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Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.

CAUGHT ON CAM: 3 suspects wanted for assault

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for three suspects in connection to an assault in DC.

The incident happened on the 1200 block of G Street, N.W. around 3:40 p.m. on November 20. You can see them in the video below: 

Police describe the first suspect as a Black male armed with a black handgun. The second suspect is a Black male in his 20's with a dark complexion and hair in dreadlocks/twists. He was wearing dark clothing. The third suspect is a Black male in his 20's with a dark complexion and short hair. He was wearing dark clothing, police said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Police at (202) 727-9099.

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

McDonald's, Chipotle, Subway health closures

Washington, DC (WUSA9) - A DC area McDonald's, Chipotle and Subway were closed by health inspectors for "health hazards;" plus, other restaurants were cited for rodent issues.  These issues and more top this weeks WUSA9 Restaurant Alert.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

Inspectors temporarily closed: McDonald's, 601 F Street, NW, DC, Chipotle, 601 F Street, NW, DC; Axum, 1934 9th Street, NW, DC; Subway, 1776 G Street NW, DC; Horace and Dickie's, 6912 4th Street NW, DC.

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Bullying: Fight back or walk away?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- "Fight back," or "Stand your ground," or "Don't back down." These are just a few of the things parents used to tell their kids to do if ever confronted by a bully.
Some still teach that, but it no longer seems to be the norm.

Today, bullying is a different animal. There's workplace and school bulling. There's physical and verbal bullying. There's text and cyber bullying.

So, what do you do as a parent when your job is not only to protect but to prepare your kids for life's challenges?

Gary Nichols' parents were clear with him when he was a kid. If he ever got bullied, they told him to, "Knock them straight out."

But he admits, if either of his two young daughters were ever confronted by a bully, he'd want them "to tell me," said Nichols. 

Do not engage, do not fight back, said Nichols. Why? "It's a different world," he said.

Mayor Gray turns question on reporter

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Gray is still keeping supporters and reporters in the dark about whether he will seek re-election.

Candidates for DC Mayor begin picking up petitions on Friday.

The Mayor has told associates to expect a decision later this month. He said on Wednesday he could get the required 2,00 signatures in a matter of days.

This reporter wanted to know if he would be running as a favorite or an underdog given the federal investigations and criticisms of his past campaign that have landed several guilty pleas from some of Gray's campaign staffers.  

The Mayor has said he did nothing wrong and did not know about the irregularities and crimes of others.

He has said voters made the correct choice in voting him in over the then incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty.