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ials call sexually explicit derogatory and offensive words. >> regardless of where they are in life is offended by them. jeanette: the chant includes references to sexual activity and was said to be recorded during an off-campus party. >> definitely has a lot to do with it. and everything is in a fishbowl now. reporter: university officials say the lurid lyrics spread through social media but school leaders tell abc 7 they were first made aware of the recording late last semester. immediate action was taken and the rugby club was charged with violating the university's code of conduct. the club was later sanctioned by the school. they appealed the sanctions and the appeal process wrapped up late last week. >> each member of the club will undergo awareness, training about sexual violence and on campus and sexual assault. reporter: paige mckenzie is the president of feminist united and wrote an op ed in her school paper about the chant. >> for people to think so
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mindlessly and if you think it's ok to say. to think that this type of violence behavior is ok that just demonstrates the culture that we live in. reporter: now school officials told me today that some members of that club rugby team said that many were not at this event that happened. but they said this was a team all 47 members, signed that code of conduct. and so the team had to go through this together. reporting live brianne carter, abc 7 news. leon: thanks, brianne. this controversy at the university of mary washington didn't happen in a vacuum. it follows high profile fra ternlt scandals across the nation in recent weeks. at least three fraternities have been suspended or outright disbanded because of actions or comments made towards women and minorities. alison? alison: leon we have an update tonight on that bloody arrest of a university of virginia student right outside of charlottesville bar. the university's board of visitors is applauding governor terry mcauliffe's decision to
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order an independent investigation. you'll remember martese johnson needed 10 stitches on his head after abc enforcement agents arrested him. agents claim johnson had been drinking and was beligerent. however, witnesses say that's not the case. so governor mcauliffe has ordered a full review. we are also hearing for the first time from elizabeth daley. in 2013 she was arrested by armed undercover abc agents outside of charlottesville store. they accused her of being alcohol underage. she was instead carrying a case of water. charges against her were later dropped. in a statement that was released just this morning, she writes i'm disheartened to see what has transpired this past week. i'm hopeful this new investigation will focus squarely on abc and its policing actions. abc 7 will continue to follow this story. leon: 150 people are presumed dead after a german jetliner
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crashed in the french alps. the black box has been recovered as the painstaking search for answers begins. ryan nobles updates the recovery and search effort. reporter: horror for the passengers and six crew members on board the germanwings flight from barcelona to dusseldorf, germany. >> the airliner then left this height after one minute to went straight down. reporter: the first reports from the crash site are devastating. helicopters flew to the scene and rescue crews described the plane as obliterated. with human remains strewn 700 meters from the wreckage but search crews did find one of the aircraft's so-called black boxes. many of the victims including the group of 16 school children are german and the country's chancellor angela merkel promised her full support. >> we will do everything to get the help that they need in these difficult hours.
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reporter: france will lead the probe into the crash of the airbus 322-11 where radar shows a sharp gradual descent a half-hour before it took off. >> if pilots were in control of the airplane, they're responding to some sort of emergency. reporter: the crash site is difficult to get to and the weather is expected to turn for the worse. making it impossible to land helicopters and allow recovery crews to safely navigate the treacherous terrain. a difficult but necessary process to prevent whatever went wrong from happening again. in washington ryan nobles abc 7 news. leon: there's a chill in the air. more changes are coming. eileen whelan is in the stormwatch weather center with a first look for us. eileen? eileen: spring is a transition season and we'll be going through quite the transition over the next few days. and right now outside, from our rooftop camera, we're sitting at
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46 cool degrees. about 10 degrees cooler than where we should be this time of year. we have a good bit of high cloudiness out there. we've jumped up to 40 degrees in baltimore. hanging steady in the upper 30's right now. milder farther south, luray and culpepper checking in at 52 degrees. i want to show you our storm scan. notice some of those very very light rain showers popping up over southern ohio and indiana. that moisture will be streaming eastward and i think may greet us with a few sprinkles come early tomorrow morning. so as you're getting out the door on wednesday morning, grab the umbrella. tonight, temperatures will be in the mid 30's so another chilly morning to start and i think if we get throughout the afternoon hours, more clouds than sun and highs tomorrow around 50 degrees but 70's by thursday and also on thursday if the strong cold front comes through, we could be dealing with some storms and we'll talk more about those storm chances from the belfort weather center in a little bit.
