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chasing s a record. one more blistering day and then autumn arrives. and homes destroyed. a fast-moving fire put some local families out on the streets. good morning and welcome back to news 4 today. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to news 4 for this friday, september 24th, 2010. it is 5:00 a.m. 72 depress. beautiful capitol dome lit up in the night sky. tom, feels like summer already. yeah. summer in september continues. one more day. relief is on the way. we do have fog around the region as well. it is mild. it is muggy. prepare yourself. dress yourself for a summer like day. mid-60s in prince gorge's. arlington, fairfax, and montgomery. most locations weather watchers reporting rural areas in the 60s with patchy fog. these are the latest
visibilities. down to five miles in washington. andrews air force base, zero visibility. watch out for thick fog. eastern shore, 60s. over the last 12 hours, a few high clouds drifting north and wes highs reach the mid-90s that's right near or above the record. and finally,ooler weather coming in on a northwest breeze. much cooler sunday and monday with a chance of rain. ashley, how is the traffic? >> well, we have an issue out of southeast athe end of a police chase. minnesota and southeast. this is the ce on 66 past route 50. no problems. headlights heading towards the capital beltway.
270 is a quiet trip. a little foggy. be sure to be careful. other than that, you're in pretty goodhape toward the beltway. joe and eun, back to you. >> ashley, thank you. how safe do you feel when you ride metro? you're in better hands than you were at the deadly red line crash a year ago. news 4's megan mcgrath is live outside the gallery place in northwest washington. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, joe. metro has made significant safety improvements since the deadly crash in 2009 according to the national transportation safety board. now, the board chairman testified from a congressional overnight committee. just months ago the ntsb said they had an a peoplic safety culture which set the stage for the crash.
the ntsb gives credit for making progress. the system implemented a dozen safety recommendations since the crash. >> they have done a lot of learning in the last year plus. and i think always every organization is going to go thugh a difficult time after an accident. the question is how you react to that accident and what changes you make and i believe that the metro board was very willing to liste to the safety board after our report was concluded. they have taken man of those lessons to heart. and i think they're beginning to make many improvements that have been long overdue. >> reporter: and that includes putting a new and experienced saty officer in place. that safety officers reports to theanager. they have filled 12 vacancies and jobs. you can call and anonymously
report safety proems. metro is moving forward to replace the 1000 series cars, the cars that crunched in the crash, folded up like accordions. new cars will hit the system in about 2013. interim manager agrees metro is moving in the right direction, that it is safer than it was a year ago but says there's still a long way to go. joe, back to you. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much, megan. y expect half hour delays in the orange, yellow, blue lines because of traffic work.
half-hour delays on the orange, blue, yellow and green. trains on the orange will be single tracking between vienna and west falls. blue, pentagon city and braddock road. and blue line delays between the franconia springfield and largo town center stations. green line, ad20 minutes. if you're traveling between branch and mailer road stations. well, for the first time in almost 100 years, virginia has put a woman to death. 41-year-old teresa lewis was convicted in 2002 of hiring the two men who killed her husband and stepsoin an elaborate scam to collect insurance money. the fire described three homes in the 8300 block of tillup loop in manassas. jane has more. >> reporter: eight homes were damaged or destroyed as strong winds whipped the massive blaze through a row of single-family homes. an upscale neighborhood turns into a fiery inferno as strong winds cause fles to jump from roof to roof. amateur video shows a fast-moving blaze as firefighters struggle to get control and neighbors start to panic.
>> it was only ten minute before all of these went up. it was really, really horrific. i said, you kw, i need to pack some things and get out of he. i knew how close we were and seeing how fast it happened. it was pretty bad. >> reporter: witnesses say the fireroke out in the back of 8355 tillut loop. the heatrom the fire caused vinyl siding on three homes to melt. one neighbor ran or to door to make sure everyone made it out okay. >> i ran to the guy's house. and he was in the house. like a teenager of some sort. he was in a panic. tryingto call the fire department. i told him, you have to get out of theouse. i went through the gara, the whole back of the house was on fire already. >> reporter: 100 firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze. iraculously, no one was severely hurt. one resident had a minor burn to the hand. the red cross was brought in to
help homeless families, including this man who heard about it at work. >> my wife was coming from the store. she saw fire, smoke. >> reporter: how long have you lived here? >> only six months. >> reporter: fire crews will remain here overnight as the fire marshall's office tries to figure out how this massive blaze began. >> a total of 11 people were displaced becaus of the fire. the red cross is helping them to find places to stay. this morning chancellor michelle rhee's future is still not clear. she and d.c. mayor vincent gray met yesterday. both acknowledged their strong fferences on education reform. there have been reports that education secretary arne duncan wants her to stay in the district. gray, though, is giving few clues about his plans. >> we did not talk about the chancellor staying or going. talked about the state of
education in the cit and i think we'll just leave it there. >> gray says he and rhee will meet sometime before november's general elections. 5:08. 72 degrees. ahead, the major shakeup for the washington nationals that does not involve any players. also, they heard enough. what caused the u.s. delegation to walk out on a speaker at the united nations. > one more day for all those clinging [ male announcer ] the turn changes everything.
