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>> fighting back tears bernardo describes his wife veralicia figueroa. veralicia figueroa was the savopoulos family housekeeper with savvas savopoulos and amy and their young son were all tragically killed inside the burned-out home last week. >> i was loving her so much. brianne: he says the last time he saw his wife was wednesday, may 13 when he dropped her off at the bus. brianne: tonight new information on what was happening at the family home. according to the "washington post," the family and figueroa were held inside thursday. a man dropped off a box with $40,000 inside. there were injuries on three of the four inside. >> i didn't say anything but
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my feeling is somebody was in there. >> brian: he too went to the home thursday morning looking for his wife. he knocked on the door but no one answered. as he went to the garage window mr. savopoulos called. he told him that his wife stayed overnight to help with amy who was said to be sick. mr. savopoulos told alfaro he would call him later. he left the home and waited for another call that never came. and that heartbroken husband saying he and his wife had planning to retire and move. we have learned that private services will be held this friday for the family. reporting live brianne carter, abc7 news. alison: a former delegate candidate for maryland district 32 has been charged with stealing $17000 from a high school booster club. the "capitol gazette" shows stephen wyatt facing 34 counts
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of theft and other charges and is the former president of the county and now disbanded boosters association. investigation was launched by the anne arundel police after they discovered numerous unauthorized cash withdraws. leon: it may only be wednesday but the holiday traffic is here. tomorrow is supposed to be the busiest for traffic leading up to the memorial weekend. tonight was set to be second. a lot of the drivers will head to the maryland beaches. stephen tschida has a look at what drivers can expect when they get there. stephen: check out the bridge right now. traffic is starting to pick up. this is wednesday before the memorial day weekend. already a lot of people in vacation mode literally. the beach beckons.
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some can't resist the call. >> it will be about an hour to get across. stephen: going to be? it already is. so many people are avoiding the traffic that they shifted the peak period. >> busiest time is thursday afternoon 5:00 to 6:00. stephen: the seconds biest is wednesday night. this year we expect an increase in number of the people hitting the road. about a million across the metro area. driving the vacationers, upbeat economy and cheap gas. a buck less a gallon than last year. >> more people will travel because it's cheaper. they have 100 brick, one for each fatality in the past six decades. >> she passed away july 28 ten months old. stephen: she joined tourism experts to offer advice and warnings for the drivers this
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memorial weekend. especially those taking route 404. >> the beach isn't going anywhere. be safe. take your time. look out for each other. stephen: the traffic problems won't be limited before and after the weekend. tourists will head to the nation's capitol this weekend. so there could be traffic problems throughout the memorial day weekend. reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. leon: all right. thank you. so how does it look on the roads right now? jamie sullivan has the word for us. jamie: approaching that area getting close to the by a bridge we have a delay. but it is approaching the river bridge that is going to take extra 30 minutes. if you are leaving your house now. crossing the bay bridge. right now we are okay. we are in the green. no problems continue past this point. look at the by a bridge. this will give you a good idea of the pace right now.
