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all i want to ask him is why in the hell did you run often years ago. >> boy, he put some miles on those paws. >> no one will ever know what he did and why he did it. we thank you for watching. >> jim and doreen are next. several hundred people are now confirmed dead in the death toll is growing after that earthquake that rocked indonesia. >> some people want to get rid of a program that allows lawmakers in maryland to use easy pass for free. president obama is on his way to denmark to lobby for chicago to host the olympics in 2016. representatives from the united states and iran today had direct dialog for the first time in 30 years. good evening. >> that meeting took place in geneva, switzerland. those talks are raising hopes that iran might be persuaded not
to build nuclear weapons. steve handelsman is at the white house with more on this. >> reporter: good evening from the white hous as a candidate, barack obama said tough diplomacy, the kind of face-to-face that happened today. they met in geneva, switzerland. diplomats from iran and germany, britain, china, france, russia, and the united states. and durk the lunch brk, the top iranian, jalili, and the head of the u.s. team, william burns, had a one-on-one. jalili blamed what he called media terrorism for raising fears about iran building an atom bomb. and the iranians agreed to open their newly revealed nuclear facility to u.n. inspectors soon. >> iran has told us that it plans to cooperate fully. >> reporter: president obama heads out to hold talks with iran. now he has.
>> we're committed to serious and meaningful engagement but we're not interested in talking for the sake of talking. if iran does not take steps in the near future to live up to its obligations, then the united states will not continue to negotiate indefinitely. >> reporter: since iran seized american hostages 30 years ago, this was the first real u.s./iranian negotiation. >> the talks are hopeful. they're much better than the alternative. >> reporter: but will iranian president ahmadinejad really open his plant. the u.s. wants more. iran for now to shut down production of potential atomic bomb fuel. >> they would freeze any enrichment of uranium. >> reporter: the u.s. and its allies would freeze any push for tough economic sanctions. a swap, a deal that's sure to come up in round two of the talks. there in a few weeks, by then president obama's demanding that the iranians open their nuclear facility to the u.n. live from the white house, steve handelsman, news 4.
an estimated 1,100 people are now confirmed after yesterday's earthquake in indonesia. a 7.6 magnitude quake struck the western part of the island, followed by another round of tremors this morning. today rescue workers pulled many survivors, many screaming in pain, from beneath collapsed buildings. president obama who spent part of his childhood in indonesia has pledged to support recovery efforts there. the arriving on the samoan islands this evening, the earthquake in the south pacific ocean triggered a tsunami there on tuesday. the death toll there has now reached 150. waves leveled houses, hospitals and other buildings. samoan officials expect the death toll to rise as more areas are searched. last night the first plane carrying survivors from new zealand touched down at aukland.
>> we were right on the water. no point in us going back to retrieve anything, because there was nothing left. nothing at all. we've lost everything. >> samoa, america samoa and tonga are about halfway between new zealand and hawaii. it's a tourist destination. a 16-year-old child was murdered last night in prince georges county. his name is marcus medina, he was 17 years old. he and another 17-year-old, that is, were on 56th avenue and riverdale heights when they were shot at about 11:30. medina was taken to the hospital. he was pronounced dead there. pat collins is at the police headquarters now with more. pat? >> reporter: jim, an argument leads to gunfire, and when it's over, a 16-year-old is dead. an all too familiar sight. a mother's tears after her son is gunned down in the street.
this time the victim, marcus medina, a student at parkdale high school, he was just 16 years old. this time the scene 56th avenue and riverdale. this time, like so many other times, the young victim's family left with a great sense of sorrow. >> he didn't have to die like that. he didn't have to die that way. >> reporter: two case ago marcus came home. he had bruises all over his face. his mother asked him what happened. she said he wouldn't say. two months ago marcus told friends he was robbed on 56th avenue. but for some reason he was drawn to that place. that place where he was killed last night. tom werts lives nearby. he has a hard time sleeping, and when he can't sleep, he goes to the front porch and whittles. last night he heard an argument. he heard the shots.