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alison: thank you very much. see you soon. we have new video of what happened outside of the white house the night that the two secret service agents allegedly showed up to the scene of an investigation after a night of drinking. this comes as congress demands answers from the director of the secret service. stephen tschida live outside of the white house with some of those answers today. stephen? stephen: alison, the director of the secret service has appeared on capitol hill three times in the past week or so because of the events that took place here along 15th street across from the white house on the evening of march 4th. this whole area is under intense surveillance, cameras all around here. the video provided for today's hearing came from the metropolitan police department and not the secret service. surveillance video from a controversial march 4th incident shows two senior secret service agents drive up to the white house and apparently disrupt an active investigation into a possible bomb. the two senior agents are
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suspected of drinking at a retirement party. >> does this committee have all available video footage from that evening? >> it does not, sir. stephen: the video played today is from the metropolitan police department, not the secret service. it automatically records over its video every 72 hours and no one raised a red flag. >> we destroyed the evidence. and that completely isn't -- that is just mind boggling we might do something like that. stephen: the video shows the government vehicle pushed past the orange barrier in place because of the investigation. the vehicle comes within feet of the suspected bomb. secret service director joseph clancy underwent gruelling questions and criticism. >> we are supposed to be guarding the president of the united states of america! we're better than that! stephen: clancy endeavored to down play the seriousness of this incident. >> the initial reports of a vehicle crash were inaccurate. there was no crash. stephen: obviously, there was no
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bomb in that incident. this is the latest of a string of incidents involving the secret service that led to the resignation of the former director last fall and we also want to point out that one of the senior secret service agents involved in this most recent event actually reportedly is in president obama's security detail. reporting live stephen tschida abc 7 news. alison: all right, stephen, thank you. amazing video now. with an equally amazing outcome. look at. this a prince george's county deputy was responding to a call late last night when he lost control and crashed and that sent his cruiservertical. straight up against that utility pole. incredibly, the deputy walked away as did the driver of an s.u.v. that was also involved. leon: early morning crash claimed the life of an 81-year-old silver spring man. he was hit by a pickup at the intersection of university boulevard and arcola avenue in wheaton. he died several hours later at the hospital. police have not said if he was
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in the crosswalk when he was hit. the driver of the pickup and a passenger were not hurt. alison: more ambulances are on the street in d.c. tonight. and this is at the order of d.c. mayor muriel bowser. it comes after a series of stories right here on abc 7 about slow response times to emergencies. across the district. now, in some cases it took more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. mayor bowser said today that 25% more ambulances are now operating. that's 10 more than before during peak hours. tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, sam ford will break down how this change is possible and what it's costing the city. leon: a d.c. woman is happy to be alive after this happened. a construction barrel crashed through her windshield as she drove through the third street tunnel. now, an investigation is under way into just how that happened. "7 on your side" trouble shooter horace holmes live at the scene with what he's found. horace? horace: leon you've seen these construction barrels all over
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construction sites around town, the orange and white barrels. well, temecular daniels said she was traveling on 395 about to get into the third street tunnel when one of them crashing through her windshield. she says it all happened so fast. >> came straight down from the sky. and i was driving and once they hit me i was screaming and swerving. horace: she thinks a construction barrel came from off the overpass but she knows it came crashing down right on the roof of her car and bounced smashing the windshield on the passenger's side. >> it came from out of the sky and went straight into the window and i was trying to stop the car. it flipped out and flipped over and rolled in the middle of the highway. horace: there is construction going on up and down this stretch of 395. and it really is hard to find one of these orange and white construction barrels. we weren't able to find any of
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those barrels here on the e street overpass above 395 and found no one who knew anything about what happened to daniels on sunday night. nevertheless daniels believes whatever caused one of these barrels to fallar also almost cost her her life. >> i'm just thankful that i didn't die. horace: a lot of questions but another one is how could one of these barrels get over this railing and on to 395? the barrel is not light, as you can see, and you can see the railing is high. daniels doesn't think this is an accident. police are investigating. reporting live in northwest, horace holmes abc 7 news. alison: keep us posted on that one. the u.s. will keep just under 10,000 troops in afghanistan through the end of the year. president obama made that announcement during a news conference with afghan president ghani at the white house. ghani requested a slowdown in the withdrawal of u.s. troops.
