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pointing to. 74 right at reagan national. 88 by noon. we're going to 95 at about 4:00 p.m. and still 94 at 5:00. lots of sunshine. winds turning to the west at about 10 miles an hour or so. we're looking at 76 on the bay now but only 59 in cumberland. so, yes, you guys up here, it's not as humid as it is here in d.c. and points southward. fredricksburg is 72. sky conditions, well, you can see it. they're clear. clouds well to the south of us, well to the north of us, and we had that full moon. the blue moon. that's the second full moon of the month. maybe up to 97 in in culpeper and 95 here in the district. monika samtani, it's 5:00 a.m. on a holiday friday. >> it is a holiday friday. generally speaking, volume wise it's very light, but just as i was walking over to the wall here, i got world of an accident on the northbound side of i-95 in virginia. it's in the aquia harbor area and apparently involves an overturned vehicle. we'll make this calls and find out what's going on for you on
the northbound side of 95 as soon as i'm off this report. southbound 270, no problems to report right now out of frederick. it's nice and light into clarksburg. you'll be fine down into rockville. let's take a live look outside and show you what it looks like if you're planning to head on the bay bridge. no problems to report here. things are good. coming off the bridge span nice and light. all lanes are open on route 50 right now. you're going to be fine out of annapolis as well. we'll go back over to our maps and this time let's head to the other side of town. no problems on the beltway itself. always you travel through cheverly into the northeast corridor, we're looking good and let's take a look at our mdot camera right now taking a live look if you're ranking to head over on -- planning to head over on the beltway. the beltway is fine and the bay bridge no issues to report as well. i'll be back in a few minutes with more traffic at 5:10. >> thanks, monika. see you then. five firefighters are recovering from burns and exhaustion after battling a late night apartment fire in the temple hills section of prince george's county. it happened at an apartment
complex on huntly square drive and a number of residents had to be rescued from the flames. kristin fisher is live at the complex. she has more on where they are this morning. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. first and foremost the good news is all five of those firefighters that were taken to the hospital are expected to make full recovery. they're expected to be just fine. four were taken for very minor burns. another was taken for heat exhaustion but good news there, they're going to be all right. the four people trapped inside this apartment complex are also expected to be just final. great news there. you can see clearly the fire has been out for several hours now. no more firefighters on the scene. right now we have a team of fire restoration specialists. you can see one of them walking out of this apartment complex now. but this is where the fire really started. if you look just down those stairs beyond that light, that is the apartment where this fire started. and it started right around
10:00 last night. inside four people were trapped. it's unclear exactly where those people were. some were in the bottom apartment, the terrace apartment. others were up on the first floor, the floor right above that. when firefighters arrived on the scene, they were expecting -- you never know what you're going to get when you arrive on the scene of a fire, but they thought that they would be able to go inside that terrace level apartment and begin getting the people trapped inside. instead they were met with a great big fireball. listen to how the fire chief describes it. >> they literally arrived, found what they termed as a working fire, standard procedure. went down the steps which is standard. opened the door, standard. as soon as they opened that door, it flashed on them. >> when that flash took place, what it did is it caused a fire to shoot up. it shot up so high that it
actually burned the seat of the woman that was in the amount right above where -- the seat of the woman that was in the apartment right above where the fire started. it caused four firefighters to go to the hospital and a fifth firefighter, that is when he realized he needed to take some additional action. a woman inside was trapped and he had to actually go in, stay with her and he couldn't leave. he knew she wasn't going to be able to get out without his help so he shared his air supply with her while they waited for them to be rescued, an unbelievable story. the fire chief calling that firefighter a hero this morning. we'll have more on what he did, how he saved her, what the fire chief is saying about him coming up in half an hour at a:30. back to you-- >> at 5:30. back to you. >> well done. thanks, kristin. nice to see everyone is safe and sound. mitt romney made his most important speech of the presidential campaign so far. he accepted the republican nomination and he tried to
reintroduce himself to voters and show why he believes he is the best candidate for the white house. danielle nottingham has more now from tampa. >> reporter: with balloons and cheers, republicans celebrated the man they want in the white house. >> i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: mitt romney worked to make the case that president obama has failed. >> you know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him. >> reporter: romney blamed president obama for the slow economic recovery. >> i wish president obama had succeeded because i want america to succeed, but his promises gave way to disappointments and division. this isn't something we have to accept. now is the moment when we can do something. >> reporter: romney argued he has the experience to turn the economy around. >> doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what america needs. what america needs is jobs.
