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App lets you order pizza and play video games

(USA TODAY) -- Call it the ultimate multi-task for any Millennial: order a pizza and play a video game - essentially at the same time.

On Tuesday, Pizza Hut and Xbox Live maker Microsoft will announce plans to introduce a game-changing ordering app that allows gamers to purchase physical goods - in this case, anything on the Pizza Hut menu - right from the gaming counsel.

Just pause the game, and order.

For Pizza Hut, it's about reaching out to its hard-to-reach target - young men 18 to 24 - where they live and play. For Microsoft, it's a nifty way of cosmically expanding the virtual world into something far closer to the real world. And for consumers, well, we'll just have to wait and see how folks respond.

One expert thinks it could be huge.




Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance raised $5,000 at their first Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their new Alliance Theatre in Alexandria, Va. MFAC is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance Benefit Concert.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building the Alliance Theater,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.

Chevy Chase Landlord Pleads Guilty To Secretly Video Taping Women Tenants

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Md. man has pleaded guilty to three counts of Use of a Camera in a Private Home - Pruient Intent, officials said. 

Dennis Alan Vandusen, 54, of Chevy Chase Md. secretly video taped women renting rooms from him, said officials.

"This plea holds Dennis Vandusen accountable for his prurient spying on unknowing victims in the privacy of their own bedrooms," said Public Affairs Director Ramon Korionoff. "This defendant faces up to 18 months in prison.", said in a news release.

High-Tech Peeping Tom Pleads Guilty In Montgomery County

Chevy Chase, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 64-year-old Chevy Chase lawyer and high-tech entrepreneur has plead guilty to secretly video recording tenants who rented rooms in his home.

Dennis A. Vandusen used a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector to spy on unsuspecting young women and their partners during their most intimate moments.  

Vandusen admitted to at least three incidents during 2011 and 2012. He also recorded through a window.

He was discovered when one of his victims noticed the smoke detector in her room did not chirp and blink like all the other smoke detectors in the home during power outages caused by the Derecho storm in June of 2012. 

Van Dusen faces sentencing in July, although  his victims were shocked to learn such high-tech peeping is only a misdemeanor.

"The criminal justice system needs to keep up with technology," said one victim who does not want to be identified.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack. 

The JBG Companies acquires prime apartments near transit

The JBG Companies acquires prime apartments near transit


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The JBG Companies acquires prime apartments near transit

Silver Spring’s Falkland Chase apartments fit company’s portfolio  


Chevy Chase, MD (April 2, 2013) – A prominent apartment community in downtown Silver Spring has changed hands. The JBG Companies has purchased Falkland Chase apartments from Home Properties of Rochester.


“Falkland Chase is a great addition to our residential portfolio,” said David Paul, a JBG partner. “This is a well-located, transit-oriented community that we are proud to own. We are committed to providing excellent customer service to the residents at Falkland Chase from day one.”


Sharpshooters kill 20 deer in Rock Creek Park

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service says sharpshooters have killed 20 deer in Washington's Rock Creek Park, reducing the deer population in the park by roughly 10 percent.

The park service is killing deer in the park in order to protect plant and animal habitat. Before last week's effort, there were roughly 200 deer in the 2.7-square-mile park - more than 70 per square mile. The goal is to reduce the population to no more than 20 per square mile.

The use of sharpshooters was delayed by a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group. A judge ruled in favor of the park service, which plans to kill more deer sometime this fall.

Venison from the deer killed last week will be donated to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

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