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he says security forces are dealing with the spring fighting season and recruitment by the islamic state as well. the white house said troop levels in 2016 will be based on conditions on the ground. well, the u.s. future in afghanistan will be among the key issues discussed tonight. in our latest roundtable on the new terror threat. we're also going to take a look at the threat posed by isil as well as the current u.s. relationship with israel and iran. all of that tonight at 7:00 on our sister station, newschannel 8 and also on line at leon: still ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00, what's being blamed for a sink hole that swallowed this car and when d.c. will begin its own blitz against potholes. alison: a warning. after four holdups on a popular bike trail. one victim describes the moment she came face to face with a man armed with a knife. reporter: they may not be here yet but take a look behind me the buses are. i'm suzanne kennedy. i'll tell you what kind of problems the drivers of those
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buses are experiencing. i'll have that story coming up. leon: and the national park service lays out a plan to deal with canada geese on the national mall.
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leon: border collies could soon be roaming the national mall in order to scare away national geese. they are looking for a way to keep geese and their waste away from the memorial reflecting pool. we have complete details on the proposal including how you can make your voice heard right now on alison? alison: as we head towards the peak of cherry blossom season there's actually a shortage of parking spaces downtown. that shortage means problems for all the tour buses that bring millions of tourists and, of course, their money to the region. suzanne kennedy live along the potomac with the impact it's already having. suzanne? suzanne: alison this is the scene right now all over town. motor coach afteroach after motor coach. and take a look at this sign right here. this is what they're dealing with. restrictions like this when it says "three hour parking all other times. "what they're dealing with is either parking restricts or not enough parking spaces and they don't know what to do about it.
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with the beautiful blooming blossoms of spring comes a burgeoning number of tour buses. >> it's the busy season when all the seventh and eighth graders come. suzanne: michelle is here from toledo, ohio and spends much of her day to try to avoid getting a ticket. >> a few between because there's hundreds of motor coaches here and not enough parking for us. suzanne: if she and her co-worker aren't counting down to minutes where they have to move their buses they're driving around looking for a space. that means hours going in circles and money out of their pockets for gas. >> probably losing $50 to $100 a day on just the fuel. if you can't park the bus. suzanne: critics today are calling for long term solutions to the cherry blossom parking crisis for both the motor coach industry and tourists. they say that means more parking, not more tickets. >> the way the district government and the park service
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and others involved have chosen to address it to this point is by monotizing it. by writing tickets. suzanne: the d.c. department of public works which hands out tickets in the district says it tries to increase access by encouraging turnover in this area. that means they monitor it closely and encourage people to move along when their time is up. as for the buses, they say they need to park at r.f.k. stadium. the bus drivers say that's too far awayment they can't manage their pickups and get back and forth to r.f.k. stadium. authorities are hoping some sort of solution could come up and that doesn't mean more ticketing. reporting live in southwest washington suzanne kennedy, abc 7 news. leon: thanks, suzanne. looks like some sun is starting to peek out there. eileen: it's a nice change after
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a gray, cool day. i'll show you the time lapse with clouds giving way to more sunshine in virginia and just towards the end of this time lapse, you'll see that skies brighten and we get blue skies. that's the nice end to kind of a cloudy and unseasonably cool day here in the nation's midsection. 46 degrees at reagan national right now. 52 in luray and culpepper. jumped to 50 degrees in baltimore after being in the 30's all day long and so our average is in the upper 50's and we're well below that today. but some changes on the horizon as i kind of show you the wider view. you can kind of see where this front is set up with temperatures well into the 70's over tennessee, arkansas and even into georgia. get farther towards the north still in the 30's new york city only at about 44 degrees but we're going to start to tap in to some of this warmer air come thursday as a warm front lifts to our north. but also with that front does come the chance for some showers
