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Rieder: 'Washington Post' sale a shocker

(USA TODAY) -- It is a stunning separation.

For years, The Washington Post and the Graham family have been as deeply intertwined as it is possible for a news outlet and its owners to be.

In fact, the storied newspaper almost seemed like part of the Graham family. Generation after generation served as its steward. The Grahams flat-out loved that paper.

And so the news late Monday afternoon that the paper was being sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos came as a shock. It must have been a deeply painful decision for Post Co. CEO Donald Graham.

But despite its legendary history, its courageous and inspirational role in publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate secrets, its continuing if diminished commitment to quality journalism, the paper is hardly immune to the profoundly disruptive impact of the digital era.

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FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.

Young Chef Makes Dish Fit For The First Lady

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ten-year-old Emma Scielzo of Chevy Chase, Maryland was chosen as one of the winners in the White House's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Emma is one of the 54 children that will attend a state dinner at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama on July 9th.

The entrants were asked to create a recipe that included all groups of the food pyramid.

Her recipe for "Chicken Masala Wrap" was inspired by her grandmother's Indian home cooking.

The recipe includes, different types of peppers, chicken, numerous spices, and is served with a side of mango.

List of this year's winners, including some locals: 


HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

Increased Police Presence at Metro on Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There will be an increased police presence at some Metro stations on Friday during evening rush hour.

Metro notes this is not in response to any specific threat but a chance for Metro Transit Police to work with other agencies in DC. This is called the Blue TIDE program. 

The goal of this is to increase partnership between the various law-enforcement agencies in a joint effort to lessen crime and deter terrorist activity, WMATA said in the news release. 

This means more security sweeps at stations and more officers boarding trains and checking for any suspicious activity. More than 50 officers will be taking part in this, according to WMATA.

Officers also will distribute crime prevention information at the stations, providing tips to riders on how to protect themselves and their property while traveling, WMATA said in a news release. 


5 Ways to Take Control of Your Finances Today

5 Ways to Take Control of Your Finances Today


According to the United States Census Bureau, the percentage of people holding unsecured debt has risen to 19% in recent years.  Today, five years after the devastating stock market crash of 2008, people are now reevaluating their financial security.

"Individuals who are taking control of their finances are for the most part more financially successful due to their focus and having created a firm budget,” says Brad Glickman, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM Professional, and President of Bernard R. Wolfe and Associates, Inc., a company specializing in wealth management strategies.  "In order to be financially stable and in control of one's assets, however, it is important to consider many factors. Using the proper tools and guidelines can make these goals easier to achieve, resulting in the kind of confidence we are all seeking, whether to ensure a healthy navigation through the ever changing financial world, or to plan for retirement,” he states.