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15 buildings were settle on fire. >> maryland's governor larry hogan has moved his office from annapolis to baltimore so he can monitor everything going on there. for the first time in decades mare air's national guard is on the ground to help keep the peace in that city. speaking earlier this afternoon, president obama called the deaths of several black men by police a, quote, slow rolling crisis, but he did condemn the riots in baltimore. >> the violence that happened yesterday distracted from the fact that you had seen multiple days of peaceful protests that were focused on entirely legitimate concerns of these communities in baltimore. >> now here is a look at where all the violence began in west baltimore yesterday. only a few blocks away from where freddie gray was arrested, the man who died in police custody earlier this month setting off the original protests about the use of police
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force. a cvs was torched. stores were looted. and for the second night in a row orioles have postponed their games. >> we have live team coverage where the cvs burned. we'll start with tracee wilkins. >> reporter: wendy, we have been here in the city all day. i can tell you that there is a definite transformation here at what we're basically calling ground zero. this is where police were holding the line all day long. you can still see they're there. some military vehicles and a line of folks who have turned this into a place where they're pretty much entertaining themselves. a lot of music. it feels more like a festival. but yesterday this city was on fire. today we talked to people who cannot wait to see baltimore improve. >> i grew up here just two blocks from where we're standing now. >> not far from here. >> i've lived here eight years. >> reporter: as we walked around
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the city -- >> i've live nd this neighborhood for 55 years. >> reporter: -- we met people who love baltimore. and last night lost part of themselves as they watched parts of this city burn. >> i guess my first reaction is i was scared. >> it's horrible. i get filled up every time i think about what's going on. >> i'm afraid, yes every night because they took freddie away. >> i think what happened last night is indicative of a larger problem. >> it's not even about freddie gray anymore. it's about us. >> reporter: today on almost every corner we passed near the riot-torn section of the city -- >> i don't know where everybody came from. >> reporter: -- people were using last night's destruction as a chance to make things better. >> i came out yesterday and tried to assist and calm everything. but to no avail. i wanted to come out today when i figured i could really make an impact. >> i just didn't know how to respond. i thought, like, i would do the
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only thing i knew how. >> reporter: people were seen everywhere picking up debris and trash. then there was this guy packing his pickup with the bags they filled. >> it's the right thing to do. >> i have snacks. i don't know if anybody wants them, you're welcome to take anything you'd like. >> reporter: this woman driving around giving water and snacks to volunteers. >> i can't help clean up, but i live right over here, so i figured if i can't help clean up i can come help the people who are helping clean up. >> reporter: if last night's baltimore was unrecognizable to the people who call this place home, today things are at least starting to become more familiar. >> i was shocked to see all these people out here. unreal. >> reporter: everyone that i talked to said that this was not just about freddie gray but about disparity that has impacted this community specifically and using this as an opportunity to bring attention to that. but in terms of the feeling of this city, what you saw there, that's the baltimore that a lot of people know a warm and
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friendly and accepting kind of city where people are just trying to figure out what went wrong and how they can put the pieces back together again. speaking of putting pieces back together again, i'm joined by mark segraves who has been talking to businesses in the city about how they're rebuilding after all the destruction yesterday. >> that's right tracee. businesses owners are telling me the same things residents told you today. they're looking for a way to rebuild after last night. we're standing just outside the cvs that many of you watched burn on television last night. while police were in this part of town trying to calm the riots, looters were hitting businesses blocks away from any of the riots. >> i can't believe the neighborhood did this to us. >> reporter: as buildings and cars burned as the rioters roamed the streets last night, harvey levy and his family were already home, watching on tv, praying their family business that has stood in the east baltimore neighborhood for 35 years would be spared. but then levy was alerted that his store alarm had gone off pe
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with have a 2,000-pound safe this they dragged out of my office across the warehouse and out the back door and half a block up the street. police found it this morning in the middle of street. they still couldn't get it open. >> reporter: he was able to watch the family business his father started being looted on surveillance cameras from his phone. >> they took everything. i watched the video, gut-wrenching video, for 4 1/2 hours last night. and police wouldn't even answer the phone at central district. >> reporter: levy says once police left his store looters kept coming in. >> there was 200 people in the store. they went through the back opened the back door. >> reporter: levy has insurance but he says his family and his employees are in for a tough stretch as they try to rebuild. as for how levy rates the mayor's response? >> it's the mayor's fault. the mayor should have had the national guard the day before on alert. the national guard didn't hit the streets until 12:00, 12:30 last night. at that point there was 300 people in my store.
