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dozens of people are expected to evacuate after this fiery. aaron gilchrist has the morning off. it's sunday, august 15th, 2010. news is just ahead. first, to check on the forecast, kim martucci is in for chuck bell. we love what we saw yesterday. >> great, because i think we will rubber stamp it today. a slight change, though. it will be a little bit more humid. i think showers move into our western suburbs in the afternoon. around here i'm sure we will be staying drive. we have clouds out there right now. a little activity on the potomac. the humidity is 76%.
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showers last night across west virginia fell apart. there's lots of little boundaries. we could fire up a few again moving into the shenandoah, as far east as frederick, maryland. this afternoon, warrenton, takes a crack at 83, mostly cloudy. dry and mostly cloudy st. mary's city, 85. we'll reach a high of 84 by afternoon. and i have the seven-day forecast coming up. >> all right. looks good. thank you, kim. investigators say they don't know what caused a transformer to explode in downtown d.c. last night. it forced emergency crews to evacuate nearby blocks, including two hotels. this happened not far from the white house. darcy spencer has all the details. >> reporter: dmp c. firefighters battle a transformer fire outside this hotel in downtown washington.
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at one point, flames were shooting 50 feet into the area. chris robinson and his girlfriend were having drinks on the roof of the w hotel. >> we heard a series of five or six loud explosions that felt like it was coming from underground. at first everyone was laughing it off like it might be a drill. and the bartenders started wheeling everyone outside. drop your drinks. everybody go. >> it was nerve-racking. everyone was calm. they did a great job getting us out. >> reporter: it started at 7:45 in the evening. a transformer blew in the 1400 block of f street. hundreds of people had to be evacuated as firefighters worked to put out the blaze and prevent it from spreading to the high rise buildings. >> it perhaps overheated. we're not sure yet. but it created a lot of smoke, caused the buildings, both the willard and the w hotel to be exposed to heat and smoke.
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therefore, we had to do an evacuati evacuation. >> firefighters used purple k, a dry material, to extinguish the fire. this is the second pepco transformer fire in d.c. in the last few days. >> we have to look at this because it is affecting customers downtown and some of our larger customers in this area. we will investigate both incidents. >> reporter: so your car is in the garage that you can't get to now? >> that's right. >> reporter: power was restored to this area at about 10:00 last night. pepco is promising a fu investigation into both transformer fires. this morning city leaders are pledging to do what they have to do to keep residents and tourists safe in gallery place. police arrested several people
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allegedly involved in a knife fight around then entrance of the metro station on friday. just about a week ago, about 70 people were involved in a huge fight at the metro station. police say they're upping patrols in the hot spot and it's working. they were able to put a stop to that fight on friday night. >> hats off to the metro transit police. >> officials plan to have a high police presence in the gallery place area until further notice. this morning a man and teenager are behind bars for two straight murders in northwest washington. officers charged marcus mcclain with murder 1 in the death of 34-year-old did he londo king. he was stand to death in the 1100 block of 10th street. the second happened wednesday in the 2500 block of mozart place. police took 17-year-old robert
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givens into custody. he is charged as an adult for the first-degree murder of 19-year-old shawn robinson. it was announced with d.c. mayor and council member jim graham who represent that area. fen fenty praises them. >> the department is known for doing some of the greatest work in the country and their work is not just bringing comfort to the families of people who are committing homicide but it is directly resulting in less crime on the streets of district of columbia. >> there have been 72 homicides in d.c. this year. that's 15 less than last year at this time. we are now hearing from the survivors of the plane crash in alaska that killed former senator ted stevens and four other people. the plane went down money during
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a fishing trip. the pilot delayed the flight in the afternoon because of poor weather but he never requested a weather briefing from air traffic officials and may have researched the weather on his own. yesterday a heavy lift helicopter retrieved the wreckage. survivors say they did not notice anything unusual right before the cross. >> he stated as they were flying along, that he detected no changes in pitch or engine noise, and that they were flying along and then they just stopped flying. >> a local man, bill fellowships, sr., was killed in the crash. his teenage son vifrd. survived. janet phillips, the wife of bill phillips, sr. released this statement, as our family prepares to return home to maryland we wish the thank the
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many kind people of alaska who comforted us during this time. our gratitude to the first responders of the crash for their heroism and kindness. they and our boys shared many fond memories. we know alaska will remain imprinted on our hearts. a memorial service will be held friday, august 20th at 11:00 a.m. at our lady of mercy in potomac, maryland. clean, safe and open for business. that's the message president obama wants to get out about towns on the gulf coast. today he and the first family wrap up their weekend to panama city, florida. the president met with city leaders and business owners. he promised gulf residents the government will not forget them once the oil work wraps up. >> i made a commitment that i was going to stand with you, not
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until the well was closed, not just until the oil was cleaned up, but until you have fully recovered from the damage that's been done. >> as the first family's trip wraps up, the government orders more pressure tests. this will determine if the so-called top kill worked to seal the leaking well and if the bottom kill is necessarily. it's 6:08 right now. we are going to take a look at your sunday forecast and your week long weather as soon as we come back. [ female announcer ] why is travel these days
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6:11 right now. 73 degrees outside. it does feel a little more humid today, a little warmer. >> inching up. a little bit. >> yeah. this was a nice respite, wasn't it? >> it was. >> upper 90s. so today, still clouds around. humidity inching up. then i think we'll have a decent afternoon. showers will try to sneak in on us from the west. i think for the most part our area is dry except for our west and north western disturbs. here's what you're facing as you get ready to sunday morning. yesterday's high was 84. right now we are 73. dewpoint in the middle 60s. winds south at 6 miles per hour.
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guess what starts up tomorrow, kimber kimberly? d.c. public schools and prince george's county a week from tomorrow. the falling week, montgomery and fairfax, the tuesday after labor day. we're looking at the rain that came into west virginia last night and fell apart. but i do believe we'll fire up showers out here today. they will inch east warts to martinsburg, frederick, laray. we'll keep an eye on the west for a few showers. 71 in martinsburg. manass manassas, 72. culpepper, # 6. 73 downtown. and 74 in leonardtown. today the clouds probably hangs tough until about noon. we'll have a few breaks this afternoon like yesterday. mostly cloudy, 83 at 3:00. 82 by 6:00.
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and the nats are playing at home against the diamondback. i'm forecasting 81 degrees and mostly cloudy conditions for the game. if you're taking it to the coast, your beach forecast has 81 at rehoboth. uv index is 9. the water temperature at lewis, delaware is 72. their high today, 81. as we head down to ocean city, kind of similar, lower 80s today. same for bethany beach. water temperatures warmer here. 77 this afternoon. this is the front that, again, will be sliding towards us and dying out after monday. when it stalls it will be a way to focus showers and make your workweek unsettled pretty much monday through wednesday. here comes monday. a shot for rain and again on tuesday. let's put it in writing. today we're looking at similar conditions to yesterday. a little bit more humid. showers to our west. 80 to 85. this evening we'll go in 82 to
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79. there is a shower possible with mostly cloudy skies. by tomorrow morning, some scattered showers around. maybe some thunder. 70 to 75. muggy for the low. looking ahead the next couple, we'll try to take a stab at monday but a 60% chance of showers and storms. stormy for tuesday sxech on wednesday. then towards the end of the week we dry out. we'll go back into the lower 90s of saturday will be our next chance for rain after that. highs back down into the 80s. so it looks like next week, two decent days i'm looking at are thursday and friday. >> my two days off. thank you, kim. i appreciate the message. all right. nationals get hammered at home. and hole in one caps the third round of the pga championship. hakim dermish has your sports minute. >> good morning, everyone. your sports minute begins with baseball.