he saw the victim. >> the conversation was, i want my stuff back. and then he shot and ran off. >> reporter: how many shots did you hear? >> four -- between four and five. >> reporter: and there was a cop close by? >> he was in the neighborhood. he was just ahead of me running around the corner to the victim who was on the ground. >> reporter: so yet another street shooting. another young life lost. marcus medina's sister still in disbelief. >> the people responsible for this. >> they have to pay for what they did. they have to go to jail because they killed my brother. >> reporter: now, there was a 17-year-old with marcus there last night. the 17-year-old was shot and wounded in the incident. police say they're looking for three suspects who made their getaway in a honda car. jim, back to you. >> pat collins, thanks, pat. work crews are still repairing a water main break in
hyattsville, maryland. it flooded several homes early this morning. it was a 16-inch main that broke along queensbury road and queens chapel road. ten inche of water gushed down the street. it forced people in several homes to evacuate. about 17 customers, including a day care center, went without water for several hours. officials say the age of that pipe is probably what caused it to break. they're hoping to have it fixed by about 7:00 tonight. health officials in virginia and maryland say they're expecting their first doses of swine flu vaccine to arrive early next week. the first supplies will be sent to hospitals and local helicopter departments to immunize health care workers and emergency services staff who have direct contact with patients. that news comes amid concerns whether hospitals will have enough space to take care of the sick. tracey pots has our report. >> reporter: flu season officially starts sunday, but this dallas hospital is already on overload with 50% more patients than this time last
year. >> i feel just terrible, awful. >> reporter: the staff is trying to cope. >> i sleep when i can. >> reporter: things could get worse. the robert wood johnson foundation and trust for america's health reports by the time flu season hits its peak, 15 states could run out of hospital beds. and that's assuming the h1n1 virus stays relatively mild. >> you're going to see different standards of care. people not being hospitalized when under ordinary circumstances they would be. people being discharged early. and some treatments being postponed, some people who need to be hospitalized may have to be treated at home. >> reporter: the cdc reports a third of those who died from h1n1, that they tested, also had bacterial pneumonia. health advocates are urging hospital workers to be even more careful. >> they need to be taken care of in a very protected way, which, first of all, includes everyone in the health care organization washing their hands every time. >> reporter: the cdc has 600,000
doses of vaccine arriving by tuesday. and for the sickest children, the agency's also sending 300,000 courses of tamiflu, with expired dates. officials say it's safe and it works. >> the extension is based on testing. so this isn't a matter of, okay, let's just change the labels. >> reporter: another 6 million to 7 million doses of vaccine should be shipped out next week. locally the robert wood foundation says the district will be in good shape with fewer than half of the hospital beds full. virginia will likely be at capacity, but ph.d. could be in trouble for an estimated 43% more patients than beds. tomorrow morning on news 4, we'll try to get some answers to your questions about the swine flu. a doctor will join us live on set at 4:55. you can send your questions to us at "today" at nbcwashington.com. then tune in tomorrow morning to hear the answers.
stocks took a big slide today on more investor concerns about an economic recovery. the dow jones industrial average dropped more than 200 points. the nasdaq slipped 64 points. and the s&p lost 27 points. thelump today came on the heels of worse than expected numbers on manufacturing. there are also fears that the latest unemployment figures which come out tomorrow will be disappointing. automakers reported slumping sales in september. the decline in sales comes after the cash for clunkers program gave many carmakers a boost over the summer. general motors sales were down 45% last month when compared to september of 2008. toyota reported a decline of 13%. ford sales slipped about 5%. hyundai bucked the trend, they reported a 27% increase in their sales. coming up on news 4 at 6:00, president obama is on his way to denmark to try to give chicago's olympic bid a boost. the chinese government today
threw massive celebrations to mark 60 years of come nust rule. another shoe throwing incident in the news tonight. the target was the director of the internaonal monetary fund. scientists say this stel con shed new evidence on human evolution. our weather is evolving from chilly to warm as we head on into the weekend. i'll tell you all the details. the cats hoping to get off to a red 'hot start as they start the regular season tonight. which guard is going to start alongside gilbert arenas. and bosh benches one of his starte
all eyes are on copenhagen, denmark, to see who the host the 2016 olympics. chicago, one of the four cities under consideration. jay gray has the latest. >> reporter: president barack obama wrapping up his work at home before boarding air force one for an overnight flight to denmark. he'll join an all-star team already on the ground in copenhagen, led by the first lady who met today with international olympic committee president jacques rowe. >> this is an opportunity for the united states to connect to the world. >> reporter: another key player for the star-studded chicago delegation is the first lady of television, oprah winfrey.
