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49. barometric pressure nice and high at 30.21. we should be able to push the temperatures back into the upper 70's to 80 degrees this afternoon, so almost a 30-degree temperature jump from the morning to the afternoon. when we come back we'll check your forecast for the rest of the week. sarah caldwell? >> hi tony, good morning, everyone. one problem of note. along falls road all lanes are closed after the fire activity. take roland avenue or the jfx as your alternate. not a lot of delays. at 49 miles per hour on southbound 95. doing well as far as drive times. 11 minutes on the outer loop. let's give you a live view outside. see what's going on in our
cameras. at dulaney valley, volume picking up more on the west side. a nice ride coming in from the fort mchenry. that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we begin this morning with some breaking news out of north baltimore where a two-alarm fire sends a family of six running out into the night. >> jennifer franciotti has the update for us. >> good morning. this fire broke out after 2:00 a.m. this morning. inside this house behind the green fields nursery at the corner of northern parkway and falls road. working at the exxon station, across the corner, you say you saw the flames? >> yes. it was almost 2:25 a.m. i was inside working. when i saw the flame, i thought it was the moonlight, and then
after a while i was walking in and after a minute, when i looked out it was getting bigger and bigger. i thought it was fire then and trying to call 911. then i saw the fire trucks coming and said somebody called already. i was walking but the whole time it was getting bigger and bigger. one of the men from the firefighter told me it was like over 100 feets of fire. >> it was very big. >> yes. >> thank you so much for describing what you saw. we want to let you know what happened. apparently this started on the second floor. there were six people inside. four women, a grandfather and a 10-year-old boy. one of the women, a grandmother had to jump from an attic window. the other women had to jump and said they felt the flames
licking them, shooting out of the window touching their hair and arms. they had to jump to safety. right now fire investigators are trying to discover the cause of the fire. they had to pull, it was a very long hose pull, because they had to come up falls road and make this turn on west northern parkway. that hose has been rolled up. we've seen fire equipment leaving. so it's a good sign maybe this portion of falls road will open some time soon. jennifer franciotti, back to you. >> thank you. apparently shootings have left five people wounded. the first shooting took place around 8:30 at the intersection of pistol place and 10th at brooklyn. police found three people wounded. all three are listed in serious condition, but they are expected to survive. and then under two hours later,
more shots fired in east baltimore. this time police say the victimser were a man and woman. the man was hit in the side and the woman suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. homicide detech i was the are handling this case. >> a woman is accused of beating her aunt to death. d'lana simmons used an anti-autotheft device known as the club to beat as i israelya mitchell to death. she called police herself to report the attack and could not explain why she did it. police arrived found a simmons in the dining room with blood on her and mitchell lying in the living room. >> it appears the victim was struck repeatedly with the club device usually used to secure automobile steering wheels. >> police say they have no motive in this case. the bail review for simmons is set for later today. >> well, it's a make or break vote in the senate.
law makers are taking up a bill that could lead to the reappeal on gay men and women serving in the armed forces. getting a passage from lady ga gant kate amara joins us live with more on that story. good morning kate. >> gong to you, stan. this is a makeup you don't see every day. lady gaga versus senator john mccain. they are battling over the future of don't ask, don't tell. >> instead of pop music, it was politics in portland, maine. lady gaga making a monster of a push to reappeal don't ask, don't tell. >> we are going to war for you and you and you and you and you, but not you, because you're gay. >> the grammy winner joining forces with veterans who were dismissed because of the policy and calling on two senators to pass legislation to lift it.
>> i'm here because don't ask, don't tell is wrong. it's unjust. [applause] >> this defense authorization bill includes an item that would lay the ground work that would reappeal don't ask, don't tell and is up for a key vote in the senate today. >> it will send an important message that we as a nation stand behind them and appreciate our -- their service. >> republicans are calling this a democratic floy sway voters in an eflexion year. >> what they have done is in 3w4r5eu9n't disregard for the moralal effectiveness, recruitment and retension of men and women who are serving in the military today. >> right now demonstrates don't know if they have the 60 votes they need to move this measure forward. vote is scheduled for later this afternoon. i'm kate amara. wbal-tv 11 news. >> has president obama weighed in on this issue?