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nationals hosting the diamondbacks. marquis making his second start since coming off the d.l. not good. top two facing with a man on right down the middle and montero crushes it to right center. not going to be caught. out for a two-run homer. lasted two innings, gave three home runs. arizona wins big, 9-2. pga championship in wisconsin. tiger woods had four birdies and four bogeys. he's ten shots off the lead. shot of the day courtesy of 51-year-old tom layman. tee shot and into the cup for a hole in one. that is awesome. layman gets the fans involved. high-fives. but nick watney leads the way at 15 under. three-stroke lead over mcelroy and dustin johnson heading into today's final round. also last night, d.c. united loses to fc dallas, 3-1. that's your sports minute. i'm hakim dermish. have a great day.
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next up to reporter's notebook, a look at stories in your community. we'll be back with your sunday forecast. for now, here's jim hanley. >> we have a lot to get to this morning. of course we'll start out with the mayor's race. time ticking down. everyone is bringing in more money, spending more money at a very fast pace. the mayor has just, for the first time in his political career, gone negative with a couple tv spots. jerry, you have seen them. this is a complete shift in tone here. >> complete shift in tone. but some people i've talked to say that it is sort of an application of attitude, the way he is. he has come off as the arrogant mayor. now he's going to be the negative mayor. in other words, he will have ads that are negative to his opponent, questioning his
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opponent's management when he was head of dhs. if you think about people in washington, how they feel about negativity and advertising, it's not too cool. because people here are more concerned about schools. they're concerned about crime. they're concerned now about the budget, which is going through theroof, as well as jobs. so i don't know if negativity is the answer north. >> well, it's interesting. two thoughts, from what i'm picking up and i'm reporting. he's worried. they're scared. this is a real challenge. this isn't kidding around, folks. this is a serious challenge from vincent gray. there are things people don't think look good. so you fight back. negative ads often pay off. people in politics hate to use them but they use them when they have to. >> he has the mope for tv. >> lots of money. >> and radio and tv and blogs. >> i understand we were talking
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earlier that grave this month may have equalled the mayor in terms of fund raising. for the month. which means that he may not match him dollar for dollar but he certainly has enough to have an impact and the momentum. both have enough to last minute blitz particularly on tv. i think that the mayor's ads, the ones he has saying fenty did this and they talk about he's arrogant but he accomplished this, i think they're effective, quite honestly. and i was interested to see how gray would respond to those ads or if he would just ignore them. but i dprae with you, jerry. i think he needs to treed very lightly with this negative ad. because you also have to remember it's a different washington. different population base. you have a lot of people say i
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don't care what happened 20 years ago. i want to know about now. >> interesting you raise that. because king had that last weekend, comparing this race to the kelly shannon race, saying there are similarities. >> but joe is right. people today in washington, even the old washington, they don't look at 20 years ago. they're looking at right now. the biggest issue is schools, jobs, budget, and crime. >> well, you know, this is a referendum on mayor fenty. people like the way he operates. then eel be re-elected. if they think there's enough chips in the armor that have been scored by vincent gray,
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he's in trouble. and he did admit this week next time i'll be a nicer, more lovable kind of guy. the fact that he complains of being a loner, is it too little too late? >> when you start telling people the next time around i'll be the right guy, you have -- >> it's unfortunate wording. >> right. >> in other words, if i get elected, i'll change. what people want the hear is can you change tomorrow? they don't want to wait until -- >> i think in defense of the mayor he was trying to say it's atmospheric, that it is ancillary. the way he operates, perhaps he seems impetuous, but he's not changing any of his basic
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program or any of his basic philosophy. that's going to be the same. >> but backing away from his record. he's proud of results. >> but i've got to make this statement. he said he's going to change. i'm not going to be negative but i'm going to put a negative commercial out. >> gray had the best response to that. he said a lot of people will look at this strictly as a campaign promise. that's the best response that you could make. >> you talk about fund-raising. let's shift over to maryland now. it could be a matter of money when we do this rematch. dponchor o'malley has more than twice on hand. i think o'malley has $6.7 million in the bank. is it going to come down to that huge advantage? is that what's going to put o'malley over the top if he does win? >> it could very likely. the issues are the same. jobs, economic development.
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a state budget that he has had to deal with for four years now. if he can get his message out more and more, get the phone banks working, workers working and making money, he will be in better shape than someone else does not have which clearly earl does not have. it's going to be very difficult. >> early has, in all honestly, started late. any incumbent has an advantage here. speaking of things we don't talk a lot about is black. black will bring in tens of thousands of jobs probably at the right time. so i'm certain the governor is going to turn to that and say, look at this influx of jobs we have and it's going to mean a better tax base and better schools and we'll have the
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money. early, you know, i suspect he will start to catch up. >> black of course is the realignment of military forces. and maryland is getting jobs that used to be in virginia and elsewhere. >> while we're on that, let's jump the river and talk about jobs and military jobs in particular in virginia and what it might mean for northern virginia facing cuts if secretary -- we believe that secretary gates says is coming down the line. >> it can be damaging. the pentagon and defense contracts. i don't know. you off set that with north run grum mond coming to virginia. they haven't yet said where they are going to open this headquarters but if they settle in virginia it might offset some of the jobs. a lot are technical jobs that the military has produced. >> i lived in detroit for 20 years. they have to learn what detroit
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hasn't learned or didn't learn and that's they have to divorce phi. a lot of this came about because of that "washington post" series where you had, what, more people with high intelligent, security clearance than you had citizens in the district of columbia. what the secretary is saying is we're top heavy. and i think that's what they call it. this is brass waste or something like that. you have automotive companies moving. i think volkswagen is moving to northern virginia. and that's what i mean by they need to divorce phi. >> should these be the jobs that secretary gates wants to cut. there's a lot of fat in the defense. but is this really the fat? this may be the bone approximate were. >> we'll pick it up right after the short break, so stick around.
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and welcome back to reporter's notebook. the issue of term limits there for everyone running. talking about the county executive and all the board members as well. >> yeah. robin, we all remember robin, don't we? remind the audience. activist, sometime office holder. always has a lot of ideas. some people find them interesting. some people find them bizarre. this time he's writing what cobb a popular wave. he wants to limit term limits to three. three consecutive term limits and then that's it. a lot of people are concerned about the way the government is running. whether they're not spending enough money, too much money. and he just -- it's the same old reason. you want to shake things up and get new blood in. of course people say there's a lot of experience out there and you don't want to throw out the
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baby with the bath water. >> vicinity ent orange running for the chair of the d.c. council. "washington post" came out with an endorsement. does it help or hurt that race or the mayor's race for that matter? >> i don't know if it will help or hurt. that's the question. nobody knows. the post has failed before in their endorsements. no reason they can't fail this time or they could be successful in their endorsements. i go back to what people are saying in the streets. a lot of people in the streets right now, it's almost a throwback in the "washington post." remember back in the '80s when cathy hughes had the throwback to the "washington post" because they didn't know what was going on? some people are saying, i don't want to hear what the post says. i know what's happening in our neighborhood. >> well, i think anybody who has run for office, when you get an endorsement of a major newspaper, publication, it's a kick start.