>> my message is really about my love and -- my love for chicago. and the spirit that we know the games will bring. >> reporter: as the olympic delegation gathers in copenhagena host of celebrities and dignitaries are making a final push for chicago, but it's still clear who carries the huge star power. >> no, i expect -- you know who the difference maker is. >> reporter: even before he's landed, the president is apparently making a strong impression on the voting members of the ioc. >> i will listen to him very carefully and this is one of maybe the most influential man on the planet. >> reporter: rio de janeiro is in the race, and has some star power of its own. arguably the most famous athlete ever, pele is in denmark trying to provide a strong kick for his country's effort to host the games. >> there's chicago. but we never have it in south america. >> reporter: as chicago prepares
for friday's decision on the host city. >> we're just hoping for the right answer. and that chicago can celebrate. >> reporter: an answer that is now less than 24 hours away. the final presentations from each city including the address from president obama will take place overnight. a decision on the host city will be formally announced tomorrow around lunchtime. jay gray, nbc news, chicago. today the chinese gth threw itself a massive party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of communist rule there. a dazzling spectacle of fireworks, lasers, lights and thousands of dancers lit up tiananmen square. it was reminiscent of last year's opening ceremonies for the olympic games and choreographed by the same chinese film director. most people who live in beijing watched it on television. there was tight security that prevented them from getting close to tiananmen square.
a massive parade highlighted china's considerable military might. that anniversary was marked in new york city last night, red and yellow lights glowed from the top of the empire state building. that building is routinely lit with different colors to mark holidays and other events. however, critics of china's record on human rights questioned whether it was appropriate for an american city to commemorate the inception of communist rule. a turkish student yelled get out and threw a shoe at the international monetary fund. it happened after the imf director delivered a talk to economic students at a university in istanbul. security guards grabbed the protester and another woman who tried to unfurl an anti-imf banner. the imf is in talks with the turkish government about a new loan deal to revitaze investments in turkey. the annual meetings of the world
bank and international monetary fund are taking place in istanbul right now and police have detained more than 20 protesters. for 17 years w, scientists have been trying to piece together a portrait of the life of ap ancient skeleton known as arty. now they say what they learned shakes the very foundation of the theory of evolution. the fossil remains of artie were first discovered in northeastern ethiopia in 1994. she lived 4,400,000 years ago. she's more than 1 million years older than lucy, who until now was the earliest existing evidence of the path of human evolution. but here now is the big news. scientists say unlike lucy, artie's fossil does not re resemble that of a chimpanzee. artie has a combination of the features of chimps, humans and other creatures. she walked on two feet, but also had a grasping big toe that allowed her to travel easily in
trees. she weighed about 110 pounds and stood close to four feet tall. one biologist says artie has shown that our last common ancestor with chimpanzees was not a monkey. but a different primate that was not a human and was not a chimp. it was something else. there is a series of articles about artie in the journal "science." coming up this evening, we'll tell you about calls to stop allowing maryland lawmakers to use easy pass toll service for free. considering a bill that would ease restrictions on raising chickens in the city. we'll get a check on bob's full forecast. stay with us.
beautiful day today, bob. but a little nippy out there. >> that's right. this is the time of year when the moth balls spreads across the morning. everybody getting out those knit sweaters. outside today, we had a chilly beginning. nins annuals, and some of the mums out there, our high temperature average for october. 65 degrees in the morning. i went back and looked in the record books, while we've had that one period of rain, we are overall on quite a dry pattern. as a matter of fact, since the middle of june, 108 days ago, we've only had eight days of a
quarter of an inch of rain. we'll see a few sprinkles, but overall a dry pattern as heading into autumn. a little bit of rain will help with some of that autumn color. outside now, we're losing that daylight, too, 66 degrees. the pollen count for ragwe'd was less than one. i think it's still a little bit out there. that's the good news. look at the morning low temperatures to our north. into the 40s. right now on top of mt. washington, 21 degrees with blowing snow. look as thought temperatures up to our north. that's where the really chilly air has been. meanwhile, in the mid part of the country, the jet stream dipping like this. there's been some really nasty storms out in the mid part of the country. as a matter of fact, severe thunderstorm watches out until midnight now. let me show you some of those storms where there has been rain now moving through missouri on into arkansas. one-inch hail, mount vernon,
