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and maybe the city of baltimore behind bars. we're going to have details can use it to solve their straight ahead. plus the search is on this morning for an ice cream cone problems. >>reporter: nice row home, breezy and full of sunlight, literally. comes with an interior garden. details on the case of krurly even a real estate ad couldn't make this house look any better or the house next to it, or the gone missing. kate and i have been married for 15 years. house next to the house, that's next to the house with the tree in it. there are tens of thousands of abandoned properties in baltimore city. some are just boarded up, and, yes, some do have a tree dproaing inside. an abandoned house can cause a lot of problems for folks who live next to one. a water main break three years ago on kirk avenue allowed water to flood this abandoned house. the city couldn't pump it out for fear of collapse. in turn, water has seeped into the basement of kim collins and her occupied house. a new water main break has exasperated that and now everything has gotten progressively worse. >> the world has now totally collapsed. so when it rains, it's the basement floor and then my house over here as the water bubbles up in the basement of my basement.
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so my basement is constantly wet. >>reporter: in detroit the city received $10 million from the mortgage fraud settlement to tear down about 5,000 vacant homes around schools. they're hoping to create green space and safer areas for children to did to school. baltimore city has the vacant value initiative for rehabbing communities and tearing down houses. mayor rawlings blake says the city has a plan in fireplace for dealing with vacants. >> we have the incentives, we have the targeted enforcement as well as the demolition. that's 3 moves, 5 jobs, 2 newborns. i'm pleased about the amount of it's no wonder i'm getting gray. but kate still looks like...kate. demolition that we've been able to do, the amount of partnership that we've been able to do for new development [ female announcer ] with nice'n easy, all they see is you -- and i'm looking forward to using some of the settlement in one step, nice'n easy with colorblend technology, money to further those efforts. is proven to give more blends of tones. for color that's perfectly true to you. we're just a few minutes [ rob ] i don't know all her secrets away from 5:00 and here are the but i do know kate's more beautiful now, stories that we're working on than the day i married her. for you for "good morning [ female announcer ] with the dimensional color of nice'n easy, maryland" just ahead. a thief with a consciences. all they see is you. we have a very strange story about a person whose home was broken into but nothing was [ female announcer ] withof moderate to severer rheumatoid arthritisn
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we've got health news for you this morning, fellas this is for you. you probably dread getting a prostate exam, however, doctors say if you get a regular checkup it may prevent it from advancing. researchers basically looked at 1,700 men and looked at those psa testing that began 20 years ago and those who have had it since. those who had psa tests regularly had a better chance of living longer. call out sick today. we're actually not suggesting this, but doctors do say it could be good for your health. the centers for disease control found that if you continue to work that may make you feel
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worse. they say that construction, manufacturing and alan gionetle workers, they benefited from this the most. the study also found that fewer people who worked while sick made working better for everyone. there is certainly a lot going on this weekend for you and your family. one example you may want to consider, howard county fair, that's going on right now. your kids can go on the rides, check out the animals competing in the 4-h competitions and there are shows every single night with a lot of vendors. if you're curious, the gates open at 8:00 tomorrow morning. the fair is located op the fairground road in west friendship and it runs through saturday the 11th. a good thing to check out. how about a nice dinner without the expensive price tag in baltimore city? that sounds pretty good. you have through sunday to take advantage of the baltimore city restaurant week. you can get a three-course meal at some restaurants for just around $30. some are low are, as low as $20. you gotta make your reservations early, though.
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so log onto our website which is, check out the baltimore city section for all the details. cal ripken, jr. speaks out for the first time about his mother's abduction and you're only going to hear it first on "good morning maryland." the 5:00 show starts right now. cal ripken, jr. about to address the nation. what he hopes to drive home after the kidnapping of his mother. we have details straight ahead. a little pda inside chick- fil-a. that's happening. the message the gay activists want everyone to know after recent comments touch off a national outcry. michael phelps has a pile of medals this morning and he is not done yet. the win that he pulled out against his top rival. those stories straight ahead on this friday morning. happy friday and thank you so much for joining us. let's get your weekend started with a check of the weather and meteorologist lynette charles. lynette, good morning. >> good morning, megan.