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and even a few thunderstorms. as of right now, here are some of those showers and i'm pointing these out because they may be bringing some showers come early tomorrow morning for the commute. you can already see some of those showers moving into southern west virginia. so i think more clouds beginning to increase overnight tonight. the highest likelihood of seeing rain will be especially southwest of the d.c. metro area but it may impact the morning commute a little bit. but the reason we're so cool is high pressure to the north and that's reinforcing some of that cooler air and it's bringing us an easterly breeze so bringing those cloudier conditions and keeping us quite cool. it's tonight that this warm front looks a little bit closer to u us that chance of showers. it's not going to really lift north of us until thursday so we've still got one more cool day tomorrow. highs will be right around 50 degrees. i'll show you our futurecast here. so i've started this tomorrow morning. and this futurecast actually
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doesn't even pick up on any rain. so it's going to be very hit or miss. and any of the rain that develops will be very light. one other thing that i want to mention before i forget is along the i-81 corridor is if temperatures get too freezing where they may in the valleys and higher elevations any precipitation may fall as freezing rain. if you travel i-81 in the morning, keep that in mind. other than that, mostly cloudy during the day. temperatures near 50 degrees but late wednesday overnight, that's when that warm front lifts to our north and that's when we tap into the warmer temperatures so 70's come thursday. i think in the morning, there may be some showers especially along and east of i-95 and then it's a cold front gets closer to us through the late afternoon and evening, more showers and maybe even a few rumbles of thunder and then as the cold front passes late thursday into friday, we tumble back into the temperature roller coaster back into the 50's come friday rather. so tonight, 35 degrees in the city. farther west as you get into the
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valleys and high elevations. maybe closer to freezing and the showers arriving by dawn. tomorrow's hourly forecast lower 40's by 10:00. by the noon hour upper 40's and i think tomorrow we'll top out around 50 degrees but still below average. 70 degrees on thursday. it will be short lived. the weekend looks nice and dry. look at how cool. highs in the middle 40's on saturday. 50 degrees on sunday and then go figure. we get back to average come next week. alison: every day is different. leon: average is looking pretty good about now. eileen: you're telling me. 58 degrees has never sounded so good. leon: thanks, eileen. alison: still to come coming face to face with a robber. >> when i saw the knife in his hand and he said you know, give me everything. alison: ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00 the new warning as police investigate four armed robberies
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on a popular trail. reporter: do you ever get that prickly feeling that your hands or feet have fallen asleep or get really thirsty a lot? we have doctors right here for you. all you have to do is pick up the phone and call them. they will answer your questions about diabetes.
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leon: tonight, abc 7 is stepping up to help you find answers about diabetes. it's diabetes alert day and the majority of people living with diabetes have type two. but 5% are diagnosed with type one diabetes. jennifer donelan is live in the abc 7 help center tonight with more on the difference between the two. jen, tell us about it. jennifer: well that phone bank going on right now. people with type two diabetes leon, are unable to make enough insulin to keep their blood sugar levels normal. but type one diabetics are unable to produce insulin at all. this 16-year-old is an student, national honor society member and all american track star and also a type one diabetic and the youth ambassador for the american diabetes association. >> the big part about it because everybody sees not terrible, it's just diabetes. jennifer: carlos was diagnosed when he was just 11 years old. >> first started seeing the symptoms with me using the
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bathroom drinking a lot and my mom took me to the doctor and that's when we found out. jennifer: now he wears an insulin pump and checks his blood sugar every two hours. >> diabetes is a part of me now so it's who i am. and i like it. it makes me a better person. more responsible. eating healthier. jennifer: carlos says he feels compelled to speak out because so many people don't understand what it's like to live with type one diabetes. we have nine medical experts here in the "7 on your side" help center to answer your questions right now about everything related to diabetes. doctors are here to take your call. 703-236-9220. do not miss this opportunity. back to you. alison: all right. thank you so much. see you again shortly and coming up here on abc 7 news at 5:00 -- how two young children fought off a man who attacked their grandfather telling them he was on a mission from god to abduct them.
