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police say a burglar in fairfax county is targeting a new community now. fox 5 morning news starts right now. let's take a look outside at traffic on 395 at route 27 where you would get off to jump to the presbyterian. october 14th right now. i'm steve chenevey. >> and i'm allison seymour. the girls are packed with the umbrellas today and windbreaker. it's going to be a little bit of a change, tony tells me. >> temperatures have dropped over the last couple of days and rain moving in. >> cooler air in place for today and some precipitation making its presence known, particularly out to the west. although we're now seeing rain showers pop up to the east as well. good morning, everybody. let's take a look at hd radar. and as the minutes tick by we see more and more of the rain filling in across our general viewing area. including some spots of heavy rain out toward manassas, out to the north and west of fredericksburg, west of
culpeper, places like that. and then a light shower activity on the eastern portion of the beltway and out toward anne arundel county as well. so showers. this is what we'll continue to see during the course of the day today. right now reagan national reporting a temperature of 57 degrees. relative humidity is 83%. winds out of the northeast at 5 miles per hour. your forecast for today, we're going to be looking for cloudy skies, cool, periods of rain, and we could see a thunderstorm or two pop up later today. our high only about 60 degrees for today. that's a look at the weather. we'll have more coming up in just a little bit. steve, back to you. we do have a traffic alert for you. if you ride marc train 880 that departed brunswick at 8:40 in the morning, that has been canceled due to the deadly accident yesterday. riders should expect overcrowding on the trains this morning. on the roads, several more
streets are shut down as filming continues for transformers 3. 20th and 21st street between c. street and constitution will be shut down until noon tomorrow and independent southwest between 3rd and 7th street closed until 10:00. there are closings and parking restrictions and all of that is posted online at myfoxdc.com. so let's check the traffic this morning with our commute as we're hoping get it in before the rain started to fall. >> let's start off with the crew in sky fox past 123 in vienna, finding that accident is tieing up the right side of the highway as you continue on the inner loop of the beltway. now typically we find inner loop delays leaving braddock and toward 66. it's not only slow from braddock north but congested past the accident scene at 123. and again we do have activity that continues to squeeze the right lane and that is the
focal point for inner loop delays which are starting to stack up well before route 50, arlington, heading up to the left shoulder. 66 is a mess out of manassas. fair oaks, and after nutley street to the beltway. it is a tight ride on the beltway in tysons and this is the same area where we saw congestion yesterday because of a range in the traffic pattern out of vienna. again, you travel through the intersection and make the left turn, which is the same ramp that allows southbound 123 to exit on the inner loop. we saw what that did to the commute, now an accident in the same area. quickly moving on. we have problems on the beltway in virginia. if you are traveling down south in the direction of the wilson bridge, outer loop, accident tieing up the left lane in the direction of the wilson bridge. inner loop at eisenhower, reports of a stalled car tieing up a lane. outer loop below speed, 95 to
georgia avenue with all lanes open. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. our top story, yesterday's double shooting at a department of public works lot. there is the victim. d.c. police say it does not appear to be a random shooting. larry hutchins was killed and another worker injured when the gunman fired off several shots at around 6:00 yesterday morning. this was on w. street northeast. officers say the shooter was in a dpw uniform but dpw maintains the gunman was not somebody who other employees recognized. >> pop, pop. >> reporter: the person responsible for the shooting was wearing a uniform. we have not confirmed what type of uniform or any other information. >> we do have a crew at the scene getting details so we'll have a live report later this morning. a 4-year-old child safe and sound after being caught in the middle of a carjacking.
a man hopped in a vehicle at a gas station on fay lor road in temple hymns before 10:00 last night. police believe the carjacker dump off when he realized the child was in the backseat. the child is okay now back with their parents. the carjacker is still on the run. [ cheering and applause ] celebrations in chilly and around the world as the last rescue worker and miner make their way to the surface of the earth. the 33rd miner and celebrated across the world. they were trapped for more than two months. laura evans with more on the rescue mission. >> reporter: one after one, as each miner is pulled to the surface, the scene is repeated. first cheers, then the long
awaiting reunion with loved ones. then the miners with whisked off to triage before being flown to a main hospital 35 miles away. the rescues have captivated not only chile but the rest of the world too. >> this rescue is a tribute not only to the determination of the rescue workers and the chilean government, but also the unit and resolve of the chilean people who have inspired the world. >> i continue to entrust divine goodness that the miners in chile many thanks and may god bless you. >> reporter: the chilean president told him the first five days underground were filled with anguish. but when they heard the first signs of drilling they regained hope. >> and then on sunday august 22nd the first contact was established it was the confirmation something they knew. that the whole of chile was helping with their rescue. >> reporter: now experts warn
they will likely face a slew of health issues. >> as they start to feel more and more stress, i get more and more concerned about their diabetes, about high blood pressure, about heart disease. many of them have underlying medical problems. >> reporter: feared dead for 17 days the man rationed tuna and some milk. officials did send down medicine and food and water and told them to prepare for the rescue by exercising mentally and physically. but still their lives have been changed forever. >> how do you relate to your wife any more? how do you relate to the kids when she said, well who, is going to go to the soccer game? can you hear that in the same way? >> reporter: laura evans, fox 5 news. >> fortunately all of the men appeared to be in good health but experts worry the war ahead may have problems. and they could have post traumatic syndrome as they readjust to life outside of the mine. we have a whole bunch of photos