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>> reporter: now, levy says he doesn't know how long it's going to take him to rebuild his business and reopen. he says he does hope police will use his surveillance video to make more arrests of the looters who destroyed his building. now, coming up at 6:00 you're going it hear from the manager and longtime employee who are back at the cvs today trying to clean up. here at the intersection the crowd has gotten much, much bigger in the last few minutes and they've actually gotten much, muchy rowdier. if anything breaks here, we'll bring it to you live. of course you can keep up to date with all the developments here in baltimore at the nbc washington app. in baltimore, mark segraves, news4. >> and there are plenty of police on the ground there in baltimore. now tisha thompson joins me with some of the numbers. >> we've been watching the numbers grow. we want to give you the most recent numbers we have for the police departments that come from outside the washington area. montgomery county is sending about 45 officers a day. howard county says it's 40 to 50
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officers, plus they've sent their tactical vehicle. anne arundel county has 35 officers there including their tactical and civil disturbance teams. we just learned within the last five minutes that prince george's county is now sending 55 fire personnel with as many as 12 of their vehicles later tonight. the frederick county sheriff's office deployed about 32 deputies earlier. the city of laurel has sent ten officers along with both of its armored vehicles. but now this afternoon governor larry hogan says police officers are coming from out of state as well including 300 from pennsylvania, 150 from new jersey, the d.c. mayor's office told me earlier today the district has sent 34 police officers and 20 from d.c. fire and emergency including their heavy rescue squad. but wendy, a spokesman emphasized that the city did not send any medics or ambulances.
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in fact, all of our local agencies say they are maintaining what they're calling normal staffing here locally in our area. of course, people may be asking about virginia. they say that they will send support particularly from fairfax county, but we haven't received any specific numbers as of yet. >> and the national guard was up to thousands of national guardsmen. >> to give you the latest on that, i did the math. we have about 1,000 officers and personnel coming from around the region. the national guard is about 500 people right now. so we have a pretty significant number, but we're nowhere near that 5,000 number -- >> that he said is available if necessary. >> exactly. >> thank you, tisha. >> you're welcome. >> we are still working on several angles of this story. pat collins is talking to baltimore businesses and visitors about the impact this violence has had. as you know, that is a big tourist city. that's a large part of the income for people in baltimore and those businesses. we are also going to explain how insurance works for those who
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have had the property damage like the man that mark segraves was talking to with the sports store. jim? now to another closely watched story we're following for you tonight. the future of same sex marriage in this country. the supreme court heard arguments today from both sides. our news4's chris gordon talked to locals who converged on the high court today and are now waiting anxiously to see how the justices rule. chris? >> reporter: well, we came here today to cover the local impact and local people, from the rabbi a number of same sex weddings to the minister who is vehemently opposed to marriage equality. local voices came here to the supreme court today to be heard. ♪ we shall overcome some day ♪ on the sidewalk in front of the u.s. supreme court, there were demonstrations and disagreements over marriage equality. >> i have officiated at numbersceremonies,
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it's a wonderful experience to bring the wisdom and symbolism of religious tradition to couples that love each other and want to affirm lifetime relationships. >> reporter: others argue it's a sin. >> when the world look at us and say that same sex marriage? how did it get to the supreme court to make a decision? >> reporter: this couple lives in northern virginia. >> we got marry nd canada in 2009 because we couldn't marry in virginia. there was no marriage equality then. and we're here today to show our support because we believe that everybody across the country should have the right to marry. >> reporter: others say they will never accept same sex marriage. >> no matter what the supreme court does even if they were to nationalize so-called gay marriage, it would still be wrong and really wouldn't be marriage. the battle will go on and probably go on for decades. >> reporter: although the supreme court case involves same sex couples from tennessee, ohio, michigan and kentucky, a friend of the court brief was filed by virginia's attorney
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general. >> this case is critically important for a lot of virginians and a lot of americans, and i was here today -- virginia's case on marriage equality helped shape the national conversation. >> reporter: and that conversation will continue until the supreme court renders its decision in june. now coming up one ever the major arguments against same sex marriage is that children need a father as well as a mother. well coming up at 6:00 you'll meet three kids from the district who say that just isn't so. they have two moms. we'll hear from them on news4 at u.s. supreme court, chris gordon. we'll head back to baltimore. we are awaiting a news conference about to take place with baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings blake and police commissioner to assess the situation and maybe answer questions about why it took so long for her to call in the national guard.
