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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

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.

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Police investigate fatal Montgomery County collision


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating a fatal Bethesda car crash.

The crash took place on December 28th in the 4800 block of Bethesda Avenue, police said. Initial investigation revealed a 1997 Honda CR-V backed out of a parking space, began driving forward, accelerated and struck the wall of a parking garage, police said.

The driver has been identified as Gail Silverstone of Northwest, D.C. Silverstone was alert and speaking at the scene and was taken to the hospital, police said. Silverstone succumbed to her injuries and died on December 30th, police said.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash, anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Fire at car dealership on Wisconsin Avenue


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County fire and rescue officials are on scene at a car dealership on Wisconsin Avenue for a fire in the paint shop.

It happened at the Chevy Chase Cars Acura dealership, located at 7725 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md. As of 9:17 a.m., the fire was under control, according to MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer.

The building was evacuated and no one was injured, Piringer said. Some lanes are blocked near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Cheltenham Drive due to the fire.


Demonstrators rally for more childhood cancer research funding


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A

cold rain didn't stop demonstrators from gathering outside the gates of the National Institutes of Health on Monday. The group was protesting the lack of research funding for childhood cancer.

"I am beyond upset, because it's not fair," said Kelly Wing of Leesburg, Virginia. "And I don't want to bury my child and I don't want to know what it's like to lose a child. I don't want to know what it's like to hear the diagnosis that my child has cancer."

Wing knows cancer is an equal opportunity killer, which takes the lives of more children every year than any other disease.

"It's crushing news," said Ted Veazey of Ashburn, Virginia.

"Your whole world's turned upside down," said his wife, Kristin Veazey.

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NIH patient exposed to Ebola released


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The NIH Clinical Center discharged the patient exposed to Ebola, who was admitted to the hospital on December 11.

The patient was admitted to the hospital following a high-risk exposure to the virus while providing bedside nursing care in Sierra Leone, according to a NIH press release.

The patient has not shown any signs or evidence of the Ebola virus and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private home in Virginia with the help of the Virginia Department of Health, according to the press release.

The patient is in good health and has no fever. The CDC guidelines will be followed until the 21-day observation is over.


Trash compactor fire causes road closure in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A trash compactor fire caused a road closure in Bethesda on Sunday evening.

The fire broke just after 4:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, fire officials said. The bulk of the fire was in a large trash compactor in the basement and heavy smoke was visible on multiple floors, fire officials said.

Wisconsin Avenue was closed at Battery Lane due to fire department activity.


Test for Obama after complaining of sore throat


BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is getting some medical tests at a military hospital just outside Washington after complaining of a sore throat.

Press secretary Josh Ernest says that Obama's doctor, Ronny Jackson, suggested that the president go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for some diagnostic tests.

The White House says that according to the doctor, Obama's quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience - not a matter of urgency - and the spokesman notes that the president had some free time in his schedule Saturday afternoon.

The White House promises to provide updates.

The 53-year-old Obama had a physical exam in May and was said to be in excellent health.