online and a video and more images all in one place. go to myfoxdc.com and you'll find it there. another big story we're following here at home. the head of the d.c. public school system michelle rhee officially steps down. the formal announcement made during a joint news conference with adrian fenty and vincent gray. karen gray houston has the details. >> reporter: with all of the hugging and smiling and thanking going on, you would almost never know there was a bitter primary election campaign. >> thank you, mayor. >> thank you. >> reporter: or suspect that michelle rhee ever suggested she wouldn't -- couldn't work for gray. >> today we have agreed thatly leave my post at the washington, d.c. public school system. this is not a decision we made lightly. >> the job as chancellor as we well know is an easy one but
chancellor you tackled it head on. >> reporter: it was a gushing show of unit with the mayor boasting that michelle rhee ked exceeded all of his -- exceeded all of his expectations. >> the dropout rates going down and the a.p. classes improving. >> reporter: and it was time to meet the replacement. >> i've been here in d.c. and working with d.c. public schools for the last 13 years and never in my wildest dreams did i imagine that we could reach such heights. >> reporter: henderson michelle rhee's top management team has agreed to remain in place. then after a highly scripted news conference, they all left quickly, taking few questions. promising more answers in the upcoming town hall meetings. meanwhile other city leaders and head of the teachers union hope the top staff will stay in place until the end of the school year to avoid any
disruptions. >> i think this was a prudent thing to do for the children. >> reporter: arne duncan released a statement reading in part, michelle rhee has been a pivotal leader in the school reform movement and we expect she'll continue to be a force for change where ever she goes. in the news room, karen gray houston, fox 5 news. >> deputy chancellor kiah henderson will take over. she's 40 years old and the daughter of a school principal. henderson earned her bachelors and masters from georgetown university. she has 13 years of experience working in the d.c. school system. and henderson is credited with the ground-breaking d.c. teacher contract reached with the union. an arrest is made in connection with a stabbing at a popular college park, maryland, bar. but students speaking out against the thirsty turtle coming up next. and new developments in the case of a serial burglar in
fairfax county. it's believed the same person is responsible in nearly 100 cases. we'll talk live with police to find out how you can stop your home from being the next target. as we head to break, we'll take a live look outside as we start to see a few rain drops move into the area. we'll have the latest forecast and your traffic coming up next. it's 7:11. woman 1 sync: i knew what bob ehrlich did as governor. man 1 sync: raised my property taxes 60 percent. woman 2 sync: let utilities hike our rates 72 percent. woman 1 sync: but i didn't know what he's done since he got fired as governor. man 2: ehrlich's raked in millions. man 3: he worked for a wall street bank that took 10 billion dollars from the bailout. woman 3: 10 billion of our money. woman 4: our money. woman 5 sync: and he worked for another bank that collapsed. man 4: costing tax payers 17 million. anncr: tell bob ehrlich big banks don't need help. middle class marylanders do.
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we'll take a look outside right now. it's 7:14. hard to tell if there is any rain coming down in that area but the trees look pretty, don't they? >> yeah, where is that? >> much like the supertramp question, i cannot give you an answer. >> okay, it's in our area. >> it's in fairfax. and we saw a few rain drops
down there. >> it is starting to come down. reagan national is just reporting some light rain there. >> i have to go because i haven't seen the pretty colors. >> you should take that short road trip. and i noticed in maryland some of the leaves starting to turn yesterday. >> we're starting to see that happen in our area. but still some time before we hit peak. >> and what are you looking at? you looked at this and then looked up. are you looking at my hair? >> i don't recall. you look fine, actually. 57 degrees is the current temperature. here in d.c. 52. patuxent naval air station is at 62 degrees. hagerstown is 50. here is your satellite radar for the region. there it comes. your standing around and then rain showers move in. now we're seeing wider and wider areas of rain particularly to the south and west. and so that's a pretty good line coming through when you look at it on this particular
radar and we have seen strong thunderstorms in south central virginia. so we'll keep our eyes on this as it comes through. now here is your five-day forecast. you might think that is not a lot of rain but we have low pressure pulling more rain into the region, hence the rainy day forecast. tomorrow around 60 and some showers in the morning. blustery tomorrow. cool for the redskins game on sunday night and then sunny on monday. more coming up in a little bit. let's check in with julie. your hair is fine, allison. >> julie, sometimes you have to ask the question, what are you looking at? >> but you're asking the guys. >> well he was looking at me and so i asked him. >> the guys that get out of the shower do the towel dry thing and walk out of the door. lanes are open as you continue on the beltway to and from the wilson bridge. crash on the inner loop of the beltway past eisenhower. that was tieing up the center
of the road and then on the outer loop at van dorn, accident tieing up the far right lane. so on both loops of the beltway we have accident activity. northbound 95 congested out of woodbridge through springfield and 395 traffic slowing at duke street and 14th street bridge. inner loop at tysons and 123, accident causing a backup from braddock toward tysons. outer loop at slow speed, slow from 198 and the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. police have arrested this man. leonardo ramos is charged with second-degree murder and assault. police say a fight in the thirsty turtle spilled over into the street. this is the biggest bar in college park and police say it is a continuing problem for
them. they want the establish shut down. john henrehan has more. >> reporter: the street stabbings that occurred in college park on tuesday were the combination of a bar fight that police say began inside the thirsty turtle. campus official david mitchell said the biggest bar just off campus is a chronic source of underage drinking and overimbibing. >> there was one case where one student had a problem and the bar declined to call an ambulance because they were underage. >> i've seen people urinating on the floor. i've seen underage kids served and not cut off when they are so intoxicated they can barely make their way back home. >> reporter: joe said he's been going to the thirsty turtle since he was a freshman. >> did you go there underage.
>> i've been there underage before. >> how did you get in? >> tagalong with some friends, nod to someone you know or pay an extra $5. >> reporter: seth confirmed what we were told. >> i've seen people vomiting on the bar, vomiting in the bathroom and getting carried out. one girl was so drunk she sat down and passed out and then they put a bag over her head so she could breathe. >> reporter: they are told to be fully cooperating and a hearing on the thirsty turtle licely will likely happen in november. john henrehan, fox 5 news.
