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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Man killed in motorcycle vs. car crash identified


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police have identified a man who was killed in a crash involving a car and a motorcycle in Fort Washington, Md. on Sunday night.

According to police, 32-year-old Michael Marquis of Clinton, Md. was driving a motorcycle in the 8400 block of Indian Head Highway when he was hit by a car. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Police say it appears that the driver of the car attempted to turn onto southbound Indian Head Highway from a parking lot while Marquis was traveling northbound on Indian Head Highway. His motorcycle struck the Hyundai as it was crossing the northbound lanes. Police say the car failed to yield the right-of-way to Marquis.

Two passengers in the Hyundai were transported to a hospital with minor injuries, say police.

Water main break in PG County


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials are working to repair a water main break in Fort Washington, Maryland.

The main break burst on the 200 block River Bend Road around 10 a.m. The Washington Subarban Sanitary Commision (WSSC) said they are on the look-out of the incident and decided to shutdown the road at 10 a.m. The WSSC Commuity Relations Department reported that the reason for the water main pipes to break were because of cold air and cold water correlation.

Officials estimate that it will take 4-6 hours before the issue is fixed. Around 12 addresses in the area have been affected by the water main break.


Police seek help in PG triple homicide


CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police need your help solving a triple homicide case.

They've been canvassing the area and they passed out flyers on Sunday.

Three adults were found dead inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights, at the Lexington Court Apartments.

Relatives of one of the deceased tell WUSA9, that the mother came to the apartment looking for her son. That's when she discovered the bodies of two men and a woman, including her son whom they say was in his 30s.

There is no suspect information. Police say this was not a murder suicide. They did not say how they were killed only that they suffered from some sort of trauma.
Call 866-411-tips for any information about the homicides.

You could receive a $25, 000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.


Capital Wheel to open in National Harbor in June


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A giant 175-foot observational wheel is on its way to the National Harbor by barge.

The Capital Wheel will operate year round and is set to open in May 2014. The wheel has 42 closed, climate controlled gondolas which seat eight people each.

The diameter of the wheel is 165 feet, and from the top you'll be able to see the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol.

It will cost $15 per ride and is estimated to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round.

The National Harbor is joining cities with observational wheels including London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.

Watch how the wheel is built:

Jury selection underway in Marcus Jones murder case

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The trial starts Monday for the man accused of killing Friendly High School student Marcus Antonio Jones last year.

Akil Ings is charged with the murder of Marcus Antonio Jones. Jones was shot and killed after leaving a house party in Fort Washington in January 2013.

Police also initially arrested Kquantae Fisher, but charges were later dropped. Fisher was set to testify against Ings when he was killed inside his Fort Washington home in September 2013. Investigators have yet to determine why Fisher was killed.

According to authorities, Ings, Fisher and Jones were members of rival gangs, Danger Boyz and Baby Haiti.

Jury selection begins Monday. Opening arguments are expected to take place Tuesday.