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to instantly find out how it compares to other offers, areas you may be overpaying, and even negotiation points to help you get a better deal. only at lendingtree. they are the last known images of osama bin laden alive. the government just released the candid video, but this morning the government is also refusing to reveal what the al qaeda leader actually said. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm kimberly suiters >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. the government released new video of osama bin laden taken inside his compound. >> it showed the al qaeda leader rehearsing his speeches, and probably more surprising, watching television of himself. a closer look at what
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intelligence officials are calling a treasure trove of information. >> reporter: last glimpses of osama bin laden, including an unreleased message to the american people, apparently taped last october or november. this new video was seized during the wave that killed the terror chief and released saturday by the pentagon. officials say it is the single largest collection of senior terrorist material ever uncovered. the audio has been removed because u.s. officials don't want to spread bin laden's message. the most striking scenes, bin laden watching himself on television. notice here his beard is gray. that's the way u.s. officials say he looked when his compound was raided. in this practice video, his beard is dyed dark again. an intelligence official also points out the armoire in the background of this video was found in bin laden's compound, hinting that is where this message may have been taped. a last look at bin laden but not
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the final word. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said he was, quote, relieved when he heard of bin laden's death. ban spoke to reporters in istanbul while taking part in the least developed countries conference. he said whatever bin laden's motives were, his violent accounts could never be justified under any circumstances. and he continued, despite bin laden's death, al qaeda will continue to plot against america. >> he might be killed, but what i'm concerned is his movement may still live on. that is what we have to guard against. that is what the international community must fight against the international terrorism. >> ban also addressed the situation in libya, saying that moammar gadhafi has lost legitimacy as a leader, and he
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must talk with his people to figure out how they can coexist peacefully. it's 6:52 right now. another cool but mild start. >> a great start for mother's day. happy mother's day to you. >> thank you. >> and to all the moms watching too. the weather will cooperate. there's a little bonus news. temperatures relatively pleasant first thing this morning. sun is just literally about ready to rise. no sooner do i say the words than the sun magically appears over the eastern horizon. a gorgeous sunrise if you have a chance to sneak a peek at the it the next minute or two. other than that, you can see there are clouds out here. the further south and west you go from washington, the thicker that cloud cover gets. off to a relatively quiet start. temperatures in the mid-50s around downtown washington. there are a few spots that have dropped in the upper 40s. hagerstown, maryland,
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martinsburg, mid to upper 40s. from manassas to spartanburg, all in the low 50s. here's a look at the satellite picture. that little cluster of showers down to our south and west. going to primarily stay away from us today. if you live southern end of the shenandoahi valley, you might gt a random rain drop or two, but mostly the cloudy skies give way to sunshine this afternoon. a very pleasant mother's day indeed with highs in the low 70s. tomorrow sunny and mild, highs in the mid-70s. >> that's just about a perfect weather forecast. thank you, chuck. we are following breaking news right now out of southeast washington. i-295 is closed right now between east capital street and pennsylvania avenue because of police activity. we're working t find out exactly why it's closed, what the police are doing out there. we'll update you as soon as we get more information.
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the mississippi is not supposed to crest until wednesday, but in some places it has already reached historic levels. thousands of people have been evacuated, and some of the south's most valuable farmland has been swallowed up by rising water. nbc's jay gray has more from memphis, which looks to be the river's next target. >> reporter: in memphis, water seems to be just about everywhere. >> looking at all of this water, and there's nowhere for them to put it. it can't go anywhere, just sit. >> reporter: actually, it's growing. crews continue to move sandbags into place and build berms where they can. the mississippi has already passed major flood stage and on its way to a record crest, but those who live here are worried about right now. >> my worst fear is they don't have nowhere for this water to go. it's going to have to go somewhere, and it's going to flood our house out. >> reporter: jany garlock is beginning to realize that fear. >> we are expecting the first
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floor to be flooded. >> reporter: they have moved everything they can out as the water continues to move in. >> my husband and i, if we have a hole in our living room, we could probably hold our fishing poles right now and do some serious catfish -- do some serious fishing because the water right now is underneath this floor. it's about ready to pop through. >> reporter: all she can do is joke, but the reality is very serious. a lower level of her home is already underwater, and that water is now pushing at her back door. so she leaves through the front, unsure of what will be left when the water's finally gone. >> if the water does recede rather quickly, maybe that will minimize the damage to the inside of the house. >> it's a hope shared by so many here as the water continues to climb. jay gray, nbc news, memphis. virginia won't be getting any help from the federal government for damage caused by last month's outbreak of tornadoes.
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fema has denied virginia's request for disaster assistance. take a look at this tornado spotted in stafford county. it's one of 29 that touched down in the commonwealth in april. in all, ten people were killed. more than 200 homes were destroyed and another 1,000 were damaged in the outbreak. governor bob mcdonald said he is considering appealing fema's decision. some of the georgetown restaurants damaged from last month's flooding are set to reopen for business on this mother's day. nick's riverside grill, tony and joe's, and sequoia were all severely damaged three weeks ago when the potomac river flooded and the flood gates were not raised. the restaurants are still dealing with major flood damage outside, but they're going to serve customers out on the patios. tony and joe's and nick's are actually sharing a grill while their interiors are being repaired. there is a class action lawsuit against management company of the building for not raising the flood gates. and the president and first lady got to enjoy another quiet
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evening with another one of their date nights. the two enjoyed a meal at tosca, an italian restaurant at 11th and "f" streets. it was a great day for the first lady who earlier delivered the commencement address for the university of northern iowa. >> and that graduation speech was the first time mrs. obama publicly mentioned the recent raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan. she called the action by the navy s.e.a.l.s the very he is sense of public service, and she called on students to similarly serve in their communities. >> i have seen again and again that giving back, that serving others just helps keep everything in perspective. service is what connects us to one another, to our neighbors and our communities and our country. >> the first lady also encouraged students to learn from each other and not to lose sight of what makes each person unique. >> it's 6:08.
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just about 12 after the hour. 60 degrees out there this morning. no jacket today. >> really? >> feeling good outside. >> look at you out there taking on your 60 degree temperatures with just a shirt and a tie and a suit. >> you should see the athletic shirt i came in with this morning. >> i missed that. >> just a trenchcoat and a scarf and a muffler. actually a pretty pleasant morning to be outside. if you're getting up early on a sunday morning to get outside and get your walk or jog or anything you want to do in and done early in the day, weather is going to cooperate. if you're waiting to get out and enjoy the sunshine this afternoon, although we won't see a whole lot of sunshine, we'll have just enough to keep your spirits up. outside on a beautiful morning in the nation's capital, sun is up. it's been up for eight minutes. it continues to climb higher and higher in our sky.