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determined that a gas pipeline triggered last month's massive inferno in california. looking at pictures where 37 homes were destroyed, eight people were killed. crews in san bruno have removed more than 7,000 tons of charred debris. the first lady on the campaign trail. she was in chicago last night campaigning for democratic candidate alexi jenois. tickets ranged from $500 to $3,000. last week the president also attended a fundraiser for him. and delaware republican christine o'donnell faced off with chris coons last night. for more on that, you can go to myfoxdc.com and click on politics under the news tab. a day after a deadly shooting near their workplace, employees at the department of public works building in
northeast d.c. will be met by beefed up security today and we are live coming up. and as you leave for work, will your doors and windows be closed and locked after you leave? you might want to double check. because police say a burglar is targeting a new community now. and a live look outside. coming up we'll have the latest weather from tony and julie has your traffic update for you. it's all coming up next. rule the tweet.
all 33 miners now above the earth surface and all safe this morning. here is video of the final foreman being pulled to safety. he had a joyous union with his family and country watching. cheers as the rescue worker was pulled from the mine. they thought it would be four months until the men were able to be out but it turned out to
be two months. all miners are said to be fine. michelle rhee is stepping down at the end of the month and this womans weeks -- this comes weeks after adrian fenty was defeated. michelle rhee is known for firing hundreds of staffers. kiah henderson will take over as interim chancellor. a federal judge recently ruled don't ask, don't tell to be repealed. this is a day of change. >> we get some rain coming through and cool air keeping things cool for us for the next several days.
take the umbrella. you'll need it today. more of you are seeing rain than were seeing it before. let's look at hd radar and it is continuing to move across the washington area. this is associated with a frontal system and area of low pressure tracking through. you see a few spots of heavier rainfall, reston, virginia now seeing heavy rain. and now down to the south, culpeper has been getting it this morning. fredericksberg seeing heavy rain activity. right around the washington area starting to see some showers pop up inside the district and inside the beltway. some showers there. reagan national reporting some showers as well. and then off to the west and to the east as well in anne arundel county we're seeing some light shower activity. not everyone is getting it but some of will you get it during the course of the morning and afternoon. and back to the graphics. here is a picture -- an image of the big picture. we're losing the image of the radar, but we have cloudy
skies, there is your rainfall as it's coming through. an area of low pressure tracking off to the east and then pulling in more moisture from the atlantic so we'll get more rain coming in later on during the course of the day today. current temperatures around the region. it's a cool start to the day and it will be a cool day. not big changes in the temperatures today. 56 currently in washington. 60 in annapolis. 54 in gaithersburg. 59 at quantico. winchester at 54. and a few degree on top of that for your highs today. cool and cloudy and rain likely today, high only about 60 degrees. the winds will pick up tonight. let me show you the forecast. it will be cool. the winds pick up later tonight and could gust up to 25 miles per hour. cool in town. your low 48 degrees. so in the low 40s, maybe even 40 degrees in parts of the viewing area overnight tonight. tomorrow a few lingering showers early, 65. the weekend looks great.
i think it looks good. not going to be warm like last weekend. a lot of sunshine. highs ranging from mid-60s to 70 degrees. now here is julie with the latest on traffic. and it's very busy out there. rain starting to fall. and problems to discuss in virginia. northbound on i-95 through woodbridge it is bumper-to- bumper slow and slocuming around the curve leaving newington, north of the fairfax county parkway and on to 395. notice both the main line and the h.o.v. is below speed headed in the direction of the 14th street bridge. outer loop of the beltway leaving springfield in the direction of the wilson bridge. you have the crash here after van dorn tieing up the right side of the road so that's keeping you on the brakes from the springfield interchange toward the bridge. on the inner loop, delays cleared but a backup from eisenhower and then the pace
improves. top side of the beltway, below speed. 95 slows between 216 and 198 and bw parkway slow between 198 and 197. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. northern virginia's illusive serial bandit is at it again. the mysterious thief hit two houses in vienna and tried to get into others. >> reporter: according to vienna police, tuesday night the serial burglar climbed through the window of this home, took a purse and took off. >> i'm a bit surprised but it can happen anyplace. >> reporter: and the suspect burglarized another home nearby and he wasn't done. >> we also found two additional houses where we believe the sent tried to get in but wasn't able to get in. we found the screens were slit. >> reporter: this brings the estimated total of burglaries in fairfax county to nearly 100. in most of the cases the investigator say the suspect is
getting in through unlocked window and doors. one neighbor left his garage door up and the homeowner was nowhere to be found. craig ballinger lives across the street. >> we have storm windows and such. and we double lock even the storm lock. >> it's imperative that homeowners be very vigilant about locking doors and windows and don't take any chances. >> reporter: police say doing the simple things makes it harder for the suspect to get in and makes homeowners less likely to be crime victims. joining us with latest on the investigation is fairfax county police chief colonel dave roarer. >> good morning. thank you for having me. >> how troubling is this new location as fares you are concerned? >> it is very troubling.
but all of the cases are troubling. i've been a police officer for 30 years. outside of murders and sexual assault and robberies, those that are breaking in during the night is very chilling. we're taking all of the cases very seriously and have a lot of resources debt kateed to it. >> tell us about the commonality in the cases and do you believe it's a ring of the same group, one person, what are you thinking? >> well we're being careful not to have trouble vision in this case but we have 103 related cases that we believe may be committed by the same person or persons. we have 51 burglaries, 17 attempted burglaries and 35 other cases involving larceny from vehicles, suspicious events, things like that. certainly all of these have been in single family homes, many of them upscale type homes. and as you mentioned this is
really about open doors and windows and so the appeal we continue to make is for people to harden their homes, double lock their doors and windows and block pet doors and make your house less of a target and less vulnerable. >> when some of us here the doctors are open, the garage door is open and we think, man, in 2010 but yours is a safe community. that is a sort of serenity of what they -- we thought we could enjoy has been busted. >> again we are a safe community and i don't want to lose sight of that. and we've had these burglaries before. we're focused on this. and i understand people have in their homes. the home is the castle. and nobody should be at risk in their home in the middle of the night. so we are taking these seriously. but in 2010 you think people
would be more alert and vigilant about unlocked doors and windows and garage doors. we continue to make this appeal and i thank you for sharing this and pushing out the message, lock your doors and windows and turn your lights on. and go outside at nighttime and look at your house and think like a burglar. look for vulnerable areas and try to harden those for us. >> cornell, what is at risk here? what are the commonalities that people are going for. and we're showing the viewer at home some call or tip lines to call to report suspicious behavior. and tell us what do the burglars seem to be targeting? >> the most common thing is cash. it's items like purses, wallets, money clips left on a counter in a kitchen. a person looking through a window might see them there.