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leon: plus what spawned this sink hole in new jersey as d.c. prepares to tackle its own pothole problem. reporter: and four people are robbed along a popular d.c. trail. coming up, hear from one of the victims who says she didn't realize he was being serious until she saw him holdi
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alison: there is a crime alert in the district after four robberies on a popular trail in
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a matter of days. they're all happening on the metropolitan branch trail which is in northeast washington. diane cho is there tonight with one victim's story of fright and survival. diane: this woman who didn't want to be identified says she was jogging along the metropolitan branch trail on sunday night near eighth street in edgewood northeast when she noticed a young man on the other side and ran past him. before she knew it she says he was running up behind her. >> he passed me. ran in front of me and pulled out a knife. diane: she says he demanded everything she had. he didn't have any money on her. she pulled out her cell phone and then asked for her password so he could unlock it. worried about the personal information on her phone she says she immediately had the phone company shut it down. >> didn't realize until afterwards when the detectives and police showed up that protocol was asking me to delay cancelling so they could track it. i didn't know that at the time. diane
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diane: she was one of four people robbed that day. one had her young daughter when it happened. >> it's sad. you don't wish that experience on anybody else. diane: the other victims told officers the suspect was armed with a knife demanding their cell phones and cash. >> can't jog without fear of being robbed etc. i haven't really faced that luckily. >> stuff happens, you know. it's unfortunate that it does. but we also live our lives. diane: and police say they believe these cases could be connected. and at least one case the victim told police there could be two suspects involved. in northeast d.c. diane cho, abc 7 news. leon: d.c. police are using a new tactic to try to fight against crimes. specifically, they're trying to stop repeat crimes. d.c. mayor muriel bowser today told council members the plan is similar to how the fire department hands out smoke detectors in the neighborhood after a deadly fire. in this case police flood the streets while service workers help victims' families and neighbors with housing, jobs and other services.
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>> we realize that there are families involved in both cases that a lot of times need services that are not related at all. so what the goal is to use those other service to help stablize the community. and those families so we don't see continuation of violence. leon: the chief said so far they have offered services to four victims families and all have accepted. alison: a frederick man faces life in jail in the 2013 death of his neighbor. a jury found antoine snowden guilty of first degree murder this morning. he was charged in the death of his upstairs neighbor 61-year-old gloria fitzpatrick back in april 2013. she was found strangled in her apartment. it pointed to snowden as the killer. sentenceing is set for june. leon: top stories now. rugby club at the university of mary washington is suspended indefinitely. they made the move after audio
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recordings show them using derogatory and offensive language. each team member will undergo education on sexual assault and violence. alison: search teams have found one of two black boxes from the site of that plane crash in the alps. all 150 people on board are believed to have died when the airbus a-320 crashed into a mountain. authorities say the plane lost altitude for eight minutes without a distress call. leon: newly released surveillance video show the secret service s.u.v. bumping a temporary barrier outside of the white house at one to two miles per hour. inside that s.u.v. were two senior agents who are now under investigation for allegedly driving that vehicle under the influence. the house committee played that video during a hearing, rather with agency director joseph clancy. alison: the investigation continues now into a crash that sent a school bus into a home outside of philadelphia. that bus was en route to a catholic elementary school when
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it hopped a curb and careened right into the home. look at that video. there were 12 students on board at the time. none were hurt. the school bus driver was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. and no one inside the house was hurt. still no word though on what caused the crash. and take a look at this. authorities had to evacuate four homes in south amboy, new jersey after a fuj sink hole opened up there. when officers arrived, it already swallowed a small s.u.v. officials believe it was caused by a water main break. no injuries have been reported. leon: that's a big one. sure sign that spring is here. d.c.'s seventh annual pothole palooza starts tomorrow. now, you can report a pothole by calling 311 or going to the department of transportation's website. the goal is to repair damaged roads within 48 hours after getting a call. road crews have already filled 7300 potholes in the past two weeks. tonight, abc 7 is welcoming a
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new addition to our team here will be helping you navigate around trouble spots on the roads. maybe some of those potholes. haley sullivan standing by on traffic watch. hi jamie. jamie: i was going to talk about these potholes that you can report them. watch out for them. i don't want to report any accidents because of them. let's begin with the volume that we're seeing a lot of red and this is mostly typical volume but i want to zoom in on the area a little bit closer to 270. for you working your way northbound only averaging about 13 hours per hour. what we have is an accident all lanes are temporarily blocked. this is 270 northbound after montross so the backup is already on to the capital beltway. let's move south a little bit closer to virginia. on 95 we do have an accident heading southbound at lorton road. let's take a live look and show you what we've got. two lanes are blocked. not the best shot. bear with me. it is an arrow that's pushing everybody to the left-hand side. we still have lanes available. the problem is though two of them are blocked. let's talk travel time for you right now.