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tomorrow at this time we expect more congestion. plan on an extra 30 minutes for you. that is a look at traffic. back to you. leon: all right. thank you. well, folks if you plan to hit the road in the next few days "7 on your side" to track the gas prices on the way. according to triple-a the average price for gallon of regular unleaded in the d.c. area is $2.81. down from $3.85 a year ago. the national average is $2.72. you can find the best prices near you at click on stephen tschida's story about memorial day traffic to find everything there. traffic is a big piece of the puzzle for any holiday weekend for sure. alison: the other factor is the weather. so let's check in with the chief meteorologist doug hill with a look at the forecast. this is a big one. an important one. doug: at the moment it's gorgeous outside the belfort furniture center. reporting yesterday on "abc7 news at 5:00" thursday, tomorrow is probably going to be the heaviest travel day on
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the road for the memorial day weekend and the weather won't play ball. get a look from alexandria. a bit of a breeze. comfortable. still mid-to-upper 60's in the area. we will get cooler. the numbers, that is how many degrees cooler now than this time yesterday. tonight will get cooler. we have some areas in the 40's. but a slow drop for first pitch i nats park. hope we have more excitement like zimmerman's walkoff homer last night. cool and comfortably. 70's in the 60's to the 40's and the 50's overnight. more on the rain tomorrow and what sun for the memorial day weather weekend in detail. back to you. alison: thank you. now we turn to a developing story out of alexandria where a little league umpire is charged with child pornography. northern virginia bureau chief
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jeff goldberg is in alexandria with the latest in the investigation. jeff? jeff: 67-year-old don essex known as a skilled umpire for more than a decade. the league president says he passed all animal criminal background check and raised no suspicion about his alleged behavior off the field. >> devastating that this person would be engaged in that behavior. >> according to the charging dock don'ts last week essex responded to invitation on a social networking site from an undercover officer to offer his fictitious 9-year-old daughter for sex. a chat followed where essex alleged sent 13 photos of child pornography as he and an officer arranged a time to meet. essex also told the officer he was sexually active with young children in his family. each of whom knew to keep quiet about the abuse. authorities identified him through a phone number and
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through facebook and arrested him last weekend. >> as a parent it's completely shocking. jeff: maureen has a son and daughter playing and they will keep playing. >> this is not representative of the league or experiences that any of us have had with the volunteers. alison: the league received no complaints about essex from children or parents. he is in chail with if next court hearing set for next month. they are asking with knowledge of the case to contact them. leon: in prince george's county police say coverage by abc7 helped them that led to arrest of a man wanted for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. maryland bureau chief brad bell brought you the information that cracked the case on 7. now live with the update. brad? brad: they made the arrest today.
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they have been looking for guy since this time monday evening. after we aired a story with his description and someone called him n and put a name to the face. a police officer spotted 20-year-old isiah bogan in a car on brooks drive this morning. no mistaking the young man with the word "blessed" tattooed across his neck. a description we broadcast monday when we spoke exclusively to the mother of bogan's alleged victim. within minutes otory airing a tip center called with bogan's name. >> he is a monster. please come forward. brad: we are protecting the woman. a week ago her 12-year-old daughter was the victim of a sexual assault. the man followed her in the elevator of i aapartment building and she was forced to perform a sex act. then the mother and daughter spotted the man and she tackled the guy. >> i wanted to protect my daughter.
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brad: the man got away. but now with an arrest she and her daughter can heal. >> she is going to need some counseling. with prayer and everything we will be fine. brad:gan has extensive criminal history and he was arrested on brooks drive. an alert police officer spotted him in a car. they did a traffic stop and brought him in custody. tonight he is behind bars. brad bell, abc7 news. alison: new developments tonight from prince george's county where a woman pleaded guilty to stealing houses and then selling or renting them. real estate agent and convicting forger shannon lee admitted that she faked documents for a listing and she cleaned up the house, and posted it on craigslist and rented it out for $1450 a month. in all lee and a partner targeted 25 houses and stole eight more.
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lee will serve an 18-month sentence. leon: coming up on "abc7 news at 5:00" -- we know the white house is at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. but find out why google is apologizing for a search that resulted in the executive mansion. alison: later the district is talking about safety with the new streetcars. "7 on your side" is on your side to find out when they will start to carry passengers. leon: plus -- >> you might have heart about the flat for cannes festival. >> you are appropriately dressed. >> are you kidding me? snide out why people -- leon: find out why people are talking about the shoes than the movies at this year's
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narrator: puerto rico's healthcare system is on life support, putting three and a half million puerto ricans at risk. it's an outrage. puerto ricans are us citizens and pay the same medicare taxes, but receive only half the federal healthcare funding as the other 50 states. the headlines tell the story... woman: "unfair treatment from washington." man: "thousands without medications." woman: "it's a crisis that could imperil the whole economy." nartor: washington must act now to protect care for three and a half million u.s. citizens. before it's too late.
