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the first warning weather. >> actually, next couple of days will be a little colder than we saw last week. so this will be the coldest weather we've seen since the middle of last winter. as far as radar. not a whole lot going on. but a few flying over sections of our section. across portions of washington county, frederick county. and a few tiny little flakes made it into columbia and a little over aa county. it's possible yet this evening. we'll see a few more flakes of snow. and again tomorrow as well. some of the flurries can make it down all the way from the great lakes. take a look at the warnings across the region from frederick county west. we have a wind advisory through this evening. and far western maryland from frostburg west, a winter storm warning in effect for 4 to 8 inches of wind blowing snow and really cold temperatures out there. and bernadette in the outback has a look at those temperatures and what make its feel like out there. bernadette? >> reporter: i can attest to the wind. it is blowing around.
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and the cold air has arrived. okay. here are the temperatures we're dealing with right now. it is 27 degrees in baltimore. single digit negligence the mountain -- digits in the mountains. and 30s all the way to ocean city. as far as the winds go, they be have been gusting up to 40 miles per hour. sustained winds over 20 miles per hour. for most of the state, it feels even colder like in the teens for most of us. 20 at the beach. and minus 8 in the mountains, though. here's the next round of cold air. it's going to stick around for a while. and we'll have that forecast coming up. right now, back inside. all right, bernadette, thank you. remember, wjz is always on. for instant updates on the forecast, live doppler radar and closings and delays, log onto an acute terrorist will remain in jail tonight. prosecutors said he wanted to kill americans. and for the first time, his mother talks to wjz about the deadly plot antonio martinez is accused of. wjz is live in court. kelly mcpherson is live there
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as a judge appeared. >> reporter: we looked into a 45-minute discussion between the two sides about whether or not martinez should be detained. the defense said they believed that the fbi planted the bombing squad into the mind of martinez, while the bros accusation said -- prosecution said he intended to kill way before. and in the end, the judge ruled, martinez is a danger to society. >> 21-year-old antonio martinez faces life in prison for attempting to blow up this catonsville military recruitment center. wjz was inside the federal courthouse. and we're learning more about his possible defense. his lawyer is questioning the government's tactics. martinez was unknowingly working with an fbi informant and an undercover agent. who according to the federal affidavit guided his bombing plans for the past two months. he wanted to know more about the informant. saying is the informant combing
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through mosques of baltimore? he said that his client was entrapped. >> address to the issue as to whether or not mr. hussein should be detained pretrial. important part of the case. pending trial, he is going to be at liberty. you know, the government -- the court maid their decision. and it didn't go the way they wanted it. >> reporter: the defendant's mother was in the courtroom to support her son. she said only this. >> reporter: i know him. i'm the only person that knows him. >> i just believe it's entrapment. that's all i'm going to say. >> yes, it is. >> reporter: this detention hearing revealed that martinez confessed. he said he went through with it because it was the right cause and his duty to wage jihad. he also said that he believed it could have been an fbi sting all along, until he smelled gas fumes from the car bomb last wednesday. the prosecutor elaborated on recorded conversations, saying that martinez told the
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informant at one point, to, quote, go ahead and press the button, if i start running because of police. >> reporter: the identity of that informant did not come out in court. we did learn that the prosecution has a notebook. they believe belongs to martinez that has entries from 2009, when they say he indicates a desire to die for a cause. reporting live from the federal courthouse, kelly mcpherson, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right, kelly. thank you. the courts refer to him as antonio martinez. has lawyers refer to him by his islamic name, muhammad hussein. a cockeysville girl is a victim. tonight, the suspect will not face the death penalty for the crime. >> reporter: the 23-year-old maintains the killing was an accident. yeardley love was found dead in may inside her off-campus apartment. huguely is charged with first- degree murder. but a report indicates that huguely will most likely avoid
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a trial by agreeing to a plea deal. the report also says the death penalty is not being considered. investigators are turning to e- mails and text messages to get a better relationship between love and huguely and whether he threatened her. >> thank you. george huguely has been in solitary confinement in a jail for the past month. growing investigation into how a 6-year-old special needs student fell off a school bus. and what could have been done to prevent it? wjz is live in west baltimore. mike hellgren is at the private bus company which handled that route. mike? >> reporter: little jeremy jennings' mom is demanding account alt. accountability. and wjz has learned there is video from on board the bus of the incident. >> reporter: jeremy jennings was barely 6 years old. and this is the smile that always melted his mom's heart. but since his death, when he
