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there. the hearing is still going on with questions over the mayor and the developer. out seems to go the mayor's way. >> the hallway was busy. they took up the plan to close the homeless shelter to put smaller shelters in each ward of the city. the could bees were supportive except for mcduffy who doesn't like the site in his ward. >> is it more important to do this expeditiously? or important to get it right the first time around? sam: an anonymous popped up homeward d.c. demanding integrity and accountability by the mayor saying that the city will rent the land for shelters from developers who support the mayor
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the mayor happened to walk outside the chambers defending the plan. >> it is expensive to house 250 families. sam: the mayor has many supporters. >> it's a good plan and it needs to move forward. sam: some are flatly opposed. in all 90 people signed up to testify on the issue. >> they are half more, more than halfway through the 90 people. the contentious issue is ward five where they put people in isolated area between a bus lot and school bus lot. a lot of folks are saying this would cause the fumes and
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stuff. the person who owns the lot is a developer but the mayor denies that and says if mcduffy wants another site he should suggest another site in the ward. so far that has not happened. leon: thank you, sam. new developments in the shooting death of prince george's county police officer jacai colson. today the man accused of starting the shoot out was ordered held without bond. michael ford was released from the hospital. police say he opened fire using a gun stolen twice. ford is facing two dozen criminal charges including second degree murder. within the the hour we learned a viewing for officer colson will be held thursday the beltsville. the funeral is set for the next day and he will be bury
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in pennsylvania. d.c. police identified a man shot to death inside his car last night. 29-year-old darnell richardson from cheverly. police say he was shot on benning road northeast and tried to escape from that scene and he made it to 275 and the benning road exit where he died. so far no word on a suspect or motive in the killing. maureen: story of fighting back against crime. d.c. police are crediting good samaritans for stopping an assault. this happened yesterday morning near 8th and second street northwest. police say the group of people came upon on a man trying to sex watchly assault a woman. they scared him off and called police. police say they capture the suspect a short time later. leon: paul wiedefeld talked with brianne carter about the
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system around. brianne carter has the latest on the conversation. brianne: paul wiedefeld said getting to the root of what is causing the issues on the track is the next step after they shut down the system. the inspections that call it would show stoppers, defects so bad the trains shouldn't run on the track. wiedefeld told me today he is bringing in additional resources to help him look at the past practices and what was discovered in the past 24 hours. what now needs to be done moving forward so a track issue can be discovered before there is a threat to public safety. wiedefeld says he plan to put new practices forward when it comes to the track inspections and maintenance. wiedefeld was down on the track during the more than 24 hour closure. one thing he has seen in the agency is the thing he has seene agency is the change in the comm
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to the top. hi hopes his decision to shut down the system was an example of safety and communication. >> i expect them at the decisions they are making to make similar decisions. if they seed something unsafe deal with it. move on. brianne: a week after paul wiedefeld took over the job we asked what he is searching for. he said the floor of the problem. this many months later we asked him the question have you found the floor? he says he is getting close. still digging through the issues when it comes to metro. he said, too, he is confident moving forward that there is nothing like what they found here during the inspections. plans to have a new practice in place and says what was done here, the fixes to all2
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the time to lay all of that out. reporting life, brianne carter, abc7 news. >> it is worth noting now for the next month any work on metro is unscheduled. this weekend begins five straight weekends of the no track work. thanks to the national cherry blossom festival. the weekend track work is expected to resume. maureen: a federal judge stepped down tu to allegation of sexual abuse. judge richard roberts coerced a 16-year-old girl into sex in 1981 when she was a witness in murder trial in utah. roberts was working there at the time. terry mitchell filed a civil suit after the authorities declined to prosecute because at the time sex with a 16-year-old was a misdemeanor in utah. robert says it was consensual. leon: eaglet watch hit fever pitch.
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how long we may wait to see the eaglet. >> somebody is damaging the protective gear of the firefighters. a full investigation underway. i'm brad bell. i will tell you about it when we come back. alison: the new tool the white house is using to push for confirmation hearings on president obama's pick for the u.s. supreme court. doug: partly sunny and a warm afternoon. mild. temperatures in the 60's. changes coming to the weekend weather. we talk about what will happen when and the impact still to come at
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leon: the obama administration is formally accusing the terror group isis of committing genocide, based on the pattern of targeting christians, sunni in syria. >> the entire world view is to eliminate those who do not subscribe to the perverse ideology. leon: the house approved a nonbinding resolution declaring that isis is committing genocide. i carries no legal weight but u.s. officials hope it will influence or nations to act against isis. maureen: one day after being introduced as president obama's supreme court nominee, federal judge merrick garland is seeking support on capitol hill. today garland met with vermont senator patrick leahy, the ranking member o
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judiciary committee. the white house is waging an unprecedented social media campaign on the judge's behalf. the effort includes strategies the administration did not use for its two previous supreme court nominees. >> some of it is that we have access to tools we didn't have frankly early on in the presidency. we have been more effective at using things like facebook. maureen: mr. obama nominated garland to replace the late justice antonin scalia. republican leaders plan to block the nomination saying the next president should choose scalia's successor. leon: how about choosing your words carefully? that is what you are doing in maryland. they are looking to get rid of northern scum. those words and other pro-southern pre-civil war phrases are part of the state song. "maryland, my maryland." i bet you didn't know that. it also calls president abraham lincoln with despot. they are looking to replace it with a poem. the house has to approve the measure.
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that protects firefighters as they risk their lives is intentionally burned. what is happening and what else the firefighters are dealing with. maureen: a chance of snow on the first day of spring. or could we get rain instead? what will make the difference? robert: i'm robert burton in raleigh, north carolina, for the ncaa tournament. they call it "march madness." it truly is. just asked ask head coach tony bennett. he collapsed. that's as we continue.
