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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.

Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

Roach Photo Complaint Gets Restaurant Shut Down

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- A viewer who contacted WUSA9 with a roach photo in her curry chicken forwarded the picture to health officers who shut the restaurant down, sewage closes another restaurant, a hotel and a 4 star Virginia restaurant is shuttered with mold in the ice machine and a market closed for mice droppings.

MORE: Follow Investigative Reporter Russ Ptacek on Twitter or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/russptacek).

Inspectors closed Tropicana Eatery in Marlow Heights, Stone Hearth Bakery in Forestville, Hampton Inn in Bowie, Russia House in Herndon, Mexico Lindo in Bladensburg and Smucker Farm of Lancaster County in The District.

All the food establishments have passed re-inspection and have since re-opened.

Campus Correspondent Andrew Feather Earns Top Scholarship

Story & Reporting by Diane Roberts, @DianesTalking

FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- For three years now, WUSA 9 and USA Today High School Sports have been hosting an awards luncheon where we honor the best of the best high school journalists.

The bronze winner of the Toyota Let's Go Places scholarship went to Murugi Thande of North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Ian Criman of J.W. Robinson Secondary in Fairfax, Virginia is the silver level recipient.

This year's gold went to Bishop McNamara senior, Andrew Feather.