GoFundMe.com to raise money for the family's funeral costs and donations have been pouring in: " We've gotten so much support from east coast to west coast, churches, relatives and friends."

2 children, 3 adults killed in MD car crash

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- It's one of the worst traffic accidents this area has ever seen. Five people including two small children are dead after one car slammed into the back of another in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Livingston Road and Livingston Terrace on Friday, with officers arriving at the scene at 9:42 p.m., police said.

The investigation shows that the driver of a Mercedes was going westbound on Livingston Road driving up to Livingston Terrace, when an Acura stopped at the light, authorities said.

It is not clear why the Mercedes did not stop before crashing into the back of the Acura.

Five people including two small children were in the Acura, it's back end was crushed. Everyone in that car died except the driver who is in guarded condition.

Police say weather and speed may have have been factors in the crash.

FOUND: 12-year-old girl, Oxon Hill

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police said Sunday evening Kaylie Rivera Ortiz has been found.


Prince George's County Police Department is looking for a 12-year-old missing girl from Oxon Hill, Md.

Police said 12-year-old Kaylie Rivera Ortiz, was last seen at Gracie's Restaurant located on Fleet Street in Oxon Hill, on Saturday night at 11 p.m.

Ortiz is being described as a Hispanic girl, 4 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds and with brown hair. She was possibly wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.

Man arrested for Oxon Hill murder

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police in Prince George's County have arrested a suspect in a murder in Oxon Hill.

Police say they were called around 11:50 p.m. Saturday to the 5000 block of Glassmanor Drive for a report of a shooting. Police say when they arrived they found a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified him as 36-year-old Kenneth Antoine Jones of Southeast Washington, D.C.

Monday, police arrested 36-year-old Antjuon Riddick of Oxon Hill. He is charged with first-degree murder.

According to police, the shooting may have occurred after an argument between Jones and Riddick. Police say they had an argument after Riddick showed up uninvited to a party that Jones attended on Glassmanor Drive.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.