and they are taking cash which is hard to track. they are not taking credit cards or driver's license. it's mostly cash. so again keep things out of plain view as much as possible. look things away and don't look -- look your cars and don't leave ipods or radios or gps inside of a car. mostly cash being taken. >> and my last question, we've all been very lucky so far. this is all happening in the middle of the night. we haven't had any violence person to person but should you wake up during the fight and someone is in your home, what is the advice you should tell people? >> my advice is to go back to a bet room and go down stairs to look yourself into a room and call 911 and report someone breaking into your house. we are concerned. this person did take two
handguns out of a vehicle. whether the person is carrying these or not we don't know. but we don't want to risk that. if you see or hear something, call our emergency number 911 to report a crime in progress. if you have information dial 703-691-2131 and report the activity to us. and i again ask, too often we get information after the fact. we do canvasses and talk to people. if people see a crime in progress or see a suspicious person and we ask that they call us immediately. not the n. day or the next week, call us immediately so we can solve the face and identify the offender and make the arrest. >> we appreciate your time, sir. >> thank you very much. >> steve? more on our top story. the deadly double shooting at a department of public works lot in d.c. yesterday. security stepped up today.
sarah simmons is there getting the latest for us. >> reporter: security has been stepped up this morning. councilman harry thomas said they needed people here at the gates. and you can see d.c. protective services back here. and they were checking i.d.s as people were coming in and something that has never happened here before and they have had flood lights on all night to light up the area. still no arrests that occurred here at the department of public works. a shooting took the life of 51- year-old larry hutchins yesterday. another employee was also shot here but is expected to survive. now what we're hearing from police, they say multiple spots were fired this morning. employees did not recognize the gunman but police are telling us they were confirming that
the shooter was wearing a uniform. could not confirm it's a department uniform. and they say they were asking for more security here. listen to mayor fenty from yesterday. >> without any question there needs to be enhanced security and we'll work with the metropolitan police department and the department of real estate services who does security for the government and work with the management and the leadership of the union until we get it right. because this shouldn't be happening on a government facility. >> reporter: now we spoke to a few employees this morning who said they were glad to see there was additional segureity -- security for them. we'll hear from them in the next hour. but still an investigation is underway. they are they'll trying to make an arrest in this case and
we'll bring it to you as it happens. thank you. coming up, the s.e.c. proposing a new rule that would require cell phone companies to notify you before you go over your usage limit and get the added fees on your bill. the s.e.c. will take comment on such rules. we'll look at that coming up in the 8:00 hour. and the president's family tree shows he is related to some political rivals. we'll tell you who pay be coming up on fox 5 morning news. swigakimth joe
cousin. the common ancestor was a socially conscious man, opposed to the persecution of the quakers. and the president would also be related to limbaugh and george w. bush. >> aren't we all related. >> probably more than half of the country would be related. >> that's the thing about those stories, you can link up any two people. >> i feel closer to you guys already just knowing this, if that is the case. >> i believe it is. >> weren't there a lot of john smiths back then. >> oh, that john smith. >> and that must be hard when you are searching back. and we do have rain showers moving across the region. hd radar, here it is. and you can see the showers coming through. a couple of them are heavy now off to the south and west of the district. but it's raining in portions of northeast washington, southeast washington. out towards prince george's
county. out to the west, reston it looks like probably vienna, manassas, dale city, reagan national are reporting light rain. but heavy rain off to the south and west so be aware of that coming through your neighborhood in a few minutes. here is the surface map for today. if you are wondering what is going on here? well we have low pressure -- we have a cold front coming through and then an area of low pressure. that is a low off the coast moving to the northeast. and there is your clue. >> a nor'easter. >> there it is. you got it. a nor'easter. we'll get our rain today. much of the northeast getting heavy rain today and tomorrow. high today only about 60 degrees. periods of and i and -- of rain and maybe a thunderstorm or two. and during the day tomorrow, blustery and lingering showers. saturday, sunday and monday all
look good. >> i want to change my answer. >> to what? >> i'm just joking. 7:47 right now. that is your final answer. let's check in with julie wright. inner loop. same location at 123. left side of the road delayed leaving braddock. dulles at toll road, involving a motorcycle. and the entire trip of the main line from potomac hills up to the beltway. leaving springfield up to 395. outer loop still contested 95 to georgia, 270 on the brakes from germantown all the way to the split. that's a check of your fox 5 on-
the national geographic museum in northwest d.c. having a fun and educational festival coming up this weekend. >> holly is there today to find out more about this event. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. i'm going to say a lot of things today but i think there is one thing that you will remember when it comes to geckos. they do not have eyelids. so they lick their eyes in order to keep them clean. it's kind of like their own windshield wiper. i would say probably that would impress the lady gecko. i just called it a geico. and i have to say i bet that whole geico, gecko campaign has peaked interest. >> absolutely. people want to know what a real gecko looks like. >> reporter: and they are really interesting. and let's talk about the exhibit because it's exciting and new and you want people to come. >> yes.
it's geckos tails to toe pads and there are 70 different species and we have some hags that will hatch. so we think we'll have more geckos to come and see. >> reporter: and people need allow time. they are good at camouflaging themself to hide. >> that's the nature of their body. and we said we don't know that much about geckos and think our visitors would love to see geckos. >> reporter: and have you taken that exhibit and spruced it up in your own national geographic way. >> we are here in camp gecko which featured photography, family activities to come here and spend time and you'll see great green bags with gecko
faces and a habitat color and this is different textures of the skin and we have a gecko wall of fame here. so kids can come and color the different gecko textures and every week we choose art work to display. >> reporter: look at that. >> your art work could be here. and then we have this great family backpack. >> reporter: explain this. >> when a family comes they can get a backpack to enhance the experiences. we have these gases she could could look like a gecko. and we have the safari hat and a staff -- scavenger hunt. and we can teach about the different families and species. and then we have some great giveaways. we have got a gecko mask, which has some great marketing
material. >> and just in time for halloween. we have magnets and geckos have no eyelids so they have to lick their own so we created eyelid suckers so kids can find out about licking their eyelids and tattoos. >> reporter: and it cost? >> $7 for adults and $4 for kids. >> reporter: and on wednesday. >> they are free. >> reporter: and tell us about world animal day on saturday. >> we're going to have demonstrations, activities, all sorts of filming and animal jam which is a great new game produced by national geographic. there is a lot of great activities. >> reporter: and what would be the best agents for world animal day? >> i would say four to ten.
