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Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

Elementary school principal builds communities through after-school program

On a late September afternoon, Atasha James sat in her office at Leckie Elementary School finishing the day's work when she was suddenly interrupted.

A parent of a child came into the principal's office, asking if James had tag board.

"I said, 'I thought this was something really important,'" James said. "She said, 'It is. We need posterboard!'"

A few weeks later, sitting behind her desk, James laughs at the memory. The parent wanted the material because she was going to Leckie's first DC SCORES soccer game that afternoon. She was one of many parents, school administrators and teachers excited that the Lions have a soccer team.

For the first time in the school's history, thanks to the after-school soccer, poetry, and service-learning program that serves 1,500 low-income youth in the District.

Woman charged in baby's death offered plea deal

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A woman charged with murdering her child has been offered a plea deal.

Sosefina Amoa, a 26-year-old nun in training, is accused of suffocating her little boy, called Baby Joseph, just minutes after he was born, WUSA9 previously reported.

Amoa's attorney asked a D.C. Superior Court judge for time to ponder the deal, and the hearing has been continued until Nov. 21.

The defense also requested Amoa be released, a motion the judge declined. Amoa is currently being held without bond.

Woman charged in baby's death ordered held without bond

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A nun in training, charged with murdering her own child, was ordered to be held without bond on Friday by a D.C. Superior Court judge. Twenty-six-year-old Sosefina Amoa is accused of suffocated her little boy, called Baby Joseph, just minutes after he was born.

According to charging documents, Amoa told police, "she was afraid that someone would hear the child crying and learn of her pregnancy."

Amoa had just been accepted as a postulant at Little Sisters of the Poor in Northeast Washington. She had arrived in the United States from Samoa less than two weeks ago. But Amoa later admitted to police that she never told the sisters about her prior sexual activity or that she was pregnant.

Amoa gave birth to the boy on Oct. 10 in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility. Police say Amoa told investigators she smothered him. A day later she and a nun took his body to a hospital.

9 injured in Metrobus crash

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Nine people suffered minor injuries after a crash involving a Metrobus, according to a spokesperson for WMATA.

The crash happened at Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol Street. 

A car was traveling eastbound on Rhode Island Avenue when it ran a red light and hit the left side of the bus. The bus was traveling northbound on North Capitol Street heading toward the Fort Trotten Metro Station. 

Five people were transported, officials said.




The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.

DC police investigating infant death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC police are investigating the death of a two-week-old female.

Police received a report of an unresponsive infant in the 5100 block of Just Street, Northeast around 3:36 a.m. on Thursday.

The infant's mother and her boyfriend found the child unresponsive, officials said. They were both present when police arrived.

Officials say the infant was found with a bloody nose and transported to Children's Hospital where she was pronounced a half hour later.

There is no word on cause at this time. 


Taste Of Ethiopia from Askale Cafe

(WUSA9) --- The noon newscast got a little taste of Ethiopia!  We had the pleasure to welcome Chef Askale Shiferaw, the owner of
Askale Café
. She shared with us some appetizing Ethiopian recipes. 

Chef Askale created her "Tibs Wot" or Beef Stew for WUSA 9. She also offered the "Tekel Gomen," a mix of cabbage, carrots and potatoes. The dishes are enjoyed with Ethiopian bread or Injera.

Chef Askale is a health conscious Ethiopian and American fusion chef, so she stressed the importance of utilizing as many natural ingredients as possible.

Watch the video to hear more about her cooking philosophy.

Askale Café is located in Washington's Brookland neighborhood.