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Hammer-wielding customer hits Leesburg store worker


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for a man who attacked a Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets store worker with a hammer Tuesday night.

The employee at Polo Ralph Lauren was escorting a male customer back to the fitting room at approximately 6:34 p.m. Tuesday, say Leesburg Police Department officials, when he was struck in the neck by the customer, who was wielding a hammer. The claw end of the hammer caused puncture wounds. The 18-year-old employee was later taken to the hospital, where he was listed in "stable condition," according to police.

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Billy Hurley III says his father has been missing for 9 days


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP/WUSA9) - Billy Hurley III is playing this week's Quicken Loans National while enduring a family crisis - his father, Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing for the past nine days.

Hurley broke down in tears as he announced to reporters on Tuesday that his mother has filed a missing-persons report for his father, a retired police officer.

The 33-year-old golfer says his father got into his green 1998 Ford F150 truck on July 19 with some cash and clothes and drove away.

After leaving his home, Leesburg police say Willard Hurley used a credit card for gas in Woodstock, Virginia. In addition, police have determined Willard Hurley stayed overnight at a hotel in Texarkana, Texas on July 23.

He says he hopes someone who knows his father's whereabouts will come forward. He says he's playing this week in hopes his father will see him on TV and come home.

Suspect ID'd in Leesburg hit and run


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Leesburg police have identified a suspect in connection with a Monday night hit and run that left a pedestrian in critical condition.

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Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes, 47, has been identified as the driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck that hit 57-year-old Fidel Antonio Cruz Villacorta of Leesburg.

The hit and run happened around 5:12 p.m. Monday when Villacorta was crossing the street in the area of 64 Plaza Street in Northeast, D.C. Reyes was going south on Plaza Street when he hit the victim.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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Leesburg man in critical condition after shooting


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Leesburg man is in critical condition after he was shot multiple times Friday night, Leesburg police say.

According to police, the 21-year-old man was shot multiple times in the upper torso just before 11 p.m. at a residence in the 800 block of Rhonda Place SE.

The victim was transported by helicopter to the INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he underwent surgery. He remains in critical condition.

A suspect in the shooting remained on scene and was detained for questions. Police say a handgun believed to be used in the shooting was also recovered.

Following an investigation, Jacob Timothy Kinsey, 29, of Leesburg was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

Carmello’s is hosting a Roots Run Deep Wine Dinner on Thurs., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Educated Guess and Hypothesis wines. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The menu includes: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2012, Spitada de Camarao with Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing; Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012 with Brick-Oven Roasted Rabbit Salad, Slow Cooked, White Wine, Onions, Fresh Herbs And Garlic; Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Costélas Do Cordeiro, a Grilled Rack of Lamb, Fresh Mint, Garlic, Olive Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus and Madeira Demi-Glaze; and Sip Moscato 2013With Mixed Berry Shortcake, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries and  Raspberries.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.