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. hi, everyone. i'm veronica johnson. we are going to show you some of the more interesting local
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stories taking place this week. among them, taking a turn for the best. a local college student who has a lot to celebrate after a childhood full of struggles. plus, northern virginia has a secret and we are in on it. we are going to take a tour inside of a fake city had a most people will never get a chance to see. and then we are going show you a little bit of dancing. a different side of d.c.'s mayor. we begin with a new twist in the battle over the name of the washington's football team. dan snider is forming a foundation to benefit native americans. . in a letter to the fans snider says he traveled to the 26 reservations to learn more about the needs. communities. zachary kiesch went out to find out if it is enough. >> reporter: in your community is there any question whether or not the redskins will change its name? >> i don't think struck any other name other than washington
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redskins. >> reporter: many fans support redskins owner daniel snyder's refuse actual change his team's name. which now snider is creating a foundation. it released statement, snider says for too long the struggles of native americans have been ignored. unnoticed and unresolved. as a team, we have honored them through our words and on the field but now we will honor them through our actions. >> what does that mean? like are we back in the 1600s where we are going to accept some -- for land? >> reporter: natalie is standing on the rock. a travel chairwoman for the indians. a group native to the d.c. metro area. >> whether we get money or not, how does that change the perception of america's indigenous people? >> giving snide area talking point. look, you know, in practical terms, and in terms of money, you know, i'm doing something for native americans. and basically get off my back. >> reporter: "washington post" columnist robert mccartney is a
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redskins season ticket holder but has also been one of the most outspoken critics that changed the name. so is snider's gesture enough? >> that depends on your point of view. from may point of view it does not. >> reporter: the cuts are clean but it is harder to separate the pass passion for the team with compassion for others. even for folks that have been racially discripple knitted against for generations. >> as a black man, as alack man, can you hear that argument? >> no one can change the fact that things have happened a long time ago. but we have to get past it. the past is the past. >> reporter: reporting in prince george's county, zachary kiesch, news4. >> northern virginia's home to new millionaire and a lottery winner says that it will literally -- it was dream come true for her. glenda won $3 million from a mega-millions ticket she bought in fairfax county and she says that she saw four out of six numbers the winning numbers, in a dream. she says that she found out that
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she won at work and she had to restrain her excitement. >> didn't jump or scream or anything. it was like -- okay, be quiet. don't say anything. >> i'm happy for her. she is a co-owner of eldon market in herndon and she says she will keep working there and use the money she won to pay off just a couple of bills. in seven months after a life-changing surge ray local college student is back on her feet and able to walk on her own and drive a car. now her journey of healing is taking a new turn thanks to a nationwide contest. northern virginia bureau reporter david culver has her story. >> reporter: she is not very good at hiding her excitement. under that big smile, it is clear that this student is let loving her new ride. >> oops.
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that was an accident. >> reporter: it is all hers for free. thanks to a nationwide contest for a ford fusion. >> i entered and a couple of months later find out i won. >> my name is justine. i'm 20 years old. justine put together. she mapped out where she was going with the new car. a road trip with her sister to california. then came the announcement. >> because you won. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: those tears aren't just about winning a car. they represent battling physical pain. >> basically when i stood up all of the blood would pool in my legs so i would get dizry. >> reporter: most days justine had to use a wheelchair to get around. >> she was in pain from the moment. >> it was debilitating for her. >> reporter: a surgery this past august changed her life. the contest made the year even
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better. sending justine on that sunny california adventure, paddle boarding, dancing, things she never thought she would be able to do. >> i am in a completely different place. >> reporter: after years of relying on her parents for a ride, justine now is giving them a lift. >> that's a perfect winner. high schoolers doubling as small business owners. coming up, the program in d.c. helping students turn a passion into a profit. will is a brand-new city in northern virginia. you will likely never visit. we are going to take you inside when we return.
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♪ led to the one jobhing you always wanted. university of phoenix, we believe every education- not just ours- should be built around the career that you want. imagine that.
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imagine taking things that you love, your passion and turning it into profit. it turns out some d.c. teenagers are doing just that. news4's danella sealock introduces us to high school students that are already building their dream.
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>> we never did anything like this before in our life. >> reporter: eric and t.j. are juniors at roosevelt high school in d.c. with the help of a non profit called build metro d.c., these cousins are now business partners. >> bill use as four-year comprehensive model where we introduce rising ninth graders to the entrepreneurship in business building process. through their ninth grade year they write business plans and meet with businessmen towards competing in competition. over the next three years, through high school, we actually help them launch those businesses. we invest in those businesses and use those businesses to connect the entrepreneurship experience to academic and college and career success. >> reporter: when these young businessmen first entered the program, they were not so enthusiastic. in pact, t.j. says he thought that build was a wood shop class
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and eric's first thought -- >> eric and t.j. were not unlike a lot of the students that are in our build program in the ninth grade year. they were students that were sitting in the back of the class, maybe had been a little disruptive. >> they are also demonstrated some incredible leadership potential as well as some -- i think some business savvy that is true to build experience they were able to unleash. >> reporter: so they launched tag. a clothing company designed and manufacturered by this tag team. >> people say geeks don't dress that well. we came up with a special one. still look fashionable at the same time. >> it took a long time for the design. we know that if we take that tame out to come up with the design, we are going to be successful. >> reporter: at their last selling event, they made $370. but like a good business
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owner -- >> we put the money back into our business. >> reporter: i'm danella sealock, news4. >> that's smart. always invest back. hair job is to protect and serve. the prince george's county police department performed a different kind of service recently. officers provided a day of pampering and free makeovers. yes. the folks that live will at st. paul's senior living ants in cal top heights spent getting their hairdos. manicures and pedicures. officers teameded up with cosmetology students to created that experience. >> this is pretty cool. i come down to get a makeover because next week is my birthday. i decided to come counsel and get a makeover this week. >> there you go. police also used the occasion to share safety tips on how to protect against thieves who target senior citizens. just outside of the nation's capital there is a place most of us will never get a chance to see. so get this. it has everything that you will find in most cities around the
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world. there is one thing that is missing. people. and we are going inside right now to that fake city, mark s seagraves to see what it is ball. >> reporter: will is a fire station, a school. the tallest building in the county is in the center of the city. of course there is a church and a mosque. there is a train station and a metro stop. these trains aren't for commuters. this is the u.s. army's newest training facility. a big city located inside of the hill complex in caroline county, virginia. >> decisions are made byns. humans live in places like this. our soldiers have to operate in that kind of environment. >> reporter: one of the things the soldiers learn sheer how they would react in real-life situations. repelling from tall buildings or crawling through tight space.