missouri. the new watch is out until midnight stretching into texas. now moving into north texas, oklahoma has had wind gusts to 60, 70-mile-an-hour winds. the as you can see, a lot of that moisture is heading well to the north. and i think anything that we'll be seeing here will be sort of leftovers. frostberg early this morning, the temperature dropped down to 39 degrees. here's columbia, missouri, with over two inches of rain. and earlier today, winds gusting to about 40 miles an hour. so overnight tonight, we're going to continue to see another cool night. the color is really coming on fast now. up in northern parts of maine, around the lake, too, colors coming out in new hampshire. noheastern vermont, got some pictures through the internet. there's maine, nice color up there. even though the skies are cloudy. as it in far northern new hampshire. you can see the nice color up there. as we go through the next few
weeks, we'll be spreading to the south. in our own neck of the woods, not until the tail end of october, early november. overnight tonight, high pressure moves off. tomorrow as our winds turn into the south and southeast, milder air comes in. then late tomorrow and early on saturday, a cool front comes through with a few scattered spriles. but behind it, our winds will still be into the southwest as the main area of storminess is up around the lakes. that means especially for saturday and sunday, for a change, temperatures will be above average. tomorrow, also a bit above average. in the meantime, clearing out. but another cool night. once that sun is setting now, just about now, the temperatures are going to take another tumble. i think we'll see some high clouds around tomorrow morning. but temperatures in the suburbs, in the 40s once again. there were some spots out toward the shenandoah valley, in the fort valley, across western maryland too. clouds coming in tomorrow
evening. but i think any sprinkles or any showers would be late tomorrow night into early saturday. so look for the clouds coming in. but for your friday evening, pretty pleasant, 65 to 70 degrees. there's that only less than a 50% chance for saturday morning. anything i think would be by us by early saturday. saturday afternoon and especially sunday, sunny and warm. mornings in the 50s, daytime in the 70s. a lot of sunshine for the weekend the way it looks right now. >> sounds pretty good. coming up tonight, keith garvin will join us with part two of his special report on his journey to rwanda. tonight we'll take a closer look at the vibrant capital city. lawmakers in maryland have been using the easy pass toll system for free. t that could be changing soon. we'll tell you about a bill that might make it easier for people to raise chickens. sully returns to the cockpit today with familiar company. we'll be right back.
the u.s. and other world powers met in geneva today to talk about nuclear weapons. the iraniansgreed to open their newly revealed nuclear facility to nuflt ip speck tors. they say they'll do that soon. this is the first face-to-face contact between the u.s. and iran in 30 years. the united nations says an estimated 1,100 people have been killed in the massive earthquake that shook indonesia today. it's expected to rise when rescue efforts continue tomorrow morning. police are looking for whoever it was that killed a 16-year-old boy. marcos medina was at 56th avenue in the riverdale heights when he was killed last night. coming up in our broadcast this evening, the d.c. council is considering a bill that would ease restrictis on raising chickens in the city. the pilot at the controls during the miracle on the hudson was back in the air today. keith garvin will join us with part two of a special report on
his journey to rwanda. there are calls to end a program that gives maryland lawmakers and thousands of state employees a free ride through tolls. the program does not require those lawmakers to pay for easy pass service. two lawmakers want that to stop. chris gordon reports. >> reporter: the marand transportation authority imposed a $1.50 month fee and has been charging $21 since july for the easy pass transponders that go on car windshields. but maryland legislators have been given free easy passes despite the fact that they get a yearly travel allowance of the. . a blog says it's hearing a lot of complaints. >> there are people that have to pay tolls to commute every day. especially when they come across the bay bridge from the eastern shore. and now they also have to pay fees to carry these easy passes. so why do the rest of us have to pay and the politicians get a
break. >> reporter: this letter was sent out by maryland legislative leaders to tell lawmakers to turn back their transponders or pay for them. >> we think another thing that we won't have a perception that we're getting a benefit that the general public doesn't. >> reporter: some lawmakers are not getting the message. maryland politics watch filed a freedom of information request, and they named the eight state senators and 64 delegates who still have access to the free easy passes. we asked people who pay to use the bay bridge what they think of all this. >> the long and short of it, i don't think they should get it for free under any circumstances, whether they're a legislator or not. somebody has to pay for the bridge. >> those of us who commute and have to pay are glad to have the easy pass. but we have to pay. and that's fine. that's part of what we have to do, the expense we have to deal
with. >> reporter: 15,000 state employees are also allowed to use maryland's bridges and tunnels for free. when they're on official business. but not for personal trips. chris gordon, news 4. >> the maryland transportation authority tells news 4 it has decided to revoke all easy passes issued to state lawmakers, but state employees will still be able to use toll roads for free. the police in fairfax county arrest a man saying he was lling bootlegged dvds out of a barbershop. he's 40 years old. police say he sat in the back of theaters and filmed movies as they werplaying. they say he then made copies and would sell them at the ebb any barber and beauty shop on richmond highway. investigators say he sold an undercover officer more than # 00 bootlegged dvds over a seven-month peri. police say mcfarland is the only suspect in this case, but they say bootlegged dvds is a problem throughout the area.