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t dp if, everyone. maryland's most powerful radar is dry. we do have all five sweeps on. we're scanning the skies this morning. not a whole lot to see, but as we go into the afternoon we could see a little bit of change. i'll talk more about that coming up. let's talk about the temperatures this morning because in aberdeen we're at 72 degrees right now. that humidity is at 98%. dewpoint 72, so we are feeling that humidity. the winds are calm. they'll pick up a little bit more as we go into the afternoon and we're seeing more of the same into owenings mills. last stop torng is in buoy with a temperature the 70 degrees, humidity at 98%. dewpoint coming in in the upper 60s. we are humid. it's going to stay that way through the afternoon. late get a check now of the abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren cook. good morning. >>reporter: good morning, lynette. happy friday to you. >> thank you. >>reporter: if you are headed out to northeast baltimore this morning, we are dealing with a water main break that continues to shut down kirk avenue. that's going to be right at avidson street. if you are in the area, stick
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with harford road or loch raven boulevard as your alternate route. if you are headed out to 695. here's a live look at the top side in towson at delaney valley road. everything up to speed. a nice easy ride up towards 83. as we pull up drive times, there are no delays this morning on the west side of the beltway, just 11 minutes on the yeuch from 795 down towards 95. the jfx hs going to be nice and clear from 695 all the way to downtown to east fayette street. you're looking at an 11-minute trip and everything up to speed at the fort mchenry tunnel. you're looking at eight minutes to travel northbound from the beltway to the toll plaza. manageon, over to you. you're going to hear from him first on abc 2. cal ripken, jr. will speak this morning at 7:30. this is all surrounding his mother's abduction. abc 2 news sharree johnson is live this morning. and, sharree, he's going to talk to the media today but on abc first. >>reporter: that's exactly right. at 10:00 this morning he's going to talk to news reporters right here at camden yards
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about the recent abduction and return of his mother and he's also going to talk -- appear on "good morning america" about 7:30 this morning, also to talk about the case. basically he's trying to put pressure on finding the suspect, finding the person that's spnl for kidnapping his mother. now, police still have not found the suspect. and on july 24th, violet ripken was abducted from her home and held in the car for p 12 hours pi an unidentified man and returned home. police released a surveillance video and sketch of the suspect op tuesday. it was taken the same day she was kidnapped. it shows the tall man walking in and out of the store. violet ripken told the neighbors she was scared but that the abductor took care of her needs. >> she said he was very nice, actually, and stopped at the farms and got food and other things, and he lit cigarettes for her. >>reporter: now, aberdeen police have not offered
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information about a motive in this case, but there is a $2000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. once again the news conference with reporters starts at 10:00 this morning right here at camden yards. also ripken will appear on "good morning america" about 7:30 this morning. reporting live from camden yard, sharree johnson, abc 2 news. >> reminder about what sherree just said, how this all breaks down, the information on your screen, 7:30 this morning "good morning america" will have an exclusive live interview with cal ripken, jr. as we mentioned, he's also expected to address his mother's abduction. later on this morning we'll hear from him at a press conference that's set for 11:00 this morning at camden yards. john leopold's trial has been postponed until september. his attorney says he needed more time to go over all the information in this case. leopold is accused of misusing his police detail for personal and political gain. the police chief, james teal retired just a few days ago. the county council and police
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union voted a no confidence in him after this whole thing happened. it's national same-sex kiss day and supporters of same- sex marriage are planning on showing a little pda at chick- fil-a restaurants nationwide today. the event comes two days after supporters respond today a backlash of the company's support of traditional marriage. same-sex couples are being asked to go to chick-fil-a restaurants and kiss in protest and post photos on social media websites. this is all in response to the president telling a religious news service that they support the biblical unit of a family unit. same-sex advocates say the company should stick to what they know best. >> it would really be nice if chick-fil-a would just get into the business of making great chicken and stay out of the business of equality. >> there's also a counter protest on wednesday. chick-fil-a appreciation day glad. they say opponents of same-sex marriage ask people to donate
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the approximate cost of a chick- fil-a meal which some people did to gay and lesbian rights groups. a show of appreciation day for chick-fil-a. that was their best day of business ever. chick-fil-a confirmed that their sales were records -- they broke records on wednesday. the restaurant came under fire after its president said that he believes the biblical definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. people who supported it came out in force. you can see the long lines there on your screen. this started as a call by former arkansas governor mike huckabee. they're walking 100 miles and this is they say to show they are depends a new healthcare mabdate. a pastor in the catholic parish from hancock, maryland, they are leading this. parishioners on a 100-mile walk and this is from hancock all the way to baltimore. they are right now on day three of their journey and they're going to be walking 12 miles starting in cocksville.