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we'll have plenty of breaks of sunshine in and out through the day. we're obviously getting a first thing this morning. look how smooth the river is. potomac river is clear. 55 the current temperature. dewpoints mid to upper 40s. mid to high level clouds first thing this morning. those are not rain makers. temperatures in the low to mid-50s. winchester, new market, 54 in culpepper. hagerstown, frederick, all in the upper 40s. low 50s alongside the bay. here you can see on the satellite picture, basically clearer skies the further east you go. that's where the first breaks of sunshine will be. back here across western virginia and ohio, where we're watching the showers for yesterday move our way. those showers are headed down to south western, virginia, where they're off to a bit of a rainy start. if you're driving towards charlottesville or roanoke, you'll run into showers the front half of the day. this is all outbound rain. this little cluster of rain
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chance ss going to go ever southward as we go through the day. even though we have mid-level clouds, we'll have breaks of sunshine. that will allow temperatures to warm low to mid-70s. as we get your day started tomorrow morning, bubble of high pressure. that should allow the skies to clear out a bit more and allow a hint of a warmup. that high pressure should keep us warm and dry for much of the upcoming work and school week. more clouds and sunshine. quick shower can't be possible, can't be ruled out. a quick shower is a possibility. but not a likelihood. otherwise, a delightful day. temperatures 68 to 73. a lot more sunshine and a very pleasant day. highs tomorrow low to mid-70s. extended forecast calls for a really nice stretch of may weather. if we could stretch mother's day out for a four or five-day stretch, this will be one of the prettiest stretches we'll get all spring. only potential knock for pollen sufferers, without any cleansing
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showers, the pollen is going to be on the unbearable side by the time we get the next rain chance. after a drizzly drop or two, the ain showers isn't until late in the week and maybe next weekend. it could be a beautiful, albeit pollen-filled week. >> the nationals look to make it two wins in row against the marlins, and an underdog comes up big on the kentucky derby. >> here's hakim dermish with your "sports minute." good morning, everyone. happy mother's day. your "sports minute" begins with baseball. nationals against the marlins last night, top of the first, adam laroche singles to center. that drives in two runs. that set the tone for starting pitcher tom gorzelani. he goes seven innings and strikes out six. nats limit the marlins to only two hits. washington will try for the sweep. in toronto, detroit's justin verlander had a perfect game
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going until he gave up a walk. but verlander throws his second no-hitter and second in the bigs this week. elsewhere, the orioles lose to the rays 8-2. at the 137th running of the kentucky derby, animal kingdom wins the run for the roses by 2 3/4 lengths. he never raced on dirt before. nero was second. animal kingdom was a 20-1 long shot. soccer, houston hosting fc dallas. united on the attack. josh wolf flicks it into the box for fred. but kevin hartman makes a ridiculous save. see it again. fred tries the header, but hartman with the save. that's it. the game ends in a scoreless tie. that's your "sports minute." i'm hakim dermish v a happy mother's day. kentucky wasn't the only place to don a fancy hat or sip a mint julep. >> some observed the traditions
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of churchill downs right here in d.c. the willard hotel hosted its annual bonnets and bow ties kentucky derby party to celebrate the fastest two minutes in sports. a $75 ticket got guest access to a southern buffet, two mint juleps in souvenir glasses, and entry into the best bonnet and most bodacious bow tie contest. >> bam, right there. >> you thought about wearing a bow tie. >> maybe for a second it would have been appropriate. the furry hat was the winner. i like it. >> that's what you voted for. >> next up is reporter's notebook, stories affecting our community. >> we'll be back with the top stories and your sunday forecast. for now, here's pat lawson muse. good morning, welcome to "reporter's notebook." i'm pat lawson muse. another bag tax. montgomery county residents will have to cough up a nickel if
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they go shopping and get paper or plastic bags. the council has put on the 5 cent tax to clean up rivers and streams. the only exceptions are bagged food from restaurants and pharmacy bags containing prescription drugs. the bag tax supporters say this tax will generate $1 million a year for the county. some of that will fund reusable bags for low income and elderly shoppers. what do you think about this? d.c. already has it. it's been tried in virginia. there's an effort to get it passed statewide, even nationwide. >> it's not going to happen nationwide. you can forget that. i have mixed feelings about t i do like the environmental reasons for it. you do get into the habit of carrying around reusable bags. we must have about six or seven in our car right now as we speak. but i've talked to merchants who have said it costs more to
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implement it than it actually is worth. >> i think there was some concern, when the district went to the bag tax, that it was just another literally nickel and dime tax to get more revenue, and that dependent work because there was a 60% reduction in the use of plastic bags. so if the idea is to expand that, to paper and plastic, to get more revenue, i think that's a nonstarter. >> in montgomery county, they are going to say plastic and paper. i don't know. i'm kind of on the fence about this whole bag tax thing. it's a nice idea, but the revenues haven't been all that great. in addition to that, i just like to know how much they're going to clean up, say, the anacostia river or the potomac river because people aren't buying the
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bags anymore. i've got four or five of them in my car. i don't know if it's a good program or not. >> i think it's a good program. i don't want to get misinterpreted. i once talked to the mayor about it because i do have problems when you go into some places, say, like bed, bath, and beyond. i'll just mention them, but there are other places like them. and you get a 5 cent charge, and you're going, but where's the food? if it's a candy bar. they sell food, wherever they sell food. you know what, i think you'll get used to it. i think we do clean up the river because the fewer these plastic bags that are used, the less you're going to have them hanging on trees and in the river. >> from that point -- >> and the mayor does not want to give up that revenue. >> from that point of view, i would agree with you. >> the revenue goes into the general fund. it's not a dedicated tax.
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>> i think it is dedicated in d.c. for cleanup. >> i'm not sure about that. i haven't seen anything where it's dedicated to the environment for montgomery county. >> in montgomery county they're talking about dedicating it to help senior citizens. >> the mayor of d.c., i know, is not going to give up any of it. >> do you think getting the tax passed in montgomery county will boost efforts to get it passed in maryland, statewide? >> you've got people like jamie raskin who carries a loud voice in maryland who is pushing for the statewide bag tax. if maryland is a chesapeake bay country with all the tributaries. so from an environmentalist standpoint, they could pass it easily in the states. >> i don't think it's going to pass in a state where you have particularly republicans who are against any kind of tax. >> want to talk about leggett's budget battle. speaking of the county executive. an arbitrator said county
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executive ike leggett has to restore benefits and raises that have been cut from his budget and adhere to binding labor agreements. it's the latest in the struggle between the county and employee unions. leggett is trying to erase $300 million in red ink. the unions are trying to protect their contracts and their workers. the county executive says he has the power and even the responsibility to protect the public interest. the arbitrator disagrees. what's your take on this order? which he's appealed, by the way. >> it's very confusing because, on the one hand, you've seen another ruling that was in the favor of the county executive. then you have the second ruling that doesn't favor him. are the contracts worth the paper that they're written on is really the essential question. and we see the same situation here that we saw in wisconsin. and i think we're going to see a
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protracted court battle that's going to cost the county even more money. >> it's going to be a court battle, and if ike is not careful, he could end up being the scott walker of montgomery county. and this is strange because he has such a great working relationship and endorsements from labor unions. i guess the position that confuses me is that you negotiate these pension agreements, you negotiate for collective bargaining, and then you turn around and say, i'm sorry. what we negotiated doesn't work. no union is going to go for that. i think, quite honestly, he's going to be forced, bothered by the courts to live up to the negotiated agreement. >> from the community standpoint, i should say from a public standpoint, when you talk about recommending a budget cut and benefits for police and police officers, i don't know how well that seems with not only unions but people out in
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the streets. >> their families will be shorter. exactly. i think he's got a big battle here. i'm somewhat surprised because i remember being in madison, wisconsin, there was a county executive who happened to be a union official at one point in time, and she very successfully negotiated her deficit away. it took some work, but she did it. >> looking at ike leggett, i'm sure it's going to end up that way. >> you know, you have those stresses now that where the economy goes is tainted. from his point of view, it's like what am i left to do? that means that something has to be cut somewhere, someplace else. but in these agreements, what we don't see and what we're going to see in the future is they're going to have a cap. they have to have some sort of tip point that connects to whatever the kurpt budget situation is in the outland years. >> the operative word is in the future, not related to what you negotiated sometime ago. >> right. >> got to take a break. about u.
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welcome back. opponents of a new law that gives tuition breaks to undocumented immigrants in maryland are on track to collect signatures to get the recently passed law overturned. republican delegates from baltimore and washington counties are leading this effort to collect more than 55,000 signatures on a petition of the the law allows illegal immigrants who graduate from maryland high schools to pay instate tuition rates at colleges and universities. do you believe there's enough support to get this matter on the ballot? joe? >> no. that's my honest opinion. i don't think there's enough support. i don't think there's enough time to get this many signatures. if they do get it on the ballot, i would wager that it would probably pass. >> adrian? >> i have just the opposite opinion that they may be able to
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get the signatures, but i don't think they'll be able to get it passed. i see the latino community that has a large population, especially in montgomery county, doing a major counter campaign to explain what really this is about. essentially, it's about you have to be a maryland student whose parents pay taxes in order to even qualify for. >> >> you can go back five years ago, that's what this thing has started generating. it's gotten to the governor's desk now to support the instate tuitions for legal immigrants. i don't know. they can get the signatures, but i just don't think it's going to pass. >> in virginia, senator warner and the gang of six attracting
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attention. virginia senator john warner is co-leader of a bipartisan band of senators known as the gang of six on capitol hill. they're liberals and moderates and conservatives who are working to write legislation based on the recommendations of the president's fiscal commission. what does warner bring to this gang of six, and what does his role in this mean for his political future? >> i think warner's been able to transfer his skill from the virginia state legislature, which was -- had the same exact situation and put it on a national scale. i think he's positioning himself to be a mediator, a conciliatory person, whoa can forge a compromise. the american people really want to compromise because of everything with everyone else is so polarized. i think it will raise his stature if he's able to broker a really good compromise to come out of this group that's trying to say we are the voice of reason.