metro is shutting down some stations this columbus day weekend for repairs. metro officials announced today that the waterfront southeastern university navy memorial stations will all close for the entire three-day weekend. the closures will begin at 10:30 friday night of columbus day weekend. it will affect the leplant naval station. there will be no green line service there. to help people get around, the yellow line will be stopping at leplant plaza. a driver lost control while going through rock creek park this afternoon, and landed in the creek. u.s. park police and firefighters were called to the area of broad branch road and beach drive, for reports that a car had overturned. when they got there, they found the car flipped over in the creek. all fiveeople who were in the car were able to get out safely. police have closed broad branch road while they investigate the cause of the crash and get that car out of there.
cora barry has reached an agreement. the city was trying to evict the center which barry runs through her nonprofit group. she's the former wife of councilman marion barry. they planned to kick the building out for failing to file the pror paperwork. after a heated court dispute, barry and d.c. officials say they have settled the matter. they released a statement saying all parties involved are satisfied with today's settlement agreement, and they look forward to working together. to ensure that d.c. residents and children receive high-quality public recreation services. one family living in the district is fighting for the return of their unique pets. those pets are chickens. the d.c. council is right now considering a bill that would make raising chickens within city limits legal. derrick ward explains. this heart-warming scene was in the backyard of a capitol hill home. yes, those are chickens of the
the children fell in love with fowl after a school project. >> the public school they had hatched chickens in the classroom and the kids had a fabulous time with it. then they started visiting their cause tins in austin, texas, and santa fe, new mexico, and just loved the chickens. we decided to hatch them ourselves. >> reporter: but the coop is empty these days and the chickens on a farm. >> the dog barked at the chickens and they called the police. the police said we had to get rid of them somehow. >> reporter: it's not illegal to raise chickens in the district, just difficult. they can't be raised 50 feet from an occupied dwelling. >> we didn't know there was a 50-foot rule in d.c. that prevents somebody with a backyard my size from keeping chickens. so we came into it not really knowing exactly what we were doing. >> reporter: what they're doing now is spearheading legislation that would help, and ease the 50-foot rule.
>> you don't have to be as far away from the next house as the current law states. but if just one of your neighbors objects, then you can't do it. >> reporter: there would be sanitation guidelines, restrictions on a number of birds and necessary inspections as well. karen said she's talked to some neighbors who have been here for a long time and they tell her that it wasn't that common long ago to see chickens in this neighborhood. others we spoke to have to go back a little rther, but they say they can't see the harm in raising chickens, even in an urban environment. >> i don't have any problem with it. i think it's great for kids, to teach them responsibility. >> i would much rather see chicke than guns. >> the chickens themselves will give you an egg a day. you don't need a rooster. the pet that gives back of the. >> reporter: derrick ward, news 4. >> other cities like buffalo and baltimore are easing their restrictions on raising yard birds. if the new legislation was approved, it would ban roosters.
clouds that remains chilly. high clouds coming in. like putting on the sheets tonight. some areas that were so chilly last night, won't be quite as cold. tomorrow morning when you're heading to school, though, it will still be a bit nippy. 40 to about 50 degrees. a little weather front will give us at least a slight chance of some light showers. anything, i think, really will be light friday night, maybe eay saturday morning. after that, sunshine coming back. and sunday and on into monday, really delightful. maybe more needed showers, though. along about tuesday or wednesday. but still, warmer than it has been. back to you. >> warm is good. thank you, bob. captain chesley sullenberger and first officer jeffrey skiles were the pilots at the controls during the flight that became known as the miracle on the hudson. today they returned to the air together for the first time since they safely ditched their disabled plane into the hudson river. and saved every life onboard. michelle franzen has our report.
