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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Body found near Herndon parking garage identified


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County police have identified the woman found dead next to a Herndon parking garage Tuesday.

Brooke Lee Lancaster, 19, of Ashburn was found dead in a grassy area next to the parking garage in the 2300 block of Dulles Station Boulevard at around 7 a.m.

Police say no foul play was involved in Lancaster's death and there is no public safety threat.

The cause of Lancaster's death is still under investigation.

Lancaster's body was found less than 12 hours after Fairfax County police found a body Monday night in Woodlawn Park in Mount Vernon. Police have not released the identity of that body, but said there is no public safety threat.

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Body found near garage in Herndon


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County police are investigating their second body found in 12 hours.

Police say the body of a woman was found near a parking garage at 2300 Dulles Station Blvd. in Herndon at around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.

1 in custody, 3 sought in robbery of Herndon business


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- One suspect is in custody and three others are being sought in a robbery at a Herndon business Wednesday morning.

The robbery happened in the 1100 block of Elden Street around 8:45 a.m. at a checking cash business, WUSA9's Surae Chinn reports.

The investigation shows that four men, possibly with weapons entered the business and committed the robbery. One suspect was stopped at the scene, the other three fled on foot, Herndon police said.

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Officers from Fairfax County Police, a helicopter and a K-9 unit searched the area for the other suspects. Fairfax County Schools in the area and a daycare center in the area were on lockdown for about an hour, police said.

Va. karate instructor charged with sex assault


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a popular Herndon Tae Kwon Do instructor on Wednesday on charges he inappropriately touched a juvenile student under his instruction last month.

The instructor, Han I. Tak was released from custody, and returned to his family's martial arts studio later in the evening, where many parents rallied around him.

An adult student of "Master Han," as Tak was known, who also has children who study under him at Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do, read reporters a statement from Tak and his father, also named Han Tak.

"On behalf of Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do, Han Tak and Master Tak, they vehemently deny all allegations made that appeared in the news today," parent Nancy Jennings said, half-reading from prepared notes.

Herndon karate teacher charged with sexual assault


A Herndon karate instructor is accused of inappropriately touching a juvenile student.

Fairfax County police say Han Tak, 30, of Reston, Va. was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Tak is an instructor at Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do in Herndon.

Anyone with information about the alleged incident is asked to call Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.

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ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

Carmello’s is hosting a Roots Run Deep Wine Dinner on Thurs., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Educated Guess and Hypothesis wines. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The menu includes: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2012, Spitada de Camarao with Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing; Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012 with Brick-Oven Roasted Rabbit Salad, Slow Cooked, White Wine, Onions, Fresh Herbs And Garlic; Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Costélas Do Cordeiro, a Grilled Rack of Lamb, Fresh Mint, Garlic, Olive Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus and Madeira Demi-Glaze; and Sip Moscato 2013With Mixed Berry Shortcake, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries and  Raspberries.