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Japanese Tea Ceremony Celebrates Cherry Blossom Festival

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) ---  The 101st National Cherry Blossom Festival offers locals a viewing of a Japanese Tea Ceremony.

At the Japan Information and Culture Center, a local Japanese tea club shows what it takes to prepare and offer tea to your guests. The preparations are a part of an ancient tradition dating back to feudal times in Japan.

The tea rituals of cleaning the bowl and other acts embody a set of values known as Chado or "the Way of Tea." These values celebrate mental tranquility, purity and harmony.

UPDATE: 72-year-old Missing Woman Found

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police say they have found 72-year-old Bertha Cherry on Tuesday.

Cherry was reported missing Monday from the 4200 block of East Capitol Street, NE, according to police.

Police want to think everyone for helping to locate Cherry.

National Cherry Blossom Ceremony Kicks Off

WASHINGTON, D.C., (WUSA9) -- The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off the 101st celebration at the Warner Theater.

WUSA 9 anchor, Jessica Doyle, hosted the festivities featuring both Japanese and U.S. artists, Saturday, March 23, 2013.

American platinum-recording artist, Andy Grammer, appeared on stage along with Japanese artists such as Junko Yagami, Senri Oe.

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two children were found wandering in a neighborhood in Manassas on Friday morning, Prince William County Police said in a news release. 

The mother, Esmeralda Carolina Acosta Montoya, 28, of Manassas, was arrested about 45 minutes after police were notified that the kids were missing, police said. 

It happened at around 10:28 a.m., when a person called police, informing them that the caller had found the two children wandering, police said. 

"The caller located two children, a 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy, walking the area above unsupervised. The caller took the children to nearby Westgate Elementary School where police were notified. The investigation revealed that the accused had left the children in a locked room of the residence while she was gone for about for two hours," police said. 

Charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and she has been released on a $4,500 bond. 

Williams hits 11 3-pointers to help Nets down Wizards

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Deron Williams had a first quarter to remember
and finished with a Nets record 11 3-pointers, as Brooklyn cruised past the
Washington Wizards, 95-78, at Barclays Center.

Williams set an NBA record with nine 3-pointers in the first half, including a
7-for-7 effort in the game's first eight minutes.

Behind Williams' 42-point effort, the Nets led by as many as 27 and ended a
three-game skid at home with relative ease despite scoring just 36 points in
the second half.

Reggie Evans pulled down a career-high 24 rebounds and, along with Brook
Lopez, was Brooklyn's next highest scorer with 11 points.

The Wizards have dropped two in a row since star rookie Bradley Beal went down
with an ankle injury. Unlike Williams, they were 3-of-17 from behind the arc
and shot 36 percent overall. John Wall led the way with 16 points, while Nene
and Kevin Seraphin chipped in 11 apiece in the setback.

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes


Swank Designs' owners are inspired by world travels to create beautiful window treatments, accent pillows and children's bedding

After searching for decorative panels and accents and finding the available designs were just more of the same, Tabitha Mahaffey and Patricia Ulliman decided to combine their expertise and form Swank Designs, offering custom lines of pillows, panels and children's bedding. Together, they share a passion for using and incorporating fabrics in unexpected ways. 

Stars Shine at D.C. BET Honors Awards

Stars Shine at D.C. BET Honors Awards

The annual BET Honors with the stunning host Actress Gabrielle Union again celebrated and showcased the achievements of African Americans with their version of what can be likened to the Kennedy Center Honors.

The lineup at the Warner Theatre: Honorees Halle Berry (Service), Chaka Khan (Musical Arts), T.D. Jakes (Education), music exec Clarence Avant (Entrepreneur) and basketball player Lisa Leslie (Athletics).