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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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METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

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.

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.

DROP OFF DIAPERS and WIN ‘MOMMY and ME’ CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

DROP OFF DIAPERS and WIN ‘MOMMY and ME’ CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS  at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

 

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria needs diapers as part of the Northern Virginia Family Service Diaper Drive. Customers can drop off diapers from Sat., May 4 through Mother’s Day, Sun., May 12, and be entered to win a Mommy and Me Cupcake Decorating Class, to be held on Tues., May 14 at 5 p.m. Three winners will be chosen from a raffle drawing.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

The Mommy and Me Cupcake decorating will be taught by owner, Sabrina Campbell, mom of two daughters and soon-to-be son. She will discuss cupcake decorating techniques, creativity and tips for parent and child.

HERO CENTRAL: Mobile USO Brings Food, Friends And Fun On Base

FT. MYER (WUSA 9) - Sometimes at the crack of dawn, Jenn Hall hits the road with the Mobile USO. The custom-made vehicle represents USO-Metro on wheels.

The vehicle serves food, fun and support to over half-a-million military families in the Metropolitan area.

The Mobile USO travels on dirt roads and into the "boonies," according to Hall, the Mobile USO Coordinator.

"It's cool to go to places like that. These guys are out there forever...They don't have a lot out there. Their base is very, very, very small," said Hall. The vehicle serves hotdog meals to 25 military installations for USO-Metro.

On a Wednesday, Hall drives to the Indian Head military base in South Potomac, Maryland.