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>> which is a nice threshold to the pathway of maybe someday being vice president or president. i agree with my colleagues maybe there's more to it with just the six pack. >> i think that's the only thing to it is raising his profile. >> why is he doing this? >> this is what it is. look, he got the vice president of the united states that is needing the congressional leadership. there's where the real negotiation is going to take place. i think all of us agree this raises his profile. when i look at this story, it's really about him and his ability to strike compromise, particularly when he's governor. >> soon kids in the district will be out of school and looking for jobs, and more will be on the streets. d.c. police chief kathy lanier is kicking off the department's summer safety effort. younger kids will go to camp, just as they've been, a camp run by police and the boys and girls
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clubs. there's going to be a junior police academy program and a program specifically targeting girls and teens. but budget cuts. budget cuts mean many kids who want jobs this summer will not get those jobs. so what kind of summer is this likely to be for them and for the police department? >> that's very interesting, pat. i'd like to know what kind of summer program they're going to come up with that's going to be different than they've had before which hasn't been that effective. the summer camp, they only go for a month or a couple of weeks. they're back on the streets in the month of august. i don't think the city officials, along with chief lanier, actually said they really think out with community involvement. community leaders like the old days where they had the roving leaders program. for the summer, for teenagers, which now it looks like they're out of control.
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you pick up the newspaper every day, and we see crime. >> here's what i hope will happen, and that is that the businesses listening to us on this mother's day -- and happy mother's day to everybody. >> thank you. >> they've got to step up. i mean, find something for these young people to do. this really is -- you can't have enough summer camps. what your people need, i needed it. you need a job. you need someplace to go with responsibility, and that's what i'm calling on business people to do. they've got to. >> have the summer jobs programs of the past, adrian, provided that. you've got kids picking up trash. they have someone watching them. >> these programs have been sporadic, and we've had people not showing up. they've given them jobs that are no jobs. >> no training. >> they collect a paycheck. so the program hasn't really done what it should do.
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there are two things we have to keep in mind here. the fop president says, no matter what lanier wants to do, the force is dwindling so fast that she's not going to have the troops to do what she wants to do. secondly, chief lanier has been saying during other areas that she's taken a more hard-nosed approach to crime this summer, that she's not going to -- you know, we've got these programs, we've got this program, but we have got to say we're going to maintain law and order, and we have to get people, and especially young people, to understand that no matter if you're in a program or not, you can't break the law. >> it resonates very well in the neighborhoods when you talk about law and order. >> but you don't have enough jail space. so might as well get jobs. people, find jobs. i don't care. just find a job for these young people. that will solve a lot of your problems. >> thank you so much for joining
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us. that's "reporter's notebook." stay with us now. "news 4 today" continues. she was convicted of killing two men while driving drunk. this morning she's waking up a free woman. wait until you hear why. good morning and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm kimberly suiters. it's sunday, may 8th. happy mother's day to you. >> and to you. >> thank you. first, we want to get a check of the weather with meteorologist chuck bell because a lot of people have brunch plans, outdoor plans. >> one of the good days to get outside and enjoy the good weather, and the weather should cooperate for the most part. can't rule out the random rain drop or two, but rain chances remain very, very low, and the rainfall amounts, if we get
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anything at all anywhere, it will be measured in the few hundredths of an inch. not even enough to mess up mom's hair. that's what mom's caring about. if she's up this early, she probably already put her hair together. first thing this morning we had a gorgeous sunrise a little while ago. sun is up above most of the clouds. these are not rain-making clouds just yet. temperatures on the mild side, low to mid-50s. 54 in washington. 54 manassas. 55 fredericksburg. here's live doppler radar. i got the sensitivity turned ray up. a few drisly drops cannot be ruled out along i-95 and also along 81 between front royal and new market. by and large, most of the rain will stay to our south. we'll have plenty of clouds around, but not much in the way. highs in the low to mid-70s. we'll call it later on this afternoon in time for brunch partly sunny and lovely.
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lovely for your >> look at the tulips. >> i took the picture of the tulips my own darn self. amazing, isn't it? get the little camera, and then in it goes. >> thank you, chuck. >> new from overnight, police are investigating a serious accident in virginia that had one person airlifted to the hospital. it was a crash that happened near i-95 at the exit for joplin and triangle. reporting that a family was returning from graduation when they were hit by a car driving the wrong way. police have not confirmed those reports. a habitual drunk driver has been convicted in the deaths of two men. she hit and killed them as they stood on the side of a prince george's county road. she now faces decades ahead in prison, but this morning she's not in jail. and the victim's families want to know why. news 4'ss darcy spencer reports.
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>> reporter: 32-year-old jenny mattea of laurel convicted of vehicular manslaughter after running down and killing two men who had gotten out of their cars to exchange information following a minor fender bender. >> it's the best news i've heard in a long time that she did get a guilty verdict for all charges. >> reporter: mattea, who's had two prifr drunk driving offenses, faces 20 years in prison, but she's not behind bars. judges allowed her to remain free as doctors disclosed she's 4 months pregnant and has an upcoming doctor's appointment. it's another blow for the victims' relatives who have been waiting almost a year for justice. >> that shouldn't have been an excuse for her. she should have been detained right then. >> reporter: authorities say her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, she was speeding and driving on a suspended license when she plowed into roy lacallo and
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riberio. lacallo was the father of five children. the youngest was 5 months old at the time of his death. >> they ask for him all the time. i have to explain almost daily where he is and why he's not coming back. >> one of the lawyers representing her is maryland delegate joseph, chair of the house committee. he has been accused of blocking the state's dui laws being strengthened. >> i don't know how he can represent the state of maryland. >> police say the black box recorder in mattea's cadillac escalade provided crucial information. >> there was no attempt to brake. there was no attempt to brake at the time the accident happened, and it gave us the speed when the impact occurred. >> we were not able to reach delegate valario for information on the story.
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the judge has ordered mattea to turn himself in three days after her doctor visit. she's scheduled to be sentenced in july. this morning police are investigating a violent home invasion in georgetown. three men broke into a house on "s" street on saturday morning. one of the men had a gun. police say the men attacked the residents, tied them up, and stole laptops and other electronics. we're told some of the residents are georgetown students. family and friends paid final respects to a teenager whose body was found in maryland two weeks ago. felicia barnes was laid to rest yesterday in georgia where her father lives. the 16-year-old honor student disappeared over christmas while visiting family in baltimore. her body was found in the susquehanna river two weeks ago. at the funeral, barnes' mother was given her high school diploma. a memorial service is set for next saturday in baltimore. police in nevada are initiating a renewed search for a missing canadian man after his wife was found alive seven weeks
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after disappearing. rita chretien managed to survive on snow and trail mix an her and her husband's van became stuck in snow in the mountains near the idaho border. her husband left with a gps after a few days of being stuck in the hopes of finding help but hasn't been seen since. the forest service says there are a lot of gorges in the area that would make it easy to get lost. weather in the region over the past month has included rain, snow, and very cold temperatures. back here at home, it's been five years since marcus johnson was shot and killed outside his home on first street in d.c., and every day since his mother has been on a mission to find his killer. news 4's pat collins has more on her daily struggle. >> reporter: mildred johnson is a mother on a mission. out to find out who killed her son. she goes to the scene and hangs
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up fliers. if they get torn down, she puts them up again. she's been doing this since the murder five years ago. >> they left my child in the street to die. pain, that's all i have. that's all i have left is pain. >> reporter: mildred johnson has three sons, maurice, a former tight end for the philadelphia eagles. he's in the pharmaceutical business today. shawn, a longtime employee for "the washington post." he's been there more than 20 years. but the son she thinks about every day, that's marcus, her baby boy. >> that's the son that looks so much like me. that's the son that would, if i'm sick, the other two would back away. not him. >> reporter: marcus didn't have a fast track to success. when he was 16, he got involved selling drugs.