>> yes. the president has indicated he is a supporter of reappealing don't ask, don't tell. he's also said he would sign the spending bill if that amendment is included. he said he would sign it after he certifies an on going pentagon study what about it would mean for military readiness and morale. >> it's also caught the attention of supporters of immigration reform. what? give me the connection here. >> law makers attached a measure granting legal status to illegal immigrants who came here as children but then later enrolled in college or the military. the g.o.p. though calling the dreamal act yet another election-year ploy by democrats to win votes in november. >> thank you kate. have a great day. >> well, it's been done with fruits and vegetables, but no
genetically-engineered fish has been approved to make it to your dinner table until now. the decision is through an injected hormone, lit reach maturity in half the time. the critics worry the genetically-altered fish could trigger allergic reactions. the hearing will continue today bringing us to our water cooler question of the day, would you have any concerns about bringing genetically-engineered fish to your dinner table? email your response to us at email@example.com. >> the time now, 6:08. 52 degrees on tv hill. coming up the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> coming up, we have not closed the book on summer but we already have an idea on what the hottest ideas for christmas will be. >> and a pilot with a rush hour
highway runway. >> fall begins tomorrow. we have plenty of activities to check out this morning. we're at rogers farm. >> and if you're going to be traveling on falls road, we'll update you on closures and how to get around it and details man: let me see the map. just drive, we'll get there! adventure runs on dunkin', with our egg white breakfast sandwiches. hurry in and try one in delicious veggie or turkey sausage.
downtown. we're live at rogers farm the north run corn maze here in greenspring valley and it feels 49 or 50 here. it's chilly this morning. i'm with brook rogers. you have this open every fall. it's friday, saturday and sunday and $8 for adults and $6 for kids. what can they experience this year? there's a new theme. >> we have the t rex and people can take a map. also for younger children, a play area, mini maze, a tire play land and corn tepee, huge pumpkin patch. >> you can pick your own? >> yes. you can cut them off the vine with help from our helper and animals and a hay ride. >> i think we have video of the t rex head. what inspired the whole dinosaur theme? >> well, i have to be honest. i have two boys, so they were
birds in my ear. but we like to always do a different thing that's fun. >> i need a personal gps to find my way to the station so i can imagine what is like being in a corn maze. so a lot of fun and something to do with your children this fall. let's check h.d. doppler. things are nice. a great way to wrap up the summer months. but ironically it's going to feel hotter as we head into the first full day of fall. but showers to the west of the great lakes. a system will be flirting with us the next few days, but we will be feeling the heat a noticeible difference. >> tony have you ever been in a corn maze and lost? >> no, but that's huge. and you're really feeling the heat island effect from downtown to the suburbs. >> and i'm freezing. yes. i should have brought a jacket. i can't rely on what it feels
like downtown for sure. >> thank you, sandra. we'll check in with you in the next half-hour. i'll show you what we're talking about. in the city, if you're leaveing the city and going into the suburbs, you're going to drop off a good 10-15 degrees. if you drove frederick, it would drop off to 45 degrees. near the water it's warmer. bay water temperatures are still in the 70's. bottom line, you're probably going to take a light jacket with you this morning. probably won't need it by this afternoon. it will warm up quickly. it will be a beautiful sunrise. we are watching the showers sandra talked about coming out of the midwest. that's a cold front that will come close to us tomorrow afternoon. ahead of it we'll get a big push of warm area. -- warm air. the forecast goes like this for today. mostly sunny. after the chilly start, highs
in the upper 70's and low 80's. so we're going to jump a good 30 degrees from morning to afternoon. sunrise at 6:53. overnight, mostly clear and cool. but not as cool as last night. temperatures will drop back to the 50's in the suburbs. 60's in the city. here's the summer stuff. the autumn equinox takes place tomorrow night at 11:09. ironically we have summer-like temperatures in the forecast. this the mid 80's through the end of the week. wednesday and thursday and friday scattered thunderstorms. then it will cool off over the weekend. could be rain early saturday but then temperatures drop back into the 70's. let's see if sarah is going to say the same about the traffic. >> we have a couple of problems out there. but nothing major. southbound 83 past york road a
disabled vehicle off to the side. no lanes of travel bocked. everything looking good toward beltway. fall it's road and northern parkway, the closure as the cleanup continues from the firal activity. take roland avenue as your alternate. 40 on southbound 95 toward the beltway. smooth ride on the top side at 51 and the west side at 53. i-70 looks good in toward the beltway. drive times up to speed at this time. a live look outside. at liberty, building volume. delays soon. i-95 south of the beltway coming toward us is southbound traffic. great safe other than building volume there. mindy? >> taking a look now at some of our top stories this morning, firefighters making some progress containing the wildfires sweeping across utah. the fire started during a national guard training session.