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it helps. and vincent orange will certainly use this to this his advantage. and i agree, jerry. it depends on whether you like what the post says or you don't. i think equal my brown, if i had any one suggestion to make to equally brown, the post is right. he's mature beyond his years but in a way he's somewhat immature. if i hear that speech one more time about how you all raised me. i've got to tell him, stop it. you are in charge now. you are asking to be a leader. we know you were reared by a lot of political giants. but you know what, you're a big kid now. big man. you're a grown man and you're on your own. and i think that's the im maturity that the post talked about. whereas vincent orange has some
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good years but orange, if i were equally brown, i would look to his old ward. how much did he do for his own ward when he was there. >> that's probably what's going to count. >> and i think it helped with the personal problems he had financially. that was a major kick in the pants, too. >> joe, you want to talk about ward 5 real quick and how it has become, in some swways, kind of dumping ground. how does this reflect on harry thomas? >> well, you've heard these complaints. you got calls on your radio show. they are very upset. it becomes a dumping ground. you have these x-rated bars. and they have complained, complained, complained. what they want is a community that they can be proud of. and it seems to be a dumping ground for everything else that
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no one else wants. >> it is a great place to live for most people but hasn't had the upscale -- >> you look at brooklyn, catholic university, you have to look at all the northeast area that's been sort of middleclass -- >> ridgewood. >> ridgewood, yeah. south dakota avenue. it's been sort of a middleclass area. >> you have 30 seconds left. frightening ride on the metro last weekend. metro police are talking about escorting potentially dangerous people our disruptive groups. this is just one more problem with metro. >> i'll tell you quickly what i said on my show. i find those 70 kids and get their panchlts you follow those rowdy kids and i guarantee you you have problems somewhere at home.
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those parents should know where their kids were and they should be on their kids like white on rice. therein it starts at home. >> the district of columbia has got to change. we need to stick to the laws. have a curfew and get the kids off the street. >> and you have to have better placement of police. >> okay, guys, we're out of time. now back to news 4 today. enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody. hundreds of people are forced to evacuate after this fiery explosion near the white house. we'll show you exactly what happened. good morning. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters.
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aaron gilchrist has the morning off. it is sunday, august 15th, 2010. let's check in with kim martucci in for chuck bell this morning. >> good morning. >> how are you feeling? >> i'm feeling well. take a break from the crazy heat, enjoy the nice weather. cloudy start this morning at 6:32. the number says it's 73 outside. humidity, 78%. south to southeast winds blowing at 6 miles per hour. here's a look at the satellite radar loop. we are dry. a few showers tried to form during the overnight. right now they are clouds up to our north. manassas, 72. 66 in culpepper. if you're going to the montgomery county fair it will be cloudy. 80 to 85. showers will hold off until this evening if you're headed there. north and west, frederick, martinsburg, winchester, best shot at rain today. kimberly, we should stay dry
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until tonight. >> thank you, kim. >> pepco is promising a full investigation into what set off two major transformer fires. the last just last night in downtown d.c. caused a series of blasts and a huge fire along a busy street not far from the white house. smoke and flames poured near two hotels forcing firefighters to evacuate rooms in nearby buildings. crews shut down parking garages. people out to dinner saying the fire certainly caught them off guard. >> we heard a series of probably five or six loud explosions that felt like it was coming from underground. at fist everyone was laughing it off like it may be a drill. the bar tenders started wheeling everyone outside. drop your drinks. just go. >> it was a little nerve-racking. we didn't know what was going on. everyone was calm. and they did a great job getting us out. >> firefighters used a dry chemical called purple k to extinguish the fire. it took crews more than two
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hours to put out the flames and restore fire. pepco says another recent underground trance former fire also knocked out electricity to parts of downtown d.c. police in maryland hope you can help them find a person who robbed a bank. montgomery county investigators say this man walked into chevy chase bank around 11:00 yesterday morning in the white oak shopping center. we're told he demanded money from workers. no one was hurt there. police say dye packs inside the money bag exploded shortly after the man left. officers found cash coated with red ink nearby. contact montgomery county police if you can help in this case. police will wrap up what has been a busy weekend during their all hands on deck effort today. they stepped up the police force. it was tested early. just an hour after it went into effect, they arrested two men who were involved in a knife fight outside the gallery place
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metro station where a huge fight started last weekend involving # 0 people. police promised to increase patrols. city officials said police present will be high in the tourist hot spot until further notice. this morning police in michigan say there's no rush to return the man to return the man in a three-state stabbing spree. michigan state police say they have 15 days to extradite abuelazam back to michigan which is where 14 of the 18 attacks happened. they're using the time to work out logistics and address concerns for the suspect's safety. cleaning up after the storms. a long cleanup process is going on right now. and there have been strong winds
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and there has been a lot of rain. and it won't get too stormy until later this afternoon and tomorrow. but fallen trees and debris still sit in many neighborhoods. it took days for some to get their powerback on. derrick ward has more on the recovery process. >> reporter: storm stories abound here in montgomery county around lockwood drive days after trees knocked down trees and power lines. >> it was so horrible. >> reporter: the darkness that comes with the loss of electrical power. >> this neighborhood seems to be sometimes the last neighborhood to get power once it is out. this happened ties in the last several hours. >> to be without power for two days, hey, we can deal with it. >> reporter: a theme here is crews from other jurisdictions brought in to help out. the residents of this community say they are used to losing power in big storms. when you look at the aftermath
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they're convinced what came through here was a lot more than just high winds. >> i think a tornado came through and just stopped here and decided we're going to rip up this, tear up that. >> reporter: for those unfortunate enough to be out in it, a heroing tale. she was just trying to get to mass. she sought shelter with a stranger. >> i didn't have any weapon. they just closed their blinds and went back to their business. >> reporter: so she went back home. >> only to find my home area torn apart. it was terrible. so we don't have electric for two days. >> reporter: they're thankful that the last chapter of their storm stories has been written. the last u.s. combat brigade in iraq is on its way home. president obama ordered all combat troops out of iraq by the
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end of this month. the 50,000 troops will remain in iraq and train the iraqi army and place police in hopes of bringing more stability to the middle east. it could take up to five years to know if the iraq war were successful. all u.s. troops are set to leave by the end of next year. all right. we have a traffic alert for drivers in virginia this morning. if you're driving around leesburg expect major delays all day. dominion power crews will be pulling wires across roadways for a new power line. traffic will be stopped every 15 minutes on south king street near the route # bypass. crews started working 5 clb 30 this morning. they will be out until 9:00 tonight. you can also expect delays if you're riding metro this weekend. crews are finishing work on the orange, yellow and green today.
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metro suggests adding 30 minutes to your trip on all three lines. 6:39 right now. it is 73 degrees outside. disaster in the gulf. president obama is at a weekend getaway in florida. we'll show you why the president took his entire family to the region. plus, how hot does your car get in the sun? there's a tool to help you find out. and it could save lives.