lots of jobs. >> reporter: romney's speech was designed to let the american people know more about him. he spoke openly about his family and faith. >> we were mormons and growing up in michigan, that might have seemed unusual or out of place, but i really don't remember it that way. my friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to. >> reporter: the newly nominated republican ticket won't be celebrating long. romney and paul ryan get to work friday with campaign rallies in florida and virginia. danielle nottingham, cbs news, tampa, florida. >> the democrats have their national convention in charlotte next week. the president of course will accept his party's nomination roughly a week from today. it is time for money now. your money segment. jessica is off but we still have the headlines for you this morning. trading is expected to be light as we head into the labor day weekend. thursday the markets closed down. the dow dropped 107 points just about, nasdaq fell 32.
the s&p 500 was off 11 points. well, investors are anxious to hear what the fed reserve chair ben bernanke is going to say about the economy. he's going to give his annual speech on monetary policy today at a conference in wyoming. investors will be looking for signs that the fed could take action with possible -- with -- [indiscernible] days after a major win in california, apple has lost a lawsuit it was filing against samsung in japan. a tokyo court ruled that samsung did not infringe on an apple patent. the court said the technology used in the south korean company's smartphones and the tablets to synchronize with computers did not infringe on an apple patent. last week, however, a jury in california ruled that some of samsung's smartphones did violate apple patent. that jury awarded apple a billion dollars in damages. it is just about 5:0 #. still ahead -- 5:08.
you. this morning generally clear skies. 77 degrees by 9:00. noon 88. by 3:00 94. we're headed to about 95 or so. still 93 at 6:00. pace yourself today. i'll be back to your 9news now in about five minutes with a look at the holiday weekend forecast. right now let's go to monika with timesaver traffic and more about that accident. i've been on the phone with virginia state police. there is an accident on the northbound side of i-95. it's at mile marker 146 which puts it right near aquia harbor. it's an over turned vehicle blocking off the two right lanes. it will slow you a bit this morning northbound 95. i'll keep you posted on that situation in my next report. >> thanks, monika. see you in a bit. here are some of the other things making news now. a federal court has struck down a texas law which would have required voters to show i.d. before they vote in november. the three-judge panel says minorities in texas are more likely to live in poverty and not have a valid state i.d. this is the third court in three days to strike down voter
irchlts d. laws -- i.d. laws. james holmes, the man accused of opening fire on a movie theater tried to call unsuccessfully a psychiatrist just nine minutes before the attack. he played an after hours call to lynn fenton. she had seen him on one other occasion. prosecutors want to see a notebook now sent to her by holmes which reportedly contains violent descriptions of an upcoming attack. holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 during a midnight showing of the latest batman movie last month. how about this if a gift? billionaire warren buffett is celebrating his 82nd birthday by giving each of his three children $600 million of his company's stock. the money, though, is for their charitable foundations which he's pretty impressed with apparently. one of his children helps farmers. another is a focus on violence against women and child
education. labor day, the lance chance -- last chance for families to enjoy a long weekend get away with the summer weather. if you're planning to travel this weekend, be prepared to have a lot of traffic with you. we're back with your weather first in two minutes as well. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] with swiffer wet cleaning better doesn't have to take longer.
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south overnight. that's allowed the moisture to come back in spots especially d.c. south and east. frederick, culpeper, warrenton visibilities half to a quarter mile. otherwise the heat is probably what's going to slow you down as we get into the afternoon. looking at our bus stop forecast, it's mainly clear but we do again have the patches of fog with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. sun is not up for a good hour 25 still. about 6:40 this morning. we'll watch out for those areas of fog for the next couple of hours. we'll see temperatures warm very quickly today. by 11:00 85. winds west. they'll increase some 10 to 15 this afternoon. by 1:00 already 91. keep in mind average high is 85, 86 for the end of august. by 3:00 94. i think 95, maybe 96 is attainable. unfortunately this afternoon. as we head toward dinner time, drive home, 95 degrees at 5:00. so if you have plans outside today, they're doable.