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they are protesting healthcare plans to cover contraception. along the way they are collecting money from various charities. back in 2003, the church approved the first gay bishop. he was approved by substantial majority of episcopal churches house of deputies. remember last year's earthquake? well, most of us can. we can basically describe exactly what we were doing when we felt the ground move. well, now work is being done to repair the damage that was done to the baltimore basilica and it's supposed to last about seven months. the 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused cracks and some of the structural damage. it is expected to cost up to $5 million, but most of it will be covered by insurance. weekend services and weddings will continue as scheduled, so no worries there. however, their regular tours will be limited. another med for baltimore bullet michael phelps. it's hard to believe, but the first individual gold game in london is happening again.
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he won the 200 individual medley, beating rival ryan lochte. this is his fourth medal in the games and really pictures a sport as the most decorated olympian in history. today phelps competes in the 100 fly and the semifinals of the 4x100-meter medley relay and the men's team qualified. that race is tomorrow. how about gymnastics, was this fun to watch? gabby douglas so cute, lived up to her name, the flying squirrel. her dpraffity-defying performance won her the first- ever gymnastic goal for an african-american teammate. aly fell short of the bronze. dplaitions to the women's gymnastics team. as it stands right now, the u.s. is leading china in the overall medal count with 37, china has 34 and we are tied with 18 dpleelds. today right now the track and field events, they start the women's 100-meter dash trials.
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they are this morning and the women's soccer team is going to take on new zealand in the first quarterfinals. so once again phelps will be in the pool today for the 100 meter relay. lynette, i know you've been glued to the television. she's addicted. as we prepare to shell out some extra cash when you look for your b dp e pill, this is something nobody wants to hear, especially after those storms and so many people didn't have power. the extreme temperatures from june to july could actually mean a big hike. bge says the sweltering heat wave we experienced the last two months means higher energy bills, even for customers who lost power to keep your energy costs down. are you growning right now? bge recommends that you keep your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher during the summer. it looks like we are getting some help to cover the cost of the severe storms that were caused by the widespread power outages last month. the president declared a major disaster in several counties and it makes federal funding available for our state to pay
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for things like cleanup. calvert, charles, kent, dpoarm, st. mary's county as well as ploor city are all eligible for money. time now for a check on our weather. here's meteorologist lynette charles. how's it looking, lynette? >> it's looking a little bit humid and a little bit hot. we do have advisories and alerts to talk about right now. as we look at anne arundel county, there is a coastal flood advisory there until about 8:00 this morning. as we slide down into dorchester county, while there's an air quality alert until 6:00 p.m. this evening, and also we are looking in york county, an air quality alert as well. so, again, the air just nasty, it's muggy outside. and with that we do have the heat upon us. so i take you through your day hour by hour, 7:00 a.m., 76 degrees. by 10:00 a.m. 83. you can see warming it up. 91 by lunchtime and 94 degrees to top things off as we get more sunshine in here. it's going to be a pretty miserable day on tap. let's get a check of the abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren
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cook. good morning. >>reporter: good morning, lynette. we are still dealing with that missive water main break in downtown ploor. light street is still shut down between lombard street and baltimore street. the good news is everything should be fixed within two weeks. so hopefully that will alleviate a lot of the congestion. no concerns if you're using the jfx to get into the city, and all is clear traveling through the fort mchenry tunnel as well as the harbor tunnel. if you are bound for the beltway, this is what that southwest corner looks like at wilkins avenue. no delays heading on up towards liberty road. megan, over to you. >> lauren, thanks. house cleaning not always fun, but for one family they were glad to take the time to do it. the unique discovery they made when they went through boxes stuffed in an attic over 100 years. details on that just ahead. plus you may know by now that heart disease, it is the leading cause of death in the united states. this morning tips on what you can do to keep your heart healthy.