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bp is waiting on test results to see if a top kill process of a once leaking oil well with cement actually worked. so far the company says it has not seen signs of a significant leak since last month. that's when crews installed a temporary containment cap. a dozen are stationed near bp relief wells. they're overseeing under sea robots and standing by to help with any possible containment needs. president obama and the first family will spend one more day in the gulf coast. he offered his personal assurances that the gulf region is safe, clean and a great vacation destination despite the oil spill. as nbc's jay gray has more on the trip and ongoing recovery efforts. >> reporter: the first family will wrap up a short visit to the gulf coast later today. the president spending his weekend as pitch man for the
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region still dealing with the effects of the oil spill. >> the governor and the mayor and others invited us down to enjoy the beach and the water to, let our fellow americans know they should come on down here. >> reporter: it is a message that echoes here in south louisiana where fishing walks have reopened but shrimpers and charter captains are still struggling to convince many that their catch is clean. with no customers, charter captain james wilson is fishing for himself today. >> we went out and caught 20 reds and kept five just for dinner. >> reporter: he said conditions right now on the water are just about perfect. >> our water is nice and pretty and clean. the beach at grand isle is beautiful. the fish is happy. and they're practically jumping in the boat because there's no fishing pressure right now. >> reporter: national incident commander admiral thad allen issued an order requiring more pressure testing by bp engineers to determine if the bottom kill
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would risk further damaging the fractured rig and pushing more oil into the gulf. >> which means drilling on the primary relieve well likely won't resume for a few more days. >> 6:44 right now. and 73 degrees outside. a little warmer than we experienced yesterday. >> that's right. the cloud cover still here. it is our friend today, kimberly. i'll have your weather forecast for this sunday and the next seven when i see you on the other side of this break.
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♪ those little dots down there you saw were hundreds of thousands of people who participated in what became a major cultural landmark on this date in history. woodstock, a high point of the hippie area and a defining moment for baby boomers opened on this date, august 15th, 1969. it was a massive rock music festival on a farm in new york near the town of woodstock in the cat skill mountains. joe cocker, santana, crosby stills, nash and young, jimi hendrix. during the rainy weekend, attendees shared food, drugs, rock and roll and other things we won't name. it changed the musical and political landscape of an era.
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>> this morning in news for your health, children are eventual cherl to the heat especially in a car. a child service provide ner florida started a new order to protect children after a #-year-old died in a car last week. nbc's diana gonzalez explains. >> reporter: imagine a child left in this seat and locked inside a car where the temperature is 150 degrees. >> it's really a growing concern. and we want to be proactive. we want to make sure this doesn't happen. >> reporter: child net of broward county put life meters on all cars used to transport abused and neglected children. caesar byrd does a lot of driving for the agency and shows us how it works. >> this is the life meter. it lets you know how hot the temperature is inside of a car
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at all times. it's very accurate. >> reporter: the sticker on the rear winter say visual reminder that reads, please don't forget me inside the car. >> you're getting out of the car, locking your car, you're seeing that. it's to remind you, oh, my god, did i leave my child in the car. >> reporter: on the upper corner of the driver's window is a medical grade thermometer. >> it is reading 130 with the door ajar. >> reporter: from 1998 to 2008, 414 children in the u.s. died in cars from hypothermia. florida has the second highest number in the country with 40 deaths. life meters only cost the agency $1.90 each. >> we're giving them to all foster parents, to relatives and nonrelatives. anybody that's caring for one of our children. br by putting these temperature details in cars, they're hoping child agencies throughout the state will do the same.
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>> it's a really great idea. we were just talking about the dog that was stuck in a car and monksed the horn. yeah. it gets so hot in the car. even with the windows down. >> even on a 72-degree day i was hearing. so today is one of those cloudy days. we will still take a stab at middle agents despite the persistent cloud deck so far this morning. it's great to see you. how about we get started with weather. 84 is what we managed yesterday. 73 degrees right now. winds south at 6 miles per hour. we are going to be turning more humid today. and some showers will try to creep in from the west. i don't think they'll get to d.c. until later this evening. we are looking at an unsettled workweek. satellite and radar loop. rain from last night has fallen apart and moved across west virginia. you folks will be the fitter to see any rain showers today. they will likely creep eastward
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towards maybe as far east as frederick, down to maybe eastern louden county and manassas where your temperature 172 at the moment. highs today, 84 in the beltway. 81, martinsburg. scattered showers. a couple of showers. hot spot, 86. if you're doing boating out on the bay, high today 82. mostly cloudy skies. waves will be about a foot on the chesapeake. here's a bigger shot of that radar loop. we'll just give it into the afternoon hours before we generate a couple more showers and storms. as i mentioned, most of them here get here later tonight and tomorrow. and future cast does a good job pinpointing this. tomorrow, along that front as it comes through, we'll fire up some more. it will sag to the south but stall nearby tuesday and wednesday. that's why we still linger the shower possibility into those days in my seven-day forecast.
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so out the door you go. we have clouds around. a shower possible to the west later today. 80 to 85 with a south wind. this evening we'll ease back into the upper 70s. scattered showers developing. 8:03 is the sunset. by tomorrow morning, we have scattered showers. some thunder. 70 to 75. here's a look at the next seven. we'll upgrade our chance toss 60% as we think about monday. and by the end of the week, we're drying out again. but those 90s creep back into my weather forecast on thursday and friday. average high is 86 by the end of the week. >> thank you, kim. nfl preseason games continue. the third round and the pga championship is capped off by a hole in one. hakim dermish has your sports. >> good morning, everyone. monday at midnight is the deadline to sign number one overall pick brice harper. it's down to the wire deja vu fort narls. last year they signed stephen
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strasburg 77 seconds before the deadline. general manager mike rizzo told reporters he's optimistic harper will sign on time. too bad he's not a pitcher because they could use another pitcher. jason marquis making his second start since coming off the d.l. not good. a man on. crushes it to left center. that's not going to be caught. out for a two-run homer. d-backs in front. 2-0 on one swing of the back. parra serves that up. bernadina gives it chase at the wall. but check it out. the ball goes right eefr his glove for a solo home run. marquis thinking, what is going on here? arizona put up three runs in the inning. very next inning, more problems for marquis. kelly johnson gets in on the home run parade. drives it into the bull pen for a run. marquis lasted four innings,
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gave up five runs. arizona wins big, 9-2. talk football now. redskins host the ravens this coming saturday in their second preseason game. you can watch it right here on nbc 4 at 7:35. the preseason continued last night around the nfl. we start in arizona. texans at the cardinals. first quarter, texans not having any problems with offense. they lost their offensive coordinator, kyle shanahan. he's here in washington. matt shaw deep to andre johnson. if you're playing fantasy football this year, you might want to pick hip. 44 yard score. cardinals reserve, though. they come back. arizona beats houston, 19-16. and how about in green bay last night? packers hosting the browns. aaron rodgers looking phenomenal. in mid season form to greg jennings. 25 yards for the touchdown. but the browns come back to beat the packers, 27-24. golf now.
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29-year-old nick watch any is a ryder cup wannabe. usa is stamped on the heels of his shoes. so far hesitate walking the walk. leading the pga championship by three strokes. we're in kohler, wisconsin. mickelson, second shot of the par 5, 11 and it's going left. you heard him. way left. check this out. the ball goes into the gallery and ends up in the lap of a fan. he's like, uh, look what i found. well, mickelson is a nice fellow, so he signs a glove for him and follows the rules, marks the ball where it would have landed. it would have landed right there. phil very apologetic. tiger woods had an up and down down. 18, putting for birdie. gets that to go. one of his nice shots in the round. finished with four birdies, four bogeys but ten shots behind the leader at minus 3. chips it down.