>> reporter: i don't know. i would think 4-99. this has been pretty school. >> you can see one. >> reporter: look at this guy. myfoxdc.com is our website. we have a link to the national geographic website. tales of topaz will be here and get your tickets -- get your tickets online. and this saturday is animal day. they are having specialty workshops at 10:00 and noon. that's for those who created critter sam. you can go online and figure out how to do that. and coming up in the next hour, we have the gecko guy coming and he'll get a few of these little guys out. did i tell you they can lick their eyeballs? >> you did. holly, we'll see you again soon. >> kind of nasty, but it's interesting. coming up in the 8:00 hour,
a great show including actor lance gross. you know him on tyler perry's house of pain and other big films and he is coming by to talk to us about what is going on in this air. >> at one point when you have a cell phone you probably had charges you didn't expect. >> what? now there is an effort to put a stop to the sticker shock. and the president warning democrats about the upcoming election. more on that in our next hour as we talk politics as well. it's now 7:57. frce ttge
security being stepped up at d.c. department of public works after a deadly shooting yesterday morning. we're live on the scene this morning. then all of the chilean miners have been rescued and they are all in the hospital this morning. we're going to take a look at their tough road ahead. and you probably recognize them from the movie our family
wedding or tyler perry's house of pain. today lance gross is in town and we'll talk with him this morning. thanks for being with us, i'm steve chenevey. >> and i'm allison seymour. that interview comes up at about 8:45. he's in town for a good reason. he went to howard university so it's a push with the hbcu's and going green initiative. so it's good to see people involved. you don't have to do all of that. >> but people do and that's good. we're starting to see the rain move into the city now. >> we've been watching hd radar and it overspread the area and so many viewers are now seeing rain showers even if you weren't a couple of hours ago. take a look at the latest. there is your hd radar. most of the rain is from washington to points west. not so much to the east but it is moving in an easterly direction and a wide swoth of heavy rain south and west of the district near manassas, dale city, farther to the south as well. so that is making its way eastward. don't see any lightning or
anything. but down to our south and south central virginia we're seeing pretty good thunderstorms kick up. but none of that in our region. it is a cool start to the day and it will be a cool day. right now 56 in washington. 54 in baltimore. 54 at dulles airport. ocean city at 61. forecast for today, a lot of clouds, cool temperatures, our average high is 69 and well below that and more like 60, 61 degrees. and rain during the course of the day. in some spot it's be heavy. that's a look at weather. more coming up in just a bit. and roads are getting wetter out there, julie. >> it's not fun. we have bumper-to-bumper traffic on the top side leaving 95 to georgia but delays on 95 in the main line from potomac mills on to 395. h.o.v. lanes not so bad here but they move slow closer to the beltway ands continue on 395 toward
seminary road. braddock road up to 123 with a crash in the left lane. we're also got delays on the toll road toward hunter mill. accident there cleared. 66 congested in manassas and from centerville into the beltway. southbound 270, wet on the pavement out past mva. remaining slow to the lane divide. delays between 216 and 198 headed to the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. there was an increase in security after a double shooting there and the gunman is still on the loose. sarah simmons is live in northeast with the latest on our top story now. sarah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you know the departments -- or harry thomas the counselman here was pushing for this and said they needed to step up security. so calling for increased security at all of the
department of public works facilities. when we got here this morning there was a d.c. protective services here. they are still out here patrolling around. we see several workers here as well but there is definitely an increased presence throughout the morning. still no arrests in the shooting that occurred at this facility, the 1200 block of w. street. that took the life of 51-year- old larry hipins. another employee was shot but he is expected to survive. police say multiple shots were fired early yesterday morning, at about 6:20 when this happened. employees say they did not recognize the man or the shooter. he was said to be wearing a uniform and but could not say if it was a department of public works uniform. and many are mourning the loss of larry hitch ips.
employees here continue to show up today wondering what security will be like. here is what one employee had to say. >> the way i normally would come in, i didn't come in. i just walked down the middle of the street today. didn't know what would happen. >> reporter: but in walking up, that employee was able to tell us he did notice there was more lightning which is another concern that workers had mentioned yesterday, that it was pitch black when they would come to work and no security here. now again they are still investigating, still trying to find the shooter and make an arrest in this case. so this continues on from here. back to you in the studio. >> the surviving victim is hospitalized this morning, listed in good condition. this morning the 33 miner who's were trapped half a mile underground are waking up above ground and in the hospital. the last miner pulled out last night. there is word that the
healthiest miners may be released from the hospital sometime today. ainsley earhart has the next chapter in this story. >> reporter: it's over. the rescue site is quiet. a few hours earlier six rescuers held up a sign reading in spanish, mission accomplished chile. and then they head to the surface one by one. manuel gonzales was the last man out. 17 miners have been hospitalized. one of them is said to be very depressed. >> i saw him feeling down, the young man jimmy sanchez. he would not communicate much and he looked like he was not responsive. i guess he could not believe that he was out in the mine and what was happening was not real. >> reporter: two floors in the hospital have been set aside for the miners to receive physical and psychological examines. they are being kept under observation in a ward kept as dark as a movie theater. about ten are suffering from
hypertension, diabetes, and dental and respiratory infection and skin lesions due to the humid. >> another miner has acute pneumonia, which has made for a longer stay at the hospital with intense treatment. >> reporter: the 33 men were trapped for nearly 10 weeks. no one has ever been trapped so long and survived. for the first 17 days no one knew whether they were alive. now they've been invited to appear on countless tv shows and to ponder book and movie deals. ainsley earhart, fox news. and here is one of the deals up for grabs right now. one of the men rescued is a big elvis presley fan and he requested music to be put down in the mine. now the memphis convention visitor's bureaus had invited him to a trip to grace land. and michelle rhee announced yesterday that she is stepping
down. she appeared at a press conference yesterday with outgoing mayor fenty and presumptive elect vincent gray. michelle rhee even appeared on the oprah win free show and in the education documentary waiting for superman. >> i think this was the prudent things to do for the citizens to make sure we have a seamless transition on education. and i think people forget all of us are for education reform. >> i think this panned out in the best way possible for the children of district of columbia. michelle rhee is a change agent and very often change agents don't hang around to see the end result. >> her departure comes week after mayor fenty was defeated. now the next mayor of the
district continues his town hall meetings tonight and we're haring vince gray might bring the new head of d.c. schools in ward 2 at the foundry united methodist church at 16th street and started at 6:00. the house said the president has no regretted after not campaigning for fenty. even though it led to the loss of michelle rhee. robert gibbs said the important work of education leaders has to continue regardless of the outcome of elections. it looks like he could go from mayor fenty to professor fenty. he said it's too early to talk about what he'll do next but confirming he is talking to oberlin college in ohio about teaching a political course. mish lady michelle obama has embarked on a two week campaign to raise money and rally votes for democrats for those struggling.