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he shot a guy who didn't pay up. he did time, four years time. >> according to the youth center on bladenburg road, i did because he had to stand up and take responsibility for what he did. >> reporter: when he was 26, marcus got lucky and landed a job at the washington hospital center. he was a patient transporter there. >> when he got there, it seems like he had made peace with the world. he wanted to just be able to be a productive person. >> reporter: marcus johnson worked that hospital job for nine years until the day he died, that may day 2006. he was down in this 1st street neighborhood visiting his aunt. he heard gunshots. he went outside. there were children out there. he went to protect the children, they say, and that's when he was
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9:44 right now. the pain at the pump may ease just in time for summer vacation. analysts say they expect a nearly 50 cent drop in prices as early as june. that's thanks to a 50% drop in oil prices. in d.c., you're paying $4.13. the average in maryland, $3.98. virginia drivers paying $3.87. the average in west virginia still high at $4.12. all around the country, college students are receiving their diplomas, but for american university, their ceremony had a first in school history. michael purcell and his daughter glynnis graduated together. the first time that's happened
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at american. michael got his master's in creative writing and his daughter got her babachelor's i theater. the two reflected on that special moment. >> i think going through that with my dad who's been going through it for so long, to kind of have that connection we're both somewhat in the same place is really cool to me. it does hold a very special place in my heart. >> i think the thing that's going to be going through my mind the most is when are we going to have the opportunity to work together? >> glynnis is now off to australia to pursue an acting career, and the two have talked about possibly working on a play together. >> what a special relationship for them. >> that would be pretty cool. my dad wrote this. >> one of them is probably burdened with student loan debt. which one is it, the dad or the daughter? since they both had educations to pay for. >> i'm going to go ahead and guess dad. dear old dad
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a little more cloudiness to deal with than yesterday. >> you're going to call him out, huh? >> yesterday's forecast worked out well. i'm sticking by my guns for today as well. i'm leaving my precautionary 30% chance you'll see a rain drop because there's a few on the radar. with a little daytime heating, i can't completely rule out we won't have a drop or two this afternoon. but it will be measured in drops, not in inches. good looking start to a beautiful mother's day morning on the nation's capital. bright sky in the east. sun is already up above the clouds this morning. still a nice orange glow out there first thing this morning. temperatures in the mid-50s. the radar shows the last little rain drops along i-95, dale city, triangle, and another little patch out towards the blue rich, which may also be reaching the ground.
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the steadier showers down in southwest virginia and south central virginia. if your travels take you in that direction, you might run into a little rain. we're on the northwestern fringe of any real rain amounts across the area. as a result, any rain we'll get later on today, very sparse indeed. really caused by the cooking up of daytime heating. we'll also get breaks of sunshine today, and temperatures will be mild as well. most of these showers staying down to their south today. here's a look at the futurecast model starting at 8:00. a little patch of blue indicating the shower chances. that goes down to the south during the day. even with more clouds than sunshine today, still going to be a good day. sunshine will be on the increase as we get back into the early parts of the upcoming week. today partly to mostly cloudy. quick shower can't be ruled out. it's not going to be an all day rainer. you don't need to worry about that. highs today, other than the clouds, beautiful afternoon. highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.
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as a result, a touch milder. not all the way through monday. wednesday, partly sunny, 75. thursday, partly to mostly cloudy. 77 or 78 range by thursday. chance of showers or thunderstorms by late friday and on into next weekend. remember any time you need the forecast, you can get it online at nbcwashington.com/weather. or you can go to the weather channel and weather.com. i just like to say slash. >> we can tell. >> it's a good word. >> slash. >> what do you call it words that sound like? >> onomotopoeia. >> there you go. >> hakim dermish has the highlights of the matchup with the marlins in this morning's sports. good morning, everyone. happy mother's day, talking baseball. you never get a second chance to make a first impression, except in major league baseball. they play 162 games, so a team can always improve, especially true for the nationals.
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the nats have gone 11 straight games without scoring in the first inning. last night another chance to make a good impression right off the bat. we're in miami. first inning, no score, adam laroche at the plate with no outs and the bases loaded, and he delivers. base knocked into center. first one scores. here comes ian desmond. nats start out well with a 2-0 lead. bottom six, 3-2 nats. gorzelanny pitching to mike stanton with one on. out to right field. it gets down for a base hit. check out werth. jayson werth throws to first. stanton too far off the bag, and he's out. great play by the veteran. bottom seven, 3-2 nats. gorzelanny was solid, facing john buck. see ya. gorzelanny goes seven innings, strikes out six. gorzelanny and the bullpen combine for a two-hitter. nlts defeat the marlins 5-2. go for the sweep on sunday. in toronto, justin verlander had a perfect game going until
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he gave up a walk in the eighth inning. still has a chance for a no-hitter. tige tigers' manager jim leyland in the zone. so is verlander. verlander throws his second career no-hitter and the second in the big leagues this week. tigers beat the blue jays 9-0. that was sweet. in baltimore, o's against the rays. always good to have your glove at the ballpark. top three, tampa up 1-0. longoria facing guthrie. longoria crushes one to left arbgs three-run home run, his first of the season. rays take a 4-0 lead. bottom eight, o's down 8-1. matt wiener trying to start something, get a rally. drives one to left. sam fold, check him out,
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tracking it. are you kidding me? robs him of a home run. rays beat the orioles 8-2. at the kentucky derby, jockey john velazquez got a lucky break, literally. the jockey who was supposed to ride animal kingdom broke his nose earlier in the week, so velasquez got the call only because the horse he was supposed to ride, uncle mo, the favorite, was scratched on friday. velazquez rode animal kingdom, a 20-1 long shot, to victory. maybe it wasn't luck, but destiny. check out the hats at churchill downs. nearly 165,000 people in attendance, setting the record for the largest crowd at churchill downs. nice hat there. 19 horses in the field, and they are off in the 137th running of the kentucky derby. here's the stretch call. sound up. >> roaring down the center of the track! here comes animal kingdom in the middle of the racetrack to grab
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the lead. and shackleford. it's animal kingdom and john velazquez to win the derby! >> animal kingdom wins the kentucky derby by just 2 3/4 lengths. he never raced on dirt before. nero was second. muyho macho man finished third. animal kingdom was not available for comment after the race, but his jockey was. >> this was the race that we all want. anywhere in the world you go, they ask you, have you been in the derby? and the second question after that is have you won it? so it's a dream come true for all of us. obviously, as a jockey, as a trainer, as an owner, it's definitely one of those things that you have. now i can say checkmark on that one. i have that one. >> a memorable day for john velazquez and animal kingdom winning the kentucky derby. and the second leg of the triple crown is two weeks from now in baltimore. soccer last night, d.c. united hosting fc dallas. pick it up in the 89th minute, no score.
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united on the attack. long ball into the box. check out josh wolf, flicks it for fred. kevin hartman makes a ridiculous save. see it again. fred tries the header, but hartman there with the save. that's it. d.c. united coach ben olson after the game says, hey, man, nice save. you beat us. the game ends in a scoreless tie. that's your morning sports. have a happy mother's day. i'm hakim dermish. >> was the coach wearing a suit? was that the soccer coach? >> are you surprise snd >> it was fancy for it. it's a nice suit. >> basketball coaches all wear a shirt and tie. shirt[ male announcer ] washington, d.c.