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>> you think it looks tough. try doing it weighted down with military gear and supplies. >> i learned that i don't like being in a tunnel for extended periods of time. >> reporter: the drills also help develop problem solving skills. the embassy has been used to re-create large demonstrations and so soldiers can learn how to deal with hostile crowds in an urban environment. >> and you and your team will move for 200 meters. >> you will take one of these tires with you. >> reporter: in some ways the tasks are like video games. >> it is like that except this is actually real world and it is breaking a sweat when you are doing it versus just exercising in tunnel. >> reporter: mark seagraves, news4. >> now you know. the entire complex is about 300 acres. it includes everything from a driving course to a live firing range. it costs about $100 million to
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build and it is used by no only the military but also local first responders. coming up, caught on kam camera. the i-team takes a look at what metro is doing about it. plus a surprise. full line. we are there when some local students learn that they will be going to college for free. good morning nelly! woah.
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a new i-team investigation focuses on assault on metro buses caught on camera. the targets are drivers. the news4 i-team's scott mcfarland look flood how many drivers have been assaulted. in a new effort by metro to protect men and women behind the wheel. just before afternoon rush, anacostia bus station on howard road, southeast d.c. >> last stop. last stop. >> reporter: a man that walked in front of a bus stop has words
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for the bus driver. he walks towards the door with a rock and charges at the driver before he is knocked away. the attacker yelled, "i just want to hit him one good time." a few weeks earlier alabama southeast a passenger struck a female driver with a closed fist. lacerated the driver's lip and then fled. in february a 26-year-old passenger charged with assault after she doused the driver with pepper spray. a mother and young child stood in the doorway. a public records request found out it was one of 170 assaults on metro bus drivers since 2011. so many of the assaults triggered by disputes over bus fares. >> an operator maybe challenge as customer and reminds them what the proper fare is and that sometimes upsets the customer and resort to violence. >> reporter: not just physical attacks. 16th street northwest the driver told a passenger to pay the fare and the passenger spat on the
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driver and then hustled off. here is another incident. a female passenger who had been arguing with the driver. the news4's i-type went under cover on metro bus to get a better look. with small cameras we saw on a crowded bus just how close passengers stand to the driver. within minutes we watched several passengers trying to bypass the bus operator without paying their fare. one young rider exchanged words with the driver. she let him remain on the bus saying -- and within minutes we spotted at least would others. this guy with an empty stroller and then this man who police say walked past the driver without paying. our cameras rolled as police pulled him off and found him holding marijuana. they arrested him for the drugs. mason hall has been driving a metro bus for 37 years and says he worked hard to calm angry
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passengers. >> i want them to feel safe. >> reporter: he says to prevent an angry passenger from grabbing him around the mecke on choke him. have you ever been yelled at? >> all the time. >> reporter: ever been cursed at? >> yes. >> reporter: metro executives are issuing new protection for their bus operators. nathan hall included. every new metro bus will come equipped with a protective shield. if the driver chooses to use it it will physically block him or her from the hands of riders. $1,500 per shield. it will equip 100 buses per year. >> to know have you the devices if you need them. >> reporter: do you think you will use it? >> yes. >> reporter: stopping the physical attacks not only stops injuries. it saves money. metro says injured drivers can require medical care or workers comp. ahead on "news4 middaad on
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a video shows the mayor has some moves.
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this is exciting. real exciting. eight high school seniors got the surprise after lifetime this week. the president of george washington university showed up at their school to give them full-ride scholarships. our cameras were there. the first to learn the big news, tyler jackson, senior at ballou high school. he thought he was will for a pep rally that was going the take pla place. >> why are they talking about that? then they said my name. they presented me with this award. i can't describe how i feel right now. >> reporter: >> that's crazy. jackson's mother, of course, had trouble holding back her tears. her son currently takes four ap
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class ies and is also on the marching band. he will study mechanical engineering next fall. the $200,000 scholarship covers everything from tuition to room and board, books for the four years. between bad weather and some scandal, it hasn't been the easiest season for d.c. mayor vicinity gray. the mayor showed that he still has a lighter side. >> you start this way. all right. you go -- >> in an online video, the mayor showed brooke thompson how to hand dance. yeah. it also covered serious topics. this may be the first for the mayor as a dance instructor. you can find the link to the whole interview at well, that's all for "news4 this
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week." i'm veronica johnson. thanks for joining us. until next time, be remember be safe, be kind, and be happy.
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