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WDBJ7 TV: Adam Ward was a 'fine photojournalist'


MONETA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The general manager at the Virginia TV station who lost two employees in a shooting, said the victims were "just doing their job" when they were killed. 

MOREPolice search for gunman who killed Va. TV reporter & photographer during interview

Adam Ward, 27, started at WDBJ7 in the production department and moved up to be a photojournalist.

"He was the kind of guy who was on his way home from work and heard about something breaking, he would just turn around and go do it,” WDBJ’s General Manager Jeffrey Marks said.

Crews respond to accidental shed fire in Vienna


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Vienna house shed fire was started by an electrical system failure within a law mower, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

The fire happened Sunday at around 3:20 p.m. at the home located at 10004 Woodrow Street.

There was smoke and fire coming from the back of the home when firefighters got to the scene. Crews were able to quickly put the fire out in a shed located underneath the deck. Nobody was at home when the fire started.

Nobody had to be displaced and nobody was injured. Damages are estimated at $2,500.

The fire was caused by an electrical system failure within a lawn mower that was placed too close to the shed.

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LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE; AUG. 6 to AUG. 27

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE; AUG. 6 to AUG. 27

Drop off your back-to-school supplies at your nearest LearningRx brain training center, located in Reston, Va. Vienna, Va., Leesburg, Va., Fairfax, Va. and N. Potomac, Md. , to support needy students at local schools. A five percent discount for brain training is offered to those who donate a backpack and five school supplies. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“Being prepared for school is the first step in helping students have a successful school year,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “We encourage everyone to help our local children get ready for the next school  year, whether it’s some pencils or paper or a backpack, every little bit helps,” said Loftus.

Lanes closed on I-66 Eastbound until Wednesday morning


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Drivers can expect delays on the eastbound lanes of I-66 during Wednesday's morning rush hour, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The right shoulder 'X' lane between Nutley Street and I-495 will be closed for repairs. In addition, VDOT says the right regular lane of eastbound I-66 between Nutley Street and I-495 will be closed at 10 p.m. The regular lane will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday. The 'X' lane could remain closed through Wednesday morning's rush hour.

The repairs are scheduled to be completed this fall.

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CARMELLO’s WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE’s 2015 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

CARMELLO’s WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE’s 2015 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. recently earned Wine Spectator magazine’s 2015 Award of Excellence for the sixth consecutive year, noted for its vast Portuguese wine selections. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s offers more than 100 Portuguese wines from Portuguese regions, such as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura and Vinho Verde, and presents one of the largest Portuguese wine lists in the United States.

“We are always looking to ways to improve and enhance our wine selection,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “We’re honored to be selected by Wine Spectator Magazine,” said Pires.

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.

Metro School of the Arts' Elite Dance Workshop includes Creative Director for Janet Jackson’s Tour

Metro School of the Arts' Elite Dance Workshop includes Creative Director for Janet Jackson’s Tour

An elite team of international dance instructors are set to teach dance students at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) an intense workshop of hip, hop, contemporary, jazz and tap dance, including Stephani Kammer who’s noted for her work in Janet Jackson’s Rock Witch U world tour and the Michael Jackson tribute on the MTV Video Music Awards. Classes are from July 27 to Aug. 7 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $950 and a junior class from Aug. 3 to 7 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 or call 703.339.0444.