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looking over here at all of the major roadways, 83, 795, 87, all clear this morning. here we are at route 50 and sandy point, you are coming across the bridge westbound no problems on route 50 so far. megan, back to you. >> thanks, kim. this shooting happened without warning and took everyone by surprise. gunfire at johns hopkins turned to panic and turned to numerous officers and s.w.a.t. team members surrounding parts of the hospital after gunfire left a doctor shot and two people dead. linda so joins us live. >> reporter: the doctor is expected to be okay. he came out of surgery last night and at last check was in stable condition. it all unfolded yesterday morning shortly after 11:00 on the eighth floor of the nelson building. the sprawling medical campus was put on lockdown after 50-
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year-old paul pardus pulled out a gun and shot the doctor. he became distraught after being briefed on his mother's condition. he believed doctors fail her and that prompted him to shoot the doctor. he then ran into his mother's room, shot her in the head and turned the gun on himself. the violent ordeal caught a lot of people at the hospital off guard. >> it is scary knowing someone's on the outside on a rampage with a gun in a hospital where we're supposed to be protected. >> reporter: a metal detector may have kept pardus from bringing the gun inside the hospital but there are more than 80 entrances on this sprawling campus and to have a metal detector at each entrance would be nearly impossible. still, they will review security procedures here at hopkins. live in baltimore, linda so, abc 2 news. >> take a look at this animation. authorities say the standoff began just after 11:00
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yesterday outside of room 873 of the spinal surgery wing. dr. david cohen was updating 49-year-old paul pardus on his mother's operation. authorities say he became distraught and reacted. he drew a semi automatic handgun and shot the doctor once in the abdomen at close range. neighbors of the suspect say he was a loving son. paul pardus helped take care of his mother in this home in arlington, virginia where they are from. >> he was always there for her. if she had to go in an ambulance or anything, he rode with her. he never left her side. i told her when i seen him walking her out that she had a great son. you don't find too many sons like that. >> reporter: his 84-year-old mother was identified as jean davis. the family of jean davis wanted to make sure she got the best care in the world so they made sure she came to hopkins.
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her other son only made sense of this saying that his brother could not bear to see their mother suffer. >> reporter: police are calling this a murder-suicide involving the son of a patient. paul pardus' brother alvin gibson said he spoke to pardus on sunday after their mother underwent surgery for back problems. gibson says his brother was upset and told him the surgery did not turn out the way that doctors told him it would. gibson says his brother was very fond of their mother. she suffered from back problems, and her operation was not successful. news that was devastating to pardus. >> they were really, really close. he would do anything he could to get her well because she had back problems. so he took her back and forth to the johns hopkins hospital to get her help, and he wanted to stay with her and to be with
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her as best as he could. >> reporter: now, johns hopkins hospital official staff say their security plan worked as planned to keep patients, staff, and visitors safe. sherrie johnson, abc 2 news. >> here are fast facts about hopkins and just to help put this whole situation in perspective. the hospital has nearly 1100 patient beds and sees more than 46,000 patients admitted each year on top of the more than 400,000 outpatient encounters, more than 12,000 people work at the hospital and the school of medicine as well along with 3700 full time and part time faculty. hospital violence is certainly a growing threat in the united states, however. abc news reports since 1995, there have been 256 reports of violent crime in medical
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centers, a number that's risen over the past three years. of course remember to stay with abc 2 news and for the latest developments on this story. when you are on our web site, you can find a number of stories, pictures, videos and raw video from the scene outside of the hospital. a slide show of pictures that we captured and a background on the history of johns hopkins hospital can all be found at five minutes after 5:00 right now. our democracy 2010 coverage this morning. election day is over, but the race is not over yet for the next baltimore city states attorney. today, more provisional ballots are set to be counted. right now, here's how it stands. greg berginstein leads by more than 1300 votes, however, he has not declared victory and jessamy has not conceded yet. despite six daze of early voting, turnout in maryland's primary appears to have been the lowest on record.
