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Anacostia Metro station reopens after report of smoke

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Anacostia Metro station has reopened after smoke was reported at the station. 

According to Metro, firefighters responded to the station for a report of smoke coming from a mechanical room. The smoke dissipated by the time firefighters had arrived. 

D.C. fire requested that Green Line trains bypass the station while firefighters conducted their investigation. 

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Anacostia residents rally to help pizza place after robbery

WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Small mom and pop business have come and gone in Southeast Washington's Anacostia neighborhood. But residents are determined to save a small pizza place that's given back so much to the community.

Five years ago, Fatma Nayir opened Mama's Pizza Kitchen at the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue SE and V Street SE. The neighborhood reminded her of her home in Ankara, Turkey.

"You're living in an area that's rough, and we still love this place. Everybody is very supportive," Nayir said.

Since opening her store, Nayir has developed a reputation of helping people through tough times. She also focuses on hiring locally and all seven full-time employees at the shop are from the Anacostia area. 

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Community leaders look for solutions to DC violence

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An increase in violence in the Washington D.C. over the last few weeks prompted community leaders to meet Saturday to come up with long-term solutions to break the cycle.

So far in 2015, there have been 73 homicides in Washington, an increase of nearly 18 percent from this time last year.

For these community leaders, the latest concentration of violent crime has a familiar echo, and their meeting in Anacostia was a familiar solution.

"This has been done in the past, where in 2008 everyone came together and we had four straight years of murder rate going down and violence going down," Ron Moten of the Art of Peace initiative said.

But breaking the cycle is not going to be easy, and the synthetic drug problem is drawing comparisons to the crack epidemic 30 years ago.

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. 



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.



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.