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not that i'm saying it did but that some people are alluding to the fact that maybe she should have called in sooner, some of the shop easternowners who had businesses destroyed. we just received the two-minute warning about a minute ago. we'll be waiting to hear from the two of them. today it has been a fairly peaceful day with people kind of cleaning up and communities coming together and getting their message out as opposed to just showing destruction. while we wait for this, we want you to know there is much more going on on news4 and a lot more news today. we have new insight into the pope's plan when he visits d.c. why the vatican is saying about the mass that will be held in northeast d.c. and we're talking beautiful weather today, but a couple of storm systems making their way in towards our region. i'll show you how a coastal storm could affect your late-week forecast. and our team coverage continues tonight from baltimore. a raven superstar unleashes a powerful message today on social
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media. and major league baseball makes an unprecedented move with the orioles. plus, the mayor of baltimore expected to speak at any moment. as soon as that happens, we'll bring it to you live. we're just getting started here
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we are still waiting for the mayor and police commissioner of baltimore to speak. they're in the room but making their way to the microphones. while we wait for that, we want to bring you video that everyone is talking about. this is one of the most powerful images from yesterday's disturbances. there's a good chance it's shown up on newer news feed, this video showing an scolding her son smacking him up side the head after seeing him on tv taking part in these destructive riots. the guy who recorded this moment -- at that moment says he was at nearby koppen state when he heard about the unrest, went out to snap photos and caught this on his camera. and in less than 24 hours millions of people have seen it. let's go to the news conference and mayor stephanie rawlings blake and the police commissioner anthony batts. they have been -- the news conference has been fairly peaceful day today a lot of people cleaning up, getting out an important message of the community of baltimore. and the problems that they have
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with police aggression in their eyes, in their community. a very different day today from what we saw yesterday. but there are a lot of questions about whether some of this damage to all of those businesses and the destruction of property could have been prevented if the mayor had made the call to the governor asking for state of an emergency and the demroitployment of the national guard sooner. that's coming from a lot of the businesses as we heard from mark segraves, one man watching it from his cell phone, the security cameras inside his sports store as some 300 people ripped it apart and destroyed his business. the cvs where a lot of the family members of the people looting rely on that cvs to get now that has been destroyed. let's listen to the mayor and the police commissioner of baltimore. >> good evening, everyone.
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thank you for being here. last night was a very rough period for our city. but today i think we saw a lot more of what baltimore is about. we saw people coming together to reclaim our city, to clean our city and to help heal our city. i think this can be our defining moment and not the darkest day that we saw yesterday. i spent the morning talking to residents. i visited along north avenue where residents were cleaning up and tried to give comfort to people who know their lives are going to be disrupted in major ways for a long time because of the damage that was done to their community. i saw the damage that was done to mondawmin mall. it breaks my heart because those of us from baltimore know how hard we fought for those resources and those stores, to
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bring good quality products and items to our community. and to have those stores destroyed, mom and pop kiosks destroyed senselessly they are working to recover. i also visited lexington market where vendors are desperately trying to get back to normal and dealing with the damage that was done as well. i want to sincerely thank the baltimore city police department, and i want to thank all of our other law enforcement partners who we have had in our city over the past week. commissioner, you're going to have to give all the counties who have been here because i can't remember, but i know several counties in maryland have -- we have -- they have sent us resources over the past week, and they've been extremely supportive.