today mrs. obama will cast her ballot in chicago to encourage early voting. she was hoped to grab the old president obama senate seat. and she stopped in wisconsin to show support for russ fine gold who is trailing his republican opponent in the polls. she will be in 7 states over the next 12 days. odds are if you have a cell phone, and you probably do, at one point you have gotten a bill that was bigger than expected. >> now there is an effort under way to sticker shock when you look at that bill. and if your morning routine involves your stop at starbucks you might need to allow more time. we'll tell you why when we come back, so stay with us.
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inside. this happened at a gas station on naylor road and branch in temple hills last night. police believe he dumped the car when he realized the 4-year- old in the backseat. the child is okay. and several streets -- several streets are still shut down due to the filming of transformers 3. and 20th and 21st streets between c. street and constitution and independent southwest between 3rd and 7th streets, for the full list of the parking restrictions and street closures go to myfoxdc.com. and you might have to wait longer for your latte or those yummy pumpkin lattes. customers was saying it was too much like an assembly line so
now baristas can only make two drinks at a time. some workers are worried the changes will create longer lines and i'm sure they will. >> and as you say, are you happy now? that comes back to you. because you want your pumpkin latte. >> i can have it skinny today. so that's what you can expect at starbucks. and our bonus factor with a response to a specific request. >> i didn't know you knew. absolutely right. it's time for the my first 5 photo of the day. the other day julie day julie -- the other day julie said she wanted to get kids rocking the red. and here is turner rocking the
red and across country and letting everybody know. and turner, you're a hand some young man. thanks for rocking the red. to send us your child's picture go to myfoxdc.com and click on mornings. and check out the radar. it's here, boys and girls, and a lot of it is heavy. heavy rain coming through portions of virginia and even now in north central maryland we're seeing heavy rain as well. so this is getting more enhances. rain showers will show your commute in some places because of the heavy rain we are seeing at this time. rights now reagan national, reporting a temperature of 57 degrees. relative hume is at -- humidity is at 93%. the winds are calm. i don't think the stats are right because we have a bit of a breeze. let me just check my trusty computer. yeah, they are right. here is a look at the mapper
for today. we're going to see -- no. 60 degrees for the high today, periods of rain and maybe a couple of thunderstorms. now let's find out what is happening with traffic. did you see turner? >> i did. i predict in a couple of years he's going to light up the lamp at turner pretty soon. >> should be what? >> lighting up the lamp. i love that picture. thank you. a future alexander semin right there. and on the roads, all of this wet stuff on the roads not helping with the drive. southbound along 270, delays out of rockville toward the split and forming back in germantown. father hurley boulevard down to the lane divide. main line gridlocked headed south. outer loop of the beltway bumper-to-bumper to slow leaving 95. 216 headed south, delays in laurel. inner loop of the beltway got a
lot of calls about what is going on here. it's a 7-mile backup out of oxon hill headed for the bridge. the problem is at eisenhower in virginia and it's gone but remains slow. bumper-to-bumper from potomac mills on to 395. slow traffic continues to the 14th street bridge and then from centreville all the way into the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. some have seen overage fees on your cell phone and a new rule could require cell phone companies to notify you before you go over your usage limits and get hit with the extra fees. the agency will vote today to seek public comment. we're joined by david butler. it is one thing that united
people is that just about everybody has a cell phone and just about everybody has a story. >> it's true. there are some 300 million mobile subscriptions in the u.s. a and we use them for sending e-mails, circulating the web. but as phones have got more sophisticated, the bills have gotten more complicated and that's led to cell phone bill shock. >> and how many people are effected by this? >> we've heard some horror stories. we've all probably experienced the time there is a unexpected fee. we've heard stories that there were up to $15,000 in sudden surprise fees showing up on your bill and usually it stems from butting through your limits. every time you use your phone to serve the web -- surf the
web, it's not easy to track how much data you are using. >> and let me take the position of a cell phone's company attorney for a minute. and say all of the limits were outlines in the contract but now why does the responsibility fall on the cell phone customer and not the user to understand what they are paying for. >> now that they are putting limits on how much calls you take and too much data you use, consumers net better tools. the partly cloudy is proposing a serious solution to a serious problem. requires companies to alert you before you go over your limit. send you a teor voice message to tell you your about to go over that limit. >> that would be great except this is a for-profit business. will they claim this is an
extentive restaurant on our radar. >> new technology that has made phones more sophisticated, simply we can send a message to tell them they are about to bust limits. this is going on in other countries without forcing them to raise rates. >> let's talk about the process itself. a vote is being taken today. will this vote change anything or is this just so the public has a chance to share their own story. the s.e.c. here in washington is doing to unveil the rules to help you avoid cell phone bill shock. public comment period would allow people to link up and make their own argument and eventually the s.e.c. will look at the comments and
make a decision by casting a vote sometime this year. we found that some 30000000 miles per hour have been smacked with sudden surprise fees. we think this is a good solution. >> and we've covered stories as well with folks traveling and i think that would definitely help. david butler, thank you for coming in this morning. when we find out what happened today we'll put that online and along with a line to share your stories if you would like to rank your public plain. 82 right now. and police say the fairfax burglar is targeting a new community. and later we're live with how to celebrate world animal day this weekend. stay with us. we'll be right back.