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good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm kimberly suiters >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. we begin with breaking news. southbound lanes of i-295 are closed right now between east capitol street and pennsylvania avenue. this is after a pedestrian was hit and killed this morning. it was about 5:30 this morning at kenilworth avenue and east capitol street. the driver did remain on the scene. police are investigating as we speak.
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we'll keep you updated on the situation throughout the morning. it's 7:00, 61 degrees outside. let's check in with chuck for the mother's day forecast. >> looking very nice outside. a little tiny rain chance, but just like yesterday, even if you get some rain showers, they're not going to be washout kind of materials. that's good news. there will be fewer drops today than yesterday on the whole. that should give you a little taste of optimism first thing on a mother's day. i was going to say mother's day but got monday instead. mostly cloudy right now. temperatures in the 50s to near 60 degrees. one of the warm spots in the station in upper northwest. 56 downtown. 54 in arlington and sterling. 56 degrees in brandy wine and rosariville. there's a look at the doppler. you can see a few lonely showers out there this morning. most of the steadier rain is well down to the south and west, that's where it will be staying. we'll have more clouds and sunshine for today. no more than a quick passing shower or two with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. on the whole, we'll just call it
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lovely. i just like the way the english say it. >> every time you do it, i think we're going to talk about the royal wedding again. >> we're done with the wedding. >> thanks, chuck. approaching 7:02. here's a look at your top stories. the pentagon has released new video of osama bin laden which was recovered from his compound after last week's raid. the video clouds an unreleased message as well as footage of bin laden watching television reports on himself. pentagon officials removed the sound from that video to diminish its propaganda video. thousands of people have been evacuated in and around memphis as they brace for record flooding. the mississippi has already spilled over in neighborhoods and farmland up and down the midwest whchlt it finally crests wednesday, it could reach 48 feet. some georgetown restaurants will reopen today after being closed for three weeks because of flood damage from the potomac river. nick's riverside grill, tony and joe's, and sequoia with all
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damaged when the flood gates weren't raised and water rushed into the waterfront. tony and joe's and nick's are sharing a grill while their restaurants are repaired. >> next is nbc 4's "viewpoint." good morning and welcome to "viewpoint." i'm jim hadley. on this mother's day and in honor of the day, we're focusing on being a mother. we have with us in the studio three women who have spent years doing just that, mentoring others to and serving as role models in our community. joining us this morning, we have lita, director of advocacy and communications at mary's center here in washington. jenny gong, tv host of jenny's where east meets west. and back with us retired judge mary terrell of d.c. superior court who has devoted her energies to deterring girls from
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the juvenile justice system and a mentor of girls, 14 years strong. happy mother's day to all of you. this is the day we recognize you and all the tireless moms in our community. i want to talk about what is easier to recognize, and that's the rewards. let's start with the challenges. here we are in 2011. what are the biggest challenges today to being a mom. where do we start? >> well, i would start by saying influences on your children over which you have absolutely no control. so therefore, you have to really plan and prepare for your children's successes. not happenstance anymore. you can't take it for granted. but we have to provide, prepare, and plan for our children. >> i think that you as a mother, you're always thinking of what's the best way to raise your children? what you have to do good so you have good children for not only as a human being, as children, your son, your daughter, but as a part of our community. so you're struggling like what's
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the best? what can i take from my mother? what can i take from a good neighbor, from someone who has done good with their children? and what i cannot take from them. so it's always a struggle in the balance, what's good and what's bad. >> i think we've grown to be the best jug letteglers out there. we juggle everything, our personal, professional life, at the same time -- i agree with mary -- the influences that are out there that can really impact decision making on the part of our young children. it's unbelievable how difficult that is to make sure you keep in check. so it's always, you know, how do we deal with today? and how do we get to tomorrow? >> something we never had is this whole craze of social media and technology today. you're going to have that, lydia, because your oldest is 10, your youngest is 7.
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>> and my daughter is already complaining because we haven't given her a cell phone. she wants to text. >> use those fingers. look out. >> she doesn't need to text, call them. but she is really upset because we don't want to give her the cell phone yet. >> do you think parents have less control -- and i ask you this, your honor. is it easier for them to lose control over parenting their children today than it was years ago? >> well, i think that it's all relative because each generation thinks that their issues are so much more difficult than the next generation, but i think it's our attitude that our parents have -- that the parents today have versus the parents of the past. i think that most parents have a vision that they could not project in terms of what their children would actually be. they all knew what they didn't want them to become.
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so they set a system of values, and so you had a values road map that was a system of customs, traditions, principles, values, and beliefs so that, if you got off track and detoured, there was something to pull you back. and i think that -- >> some of those boundaries have eroded, obviously, today. >> they never were set in the first place, you see, because being a parent and a mother especially means you have to be futuristic. we are always looking in the future, mothers do, because we're always thinking about the next step. what ifs. you know, really -- >> the worst case scenarios. >> we always plan for that. and we always prepare and provide and protect. and what we're seeing now are that our children are not even be socialized. and we're seeing these gaps in their development. and now everybody's pointing the
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fingers. is it the mother's fault? or whose fault? >> lydia raised something important about sharing, whether it's friends and so forth. i wonder, jenny, if you can talk a little bit in all of us too about the cultural influences on being a good parent. and what type of influence that has. >> tremendous. and i think those of us who go home to parents who really came from a whole different culture, we go to school, and we're taught to behave differently, and then, as we grow up, become mothers, we've got these two standards. interestingly, i have a mother-in-law who is very western thinking. i have my mom who's very asian thinking. and i remember, when i was raising my children, my mother's philosophy was never let a child cry because there must be a reason. and my mother-in-law, very weste western, just let them cry. eventually they'll get it out of
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their system. here i was trying to l battle t best of both cultures, and i had decide where my comfort level was. >> which worked best for you? i'm curious. >> sometimes i let them cry, and sometimes i felt there was a reason. so i think at some point the cultural issues are there. they're there to remind you of what you might want to do. but at the end of the day, it's what are you going to do at that moment? that's really your own decision makes. >> i would ask you the same. >> i think it's very similar. the difference with mine is my mom is always fine with everything. my husband's mom is too, but she wants to be more strict with the food. my mom was a good cook, so she didn't care much. so the struggles between my husband and myself. like try to do what's good for us and what's good for them. the family, they're always on top of what we're doing as parents with their children
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because they're part of the family too. so it's really difficult to have everybody happy and on the same page. >> if i could just add, when you come from another culture, how successful your children are is an indicator of what a good mother you are too. >> it's a reflection. >> yes. >> there's that pressure as well. >> a lot of pressure to be a good mother in the eyes. >> we have to take a quick >> w[ coach ] in albuquerque, citi pre-approved my mortgage.
