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herself. >> we will tell you where to fill up your gas tank for free. "good morning washington" continues right now. captioned by the national captioning institute good morning, washington. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. thank you for joining us. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> we are on a roll weather- wise, adam caskey. >> and it just gets better. a cold front is moving through. it is pushing in drier and less humid air. temperatures are comfortable. culpeper, 66. belt still at 63. rockvill at 50 not -- beltsville at 63.
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a fantastic day. highs in the low 80's with low humidity relative to july. tomorrow, mostly sunny, low 80's for highs. we will introduce the chance for showers and thunderstorms this weekend. comfortable conditions for the rest of the work week. we have added cloud cover this weekend. highs in the upper 80's, which is where we should be at this time of year. >> we are running smoothly right now along 270. a driver in medical distress is being taken care of. no problems around the beltway. growing volume on 95 and 66. incase you heard new york avenue is closed, it has reopened.
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new york avenue is now open in northwest. this is traffic at springfield and the beltway. it looks good between the wilson bridge and tysons. now to alison and doug. >> thank you. 8 deadly hit and run accident back up beltway traffic while you were sleeping. >> police say the suspect hit another car after 11:00 last night and then drove away. the driver and passenger of the car that was struck died. the suspect kept going and was caught after causing another accident. the names of the suspect and the victims have not been released. >> the rockville parkway had to be closed. a car flipped over. crews rescued the 40-year-old
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woman behind the wheel. we have no word on her condition. we turn to our top story. a dramatic development in the stocking accusations facing marion barry. >> -- in the stalking accusations facing marion barry. >> personal details of his accuser's wife were made public. pamela brown has the latest. >> i only heard a little bit of what she said. >> donna watts-brighthaup turned out to last might cost press conference to defend herself. she is in the background as barry's spokesperson calls for unstable. >> she is currently under the care of a local psychiatrist and has been ^ with compulsive behavior disorder and clinical
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depression. >> she allegedly accused barry of stalking her on the fourth of july. she says those allegations are not true. >> i have not said anything. >> their history goes well beyond this past week. barry's spokesperson said she was hired last year. the city pays hurt $60,000 for her services. barry says he did this to help poor out in a tough time. >> mr. barry did this not because of mess watts but because of her children. but barry maintains she was qualified for the job. >> it is not unusual for illegal for councilmembers to award contracts to supporters who qualified or can provide the services required. >> that was pamela brown
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reporting. the president is in rome this morning. it will talk about climate change and world hunger. this comes after his summit in russia. he met with the italian president a short time ago. the luncheon will be held in just about an hour. 8 fiery standoff in connecticut came to an end. police say the man kidnapped a woman and threatened to kill her, claiming his home was booby trapped with explosives. he man -- the woman managed to get free. the men set fire to the home. he is now in custody. the race for the virginia governor is shaping up to be a close one. new numbers show bob mcdonnell
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with a six-point lead over cree deeds. he has a 22% lead over dee's over independence -- lead over deeds over independent voters. in six months, you'll have to pay for a shopping bag. there will be a 5 cent tax for disposable bags. the new fee goes into effect on january 1. >> 6:06. we have 69 degrees. when we return, having eggs this morning? having beefed the white house is inspecting your food to keep you healthy. >> we have a cold front pushing through our region this morning. we will highlight the canges
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coming up. >> and lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute. you're watching "good morning washington."
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hello. kids come every day air to school to study the visual and performing arts. parents can come, too. my mom made this one. good morning, washington. utensils prove to be no -- there was flooding in massachusetts. >> rose got wrote -- roads and
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basements got -- roads and basements got flooded. there were using pails to watch the water out of their garage. >> a lot of rain in new england this summer. there was a big blaze in oregon. crews are building parameters around the fire. it is 10% contained right now. you can see for miles around. >> it is now 10 minutes after the hour. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. adam caskey has the latest. >> just another delightful morning. >> perfection, especially relative to july whether. a cold front moved through a few hours ago. it moved in dryer, less humid weather.
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it feels more like late may or early june than july. cuereplp at 66. oxon hillep at 61. winchester -- it is cooler, up 51 degrees. the dew points are in the 50's. warrenton,3. here is the forecast. a lot of sunshine. some clouds this afternoon. highs in the low 80's with low humidity because of the north winds. tomorrow, pretty much the same story as today. we will see an increase in the humidity. the heat will be turned up by saturday and sunday. now let's go to lisa baden. >> we will go aloft to newschopper 7. they are flying over 95.
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this is north of route one where everything looks good heading up to lorton. no problems to get to newington. we are hearing about a dump truck that broke down on 66. >> thank you. 6:12, up 65 degrees. when we continue, a sacred statute vandalize. all caught on tape. what wwill check headlis around our region including a wreath laying at a
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. checking our top stories this morning. a big opportunity for home buyers in prince george's county. jack johnson plans to announce a new assistant program to help people buy foreclosed homes. the program is aimed at stopng the erosion of property volumes caused by foreclosures. >> two men will be honored as the first combat casualties of the vietnam war.