>> reporter: captain chesley "sully" sullenberger returned to his flying duties today nearly nine months after he and jeffrey skiles made the landing on the hudson river. >> it was great to fly with jeff again. being back in the cockpit felt very familiar. it was like coming home. >> reporter: starting out the day from charlotte to new york and finishing the return flight that was cut short in january. >> we finally made it. us airways insurance carrier was worried. >> reporter: they had just taken off from laguardia when geese knocked out both engines. sullenberger made a splash landing on the hudson river. all 155 passengers and crew members survived and the flight became known as the miracle on the hudson. barry leonard was one of the survivors. today he returned as a passenger
on the same flight. >> i think it's really taking it full circle. because, you know, i was on their last flight and now i'm on their first flight. >> reporter: others onboard had no idea captain sullenberger would be piloting their plane. >> history, memorable. how can you not. >> reporter: sullenberger says he never worried about returning to the cockpit. but the reluctant hero says his life has changed for sgrefr. marked by the events of that day, and the new responsibility he feels to keep flying. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >> another passenger aboard one of today's flights said everybody cheered and clapped when they got on the plane. the passengers said they felt honored and save that sullenberger was on the flight. >> i would feel better on that plane. >> i think you can trust him. coming up on news 4, a dog was trapped inside a sunken houseboat that had been beneath the water for more than 24 hours. we'll tell you how he survived.
if you're a db on the skins now and you let somebody get behind you and they score, especially if they're the worst stinkin' team in all of football, then you better get a cushion, because you're going to be sitting on the bench. >> sit right here. you knew changes were going to come. spl absolutely. >> right now the redskins defense is the most disappointing unit on the team. so it was inevitable, changes
were on the way. the biggest came down today. dowdy will replace chris horton at safety. toudy originally became a starter alongside landry after the death of sean taylor. he lost that job to horton last year. horton hasn't been able to recapture the magic he played for much of his rookie season. he was on the wrong end of a crucial pass interference call against the lions. defensive coordinator greg wants to give horton time to refocus. as for dowdy, bosh said the player from colorado is playing lights out. >> i never know what's going to happen around here. when you're not winning and, you know, some plays happen that you don't want to happen, you never know how things will change. last year i started a couple games and chris started a game, and i started. he ended up starting again. you never know what's going to happen. all i know is when i get out on the field, i'm doing what i can do to help the defense win. >> i was disappointed.
i've got a right to be des appointed, because i'm a competitor and love to compete. but it's not going to changehe way i prepare for the game. i'm still going to play. and when they do put he in those games, i've got to make my plays and do what i did last year. and just keep showing the coaches that, hey, this guy can play. >> he's as good as he's ever played right now. he's got experience. he's a very savvy player. we always thought those guys -- one guy has a little bit better athleticism and another guy a little bit hor experiencend recognition. it was a decision we made. >> all right. that's greg blotch. the defense going to be a little more aggressive from now on. redskins saturday night at 7:00. doc walker, mike wise, talking everything burgundy and gold. folks, hockey season has arrived. right now the capitals basically everything the redskins are not. they play an exciting brand of
hockey. they're a stable organization with respected leadership. they have the best player in the world and they are legit title contenders. capitals getting things started in boston tonight. not the easiest place for them to win either. the bruins 10-0, 2-2 when they host the capitals. guys that like starting the tough games, though, because they say it gets them ready for the rest of the season. bruce boudreau getting ready. >> everything that happens counts, goes --nd nobody will remember anything that happened in preseason. and so we know -- we want to be our best. we know what we're playing is the best team. and so it's going to be quite a test for our team. >> you always want to start the season on the right note. you want to get that first win. and get it under your belt and keep moving forward.