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we come right back on "viewpoint." welcome back to "viewpoint" on this mother's day. want to ask you ladies what it takes to be a good mother in your mind. does it come naturally? is it something that does? >> no. i think, if i could think of one word that would define mother is sacrifice. i think that a good mother is
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willing to put her children's interests ahead of her interests. and i'll give you an example. i have always loved international, and i envision myself being bilingual sand beig able to study international. after i graduated law school, i was accepted to johns hopkins school of international studies. i put it on hold. i really want to do this, but it's my children's turn. they've got to be educated. i cannot continue getting degrees for myself and just leave my children on the side. and so i had to just simply forego that desire. so i think sacrifice is something. >> that's very important because, jenny, you sacrificed too. you were a working mom, and you moved, what, about ten times as you were raising your children? >> ten times to follow an ex-husband's career and to keep
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the family stable. ultimately, i think it's really my asian heritage that didn't give me much of a choice. you go where the breadwinner goes. and at that time, i was a teacher. so the teacher's salary was not anywhere near what their father's salary was. so i packed up each and every time, and we were in a different place. always, as mary says, sacrifice. >> tell us about st. mary's center and how it helps young moms. >> a lot of them are teen moms. what we try to do is help them to make the decision of being moms when they're ready and when they're planning for being a mom instead of having that child because they didn't know what family planning was or because their parents were so busy that
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they couldn't teach them anything else, or they were just by themselves trying to figure out how life was with their friends. so that what we do. we guide them in research as much as possible within the community so they can be good parents. we want parents to be there first and better teachers for their children. >> some numbers i was reading this morning in 2009, around 410,000 teenage girls gave birth. 37% decrease. we're moving in the right direction. what's the message that you get out to young girls that you come across every day? >> we're trying to show young people is that you've got to come up with a plan for your
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lives. you see, if the parents don't get the plan, then someone else in the community has to step in. children just don't grow like trees and flowers. they have to have preparation. and what we find is that, if we don't sit here and come up with a plan for our children, then they will make these kinds of mistakes. and so we have to know -- we have to look ahead and say, okay, what do we want for this particular child? how are we going to guide them to reach this direction? if we don't have that, if the schools don't provide it and the churches don't provide it and other institutions, then we can't really look around and say, we don't know why these children are running amok. it's the very nature of human beings that we have to come up with a structured plan for our children, and these young girls who find themselves in these situations, as you were saying,
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we have to take a quick break. we'll be right back. water rushed into the waterfront. we'll have more news plus your sunday forecast in about 15 minutes. now we return you to "viewpoint." welcome back on this sunday mother's day. we're focusing on being a mother and what it takes to be the best mother. our guests are all mothers. two are grandmothers. happy mother's day to you all. mothers wear so many different
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hats. a variety of different juggling acts they have to do day in and day out. we were talking about the different methods out there. helicopter parents. you raised the issue of tiger moms. what are, i guess, some of the labels assigned to different styles of parenting? >> i i think tiger mom has come to refer to asian mode of parenting where you're really hovering over the child. they're following a prescribed pattern of expectations, and if they don't meet that, they have to work to get that. i was raised in this country. i came over at age 6. i went to western schools. i was trained to be an educator in western universities. so i'm probably the fartherest thing from a tiger mom you'll
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find. your children should do the very best they can, and that's all you can expect, no more, no less. having said that, that's not to say the tiger mom philosophy, their kids aren't more successful academically because, if you're not going to settle for anything less than an "a," then the chances of youet ettge it are much higher than my kids were able to produce. i believe at the end of the day it's more than just grades. it's about being a well-rounded happy person. >> i want to ask you. can a good mom be a friend to their child, or do they have to be the one and only mother that child is ever going to have? can they wear the hat of that child's friend, or is it not a good idea? >> i that friend from the point of view of confidence, trust, and loyalty, so you can pull from what the best of what a friend is and translate that through the terms of being a
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mother so that you're really never on the same level with your child because that has a way of backfiring. you know, i remember when i was a prosecutor, it never ceased to amaze me to have a parent come down to our office and ask for a protective order against their child because of threats that that child had made against the parents. and so i think that there's a danger, when you let children understand that they can create rules that step outside the boundaries of the social culture. >> how do you maintain that upper hand where the parent is the parent in the relationship? or how do you get it back once it's lost? it's much more difficult to get back? >> it is very difficult to get back once you lose it. that's why i try to discourage individuals from doing such
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things as allowing children to hit them or allowing them to call them by their first name because they've got to move into a larger world than your immediate environment and that there's certain settings where that behavior is not acceptable. you're setting your children up from the beginning to be on a destructive path. >> i think being a parent, there has to be consequences when things are not followed. in a friendship, that's not necessarily the case. those parameters of what -- when you go beyond here, there will be consequences and follow through. you can't be saying something and not mean it the next day. i think those are all part of what a child learns about their future role as a parent. >> and with a 7-year-old. >> you have to have the parameters that you can be a very good friend of your children. since very little, you have to start talking to them and having these dialogues with them and
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not waiting until their teens to explain so many things and to have a real serious conversation. you have to have them since the beginning. so they get used to it, and they give that confidence. in my mind, teach me so many things that i really wanted to learn from her instead of from friends. >> exactly. and that's what i'm trying to do with my daughter. so i have great conversations, and i try to find a safe environment like, when i'm driving and i'm with her, and i'm going to the grocery store. that's the best moment because it's just her and me talking about things. >> and the doors are locked. and it's a captive audience. >> her brother is not there. >> right. >> so she can be her and tell me all what she thinks and all what she dreams about, and i can be there for her, listening to her instead of listening to the other guy trying to bother her. so, yeah, that's my goal. >> that's such an important point. we've got to take a break. but the fact that it's best that you have the conversations, that they hear it from you first before they hear it from the media or their peers i hate getting less. but i love getting more.
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edition of "viewpoint." stay with us. welcome back on this mother's day. we're focusing on what it takes to be a good mother. we're talking about challenges. the biggest reward being a mother. you're now a grandmother three times over. >> i think the greatest reward is to be able to see your children. lea learning to cope under different situations and under different circumstances, that somehow you've instilled in them certain principles and values and guide posts that they -- that even if you know you're not there, that they can make -- >> they can navigate their way through. >> they can navigate and find their way back and make wise decisions. >> the greatest reward for you. >> for me, watching my daughter become a good mother has been
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really rewarding, and watching each and every one of them become their own person. >> does she turn to you for advice often. >> she pretends that she doesn't listen to it, but at the end of the day, i think she does. >> as her children get older, she's going to say, my mom told me this. i remember this. i'm becoming my mom. >> it's scary for her. >> not now, but it won't be. >> to become me is probably the most frightening thing for my daughter. >> that's great. you've got it to look forward to. we talk about the particular challenges i raised at the beginning. technology for one. and your girl already wants to start texting on a cell phone, right? and these are boundaries that every parent is going to have to grapple with. when do they get that laptop? when do they get that -- >> tv in her room? >> tv in her room and all of that. do you have it by number. do you look to other parents to see where their children are in having these gadgets and gizmos that are out there? >> the thing is i see that most
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of her friends already have the cell phone and already have the computer and already have a tv in their room. so it's hard for me to explain that she has to wait. i give her my example. i always watch tv with my parents in their room always. my mom decided one day she wanted to give me a tv to have in my room, and i didn't feel that i needed it since the first day she gave it to me, i never watch again tv with them. and i explained that to my daughter. as part of keeping the family together, let's watch tv together. so if you go to your room, you will be by yourself, and i need you. i want you. >> and you can talk about what they're seeing on tv. that's a good rule to live by. it would be nice if more families did that. your honor, 14 years now since you founded the high tea so tight for girls. >> the high tea society for girls is a program i created to bridge the gap between the family and the civil society. what the high tea society does
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is it provides girls the exposure, the experience, the environment in which they can become successful in the civil society, and it deters them from getting involved in the juvenile justice system because the bottom line is exposure. exposure, exposure, that distinguishes us. once people feel that they can fit in, then they're going to feel comfortable in the civil society. they will not be easily distracted by what's going on in their immediate environment. >> before we go, i just want to touch on a growing number of single l moms out there and the particular challenges they face too. >> i think it's just juggling. for a long time, i had a marriage where the father was not really around, traveling, working, and i was really always there. i had to make sure i was ready for tomorrow. i was ready for the trip this weekend. i'm ready for their show and
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tell. i'm ready for everything. and then i'm ready to go to work myself. so it's a lot of advanced preparation constantly. >> all right. our hats are off to all of you. we admire all of you, and we thank you for sharing your insights and your perspectives on it. three mothers, two grandmothers on us. happy mother's day to you. >> thank you very much. >> and happy mother's day to all of you. enjoy your weekend. now back to "news 4 today." they are the last known images of osama bin laden alive. the government just released its candid videos. this morning it's refusing to reveal what the al qaeda leader said. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist.