there are a total of 90 serial burglary cases under investigation. they say residents should take precaution and protect themselves from these type of crimes. >> it is important that homeowners be vigilant about locking the doors and windows and don't take any chances. >> police are also urging residents to watch out for this type of activity. and figures show 300,000 properties were lost to foreclosure since july. that's up from nearly $270,000 in the fourth quarter. banks are on pace to take over 1 million homes by this year. but some have suspended foreclosures and sales until they can sort out the
foreclosure document mess. yesterday all 50 of the state's attorney general looked over documents. and rapper ti credited with helping to save a life when we make headlines this morning. >> and warning democrats about the up coming election. we'll have more on that when we come back. so stay with us. it's 8:27.
it is # -- 8:30. vienna police investigating the death of an infant on dove circle southwest in vienna. officers responded to the call of a 9-month-old child in medical express after the child took a two-hour nap. the child was in the care of a day care provider. a new report is exposing the importance of keeping pills
out of child's reach. a new study finds more than 100,000 people are sent to the emergency room each year because of accidentally ingested drugs. two-thirds of those are children under the age of five. police say locking up drugs and exposing of expired drugs can help to save lives. rapper ti who was a guest here not long ago using his celebrity star power to help rescue a man from danger. the man showed up at the high- rise after hearing about i man at the top of a building. he agreed to come down with some face-to-face time with ti and then taken to the hospital.
>> and we think the celebrities can help. >> i almost lost mine because i almost tripped over this chair. but i'm all right. >> i think she's being over traumatic. >> losing the life and breaking the leg and now it's chipping a nail. some heavy rain in a few spots across 95 and that's the theme around here all day today. it will be cloudy and cool and we'll have on again, off again rain. i think the steadiest part of the rain is during the first part of the day. but be prepared as you head out the door. and our storm system guessing impressive. a lot of thunderstorm activity toward richmond this morning.
and it's a big area of low pressure over the coast. so it will give us windy conditions later in afternoon after we get rain around here during the day and it starts to exit. the winds will pick up. so blustery tend and then as you get up tomorrow it will feel like fall around here with temperatures in the 50s and winds out of the northwest gusts to 45 miles per hour. that will set us up for a good looking weekend. our afternoon temperature about 50. 46 in frederick. 49 in annapolis. 59 in baltimore. and 59 as you start your morning down in leonardtown. high temperatures only about 60. cloudy, cool. rain likely throughout the day. winds out of the east at 10-15 miles per hour, locking in the cool air for us, for the day. and the five-day forecast, there you go, showers around tomorrow, the upper level low departs and windy as well. saturday and sunday look fine. great conditions for the
redskins game on sunday night. so good looking weekend. that's a look at the forecast. let's get back to allison. president barack obama is talking about the good, the bad and the ugly of his first two years on the job. first three weeks away from mid- term elections, the president tells the new york times he's accomplished a lot and made some mistakes. fox news white house correspondent make emanuel with the specifics. >> reporter: 20 days before the mid-term election, the president is expressing regrets about his first two years and talking about an obama 2.0. the president said he allowed himself to look like the same old tax and spend liberal democrat. on the stimulus package he said he realized too late, there is no such things as shovel ready projects. but when selling it, that was
the fix. >> there are over 100 shovel ready projects. >> reporter: some experts say the tone and tenure of the interview is sending a warning to democrats on the november 2nd ballot. >> it's clear to me based on this interview that the president is saying, i've given up you are on your own. >> reporter: robert gibbs was present and he said he doesn't think the president is drawing conclusions ahead of time saying there are no post mart ems going on here. we are focused on what we have to do each day. and some of those recognize they have to keep their dance. >> what i'm hearing from democrats is the president is only useful for fundraising. >> reporter: president obama say he and his team focused on p.m.sy while ignoring the need to sell it to the public and
now said, quote, you can be neglecting or marketing p.r. but larry fleischer said the message isn't his problem. >> i think he's out of touch more than anybody thought if he thinks it isn't the stimulus that got him in trouble. >> reporter: vice president biden said democrats are not running on health care, financial regulatory reform and the stimulus because, quote, it's just too hard to explain. but the president's comment on tax and spending have hit a nerve with many in his own party. democrat candidates having to defend their stimulus vote have one more problem to deal with. fox news. tourists might be having trouble seeing greece's most famous ancient site and we'll tell you why when we come back.
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here is a good tip for air travelers. if you have a flight out of reagan national don't show up late because you will miss your flight. reagan national has the most on- time departures than any of the three airports in our area and ranked in the top ten across the country. the statistics coming from the transportation department show that more than 81% of the flights departed on time so far this year. now dulles international just behind that at 80% of the flights and bwi marshall came in with about 74% of on time departures. tourists in greece being kept away. riot police clashed with
protestors and put up barricades and fired tier gas. some protestors say they are owed 22 months of back pay. now to another story making headlines around the world. the mexican police commander investigating the shooting of an american tourist has been found dead. his decapitated head delivered to a mexican army base in a suitcase. he was investigating the murder of american david hartley while jet skiing. it is said to be a warning from gangsters involved in the cartel. and you've seen him in tyler perry's house of main. actor lance gross will join us live in studio next. into holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
look at what i have. he's beautiful in his open right. this is a giant leaf gecko. we are at national geographic museum. now is a chance to come and see him and 69 of his other closest friends. 70 geckos on display all part of tails and toe pads. we'll tell you how to become a part of it next on fox 5 morning news. come on, show them how your better than spiderman.