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i'm very grateful for that. trying to think if i missed anything. i should have started here, but i'll end here. i want to thank the members of the community. not just the ones that you see here behind me but the ones that you haven't seen or won't see that have spent all day yesterday all day today trying to figure out how we can come together as a city, how we can heal. we have churches that are opening themselves up to be a sanctuary and a refuge giving young people who are out of school a place to go and something to eat. we have so many in our community who are looking for ways to come together to happy. so i want to thank all of them and give a few community members an opportunity to give remarks. but first i would like to ask mark washington of the cole stream homestead montebello community. mark? >> mayor of baltimore there. she's
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thanking members of the community and also police and residents, too saying she spent the day talking to business owners in various neighborhoods there trying to reassure them. we'll be hearing more from her and the police commissioner later on in the evening. meanwhile, the situation in baltimore is prompting changes for two teams up there, including some big adjustments for the baltimore orioles. dianna russini joins us with details. >> jim the orioles and ravens making big changes in light of the 10:00 p.m. curfew in baltimore. we'll start with the orioles. they postponed tonight's game against the white sox but that's not the only change. tomorrow's game has been moved up to 2:00 p.m. it was originally scheduled for 7:00. the interesting part here, there will not be any fans aloufed at the game. it is closed to the public. the o's series with the tampa bay rays which was set to take place at the camden yards friday through saturday will be played at the rays stadium in st. pete.
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the two postponed games yesterday and today will be made up as part of a doubleheader on may 28th. as for the baltimore ravens, their draft party which was to be held on thursday evening has been canceled. former ravens linebacker ray lewis posted a very emotional video on facebook today pleading with the rioters. >> young kids, you've got to understand something. get off the streets! violence is not the answer. violence has never been the answer. freddie gray, we don't do nothing for him doing this. we know there's a deeper issue. we know what the jungle looks like. but this isn't it. there's enough of us in the streets trying to change what's going on. >> we'll have much more on news4 at 6. back to you, jim. >> a lot of eyes on that message there. dianna, thank you. we continue to work developing stories out of baltimore right now. the violence having a big impact
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not just on neighborhoods but at local landmarks. ahead, pat collins talks to people about how businesses have been impacted. we are talking about beautiful weather today, tomorrow, but then a nor'easter trying to develop. i'll show you how it affects the end of your workweek, plus the weekend fore
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>> announcer: and now your storm
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team4 forecast. we've seen beautiful weather across the region today. take a look at this picture outside right now towards the white house down towards the tidal potomac a gorgeous afternoon. temperatures sitting in the upper 60s to low 70s, currently 69 at the airport. a little breezy, winds out of the north at 15 miles an hour. we've seen some cloud cover today but not much at all. it has really been quite nice. 72 in frederick, 68 leesburg, right now 65 at the river. i think tomorrow we'll see a repeat of what we saw today. another beautiful day, no rain to talk about. the radar will be dry over the next 24 hours. then we get to thursday. nothing right now. look at the afternoon though. we see those clouds move back in across our region, just those popcorn cumulus clouds. see this storm system in? this is one giving you the cooler air and cloud cover. that is moving out. another one to the south and west, neither of those affecting us tomorrow. it's a storm well up towards
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canada, then another storm coming out of the gulf of mexico and in towards the coast. so we've got two storms. this is during the midweek. this is wednesday into thursday, the upper level storm system gives us rain during the day thursday, then combines with the coastal low creating a big storm just off the east coast. the biggest part of this storm, though looks to form a little too late for our area. so we're still talking about some rain, but we're not talking about a major coastal storm, not a major nor'easter, though on friday we will definitely have nor'easter-like conditions. rain likely, mostly on thursday into thursday night. much cooler temperatures on friday. and a bit breezy, too, wind upwards to 20, 25 miles an hour. our friday doesn't look good, raw, damp and wet. tomorrow gorgeous, a high of 72 degrees wednesday, 65 on thursday. there's that chance of rain, especially during the afternoon. some areas may be a faert of an inch, some up to an inch in some locations. only 60 on friday putting most of you in the upper 50s. here's the best news. we get nice just in time for the
