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Nats throw holiday party for hospitalized kids

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- While winter weather raged outside, the Washington Nationals brought holiday cheer to children at the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital on Tuesday.

The kids took a break from treatment to spend the morning with Nats players at a Winter Wonderland party. Outfielder Denard Span, pitcher Ross Detwiler and their mascot Screech visited chidlren with cancer and other illnesses at the hospital.

Together, the athletes and kids built a giant gingerbread baseball stadium. They also decorated ornaments and took pictures that they'll use to make snow globes. 

When they weren't busy with crafts, the children teamed up to have fun with Screech, pulling the chair out from under the giant mascot as he tried to sit at the small plastic table. 

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Julia Walter of Boffi and Brian Fell of Maxalto designed an Italian-themed tree that includes a Tuscany Villa getaway and gift certificates from local Italian restaurants and beauty salon.

Spectacular holiday trees and décor are now on display in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in anticipation of the 8th Annual Georgetown Jingle held this Sunday, December 15th. The event benefits pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Ga. man accused of dumping waste into Potomac River

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Georgia man was indicted on conspiracy, Clean Water Act, false claims and related charges for allegedly dumping waste into the Potomac River from 2009 to 2011.

According to Department of Justice officials, 47-year-old Patrick Brightwell of Bogart, Ga. is accused of orchestrating the dumping at Hains Point during the time his company was hired by the National Park Service to clean out the storm water sewer system on the National Mall.

Brightwell was arrested on Thursday. The indictment charges Brightwell with conspiracy, conspiracy, a Clean Water Act violation, false claims, and obstructing the investigation by tampering with witnesses and making false statements.

Key Bridge reopens after police investigation

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Law enforcement officials closed Key Bridge to investigate a report that someone jumped from the bridge on Friday morning.

The bridge reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

D.C. police,  U.S. Park Police and a D.C. Fire boat searched the area.



Ring in the New Year with a Special Menu at Rialto

Ring in the New Year with a Special Menu at Rialto

Say ‘farewell’ to 2013 and ‘hello’ to 2014 with a New Year’s Eve celebration, Italian style, at Georgetown’s new restaurant, Rialto. With a six-course dinner designed especially for creating a memorable evening of dining and reveling, Executive Chef Ryan Fichter has plans to make this night unforgettable.  In addition to the special menu, Rialto will be serving their full menu options as well.

"I have composed a menu that will delight the most discriminating palettes. Everyone seems so ready to start a new year, why not begin it with a perfect dinner with us,” says Fichter. "From a cheese course to dessert, the menu will reflect the best from our dinner menu, as well as some surprises for New Year's Eve.”

The six course special New Year’s Eve meal at Rialto will be $150 per couple, which includes two glasses of Prosecco (tax and gratuity not included) and will feature: 


First Course:

5 Facts for Pasta Lovers

5 Facts for Pasta Lovers

Millions of people think it’s the basis of the ultimate comfort food. Just imagine that creamy macaroni and cheese or spaghetti. Pasta is not only something many people find comforting, but one look at the facts and it’s easy to see that Americans love their pasta. No matter how it’s prepared it continues to rank as a frequently consumed food for people of all ages.

“What’s not to love about pasta? Even those who try to cut it out of their diet end up coming back around, it’s just that good,” explains Ryan Fichter, the executive chef at Rialto, a new Italian restaurant in Georgetown. “In addition to being tasty, pasta is also affordable, versatile, and simple to work with. Even those with limited culinary experience can create a great meal using pasta as the bases.”

Here are 5 interesting facts, according to the National Pasta Association, for all pasta lovers:

Police: Man hit by car in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man was hit by a car in DC today, police said. 

The incident happened around 4:44 p.m. as the man was crossing Wisconsin Avenue NW at Veazey Street near the Psychiatric Institute.  The car hit the man and he was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the car remained on the scene, police said.

Police believe the man did not appear to be on a crosswalk when the incident happened.