just drink plenty of water and pace yourself. air quality code orange. 72 in easton right now. new york, though, still with the drier air, it's gotten down to 58 for those folks up north. winchester down to 61. south of town, this is where the muggies have come back. fredricksburg 72. patuxent river naval air station 75 sticky degrees this morning. outside on our michael & son weather camera, it is quiet there in wisconsin avenue. 74 degrees. dew point up to 70 with the relative humidity at 87%. across the country showers in the rockies stretching out to a front here in ontario but isaac still dumping plenty of rain across areas from louisiana up toward arkansas and mississippi, west tennessee and southern missouri getting into it now. then they'll get search inches of rain and we'll start to see isaac's moisture start to work its way toward us maybe pond. that's why our thunderstorm chances will be increasing. today 95. tonight about 76 in town. it's going to be muggy tonight, too. tomorrow a chance of the afternoon storms, especially west of town, 92. a couple of storms sunday,
especially west of town, 86. and labor day looks even more unsettled with showers and storms. highs in the low 80s and remaining a little bit unsettled into the middle of next week. it is 5:16. here comes monika samtani. garrisonville, aquia harbor hot spots. that's the hot spot. you'll see a lot of red. yes, we have an accident on the northbound side of i-95. i was on the phone with virginia state police. they tell me it's a single- vehicle accident on the northbound side of i-95 in aquia harbor just north of that point as you head here, overturned vehicle blocks the two right lanes. look at all the slow traffic. i think it's all those people who thought they would get an early start to work and head out early for the labor day weekend. in virginia they're just waiting on a wrecker to clear it up. hopefully that will be done shortly. a little further north on the northbound side of 395, all lanes are open. no problems up toward the 14th street bridge and into the downtown area. your potomac and anacostia
river crossings are incident free. back over to the maps, this time over to 66 on the inbound side. we're looking good from manassas to centreville. no issues to report on the beltway and a last live look. this time we'll go to the bay bridge. a lot of you are planning to head out to the beaches for the weekend. good idea right now to head out. i'll have pore on traffic coming up -- more on traffic coming up in a few minutes at 5:26. speaking of the beaches, the labor day holiday weekend is the last getaway of the summer. it's traditionally always been a weekend of crowded roads and this year is no exception. joining me right now is lon anderson from aaa mid-atlantic with a preview of would you should expect as you hit the roads. good morning, lon. how are you? >> reporter: i'm doing great. how about you? >> this is expected to be the fourth worst labor day traffic in the region. that's huge. what should people expect in our area and where is going to be the best and worst times to travel? >> reporter: well, they should
expect a whole lot of traffic because we're projecting about 800,000 people leaving town. 700,000 of them are going to be on the roads. >> lon, this is a time -- >>-- >> no matter how you're going today -- by rail, air, train, whatever, you're going to have a lot of people with you. >> lon, the fact that this is a time of soaring gas prices, that's not going to deter people. you're saying 800,000 people leaving the area today? >> yeah. we don't think gas prices are going to hold people back, but the fact is gas is very expensive right now. it's $3.79 compared to a couple months ago. right now, of course, we're seeing some of the isaac effect because of all of the pumps that had to be shut down in the
gulf. >> lon, just the last few seconds here, what are some of the safety tips that you're suggesting? >> well, just remember, you're going to have an awful lot of people with you on the road today. please, adjust your attitude. know it's going to take a little longer unless of course you can leave right now or you choose to leave later. but the major travel times are going to be very, very busy. >> lon anderson from aaa. thank you so much for joining us. i think what we're trying to say if you leave now, it's a good idea around noon through lunch time will be the heaviest time to travel. keep that in mind. >> looks like lon was having a little trouble with his ear piece. thanks for getting up early and joining us. we appreciate it. let's take a look at the question of the day. every year kids in america spend half a billion dollars on this. video games, movie tickets or
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frederick reporting visibilities about a half mile or so temperatures by 9:00 will be in the 70s here. still upper 60s in the shenandoah valley. watch what happens toward noon. we heat up very quickly today. got outdoor plans middle of the day, we'll be the upper 80s for lunch. the afternoon will be very hot. high temperatures, check it out, will be approaching the mid-90s. pace yourself. michael, over to you. >> thank you, howard. see you in a bit. nationals start their final home series of the 2012 season with a huge win last night. and one of the former number one tennis players in the world is planning to say goodbye. kristen berset has more in this look at sports. good morning, everybody. the nationals glad to be back home for what is their final big home stand of the season. 11 straight games starting last night with the reigning world champs in town. a night after having one of his best and worst moments of his career, youngster bryce harper continued his hot streak and it didn't take him long to unleash the fireworks. bottom first, harper gets a