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weather and traffic on the ones. good morning. 5:11 on this friday morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. it is mild. it is muggy. temperatures in the 60s, 70s. watch out for the dense fog this morning. highs today, though, after the fog burns off and we get the sun back, into the mid-90s. that will exceed the record. tomorrow, cooler with a northwesbreeze. lots of is sun. increasing clouds sunday. much cooler. highs in thelow to mid-70s. there's a chance of an afternoon light shoer or sprinkle. rain likely first part of next week. ashley, how's the traffic? >> this ely morning, we're starting off with an issue southeast. police activity at minnesota, good hope road out of southeast. taking a look at the major
as you can see, it's foggiment headlights are leaving college park, silver spring. postd speed limit. no big challenges ahead of you as you travel thebeltway. ranchavenu randell circ. this is in conjunction th the police activity on minnesota. police investigating that area as well. just avoid the whole area and save yourself a headache. volume on the increase out of woodbridge. no problems into springfield and 395 is also quiet. eun, back to you. >> ashley, thank you. it's now 5:12. 71 degrees. ahead on news 4 toy, lawmakers weighing the future of school food. what decision they could make today that could change cafeteria choices for your children. this newly freed american says she wants to meet with mahmoud ahmadinejad. a d.c. agency has tough answers to answer about the buildingind farms and
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virginia carried out its first execution of a woman in nearly a century. 41-year-old teresa lewis was executed by lethal injection. she was convicted in 2002 of hiring two meno kill her husband and stepson in an elaborate scheme to collect insurance money. d.c. school chancellor's future remains uncertain this morning. she met with vincent gray yesterday. gray said they did not discuss whether sheould keep her job. the two plan to meet again before november's general election. moat row is getting high marks from the chair of the ntsb. deborah testified yesterday that metro is much safer than it was last year. she said thetransit agency has also started work on more than all the dozen ntsb's
recommendations that came in the wake of last year's june deadly crash. a fire destroyed three homes in the 8300 block of tillut loop in manassas. on resident did have a minor burn to the hand. the red cross was brought in to help the displaced families. we now know the names of the mother and her two young sons who died in wednesday's townhouse fire in lar ton. 24-year-old ali cecilia langdon derson and her ss solomon and 3-year-old alfonso. three other children and an adult escaped. they're recovering and are expected to survive.
authorities are trying to figure out how he was able to commit alleged murder while under the district supervision. >> i have reached out to them to say in any of the group homes, we want to be they're being managed correctly. we want to know that the management knows where the children are and we want to know that dyrs is on top of it. another mass is held tomorrow at catholic university at the st. vincent depaul chapel at 4:00 p.m. ll are invited to attend. barack obama will wrapp his trip to the united nations yesterday. yesterday there was a bit of
drama when part of the delegation walked out. mahmoud ahmadinejad said many people believe the u.s. deposit was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. the american hiker released from an american prison wantsto meet with inian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. her fiancee and a friend are still in iran accused of spying on the u.s. shara showered wants him to know she has no animosity toward him or the people. she was released for humanitarian reasons. you can see the full interview at 7:00 this moing right here on nbc 4 after news 4 today. nbc's tracie potts has more
on the upcoming vote. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we prably will see vote on this today. and the area where everyone agrees we should have healthier foods in hools. what they don't agree is how to pay for it. washington said it hasn't changed in over 30 years. congress wants to bump that up by a nickel per meal. it's still not enough. fairfax county, virginia, loses 60 cents on every meal. >> we're adding fruits and vegetables, whole grain. it raises our costs but we're walking the walk. >> we find the political will to help small companies and small banks and now we're trying to ask congress to find the political will to help small children. >> if the child doesn't like an apple, they won't eat it.