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less than a week until the first preseason game for the
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ravens, but if you just can't wait another moment to see the players, well, all you have to do is head to the bank tomorrow. that's because the team is holding a free practice at m and t bank stadium. it's happening at 5:00. you can get into the stadium for free. remember, parking around that area can be expensive, it's around $10. the team takes on the atlanta falcons in georgia for the first preseason game. kickoff for that is at 7:30. this will make you think twice before throwing anything out that you have. you might even finally get motivated to clean out your attic or your basement because a family in ohio discovered more than $700 pristine baseball cards in a family member's attic. just 37 of those cards got them, get this, $566,000, almost half a million dollars. this is yesterday. they actually auctioned them right here in baltimore at the sports memorabilia show. that's happening at the convention center. >> they gotta be baseball cards because that's cy young and
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there's honis wagner and there's ty cobb and over here is evers and chance. you just named five hall of famers right there. we're going, okay, they're either worth nothing or they're worth something. >> and they're worth something. they plan to sell off other cards over time that could bring them nearly $3 million. the money will be split evenly between 20 cousins. so that convention is going on, lauren. i know a lot of people driving around downtown. how's it looking out there right now? >>reporter: well, megan, we're still dealing with a water main break on light street, it's shut down between lombard street and baltimore street. definitely watch out for that if you are headed to the convention center this weekend. definitely going to be a fun show. they have a lot of memorabilia, even babe ruth memorabilia and, again, those honis wagner cards. i'd like to find one of those in my attic. on the east side of the city we are dealing with that massive sinkhole that has shut down
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park. here is a look at 95 heading into the city as interstate 395. no delays through that fort mchenry tunnel this morning. just eight minutes all together traveling northbound from the beltway all the way to the fort mchenry tunnel toll plaza. as we pull up some other drive times you'll notice overall in pretty good shape out on 695 right now. that west side nice and clear, lech minutes on the outer loop from 795 down towards 95 and no delays on the jfx from towson all the way downtown to fayette street. now for a look at the weather here is lynette charles. good morning, lynette. >> good morning, lauren. and we are dealing with a little bit of patchy fog out there, so hopefully everybody will take my advice and slow down a little bit as you head out and about. patchy in areas, so we do have reduced visibility in fredrick, only about three miles. also york. we want to get to the seven that we're seeing in d.c. right now, but they could go downhill before all is said and done. temperature in edgewater, 71 degrees. we're at 73 in rockville. the winds are calm right now.
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that humidity is really up there and it will begin to continue to build as we go throughout the day and that heat is going to soar. i'm going to show you the temperatures. as we go through time, you're stepping out and about for today and in baltimore 90 degrees at lunchtime, so if we get more sunshine in here, that 94 that i'm forecasting for today, oh, yes, that's definitely going to ring true. as you head over towards easton along the eastern shore, temperature there coming in at 89 degrees and 90 in culpepper, 90 in d.c. at the lunch hour. we'll still see those 90s even as you head through the weekend, it's going to be a very hot one for us. this is what we have on the forecast trend and we like when that trend begins to go down, especially when humidity. 94 for today, 93 as we head into saturday. sunday we'll be right around 91 degrees and then we can see those temperatures, 89, 89 and then 88 degrees as we head into wednesday. let's send this over to megan. >> lynette, thanks so much.