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if you are heading southbound on 95 it's going to be about 29 miles per hour. i'm sorry, 29 minutes. definitely under 29 miles per hour, though. possibly even in the single digits in some spots. and that's going to be from the beltway continuing a little bit closer to the occoquan river. past that you will start to clear up. that's a look at traffic. over to you guys. leon: thanks jamie and welcome aboard. coming up at 5:00 introduce you to young brothers who stood up to an attacker and fought him off to protect their families. alison: plus the "7 on your side" help center is open taking your questions today on diabetes. ahead, the new efforts to find out if the common vitamin can help fight that disease. leon: and new at 6:00 tonight, a company facing several lawsuits. why another company that he worked with is on the radar of the feds. i-team investigation coming your way tonight at 6:00.
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alison: lab habitat for humanity said it's donating a home to a local sailor killed in the line of duty. he is receiving that honor and his mother used a portion of his life insurance to pay off his habitat home or her habitat home, rather in hagerstown.
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mortgage payments on habitat home help to finance future homes. mayo died protecting another sailor from a civilian intruder at the norfolk naval station last march. leon: a glen burnie man will spend seven years on trying to kidnap a girl. the girl escaped unharmed. alison: it looks like karate classes really paid off for a family in kentucky over the weekend. >> in the middle. alison: robert and patty were playing with their brother saturday evening when their grandfather said a man approached them. he claimed god sent him to take one of the children and started attacking their grandfather. that's when the boys jumped into action. >> well i keep riding the bike. and then i block him and then hit him in the head. alison: the grandfather broke free, grabbed his gun and shot the man in the leg.
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there's no word if any charges have been filed here. the redmond boys though have been taking karate classes for the past two months. leon: sounds like they should be wearing capes now like batman and robin. alison: exactly. leon: way to go guys. still ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00, a pool in danger of not opening because of its water bill. "7 on your side" searches for answers after the closed pool gets a $7,000 water bill. reporter: ever taken one of these diabetes risk tests? i took one today. i hit five out of 10. i'm in a room filled with doctors. i can ask questions and so can you. phone bank lines are open now.