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folks, watch this go. it's got like gps onto it or something. moulder is at 7 under. that was good. but this is better. 51-year-old tom on the par 3, 17, tee shot from 223 yards away. and i guarantee you're going to love this. lands on the green. tracks into the cup for a hole in one. this is great. layman gets the fans involved. high-fives all around. layman at plus 1 for the tournament. watch any, birdie on 16. a little fist pump. three-stroke lead over roy mcelroy and dustin johnson leading into today's final round. and d.c. united falls to fc dallas, 3-1. that's your morning sports. i'm hakim dermish, have a great day. hundreds of people puck erred up to re-enact one of the greatest kiss of all time. couples lined up in times square yesterday to relive the famous
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good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters. aaron gilchrist has the morning off. sunday, august 15th, to. the news is just ahead. first, a quick check on our forecast. kim martucci is in for chuck bell. good morning again, kim. >> good morning. nice start. cloudy skies. for august we'll take it, right? >> yeah. >> and, boy, a week from tomorrow school starts. prince george's county, d.c. public schools, are you ready? not this morning. enjoy. it's 75. cloudy. a little more humid than we've been recently. la play ta, 74. 74 in annapolis.
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74 downtown. we don't have any rain drops on tap but we do have cloud cover. a similar day to yesterday. the one difference is even though we're not expecting much in the way of rain here with a high of 84, our western suburbs, east of leesburg and frederick could get showers this afternoon. i'll talk about the rest of your weather scoop coming up in just a little bit. >> nice to have a little relief from the heat. thanks, kim. pepco is promising a full investigation into what set off this major transformer fire in downtown d.c. smoke and flames billowed over f street near the white house. firefighters evacuated two hotels and parking garages. it took more than two hours for crews to extinguish this fire. expect major traffic delays if you're driving around leesburg. dominion power will be pulling
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wires for a new power line. crews started working around 5:30 and will be out until 9:00 tonight. and expect delays if you're riding metro today. on the orange line, delays between vienna and west frauls church. green and yellow, between fort tottenham and west george's plaza. add 30 minutes to your trip on all three lines. those are some of the stories making news today. next is nbc 4 viewpoint. we'll be back in a few minutes with an update. good morning, everybody. welcome to viewpoint this sunday morning. our topic today are the critical issues, major issues facing the hispanic chunt in our area and across the country in fact? and our guests are ina gonzalez, senior manager of the legal program at casa de maryland and
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we have with us in the studio, too, walter tejada. great to see some of you again. back to viewpoint. give our viewers a big picture how we look regionally and how the latino population has grown over the years. how big is the latino populat n population? >> we have the eighth largest in the washington region. about a million people. those numbers are disputed. some people say there are larger numbers than that in the region. but certainly we have a decisive latino population. many more than other neighborhoods in the area. in virginia, arlington, fairfax and alexandria and outer counties as well. so we have a very large presence
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of latinos who are a variety of incomes. many are professionals. as well as day workers and people who serve our service industry. restaurants, hotels. so it's a very broad presence of latino community. it's important to recognize that with that there's a culture of other support networks. we have telemundo who keep the community informed. many radio stations, spanish language newspapers. so latino is very much a part of the success. >> fabric of our community. your organization has certainly grown beyond the district. are you seeing people moving out of the district? >> we are. we are. latinos in washington, d.c. still comprise 10% of the population of the district. but we are seeing some
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demographic changes in part due to dwolt efforts in columbia heights. so we're seeing some movement toward maryland. so we have opened another in maryland to meet the needs of our community. >> what are you seeing on the front lines and who are you seeing moving in to our region? >> because maryland works with low income latino population, in maryland it is 6% of the state population. montgomery county is 12%. prince george's county is 11%. so we have had a huge exodus i believe as a result of the city, a lot of latinos have had to move out to the suburbs because of the housing situation. and the latinos that we work with are low-income latinos who are hit retremendously hard by
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this economic recession because they are the first ones to go. >> that is probably the biggest challenges on the plate right now, that's the economy and unemployment. where do those fishes stand right now? we talk about some of the types of jobs. but how big is unemployment in the latino community now? >> i think there are a number of sources we can look at. and my county is an example. about a year ago the average of some of the latino workers coming to an employment center were reporting about $12.20 an hour. now it is down to $11.91. so you see a bit of a drop on the pay for those jobs. and they vary. many times the people who might be a physician in the native land are now driving people to the hospital on their job because they are unable to use their professional skills in the job market. we have computer analysts and computer programmers who are
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also doing manual labor because of the recession and lack of some of the unemployment. we're fortunate to have the lowest unemployment rate in the state of virginia, 4.3%. as you know, it's almost a double digit across the nation. nonetheless, there are, for those who are lower income, it's that much of a challenge. especially when you have challenge of language skills. many need to have good bilingual skills. so there's a process of integration. continuously we are creating in some of the areas. many places in maryland have many who do that. >> and i want to talk more about the schools and education, what kind of difference that can make. but before we get away from jobs in d.c. recently, and i'll ask you, median income for an individual, $26,000 for families in the latino community, it was
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in the neighborhood of $45,000. how do you live on that in d.c., which is a very experience place to live. and low paying jobs in high rent districts where condos converted. how do you stay in these neighborhoods and make that kind of money? >> it's challenging. you see lots of families pulling resources. you also see families reaching out more and more to social service organizations like ours. so it's difficult. i want to talk about what your organizations do and where the need is the greatest. what people come in asking for as we need your services. stay with us. this is unlike any car you've ever seen before.
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some people are working multiple jobs. you're seeing a lot of that and a lot more of it these days. >> indeed. to give you an example, in arlington, i go to cosi's and get a fruit cup. a latina and i got into a conversation and she said it was one of three jobs she holds. she finishes four hours, go to boston for four jobs and roslyn for another job. three jobs. because in her world that's what she was able to get. she would prefer to actually have a full-time job, eight hours and so on. but that's an example of the kind of things that people have to do these days in order to meet the challenges of the economy. but there are issues with families. i know my colleagues here and their organizations see that from the families on a day to day basis. >> you work with families. and i imagine the woman in particular, some of that money is going to transportation and it could ao go to child care.
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it's a comprehensive program that you work with with families. after day school and nighttime care for employment as well for training. what do you do there? tell our viewers? >> it is in columbia heights. and we have an intensive early childhood education program. so we start with children from 3 months old and in some casework with them up through high school. we also have a bilingual charter school from pre-k 3 up through fifth grade and multiple after-school programs for children in the charter school, children who are from other neighborhood schools and then i high school program. >> i remember the last tool i was over there, a life saver for parents. but kids love it. they love going there. it's part of their family. >> it is. it's a very important part of their community. it's a very special place.
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>> we were talking before the program, finding the best jobs. a barrier to that can be the issue of documentation. and you deal with that on the front lines all the time. >> yes. casa is a membership organization. we serve as a welcome center and not just latino immigrants. although as reality has it we have many more latinos than other populations. but we serve other im grant populations. as a result of the economic boom we had in the '90s. demand for low skilled workers the demand was met by undocumented workers. when the jobs shrink you have this tension where these people have built our houses, bussed our tables, they clean our buildings, they've been an integral part of the fabric of our community.