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leon: a d.c. woman is rushed to the hospital. for cardiac arrest. she awakes and is grateful to be alive but is shocked when she opens her wallet. a story you will see only here on 7. fighting back jennifer donelan is on the hunt for a thief that struck while the woman was dying. jennifer: 54-year-old substance abuse counselor was in unbearable pain on april 24. >> the doctors told me i could have died in the house. jennifer: her husband called
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an ambulance and gave ro byson her purse. >> my purse was with me. jennifer: neither of them thought about the $1100 of financial aid money she had in her wallet. >> i literally got the money the week before. generaller if: she clung on to that purse for dear life from the apartment to the ambulance to just across the street at the emergency room at the united medical center in d.c. but then her life started to slip away. >> that's it. i'm out. i am in cardiac arrest. jennifer: she awoke with a ventilator tube down her chest and fellow church members praying over her. her husband asked the nurse where was the wife's purse? it was there. but the wallet was bear empty of the much-needed $1100. >> empty. nothing. >> robinson says she believes somebody at the hospital stole the money while she was unconscious but she has been
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getting the run-around ever since from everyone. >> a solution apology something. whoever took it. god bless them. i hope they have a good time with it. jennifer: i called the united medical center to ask what happened. why can't they look at in-house surveillance footage? they told us they can't talk about the case because of the patient privacy law but say they take concerns seriously. robinson says since they won't call her back, she is calling the d.c. police. in southeast, jennifer donelan, abc7 news. alison: wow! all right. well of course plenty of women opt for flats over high heels for the health benefits and the comfort. but that is just not an option for women at this year's cannes film festival. that is right. the organizers instituted a dress code banning flat shoes. it came to light after several women were turned away from a premier sunday night because they were wearing flats. now the stars are speaking out
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against the policy. >> well should wear whatever suits them. >> i will walk the stairs in the high heels. alison: now we are talking. tradition for the women to wear dresses and heels on red carpet at cannes. men where tuxedos with bow ties and black shoes. but nothing is spelled out. it's enforced by the security guard. they say in this case the staff made a mistake. leon: security guards like the t.s.a. alison: they are the fashion police. leon: literally! alison: if a man told me i couldn't wear flats -- leon: he'd be toast! is there a policy here? alison: not that i know. doug: you just need to have shoes. in the summertime some people
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wear flip-flops. i won't say. leon: we know some of those. doug: holiday weekend is almost here. it will be okay. tomorrow is the day that will be a pain. it will be raining tomorrow and combine with a high traffic volume people getting out early may not be a pretty picture. this is. view from the boardwalk at second straight. from the plaza hotel looking across the sand of the beach. beautiful. high-level clouds. that is it. through the day we have high clouds throughout the coastline. we will stay onool side at the beaches -- cool side on the beaches. 69 in gainesville. mclane at 66. a breeze out of the southwest and the northwest that direction. winds will change east and bring in the cooler air. 70 at andrews and dulles. but the numbers will fall tonight. it will stay clear so we are going to drop after the sun
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set. pollen count off the chart today. just a few weeds. we can drop in the rain today. clouds will increase as the winds turn easterly. then the rain will come in. the temperatures are warm. we will get a return to the warm air monday. but until then we have the cool air. the high pressure controlling now. we have a lot of sunshine left around our arizona. the clouds increase tonight. rain moves in tomorrow morning. it depends what model you look at. this is just a question of when, not if the rain will arrive ahead of the storm
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system. we have pockets of the moderate and heavier rain. then it will clear off and we have a nice holiday weekend forecast. thursday, cloudy cloudy cloudy. chilly near 60 degrees. if you look at the next seven days, we make a nice recovery with sunny and breezy weather friday. sunshine breezy weather on saturday. a bit warmer and more humid on sunday. 83. memorial day partly cloudy. warm and humid. upper 8 90. a chance of the isolated thunderstorms monday afternoon. a little better chance to be more scattered. but still keep chances at 30% tuesday and wednesday with the highs of 90 or 91. leon: steamy. alison: yeah. but look at friday and saturday. those are gorgeous days.
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doug: sunday is fine, too. leon: good looking stuff. alison: thank you. small, slick or a major disaster. still ahead on abc7 news -- a look at just how bad that oil spill off the coast of california may be. >> montgomery county schools paid $35000 to find a new superintendent. why has it come up empty handed? i'm kevin lewis with the story next. leon: first, a look at what is coming up tonight on abc.