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there will be a wreath laying ceremony. the men died in 1959 in vietnam. the event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of their deaths. >> a national tour is being launched about the don't ask, don't tell policy. it bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. the pennsylvania democrat is a veteran of the iraqi war. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> it has been a busy morning on the roadways. what is the latest? but they are slowing down only in the literal sense. crest traffic is slowing down because of the volume. we go liveto the camera with the slow down right now on 270.
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traffic on the right side is toward montgomery county. now we go to newschopper 7. doesn't look great? that is between 95 and tysons. everything seems to be moving at speed. eastbound 66 at their oaks, we do have it broken down dump truck. -- eastbound 66 at fair oaks, we do have it broken down dump truck. the outer loup is that the normal slow pace from new hampshire avenue to get past holy cross hospital. >> we will have nice weather again today, better than yesterday. here is the forecast. 59 degrees right now. notice the dew point temperature. rarely do we see dew points in the upper 40's.
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a cold front moved through a few hours ago. that means very low humidity because there is not that much moisture in the air. it is going to be very comfortable conditions outside. culpeper, 66. oxon hill, 61. in the district is a little bit warmer, 70. chantilly at a comfortable 63. let's fire up the almanac data. we had an average temperature yesterday. we will be noticeably cooler and less humid today. today it will be even better because of the cold front that moved through here a few hours ago. notice the westerly flow and even the circulation over the new england. that is why we're not in that heat and humidity.
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we have the southwesterly flow. it is not the case and it has not been the case for our summertime so far. we are keeping the heat and humidity well to our south. a lot of sunshine today. tonight, clear and unseasonably cool. probably lower 50's in the higher elevations. 60's downtown. tomorrow afternoon, ala white today. a lot of sunshine. -- to more afternoon, a lot of sunshine. friday, still a nice day. great cool weather this entire week. our weather pattern will ship -- will shift this weekend. you will notice an increase in the humidity on saturday and sunday.
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we for a win the chance of showers and thunderstorms this weekend. overall, a good work week. doug and alison? >> ok. quest our nickname for adam caskey. i called -- >> our nickname for adam caskey. >> the future of web radio may have just been saved. vinita nair has the "money scope" report. >> a federal judge has cleared the last major hurdle for general purpose -- for general motors. they can fast-track appeals against gm. they can sell their best assets to a new company. friday is the deadline to close the deal. boeing towards addressing the problems of their airliner.
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boeing will have more control over a project that is nearly two years behind schedule. the plane taxied under its own power for the first time on tuesday. oil prices have soared recently. the government says it may step in to prevent wild swings. regulators are considering restrictions on speculative trading. it would prevent huge changes and it could help stabilize gas prices. t. boone pickens is suspending his plans to build the world's biggest wind farm in texas. he ran into problems. he will instead build three or four smaller wind farms. b radio may have been saved by t aldeo loweric mus
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royalty rates. they have rnched a agreement. traditional radio stations do not have to pay royalties for streaming music online. saving on your summer vacation. how you may be able to cut your travel costs in half. that is your "money scope" report. i am vinita nair. 60 6 degrees. >> a motel rocked by a sudden explosion. police believe dangerous chemicals may have triggered this blast. >> british royal family opens its doors to oprah. go inside queen elizabeth's favorite home. >> we appreciate your waking up with us. you're watching "good morning washington."
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> a day care worker in richmond, virginia, is now in police custody. a child died after being left in a van for several hours. the child was discovered after returning to the ban late yesterday. the bond was said $20,000. the worker could face additional charges. a legal drug maki operation ended in a blast. it was caught on tape.
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one wall blew out. debris went flying 25 feet into the parking make -- into the parking lot. one man was arrested. he had burns over his body. the white house is trying to make food safer. a food safety group has issued some new safety standards. they apply to everything from aids, to poultry, beef, -- from eggs, poultry, and beef. joe biden says the focus on prevention is a different emphasis than we have had in the past. >> american families have enough to worry about these days, just putting food on the table, let alone whether the food will be safe for their kids and their husbands and wives to eat.
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>> the new standards are in response to some food safety breakdowns. the fda will help the food industry establish better tracing systems in the event of an outbreak. a new study finds long- distance journeys can triple your chances of getting a blood clot. for every extra two hours traveling, the risk of getting a clot increases by 18%. drink a lot of water and move around as much as possible to reduce their risk. a group of church members are praying for a statute. someone stole a statute in california. surveillance video shows a man grabbing the statute and throwing it to the ground.