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weekend. and not just nice. we go into the upper 70s and even the low 80s, and that trend looks to continue into next week. well on this day after, we have live team coverage from baltimore. >> a curfew set to take effect in just a few hours now. news4's pat collins is live in the charm city. >> reporter: after all that you've seen all that you've heard, all that's happened here, the question tonight is, is baltimore broken? residents and workers speak out coming up. we've seen the efforts in the community, members cleaning up. new tonight our consumer watch team will explain how insurance works in the restoration process. we have just updated our gallery of some of the more striking photos from that violence. check them out on the nbc
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right now at 5:30, large crowds are gathering outside the baltimore cvs that was the focal point of yesterday's riots. but these crowds by stark contrast have been peaceful. >> hundreds came out earlier to help sweep glass and debris today and throughout the city national guardsmen are keeping post right now to help maintain
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that peace. >> a mandatory curfew takes effect in just under five hours for all baltimore residents. >> along with schools and courts a number of baltimore attractions closed down today including the national aquarium, science museum, and b & l railroad museum. >> reporter: our pat collins is at the inner harbor with a look at the impact this is having on residents and on visitors. patrick? >> reporter: wendy, on this the day after, there's still a great sense of concern. what's next? is the violence finally over? is baltimore broken? on the day after the riot you didn't need a newspaper to know what was going on in baltimore. bwi marshall airport, on the day after it happened, people flying into visit. people flying back home. people working their airport job. carolyn crawford was here for a
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conference. she has a plan whaxt's your strategy? >> leave the airport, go straight to the hotel go to the conference, and then come back to the airport and get on the plane. >> reporter: carly coburn was coming home to baltimore. she knew all about it. >> it's really sad. it's not how people demonstrate anything. dr. king didn't fight this hard for this to happen. >> reporter: and meet donte watson. he's been driving the airport shuttle bus for nearly 12 years. >> hopefully it won't discourage people from coming to the city and not enjoying themselves and things of that nature. we'll get past this. we'll get past this. >> reporter: now into the city and the world-famous lexington market you can buy just about anything here. but not today. you see, on the day after the riot, the sushi stand was closed, the deli shotut down, the jewelry store closed. this is buttercup.
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buttercup is the name of the bakery. mike is the guy who runs it. >> it's going to hurt the city. a lot of different ways. it's going to scare tourism away. it will scare a lot of people away. >> reporter: this is hope. she sells all kind of soap, and she's worried about what happened in her city yesterday. >> it really makes us look very bad. it does. i mean, business is down tremendously just in the market it's a lot of people that are -- merchants haven't even come in today. it makes us look bad. >> reporter: coming up at 6, the occupation of baltimore the inner harbor story. now back to you. >> pat collins. we're also hearing from david simon. he is the creator of hbo's "the wire." he wrote in a blog post that, while there's much to be argued, debated and addressed, the riots
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after freddie gray's funeral were, quote, an affront to that man's memory and dmin waigs of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death. he went on to write, if you can't seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in baltimore. >> thank you wendy. these images we've seen of the burned buildings, recked stores and cars set ablaze have generated a lot of questions on social media this afternoon about who exactly pays for all of this destruction. joining me in the studio, consumer reporter erika gonzalez to tell us how insurance plays a role in all of this unrest. everybody wants to know. will they have to pay for all of it, part of it? >> will they have to pay out of pocket? will insurance step in? we see the efforts made by community members to clean up the damage in baltimore, and insurance companies will also likely play a big role in restoring parts of the city. most insurance policies do cover
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civil disorder. that of courseaccording to the insurance information institute. let's start with cars, jim. we heard the number, 150, right, vehicles set on fire in baltimore yesterday? an optional portion of auto policies called comprehensive coverage will cover damage caused by vandalism or rioting. most drivers, about three-quarters of them, have comprehensive coverage. let's talk about the homes. we've seen a couple of places set on fire, couple of individuals close to that. standard insurance policies also cover riot or civil commotion. and if a business is looted or destroyed, this is of course the video we've been seeing over and over again, also covered under a business owner's policy. businesses forced to close or limit hours due to riots also covered for loss of income under business income insurance. that only applies, though, if there is physical damage to the store, and of course we have seen plenty of that. mark segraves' story about the