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their presence has benefited us all with we have paid less money for our fruits and our vegetables. but now there's a resentment for anyone to have a job in this harsh economy. and so it's a much tougher climate for people -- to be even able to do day jobs. one of casa's main focuses is on wage recovery cases in legal programs because it's just incredibly common that day labors are hired and then not paid both by informal employers as well as subcontractors and some major contractors. >> i would imagine recourse is difficult. you have an element of fear out there to challenge that. >> absolutely. when an individual is undocumented, the fear factor will affect calling the police
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when there's an incident of domestic violence or somebody is threatening them or somebody is dealing drugs near their house. they're not going to call the police because they're afraid. they're not going to make a fuss at work when they're being exploited. we see many cases, for example, of sexual harassment where people just swallow the situation. so overall the jobs, the quality of life beginning with the job is just much, much poorer. the way we see it is something we have benefited from the presence. but the system doesn't provide so that group of people can be sort of above the radar in a soechbs being integrated into what our community life is. if we're afraid, we call the police. >> you bring up police,
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documentation. a national issue. we have seen the whole debate in arizona. and we have seen virginia jump in with the attorney general here issuing an opinion that supports checks of immigration status by police when someone is pulled over for whatever it may be. your reaction to that and does that have legs, this opinion? >> first, to add a little bit more, we have a lot of mixed families. if there's somebody who might be undocumented he might have a wife who is a u.s. citizen. so the issues affect a broader number of people than a particular group of people. as you might recall in the '90s and earlier in this decade through the construction boom, one only needed to look at a construction site and it was the latinos mixing the brick and the cement and the buildings going up and creating the type of region we have today, which is one of the best economically
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successful regions. this is not new. actions like arizona. in down ts turns of the economy in the history of the united states there have been people who come out or groups that targeted immigrants. back it was the chinese. later on the mexican community. now all latinos seem to be the target. what is important to know, ken did not create a law. it is nothing new. he is recycling old information that the police will not -- police do not have the authority to question somebody on reasonable suspicion. that's absolutely nothing new. what is important to know is that if someone commits a crime, a felony, and they go through
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the process the full weight needs to fall on that person. no one is defending the criminals. but what is really outrageous is to find someone that takes advantage. it's not the only one. other people in virginia sees the sensationalism. they promote hatred. when they're really not going anywhere. senators are the ones who propose the laws and throw them out. we have to question what is behind the purpose of doing this? if it's not something that is the law, we have to question their motive. are they really promoting hatred and the targeting of immigrants, particularly latinos. >> some say it could be politics. and i want to shift into that after this break, too, about the political landscape out there as we continue the conversation here on viewpoint.
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we'll be right back.
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good morning. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters. it is sunday, august 15th, 20106789 and pepco is promising it will look into what caused this huge trance former fire in downtown d.c. last night. huge plumes of smoke poured. ffts evacuated rooms in two nearby hotels. it took two hours to put out that fire. d.c. police made two arrests for separate murders in northwest washington. marcus mcclain was charged with murder 1. king was stand to death last sunday near the convention center. police charged 17-year-old robert givens as an adult for the first-degree murder of 19-year-old shawn robinson. robinson was killed wednesday in adams morgan.
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now we'll return you back to viewpoint. and welcome back to viewpoint. our topic again this morning, some of the challenges and critical issues facing the latino population in our region and across the country. we were talking a little bit about immigration and the controversy over that back in arizona. now a little bit here in virginia and the political motivation to all of this. how much of a factor will it be in the november election? this issue of immigration. >> well, it looks like it will be a huge factor. as my colleague was saying, it's so much a situation of political opportunism. the population of undocumented im grantsz -- in fact, illegal immigration is way down right now. of course it is. because it responds to the demands in market, right?
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i think politicians are distracting people's attention towards that issue and blowing it out of proportion in order to seek favor. but they're walking a very, very dangerous line. what they're doing is bringing back every vesens of hatred and racism. this us against them analysis to all of our problems when we are people just like everybody else with the same needs. and all we have -- even our undocumented workers, what they have done is respond to our needs for labor. as you said, any time there's an economic downturn, this kind of thing happens because, of course, it's all about finding a scapegoat, right? but i really caution people
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against paying attention to these a little bit cal's that are trying to benefit. republicans really are answer yet both houses back. and they're seeing this as a mechanism. but as they use that mechanism they are fermenting an environment, a culture in our country that's really horrible for all of us. >> speak to the power at the poles. your strength is certainly growing, and the future looks extremely bright. there's a lot of power in voting. >> look. this is something that's particularly important to make clear. all of us support a legal and orderly immigration system. but to a little bit size issues that target a group of people and use it as a shield to go after largely latino is wrong.
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at the local, the state and the national level, really go against the fundamentals of this country, inclusion of tolerance, really solve issues in a way that is constructive. and the parties are risking alienating generations of latino, now 48 million people in this country who by and large find it very offensive to have a professional in which a child is born in the united states or if an undocumented person, somehow may not become a u.s. citizen, that type of proposal is offensive. >> you raise the republican party, senate majority leader harry reid said, quote, i don't know how any one of hispanic heritage could be a republican. your thoughts on that and does the latino population vote as a one-party block? >> i think everyone has an open
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mind to see what the best candidate may be in evaluating when you have proposals such as negating someone's citizenship. by and large the largest immigrant group are la tee knows in this country. when you have proposals like that, it really doesn't help the republican party. it may appear they are reaching out to include them. it really makes also the family members, voters, people who actually vote that may be open-minded to resent the attack against their relatives, against their friends. so people then -- it's not automatic. who is the best candidate? by and large democrats are more inclusive. and both president obama and the members of congress say, okay, are we ready to talk about
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immigration reform. let's secure the border first before we can talk about anything else. bottom line is, sure, we have security. but we need to have a process for earned legalization and we have to be able to deal with that. before we get together and hammer out those decisions, it seems people in the republican party like status quo so they can use it to ferment their anger and hatred. >> all right. we have to take a break now. we will shift off politics and talk about quality of life issues here. stay with us.
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we have a great need for health care providers because health care is an area where it can make a huge difference to not understand the instructions or not be able to communicate well. >> let's shift into education then. we're talking about communication and the nature of how we have in the district half the population not graduating from high school. with no high school diploma. how do you address that or start to address that? >> we have a long way to go. so it's a water of looking at those basic skills and make sure we're targeting particular students, particularly those who
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are performing at the lowest level and make sure they have those basic skills. but it's also about understanding who our children are and engaging them based on their day to day lives, their interest, their experiences so learning is not a flat experience but an engaging experience. it's about reaching our children at all different levels. >> all right. thank you all for coming in and sharing your insights. we appreciate it. great to see you. that's all the time we have. unfortunately we could talk for hours. now back to news 4 today. enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody. hundreds of people are forced to evacuate after this fiery explosion near the white house. we'll show you exactly handicapped.