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pulled open a school bus door, fell and slammed onto the pavement, what his mom demands is an explanation. >> before my son is laid to rest, i will get some answers, answers that i really need. >> she admits her son is a handful and hyperactive. the report claims that jeremy tried to run out the back door while it was moving. mom wants to know what are the policies, were they followed and who is accountability. she questions why her son wasn't in the harness he was supposed to wear and why the bus driver didn't stop. >> if you can't handle the special needs, you shouldn't be driving them. >> reporter: they issued a statement saying they will work with authorities. >> they know it's under investigation right now. and we don't know anything other than what's being reported. and i invite other people of baltimore to pray for that
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family during this really difficult time. >> reporter: a contractor for the city ran the bus but isn't saying much to us. >> reporter: when wjz came here to their headquarters to ask them for their side of the story, they told us simply, no comment. >> reporter: in addition to the suspension of two aides who were on board, a city school spokeswoman said the bus driver's license has been disqualified. >> suspension is not good enough for me at all. >> you want someone held accountability. >> -- accountable. >> right. somebody is going to be held accountable. >> police have not released the video of what happened on board the bus. they say at this point, it is not a criminal investigation but that could change. mary, back to you. >> all right, mike. thank you. the bus operator transports some 400 children a day and has had a contract with city schools for more than 30 years. hard hit by supermarket chain super fresh. commonly known as a&p, filed
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for chapter 11 bankruptcy. they own the super fresh chain which has 25 stores in maryland. it says it has no plans to change any of those stores. prior to its announcement, superfresh in dulaney-towson was scheduled to close this month. here in the heart. sports director mark viviano has more. >> reporter: ravens are in houston to face a texans team that is fighting for its play- off life. the ravens are very much alive in the play-off race. but they're fighting to kick start what seems like an offense that is stuck in low gear. >> the time is now, being that we want to accomplish certain things toward the end of the year and get this late-season push. >> so the time is now to get it fixed and corrected. we're looking forward to getting it done this week. veteran derrick mason has been the most outspoken about
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the ravens' offensive struggle. and with just four games to go, improvement needs to start tonight. >> we gotta understand that the opportunities are becoming less and less. because the seasons are getting shorter and shorter. and we don't want to put ourselves in position where it comes out the end of the season. and we have to make a play to win a football game in order to get in the play-offs. >> reporter: and that ravens offense is facing a houston defense that is not very good. and that seems to factor into our expert and the predictions as we all weigh in this evening. and i have this. stan has it a lot closer. my partner on the radio, wjz f.m., damon the bulldog yavy is going 30-20, ravens. scott garceau has ravens scoring 30 and winning by 6. norris and davis both have the ravens scoring more than 30 points. looks like we'll get that in gear.
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steve has it a lot closer. what about the ravens' defense? texans can score. i'll check in with cornerback josh wilson. that's coming up in sports at 6:00. i'll see you then. >> all right, mark. thank you. remember, the ravens take on the texans right here on wjz tonight. our coverage kicks off alt 8:00. a shift in washington tonight. democrat who once criticized the president's tax cut deal now say they'll vote for it. some senators say there is no other choice. >> reporter: senators voted to move forward on the controversial tax cut deal that has divided the president's party. >> permanently extending tax cuts to the richest americans would cost our economy $700 billion over the next seven to 10 years. that's too great for a cost of a budget already burdened by deficits. >> reporter: this is something. then it moves to the house,
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where democrats opposed to exfending tax cuts to people in upper income brackets have given in to their threat to block the deal but still want a change. >> i think we'll have a vote on the senate bill. and with possible changes. >> reporter: liberals want to toughen up. they say wealthier americans should have to pay more. but the deal they hammer out with the president could unravel the compromise. they want this to stay as is. >> it never made sense to take from job creators and hand it over to congress who would only waste it. >> it's an excellent agreement on behalf of millions of americans who won't see their taxes go up. . >> reporter: both the house and senate hope to adjourn for the year by the end of this week. but with everyone facing a potential new year's day tax hike, lawmakers aren't likely to go home until a deal is in place.