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time now for a little health news for you this morning. heart disease is the leading cause of death in the united states and your best defense against the nation's number one killer is to keep risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking under control. however, a new study finds nearly half of all adults in the united states have at least one of these risk factors. men were more likely to have at least one risk factor. researchers hope that the results will make people more aware of the things that they have to do to decrease risk for heart disease and the doctors say that they agree. a little more than a month away from debuting a new show and that's starring katie couric, you've probably heard about it or seen the promos. it's called "the katie show." before it airs we want you to have an idea of the topics she'll be talking about. >>reporter: hey, everybody. here's a bit of trivia you can share at the dinner table tonight. everyday for the next 18 years,
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10,000 americans will turn 65 and those 65 years old are thankfully living into their 70s, 80s, even 90s. we've added 30 years to our average life expectancy since 1900. but with rapidly growing population of older people, america also has a challenge to keep them healthy and engaged in the world around them. i recently sat down with dr. linda freed of colombia university to talk about the keys to aging well. >> things we can do, first of all, is to invest at every age and stage of life in health preservation, and we know enough now from a public health point of view that prevention matters certainly for young people, certainly for newborns, certainly for young adults, but in fact into the older days. so learning how to implement that for ourselves, to do things like healthy eating and staying physically active, but
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also not being socially isolated, staying engaged and doing the things that one cares about into the older stages actually all matter in terms of health. >>reporter: this is exactly the kind of topic i'll be discussing on my new show "katie" which starts september 10th. to follow all the latest as we prepare for the debut of our big show, you can go to or follow me on twitter. >> she's so excited to bring you this show and we're excited to be in baltimore the show for katie. the show starts september 10th at 4:00. all the information is right there on your screen and on our website too. a family out for a day of fun on the water got a huge scare, the scare of their lives. the horrifying ordeal all caught on camera as the coast guard had to be called in. how they're doing this morning and what saved their life. plus they noticed the damage to their screen door, but didn't miss their belongings. the tip one burglar left in their yard that has people talking this morning.
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[ harry umlaut ] hey you know what, i speak european. [ sally umlaut ] european isn't a language. i think they speak all kinds over there. nah. it's basically one language with a few variations. my cousin has a passport. uh-huh. take this fascinating muller yogurt. frut up. means "fruit up." as in creamy yogurt down below. and a delectable, aromatic layer of blended fruity, moussey, uppiness on top. frut up. as the europeans say. in their language. wow. you really are bilingual. yeah, i dated a comma in high school. [ male announcer ] muller. the european for yummy. 5:25. thanks for joining us on this friday morning. here's a reminder that when you go boating with your family,
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life jackets are extremely important. the coast guard in texas pulled two adults and three children from the water after their boat capsized. look at this video. a rescue vessel quickly scrambled to save them after they got the call that their boat was overturned. so the texas coast guard helicopter used a basket to get them to that rescue vessel. thanks to those life jackets. the group was shaken but they were not injured and everyone is okay. you gotta see this story, a family in canada learned they had been burglarized only after reading an apology note that the thief left behind. someone broke into the home while the owner was out for a walk. when the family returned home, they found their belongings in a bag in the front of their house. inside was a camera, an x box, about $50 and an apology note. it read i made the worst mistake of my life, i can't put into word how sorry i am. there's no shortage of opinion on this thief with a consciences. listen. >> judge and jury, is he? >> well, i think, obviously we
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all have troubles in our lives, but it doesn't excuse someone to break into your house and do that. i mean, maybe in his mind he's making some kind of restitution. >> the family has asked for privacy, but a neighbor says the letter really tugged at their heart strings. a farmer takes out his anger at a nearby police station. this story is pretty incredible. what he did to the police cars, look right there, in the parking lot that landed him
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