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shoe shop owner we've seen that. one thing to note, though, the business owner's policy does not cover lost compensate for workers. that's a separate insurance policy that would need to be had in order to cover employees. >> and some of those businesses that didn't receive damage we saw in pat collins' report, they were closed today because they were afraid to open. >> right. >> that would not be in this policy. thanks, erika. keep it locked here on nbc 4. we'll have continuing coverage on the state of emergency and tonight lester holt anchors "nbc nightly news" live in baltimore. wendy? we have big delays on metro's silver line. what it means for commuters in northern virginia even if you don't ride the metro. first on 4, a mother arrested for prostitution and child neglect. what led detectives to a local hotel to arrest her and save her 3-year-old who appeared in an online a
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there were decades of debate just to get metro's silver line approved. but now it's going to take longer to actually build the line. the second phase of the project is now delayed by more than a year, and that has some travelers frustrated. transportation reporter adam tuss is in tysons corner to explain how this will impact air travel. >> reporter: elizabeth elise in town from the uk, but she's not
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alone. she has mrebtplenty of bags with her. >> my husband went to get ticket soz i'm managing on my own. we've got two of us doing it. >> reporter: you see if you want to take public transit from dulles now, you have to get on a bus at the airport, which costs 5 bucks then take that to the silver line then get on metro. dan gir ard just in from paris going through that process. would it be nice to just get off the plane get on the train and not have to worry about the bus? >> it would, yes. >> reporter: even as work continues on the next phase of the silver line, the realistic opening date now late 219 or 2020. steven bailey not happen. happy. >> i was looking forward to the herndon stop since i live there. >> reporter: environmental issues have led to the delay but project leaders say they have to get it right. >> you have to realize we're building this project for a minimum 100-year design life. >> reporter: the setback also comes at a difficult time for dulles, which is trying to gain as many domestic passengers as possible while reagan national's
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growth has exploded. now, this delay is also a tough pill for drivers on the dulles toll road to swallow. don't forget they're helping to finance a large part of this project. at 6, will tolls go up because of this delay? back to you. >> reporter: police say she was advertising for prostitution from a hotel room with a 3-year-old by her side. coming up in a live report i'll tell you about the serious charges against this young mother. we're looking at a beautiful day today, but rain is in the forecast
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right now at 5:45, we're seeing a much more subdued tone in the city of baltimore. a large crowd has gathered at
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the intersection of north and pennsylvania where that cvs was looted and burned yesterday, but that crowd has been peaceful and at times it even seem liked a party atmosphere. we are now just a little more than four hours away from a citywide curfew. it will start at 10:00 tonight, run until 5:00 in the morning and it is every night this week. and just about a half hour ago mayor stephanie rawlings-blake thanked the community for helping to clean up from yesterday's chaos and said that this could be the city's defining moment. stay tuned. just ahead pat lawson muse will talk to shomari stone about his experience in the thick of it last night. he'll tell us what it was like to be in the middle covering that violence. >> thank you, wendy. a shocking discovery in fairfax county. a woman is under arrest accused of working as a prostitute with a 3-year-old by her side. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey with a story you'll see only on news4. >> reporter: well when i discovered the search warrant the fairfax county courthouse,
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what i read in it very disturbing. detectives traced an online ad for prostitution to this hotel. when they got to the woman's room, sure enough there was a child there, too. it was anonymous tip that led detectives to this hotel. someone had seen an ad on the website that seemed to be offering juveniles for sex. >> so when we do receive information that a juvenile might be being trafficked we respond to that aggressively and immediately. >> reporter: police started undercover calling the number in the backpage ad posing as a customer. when the woman answered, they heard a child's voice in the background. next they traced the internet address for the ad to this hotel to room 245. inside, what they'd feared. there was a 3-year-old boy. they also found $3500 in cash, marijuana and lots of cell phones. >> it's extremely worrisome. not only is that child at risk just being in that environment, but what the child is being exposed to as well is extremely concerning to us and one of the primary reasons why we contacted
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child protective services. >> reporter: 24-year-old jedra was arrested. the investigation showed the child was the woman's young son but that she was not trafficking him. in fairfax county she's charged with child neglect, prostitution and keeping a body play. but it turns out federal authorities had been looking for her too. they've charged her with sex trafficking of a child. this affidavit reveals she's accused of prostituting a 15-year-old girl in northern virginia hotels and in other cities across the country. now, the woman's child is in the custody of child protective sevss. coming up at 6, i'll tell you why elected leaders are urging local businesses like hotels and airlines to help in the fight against human trafficking. back to you. >> julie carey thank you. doug joins us now. a rough ride out there for a lot of pollen sufferers. it's kicking us doug. >> it's kicking you hard, isn't it? >> yeah. >> you look outside, it's a great day. but everybody is suffering from
