tv News 4 This Week NBC August 18, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EDT
welcome to "news 4 this week." hello, everyone. we will show you some of the more interesting local stories making news this week. among them, a clean sweep. the new technology being used in hotels to shed a light on germs. we'll show you what is likely to be the most unsanitary part of any room. extreme exercise, and how to tell if you're overdoing it. and how a husband and wife learned to lean on each other after learning they have the same disease. first up today, the excitement of the summer olympics. here in the nation's capital, some local leaders hope to make that a reality in 12 years.
we see what could be a factor into another bid to host the olympics. >> reporter: with the world focused on the london olympic games, there's new talk that the washington region and baltimore could consider trying again for the 2024 games. >> i supported our bid. i was hugely behind it. but this is a different story. we want to talk to our business leaders, our community before we step behind something like that. but it's really a consideration. >> former d.c. mayor tony williams helped promote the 2012 bid back in 2002. the d.c. region lost to new york city which lost to london. commitment would take a lot of thought even before going forward. >> wonderful partners, great venues, potomac river, chesapeake bay, so much going on around here, it would be a
wonderful place to accommodate these visitors, having said that, it's an enormous undertaking. >> reporter: barbara lang was also part of the 2012 bid. >> it was a major undertaking. it would be nice if the regional partners would come together. woe can only do this if it's a regiona regional initiative. >> reporter: mixed feelings about the bid. >> absolutely. >> what about the 2024 olympic ntsd washington/baltimore area? >> no we can't handle the traffic. we can't handle electricity go out. we have a bad thunderstorm, everything goes out. >> reporter: in the district, tom sherwood news 4. international visitors can always enjoy d.c.'s world class
restaurants, and a local program is training the next generation of world class chefs. jackie bensen is showing us how it is helping teens who are struggling in the economy at the same time. >> reporter: from their professional appearance and demeanor, you might not guess these two young women in the kitchen at the old glory grill in georgetown are just 16 and 18 years old respectively. >> since i was little, i would always grow up watching television shows like emeril lagasse. i love that, love the food. i thought, well, i can combine it together. >> i want to be a pastry chef. i'm more with baking. i love cupcakes, cakes, cookies. i don't mind doing the sulary side of it. >> reporter: for both, food became a passion and career choice after taking part in the careers in the culinary arts program at their prince george's county high school. these are coveted positions what
was cut to municipal jobs programs and competition from a larger pool of unemployed adults. the high school students can also take part in a culinary competition with an amazing payoff. >> we give out cash scholarship awards raging from $2,000 to $100,000. >> reporter: the volunteer chefs say they get more than they give. >> love having the kids. somebody helped me along the way. next generation, so they love what they do. >> reporter: for the students, it's a big step towards a treat chore where some day they will be saluted with the same phrase that has been engrained in their vocabulary me vocabulary me vocabulary. >> reporter: the program is always looking for volunteers, especially chefs and restaurants who want to participate. jackie bensen, new 4. cleanliness is key in the hospitality industry. one hotel chain is using
high-tech tools to illuminate the germs that are lurking in lodging quarters. as liz crenshaw shows us, one of the nastiest things in any hotel room may be right by your head. >> i will go through, inspect the bathroom. >> reporter: sandra is not a private eye, she is part of the housekeeping team here in the best western in manassas, virginia. she is looking for lurking germs. >> i'm going over, trying to make sure everything is cleaned. >> reporter: best western is leading the way in high-tech hotel cleaning in 2,100 hotels nationwide. the tools, a black light to locate germs and bacteria, and a uv wand to sanitize the most popular touch points around the room, doorknobs, light switches, remotes and the alarm clock. those spots, the bacteria you will reach out and touch in the morning. >> people want to know how clean is my room? >> reporter: william conway,
owner of this best western, says a cleaner hotel means more repeat customers. >> best western has developed a wand made by pure light t puts out a uv light. we run that uv light across the touch points in the guest room, that sanitizes those points. >> so they clean first. >> clean first. >> reporter: one this wand over. >> run the wand over, and we come back with a black light. >> reporter: uv radiation is used to sanitize in hospitals. the centers for disease control says it helps destroy germs on surfaces. at the best western, staff clean the old-fashioned way with fresh sheets, lots of scrubbing and follow up with their new high-tech tools. what do the beeps mean? >> the beeps mean it's sanitizing. every time i go over like this, you hear the beeping -- >> reporter: it's sanitizing. >> back to the alarm clock, beth
cleans off the bacteria spotted with the black light. >> there's still a spot. now everything is gone. i will take my wand and sanit e sanitize. >> reporter: it's like you're a private eye. >> it looks pretty good. >> that is pretty cool. a full-body workout that involves some of your favorite sports. we will see how a d.c. water polo team stays fit and how anyone can do this. and it sounds like something >>[ male announcer ] you paid in to medicare for years.
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the family got trapped and two babies fell down into the furnace. it took two days for humane wildlife services to rescue the little ones. fortunately rescuers were able to reunite the family of five. elsewhere in our area, a much more unwelcomed animal invasion. bats in a montgomery county neighborhood attacked a woman out walking her dogs. we have more on the frightening encounter. >> reporter: that woman was walking on this gaithersburg street when she said bats that had been flying like the ones behind me swooped down and caused her anguish. >> was like instant pain. >> reporter: dina is still shaken after a bat attack. did you see it? let's see it in slow motion as they fly around. >> it's kind of surreal. >> reporter: she tells me she and her husband george were walking their four dogs on garfield drive. they looked up. what did you see? >> we saw a group of bats
swarming around us. >> reporter: suddenly two aggressive bats circled around dina's head. >> i was nervous, especially with the dogs. >> reporter: she stopped, then continued to walk. and then -- >> i got hit in the back. >> reporter: like someone stabbed her in the back. >> like a sharp, stabbing pain. >> reporter: did you know a bat bit you? >> i did. because he flew right around. >> reporter: today doctors gave her six rabies shots. according to department of health, bats are the leading cause of human rabies death in the u.s. >> i never expected that. >> reporter: it will take her a couple days to fully recover. >> i have a fever still, i'm tired. hopefully i'll be better soon. >> reporter: we hope you feel better, doctors will give her three more rabies shots over the next week or so.