>> reporter: the controversy is how this $4.5 billion program is being paid for, by cutting future food stamp benefits. >> we have more people depending on food stamps than any other point in history. >> reporter: president obama says likely those cuts won't happen for three years. hung kids need healthy, affordable school lunch today. >> there is still a lot of opposition to this on capitol hill from more than 100 democrats, the congressional black caucus, unions around the country. even teachers are concerned about paying for this with food stamp benefits. washington nationals are looking for a new team president. stan is stepping down as president at the end of the season. promised the learner ownership group he would leave for five years when he took the job. he lasted four and a half years.
he isn't being spific wi why he is leaving but insists it's what's best for him and his family. and our time right now is 5:21. time to ta another look at our forecast. another hot one today. relief coming? >> yeah. again, it's just for a few hours in the middle of the afternoon that it's uncomfortably hot. it is muggy. patchy dense fog. right now low 70s in washington. 60s in t suburbs. near the bay waters, low 70s. after the morning fog burns off, we'll be sunny, and climbing into the mid-90s midafternoon. northwest breeze should co us down tomorrow. sunday, mostly cloudy, much cooler. 50s in the morning. low 70s in the afternoon. there's achance of a passing shower sunday afternoon and evening. likelihood of passing showers monday and tuesday next week as tropical moisture comes up out of the gulf and sweeps throu our region. to be followed by dryer air at the end of the week. now, ashley, how is the traffic?
good morning. starting off with an issue in soueast. a police investigation shuts down randall circle which is essentially the intersections of branch, massachusts and minnesota. all of those are affected. this is south of fort dupont park. very heavy police presence. avoid it if you can. taking a look at the capal beltway, it's foggy this early morning. here's the pace past connecticut area. silver spring, college park, no problems there. headed northbound, leaving dale boulevard behind. those tractor trailers are headed southbound. no problems up to the beltway. eun and joe, back to you. >> ashley, thank you. >> 72 degrees. coming up, he's a tv comedian by day. this is no joke. today stephen colbert will be considered an expert on agriculture. why he testifies before congress. >> fresh off his experience in t gulf. retired admiral thad allen bringing important lessons to students. >> and next, capitals fans will
the capitals and pittsburgh penguins get ready for the winter classic at heinz field. hbo will follow the two teams around and air four hourlong epides. they will feature behind the scenes of the caps and pens and leading up to the 2011 winter classic. for those of you who need their hockey fix, do not worry. hard to believe opening night for washington is just two weeks away. unbelievable. comedian stephen colbert will be on capitol hill today. he is set to testify on farm workers who are illegal immigrants. he focused on the united farm workers take our job.
four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle cde do.
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2010. there's a lot of midity. 72 degrees. kind of muggy on this friday morning. >> the good news is there is relief coming our way. >> good morning. a fzy full moon. no thick fog obscuring it. 73 in washington. mid-60s in prince george's county. weather watchers reporng most locations in the rural areas have patchy dense fog. near open field. dense fog reports across parts of the eastern shore, as well as in the mountains. wah out for that. not much fog year the cities. near zero in a few isolated conditions. eastern shore in the 60s. a few high clouds drifting later this morning. highs creaturing mid-90s. cooler tomorrow with sunshine. and now ashley, how the
traffic? >> well, volume is on the increase on 270 southbound from 109 to the truck scales. past germantown, pickup the pace towardhe beltway. as we travel it of southeast, police activity around randall circle between branch, minnesota and massachusetts. police are on scene directing people around this area. avoid it if you can. that's out ofoutheast at randall circle is where everything is shut down due to police activity. eun and joe, back to you. >> thanks, ashley. how safe are you when you ride metro? you are safer today thanou were a year ago. debbie her irshman said. >> reporter: good news for a change. it was just a few months ago
that the national transportation satisfactory board blasted metro for the anemic safety culture they say existed at the time of that deadly cras now, the ntsb is recognizing them for strides they have made over the last year to improve safety. the chairman of the ntsb said metro is safer now than it was back in 2009. metro has made significant safety improvements in the year following a collision that left nine dead. that's the word from the national transportation safety board. >> they have done a lot of learning in the last year plus, and i think that always every organization is going to go through a difficult time after an accident. the question is how you react to that accident and what changes you make. and i believe that the metro board was very willing to lien o the safety board after our report was concluded. and they have taken many of those lessons to heart.