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pollen. this is the kind of day that gets you. right now that pollen very high. take a look. trees are the highest we're talking oak, ash, sweet gum and mulberry, all on the high side. weeds, grasses mold on the low side. this tree pollen will be up there for the next 24 hours or so. thursday is the day it will come down, but, as the pollen comes down, well, you know the rain normally does too. sunset tonight 7:57, a gorgeous picture. look at that 69 degrees right now down to about 66 at 7:00, 59 degrees at 11:00. so a nice, very nice, evening set up for you as we move through the day. temperatures right now 66 gaithersburg, 68 in reston, 70 in manassas our friends in warrenton 70 degrees, down towards huntingtown 65 over toward annapolis. as we move through the day, no rain expected this evening, no rain expected tomorrow. it's thursday that's going to have the rain. tomorrow sun and clouds, a great day. enjoy it because yeah we've got that rain coming in soon. temperatures 68 to about 74 degrees, tomorrow a great day,
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possibly to get out and play a little golf, maybe a little bit of tennis, jim handly. 54 at 9:00 a.m. 61 at 11:00, 72 at 3:00 p.m. and simply beautiful on our wednesday. thursday, however, there's the rain coming in. temperatures around 65 that rain sticks with us and so does the wind, rather breezy on friday, highs only in the upper 50s to around 60. friday a raw day, but that gets out of here and saturday and sunday right now looking great. could see an isolated shower on saturday, temperature around 68 but sunday, monday and tuesday temperatures going in the right direction. straight on up. >> sounds good. from tragedy to triumph, doreen joins us with the inspiring story of a young woman who didn't let a devastating disease discourage her from achieving her dreams. >> hi wendy. take a look at this beautiful young woman, walking a fashion runway in new york. she has a walker and she gets a
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standing ovation from the crowd. we caught up with her separate from the cat walk to a helicopter in maryland where she's still recovering from a rare disease that almost stopped her from going to new york or anywhere else. that's because up until a year or so ago she was paralyzed. there were no symptoms. nothing at all unusual. just an ordinary day for megan sillcot, then 16 years old. but for some reason, on that day her immune system decided to wage war on her own body. >> i was terrified. i didn't really know what was happening. i didn't have any type of movement through my toes all the way up to my arms. i had some movement in my left arm but none in my right. >> doctors told her she had developed acute disseminated even cephalomei lights, a condition that triggers the immune system to attack the tissues surrounding the spinal cord. when that tissue is damaged, the
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brain can't transmit signals to the rest of the body, telling it how and where to move, so patients are paralyzed. >> what we see is devastating. >> dr. sadowski specializes in spinal cord injuries at the kennedy krieger institute in baltimore. she says many patients get better on their own but in about one-third of the cases, including megan's, there are major neurologic consequences. >> you can get better, but you always have to work at it. >> i just think, why me? but then i thought, this isn't going to be me. >> after being on a ventilator in the intensive care unit for six days and then in the hospital for two weeks megan says the virus had run its course. she soon learned that she would need to do intense physical therapy just to learn how to walk and use her body again. and then she got an offer that would change her life, a fashion designer looking for an inspirational story asked megan to model one of her looks during
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her show at new york fashion week. >> i was completely up for the challenge. i was like oh, of course i'll walk in new york fashion week like what young girl doesn't want to did that? >> my first reaction was no. first you learn how to walk normally. then you do the fashion walking. >> but after spending six hours a day in therapy at kennedy krieger for nearly three months, megan was ready. ♪ she was still using her walker and the runway was a challenge. but with grace and beauty, the maryland teenager strutted down that catwalk to a standing ovation from the crowd. >> when i as done, i went in the back and like all the models were clapping and everyone was cheering. that was exciting. >> if you have somebody that has a dream and the right people around them to help them nothing's stopping you. >> since that fashion show in
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new york, megan has had a setback in her recovery but she's back in therapy and close to regaining full movement. she also says she hopes to have an acting career. megan sillcot doesn't take no for an answer. >> good for her. well as the violence unfolded last night in baltimore, news4 was there. >> tonight our shomari stone describes his experience last night in the danger zone. he explains what it's like to have a tear gas gun pointed directly at him. his story after the break.
