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5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

Each Christmas, there are children around America who unwrap a new, non-powder gun. These guns include BB, pellet, and paintball. While many parents may believe such guns to be harmless, and even see them as a toy, statistics suggest otherwise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 20,000 injuries result from these types of guns each year, with four percent of them requiring hospitalization.

“These guns are not toys at all, and they can certainly do damage both to people and to animals,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “In our line of work, we have seen it often – kids who shoot at animals just for fun, and leave them distressed and injured. These guns create problems that parents are not even usually aware of.”

Here are 5 tips for parents who may have a child with one of these non-powder guns, or who are considering getting one for them:


Hobie is Learning New Tricks

Hobie is Learning New Tricks

“Hobie (formerly Brinks) is just a darling. He sits, stays, shakes, and has a perfect ‘down,’ when not distracted, of course! He's learning to ‘fetch the paper’ and to ‘wait’ before charging through a doorway. He's playful, curious, very smart, and just a regular love. He loves big dogs, and now that he has his rabies vaccine, he is going to K9 Divine's farm two days a week, which is heaven for him. We also love exploring the woods behind our house and the Archbold Glover Trail. Hobie is now a part time lawyer and loves going to my husband’s law office.

Waterfront, Chinatown, Falls Church Restaurant Health Risks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - From D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront to Chinatown to Falls Church, health violations ranging from mice to operating without hot water temporarily closed several restaurants in December.

New Big Wong, Pruitt's Seafood, and Llaymanta suspended.

To know about restaurant closures for health risks first, follow @russptacek on Twitter or "like" Russ Ptacek on Facebook.

Food Alert crew ordered to leave Bolivian restaurant in Falls Church

In Falls Church, Va., the owner of Llataymanta Restaurant on Arlington Blvd in Falls Church refused to allow our crew to view the kitchen after we waited an hour for them to bring in a required staff person trained and certified in safe food handling.

Teaching Cents To Your Kids

Teaching Cents To Your Kids

Teach your kids financial literacy!

George C. Marshall High School of Falls Church, Va. is hosting the free event with special speaker Amy Monlezun, the talent development specialist at Navy Federal Credit Union.


Saturday January 5th, 2013



Dolley Madison Public Library

1244 Oak Ridge Avenue

McLean, VA 22101

RSVP by emailing teachingcentstoyourkids@gmail.com. Refreshments will be provided.

Woman's Water Breaks On Metro

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A woman's water broke while on a red line train near the Gallery Place Chinatown station on Thursday, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

At about 5:30 p.m. the train was halted at the station and began single tracking so transit police and D.C. Fire/EMS could transport the woman to George Washington University Hospital, Stessel said.

The woman gave birth at the hospital.

Got Brunch? 5 Reasons to Try Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Got Brunch? 5 Reasons to Try Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge now offers a brunch menu in addition to their regular lunch menu. The brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The menu features a variety of sweets, eggs, omelets, and more.

“Brunch is a special time of the day for many people,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge. “Brunch is a great meal because you get so many good options to choose from, and you don’t have to get out of bed early to enjoy them before the breakfast menu is no longer available.”

Here are 5 reasons to make a point of going to brunch:

1. Power up to power shop. Those who will be engaged in heavy holiday shopping will need to fuel up in order to keep going. They can get all the energy they need by attending a brunch. Whether going before heading out to shop, or stopping in after they get that party started, the food will be ready and waiting.

Rare Mayan Exhibit Opens To Celebrate End Of Mayan Year Cycle

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) --- Heavenly Jade Of The Maya commemorates the end of the 13th bak'tun (Mayan year cycle) of the Mayan calendar. The cycle ends on Dec. 21, 2012 and follows the beginning of a new era according to Mayan tradition.  The number 13 holds religious and spiritual significance in Mayan culture.