and i think they're beginning to make many improvements that have been long overdue. >> reporter: in an update to congress, ntsb said metro implemented more than a dozen safety improvements they recommended and is moving in the right direction. the anemic safety culture set the stage for the crash. metro has filled a dozen vacancies and jobs related. you can call and anonymously report safety problems. metro is movi forward to replace the 1000 series cars, the cars that crunched in the crash, folded up like accordions. new cars will hit the system in about 203. interim manager agrees metro is safer now than a yar ago but
says there's still a long way to go. eun, back to you. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much, megan. well, for the first time in almost 100 years, virginia has put a woman to death. 41-year-old teresa lewis was convicted in 2002 of hirg the two men who killed her husband and stepson in an elaborate scam to collect insurance money. last night she was put to death. >> death was pronounced at 9:13 p.m. there were no complications. ms. lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want cathy to know i love her and i'm very sorry. >> the cathy she referd to is the daughter of lewis's husband. the lawyers for teresa lewis says she was borderline mentally disabled. more than 7,300 appeals were made to stop that execution. the two killerswho actually did the killing got life. one of the shooters committed suicide in prison. the national icident
commander of the bp oil spill will in the district. retired coast guard admiral thad all will return to his alma matter at george washington to address students. his topic is unprecedented events, unprecedented leadership challenges. allen will teach at g.w. in the spring. now to the latest on the bp oil spill. it's been a month since a new administrator took over the $20 billionompensation fund. pay czar ken feinberg's office has paid out almost $350 million for 26,000 claims. some people are still upset they have not receed a check or not enough money. fineberg says most people are still waiting for money simply have not provided enough documentation. he also says if anyone can show lost income will be fully compensated. feral arrangements for a navy s.e.a.l. eight other american soldiers and sailors also died. the u.s. military say it was an
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good morng. weather and traffic early on this friday morning. we have patchy fog this morning and a nearly full moon as well. we do have it down into the 60s and low 70s throughout much of the region. later today we' be into the mid-90s. and then omorrow it will be cooler with a northwest breeze. increasing clouds on sunday could get showers. rain likely first part of next week. ashley, how is thetraffic? good morning. let's take a look at the f out there. as you can see around the capital beltway, past ken elworth avenue. reduced visibility an issue. 95 headed northbound, picking up volume.
united states was put to death in virginia. she was convicted in 2002 of hiring two men to kill her husband and her stepso to collect insurance money. metro is getting high marks from the chair of the ntsb. metro is much safer than it was a year ago. she told a congressional overnight committee that he transit agency started work on a den of the recommendations that came in the wake of the deadly crash 15 months ago. today the national incident commander of the bp oil spill will be in the district. thad allen will return to his alma malter to address students at george washington university in northwestment he will also teach there in the spring. homes are still smoking of a devastating fire ripped through one virginianeighborhd. it destroyed three hoops in tillet loop in manassas. it grew to three alarms before firefighters got it under control. ee rain reyes is live with the
cleanup. >> good morning, joe. the cause of the fire is sll under investigation. let me step out of the way. firefighters are actually still here on the scene just watching out for hot spots. they have the hose on because there are several smy areas. 11 hnts were displaced and th red cross is helping them. again, this was a three-alarm fire that took two hours to bring under control. the fire started at a home on tillet loop at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. firefighters say the wind caused the fire to sprea two people at th scene yesterday were treated for minor injuries. >> i ran to the guy's house. he was in the house. like a teenager of some sort.
heas in a panic trying to call the fire department. i told him you have to get out of the house. iwent to the garage. i looked through the house and the whole back of the house was on fire already. >> again, three homes. a -- three homes damaged by the fire. eight total damaged in this fast-moving blaze. again, firefighters have been on the scene here all morning long watching for the hot spots, putting water on the areas just to keep an eye on it. again, no cause just yet. joe, back to you. >> elaine reyes reporting live. thanks, elaine. >>this morning chancellor michelle rhee's future is still not clear. she and d.c. mor vincent gray met yesterday. both acknowledged their strong differences on education reform. there have been reports that arne duncan wants her to stay in the district. gray, though, is giving few clues about his plans.
>> we did not talk about the chance lar stayi chcellor staying or going. we did talk about the state of education in the city. and i think we'll just leave it there. the preppy burglar is trading in his tie for an orange jump suit. the 30-year-old is facing charges of burglary, theft and destruction of property. he broke into a home on howard county and ste electronics and other property. he was arrested without incident. police don't know whether he's been involved in any other cases. sobering statistics about the ai epidemic in america. one in five sexually active gay and bisexual men are infected with hiv.
