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Georgetown track program under investigation

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Georgetown students say they're concerned about the future of the school's track program after the university announced it is investigating both racial bias and misconduct allegations regarding the program. .

The investigation into racial bias began first, in late March, and is being done by Georgetown University's Office of Institutional Diversity Equity and Affirmative Action. An investigation into the Men's Track team and Misconduct began in late April, according to a statement by the university.

It appears this all came to light when a track athlete filed complaints of racial bias. The school launched investigations.

Two wanted for theft at Georgetown restaurant

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Surveillance video caught two men stealing bottles from behind the bar of a restaurant in Georgetown.

According to D.C. police, the two men entered Cafe Milano in the 3200 block of Prospect Street NW on July 1 at around 1:54 a.m.

In the video, the two men, one dressed in a suit and the other in a backpack, enter the restaurant through the kitchen and walk out into the bar area. The man in the backpack then grabs a couple of bottles from behind the bar and walks to another area of the restaurant while the man in the suit serves as a lookout.

You can watch the video here:

Anyone with information on the identify of the two people in the video is asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

D.C.'s first cat cafe opens in Georgetown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The cat is out of the bag!

D.C.'s first cat cafe opened its door Saturday in Georgetown.

The cats at Crumbs & Whiskers welcomed humans to their home Saturday, just to hang out. The cafe is located at 3211 O Street.

Georgetown cat cafe to open June 20

The "cat cafe" trend isn't new, these spots started in Japan and have been popping up all over the country.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Law student sues Georgetown Univ. over rabbi voyeurism

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Georgetown law school student is suing the university, Kesher Israel synagogue and the National Capital Mikvah amid accusations that a rabbi secretly recorded women showering.

The student claims that Dr. Barry Freundel, who taught a Jewish Law Seminar, lured her into a bath to sexually exploit her. Freundel had suggested that the student write a paper on the mikvah ritual and required her to participate, according to the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, the student claims that Georgetown, Kesher Israel and the National Capital Mikvah ignored red flags that Freundel was acting inappropriately.



Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Possible plea deal for rabbi Barry Freundel, accused of voyeurism

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Georgetown rabbi Doctor Barry Freundel appeared in a D.C. courtroom Wednesday for a status hearing, and the possibility of a plea deal has left some people furious.

The 62-year-old, who is charged with voyeurism, will have another hearing on January 16. He faces six counts of voyeurism, accused of setting up a camera in the women's showers at the Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue.

Upset that she may have unknowingly helped Freundel, Lisette Garcia angrily told reporters that she encouraged women converting to go into the mikveh, the sacred bath at Kesher Israel Synagogue, not knowing Freundel, according to police, was secretly recording those using it.