dry conditions caused live ammunition to spark a fire. it forced the evacuation of about 1600 homes. prosecutors plan on charging the woman who threw acid on her own face and blamed the attack on someone else. ever -- after reportedly spending $1,500 on fundraisers on dinner, travel and clothing. and a makeshift runway became a -- a makeshift highway became a runway after a pilot radioed he was not able to make it to the airport. no injuries were reported. >> in this morning's "consumer alert" with three months until christmas the hot toy trends are coming in. google predict it is nerf and
stampede blaster will be the toy this season. google says searches for the toy have jumped 17%. for younger kids there's ma tell's thingamajigs. google was among the earliest to predict zoo zoo's craze after spotting searches earlier in the season. 11 news reporter jane king has more in your bloomberg business report. >> believe it or not there's word the recession has ended according to the national bureau of economic research which says the worst recession since the great depression actually ended in june of 2009. might not feel like it with the jobless rate so high and the housing market still trug struggling. but the declaration sent the s&p to a four-month high and investors will see what the fed says today.
as for local stocks, bloomberg index up almost 10% and things are food for maryland economy compared to other states. maryland ranks 15th in income growth this year, way better than last year when it ranked 27th on the list. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king for wbal-tv 11 news. >> in this morning's woman's doctor, obesity brings in all kinds of problems, but one thing it hasn't been connected to until now is memory problems. 9,000 women ages 65-79 found those overal weight were more likely to have memory problem. >> women who gain weight in the hips have worse memory than women who gain weight in the belly. we don't know why that is.
researchers are looking at that. but maintaining a healthy weight is not only important for the heart, but it's important for the brain, too. >> no matter what you weigh, exercise is crucial. researchers found women of all weights who exercised had better memories than those who don't exercise. >> ok. >> the time now 6:20, 52 degrees on tv hill. another check on weather and traffic straight ahead. >> it's one of the hot issues but the producers of the nbc lineup are claiming " outsourcing" will give you a funny topic for the show. >> and take a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers.
>> good morning, sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. we have the disabled vehicle southbound on 83 just past york road, but we're hearing it's off to the side. may attract some attention, though. >> and everything floge a lot better -- flowing a lot better near falls road. and as you approach the beltway northeast, you're moving well. the rest of the major roadways leading up to the beltway. delays will be showing up soon. jumping to a live view of traffic, coming toward us is southbound traffic toward the 895 split. tony? >> a wide range in temperatures out there to start this tuesday. kind of chilly in the suburbs. 41 in york, pennsylvania.