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good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters. aaron gilchrist has the morning off. you'll see him tonight. it's sunday, august 15th, 2010. the news is just ahead. kim martucci joins us live in the studio for a look at a pleasant day ahead if you don't mind cloud cover and a little humidity. >> a little help wit from mother nature, right? good morning, everybody. it is 7:31. time to get moving with 75 degrees. the humidity at 76%. we're at 73 in sterling. no rain drops. just cloud cover. i suspect we'll get a few showers today. inside the beltway it should be rain free. 83 at 3:00. 82 at 6:00. nats are home. i'll have their forecast coming up and a peek at the beach. >> always appreciate a peek at the beach. thanks, kim. investigators say they do not know what caused a
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transformer to explode in downtown d.c. last night. this big blast and fire along a busy f street forced emergency crews to evacuate nearby blocks including two hotels. it all happened not far from the white house. darcy spencer has the details. >> reporter: d.c. firefighters battle a fire outside the w hotel. flames were shooting some 50 feet into the air. chris robertson and his girlfriend were having drinks on the roof of the w hotel when they heard and felt a series of explosions. >> we heard a series of probably five or six loud explosions that you could feel. it felt like it was coming from underground. at fist everyone was laughing it off like it may be a drill, and the bartenders started wheeling everybody outside. >> it was a little nerve-racking. we didn't know what was going on. they did a great job getting us out. >> reporter: the fire started 7:45 in the evening.
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an underground pepco trance former blew on f street. it happened near the w and willard hotels. firefighters worked to put out the blaze and prevent it from spreading to the high-rise buildings. >> it perhaps overheated. we're not really sure yet. once it caught fire, it created a lot of smoke, caused the buildings both the willard hotel and the w hotel to be exposed to heat and smoke. therefore we had to do an evacuations. >> firefighters used purple k to extinguish. it affected downtown hotels, businesses and residents. this is the second major pepco transformer fire in d.c. in the last few days. >> we do have to look at this because it is affecting customers downtown and some of our larger customers in this area. so we are going to investigate both incidents. >> the evacuations left hundreds stranded. these residents were here having dinner when the lights went out.
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so your car is in the garage that you can't get to now? >> that's right. >> reporter: power was restored to this area at about 10:00 last night. pepco is promising a full investigation of both transformer firefighters. downtown washington, darcy spencer, news # today. it's 7:34 right now. and this morning, a man and teenager are behind bars for two separate murders. officers charged marcus mcclain in the death of delondo king. the second murder happened weapons in the 2500 block of mozart place. police took 17-year-old robert givens into custody friday night. he's being charged as an adult for the first-degree murder of 19-year-old shawn robinson. the arrests were announced yesterday with police chief and
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graham. >> we believe that the department is doing some of the greatest work in the country and that their work is not just bringing comfort to the families but it is directly resulting in less crime on the streets of the district of columbia. >> there have been 72 homicides in d.c. this year. but the mayor says that's 15 fewer than last year at this time. police in maryland hope you can help them find a person who robbed a bank. we want you to take a good look at these pictures. this man walked into the chevy case bank around 11:00 yesterday morning. this is in the white oak shopping center. we're told he demanded money from workers. no one was hurt there. police say dye packs inside the money bag exploded shortly after the man left.
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officers then found the cash coated in red ink nearby. montgomery county police are asking if you can help solve this case. we're now learning what survivors remember from the last minutes of the plane crash in act th act thak killed the former senator ted stevens. he never requested a weather briefing from air traffic officials and may have researched the weather on his own. yesterday a heavy lift helicopter retrieved the wreckage. survivors say they did not notice anything unusual right before the crash. >> he stated as they were flying along that he detected no changes in pitch or engine noise. and that they were flying along and then they just stopped flying. >> this local man bill phillips,
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sr. was killed in the crash. his teenage son survived. as did d.c. lobbyist him more heart of alex an dree and sean o'keefe and his son. janet fellowshipphillips, the wl phillips wrote this. as our family prepares to return home to maryland we wish the thank the many kind people of alaska who comforted us during this time. our gratitude to the first responders of the crash for their heroism and kindness. they and our boys shared many fond memories. we know alaska will remain imprinted on our hearts. a memorial service will be held friday, august 20th at 11:00 a.m. at our lady of mercy in potomac, maryland. crews are still trying to restore power to a few hundred people this morning after stormy
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weather blew through last week. early this morning pepco had about 430 customers, most in montgomery county, waking up without electricity. thursday's storms left another big mess of trees and debris in many neighborhoods. people we talked to in the community say this is not the first time they had been one of the last areas to get their electricity turned back on. >> it seems to be the last neighborhood to get power once it is out. this happened twice in the last several months. >> crews are working 12-hour shifts to restore power. utility workers from other jurisdictions were brought in to help speed up the cleaning process. the last u.s. combat brigade in iraq is on its way home. president obama ordered all combat troops out of iraq by the end of this month. the 50,000 troops will remain in iraq and train the iraqi army
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and place police in hopes of bringing more stability to the middle east. the commanding american generals say it could take up to five years to know if the iraq war were successful. all u.s. troops are set to leave by the end of next year. all right. we have a traffic alert for drivers in virginia this morning. expect major delays all day today. dominion power crews will be pulling wires across roadways for a new power line. traffic will be stopped every 15 minutes on south king street near the route 7 bypass. crews started working around 5:30 and will be out until 9:00 tonight. you can also expect some delays if you're riding metro this weekend. crews are finishing work on the orange, yellow and green today. orange line, work will take place between virginia and west falls church station. green and yellow, delays can be expected between fort totten and prince george's plaza. metro suggests adding 30 minutes to your trip on all three lines. it's 7:39 right now.
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waived theiren trance fees this weekend. if you're looking for a little day trip or in the midst of a stay indication, a dozen parks within driving distance of d.c. some of them in virginia are great falls, manassas national battle field, prince william national forest and shenandoah national park. in maryland, chesapeake and ohio canal, fort mchenry and the national island sea shore. more admission free days will take place in november in case you can't get out today. 7:43 right now. the "today" show is coming up next on nbc 4. it starts at 8:00. let's get a preview now from lester holt joining us live from new york. good morning, lester. >> actually, i'm going to take it, kimberly. >> good morning, jenna. >> a lot of people get us confused. we do look identical. it's the lighting. coming up this morning on today, we are live from florida as president obama takes a dip in the gulf and declares the region
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open for business. this as the president tries to qualify statements he made about muslims rights to build a mosque near ground zero. >> then we'll head to california where a crash at an off-road car race turned deadly. a live report from the scene. on a lighter note, we'll introduce you to a couple, great story here, a couple that reunited after nearly 50 years apart and then got married in the place where they met, home room in their grade school. great story. >> then look at this. a baby giraffe breaking the odds thanks to a ground breaking medical procedure. why she has casts on her legs and why she has hope as well. matchbox 20 rob thomas gave me a behind-the-scenes look at what life is like on the road. he's a great singer and a pretty funny guy. you're not going to want to miss it. those stories and much more when we see you a little bit later on
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today. >> baby animals the almost every weekend. we appreciate it. >> we're on a role. >> all right. take care. >> okay. >> if you're looking for work, you're in the right city. washington, d.c. was rated the best place for job seekers, according to career search engine juju.com. they based it on how much competition there is for each open position. d.c. followed by san jose, new york stickers baltimore and hartford. the worst cities to look for a job, miami, detroit, las vegas, riverside, california, and l.a. how many dreamers go out to l.a. hoping to hit it big some and all we have to do is stay right here. >> or baltimore. two big cities. >> clouds keeping us company. can we break through with any sun? will we see any rain. stay tuned for the details. it's coming up next.
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children are vulnerable to the summer health especially inside a car. >> this is the life meter. it lets you know how hot the temperature is inside of a car at all times. >> reporter: imagine a child locked inside this car where the temperature is 150 degrees. >> we want to be proactive. we want to make sure this doesn't happen. >> reporter: they put life meters on all cars used to transport abused or neglected children.