hold of one, a rocket to right into the nats' bullpen, his third home run in two games. it's 2-0 nats. jason werth in the 5th decides to join the party. his first home run since may. pitcher edwin jackson faced ten batters last night. picks up a win against his former team as the nats take this one 8-1. the baltimore ravens wrapping up their preseason in st. louis. the first half of it game was all rams. sam bradford actually getting the start. a 14-yard pass, 11-16, 175 yards and three touchdowns. while the ravens' backup struggles to execute even the most fundamental plays last night. the rams win this one easily 31- 17. the former world number one tennis player decided to call it a career. andy roddick has battled a fair
share of injuries over the last couple of years. his lone grand slam title was at the u.s. open in 2003. he says he realized this year's u.s. open would be his final after his first round win at flushing meadows. he wanted a chance to give his fans a proper goodbye. roddick plays his second round matchup tonight. that's a quick look at sports this morning. i'm kristen berset. have a great friday. on the northbound side of i- 95, an accident near aquia harbor blocks the right lane. if you're headed out to the beach, though, things are looking great right now on route 50 for the time being. i'll be back with more traffic and labor day weekend stuff at 5:31. you're watching 9news now. stay with us.
she'll be doing traffic momentarily. >> i'm getting lots of complements this morning. >> howard and i say well done. weather wise a hot day ahead. we'll have temps going into the 90s. it's the last day of meteorological summer. feels like mid-july with the heat and the humidity back. the ac will be buzzing big time the next couple of days. here's a look outside on our michael & son weather camera out at tysons corner. can't see much because it's awfully dark this morning. sunrise not for another hour and change still. we'll see light here as we head toward the 6:00 hour. 88 by noon. we warm up quickly with a high in the mid-90s. about 95, maybe 96. right now 74. winds will kick up out of the west at 10 to 15. one thing we're dealing with is some fog. places like gaithersburg and frederick with temperatures in the low 60s. also manassas, warrenton, culpeper got visibles here and in the mountains about a half mile to a quarter mile. keep that in mind. it's 70 in la plata.
75 at the patuxent river naval air station. still lower 60s and even upper 50s in western maryland and the shenandoah valley. as far as our weather, nice and clear overhead. that's allowed us to cool off and that's why we're getting some of that fog with highs going well up into the 90s. let's check in with monika samtani with an update on tame saver traffic. it's hard to believe with the volumes being so light that we have this issue on the northbound side of i-95. it's an overturned vehicle. i was just on the phone with virginia state police and they tell me that they were waiting on the wrecker. the right lane is blocked on the northbound side just north of ie ie -- of ie kwai ya harbor. a lot of people wanted to head off to work early and get out of town. once beyond that, all green up into springfield. in fact, we'll take a live look on the northbound side of i-95 and 395. looking good here. again just a tiny bit of volume in springfield. better than normal i would say headed for the 14th street
bridge. let's go back out to the maps and this time we'll head over to the north side of town and the beltway. no construction, no delays college park into bethesda. looking good on 270 out of frederick. one last live look one more time outside. tb 270 no issues at father hurley. i'll be back witmore traffic coming up in a few minutes. >> see you then, monika. thanks. fire investigators are trying to find out the cause of an apartment fire in temple hills, maryland which injured five firefighters. the whole thing started last night at a complex on huntly square drive. kristin fisher joins us live now from the scene where they are going through the apartment where it started. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: that the' right. good morning. the -- that's right. good morning. the fire has been out for a few hours but you can still smell the smoke out here. the fire started in this apartment where these fire restoration crews are heading right now. just down those stairs. the location of where this fire started is very important because it's a big part of why these firefighters ended up getting injured. when they opened the door just
after 10:00 p.m., it caused the fire to flash, burning four firefighters, even burning the feet of the woman in the apartment upstairs. that led firefighters to call for a second alarm. they needed reinforcements. but time was running out. that's when a ten-year veteran of the department heard a woman screaming inside. she was trapped but that didn't stop him from going in after her. >> the firefighter had exhaustion. a ten-year firefighter that went to where a citizen was screaming. he found her in a position where she couldn't get out. he came in with a bottle on. he literally sat with her in the apartment sharing his air mask waiting for someone to come rescue them because there was no way he was going to get her through the fire on her way out. so he got to the point where he was getting low on air and they were able to come in and g.t.e. both of them -- and get both of them pulled out. >> reporter: sharing his air marv, running out of -- mask, running out of air, getting
