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Mummified rat cited in Georgetown cafe closure

Washington, DC (WUSA9) -- WUSA9 tracked down the man behind three Maryland and DC restaurants with health violations so risky, inspectors have closed all three, at least once, and over the past few weeks, in Georgetown and Tenleytown, two were suspended a second time.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here

Inspectors temporarily closed Prince Cafe, 4627 41st Street, NW DC and Prince Cafe, 1042 Wisconsin Avenue, NW DC. in December and November closures  Both had been closed before for health violations and has the College Park location.

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Julia Walter of Boffi and Brian Fell of Maxalto designed an Italian-themed tree that includes a Tuscany Villa getaway and gift certificates from local Italian restaurants and beauty salon.

Spectacular holiday trees and décor are now on display in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in anticipation of the 8th Annual Georgetown Jingle held this Sunday, December 15th. The event benefits pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Video released of man wanted in DC sex attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia police department has released video of a man they say is suspected in a sexual assault last week.

Police say the attack occurred late last Tuesday night in the Friendship Heights neighborhood, when a man demanded money from a woman on Wisconsin Avenue, forced her into an alley and sexually assaulted her.

Authorities released Monday night showing the suspect walking down the street in a coat.



Food & Friends delivers Thanksgiving meals to sick

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thanksgiving morning, tens of millions of Americans will be in the kitchen putting together their Thanksgiving feasts.

But for those who are too ill to prepare the holiday meal, a local organization is stepping in to help.

Food & Friends will provide complete holiday meals to people living with AIDS, HIV, cancer and other serious illnesses.

The meals, which serve four people, include a full turkey and all the fixings.

A long line of volunteers was already forming at 4:00 a.m.

What began as a small group of volunteers in 1988 with a couple hundred clients is now a huge operation serving 3,000 clients living in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Throughout the year, 14,500 volunteers for Food & Friends. 

Find out how you can help here: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7565475

Woman sexually assaulted in NW DC

NORTHWEST, DC (WUSA9) -- A disturbing crime in an area that you normally think of as a safe place to walk.

Police say a woman was robbed at an ATM and then sexually assaulted. Police say the robbery took place in the 5100 block of Wisconsin Avenue and forced to walk several blocks to 44th Street Northwest.

It happened in Friendship Heights which is sandwiched between Tenley Town and Mazza Gallerie.  It's a vibrant, walking neighborhood with shops and restaurants.

Police say the suspect followed the woman to an ATM. They are not sure which ATM  but they're checking several in the area.
The suspect threatened her with a knife and robbed her.

Michelle Shableski, an area resident says "That's really horrible, that makes me feel I can't go outside behind my house.  That's such a horrible thing to hear. I had no idea."

Shableski has lived in this fairly quiet neighborhood for five years.

Police investigating 2 overnight assaults in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police are investigating two sex assaults on Tuesday.

Police say that at about 11 p.m., a woman was walking in the 5100 block of 44th St NW when she was forced into an alley by an unknown suspect, robbed and sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a black male, medium to dark complexion, 40-50 years old, 5'4" to 5'-7" in height wearing an olive green coat, officials said.

The other incident, which police do not believe is related, happened on Okie St. NE at 8:30 p.m., officials said. 

Police say the victim accepted a ride from an unknown male who drove her to an unknown location, pulled out a knife and demanded that she perform a sexual act.

The victim did not comply and was assaulted. Police say this was not a sexual assault.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 40s wearing a black NorthFace coat and a knit hat, driving a white four-door sedan, officials said.

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.