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unofficial poling place turnout was around 24%. only 2.4% of voters cast ballots in early voting. montgomery county had the lowest turnout with only 18%. garrett county in western maryland had the highest with nearly 40%. six minutes after 5:00 right now. six dehydrated puppies found inside of a dumpster. they are as cute as can be and now they need a home. we'll tell you how you can help out. after you see that video, you will want to. we'll tell you about a fast-moving storm ripping through new york city. before you go, let's go to mta's mark jones. hi, mark. >> reporter: good morning. you'll find wet roadways slowing things up a bit. the bus system, the numbers 10 and 30 are taking a diversion in the downtown area due to construction at light and pratt. your light rail and metro subway services look good,
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though. the m.a.r.c. train system moving about on time for service on the camden, penn and brunswick line. for the mta transit team, i'm mark jones. tax on ez
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it's ten minutes after 5:00en a friday morning. we wanted to remind you that komen maryland race for the cure is coming up. it's set for sunday october 3rd in hunt valley. abc 2 news will be live on the air to broadcast the whole event starting at 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. you can register for the big race on our web site, click on the lifestyle tab and look for the think pink logo. click on that and get registered to come join us. i want to start off with the tropics here. this is going to be the major weather headline for today. we now have a major hurricane that continues to get even stronger. it is down into the southern portion into the gulf of mexico. it looks like it will make a direct hit on the coastal city of vera cruz. you can see a distinct eye
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there of hurricane karl. the forecast track takes it into a very, very well populated area of mexico. the category three storm is expected to strengthen into a category 4 storm. the track takes it on in through central mexico and could bring flooding rains into the mountains in the heavily populated mexico city with over 15 million people in their metropolitan areas. so this could be a major weather story this weekend. we'll talk more about that coming up. locally, we expect weather today to improve. right now, let's talk about the traffic. here's kim brown. justin, so far, not much traffic to speak of. so very light volume as we get this friday morning commute off to a fairly light start. no issues on the roadways except as they are pretty wet. as we look at our drive times,
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no problems on the beltway. a five-minute ride with 95 southbound running well between white marsh boulevard and 695. no delays between the 83s. as we check our cameras here on the west side of liberty road, still very light volume. everything appears to be moving at speed. megan, back to you. >> thank you, kim. a father's tirade caught on tape. he confronts some kids at his daughter's school bus stop. >> listen, i'm telling you this! >> find out what caused this outburst and how the whole thing ended. plus, borrowing goes high- tech. how you can save money by using the internet to get your hands on the items that you need. ♪
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a's 57 degrees, 5:15 right now. more americans are living in poverty now than at any point. in the 51 years that the poverty rate has been tracked, the numbers show more than 43 million americans are living in
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poverty representing one in seven people. the most alarming, many of them are children. >> the highest poverty rates by far are among kids that live in single female-headed families. now we have way more mothers that work than in the past. even though the unemployment rate went up and we have some fewer than last year. >> reporter: experts say help from washington including the expansion of unemployment benefits saved the numbers from being far worse. in these tough times, we're all looking to save money, no doubt about it. penny pinched consumers right now are trading everything and anything to get a new set of wheels. >> reporter: now homeowner stephanie johnson digs gardening in her backyard. >> i like the chance to be outside and relax and not worry about anything. >> reporter: recently, she bought some dirt to build a raised vegetable garden. >> it would have taken forever
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without a wheelbarrow. >> reporter: so she doesn't own one but set out to borrow. from books to appliances and more, these days borrowing has gone high-tech on sites like share some sugar, neighbor borrow and you can post and share items you own and borrow things that you need all from others right in your neighborhood. >> tools and air beds. some listed their car even. >> reporter: think of each site as a matchmaking service. temporary ownership is a hot trend. >> a lot of people are feeling the pinch of not having enough money right now so they are turning to borrowing for more expensive items. >> reporter: by borrowing just once, waller says you can save tens of hundreds, sometimes even thousands depending on the item. while sharing does pay off, there is also a psychological benefit. >> it brings you closer to the people around you. >> reporter: fostering a sense of community, something waller says we lost over the years.