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>> and i'm kimberly suiters. a treasure trove of information. that's what the pentagon is calling its haul from osama bin laden's compound following last week's raid. >> new video of the al qaeda leader has been released showing him practicing his speeches and watching news reports on himself. nbc's brian mooar has the latest. >> reporter: last glimpses of osama bin laden, including an unreleased message to the american people, apparently taped last october or november. this new video was seized during the raid that killed the terror chief and released saturday by the pentagon. officials say it is the single largest collection of senior terrorist material ever uncovered. the audio was been removed because officials don't want to spread bin laden's message. the most striking scenes, bin laden watching himself on television. notice here his beard is gray. that's the way u.s. officials
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say he looked when his compound was raided. in this practice video, his beard is dyed dark again. an intelligence official also points out the armoire in the background of this video was found in bin laden's compound, hinting that is where this message may have been taped. a last look at bin laden, but not the final word. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. 61 degrees outside. 7:33 right now. >> we'll switch gears and bring in chuck bell to talk about the mother's day forecast we're loving. >> mother's day, one of the favorite days of the year no doubt. finally mother nature cooperating a little bit. we've had bumpy weekends around here weather-wise. we've got a quieter one this time around. that is welcome news. yesterday as advertised, a lot more clouds than sunshine, and that's going to be the story for today. but today there will be increasing amounts of sunshine by later on in the day. rain chances for us are best here at the front end of the day. and our weather will gradually
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improve as the weekend wears along. 48 degrees in damascus, maryland. 56 in washington. 55 in quantico. here's a live look at doppler. a few rain drops down towards northern neck and fredericksburg and might be a drop or two towards the blue ridge. most of the steadier showers are way towards the north and west. most of it will stay away from us. a couple of drops. don't let them scare you off. should be a decent mother's day even for outdoor brunching. the mississippi is not supposed to crest until wednesday, but in some places the floodwaters have already reached levels that haven't been seen in 100 years. thousands of people have been evacuated as neighborhoods in some of the south's most valuable farmland has been swallowed up by the rising water. memphis looks like the next target for the mighty mississippi. could crest there at heights of 48 feet. that has residents concerned. >> they don't have nowhere for
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this water to go, it's going to have to go somewhere, and it's going to flood our house out >> looking at all of this water, there's nowhere for them to put it. it can't go anywhere, just sit. >> crews are stacking sandbags and building berms where they can. officials say the water may not return to normal levels for almost two weeks. virginia won't be getting any help from the federal government for damage caused by last month's outbreak of tornadoes. fema has denied virginia's request for disaster assistance. this tornado was spotted in stafford county. this is one of 29 that touched down in the state in april. in all, 10 people were killed, more than 200 homes were destroyed, another 1,000 were damaged in the outbreak. governor bob mcdonald said he's considering appealing the decision. the nationals look to make it two wins in a row again the
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marlins. >> here's hakim dermish with your "sports minute." good morning, everyone. happy mother's day. your "sports minute" begins with baseball. nationals against the marlins last night, top of the first, adam laroche singles to center.. sweemgf he tone for starting k%. nats limit the marlins to only two hits. go on to win 5-2. washington will try for the sweep later today. in toronto, detroit's justin verlander had a perfect game until he gave up a walk in the fifth inning. but verlander throws his second no-hitter and second in the bigs this week. tigers beat the blue jays 9-0. elsewhere, the orioles lose to the rays 8-2. at the 137th running of the kentucky derby, animal kingdom wins the run for the roses by 2
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3/4 lengths." on dirt before. nero was second. mucho macho man finished third. animal kingdom was a 20-1 long shot. soccer, d.c. united hosting fc dallas. united on the attack. josh wolf flicks it into the box for fred. but kevin hartman makes a ridiculous save. see it again. fred tries the header, but hartman with the save. that's it. the game ends in a scoreless tie. that's your "sports minute." i'm hakim dermish. have a happy mother's day. it is 7:37 right now. finally, some good news at the gas pump. wait until you hear how much experts say prices will fall soon. and a very special kb&
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history at au. the death of osama bin laden. president obama broke the news a week ago tonight. >> his killing has sparked debate in our country and around the world. joining us to break it all down is moderator of "meet the press" david gregory. we appreciate you coming in, david. this is something the news came out and bits and pieces of details and details changed. then we saw -- we heard the pictures weren't coming out. so much happened with this story in the last week. help us put this into perspective for folks. >> i still think the overriding piece of information is the significance of killing osama bin laden. we'll talk on the program and do a special edition of "meet the press" about whether this was a death blow against al qaeda. officials were saying, no, not a strategic defeat of al qaeda, but still important nonetheless. their belief is that osama bin laden was an operational head of the organization, which is at odds with what we've heard over the past couple of years, and
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some information that had to be pild balk and clarified. and new information we're talking about that will come out this morning in terms of videos and other pieces of information that were recovered at the compound, which is hugely significant in terms of what our intelligence apparatus in the united states knows about what al qaeda is still capable of. >> that video released by the pentagon, not allowing us to hear the words, maybe a final message, to reduce the propaganda effect. how do you feel about this act of censorship? >> you gelt wht what you get. this kind of thing is something news organizations would do as well to make a decision about whether you want to actually broadcast the full tape since it is a propaganda tape. i think that debate goes on, and the government is making its decision. look, the government also made the decision not to publicize the photo of ben laden after he was killed, and there's widespread support for that decision, by the way, by the president.
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and we'll report that this morning from our own polling. showing the videos was a sign that we were there. we were in the compound. and i think that the government is using that to say, look, we don't have to put out a grisly photo. we have the videos to show you we were there inside the compound, and we killed the guy. oh, by the way, al qaeda itself confirmed that he was dead. so much for this international reaction that everybody wants to see the photo. >> at the same time, there was this criticism that despite the fact we didn't want to show the photos, didn't want to gloat, you still saw the president at ground zero earlier this week. you've heard some of the things that have been said about what the u.s. has done talking to troops in kentucky. what do you make of that criticism, that, no, we didn't show the photos, but we still sort of said, yeah, look what we did. >> i think, just as after 9/11, president bush went to comfort victims' family members and firefighters in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
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there was some symmetry to this emotionally ten years later after capturing and killing bin laden to return there, to mark this moment for the country. this was an accomplishment for america. this is what america did. it wasn't a democratic president. this is what our counter-terror professionals in our military did. they didn't change over when a new president comes to town. they've been at this when any president would want to highlight that. >> it took a decade to put this mosaic together over several administrations. we're looking forward to your show. we've got special guests coming up. you can see everybody, rudy giuliani. >> and the president's national security adviser will be our lead guest with a lot more on what we've learned. >> big show this week. >> thanks, david. the president and first lady were out on the town last night as they enjoyed their date night. the two enjoyed a meal at tosca, an italian restaurant. it was a big day for the first lady who earlier in the day
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delivered a commencement address for the university of northern iowa. >> that graduation speech was the first time mrs. obama publicly mentioned the recent raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan. she called the actions by the navy s.e.a.l.s, "the very essence of public service" and called on students to show a similar commitment in serves their communities. >> i have seen again and again that giving back, that serving others just helps keep everything in perspective. service is what connects us to one another, to our neighbors and our communities and our country. >> the first lady also encouraged students to learn from each other and to not lose sight of what makes each person unique. the "today" show is coming up next on nbc 4. it starts right at 8:00. >> we'll get a preview now. lester holt joins us live from new york this morning. good morning, lester. >> kimberly and aaron, good morning. we'll continue the thought and show you the videos of osama bin
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laden. the first glimpses we've gotten of life in hiding. the terror mastermind sitting there watching himself on tv. the videos are astonishing. we'll show them to you along with the latest on the raid that led to his death and what else they may have uncovered. we're also watching the waters live in memphis where the mississippi river is threatening the city. thousands of residents are preparing for what could be massive flooding. we're going to get the latest from there. plus the casey anthony murder trial. it the been three years since she was charged with the murder of her young daughter. now that trial is beginning. what is casey's defense? here's an interesting question. where's the jury selection going to take place? that's not even clear. we're going to talk about the latest coming up. then a one of a kind story. two men meet in hawaii. they're strangers and suddenly realize maybe not. they're actually long lost brothers. we'll meet them live and hear more about their amazing family reunion. their stories and much more later on "today." right now let's go back to you in washington. >> that one gave me chills. thanks, lester.