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alison: state official say less than half of maryland kindergarten students are ready to tackle the common core curriculum of students in kindergarten. there is a sharp drop from last year when 83% of kindergarten students were deemed ready to learn. officials blame the decline on new standards which the state revised last year. leon: that news comes as montgomery county is struggling to find a new superintendent to the school system. i took steps to bridge the gap in a search taking longer than expected. montgomery county reporter kevin lewis live in rockville with a look at the developing story. kevin: two hours ago the board of education asked interim superintendent larry bowers to stay on for another school year. it's an interesting move
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because bowers was set to retire next month. this is the board of education for montana largest school district. this is larry bowers the man board members essentially pay to keep running it. february 3 mpcs sent joshua star packing. by the 10th it made a search firm $35000 to find premier list of candidates. auz was well until sunday when their top pick from andrew hol haon of the houston -- hoolihan of the houston district pulled out. they had no plan b in place. hence the cry for bowers to postpone his june retirement. >> we will stay on the same prac. we have hard work to do. >> he pushed back family trips and knee replacement to stay on another year. >> i was concerned what will happen if i wasn't here. i wanted the stability and the
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leadership. i felt i was the right person to do that. kevin: but a leading member of an education watchdog group says there is no reason for bowers to stay. >> i want someone for the long term. not for a year or four years. i hope we do it right to have a nice tenure with the next superintendent. kevin: they are facing a $53 million budget shortfall and they had to eliminate 400 positions. bowers is committed to ensure that student and staff morale is high. i'm kevin lewis abc7 news. leon: thank you, kevin. in a related note the man with they forced out of the job will be going back to work. arlington based phi delta kappa international hired joshua star as the new ceo. they called him innovative and a nimble leader. the 45-year-old father of three sends his children to
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montgomery county public schools and his first day on the new job is june 8. coming up at "abc7 news at 5:00" -- search with a slur. a look at what google users were finding online today. alison: then later. >> the first thing i thought how am i going to explain to my husband i killed his son that i forgot his son that i forgot him? >> a virginia mother tries to keep the memory of her son alive by telling new parents the story of how he died. >> plus, d.c. streetcar project moving forward. i'm chris papst. coming up we tell you by d-dot employees are handing
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leon: the d.c. department of transportation started a safety initiative on the streetcar track this morning but the question on everyone's mind is when will the multimillion dollar project open up to the public? "7 on your side" i-team investigator chris papst has been asked d-dot that question and is live with what they told him today. what did you hear? chris: d-dot is giving us a good job to not give us any indication when the streetcar will carry passengers. they won't give us a month or a year if which they think it might happen. but there is progress. if you look behind me you can see the ddot employees who are
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handing out the brochures. on one side they say "be safe." the other side gives us a list of ten tips for people living in the area. never walk out in front of a moving streetcar. only cross a streetcar track at a crosswalk when the signal is on. the other one never climb poles. they are electrified. this is part of a rush hour campaign. every wednesday the morning and in the evening obviously in the rush hour going through the tumer they will be here talking to the people in the community. this is a project that is 2.5-miles long and it has cost the d.c. taxpayers $200 million for six cars and the tracks. it has been going on for three mayoral administrations. the process has been delays. the current administration wants to see the project working. it has passed federal hurdles.
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no flaw has been discovered and it is moving forward. >> the project has always been moving forward. it has to be safe. it has to be reliable. when we open it has to stay open. there is plenty that ddot has to do to make it safe to carry passengers. if you think about it, it makes sense not to give us a time frame or date when it might happen. we have had time frames before and dates before. we know how that worked out. live in northwest d.c., chris papst, abc7 news. leon: thank you, chris. as many as 25 metro stations are on track for improvements. all due to increased -- meant to increase ridership. they identify 25 stations that are underused and say adding the features around the stations will draw people in. on the table are additional bike lanes new sidewalks walking trails.