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alison: a research institute in hyattsville is part of a large scale clinical trial to see whether a vitamin d supplement can help prevent or delay type two diabetes. jennifer donelan has our report on this diabetes alert day. jennifer: there's a family history of diabetes and is at risk for type two diabetes himself. >> i already have hypertension. diabetes is adding fuel to the fire so to speak. jennifer: he's not giving up
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though. instead, he signed on to a study at the research institute with hopes of upping his chances of avoiding diabetes all together. while the typical adult intake of vitamin d is 600 to 800 a day, the study will have patients take a daily dose of 4,000 units. past research suggests more vitamin d might reduce diabetes risks by 25%. >> worst thing it can do is help. here i am. jennifer: six million adults in the u.s. might be at high risk for diabetes. while increased vitamin d could help stop people from getting the disease, without a large clinical trial, medical investigators won't know for sure. >> put specific criteria for the patient. jennifer: now 2500 people at 20 study sites will take the increased supplement for four years. >> if we're able to confirm that vitamin d does actually help with the prevention of diabetes this will be a significant public health implication in the
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united states. jennifer: that is cause for hope. they're still seeking participants for this study. you can go to for more information on that. we're back here in the phone bank. you can call the 703-236-9220 number. the doctor here told three people and they are going to go see their doctors after their phone calls with her. give us a call. we'll be right back. leon: tomorrow united medical center will unveil the plan to help combat diabetes and other health conditions east of the anacostia river. hospital plans to launch mobile clinics. it's to reduce the health disparitys in many low income communities. alison: well angelina jolie took another major step to reduce her risks of getting cancer. in an op ed for "the new york times," the actress revealed she recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. she made that decision for the surgery after her blood test detected a possible sign of early cancer. experts say the key is to center in on the fallopian tubes where
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ovarian cancer is thought to originate. >> by the time of surgery about 5% to 10% of women with this type of genetic mutation will have a hidden or occult cancer present. it's important that surgery is done properly. alison: it's been two years since angelina jolie had a double mastectomy reducing her risk of breast cancer given her family history. her mother her grandmother and maternal aunt all died from some form of ovarian or breast cancer. leon: smart move on her part. take control of your health if you can. all right? let's take a -- eileen whelan maybe she can take control of this weather and bring us at least back to normal. alison: that would be nice. eileen: how about if i take you above normal by thursday? how does 70 degrees sound? are you guys ok with that? i don't hear any complaints going on. anyways, a little bit chilly now. one bright note the sun is coming out as we end this tuesday after kind of a cloudy and cool day. i want to get to the weather bug
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camera at congressional country club in bethesda. you can see blue sky. but the blue sky will be filled back in with more clouds overnight tonight. and chilly temperatures in the 30's. chilly today. highs have only been in the mid to upper 40's. our weather bug network updating every minute. 48 degrees now in remington virginia in faquier county. 43 degrees in alexandria. 45 at the charter school downtown and 44 in chantilly with relatively light winds. i want to show you our storm scan. notice some of those light rain showers to our southwest in southern ohio west virginia. those will be moving in tomorrow. also one other kind of neat fact here. severe thunderstorm watch for portions of missouri and arkansas. this is the first severe thunderstorm watch in march and the latest that we've seen a severe thunderstorm watch since 1970. so it's been a pretty quiet the severe weather season so far in march. i'm sure things will be changing as we get to the next several weeks. back here at home tonight, chilly in the mid 30's.
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a few possible showers by dawn. maybe bring the umbrella with you early tomorrow morning. show you that on the futurecast here. i'm stopping it at 7:00 a.m. and notice just some light spotty rain showers. otherwise, kind of cloudy and cool to start the day and more clouds and sun for the rest of the afternoon. highs around 50 degrees tomorrow and then the 70's i've been promising. it arrives on thursday. short lived, though. few storms late in the day ask cooler as we head into the weekend. back to you guys. alison: leon is a little nervous. leon: kiss of death. tim: you're more than nervous! you're visibly upset. leon: name a time that it hasn't been the kiss of death. tim: sports illustrated announced that the washington nationals will be on the cover of the baseball preview edition. if you remember steven strasburg was on that cover. it showcases max scherzer and bryce harper. there are four different covers for four different regions. mariners indians and royals have covers. that doesn't lessen the jinx or the pressure it has on the team
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involved. the dean of washington baseball is the guy they call the washington monument, hondo the capital punisher. when i was following the senators back in the day he hit the longest home runs i've ever seen. he had a great career as a player, manager and scout. frank howard talked to us today about the nats pitching staff and the great expectations on this year's team. >> i was in offensive baseball all my life as a player and as a hitting coach and i think it's a fun part of the day. the team that scores the most runs win. i'll be the first to admit that game is all prefaced on that guy 60 feet away from home plate. listen, they've got the talent. keeping the ballclub healthy. that's the key. they've got a tremendous shot at it. tim: never once did he mention the s.i. jinx. all talent. if you missed the maryland women's basketball game for you, shame on you. the terps advanced to the sweet 16 by beating unbeaten
