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Concrete falls from Beltway bridge, smashes woman's car


SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews responded to the Suitland area Tuesday afternoon after a pieces from an overpass collapsed on a woman's car on Suitland Road.

Some concrete chunks fell from the I-495 bridge that goes over Suitland Road in Morningside, Md., according to Mark Brady with Prince George's County Fire Department.

No injuries have been reported, Brady said.

Katherine Deane wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just running errands, driving along and going the speed limit.

"All of a sudden, just splatter came down," said Deane.

Splatter that she said could have killed her. Large chucks of concrete came crumbling off this beltway overpass, raining onto the vehicles driving below.

"It happened right as I came to the underpass," said Deane.

Deane got the worst of it.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Mom demands justice for son killed by sheriff


SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- The mother of a Prince George's County man shot and killed by a Prince George's County Sheriff's deputy says she knows the pain Michael Brown and Eric Garner's families feel. Michele Minor is grieving the loss of her son and demanding justice for her son, Michael Minor.

Michele Minor called on community leaders, the NAACP, activists and preachers Thursday to help find out what happened the day her son was shot and killed in Suitland, Md. back in October.

According to Prince George's County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the report of a domestic violence incident that day. Michael's girlfriend at the time told authorities he assaulted her, grabbed a gun and then left.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Water main break on Silver Hill Rd in Suitland will impact AM commute


SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- A water main break in Suitland will cause a headache for drivers and impact service for over a hundred customers Thursday morning.

Officials with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission tell WUSA*9 the break is occurred in a 71-year-old 14-inch main around 8:00 Thursday night. Right now the northbound lanes of Silver Hill Road are closed between Brooks Drive and Royal Plaza Drive. The southbound lanes were reopened overnight.

According to Jerry Irvine, spokesman for WSSC, crews have been working through the night to shut off water to the area. Approximately 150 customers are impacted by the water main break.

Two schools in the area, Suitland High and Drew Freeman Middle still have water and classes are expected to begin on time.

Repairs could take awhile. The pipe line is next to a gas line.

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.