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>> reporter: in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. a pair of polls show majority of americans support the tax cut plan as it stands. still ahead. ed to hers terrorized. it's that time of year again. the price to make your holiday shipping pane-free. helping those who have a hard time helping themselves. and now, a local nonprofit is looking for more people to assist. i'm andrea fujii. that story is just ahead on wjz eyewitness news. dangerous cooldown. bob turk is tracking the drop in temperature. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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tis the season to ship, as millions of packages are moving around the country for delivery in time for christmas, wjz is live at the main post office of downtown baltimore. pat warren has advice on how to make this easy on ourselves. all right, pat. let's hear it. >> that's right. and i'll tell you, first of all, fedex established a record. an all-time record today of 16 million shipments. and this is also the busiest time of the year for the post office. >> reporter: it's the second busiest day for the u.s. postal service. >> can i help you, please? >> reporter: with the countdown yet to come, chris petro figured he'd beat the rush. >> i'm flying out next week. so just shipping it to south air and stuff so i don't have to carry it on the plane. >> reporter: for fedex,ed, today is the record breaker. the internet, 85 lent -- equivalent of black friday. >> we've added extra trucks, extra employees to make sure all of the christmas gifts get
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to where they need to go. >> reporter: it's fedex and the post office working as a relay team. >> reporter: fedex ground will pick up all of those packages and what we'll do is sort them and deliver them to the destination post office. and that is closest to your addresses, as an example. and the post office will take it from there. >> reporter: both carriers recommend doing as much as you can to make your holiday shipping experience easier. >> first thing tiwould suggest -- thing i would suggest is you try going online, there is a wealth of information there for you. as well as being able to get rates, zip codes, mailing dates. all of the information you need to be successful. in addition to that, you can order your boxes online. if you'd like to do priority mail, you can do it obline. you can print out your shipping labels. and you can even schedule a pickup with your carrier. so you don't have to do it from -- you can do it from the
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comfort of your own home. >> it's nice and smooth. everybody is nice and attentive. they offered us a cart when we walked in the door, when we were carrying the boxes. yeah. it's nice to get a jump on things, certainly. >> she had a good experience. but i have to tell you, i have something to mail myself. and the line was way longer than it was around noontime today. so they're only going to get longer. get your packages out and in the mail as soon as possible. back to you, mary. >> i hope you got it mailed, pat. thank you. december 20th is the cutoff day to make sure your first class mail arrives by christmas. if you're waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on the roads with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> i got choked up because i knew you were coming up, kristy. >> thank you, kai. that means a lot to me. delays aren't too bad. we have a couple to watch out for. if you're traveling on the
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north side outer loop. average speed about 25 miles an hour. west side, outer loop, slowing there. about 15 minutes to get through. as far as 95 goes. no problems northbound. but southbound sluggish. traffic there from whitemarsh boulevard to the beltway. also in the whitemarsh area, we have that accident, whitemarsh boulevard at bel air road. all lanes are blocked. as far as city accidents go, quite a few. west saratoga at cherry blossom way. loch raven at east northern parkway. let's now take a live look. you can see everything moving along there. 95 south of the beltway. and here's another look at the west side at baltimore national pike. traffic is moving along. but still a bit of volume to watch out for. this traffic report is brought to you by len the plumber. call the experts. the best in plumbing, drain cleaners and wells. helping seniors stay in their homes. that's the goal of a local nonprofit. but sometimes it takes a little
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help. tonight, andrea fujii explains how you could be the key to making this happen. >> reporter: sarah miller is happy to do the laundry. >> i have a high, steep basement. and them steps was killing me. and i know it killed my husband because he washed for three years. >> reporter: suffering from arthritis, she couldn't make it down the steps where her washer- dryer used to be, until rebuilding together baltimore moved it upstairs. >> i have more independence now than i had before. >> reporter: now, the nonprofit group is accepting more applications for those in need of assistance. >> if someone is a homeowner and they're either over the age of 60, have a disability, or have a family with children, they can apply for our services. >> reporter: last year, rebuilding together baltimore helped make the millers' home more energy efficient with insulation, replaced their leaky roof and put in a shower instead of a tub. >> it was nobody but me and my husband. and i would have to call him to
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help me get out of the tub. >> reporter: in the last 21 years, rebuilding together baltimore has renovated more than 1100 homes in 30 different neighborhoods. >> reporter: independence for seniors, allowing them to stay in their homes. >> a lot of families don't think that it can happen to them. or for them. but you never know unless you apply for it. >> reporter: andrea fujii, wjz eyewitness news. >> rebuilding together baltimore is only accepting applications from the pigstown washington village areas. and the st. helena area in the county. now, to apply, you must call them by friday. their information is on check it out. >> that's a nice program. >> you notice, very, very important to make sure your phone system is in good order. not blocked. >> lots of things to consider. let's take a look at temps and conditions. certainly cold out there. 27 now. highlight at 50%. winds. that's the main factor. west/northwest, 22.