when we come right back, the downside to staying fit. why doctors say the cases of injuries due to overexercise are on the rise. and a workout where you don't really want to overdo it. local water polo players explain why almost anyone can get why almost anyone can get involved in but somewhere along the way, something went horribly wrong. george allen voted for trillions in debt while voting to raise his pay four times, then voted to keep special tax breaks for oil and gas companies and took over a half-million from them. worse, allen went to work for them. blazing fast internet. the best tv picture quality. but you're still sitting on the fence. so they're making it as easy as possible. now, you can switch to fios without an annual contract. they'll even set up your whole home
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in news 4 your health, if you have been inspired by seeing so many amazing athletes compete in the london games over the summer, you may want to check out this team, the washington wet skins, our water polo crew in washington, d.c. players say there's a key skill to this sport. so we asked them what's your workout? >> water polo is a combination of basketball, soccer, maybe a little hockey under the water. the goal is to shoot the ball in the goal from the opposite team. and you're swimming back and forth instead of running down the court.
it gets really exhausting because when you're not treading, you're sprinting up and down the pool. hard. it's very tiring, but at the same time it's great exercise, because you're constantly, you know, working your legs. it's a deep pool, so, if you're going to rest, it's when there's a foul or playing defense and someone is not moving. otherwise you're treading water mtd. >> it's really a full-body workout. you get your leg workout from the treading and kicking, you are doing a lot of arm work with the swimming and shooting motion. >> a lot of stuff that happens happens under the water. there's a lot of pulling, pushing, grabbing, kicking. some intentional, some not. >> certainly it's a very physical sport. you have to be prepared to make contact with the people in the water with you.
someone who wants to play water polo will be more rough around the edges, so she can handle herself. when you play on a club team such as this, a lot of our women can play evenly if not better than some of the men on the team. >> young, old, in shape, out of shape, whatever. everyone can play. as long as you know how to swim, that's the biggest thing. >> anyone can join the washington wet skins, you just have to be a pretty strong swimmer and be able to tread water. to learn more go to nbcwashington.com and search what's your workout. most of us feel good after a tough workout, but there's a growing downside to extreme fitness endeavors. conditions associated with overexercising are on the rise. >> my goal was to come in under 21 minutes for a 5k by the end of the summer.
>> reporter: chris leer admits he was never a runner before, when he decided to join a racing series last year, the thrill of the competition became addictive. >> once you start winning, it's very contagious. >> reporter: so he started training harder, running longer distances, adding boot camp classes, but it was all starting to take a toll on his body. >> i hit a point where i couldn't walk anymore. >> reporter: physical therapist scott epsley says he is seeing more and more patients like leer who are overexercising and taking their workouts to dangerous extremes. >> it's common in runners to see this overexercising mentality. >> reporter: in the last 12 years, the number of people finishing marathons has increased by 50%. it's not just runners. the number of yoga practitioners has exploded from 4 million to 20 million in the last decade.
in washington, d.c., dozens of new boutique fitness studios keep popping up. >> fear of getting fat. fear of losing control. fear of losing structure in their day-to-day life. not being in shape. not being desirable. >> reporter: psychiatrist antonio baum says overexercising is similar to people with eating disorders. they use exercise as a way to control their lives or as an escape. it becomes a problem when it gets in the way of social outings, relationships and effects their bodies. >> unfortunately people know because they feel pain. >> reporter: pain is usually bone stress, shin splints, tendinitis. overexerciser also feel extreme fatigue and joint stiffness. chris leer had to take a break from running. after a few months of rest he's
back on track now. >> it's a competitive thing. for me, it's an internal drive to keep going. >> physical therapists tell us it's not how much exercise you are doing, but how fast you ramp up when training. the important thing is to see a doctor immediately if an injury gets worse or becomes chronic. a husband and wife get the same surprising diagnosis. next how the couple keeps in high spirits battling breast cancer together. ♪
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a northern virginia husband and wife married for 55 years are facing a new challenge together. they both have been diagnosed with breast cancer. but they're not letting this disease bring them down. erica gonzalez has their story. >> wait a minute. what's a hoot? is that texas -- >> i think she called you an old --
>> reporter: okay. bill and betty are as lively as they come. >> we met in high school. >> reporter: friends first and then companions, they have raised four sons. and a brood of grand kids. >> my, you've been busy. >> they certainly have. >> reporter: after 55 years of marriage, an unexpected first for them. both were diagnosed with breast cancer. >> i went to my family doctor. >> reporter: first betty in 2008, this past june so did bill. >> that's what he said, you have breast cancer. >> reporter: what was your reaction? >> like you look right now. what is that? >> reporter: after chemo and a lumpectomy, betty is cancer free. >> bill already had a mastectomy. >> she didn't tell me it was contagious. >> reporter: after the shock wore off -- >> every time i went with chemo and radiation e would be with
me. and i'm doing the same for him. >> reporter: bill took to e-mails his family and friends, particularly men. >> he told them don't ignore the lumps. >> reporter: they're a family of faith and winning this battle together. >> bill and betty are still finding time to enjoy themselves. next up, he's going fishing in alaska, she's going to play the slots in atlantic city. that's all for "new 4 this week." we'll see you next time. have a great day, everybody.