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>> 15 before the hour now. chuck is following the forecast. good day to be mother's day. >> absolutely right. every day would be a good day to every[ male announcer ]od day to washington, d.c.
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because when you're giving, lending, and investing in more communities across the country, more opportunities happen. ♪ we have to make the most of today. the southbound lanes of i-295 remain closed right now between east capitol street and pennsylvania avenue after a pedestrian was hit and killed there. this accident happened around 5:30 in the morning at kenilworth avenue and east capitol street. the driver did remain on the scene. we'll keep you posted of the situation throughout the morning. the pain at the pump may ease just in time for summer vacation. analysts say they expect a nearly 50% drop in prices as
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early as june, thanks to a 15% tumble in oil prices due to an increasing supply and a decreasing demand. this morning the national average stands at $3.26 down a penny from yesterday. virginia drivers, you're paying $3.87. the average in west virginia is $4.12. the american university just graduated its class of 2011. and for the first time in its 118-year history, a father and daughter walked across the stage at the same ceremony. michael purcell and his daughter glynnis graduated together yesterday. michael got his master's in creative writing. glynnis got her bachelor's in theater. the two reflected on the special moment the two shared on stage toths. >> i think going through that with my dad, who's been an adult for so long, to have that connection that we're both somewhat in the same place is really cool to me. it does hold a very special place in my heart.
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>> i think the thing that's going to be going through my mind the most is we're going to have the opportunity to work together. >> glynnis is now off to australia to pursue an acting career, and the two have talked about working on a play together. >> to have graduated and be off and abroad. you have a few more options for a mother's day meal today. at least three georgetown restaurants are back open for business after being shut down for major flood damage. nick's riverside grill, tony and joe's, and sequoia were all severely damaged three weeks ago when the potomac river flooded, and the flood gates were not raised. the restaurants are still dealing with the damage inside, but they're dealing with it by serving customers out on their patios. tony and joe's and nick's are actually sharing a grill while their interiors are being repaired. >> 7:50 right now. 62 degrees already, not even 8:00. it's going to be a good day to be outside. >> very nice. just like yesterday, a little bit of sunshine, got temperatures warmed up, and then
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the clouds kind of snuck back in. we had a little shower stuff around late yesterday afternoon. certainly not enough to dampen any premother's day spirits. we're going to have the same deal outside on your sunday as well. more clouds than sunshine. rain drops, if you see any today, will not be all that much of a problem on your mother's day. good news there. outside let's take a look at a cloudy sky over washington. there are patches of blue visible there in our city camera view high atop the capital there. indeed, a little bit of blue sky breaking through. we'll get a little sunshine from time to time. it's not a cold start by any stretch of the imagination. temperatures now in the mid-50s around town, even with the clouds outside. and the winds have gone completely calm. the potomac river looks millpond smooth this morning. 50 degrees in martinsburg, west virginia. 48 frederick, maryland. 50 degrees in clinton. 54 into beautiful california,
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maryland, st. mary's city down towards solomon's island. here's a look at the doppler. not much happening around the capital beltway. there might be a few rain drops making adown towards fairfax county and manassas, south towards dale city, fredericksburg, triangle, virginia, might be getting in on a little light rain and back  towards dumfries. one or two of these raindrops making it down to the ground as well. these are very light rain showers, they're definitely trending down towards the south and southeast. we'll go ahead and take a check aon a little broader view. there's the cluster of showers, and you get a sense that most of that is going to stay well down to our south. there's drying condition as cross parts of west virginia. whatever we have left out there first thing this morning is not going to last long. gradually, high pressure will settle in. we'll take rain chances well down to the south. high pressure building on in as
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we go through the rest of our sunday afternoon. this is 8:00 monday morning. high pressure building in. that will provide us with a lovely day for school tomorrow. any raindrops in the area won't last long today. an otherwise delightful mother's day. highs in the 70s. tomorrow highs low to mid-70s around the area. same story for tuesday and wednesday. a really nice stretch. other than these raindrops here first thing this morning, a nice little stretch of weather coming our way through the middle parts of the week. next chance for pollen cleansing showers shows up as we get towards friday and on saturday. any time you need the forecast, come to our website, nbcwashington.com/weather. or you can scan our qr code and take you directly to the website. >> very cool. thank you, chuck. university of maryland's first choice to replace legendary coach gary williams is staying put. arizona head coach shawn miller signed a contract extension with the school late last night,
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putting aside any hope he may move to college park. miller reportedly met with maryland's athletic director kevin anderson yesterday in las vegas. miller led the wildcats to the elite eight this year but was considered a front-runner in maryland's search because he grew up in pennsylvania and has family that lives in the d.c. area. to baseball now. the nationals look to inch closer to the .500 mark. >> hakim dermish has the highlights of their matchup with the marlins in this morning's sports. good morning, everyone. happy mother's day, talking baseball. you never get a second chance to make a first impression, except in major league baseball. they play 162 games, so a team can always improve, especially true for the nationals. the nats have gone 11 straight games without scoring in the rst inning. last night against the marlins, first o chance to make a good impression right off lea we're in miami.
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first inning, no score, adam laroche at the plate with no outs and the bases loaded, and he delivers. base knocked into center. first one scores. 2 nats.#um to mike gorzela jayson werth throws to stanton too far off the bag, and he's out. go for the sweep on sunday ance for a #f"r jim leyland i
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sam fold, check him out, tracking it. are you kidding me? robs him of a home run. tries to get the out at first. take another look here. fold and the rays beat the orioles 8-2. check it out. when the game is over, rays' three outfielders still playing rock, paper, scissors. love that. at the kentucky derby, jockey john velazquez got a lucky break, literally. the jockey who was supposed to ride animal kingdom broke his nose earlier in the week, so velasquez got the call only because the horse he was supposed to ride, uncle mo, the favorite, was scratched on friday. velazquez rode animal kingdom, a
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20-1 long shot, to victory. maybe it wasn't luck, but destiny. check out the hats at churchill downs. nearly 165,000 people in attendance, setting the record for the largest crowd at churchill downs. nice hat there. 19 horses in the field, and they are off in the 137th running of the kentucky derby. here's the stretch call. sound up. >> roaring down the center of the track! here comes animal kingdom in the middle of the racetrack to grab the lead. and nero. and shackleford. it's animal kingdom and john velazquez to win the derby! >> animal kingdom wins the kentucky derby by just 2 3/4 lengths. he never raced on dirt before. nero was second. muchomacho man finished third. animal kingdom was not available for comment after the race, but
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his jockey was. >> this was the race that we all want. anywhere in the world you go, they ask you, have you been in the derby? and the second question after that is have you won it? so it's a dream come true for all of us. obviously, as a jockey, as a trainer, as an owner, it's definitely one of those things that you have. now i can say checkmark on that one. i have that one. >> a memorable day for john velazquez and animal kingdom winning the kentucky derby. and the second leg of the triple crown is two weeks from now in baltimore. soccer last night, d.c. united hosting fc dallas. pick it up in the 89th minute, no score. united on the attack. long ball into the box. check out josh wolf, flicks it for fred. kevin hartman makes a ridiculous save. see it again. fred tries the header, but hartman there with the save. that's it. d.c. united coach ben olson after the game says, hey, man, nice save. you beat us. the game ends in a scoreless tie. that's your morning sports. have a happy mother's day. i'm hakim dermish.
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>> should we take one quick look at the weather? >> we can certainly talk about it, that's for sure. if they take the grafblliphic, take the graphic. that's okay, no matter how you slice it. >> very subtle. there's the graphic. i just mentioned it in passing, and there it shows up on tv. >> i have complete trust in naomi. >> she's paying attention. she has to watch the show. she's directing it. partly sunny outside. a lovely day for mother's day. temperatures will gradually climb up into the low to mid-70s by later on today. don't be put off by some clouds or even a few raindrops this morning because they will not ruin your mother's day. >> no. even if it were

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