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Chefs To World Leaders Mix Cuisine With Diplomacy

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --- From our neighbors in Canada, to the island nation of Sri Lanka, chefs to world leaders shared a few details of what it's like to cook for the head of state in their countries.

They're responsible for entertaining the palates of presidents and their guest diplomats and dignitaries. The 21-member chefs gathered at the National Press Club on a part of a week-long tour of the United States.

The food on the table quickly becomes a symbol of diplomacy.

SRI LANKA's Rohan FERNANDOPULLE said he wins by combining ingredients from both countries represented at the head of state dinner. For example, ingredients native to Japan and Sri Lanka will appear in one dish.

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

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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.

Barbara Walters Honored By The American News Women's Club--- PHOTOS

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) - Broadcast legend Barbara Walters received the Excellence in Journalism Award by The American News Women's Club at the National Press Club, Friday, June 21, 2013.

Walters got a cheerful roast from colleagues including Ted Koppel, Sally Quinn, Howard Kurtz and Bob Shieffer of CBS Face the Nation.  Norah O'Donnell, CBS "This Morning" anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Her peers praised her on asking politicians and dignitaries the tough questions, competing to get the scoop and breaking barriers for women in broadcast news. Quinn mentioned the widespread admiration for Walters' "great legs." The crowd burst into laughter.

Increased Police Presence at Metro on Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There will be an increased police presence at some Metro stations on Friday during evening rush hour.

Metro notes this is not in response to any specific threat but a chance for Metro Transit Police to work with other agencies in DC. This is called the Blue TIDE program. 

The goal of this is to increase partnership between the various law-enforcement agencies in a joint effort to lessen crime and deter terrorist activity, WMATA said in the news release. 

This means more security sweeps at stations and more officers boarding trains and checking for any suspicious activity. More than 50 officers will be taking part in this, according to WMATA.

Officers also will distribute crime prevention information at the stations, providing tips to riders on how to protect themselves and their property while traveling, WMATA said in a news release.