rescued just at the last minute. the fire chief is calling that firefighter a hero. he credits him with saving the woman's life. that firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion but he is doing much better this morning as are the four other firefighters that were burned, mostly second degree burns. all of the firefighters here are expected to make a full recovery. same for the four people inside that were rescued and taken out. good news here by and large. just an incredible story of heroism from that prince george's county firefighter. as for the cause, as you said, mike, that's still under investigation. >> thanks, kristin. chris continue's live in temple hills, maryland this morning. mitt romney is now officially his party's presidential nominee. romney wrapped up the republican national convention thursday night and he tried to reintroduce himself to the american people talking about his younger days and his business experience and he vigorously defended his record
at bane capital. he offered sharp criticisms of the president's policies as well. now the focus will shift to charlotte, north carolina where the democratic convention kicks off next week. in other news this morning, george huguely, the former university of virginia lacrosse player convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend will speppedz at least the next two -- spend at least the next two decades in jail. he was sentenced to 23 years in prison yesterday for the murder of yeardley love. after hearing of the verdict and the sentence, defense attorneys vowed to appeal both the sentence and the conviction. it is time for your money segment this morning. jessica is off but we still have the headlines now this morning. maryland is reporting better than expected revenues. the state ended the fiscal year 2012 with $230 million more than it anticipated. it's mostly from income taxes, sales tax and lottery receipts
which brought in much more than projected. state comptroller peter franchot says the extra cash he believes should go into maryland's rainy day fund. the virginia rest stop is brought to you by geico. you see the guy right there. the insurance giant is now the official sponsor of all the rest areas in the commonwealth. governor bob mcdonnell made that announcement at a rest stop in new kent county yesterday morning. the move will bring in $2 million for the state. thousands packed into london's olympic stadium to watch some of the best, most courageous athletes.
moon. a gorgeous full moon this morning. clear skies in much of the metro but we have a couple of spots with fog. it will burn off rather quickly. we have a lot of heat today. it's going to be a very hot day. by lunch time 90ish. we'll be in the mid-90s for highs with west winds 10 to 15. may feel like it's a hundred or so when you factor in the humidity. i'll be back in just a few minutes looking ahead toward the weekend. labor day is coming up monday. right now back inside to monika. on the northbound side of i- 95, you're going to find heavier than normal traffic near aquia harbor because of an accident blocking the right lane. that one in virginia blocks the right lane with an overturned vehicle. here at route 50 and sandy point headed for the bay bridge, you'll be just final. no delays yet -- just fine. no delays yet for the holiday weekend. more traffic coming up in a few minutes. back to you, mike. >> thank you, monika. tense of thousands of people are packing london's olympic stadium for the summer paraolympic games. more than 200 athletes are
competing. >> reporter: fans have returned to london's olympic park. there are new faces and new competitions at the paraolympics get under way. philadelphia native amanda mcgory are race in her wheelchair. she's out for gold after winning four medals in beijing. >> to have the opportunity to be back here again and race in front of the entire world is indescribable. >> reporter: 62000 fans packed the olympic stadium wednesday night to celebrate the start of the games. athletes will compete in 20 different events including archery, wheelchair basketball and whimming. carey miller hopes to get a victory for team u.s.a. >> if our mind doesn't mess us up, we'll get a gold medal. >> reporter: these games are on track to be the most watched in history. two and a half million tickets have already been sold. >> this is absolutely fantastic. >> reporter: this family says the paraolympics are inspiring, especially for their disability daughter and son. did you also come to the olympics? >> yeah. >> reporter: what do you like
better? [indiscernible] >> reporter: one of the most anticipated competitions goal ball, a sport for blind competitors. the unique game uses a ball with a bell inside and is expected to draw huge crowds. >> i think the atmosphere has just been wonderful. everybody is excited about the game. >> reporter: 500 gold medals up for grabs. cbs news, london. >> the paraolympic movement dates back to 1948 when a brit quick doctor -- british doctor organized a competition for injured patients. daily deals time now. we've been combing through the e-mails and retailer websites to find you deep discounts. here are some of the favorites we found. the weekend means a little pampering. silver nails in silver spring is offering its classic manicure and -- and parrafin pedicure for $20. if you're in the market for a tv, check out best buy's deal of the day.