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wind chill is now down to 13 degrees. if you're going out, dress for 13 and not 27. barometer on the way back up. we'll have a look at the rest of the week forecast after this. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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all right. pretty quiet around the baltimore region. we did see a few stray flurries early on and this afternoon. just a few stray flakes of snow. even southern maryland picked up a little bit of a dusting this morning in the lower eastern shore as well. and garrett county, and frostburg, it's a totally different story. take a look at the advisories out there, from frostburg west. tonight through tomorrow. yeah, probably into wednesday. they have a winter storm warning for as much as 8 or more inches of snow. they have already seen snow. and it continues from time to time with this lake-effect ban coming sponaregion. -- into that region. primarily from frostberg west. that may be scattered snow showers. maybe into the baltimore region. although most of the time, and during the previous episodes of these lake-effect squalls, by the time they get to mountains, they dry out. so we get a few scattered flurries. it's possible, one of those little clouds could make it into the region and cause the
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dusting in a few spots. gusts over 35 miles an hour. current temp, 27 now. 29 in pax river. 33, just above freezing, ocean city. but it's only 9 above zero in oakland. now, in oakland, the wind is still blowing at 21 miles an hour. and it's snowing out there. okay? so you got temperatures below 10 degrees. 21-mile-an-hour winds. we've got a 22-mile-an-hour wind here. and 23 in elkton. and the wind chill make its feel like 13 here. but 8 below very. that's bitter -- below zero. that's bitter cold. that's dangerous. tonight, tomorrow, and into wednesday as well. the big low pressure gave us all of the rain, about an inch or so. still causing rain in new england. behind it, the cold air just plunging in from canada, going all the way from central and southern florida, freeze warnings in effect for extreme southern portions of florida, even west of miami, they can get to freezing tonight, believe it or not. for our region, widely
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scattered snow showers in pennsylvania, not too cleas to the wash -- close to the washington area. and even southern virginia, west virginia, the heavy bands near buffalo and across northern sections of new york. for us, maybe one or two of those bands will get into the region. otherwise, just continued windy and cold. by thursday, another system coming from the south. may just be close enough to give us a little bit of wet snow here on thursday. gale warning tomorrow continues as you see those winds gusting as high as 35 knots at times. tonight, then, maybe a flurry. otherwise, a lot of clouds at times. down to 20. but continued windy. tomorrow's high, below 30, 31. sun, clouds and maybe a scattered flurry tomorrow morning and again tomorrow afternoon. dress for the cold. >> bundle up. >> all right, bob. thank you. still ahead at 5:00. shifting the investigation tonight. what police are saying about a kidnapped virginia girl found alive and safe. healthy eating. the president's push to get
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free lunches for more students. i'm ron matz. and baltimore football fans are getting ready. it's monday night football. and the ravens play here on wjz. the story when eyewitness news continues. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it's 5:30. 27 degrees and partly cloudy. good evening. thank you for staying with eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. two dead, 10 hospitalized. all after a carbon monoxide
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leak in pikesville that was deadly. tonight, alex demetrick reports, why police and fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused the leak. >> reporter: french s.w.a.t. teams grabbed shields to take down a teenager who used swords to take young kids hostage. the 17-year-old burst into a preschool in eastern france just after it opened. >> not clear who owns the house that was involved in the deadly carbon monoxide leak. meanwhile, relatives are trying to raise money to send the body home. a virginia girl found thousands of miles from home. and tonight, police are trying to piece together what happened leading up to her kidnapping. denise is in the newsroom with more. >> reporter: the 12-year-old was found in california. and police say her mother's boyfriend drove her there. police are saying very little
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after interviewing the 12-year- old and 32-year-old jeffrey scott easley. it was just last week that the girl's mother was found murdered in their home in roanoke, virginia. the girl's whereabouts has been a mystery until a shopper recognized the pair panhandling outside a safeway, giving police their big break. noz -- >> now that she's been found, the roanoke police department's investigation has shifted to the murder investigation. >> reporter: police are now combing through a camp area where the two might have been camping. >> all right, denise. thank you. it is still unclear if the girl was forced on the cross country trip. a nursery school nightmare in eastern france has ended. but not before an intruder held young children and their teacher hostage for hours. charlie d'agata has more on the dramatic rescue from london.