49 at the airport. but 60 downtown and 61 in annapolis. so in the city wmer to start the day. everybody is going to see lots of sunshine and it will warm up quickly to the upper 70's to around eight. -- 80. >> tony, thank you. nbc has found success with a series of workplace comedies on thursday nights. this season it's adding "outsource." >> it follows "the office." >> clear as i can make it. >> nbc's had workplace comedies in small towns and big cities. >> we outsource the entire call center to india. >> on the other side of the planet with "outsource." >> ben rappaport plays tom dempsey managing an overseas call center. >> it has that quintessential american optimism that i'm just
going to take the bull by the horns and run with it. >> which means navigating a cultural learning curve. >> your name is mancincinnati >> it basically shows how similar they are as opposed to how opposite they are. >> it carries negative vibes because of the economy but nbc executives are confident -- >> the -- are here. >> laughter will win out. >> call me craze cri, but i happen to think the first thing about a comedy is that it should be funny, and "is "outsource is" laugh out loud funny. >> dempsey doesn't expect to connect with these people on such a personal level right away. but i think he's surprised by the connections he makes. >> ♪ don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me ♪
>> you can see "outsource" right here on wbal-tv thursday nights at 9:30 right after the office. i'm going to check it out. >> funny already. >> mm-hmm. >> the time 6:27 on tv hill. much more to come in the next half-hour on 11 news today. >> firefighters are still on the scene after a two-alarm fire forces three people to jump to safety. i'm jennifer franciotti. details are next. >> from pump kings to a massive corn maze, we're talking fall
>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to 11 news today, i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. meteorologist neal estano -- meteorologist tony pann has the weather for us. >> it's going to warm up quickly this afternoon. we expect a lot of sunshine. the high temperatures to be in the upper 70's to low 80's. >> we are following a developing story out of north baltimore where a two-alarm fire sent six people fleing to safety. >> general -- jen, the good news is everyone got out safety? >> yes. and an amazing feat considering how quickly the fire spread. inside the house behind the green fields nursery, at the corner of northern parkway and falls road. according to one of the fire
victims, it happened inside a second-floor bedroom and took just points in spread. six people were inside at the time, four women, a grandfather and 10-year-old boy. the 57-year-old woman was forced to jump from the attic. she injured her leg and was taken to a hospital. two women climbed out to a second-floor roof awning. and one fire victim described what it was like to have to jump from the second floor. >> and i was so scared of the jumping aspect that it took me a minute. and i was on the phone with 911 as it's happening then i heard the boards starting to crack and crack and crack, so i had to jump. i just had to jump. >> and that was christine who also described hearing the windows shattering and could feel the roof was about to go. she talked about as she was making the decision to jump, the fire nipping at her hair
and burning her arm and was treated at the scene for burns but didn't want to go to the hospital. there were six animals two dogs, two cats, a chinchilla and bird and none survived. at this point that's the most heartbreaking part of all this. but all six people were able to get out alive. >> thank you, jen. >> one of six people charged with carrying out the murder for hire of a gas station owner has been convicted. the jury spent less than two hours finding the nephew guilty. porter was shot and killed back in march in what was supposed to look like a gas station robbery. coil and others were paid $9,000 to carry out the crime. >> in other courtroom news, a man accused of beating an hispanic man do death because
of his race. jeremy holly was -- told police he killed martin reyes because he hated mexicans. >> and the assistant coach for the baltimore ravens faces charges for driving under influence again. and you moehler was pulled of on the outer loop of the beltway for speeding. he's charged with seven motor vehicle violations for driving under the information. the first time he was stopped for d.u.i. back in may of this year. in this morning commit 2010 report a new poll in maryland's race for governor and brand-new attacked a. overall still a very tight race but political observers note bob ehrlich has the lead over martin o'malley among independent voters. following the governor's race,
this report was filed. >> this political tved a literally cuts martin o'malley and his -- to pieces. thed a follows a new poll by republican-leading reports calling the rematch a tossup. o'malley leads ehrlich 50%-47%. a statistical tie considering the margin of error. 45% consider the economy the main issue. out of that category o'malley holds a 56%-42% lead over ehrlich and 84% of republicans back ehrlich as do 27% of independent voters. political science professor says montgomery has the largest number of independent voters in the state. >> it adds up to a lot of votes. if he can get those votes for
himself and take them away from o'malley, it could change the election. i don't think that's likely to be the case in montgomery coun. because it's one of the deep blue, bluest couns in maryland. >> 79% of those surveys knows someone out of work or who are looking for work. many believe maryland's job market is getting worse. >> o'malley passed a 20% sales tax hike. >> a tved a pore trays o'malley as the political leader responsible for these hardships. >> martin o'malley. higher taxes, fewer jobs. moving maryland backwards. >> what each candidate needs to do is separate himself from the other in terms of policy.