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right now the officials are wrapping up the grant work to get money for the improvements to coordinate with metro on how to put everything in place. if you want to know your stop is selected for improvement visit we'll tell you there. alison: a lot of people will be traveling for holiday weekend. let's check on the traffic situation. jamie: a lot of people are out there getting ready for the long weekend. seeing red behind me. let's talk about virginia. 395 heading out will take you 30 minutes to get from the 14th street bridge continuing to the beltway. outbound on 66. through false church and getting to fairfax. this is a heavy stretch for us. this will take you 15 minutes to get from the american legion bridge to the 270 spur. as you continue toshes chase and connecticut -- chevy chase and connecticut avenue you are in the red.
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this is right at the maryland-d.c. line. it is closed. that is where you see a lot of the traffic working to the closure. we will take a look outside to show what we are dealing with. this is a slow one for us right now. that is a look at traffic. back to you. leon: all right. you got it. abc7 is helping us stay a step ahead of the traffic. log on to to sign up for text alerts on your phone. alison: now checking the other top stories today. we have details in murder of four people in a northwest d.c. home. the "washington post" is reporting that as an intruder held the savopoulos and housekeeper family hos damage last week an assistant for mr. savopoulos delivered a package containing $40000. the husband of the housekeeper told abc7 his wife was a lovely woman and his last words to her were "i love you
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." leon: a long-time umpire facing pornography charges. essex arranged to have sex with undercover officer posing as a 9-year-old girl. they say that he sent the officer child pornography. he was an umpire in the little league for machine than a decade. alison: report leads to arrest of a man accused of sexual assaulting a 12-year-old girl. a prince george's county police officer arrested isiah bogan after spotting the "blessed" tattoo on his neck. the girl's mother spoke to abc7 earlier this week and within minutes a tipster called with bogan's name. leon: right now protesters are protesting to mark one month since freddie gray died. he dyed after being arrested by six police officers who are facing charges from murder to assault. google apologized for a search
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that directed users to a map showing the white house. the tech giant is working to fix the issue but it's not sure who or what is causing it. a google user said a similar search directed her to howard university. it's a prank but few people are laughing. >> if you feel like that pack up and get your passport. get out of dodge and go live some place else. leon: people have manipulated google maps in the past. last month someone labeled the white house at the home of n.s.a. leaker edward snowden. alison: still to come on abc7 news at 5:00 -- we will have the latest on the investigation in the oil spill that is spreading off the coast of california. leon: but first -- one school's new technology program that is make new
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englanders out of 4 and -- engineers from 4 and 5-year-olds. alison: startling admission from a former delicate accused of having an affair with an underaged staff member. narrator: puerto rico's healthcare system is on life support, putting three and a half million puerto ricans at risk. it's an outrage. puerto ricans are us citizens and pay the same medicare taxes, but receive only half the federal healthcare funding as the other 50 states. the headlines tell the story... woman: "unfair treatment from washington." man: "thousands without medications." woman: "it's a crisis that could imperil the whole economy." narartor: washington must act now to protect care for three and a half million u.s. citizens. before it's too late.
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leon: students are learning more than writing and arithmetic. they are learning engineering. they are only four and five years old. it's part of the new hands on technology program. it makes the school and the young engineers in training this week's heroes. they aren't just builting with legos. they are young engineers. the assignment is make a robot to clean up their toys. first they design the robot. then build it. and finally test it. if it doesn't work they try something different. >> the same process that nasa uses to build spacecrafts. >> together with the school education director he developed a program geared to
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4 and 5-year-olds. >> the more they try things later on. >> we want them to feel that engineering is fun. leon: especially when they see the creations come to life. >> move up. and come back down. >> i hope i can do it like every day. >> what is the name of your robot? >> clean up and pick up robot. leon: the hope is some of the students will go on to be engineering, all benefit from the program. >> they can apply it to everything they do at home. it's been so great to walk them run and explore. leon: don't you love the energy in picture? the light in their eyes?