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[ noaudio ] >> now, the french education minister tells us that the children and their family will receive counseling. a federal judge in virginia has declared the obama administration's new healthcare law, unconstitutional. u.s. district judge, hend henry hudson is the first judge to rule against the law. a lawsuit's challenge that citizens buy health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014. it questions the government's constitutional authority to force their requirement. both the justice department and opponents of the healthcare law agree that the u.s. supreme court will have a final say. gop chairman michael steele is set to announce his future with the party. steele is expected to disclose sometime tonight whether he will seek re-election. his first term expires in january.
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there are already several republicans ready to challenge maryland's maryland's former lieutenant governor on the ballot. a move today in new york. it is called no labels. and its goal it s to -- goal is to push for more middle of the road politicians. randall pinkston has details for wjz. >> reporter: people and politicians, tired of excessive partisanship are launching a movement to do something about it. >> i think it's really a search for common sense and putting labels behind us and putting our country in front. >> reporter: these democrats, republicans and independents are banding together under no labels. >> the radical side of our parties are a lot like that crazy relative at your thanksgiving dinner, the one that everybody just smiles and nods and ignores. however, that crazy relative is taking over thanksgiving dinner. and we want it back. >> they say no labels is not a third party but a new grass roots movement, focusing on ending the name calling and working across party lines to get things done.
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>> we've got to put pressure on our leaders in both parties to compromise. >> reporter: the founders of the movement urged their supporters to go back home and recruit more no label members in their communities. >> reporter: mark mckenon helped create no labels and says the key is to mobilize enough people to get washington's attention. >> politicians respond to numbers. and when people get organized and show that they have numbers, it can have no impact. >> reporter: it is hoping to have the same kind of impact the 53 party had in the -- tea party had in the election. supporting those who really represent the center, not the right or the left. many thought michael bloomberg fit the bill for president. he was a panelist at today's launch. but insists he will not make a run for the white house in 2012. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. no labels is recruiting college students to join their movement. as many as 300 students from 90 schools participated in today's launch. more children will be
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getting school lunches. president obama signed a $4.5 billion bill today at a washington, d.c. elementary school. the law would expand free school meals for low-income students and give them the power to make it healthier. it would also give the government more power to decide what kids or what kinds of foods may be sold in vending machines at a fundraiser during school hours. baltimore police have a new tool to fight crime. but it's not what you typically think of. it is better fitness for baltimore's finest. >> keeping physically fit is an essential component of effective policing. today, baltimore city officially dedicated a new gym at its public safety training facility in northwest baltimore. the police commissioner, fire chief and mayor unveiled a special plaque, recognizing the new harry and janet wineberg gym. >> we were able to put together the used equipment. and now they have state of the
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art equipment in a beautiful facility. >> reporter: several hundred police officers and fire cadelts will train in the new gym. they'll focus on physical fitness, specialized martial arts training, all to prepare them for threats they face every day. >> because the building can't be about just lifting weights or getting on the treadmill. they have to be incul indicated with this -- unculicated with this incredible sense of service. and when they see other people stepping up to support them, i think it starts them right at the beginning of their career to say, i'm not alone in this. >> reporter: along with the donation from the harry and jeanette weinberg, several businesses including home depot donated services. time now for a look at the baltimore sun. what was discovered in an audit. a jawrchs hopkins service.