>> good morning. sarah caldwell checking in on your morning commute. volume picking up creating delays, but nothing too significant yet. 41 miles per hour on southbound 95. starting to see a delay out of the northeast approaching the beltway. once you get beyond that, you're in good shape until you get much further south. prior to 70, developing slow spots on the west side outer loop. if you travel toward d.c. for work you will find delays developing due to an accident just into us there. at old court we are starting to see delays going away from us in the outer loop and in the area of 83 at which you juan road, moving well in this portion of the harrisburg expressway. now to sandra shaw. she's live, telling us how to
prepare for fall. there's some fun things to do. >> this is the knot run corn maze a huge gigantic t rex inspired by brook rogers own two children. also a mini maze behind me and a hay tepee and picking your own pumpkin. >> we have a variety of decorative pump kings and then of course, you can go into the corn maze. >> what's the deal with the hidden check points? >> you get a map and it's gps generated. you can use that, and at each check point, there's a hole puncher in different shapes. you try to collect all 12. >> what are the hours? >> fridays 12:00-6:00 and sards and sunday 10:00-6:00 and then you can do it with your flash
light on -- >> let's take a look at your seven-day forecast. starting fall tomorrow. but it's going to feel like summer as we're surging into the mid 80's. a brief break on thursday but the hottest day of the week expected to be friday before a front cools us down for a nice weekend ahead. back to you stan and mindy. >> ever done a maze at night? >> no. sounds scary. >> they would have to come get me. >> the time is 6:38. 52 degrees on tv hill. it's been said a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. >> really? >> well, fish, here comes your bike. we'll explain what's going on next. >> and we're still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day, would you have any concerns about bringing genetically-engineered fish to your dinner table? email your response to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> well, i know what you're thinking, shurks bicycling is fun, but i could do without all that fresh air. meet the club, a bizarre underwater cycling and skiing competition in their deepest fresh water like. they try to follow an underwater track on bicycles and skis, and only a few managed. >> how's that working for you? >> doesn't seem to be working too well. >> all right. two weeks ago we showed you a state fair that featured a monkey and in a cowboy suit riding on a dog. someone has taken that idea and made it boss m into this.
monkey cowboy dog races. stageing the banana derby events throughout the year. this was a race in waterloo iowa. hendricks says he has the greatest job in the world and says people have a natural fascination with monkeys. so you throw in a man's best friend and you've got a hit. >> the time is 6:42. 52 degrees on tv hill. coming up we'll take a look at the morning headlines. >> seems like there would be easy jokes with that. weather-wise things quiet. chilly, though. take a light jacket with you. sunrise is beautiful. 0 downtown. big range from temperatures suburbs to the city. summer like temperatures coming
>> welcome back to 11 news today. it's 6:44. baltimore city police aring asking your help finding a missing teenager, 16-year-old rosa torres was last seen long the 1,300 block of wood moore avenue and is 5 foyt the and has reportedly threatened suicide and may be headed toward family in montgomery coun. anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts should call police. one of six people charged with carrying out the murder for hire of a baltimore coun gas station owner has been convicted. a jury spent less than two hours dyed the the fate of the nephew of karla porter, the alleged master mind of the death behind her husband. it was sfoast look like a gas
station robbery. >> and the food and drug administration is talking about approving a genetically-engineered salmon. proponents say -- supporters say it's a cheaper and faster way to get the fish to market but critics say it could trigger allergic reactions. >> that brippings you to our water cooler question of the day. >> we ask would you have any concerns about bringing genetically-engineered fish to your dinner table? >> aaron writes why is it we can't just take what is given to us without altering it? it's our responsibility as the stronger species to sit back and -- >> and another writes man has been crossbreeding animals, foods, trees, etc, etc. >> ron writes i would have a problem.
in the 80's the government allowed genetically-altered food and now we have food allergies. >> in a day and age where we are constantly concerned with cancers and the causes why would we consider altering fish? >> good morning. we're still getting reports of an accident on 95 southbound toward the capital beltway just prior to that. an accident reported. around powder middle road. and southbound 95 volume-related delays. backing up heavily around 795 toward liberty then southbound 795, a bit of a delay out of owings mills toward the beltway. if you are going to be traveling on the west side, that's your heaviest spot.