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leon: badakhshan reports that someone is intentionally destroying firefighters' gear. brad: firefighters is a dangerous job. proof, this video taken this week from montgomery county. >> a burning town house collapses. eight firefighters have to be helped from the rubble. they are safe with the minor injury due in large part to protective gear they wear. >> our turn out gear is the lifeline. that is why tonight prince george's county firefighr union president is sounding an alarm. somebody, he says, has been damaging the safety equipment belonging to the career medics and the firefighters at the glass manor oxen hill fire house. >> we feel it is an unsafe working condition to continue to operate in the environment. >> the incident started last november when the crew returned from a call and found a marijuana haze in the
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firehouse. then several incidents where burns were intentionally put in firefighters' protective gear. >> blasting the notion that a firefighter would damage the gear of another. >> it will not be tolerated. in oxon hill, brad bell, abc7 news. maureen: a small chemical explosion shut down the national zoo today. it happened inside a water filtration building. no people or animals were hurt. the trail was shut down for an investigation. the trail will reopen tomorrow. leon: better news to report for the other animals here. eaglet watch has hit fever pitch. one of the eggs of mr. president anth
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ash -- lady's nest at the arboretum beginning to hatch. it could take up to 48 hours or so the experts tell us. you can watch the hatching unfold live on the eagle cam, which is what you are watching there. this has rivaled march madness in the newsroom. that is no joke, folks. we have a link on the website at doug: we share it all the time but we don't have a sense of size. but the eagle nest from edge to edge is almost five feet. four yeah to five feet. leon: the bird is filling every inch of it. maureen: how large are the eggs? doug: bigger than hen's eggs, dear. maureen: i'm sure. what would you name the eaglets? doug: i don't know. i need time to think about it come up with something creative. i have enough time to think about what to say for two minutes and 30 seconds. maureen: we don't want to talk about the snow. doug: i have to. start with the time lapse from the u.s. naval academy in annapolis. 60 degrees along the shores of the river.
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sunshine to clouds and the sunshine and the clouds and back and forth that darkened up. no rain there. the air is dry outside. we have a air amount of rain on the doppler radar. not a lot of it is reaching the ground. numbers on st. patrick's day. 69 and 49. the high and low. both values well above average. sunset is 7:16. now we have more daylight time than night time. that will continue until we hit summer solstice at the end of june. mid-60's around the metro area. holding to 70 degrees in fredericksburg and charlottesville. 61 in annapolis now. 60 now. and influence of the wind across the cooler waters. tonight, you have plan to be out for st. patrick's day. be safe and be smart. have fun. the most you will see in some spot is a brief sprinkle. later tonight the skies will clear. thep
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rain is he of. it not enough to change the tree pollen in the air. most of the activesy is north. we are picking this up on the radar. a fair amount is evaporating before it hit the ground. nice day tomorrow. mid-60's. the clouds will increase in the afternoon. a cold front will come through. there is no rain expected. it will get chillier tomorrow night. by saturday it's cold here. highs in the 40's. we see the clouds increase through the day on saturday. a storm system will intensify. it will change to snow overnight through sunday morning and maybe the grass area accumulation of the incident in the spot. metro and south and east get snow flakes at most. mostly rain. heavy rain on sunday before it clears out sunday night. tomorrow is beautiful. look for the sunshine on
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breezy and warm. westerly winds at 20 miles per hour. high of 65. for the next seven days, probability of the rain will increase saturday night. overnight through sunday with the rain and the snow mix i describe. flurries on monday. tuesday, wednesday, thursday, bright sunshine with a slow and a steady warmup. maureen and leon? maureen: thank you, doug. leon: march madness is underway in raleigh, north carolina. robert burton at the ncaa tournament where they wahoos had a strange moment there this afternoon. robert? robert: a weird day. the pressure can get to you. i know someone who can attest to that. the other d.m.v. team in the tournament. maryland. they are in spokane. we will go there as they prepare for south dakota state. that's next in sports.
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robert: welcome back to raleigh, north carolina, for the ncaa tournament. i was a weird day for u.v.a. weird like your head coach collapsing 40 seconds before the half. that is what happened to tony bennett. he would come back in the second half. team officials say it was only dehydration. for gemmates, u.v.a. beat
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anthony gill led all scorers with 19. malcolm brogdon had 11. perentes finished up with 12. the players work as tony bennett on the collapse. >> i'm hopefully hydrated well. it was, yeah, i -- it happens before when you get up quick and you are dizzy. it happened quick. it was off. besides being under the weather played into that. >> all right. for u.v.a. it is butter on saturday in the second round. for maryland, they are in spokane. scott abraham has been all over that. check in with scott. scott: the maryland men basketball team is adjusting to life fine in spokane, washington, 22:150 local time. they hit the floor for the first time in the final practice for tomorrow's first round showdown with south dakota state. >> i feel like we have the terse nel to go far in the tournament.
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in spokane. maryland journey begins tomorrow. reporting in spokane, abc7 sports. robert: the key to win is survive and advance. you have to survive first. for u.v.a., the butler second round. i said this at 5:00. i don't want to say i see an upset but it is a scary team. back to you. leon: it upsets us to have you seeing upsets. talk to you later. maureen: the weather may upset us this weekend. doug: tomorrow is beautiful. partly, sunny and breezy. turning colder over the weekend. brian van de graaff is in for steve tonight and he will talk in detail about the timing and the impact of the snow or rain saturday and sunday. maureen: all right. leon: no. i plant believe that. maureen: "world news tonight"
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