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and plans for a temporary slots facility. a texas showdown. monday night, football. right here on wjz. ron matz reports that after the disappointing loss to the steelers, ravens fans are ready to see theirs get on track. the bitter loss to the steelers. last sunday night. still being felt all around town. >> it was a gut-wrenching loss we took. and now we're going to come back. we'll give houston a payback. >> here he comes. he's wide open. >> ravens' fans expect their team to get rebound in houston. >> i don't think we'll have any problems tonight. >> ray lewis and company will be center stage tonight. >> our defense is better than their defense. so i think that will win the game. >> reporter: it's a must-win for the 8-4 ravens with just four games left in the regular
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season. and the push for the play-offs is turning serious. >> we got to win. got to win. no question about it. we've got to win. >> tonight's game here on wjz, is the ravens' fourth primetime appearance. this season. >> what does that do for baltimore? along with the football. >> ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> you said you can see the ravens and texans here on wjz 13. our special coverage kicks off alt 8:00 tonight. everything is big in texas. >> everything. ravens will be denied. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. >> how women are changing their hair color in just 10 minutes. >> winter whiteout. the midwest digs out from a monster system. bob turk and the weather center. how long will the arctic air stick around? this time, i'll have the
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exclusive five-day forecast. and here's today's report from wall street. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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if you think we have it bad here, parts of the midwest are really feeling the weather. almost two feet of snow fell in some areas. and now people are looking to dig out. and they're facing some new challenges. >> reporter: it feels like minus 24 degrees for people digging out in minneapolis. the arctic blast comes on the heels of a monster storm that dumped almost two feet of snow in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. all of this snow driven by 50- mile-per-hour winds, made driving treacherous. forcing hundreds of vehicles off the road. in northwest indiana, police are searching for motorists trapped in their cars. at least six weather-related deaths are being reported. airports are trying to get back on track. minneapolis closed its airport for the first time in 19 years.
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and chicago's chicago's o'hare, more than 1,000 flights were canceled. >> i might not get out of here until tuesday. >> reporter: in the pacific northwest, mudslides from record rainfalls sent this house sliding down a hill. three people had to be rescued, including a 94-year-old woman. she was hysterical. they weren't quite sure what was going on. >> reporter: but football fans won't care. they'll be watching tonight's game between the new york giants and the minnesota vikings, indoors in detroit. the giants headed to michigan after their flight was diverted to kansas city. >> reporter: sunday's game was postponed and moved to detroit after the metro dome moved and caved in from the snow. it was the fifth biggest snowfall in the twin cities' history. >> manuel gallegus, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the last time the dome deflated due to snow was 1983. and then it took four days to fix. here in maryland. very cold out there tonight.
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wjz is live with first warning weather. bob turk and meteorologist bernadette woods have our updated forecast. and we're going to begin outside with bernadette. i see you put your hat on, bern. >> oh, it's time. it's definitely time. and this cold air is going to stick around. take a look at the forecast for tomorrow. we're starting around 23 degrees. with the winds still gusting. and as we head through the afternoon, only topping out around 30 degrees. still windy with the wind chill making it feel like 15 degrees. and we drop back down. there is a chance for scattered snow showers also as we head through the day. here's a look at the rest five- day forecast with bob. and more cold days to tell you about. 32 on wednesday. winds will slowly be diminishing then. back in the teens tonight. 35 on thursday. a chance we'll see little snow in the area. maybe a little rain to our south. it's a little critical now. looks like at least for maybe washington south, we'll have a pretty good chance of that. a little warmer. partly cloudy skies. 38. and back up to 40 with increasing clouds and down to
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27 by saturday night. mary? >> all right, bob. thank you. today's energy saver gives you advice about a timer for your water hereto. -- heater. experts say a timer on your water heater can save 5 to 12% on your bill. water remains hot for about eight hours. so set it when it is lowest use like during the day or overnight. go to wjz document and click on our -- and click on our special section home page. this is the scene in downtown roanoke last night. officials say four rail cars were flipped over when they flipped off the track. no one was hurt, but police did close the area for a short time. they said they are in the process of investigating. two dead, all hospitalized. alex demetrick reports, why police and fire officials are not investigating what caused the leak.
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>> police were the first to arrive yesterday morning at this house on colby road in pikesville after a 911 call reported bodies. when they went inside, they -- >> were quickly overcome. >> at first i thought maybe it was a gas leak. because i said, it couldn't vive a fire -- have been a fire. because i didn't smell anything. >> reporter: that's what it was like. >> carbon monoxide, close to 400 parts per million. the threshold we're concerned with normally is 10 parts per million. >> reporter: three police officers were rushed to shock trauma. >> i said my aunt was close to dying. but now she's safe. >> reporter: they were treated in shock trauma's hyperbaric chamber. >> it essentially super saturates their body with oxygen. allows the carbon monoxide to be washed out and prevents damage to the brain. >> they were both from gaut
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guatemala. they worked construction and lived with the family that employed them. >> reporter: the men lived in the basement and that's where they were found. >> when they opened up the door, his hand was on the doorknob, dead. >> reporter: the fire department says once bge turned off the gas, their official role ended. >> it is the private property owner's responsibility in a situation like this to hire professionals to determine what the source of the problem is. >> reporter: until then, no one lives here. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> it's not clear who owns the house. there were no carbon monoxize detectors inside. meanwhile, relatives are trying to raise money to send the bodies home to guatemala for burial. and a few tips to keep your home safe this holiday season. remember to keep your christmas tree 3 feet away from any heat source and water it daily. when you leave the house, make sure you turn your lights off of the christmas tree.