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>> welcome back. 5:45. weather first on this trip. i'm going to start with a look at beach forecast. a lot of folks like to get away one more time before the summer is over. over on the beach this weekend, water temperatures ocean city running at 77. we're going to be in the mid- 80s tomorrow. today looks like the low 90s. sunday and monday, more clouds, chance for a couple of storms, even over there and temperatures in the low 80s. not a washout but just something to keep in mind over the next couple of days. our bus stop forecast this morning, we've got some patchy fog, especially warrenton, culpeper, manassas, those areas south and west of us. visibilities quarter to a half mile. otherwise mainly clear, 60s and 70s. even in frederick and gaithersburg in montgomery county, rural howard, seeing a little bit of fog there as well. south and west seeing it worst.
here's the day planner. we'll warm up very fast. 88 by noon. 94 at 3:00. high today about 95 or so. i think that happens about 4:00, 4:30. by 6:00 still really warm with temps in the low 90s. the moisture has come back. the humidity, the muggies. you can see it here. this area in yellow this is 70- plus dew points, kind of tropical feeling. where you have more 50s north and west so it still feels somewhat comfortable here. where the dew points are lower, the air is just drier and cools off more at night. we're in the 50s in pennsylvania and western maryland. we have 60s, and low 70s locally in spots. in loudoun county, lovettsville is 60. we're already in the mid-70s. 76 in annapolis so big differences across the board. fairfax is 70. it's 69 bethesda. bowie 68 this morning with 72 in upper marlboro. outside on our michael & son weather camera, still dark. about an hour or so. not quite till sunrise. 74 degrees at national with the humidity at 87 ps.
so -- 87%. so a lot mugger than it has been the last couple of mornings. still watching isaac. not even a tropical depression. the hurricane center has issued its last advisory. the moisture still coming down big time across missouri, arkansas and mississippi. we'll watch this try to make its way toward us as we get into early next week. with the extra moisture and a front coming, that will increase our thunderstorm chances as we head toward the holiday. this morning it's nice and quiet out there. high pressure is in control. in fact, want to show you the moon one more time. we have a beautiful shot coming from sky 9 this morning. the moon in the western sky. the blue moon, our second full moon of the month making for a gorgeous showing in the western sky this friday morning. let's show you the forecast. today 95 degrees. a hot one. could feel like a hundred or maybe low 100s which you factor in the humidity. tonight we're down in the 70s so it's muggy, mainly clear. 92 tomorrow, the isolated storm, especially west of town. sunday a few storms in the afternoon. we'll go with a yellow alert
day, especially west of town again on sunday, 86. monday, labor day, we're looking at low 80s with some thunderstorms at times. 5:48. here comes monika samtani. she's got a lot of papers. if you're planning to head northbound on i-95, i want to tell but this accident because you're expecting things to be much lighter than normal and overall they are early this morning with the exception of right here on the northbound side of 95 north of aquia harbor. it's an over turned vehicle. now everything has been pushed off to the right shoulder so your lanes are open but it was there quite a long time and that's why you're seeing all this red. beyond that you can see all the green headed up to woodbridge and spring field. i'll step out and show what you it looks like live on the northbound side of i-95 and 395 where beyond that, this is what you have to deal with. lanes are open and no issues up to 395. all of your potomac and anacostia river crossings are absolutely fine. so good time to head out to work right now. if you're planning to head elsewhere, especially to the beach, here's what it looks like on route 50 on a map.