44% did not even though they had the viruses. less tha one half of 1% have the aids virus. the white house unveiled a new strategy over the summer that focuses more onen who have sex with other men and t others at the highest risk of getting infected. we have a warning if you use avand. the fda is restricting i use, leading the drug to increased risk of heart attacks. it can be described only for those people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by any other medication. well, tomorrow is national drug take back day. there are more an 4,000 sites where you can drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. according to the dea, 7 million
people abuse drugs for nonmedical rposes. got plans for tomorrow? if not, head to the national mall for the 10th annual book festival. it includes appearances by impressive authors. the book festial begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 5:30 tomorrow evening. and i will be there to introce ryan metzler. >> i would lo to go spend the day down there. could spend the year down there. we'll check the weather coming up. right now 72 degrees. it feels very much like a summer morning here in september. >> it does. it's muggy out there. >> it feels more like july than september. we have fog that's bn forming. a little bit of a fog making the
full moon a little fuzzy in the west. dewpoint a stmy 70. humidity is high. we have a calm wind. 65 days 90 degrees or higher. today will be number 66. right now in the suburbs and many rural areas in the 60s. weather watchers are reporting. prince gornl's, arlington, fairfax, mid and upper 60s. watch out for patchy dense fog. visibility down to zero in many locations in the rural areas around the bay and eaern shore. throughout much of virginia and maryland. dense fog beginning to form in the valleys. tropical storm lisa looks like it's going to stay out in the central atlantic. here' tropical storm matthew on a track moving west and heading
toward gaut mal ma, yucatan peninsula. now, as we take a look at the forecast for the students at the bus stop th morning, there will be patchy fog. so watch out for students waiting for buses this morning. visibilities will be low in many locations. otherwise, partly cloudy. 60s. low to mid-70s by later in the morning. noon time, 80s. midafternoon, mid-90s. record high, 94 back in 1970. we may meet or exceed the record this afternoon at national airport. then this evening a balmy evening justpast full moon. saturday, upper 60s. a few clouds around saturday morning, mostlily sunny. winds will shift north and west. highs into the low to mid-80s. delightful day for all t games. then on sunday mostly cloudy.
highs in the low 70s. morning lows in the 50s. chance for an afternoonr evening shower. a likelihood of tropical showers. then we dry out next week. ashley, how is the traffic? >> good morning. our biggest issue in southeast. police activity shut down randall circle, fort dunt park. branch, minnesota, and massachusetts avenues. plan ahead. you should be able to get around it with little issue. it is foggy out there. inner loop of the capital beltway. no accidents to report. virginia, 95 north bound, volume approaching the capital beltway. no major accidents to report. as you continue your northbound commute, no problems on 395. still free and clear. also a quiet start this morning.
no big delays towards the beltway, inside the beltway from falls church into arlington. no problem. eun and joe, back to you. >> thanks very much, ashley. >> more drivers hitting the brakes to avoid tickets in one community. the speed cameras worked so well that ticket revenue is down $2.5 million. chevy chase village has nine speed cameras mostly on connecticut avenue. you can see drivers hit the breaks when they see the 30-mile-per-hour enforcement signs. and some have learned the hard way. >> big brother is taking a picture and sending you a bill in the mail. >> have you ever gotten one of those pictures in the mail? >> oh, yeah. absolutely. >> police issued 50,00fewer speeding tickets last year. they say more people are following the speed limit. police have arrested a 17-year-old and charged him with the murder of a catholic
university student. police say the teen killed him as he rode his bike home in sherman circle. the teen suspect wasnder the d.c. juvenile justice system. >> reporter: 17-year-old eric bermanharged as an adult with the murder of catholic university student neil gilleskie. he was riding his bike august 22nd when he was gunned down. >> thiis a young manorking, going to school and trying to make an honest living, trying to t home from work and was shot and killed for what appeared to be absolutely no reason. >> reporter: news 4 learned he was under the department of youth rehabilitation services and living in a groupome in northeast at the time of the killing. a number of youth under supervision have been charged in murders,ncluding the one in
southeast. >> i have reached out to say if you have any of the group homes we want to know that they are being managed rrectly and that thmanagement knows where the children are. and we want to know dyrs is on top of it. >> reporter: according to court documents, he was riding his back at 12:30 in theorning when foreman decided he wanted to go pull a move. he shot him in the chest at close range. the robbery netted $60 in cash. >> he's the type person he didn't bother anybody. he was good-hearted. he didn't mind lping nobody. it's a shame how it happened like that. i'm glad they caught the person. >> reporter: he is a known gang member with an extensive juvenile record. authorities are now trying to figure out how he was able to allegedly commit murder while under supervision. if it's the case that he's a violent kid who has been involved in othecrimes, is it apprriate for a young person like that to be in the community at all? >> rorter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. >> the gun was also used in a
shooting earlier that same day. another teenager has been arrested in connection with that shting. tomorrow a memorial mass will be celebrated for gilleskie at catholic university in the st. vincent depaul chapel at 4:00 p.m. all are invited to attend. why congress is eager to hear from stephen colbert aa meeting this morning. live look at th beltway in maryland. it's a little hazy out there as rush hour begins. weather and traffic on the ones when we come ba.