woman 1 sync: but i didn't know what he's done since he got fired as governor. man 2: ehrlich's raked in millions. man 3: he worked for a wall street bank that took 10 billion dollars from the bailout. woman 3: 10 billion of our money. woman 4: our money. woman 5 sync: and he worked for another bank that collapsed. man 4: costing tax payers 17 million. anncr: tell bob ehrlich big banks don't need help. middle class marylanders do. into welcome back. well of course you recognize lance gross from the 2010 film "our family wedding." and star of tyler perry's show. and today he's promoting a green lifestyle. and dance gross joins us now. good morning, thank you for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >> want to get to all that you are doing as the actor that we
know. but you're in town to pronote the green living -- to promote green living and tell us about this initiative. >> we've teamed up with the toyota initiative which is a program targeted toward hbc students and alumni to get them to live the greener lifestyle. >> and it kicks off at bowie. >> yes. we're going there today at 10:00 and planting trees and rejuvenated their green house which hasn't been used in over a decade. which is cool. >> now this is a cross country thing. are you involved in the stops or are you kicking it off? >> i'm kicking it off. we're going to 13 different schools and we're also teaming up with bt black college tour. so it's good stuff. >> that's exciting. and i must say within the community i don't know there is
a big push, like all of our kids are, but sometimes you're in school and not thinking about it maybe. >> and one of the reasons i got involved in it is because you hear about going green and but people don't know how to take the proper steps. it's easy. it could be changing your light bulbs to ones that are energy efficient and simple stuff. and unplugging electronics when you leave. like i'm always out of town, so simple ways. >> and doing it through the cia a conference. and in researching your back ground, track star at howard. >> yes. i went to howard university. >> so welcome back home. from oakland but welcome to your temporary home. >> this is like my second home here. >> when did you decide it won't going to be proathletics, it would be superstar status?
>> i kind of lost the love when it got hard and there was other things i wanted to do and my career in acting is working out very well. >> and also in reading, was it a chance encounter in an elevator, not even that long ago, that started all of this. the modeling and video. does it happen like that? >> it does. i've been very fortunate. my first job in modeling i met the agent in the elevator. and i thought i was only going to atlanta to shoot ten episodes of house of pain and it turned into over 176 i believe we're at. >> right. and with the movies too. what do you enjoy doing? both tv and movies? >> i never saw myself into tv until it happened and now i've developed a love for it but
ultimately i want to do action films. >> so what is the dream role then? because they say you have to claim it. you have to see it right now. >> yeah, yeah. just a good action role. >> maybe something with you running and in corporating all of your talents. >> yeah. >> and for tips on trying to go green, toyota has set up a website at toyotagreen.com, a way for all of us to get involved. so what is next for you before we let you go. >> we're shooting 40 episodes of house of pain. >> and the cast is so different than you and the high profile romances. is that cool or would you like to play something more connected to whom you think you are. >> well i usually play the nice guy and not the villian. >> and are you nice in real life? >> i'm nice. >> and good luck at bowie state and go to myfoxdc.com for all
of the details on how you can get involved too. steve, back to you. this saturday happens to be world animal day and the national geographic museum is we're learning about geckos. holly is there. >> reporter: what is the first thing you do when you get to work? >> probably not what a gecko does. what does a gecko do? >> reporter: not what a gecko z. i'm going to tell you what the gecko guy does when he gets to work? he counts to make sure they are all here. because he doesn't want anybody to interfere. and this is colin walker and he knows everything about geckos. and i read the first thing about you is you count them. >> i want to make sure they are all here and there when i
leave. some of them are evasive. >> they're not all green. >> no. they have good camouflage. and let's introduce some of them. >> this is the largest known species in the world. and this is the giant gecko from new cala tonia which is an island off the eastern coast of australia and this is about a middle size subadult. they eventually get up to 17 or 18 inches long. could weigh more than a pound. and those toe pads are strong enough to support his body weight. >> i think i heard him make a squeak. >> yes, a chirp. they are the only vocal lizards. >> reporter: speaking of lizards on the planet, i was reading geckos are on every continent except antarctica. >> it wasn't always cold.
at one point it was a temperat. >> reporter: there is 18 different series but in all there is how many? >> more than 1200 known and there are many discovered every day. we just discovered another species in north vietnam just a few years ago. so really something that is still work in progress. >> look at how those are? >> they are absolutely crin he had littlely -- incredibly brilliant in color. >> reporter: and there are more different species in madagascar than anywhere else. >> there is more than 99 species of the approximately 12 hub space -- 1200 species known. and what do we have here?
>> this guy looks familiar, because he is the most popular today. they comes from the deserts of afghanistan and pakistan and they're used to living in harsh environments. one thing about them is he's a little different than most geckos. for one he doesn't have eyeballs and doesn't have toe pads. they live in the desert and very sandy, if they had toe pads they would get more dirty. so they do have claws to help them. >> let's talk about the toe pads because i made the rens to spider-man before and they put him to shame. >> they do. they've been doing studies for fecko add motion for years and scientists out west have been doing that and we have been able to produce a product where it doesn't need to be rinsed off or sticky and it's the same in ten years as it was made.
>> reporter: and your favorite part about a gecko. >> they have evolved naturally and that we have only until recently been able to create for ourselves. >> reporter: describe this visit as part scavenger -- scavenger hunt. the number one thing i've heard this morning is, is he in there? take your time. we have a linking to national degreic. you can come this world for animal day where they'll have extra things going on. you still have to get a ticket to come to the gecko part but everything else is free. and coming up, wild music, the sounds animals make in the wild. back to you. >> thank you, holly. we have a warning for pet owners after a puppy in maryland put something in his mouth and getting up getting
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we are closing in on 9:00 on this thursday morning. that will do it for this hour of fox 5 morning news. one more hour to go so let's turn things over to tony and allison. >> good morning and thank you so much. here is a look at stories for the 9:00 hour on fox 5 morning news. it's back to work for the employees of d.c.'s department of public works.
just one day after a deadly shooting there, employers -- employees were greeted by armed guards this morning. latest on the hunt for the shooting suspect in a report that's coming up. and it's being called the miracle at the mine. all 33 trapped miners in chile have been pulled to the surface and that includes the miner whose wife and girlfriend met while holding vigils for him. >> awkward. >> how did that pan out? we have that story coming up. and gilbert arenas faking an injury so he couldn't play. why he said he did it. reaction from coach saunders and who gilbert blames for the situation is all making headlines. all right. thanks for being with us. allison and tony here. and it's raining outside. >> it is now? >> yeah. >> well tucker barnes is in the weather center and has a look at how long the rain will stick around. >> most of the day. in fact it's pouring outside right now outside at northwest washington. and going to be a soaking rain all day. you can see the dark reds and ye