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you don't want your tree looks like this one, certainly. love is in the air for a former reality tv star. nicole richie and singer joel madden tied the knot. the simple life costar and good charlotte frontman exchanged vows in a ceremony at the front of the bride's father's home, lionel richie. the couple have two children together. a new breakthrough for hair color. you could be in and out the door, in just 10 minutes. a salon in chicago now offers customer hair color in just 10 minutes. this new trend-setting process has been the talk of the town. the mixture is a secret. but experts say special amino acids blend color into the hair in record time. >> wow. >> all right. >> check in with eyewitness news at 6:00. for these stories and more, denise is standing by with a preview. continuing to keep an eye on the tumbling temperatures in central maryland.
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plus, a daring robbery. a thief attacks a delivery driver. the valuable cargo in his truck that they escaped with. also, a suspected terrorist. his mother weighs in on the serious charges. and we are learning how his lawyer plans to defend him. check in for these stories and more at 6:00. now, back to kai and mary. >> denise, thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news. >> a medical first. a man wide awake for open heart surgery. >> why doctors did it. ,,,,,,,,,
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in tonight's wjz healthwatch report, surgeons in india perform open heart surgery on a patient who was wide awake throughout the entire procedure. kendis gib gibson reports for wjz, having the patient awake reduces the risk associated with the complex operation. >> reporter: staying awake for heart surgery isn't for the faint of heart. but catholic priest, father
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bomax perera was excited. >> maybe i'll be able to see my own heart. >> reporter: a sheet actually shielded father perera from seeing the surgerev. -- surgery. but he was able to feel the pushing and pulling in the cavity. an epidural in his spine prevented him from feeling pain below his neck. >> reporter: one of the advantages of keeping patients awake during a procedure is it gives doctors an early warning sign if there is a problem. >> if they had a stroke during the operation, sometimes it's too late. >> reporter: surgeons replaced the defective heart valve in father perera's chest. a machine took over his blood circulation. during the whole procedure, he was able to speak to his doctors. >> very comfortable on the table. i did not put any music on his ears. >> one thing i heard is this is the heart. so i knew my heart was wide open. >> reporter: but doctors here in the u.s. say there could be
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major drawmack back -- drawbacks to the procedure. especially if something does go wrong during the surgery. and doctors have to put in a breathing tube during a crisis. >> to institute that in the middle of a heart-lung operation, would increase the infection, would increase the psychological traum a. >> reporter: still, since he didn't have to recover, father perera was able to start his recovery, shortly after surgery. kendis gibson, cbs news, los angeles. >> doctors in the united states also routinely insert a probe down the throat to monitor the progress of open heart surgery. they say it would be very uncomfortable to have a tube sitting in a patient's throat while he or she is awake. also, there is evidence that pomegranate juice may help fight cancer. researchers have discovered ingredients in the drink that seem to stop prostate cancer from spreading to the bone. they applied pomegranate juice to cells.
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the treated cells were less likely to break away. that is interesting as well. still ahead on eyewitness news. how did this little boy fall to his death from a school bus? his mom's new plea for answers. >> if you can't handle a special needs child, you don't need that job. >> reporter: i'm mike ,,,,,,,,
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coming up on wjz eyewitness news at 6:00. still tumbling cold.
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plus, a young boy falls to his death from a school bus. wjz investigates to find out what could have been done to prevent the horrible accident. good evening. i'm kelly mcpherson, here at the federal courthouse. coming up on eyewitness news, we'll share how a hearing with the baltimore bombing suspect reveals more evidence on the prosecution side and a possible defense for antonio martinez. and ravens make their big play-off push. how the players are getting ready for kickoff in houston. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. wjz at 6:00 starts now.


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