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this is part of a ten-unit program that includes magnetism and electricity. they are working on a curriculum for younger children for next year. alison: that is amazing. fantastic story. thank you. alison: the blue angels were flying high today. find out who they dedicated the show to. but first -- >> we have a toddler that is not breathing. >> no parent wants to know what it feels like. alison: a mother's warning for parents after she left the baby alone in a hot car.
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imagine waking up and you are in a big van. hot. having ate anything haven't used the restroom or drink anything all day. it's ridiculous. alison: that is what brittany blank says happened to her daughter mikayla friday morning. she says the little girl was left in her kentucky daycare center van for seven hours. so far the center isn't commenting but the state department of health and family services is investigating. fortunately mikayla was okay. but as we head to the hot
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summer months there is a terrible danger for children forgotten in hot cars. it happens an average of 3 times a year nationwide. rarely do we hear first-hand from a parent involved in one of these tragedies. but tonight, one virginia woman wants you to hear her story. no matter how hard it is for her to tell. >> oh, my god no! >> it's almost unbearable to hear. a mother distraught after realizing her 9-month-old son bryce the light of her life is dead. it happened eight years ago. but for lynn balfore, the pain is still raw. >> i prayed to god to please take my life. let me take his place. >> march 30 2007. balfore an army reservist had hardly slept in days. bryce had a cold and was up all night.
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her morning routine was unusual. the car, the placement of the car seat and the diaper bag were all different. then during her drive an important call came from work. it wasn't until she spoke to the babysitter that afternoon that panic set in. the high that day was only 66 degrees. but little bryce did not survive. >> i thought to myself there is no way i forgot my son. there is no way. there is no way he is gone. >> on that terrible day she made her son a promise. >> no matter how hard it would be to relive the situation and the events of that die i would tell my stories as many times as i could to make sure his death wasn't for nothing. i was one of the parents that said it could never happen to me. >> heat stroke is the leading cause of vehicle death for children not involved in crashes. devices such as this one now in development can alert a parent who is unwittingly left a child behind but it's hard to convince parents to buy
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one. >> even thinks it could never happen to them. >> balfore is speaking to new mothers in alexandria and tells them putting a reminder, like a teddy bear in the front seat when the child is on board could help. >> i share my story to honor my son's memory. >> after brace's death, she and her husband had four more children. she says the pain of losing bryce never leaves her. it's just something she has learned to live with. >> my 4-year-old chase said bryce is in heaven. he died in your car right? he was too hot. he is 4 years old. he said it's okay. you are a good mommy. alison: she was charged with second-degree murder and they were downgraded to involuntary manslaughter and she faced up to 15 years in jail. but it took the jury 90 minutes to find her unanimously not guilty. leon: we often tell that story.
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every year we have a story like that. we tell it and say how could it happen? after you talk to her, can you understand how it can happen? alison: you understand she was sleep depried. you understand her routine changed. you understand she got an important call from work and was distracted. it's an awful tragedy. i mend her for telling the story. if it saves one life it's worth it. leon: nicely done. thank her the next time you talk to her for all of us. >> i will. leon: today members of the blue angels dedicated the show in annapolis to one of the victims of last week's deadly amtrak derailment. zemser was a class of 2017 and thigh performed today as the commencement search for the 20 is a. we have more on that coming up. alison: what a day for that. leon: great day to be out there. doug: worked out perfectly. the sky conditions. the temperature lower 70's in
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spots with sunshine. get started with the numbers around the area. one of the numbers locally as is the case in summertime. reagan national 73. 74 in quantico. 70 in frederick, maryland. warmer. roanoke at 79. the warm air will stay in place. it is pushed south but it is coming back. we focus to the west of washington. clouds increasing overnight from a developing storm center that is going to spread rain from chicago to asheville and it is headed eastward tomorrow morning, probably 6:00 7:00, 9:00. the rain will move in from the west and be with us throughout the entire day. the future cast shows the rain moving in around 8:00.