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caesar byrd does a lot of driving for the agency and shows us how it works. >> this is the life meter. it lets you know how hot the temperature is inside of a car at all times. it's very accurate. >> reporter: the sticker on the rear winter is a visual reminder that reads, please don't forget me inside the car. >> you're getting out of the car, locking your car, you're seeing that. it's to remind you, oh, my god, did i leave my child in the car. >> reporter: on the upper corner of the driver's window is a medical grade thermometer. >> it is reading 130 with the door ajar. >> reporter: from 1998 to 2008, 414 children in the u.s. died in cars from hypothermia. florida has the second highest number in the country with 40 deaths. life meters only cost the agency $1.90 each. >> we're giving them to all foster parents, to relatives and nonrelatives. anybody that's caring for one of our children. by putting these temperature details in cars, they're hoping child agencies throughout the state of florida will do the same.
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diana gonzalez, nbc 4, ft. lauderdale. ♪ those little dots down there you saw were hundreds of thousands of people who participated in what became a major cultural landmark on this date in history. woodstock, a high point of the hippie area and a defining moment for baby boomers, opened on this date, august 15th, 1969. it was a massive rock music festival on a farm in new york near the town of woodstock in the catskill mountains. among the many performers, joe cocker, santana, crosby stills, nash and young, jimi hendrix. during the rainy weekend, attendees shared food, drugs, alcohol and some other things you can't say on morning television. no violence was reported. it changed the political and musical landscape of the area. >> would you have gone?
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>> well, of course, but like you were saying your parents -- >> they were an hour away. they didn't go. >> you don't realize at the time how big it's going to be. >> apparently it wasn't supposed to be as big as it was. >> all right. 7:51 right now. no kind of weather like that this weekend. >> huh-uh, no. no muddy pits. but we do have cloudy skies. it's pretty refreshing. humidity is creeping up. it still beats the upper 90s and the relentless heat index. hey, the nats are playing today. arizona diamondbacks. first pitch, 1:35. 81 degrees. temperatures mostly cloudy and dry. yesterday we hit 84. right now 75. winds south at 7 miles per hour. good morning hagerstown. you have 73. you share that number with sterling and manassas. 66 in culpepper.
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75, leonardtown. and 71 in martinsburg. no rain. just cloud cover on top. scattered showers will develop the eastern panhandle. might creep as far east as loudon county, maryland. so that's where we have the showers with lower 80s to the west, 85. st. mary city. not bad. mostly cloudy. 84. 86 the hot spot. warrenton, your high, 83. water temperatures around 80 or 72 by lieu advice, lewis, delaware. water temperatures, 77. high there under partly cloudy skies, 80. the front that moves towards us gets here tomorrow. that's our best shot for rain. as the front pushes through, it will instastall to our south.
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it will keep us on the unsettled side. you're going to see that. 60% chance of showers and storms tomorrow with a high of 90. tuesday, we'll be around 90. we'll still keep it a little stormy, 40% chance. wednesday, 88. then as we think about the end of the week, we dry out on thursday and friday with 90s returning. saturday then our next chance of storms with highs back down into the 80s. at least i don't see any crazy heat waves coming our way in the next seven. >> thanks, kim. a new piece of artwork catching eyes outside the shaw library. take a look. this sculpture lights up in neon at night. it's huge. there was a call to artists to design a piece that reflects the spirit of jazz. >> since i've lived in the neighborhood. i've been here 20 years. i love jazz myself. this became a very personal
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piece for me. my feelings are it has improvizational quality. it has an under lying structure as well. it's a lively piece. >> kind of like jazz, right? another famous neon exhibit called lightwork is an external elevator in downtown silver spring. navl afl preseason kicks of. the third round and the pga championship is capped off by a hole in one. hakim dermish has your sports. >> good morning, everyone. monday at midnight is the deadline to sign number one overall pick brice harper. it's down to the wire deja vu for the nationals. last year they signed stephen strasburg 77 seconds before the deadline. this year the nats on the hot seat to sign harper. before last night's game against arizona, general manager mike rizzo told reporters he's optimistic harper will sign on time. too bad he's not a pitcher because they could use another
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pitcher. jason marquis making his second start since coming off the d.l. not good. top two facing miguel montero with a man on. crushes it to left center. that's not going to be caught. out for a two-run homer. d-backs in front. 2-0 on one swing of the back. three beaters later, marquis pitch to go gerardo parra. parra serves that up. bernadina gives it chase at the wall. but check it out. the ball goes right over his glove for a solo home run. marquis thinking, what is going on here? arizona put up three runs in the inning. very next inning, more problems for marquis. kelly johnson gets in on the home run parade. drives it into the bull pen for a run. marquis lasted four innings, gave up five runs. arizona wins big, 9-2. talk some football now. redskins host the ravens this coming saturday in their second preseason game. you can watch it right here on nbc 4 at 7:35. last night the preseason
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continued around the nfl. we start in arizona. texans at the cardinals. first quarter, texans not having any problems with offense. they lost their offensive coordinator, kyle shanahan. he's here in washington. matt shaw deep to andre johnson. if you're playing fantasy football this year, you might want to pick him. 44 yard score. cardinals reserve, though. they come back. arizona beats houston, 19-16. and how about in green bay last night? packers hosting the browns. aaron rodgers looking phenomenal. in mid season form to greg jennings. 25 yards for the touchdown. but the browns come back to beat the packers, 27-24. golf now. 29-year-old nick wapney is a ryder cup wannabe. usa is stamped on the heels of his shoes. so far he is walking the walk. leading the pga championship by three strokes. we're in kohler, wisconsin. mickelson, second shot of the par 5, 11 and it's going left.
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you heard him. way left. check this out. the ball goes into the gallery and ends up in the lap of a fan. he's like, uh, look what i found. well, mickelson is a nice fellow, so he signs a glove for him and follows the rules, marks the ball where it would have landed. it would have landed right there. phil very apologetic. would par the hole. phil at one under par after three rounds. tiger woods had an up and down day. here on 18, putting for birdie. gets that to go. one of his nice shots in the round. finished with four birdies, four bogeys but ten shots behind the leader at minus 3. brice on seven. second shot from the hill above. chips it down. folks, watch this go. it's got like gps onto it or something. into the cup for a birdie. high-fives the fans. moulder is at 7 under. that was good. but this is better.
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51-year-old tom layman on the par 3, 17, tee shot from 223 yards away. and i guarantee you're going to love this. lands on the green. tracks into the cup for a hole in one. this is great. layman gets the fans involved. high-fives all around. layman at plus 1 for the tournament. here's the leader, nick wapney, birdie on 16. a little fist pump. three-stroke lead over roy mcelroy and dustin johnson leading into today's final round. and d.c. united falls to fc dallas, 3-1. that's your morning sports. i'm hakim dermish, have a great day. hundreds of people puckered up to re-enact one of the greatest kiss of all time. couples lined up in times square yesterday to relive the famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of world war ii. the original happened august 14th, 1945. the day went down in history known as victory over japan day. the photographer captured the
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image during a spontaneous celebration in times square. that one looks pretty close. >> i would be curious to see if the woman had seamed stockings. >> classic detail. that's it for news 4 today. back in 25 minutes with a local news update and at 9:00 for a full hour of news, weather and sports. until then, have a great day.

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