that's the pace of things. plenty of brake lights. switching to a live view of 95. southbound traffic. that delay stretches back towards white marsh mash. the latest from san antonio -- from sandra shaw. we're getting in the mood for fall with the higher -- lower temperatures? >> yes. here it's maybe 50 degrees. you can see it a little bit better. we're in greenspring valley at the north run corn maze. we're at rogers farm. you can see there's a mini maze behind me, a lot of hay. hay rides. what else brook rogers? >> we have a huge pumpkin patch and farm animals and criders, care medical apples. fresh apples, and fresh pump kings. we're open through november 7,
sards and sundays 10:00-6:00. >> $8 for adults and $6 for children. and you were inspired by your two boys for the t rex? >> yes. we have aerial footage of that. then you go in with your map and try to find the 12 different scheck points. >> fall begins at 11:09 tomorrow night. so check it out at the north run corn maze. i'd have trouble getting through here, but it's a good challenge. a check at h.d. doppler radar this morning. it's quiet over the mid-atlantic and east coast again, but to our west there's a system brewing over the great lakes. that will go mostly to our north but change our weather scenario. it will be humid and hotter as we head in to the first days of fall. that's it for now. tony? >> i love all that stuff. i love autumn.
it's my favorite season. and the weather has the anticipation of winder coming up with snow. i know you don't like that, though. >> mmm -- i'm going to keep moot on that. >> you're a summer weather fan. i know that. i'm the opposite. thank you, sandra. lots of fun things to do in the fall around baltimore. temperatures as sandra mentioned. almost 15-degree swing in temperatures from the city to the suburbs. 49 in parkton. 56 in -- if you're near the water or city, it's going to be a lot warmer start. clear skies. a beautiful sunrise in progress right now. we're going to see a lot of sunshine today. showers out of the midwest. there's a cold front that will march its way across the country and park to our north tomorrow afternoon. it will give us a chance for
much-needed rain and pull warm air into the mid-atlantic region. so we have a touch of summer in our seven-day forecast even though autumn begins tomorrow night. today a nice one after the cool start, we'll make it into the upper 70's to around 80. mostly clear tonight. temperatures drop back into the 50's. sun set at five minutes after 7:00. autumn begins tomorrow night at 11:09 but a high near 85 and we'll be in the mid 80's throughout week and a chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon wednesday, thursday and friday. then that front should finally go through saturday morning with rain maybe early. the rest of the weekend will be fine and cooler with temperatures falling back into the 70's. >> time now for a last look at our big story. a two-alarm house fire sending a family of six out into thal night. jennifer franciotti joins us
live with more. >> good morning. this all unfolded after 2:00 a.m. this morning in a house on west northern parkway. it's a little dot see but over my right shoulder the red cross is on the scene assisting firefighters. four women, a grandfather and 10-year-old boy were in the house and the grandmother was forced to jump from an attic window and was taken to a niche hospital for leg injuries. another victim said she and her girlfriend had to jump from a window on the second floor and told a dramatic story about being chased out of the window by flames and as they jumped they were being singed. the 10-year-old boy was able to make it out safely. to road is now open. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> thank you. coming up on oprah, she takes on the headlines with john
stuart. thank you jen. hear more about the rally for moderation that he's organizing in washington, d.c. then she's won an oscar, grammy, emmy and tony, now liza minnelli takes the oprah stage. today at 4:00. for a look at what's happening on the "today" show, here's meredith vieira. >> good morning. coming up on a tuesday morning on "today," breaking news out of afghanistan. at least nine coalition service members killed in a helicopter crash there. we are live with the latest. also an arrest warrant for a woman who made up a story about acid thrown in her face. new details on why she did it and the ups and downs of -- and the grammy-winning maroon 5 as we get started on a tuesday morning on "today." >> all right. the time is 6:53.
the west side at old court. tapping the brakes toward edmondson. approaching the beltway. two delays we see every morning. >> so are you going to be breaking out the tux for the equinox party? >> yes. you are all invited. it's a black tie event. >> such a party animal. >> i know! equinox party. ironically, even though fall starts tomorrow, it's going to feel like summer. we'll be in the mid 80's the rest of the week with scattered thunderstorms then takeover weekend temperatures will drop back into the 70's. tune into 1090 wbal-tv, you can get weather and traffic. >> we're back with a live update at 7:25. >> thank you for joining us on 11 news today.
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