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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS STUDENTS to PERFORM in DEBBIE ALLEN’s BROTHERS of the KNIGHT in DC

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS STUDENTS to PERFORM in DEBBIE ALLEN’s BROTHERS of the KNIGHT in DC

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ students, Anya Jones and Danielle Jones, both 10 years old,  were selected by Debbie Allen Dance Academy to perform in their Washington DC Company of Brothers of the Knight, playing Thurs., July 10 through Sun., July 13 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Ticket prices range from $35 to $75. The Brothers of the Knight dance performance was adapted from the book, Brother of the Knight, authored by Debbie Allen. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org or www.warnertheatredc.com.

Brothers of the Knight depicts a modern fable, where Reverend Knight can't understand why his 12 sons' sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren't talking. Brothers of the Knight is available for purchase on www.amazon.com.

Kayaker shot in april hospitalized after shooting himself


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Reston, Va., man who reported being shot while kayaking in April on Bodkin Creek near Pasadena in Anne Arundel County is hospitalized after shooting himself twice last week as police were about to execute a search warrant at his home, a police spokesperson said today.

Additionally, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police said in tweets this afternoon that the investigation of the open-water shooting is leading them to believe that David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, shot himself on the kayak on April 12, and they want to question him.

On Thursday morning, Seafolk-Kopp shot himself in the face and torso and was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, said MDR Police spokesperson Candus Thomson. MNR Police were serving the warrant with the assistance of Fairfax County Police.

Metro announces Silver Line fares, travel times


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Metro announced fares and travel times for the highly anticipated Silver Line on Monday.

When it opens, Silver Line service will run from Wiehle-Reston East station to Largo Town Center, with trains every six minutes during rush hour and every 12 to 20 minutes at other times.

Five new stations will be added to the Metro rail system: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

All Silver Line stations will have bus service. Existing Metrobus and locally provided bus service will be restructured to facilitate access to the new Silver Line stations.

You can calculate your fare here: http://silverlinemetro.com/sv-service/


Local space enthusiasts race to reach abandoned NASA satellite


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thirty-six years ago, NASA launched a disco-era satellite to study solar weather.

The spacecraft went on to discover how solar flares can disrupt communications on earth and also became the first satellite to chase down a comet, flying by Halley's comet in 1986 and confirming it's essentially a giant ball of ice.

But as newer, more sophisticated satellites went into orbit, NASA eventually put the aging bird out to planetary pasture.

Keith Cowing, a Reston space enthusiast, does not consider the spacecraft from another era to be junk.

"Oh, no. It's a treasure. It's an opportunity. It's found science," Cowing said in an interview at his home.

"It's a cleverly designed satellite that doesn't really have a computer... Your toaster is smarter."

It may lack smarts, but it's still capable of running experiments.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT WEDNESDAY’s CHILD GALA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS TAP ENSEMBLE  PERFORMS AT WEDNESDAY’s CHILD GALA

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Tap Ensemble tapped their way through a choreographed performance at the Wednesday’s Child Gala, which hosted potential adoptive parents and children at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Va. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

The Metropolitan School of the Arts Tap Ensemble is the resident, pre-professional tap dance company at the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton, Va.  Tap dancers are 12- to 17 years old, and most of them have been tap dancing since kindergarten.  The 11 dancers in this year’s company are selected and audition every year to be a part of the ensemble.  They have performed in a variety of venues from New York City to Chicago, as well as the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

MWAA announces Silver Line Express bus to Dulles Airport


DULLES, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced a 'Silver Line Express' bus which will begin running once the Silver Line opens.

The bus will run from Wiehle Avenue in Reston to Dulles Airport.

MWAA plans to turn over Phase One of the Silver Line project to Metro on May 27. That move will mean the authority is satisfied the contractor has finished its work.

Once Metro assumes control, it has up to 90 days to test the new line from Falls Church to Reston before opening it to riders.

When Metro takes over, that does not mean the Silver Line will be open and ready to run.

The Silver Line is already running six months behind schedule after problems with cables and communications equipment.


MANASSAS CITY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

MANASSAS CITY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

Manassas City Utilities received the Century Award from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for its 100-year anniversary. Established in 1987, the APPA Century Award is given each year to public power utilities that have served their customers and community for 100 years.  For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

To commemorate the milestone, Manassas City Utilities hosted a 100-year anniversary event in October, 2013 that was attended by more than 600 people. At the event, they ceremoniously buried a time capsule containing memorable utility items from the past century and also raised more than $3,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society.