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princeton. president's niece plays for princeton and the president was at the xfinity center on saturday. and president obama picked tigers over the terps last night which seemed to motivate the terrapins. if you are a competitor, then as soon as someone tells you that you can't or you won't then you will. and you should. >> most definitely coming in playing undefeated team a team that obama had picked over us. gave us a little added motivation to come in and make a statement. tim: and make a statement they did! they won big over undefeated princeton. alison: awesome. leon: tell not to pick the nats. tell the president not to pick the nats. tim: i'm with you there. leon: ok. coming up next here on abc 7 news at 5:00 -- reporter: a community pool on the brink of shutting down gets more bad news. i'm chris papst. coming up, we'll tell you why fights with the water company is
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leon: a scary police car crash caught on dash cam video. take a look at this. corporal brandt roberts was chasing a speeding suspect when his car flipped over on an exit ramp. police say that the good samaritan came to roberts' car and broke out a window to get him out of there. >> i wanted to get out and first thing that was going was afraid the vehicle might catch on fire. leon: the suspect was never caught. slick roads played a role in that accident. we're learning tonight the investigation into this deadly scaffolding collapse in raleigh, north carolina is going to take months. three people were killed a fourth seriously hurt in this construction accident. we're told that crews were trying to disassemble that scaffolding when it suddenly peeled away from the building and then just toppled over. alison? alison: leon, for the first time in a 50 year history, a local community pool may not be open in the summer. back in january, we told you how the college park woods swim club received a giant bill for water it says it didn't use and can't
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afford. as "7 on your side"'s chris papst reports, it's happened again. even though the pool is closed for the winter. chris: two months ago when we first spoke to the college park woods swim club, she didn't know if this pool could stay open. >> are you optimistic? chris: today she still doesn't. >> i'm trying to be as much as i can be. chris: in october, the pool's monthly water bill jumped from $700 to more than $5100. since then the club has hosted numerous fundraisers. including on go fund me. but last month it happened again. the pool got another big bill. for more than $2100. even as it sat empty for winter. >> 20000 gallons of water how bad does this bill hurt? >> well, we can't pay it. >> the resident are up in arms. they want a resolution to this problem now.
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chris: she has been a member of this pool for 20 years. she says there's no way it used all that water and she doesn't know if any leaks. this thursday a representative from wssc will meet with the club. the utility told "7 on your side" this building is old. and sometimes pipes can break that you don't see. plus they said there's always the possibility of vandalism or theft. but either way, all that water was used. the utility gave us this statement. "neither of these bills relate to the pool meter. the higher usage in both cases is from a main meter which measures the rest of the facility." >> this is my pool. i'm disappointed greatly in how wssc has handled this situation. chris: chris papst abc 7 news. leon: that doesn't make any sense at all. does it? alison: not at all. we'll have to see what the resolution is. leon: that's it at a:00. coming up at 6:00 improving emergency response time. the mayor's plan to put more ambulances on d.c.'s streets. alison: questions about the
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owner of a payroll company in trouble. the new investigation surfacing. leon: and pulling american troops out of afghanistan won't be going as planned. what was decided in the high level talks today. maureen: first at 6:00 more ambulances are being deployed on d.c. streets. this comes after a series of response failures and delays. we first told you about them here on abc 7. now, mayor muriel bowser is increasing the number of ambulances by 25%. d.c. bureau chief sam ford is live with the new standards in place. sam? >> -- sam: maureen, i'm outside of ambulance 15 they quickly arrive on scene with initial care. the shortage is with ambulance transports and the mayor announced new units on line as of today. >> we're able to increase the
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number of ambulances available by 25% and we're going to put that in place. sam: mayor muriel bowser repeating to reporters what she earlier told council members in their monthly breakfast. in the last two weeks, ambulance shortages and up to 30 minute wait times led to police struggling with relatives trying to reach a stabbing victim in southeast, a motorcycle accident victim lying in the street 22 minutes in southwest and police giving up waiting and driving an injured officer to the hospital in northeast. the deputy mayor said the old ambulance policy of 39 units on the street is being uped to the new policy of 49 units between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. a 25% increase with the additional staffers on overtime. >> when we have the most call volume is when we'll have the additional ambulances out there. sam: some contract critics say there's a shortage because the ambulances stay at the hospital too long.


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