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it has become a friend in the community. the fact is cruel. >> it hurts. we are devastated. how could somebody do such a thing? >> i found the back of her head on the floor. i picked her up. it feels bad. >> parishioners are continuing to pray. they hope the surveillance video least find the vandal. a free gas giveaway has just gotten underway. >> courtney robinson has information you need to know. >> it seems drivers do not want to miss out on this opportunity. $0 for a gallant of zero unleaded. it is being sponsored by allstate. you can get 10 gallons of regular unleaded for free.
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alexandria is the most improved driving city in the nation as far as accidents, according to all state. they will be giving away free gas from nine -- from right wait until 9:00 a.m., or until 7,000 gallons are given out. it could be pretty soon. drive-ins' have been waiting all morning long. this is going on until 9:00 a.m. you can still get out here and fill up that tank. >> long lines. >> you know it. we have another half-hour of "good morning washington" ahead. >> we will tell you why there are a lot of drivers. what a funeral home accused of mishandling bodies.
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the accuser is fired. that story just ahead. >> adamaskey live in the weather center. yesterday it was a fantastic day. believe it or not, but
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>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side.
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good morning, washington. welcome back. it is just about 6:30. i'm alison starling. >> and i'm doug mckelway. time now for your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. any time in early july when you get temperatures and humidity as low as this, but it is like money in the bank. >> it is better than money in the bank. i take that back. it is not. but when you start thinking it does not get any better in july, it does. better today. here is the time lapse of the sunrise from our new camera on top of the building. y mtlossunny skies to start their day. a few patchy clouds by this afternoon. 66 right now at reagan national. the dew point is so low. it measures the amount of moisture in the air and tells us
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how humid or un humid it is. fredericksburg and 64. a comfortable start to the day. a big range of morning temperatures. low 80's for a high with low humidity. same story tomorrow. >> we have a great story to tell even on the traffic side. a nice ride on route 7. we will take you live to the dallas green light and to the dulles toll road. the change the traffic pattern on 28 at willard road. this is traffic in springfield on 95. newschopper 7 is flying over 95 between the occoquan and springfield. plenty of running room between. no problems on 270.
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good on 95 from baltimore. the dump truck is on the shoulder. >> thank you. 6:3is your time. a funeral worker in northern virginia is looking for work. >> he says he blew the whistle on some workers. >> he says he was fired after he talked with abc 7 news. matt brock has more. >> robert ranghelli is just 20 years old, a new father, and now unemployed. he says he reported this funeral home to the media as mishandling bodies. he says he does not regret making that report. robert ranghelli work for sen months at this funeral home when he was fired.
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pressed bodies were being placed in the garage, on sanitary conditions. pressed he believed he was let go because he mentioned certain conditionssihi in tdes building t bodies were unattended in the hallways and garages. he said the bodies were not refrigerated and some were bound for arlington national cemetery. was i feel better that i could burnt their respect from the families. >> the board of funeral directors is investigating the allegations. officials from the parlor say they recently completed an investigation and found no evidence of wrongdoing. we were told on the phone -- we did ask the people at the
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funeral home what they fired robert ranghelli. they chose not to comment. matt brock, abc 7 news. >> thank you. there are some new questions about safety on metro trains after an operator was caught texting on camera and in the driver's seat. >> that is unbelievable. >> is that the conductor? but the video shows a metro train texting. a writerider took the video and posted it on youtube. >> there is no excuse. >> the video was taken on june 5, weeks before the deadly train collision. the train driver was suspended for five days and is now back on the job. new lawsuits have not been
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fired against natural. the total number of lawsuits is now up to four. two men who survived the crash are now filing suits. they accuse the train operator of going too fast and failing to hit the emergency brake in time. they accuse metro of not giving the operator enough training. traffic congestion nationwide is down for a second straight year. track -- traffic in our region, though, is getting worse. the worst traffic in the nation is in los angeles. washington ranks second. atlanta is third, followed by houston, texas. sanford's cisco is next, followed by dallas-for work.
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-- san francisco is next, followed by dallas-fort worth. >> at this rate, we could end up number 1. >> we e trying harder. 6:37 is your time. let's check business headlines. >> we had a big drop on stocks yesterday. stock index futures are indicating slight gains this morning. move over, microsoft. google is releasing an operating system to compete with microsoft's windows. it will be designed for low-cost laptops. this sale your used car and buy a new one. you may get a good price when you sell your car.