it's a good team. in boston, a team that finished first in the east last year. >> getting it going tonight. day three of wizards training camp in richmond. the best battle continues to be for the starting shooting guard spot. it's the only position in the starting lineup up for grabs. four players vying for the job. stevenson coming back from an injury. he was a starter for a couple of years. randy floyd averaging 16 points per game. he was in minnesota last year. mike miller, one of the best shooters in the nba. and of course, third-year sniper nick young. flip saunders has a difficult decision to make. we should know by the end of camp who will start in gilbert arenas. if you want my pick, he's my guy. the sleeper pick, nick young. he can score almost at will. but he lacks an all-around game. young has worked extremely hard this summer and intends to make the decision a difficult one for
flip saunders. >> two of the best players together. it's a matter of, i'm not going to say that guy's got to be a defensive guy, that guy's got to be an offensive guy, that has to be a tall guy, short guy. the ability is not only that group, but also who's going to be bet for us when we go to our bench. >> it's going to be competitive, it's going to be fun. whoever gets the job, whoever goes out there and plays will go out and play as hard as they can. they know we're behind them waiting for an opportunity. it's more the merrier i think at this time. we'll see how it goes. >> get out there on the court. really. once i'm out there on the court, i'm just going to take over from there. trying to get in that starting lineup. >> you know, nick young is still so young. coach gave him a couple of dvds of some players he wanted him to watch so he could pattern his game after them. one of them was reggie miller. coming around picks, right, don't try to do all these fancy
moves, get it and shoot it. >> reggie was always on the move. >> you can catch him. it would be like three screens. >> always running. >> if he could shoot half as well as reggie could shoot, they would be happy. the nationals in atlanta to start the final series of the season. if it's anything like their last home series, things are going to be all right. the nationals swept the mets thanks to justin maxwell who provided the cherry on top with a walkoff grand slam. bottom nine. bases loaded for justin maxwell. the youngster from sherwood high school reaches out and touches it, just barely gets over the wall. his second career grand slam and it's a walkoff. you love to see the enthusiasm still there with the nationals. despite all the hard times they've been through this year. 7-4 is the final. jim so greatful for the fan
support. >> it's been a rough year in many ways, but the excitement out here night after night, that we've gotten from the fans, has just been incredible. the ball games that have just gone down to the wire like they did today. you people have been behind us all year. we really appreciate the support. and there's plenty more excitement for the future, i promise you. thank you. >> they should give anybody who was at that game hast night free tickets to a couple games next year. >> absolutely. >> coming up on our broadcast this evening. we're going to tell you about a dog that survived being trapped inside a
what a story of survival by a chihuahua. the dog survived more than 24 hours trapped inside a sunken houseboat in mississippi. that boat sank after it hit a tree stump. the dog's owner thought the little guy didn't make it out alive. but a scuba diver checking the wreckage found the dog hiding in an air pocket inside the boat. wow. the owner says the dog fine. however, a little more aggressive after that terrifying ordeal. who could blame him. the nation of rwanda is marking the 15th anniversary of the jep oh side there that killed more than 800,000 of its citizens in just # 00 days. >> it came to the world's attention in 1994 because of that horrible tragedy. 15 years laterage lits say it's on a road to recovery.
keith garvin was able to see some of that progress and he joins us with the story. >> from the time we left dulles airport and landed there, it took my teammates and me 22 hours to travel to rwanda. when we arrived we found a nation on the mend. and some dedicated people aiding in those efforts. the city of the bustling capital of the nation of rwanda. our recent mission trip with my church i saw firsthand how the country continues to heal after tragedy brought this country to the world's attention. 20% of the population slaughtered in 100 days. today through an intense reconciliation program run by the government, thousands of the perpetrators have been released from prison and live among
survivors. >> these are our neighbors. we have to live together with them. >> reporter: reconciliation is just one of the pillars to transform the country into a modern society. one of the first things you notice is how busy it is. there are cars, vans and buses running throughout the city, all hours of the day. then there's the foot traffic. people here walk everywhere. as a nation is trying to rebuild, they have places to go. >> i don't know. >> people are busy. a lot are going for business. others are going for business. >> reporter: on other building block is education. critical to the country's success is getting the estimated 7,000 children who sleep on rwanda's streets each night into a classroom each day. playing a key role in that effort is pastor charles. >> what these kids do, they go to the street to beg for food. to beg for money.
to find their own way of survival. that's how they end up on the street. >> reporter: eight years ago, he founded the ministries. he was moved by the desperation of orphans and widows thrust into poverty by the genocide. with the effort of many sponsors, africa new life has started two schools and sponsors the private and public education of more than 2,000 students. my mission teammates and i were able to work with and help feed some of them on our trip. >> we are going to minimize the impact of the criminals in t city in the next 10 to 15 years. we have to take them off the stre. we have to show them love. we have to provide for them. we have to create opportunities for them to get out of their craft. >> reporter: he's known in the city by his middle name. in his native language, it means blessing.
he's one of the many trying to provide bless fgs and hope to the people of this healing nation. >> rwanda's economy expanded by more than 11% last year of the tourism is one of the fastest growing segments. it is a very safe place to travel to. if you would like to help out the people of rwanda, logon to our website nbcwashington.com. you will