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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

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.

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Cowboys sue local woman over luxury suite


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Dallas Cowboys are suing a prominent DC financial adviser for not paying her bills, according to legal documents.

According to court documents, Dawn Bennett, CEO of Bennett Group Financial, is delinquent on payment of a luxury suite and owes nearly a million dollars for non-payment in 2013 and 2014.

The Cowboys are calling for $7.3 million in damages, for the remainder of her 20-year lease agreement.

WUSA9 spoke with Bennett Thursday evening after the story about her aired. Bennet told WUSA9 that the story "came out of the blue", the suit is a mistake and that the Cowboys are going to retract the lawsuit.

WUSA9 is waiting for the Cowboys to verify that information.

Bennett paid for the first five years but the payments started dropping off. She paid $200 thousand in 2013 and nothing for 2014, according to the documents.

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

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.

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.

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Kristen Berset takes the "Ice-Bucket Challenge"


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Kristen Berset is the latest person to take the "Ice Bucket Challenge" on WUSA9.

On Saturday night's 11 p.m. news, she accepted Jan Jeffcoat's challenge like a champ.

So far, Nikki Burdine, Topper Shutt, Derek McGinty, Jan Jeffcoat and Kristen Berset have taken the challenge.

WATCH: WUSA9 Anchors Doused with Ice-Water: http://on.wusa9.com/1sKQVJe

Berset challenged Anchor Bruce Johnson and First Alert Meteorologist Erica Grow after being doused with the ice-cold water.

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.