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kyra schwarz is the creator of share some sites give users the chance to go green. >> it's environmentally friendly to be more resourceful and not buy as many items. >> reporter: each site works differently but the basic idea is the same. search for the item you are looking for based on where you live. some allow you to search by zip code. other as lou you to form local groups and share those you are invited in, in your circle. >> from there, you submit a request and make a transaction. >> reporter: before you give sharing a go, it's important to set ground rules. first, understand what you are borrowing. >> there might be a picture on the web site, the description of the item, approximate value of the item. >> reporter: work together to set a time frame and never share anything you can't afford to lose. while these sites make virtual introductions, they are not responsible for your items. also, keep an eye out for
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thieves. while most are free to be a member, some require a security deposit. >> if i'm going to borrow a nail gun for you, i can put $100 into escrow so if i don't return it, you'll get compensation. >> reporter: stephanie paid a $15 deposit and now is watching her garden grow. >> fortunately, i was able to find someone less than a mile away that had a wheelbarrow so it worked out great. >> it's also important to be friendly when you borrow, consider sending a thank you note when the whole transaction is complete. good morning at 5:19. after a cool start, it turned warm and muggy during the day. temperatures cooked up to 86 degrees in baltimore. look at the 90s in southeast virginia. good day at virginia beach. we had really nasty weather roll through as a result of the
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heat surging and contrasting with temperatures in the 60s to the northwest. we belong at 78. we've got this contrast of air masses that built up nasty weather. you'll see sunrise come up at 6:50. the nasty weather did fall through on average about a quarter to half inch of rain in some spots. it came in yesterday a few hours early. it came in about 3:00 for a lot of us. look at the nasty weather up towards new york. they had potential tornadoes in new york city yesterday. winds 60 to 80 miles per hour in the city. great neck, long island recorded a 100 mile-per-hour wind gust. one fatality coming in from these storms. that energy is pushing away from new england this morning. the moisture behind it will be in the form of cloud cover. overall, we should be looking at a partly sunny sky here. the more sun southeast and we'll transition those clouds
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maybe to showers in the beaches overnight and tomorrow morning into the afternoon. for today, we're back up to 82 degrees. we'll call it a partly cloudy sky and breezy but the winds gusting out of the northwest at 25 miles per hour. we start off the weekend with sunny to partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80. here's kim brown with traffic. >> reporter: justin, there is no traffic this morning, it's so early. that's how we want to start off the weekend, always good news as we look now at our cameras. no issues on the 95 corridor. looking good at 195 as you come down from mountain road approaching the tunnels and the split. no problems as you continue on. as we look at our drive times along 795, it is all green on route 140 down towards the beltway. megan, back to you. she is the incredible shrinking woman.
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how many pounds oscar winner jennifer hudson has lost so far and the message she's trying to send to others trying to lose weight. remember the story of the woman who had acid thrown in her face. police know the attacker and you will not believe who it is.
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5:25 right now. entertainment news this morning. a dream come true for a british reality star. susan boyle got the chance to sing for pope benedict during a mass in scotland. she sang the song that got her to superstardom, "i dream to dream." ellen degeneres could very well become a star maker. she signed another young singer to her recording label. degeneres launched the label 1111 by signing 12-year-old gracen chance after his performance on youtube went viral. jennifer hudson accomplishes a goal. the singer and oscar winner has lost another 20 pounds. the weight watchers spokeswoman says she feels great. she went from a size 16 to a 6.
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however, hudson says health, not size, was what matters most. good morning. 5:26. rain that came in yesterday a little earlier than expected and might have impacted your afternoon activities. i apologize for that. we actually improve in the tradeoff. strong winds building out there, but that should help to dry things out as we are looking for temperatures that should build their way back up into the 80s this afternoon. skies will range through more sun this morning and mixing in for clouds especially through the afternoon. into tonight, mostly sunny. clouds make a return but we're back into the low 80s on sunday. temperatures will fluctuate between the upper 70s and low 80s early next week with the next chance of rain late tuesday into wednesday. it's time now to go up to new york and get this morning's
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tech bytes. >> reporter: in today's tech bytes, yahoo is upgrading the search site. yahoo mail runs faster and has a new look with integrated instant messaging. searchers also can get key information about a requested topic. the ipad is getting serious support. all four major carriers will carry the tab. it has a video screen, two cameras and runs on google's android software. none of the wireless companies said when it will go on sale or how much it will cost. we all know talking on cell phones drains the bat dry but the opposite may soon be true. scientists from korea hope to one day use sound waves to charge phones. the other would be sound insulating walls near highways to generate electricity for passing cars. those are your tech bytes. i'm vinita nair.
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it's not what you'd expect at a hospital, but it happened. i'm linda so. the latest on the deadly shooting that locked down johns hopkins' medical campus. who on earth would dump these cuties in a trash bin in a box taped shut? that story has a happy ending. and this morning we're trying to figure out if a tornado touched down in the big apple. thanks for joining us on this friday morning. no tornado here but really a lot of heavy rain yesterday. find out if that will change for the weekend. here's meteorologist justin berk. >> the weekend looks good. good morning to you. the sign of a faster


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