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used-car prices have been rising for the past six months. one reason used car prices are on the rise, fewere used car vehicles are for sale. that is your business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i am linda bell. doug and alison, back to you. thank you. . tough the economy is forcing a popular georgetown restaurant to close up shop after 40 years. nathans restaurant has been a fixture since 1969, but it has been plagued by money problems recently. the owner said there was declining revenue. loyal customers are saddened by the news. >> it is like cling cheers. this has always been a cheers to
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everybody. people come in from all over the world. >> when we came in, we knew it had a history. >> nathans has been the backdrop with monthly question and answer sessions. the quest -- the restaurant will close on sunday night. >> carol joynt did a wonderful job of keeping the restaurant opened after the death of her husband. 6:39. when we continue, a scary flight for passengers in our region. a flock of birds to blame for it. >> marion barry's ex girlfriend is speaking out against stocking adult --
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6 it bought 42 on this once the morning. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> let's start with adam caskey. he has the latest on a wonderful forecast. >> it perfect. yesterday was a great day. today it will be even better. very comfortable. typically, it is already sticky
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and sweating out side. not the case right now. very dry and comfortable. the camera is showing the total blue skies. not even haziny because we do nt have the humidity. glenwood at 60. princes and at 66. mostly sunny this morning. -- princess anne at 66. tomorrow, but a carbon copy of yesterday. friday is also looking good. just a few degrees wmer. >> we are slow on 66 east from manassas to centreville. we do have slowed traffic on 395. those delays spilling over to springfield. some delays with the sunshine a
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factor. this is the 14th street bridge. we will go live to newschopper 7 flying over braddock road. there is an accident ease brown on braddock road. only one lane to the right was getting by. >> thank you. 65 degrees outside. 6:44. the president begins another important summit overseas. >> we will>> we willp
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good morning to all of you. we have concealing coverage of the michael jackson memorial.
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we will speak with a doctorate in the center of headlines, michael jackson lost personal doctor. we are also asking the question come up to bikini's sell hamburgers? we will see what we find out this morning. super model heidi klum will be here. six the top 47 is used -- 6:47 is your time. >> the woman making allegations against marion barry has now spoken out for the first time. >> personal details of the life was made public. pamela brown is here to explain. >> in that highly unusual late- night press conference. a spokesperson for marion barry said the accuser is under the
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care of a psychiatrist for being unstable. at that moment, the woman showed up unexpectedly. >> what i did hear it is not true. >> donna watts-brighthaup, his former girlfriend, turned up at the press conference last night to defend herself. barry's spokesperson calls her unstable. but she is under the care of a local psychiatrist and has been diagnosed with compulsive behavior disorder and clinical depression. >> the woman accused barry of stalking her and says the allegations are not true. >> i have not said anything. they are scared of something. >> their history goes well beyond this past week. she was hired last september as
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a leadership recruiter. the city pays for $60,000 for purchase services. barry says he did this to help route and a tough time. he says he hired her during a time when she was about to lose heart and her home. he says he did nothing illegal in hiring her. pamela brown, abc 7 news. >> thank you. 6:49. time for a check on our top stories. >> president obama is in italy. there will be three days of intense talks. they will talk about the global economy prices and world hunger. >> the ntsb is investigating a fatal crash at disney world. they do not usually conduct investigations on private property.
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they want to prevent future tragedies. the operator was killed early sunday morning. >> passengers on a southwest airlines had some scary moments. the plane returned safely to the airport after at least one bird struck an engine. passengers were transferred to another jet. officials say no one was hurt and there was no significant damage to the plan. 6:50. time for our favorite subject of the day, the weathe >> it sounds like our favorite subject of the week. >> it has been comfortable for weeks. it does not get any better than this in july. it is getting better, today, right now. can you tell i am excited? north winds are pushing in a
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comfortable chair. let's take a look at the sun rise over the districtr fom our new camera. mostly sunny and blue skies. 66 at reagan national. e wde point measures the tuisn i the year and tells us ho comforble it will be outside. it will be vy crtfoomable. folpcuerlp is at 66. oxon hill, 62. 52 degrees in winchester. our pattern is a typical for this time of year. we have been seeing a series of low pressure over the great lakes or over the new england giving us this try to follow. those white north winds are dropping our temperatures only to below 80's. typically, we see high pressure anchored off the coast.
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that is not the case. it will not be the case for the next several days. 82, at the high temperature today. comfortable, low humidity. low to mid 50's tonight. locally tonight, down town in the low to mid 60's. sunshine and low humidity tomorrow. we will turn up the heat a little bit and turn up the committee with the chance of some storms this weekend. >> there is a change on braddock road. the left side of your screen is eastbound traffic in a back up from guinea road. noticed one lane to the right getting by. the right side is westbound. all lanes are blocked.
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we will leave newschopper 7 and go to the camera of 95 in virginia. headlights heading on the northbound side out of springfield to get up to the beltway. this is the dulles greenway, a beautiful trip. more to
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good morning. 6:55. we will go live to newschopper 7
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on braddock road where accident cleanup is almost complete. >> a very sunny and comfortable couple of days. warmer, the upper 80's, and the chances storms this weekend. >> that will do it for us. will have a local update coming up at 7:22. >> have a great wednesday. we will see you tomorrow.
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