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memorial day we have isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon. if you go to the beaches it looks fine. i think it's time to talk about sports with tim brant. tim: doug what a great night for baseball. you told us that with the yankees in town. grab your best friend and get a seat at at the ballpark. players are at the field to get ready for the yanks in a strange week. they are off tomorrow. last night tied in the sixth. and a frozen liner off the fair pole. his tenth career walkoff home run. setting up tonight's matchup with the fist place nats and the first place yankees in the american league east. there is nothing like a celebration on a walkoff or a
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great win. but even champions don't celebrate. there are downtimes with perseverance are the answer. but the demons blunt the motivation. meet diane clark from prince george's county. diane dynamite clark has been fighting her whole life. her toughest bout -- >> i was homeless. on drugs. >> in 1979 she won a championship. >> it meant a lot. i got respect. >> but when the boxing ended she was rocked by life left hook. cocaine, prison homelessness. >> i didn't know what to do with myself. boxing was my life. >> knocked out? not in this story. diane says she has been clean for close to 20 years. now she speaks to kids about
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realizing dreams the correct way. >> i go to school and i talk to the kids. i tell them hold on to their dreams. don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. now at 62 i still have dreams. i still have goals. >> like opening a kid's club. promoting good, clean fun. she is still fighting to get better representation for women at the boxing hall of fame. diane "dynamite" clark a champion through and through. >> when i look at my gloves and "i" look at the belt i know that i have accomplished something in my life. >> hey, life is hard. life is hard. for those people to keep fighting. >> good for her. leon: great story. alison: thank you. leon: coming up next on "abc7 news at 5:00" -- cleaning the coast. alison: look at the job ahead for the clean-up crews after an oil spill off the coast
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narrator: puerto rico's healthcare system is on life support, putting three and a half million puerto ricans at risk. it's an outrage. puerto ricans are us citizens and pay the same medicare taxes, but receive only half the federal healthcare funding as the othe50 states. the headlines tell the story... woman: "unfair treatment from washington."
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man: "thousands without medications." woman: "it's a crisis that could imperil the whole economy." nartor: washington must act now to protect care for three and a half million u.s. citizens. before it's too late.
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alison: we are back with an amazing picture from australia. the neon color in the water are part of a natural light display. the single cell organisms are generating the light themselves as they thrive. phenomenon is known as bio bioluminescence. pretty. a different scene off the coast of california. leon: in the last ten minutes we learned 10000 gal listens of ole may have spilled off the coast of santa barbara. as we report, now a massive clean-up there is underway. >> black waves crashing a shore are coating the pristine beaches with thick oil, with no escape for wildlife. a mother whale and her baby are swimming close to the massive spill stretching across nine miles at least. >> it's more than we anticipated last night. there are three oil spill
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response vessels helping skim oil we can find. >> as they race to rem the sludge, it's unknown how much spilledded tuesday. the e.p.a. is launching a full investigation. >> we have not determined what caused the leak. with widespread devastation, beach cammers are forced to evacuate as the beach has been shut down for the busy weekend. >> i feel sorry for what is going on in the ocean than people leaving. >> the riptured pipeline was inspected a couple of weeks ago but the result has not been turned in.
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in los angeles, abc7 news. alison: that is it for the news at 5:00. leon: right now only on 7 -- >> she was a lovely woman. leon: an abc7 exclusive. husband breaks his silence one week after kissing his wife good for the last time. alison: hours later she and three other people were murdered inside a mansion. the moment he knew something was wrong and what happened when he went to find his wife. "abc7 news at 6:00" starts now. >> now, "abc7 news at 6:00". maureen: we are learning now about the final hours to the four people pound murdered in a burned mansion near the vice president's residence. many details coming from the husband of one of the victims who said he went to home looking for his wife. brianne carter is live with the story you will see only on
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7. brianne: maureen, investigators are trying to piece this together. in the last hour, they are taking large evidence from the home behind me. the husband is speaking out for the first time saying he tried to get in touch with his wife. now they are left grieving. >> i called and it went straight to the voice mail. brianne: his concerns grew with every hour he couldn't get in touch with his wife wednesday night. brianne: he dropped his wife at the bus wednesday morning to get to work at the savopoulos home where she worked as a housekeeper. when he still couldn't reach her thursday, he drove to the savopoulos home in northwest


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