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Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

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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Accidental Herndon high-rise fire causes major damage


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- An accidental Herndon high-rise building fire that happened Tuesday night has caused damages worth $2 million, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

The second-alarm fire happened at the building located at 13820 Sunrise Valley Drive around 7:45 p.m., according to officials.

More than 60 firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the lower level of the ten-story building when they got to the scene. The investigation showed that the fire was coming from the first floor inside of the battery room. An outside transformer also caught fire close to the building. The firefighters were able to contain the fire to the battery room and transformer with no fire extension to any other parts of the building.

Man tries to lure Herndon middle school girl into car


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for information after a Herndon middle school girl was walking alone Wednesday afternoon and a man tried to persuade her to get in his car, officials said.

The girl was walking alone around 3:50 p.m. close to to the intersection of Locust Street and Center Street when an unknown man driving a silver four door sedan slowed down in his vehicle and tried to get the student to get in his car, Herndon police said.

After the girl told the man no he got out of his car, tapped her on the shoulder and asked again if she would get in the car. The girl refused again and he then drove off.

The man is described as a black male, between the ages of 35 to 40 years of age, police said. He is about 5'10" tall and weighs between 210 and 220 pounds. He is bald and has no facial hair. The man was wearing a white t-shirt at the time of the incident.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

Fire at Va. 'Sizzling' deli caused by unattended pan


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An unattended pan on the stove caused a fire at the Sizzling Express Deli in Herndon Saturday night, Faifax County Fire and Rescue said.

Crews responded to the restaurant fire Saturday around 9:40 p.m. at 13861 Sunrise Valley Drive. There was smoke coming from the first floor of the four-story building when they got there.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly. Nobody was inside of the deli when the fire broke out, officials said. Nobody was injured.

The alarm company contacted police when the smoke alarm activated.

Damages are estimated at $50,000. The investigation shows that the fire was accidental. An unattended pan on a hot stove was determined to be the cause of the fire.

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