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we're learning some new details about the pope's schedule when he comes to d.c. in september. pope francis will hold an outdoor mass at the basilica mass of the immaculate conception. it will be held september 23rd. the congregation will gather outside of the shrine and also on catholic university's mall. you know we watched them last night, reporters covering the clashes in baltimore often found themselves right in the middle of some very dangerous situations. >> as they do. pat lawson muse talks to shaomari stone about his experiences in baltimore last night. >> news4's shomari stone was there and right in the heat of the battle. shomari joins me live. you had some tense moments. set the scene when you arrived at the cvs. >> when we first arrived, the cvs was burning. there was widespread looting in that area. and the police officers were trying to gain control of the crowds.
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a lot of people were throwing things and they were taunting police, and you can see right there on the video a man walking with items that he stole out of a liquor store. people were covering their faces because they didn't want to be shown because they don't want to be prosecuted for looting and stealing in that area on north mount avenue. there was a lot of folks walking down the street and lighting cars on fire. we saw that. and we saw people going into the liquor store and stealing more items. >> and at one point we were wondering where police were. they finally did show up. >> yes. the police did show up. it's sort of like a catch-22 because some say, well police need to show restraint. in my opinion from what i saw, they showed restraint. but at the same time that could lead to lawlessness with people saying, okay the police aren't around, let me go and loot and destroy this store. it's a catch-22. which way do you go? the police were very, from what i saw, professional, yet some of the protesters who were peaceful
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were frytrying to calm things down. then you had some folks who were quite frankly causing a lot of trouble. >> when the crowd started to move around and move toward you, you had a very scary moment. tell us about that. >> indeed. my photographer michael regan and i were in a very safe area, and all of a sudden the crowd gravitated towards us, and police doing their jobs trying to disperse the crowd pointed their guns, trying to with rubber bullets keep things calm. they also sprayed tear gas and had flash bangs trying to make sure the crowd is pushed away. i have to add that there were a lot of peaceful protesters out there. what you're seeing on the screen, of course, is some of the lawlessness and the chaos. but there were peaceful protesters who were legitimately, as they describe, upset about what happened to freddie gray. >> you mentioned tear gas, the canister actually landed at your feet. >> yes, it did. last night. that's when we actually
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retreated out of that area because we said it's unsafe at this particular point. here at news4, as you know, we fety first. >> shomari stone, great work. thank you. >> thank you. i think this can be our defining moment and not the darkest days that we saw yesterday. >> now at 6, state of emergency. leaders in baltimore say they won't tolerate a repeat of last night's looting. crowds have been gathering all day on the streets of baltimore. so far, they have been quite peaceful. police seem to be prepared for anything. city leaders are trying to take control of a volatile situation in baltimore tonight. >> after rioting and looting broke out last night and yesterday hundreds of people from around the area and the national guard have joined the effort to keep the peace. as a curfew goes into effect in about four hours from now at the same time many are trying to clean up the damage and calm the crowd. >> the police commissioner said
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it is clear that he and his officers have to change the culture of his department. but he defended yesterday's police response. he said, many of the looters were our kids. we have team coverage covering all the angles of this evening. we begin with mark segraves. mark, what's going on right now? >> reporter: jim weeshgs're right outside the cvs that everyone watched burn last night the intersection of pennsylvania and northwest avenue. as you can see, the crowd has been bigger than this, but this is about the average size of this crowd here today. now just moments ago, deep in that crowd is the police line. there's about 50 police standing with riot gear, and sometimes it gets tense between police and the protesters. here is the scene a little bit ago. now, so far there has been no


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