no problems to report headed out to the bay bridge right now. things are looking good. all lanes are open past annapolis toward sandy point and the bay bridge. and a good time again with no delays. i'll be back with more traffic coming up at 6:01. but first, this labor day weekend is expected to be one of the most heavily traveled holiday weekends this year. the washington region is bracing for what some say will be the fourth worst labor day traffic in the country. we're joined by lon anderson from aaa mid-atlantic for a preview of what you can expect when you plan to hit the road today. what are going to be the best and worst times to travel, lon? >> i think right now would be a great time. as you said, traffic is much lighter right now but it's going to be very heavy later today. no question about it. we're projecting about 700,000 motor is on the road. so no matter how you're going, if you're flying, we're
projecting air is going to be up as well. 800,000 washingtonians will be traveling this weekend. >> all this despite gas pries being higher this weekend, right, lon? >> gas prices are certainly up. they're about $3.79 a gallon right now. and of course we've seen them go up by 10 criminals in the last two -- 10 cents in the last two days because of the isaac effect and the fact they had to shut down the refineries in the gulf. hopefully that will be a short- term problem. >> lon, i've been talking to you for years about the heavy traffic during holiday weekends. what safety tips are you suggesting for this particular one? >> well, as we've discussed, traffic is going to be very heavy. if you want to avoid that, either leave early or leave late. there's no question later this
afternoon it's going to be very crowded. similarly on monday afternoon coming back, the return traffic will be very busy. if you don't want to be caught in that very heavy traffic, leave early, leave late, or else you're going to have an awful lot of traffic to contend with. >> probably a good idea to have your route preplanned and have a gps handy as women. thank so you much -- as well. thank you so much, lon anderson from aaa. here are some of the other stories making news at 5:52 this morning. researchers at nyu say they have identified a way to slow the effects of als also known as lou gehrig's disease. the debilitating condition attacks the nerve cells of the brain and the spinal cord. researchers found when they tripled a specific protein in mice, the nerve cells stayed attached to the muscle longer. scientists say this could give als patients more mobility. but the study did not show that the mice lived any longer. on average als patients die within three years of diagnosis
because the muscles which keep them breathing lose connection to the nerves and they stop working. u.s. and canadian researchers say they have found people with kidney stones have significantly increased risk of developing more serious kidney problems. researchers tracked more than three million people for 11 years and they found young women with kidney stones were most at risk. scientists say the stone calcification process may be to blame as well as some scarring. before we head to break, let's take another look at the question of the morning. every year kids in america spend half a billion dollars on one of these things. is it a, video games, b, movie tickets, or c, chewing gum. our facebook friend jean wrote a, sitting on their budgets and playing video games and getting fatter. i am sure of it. by the way, where did our kids get half a billion dollars to spend anyhow? log on to our facebook fan page. we'd love to hear what you think. we'll have the answer in about
5:56 on this friday morning. some patchy fog, especially south and west of town. we're in the 70s still. it's going to be a very hot day. by 9:00 we should be sunny just about everywhere. upper 60s to even upper 70s. lunch time we're shooting into the upper 80s. baltimore could be 90. mid-80s at andrews. leesburg 87. this afternoon get ready for a very hot day. our high temperatures will
approach 95. got to pace yourself. monika, over to you. this weekend at the box office, you'll either be scared out of your witnesses, have -- your wits, have your fancy tickled or be on the edge of your seat. first up the possession. it doesn't look like it's a film for the faint of heart. i saw that yesterday. the movie stars jeffrey dean morgan. the father buys an antique box at a yard sale but doesn't know it's filled with spirits that possess his daughter. if you're looking for a date night movie or something to see with your girlfriends, for a good time call. to make money, the duo start a phone sex line together. joining me now is film critic denise. is that what i think it's about? >> pretty much. it comes out of the really dirty episode of "sex in the city." it was shot in 16 days and for the most part is probably shows
but it's -- if you're looking for a girls movie, well, it would not be lawless. >> that's actually what i want to talk about. that's expected to be a box office winner. >> it's -- let me tell you first what it's about [ inaudible ] the movie is based on a book about relatives. you and i have relatives like this -- [ inaudible ] >> talk about violent people. wettest county in the word. franklin county, virginia. >> this is at the end of prohibition. >> it basically talks about three brothers. they're very successful bootlegging business until -- [ inaudible ] yes, it's extremely violent. it's extremely well acted.
>> i love him. >> this is a curious film to open this time of the year. most of the big players are either australian [ inaudible ] i think what's curious about it is that the lead, we're used to seeing them in popcorn fair like the movies you typically see this time of the year. this well acted drama about a -- as you said, empty trily violent -- extremely violent, we're not used to seeing this this time of year. >> but it's a great star cast. >> it's extremely well acted. it's just that a lot of those actresses -- jessica is totally wasted. she's terrific in everything she does. i think she's