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, bob ehrlich pretends to be for the working guy... but he's not on our side. i thought i knew bob ehrlich, but then i found out... he raised property taxes on every maryland family... and business. he increased college tuition... by 40%. 40%. and i thought i knew bob ehrlich. he was against raising the minimum wage. made $2.5 million... working for a lobbying firm. $2.5 million? he's not really on my side. with this tough economy, we really need a governor on our side.
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- my undercover experience is finally over. i was amazed by the stories and the caliber of some of the staff i came in contact with. but some of our company policies need to be reviewed and addressed immediately. hey, guys. - did you get fired anywhere? - i did not get fired.
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i got close to being fired. um, i saw, really, a lot of great stuff. but also, i saw some stuff that we need to work on. there was one woman in particular who was thirsting for training. i go, "so do you get any training from choice?" she goes "nothing. they don't got anything." and i wanted to go "choice university. "choice university. "you could take any job in the hotel business and learn it through our-- through our online training." you know, it would've been nice if everything was perfect, but it's not. we got some things we got to work on. there's no question about it. you have elevator tracks... they need some repairs on the elevator and the floors. in some of the hotels, there were some cleanliness issues. they weren't dusting. no high dusting. and is our standard for suburban that they don't provide coffee? - yes. - coffee's available. - wow. - but it doesn't have to be provided. - okay, but i got two bars of soap, i got no coffee. if i'd gotten up, looking for coffee in the morning, i would not have been happy.
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i really need you guys to fix that. - write it down. - i agree. - um, i went to work at the world's largest econolodge. it needs work. it needs attention. i want to bring in that general manager because i want to talk to him about attention to detail. those folks on that property are ready to do what they need to do, but they need to get it from their leader and they're not getting it. i'm gonna go see the employees now. so wish me luck and i'll see you later on today. now all the employees have been called to headquarters to supposedly vote for two guys competing for the same job. they have no idea why they're really here. - uh, today, i'm gonna be casting my vote. i'm confident with who i'm gonna vote for. - killing me. the suspense is killing me.
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- good morning. - morning, jack. - good morning. - hi. - how are you? - i'm good. - do you know who i am? - i know you're jack. - actually, i'm not jack parker. i'm steve joyce. i'm the president, chief executive officer of choice hotels. - oh. - well, nice to meet you, steve. - nice to meet you. - nice to meet you, sir. - nice to meet you, ricardo. john, for two months on the job, you are incredible. - i appreciate that. - because i watched you with your relationship you have with the customers. they all liked you. - well, thank you. - that's exactly what i need at this company. you do another year in that hotel, take those training courses, i'm thinking i'm hiring you for choice's global sales force. - really? - really. big deal. big pay. - i'm, like, "wow," right now.
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um, i really want-- i want to do that, you know? um, i--thank you for seeing-- you know, taking the interest in me. - so here's the other thing, i noticed you liked the threads. - oh, yeah. ha ha ha. i definitely do. - i like a good suit. - i can tell. i can definitely tell. - i'm gonna give you $5,000 on choice to get the outfit you need when you come work for me. - oh, i'll definitely-- all right. i appreciate that. - you all right with that? - i appreciate that. definitely. - all right, my man. - definitely. - good to see you. - appreciate that. i'm excited for what he's offered out to me. i really want to take that on, you know, full steam ahead. because, like he said, i am eager and i'm really ready to learn. i'm excited about it. definitely. - christina, you've got to be the strongest housekeeping manager i've ever seen. - no kidding? - no kidding. i got such a rush after working with you that i was thinking you really need to do more than housekeeping manager. particularly for your family.
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choice hotels is gonna put you through g.m. training at our cost. - wow. thank you so much. - i need people like you running our hotels. you're talking about a serious change in your income. and i want to make sure that happens for you, because you're a good person. - okay. - the other thing, hearing your story about your kids not getting everything they want broke my heart. i'm gonna send you on a week's vacation all expenses paid. anywhere in orlando you want to stay and tickets to all the parks they want to go to. - [laughs] they would love that. i feel so blessed. i'm just on the clouds right now. i don't--is this real? - brandalyn, when i worked with you and you shared your story with me, you were really an inspiration. - well, thank you. - the way you've overcome what's happened in your life and your positive approach to everything has changed me. - i mean, really, you don't know how much that means to me to have somebody say that after everything that i've been through.
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- i know you want to be a front office manager. i'm gonna ask the folks that work directly with your hotel to help you get to that next spot that you want. - thank you. - to kind of thank you for what you're doing for us, what i want to do is send you and your family for a week's vacation in san antonio all expenses paid. - well, thank you. that really means a lot to me. - and then after that, i want to pay your rent for six months so that you can finally have a home of your own. i know that means a lot to you for your family. - oh, it does. thank you so much. that'll mean so much to me, and my daughter, and everybody. - but, seriously, thank you for what you're doing. - you're very welcome. - i know your family never gave you any support. i want you to think of choice as your family for a long time. - thank you. - i can't even describe the feeling that i have. after everything that i've been through in my life, to have somebody tell me how great i am is just-- i mean, it's great.
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[breathes deeply] sorry. [laughs] - now i've decided to bring in ricardo's general manager because ricardo's a great employee and that property needs attention to detail. morning. - morning. - do you know who i am? - yes, sir. - this week, i was undercover working at your econolodge property. - okay. that's a surprise. - i walked around your property a lot. you got a roof issue which needs to be fixed. you got other detail issues. you know what this is. you know how to do this. - okay. - i need this property to be pristine. - absolutely. - and to be an example that represents us the right way. - right. - can i get your commitment to work on the property? - absolutely, sir. - that's exactly what i wanted to hear. thank you for coming in.
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really appreciate it. - well thank. very good. our company has just taken over that property so i totally agree. the property needs continued work and we--we're working-- our company's working on getting that done. - ricardo, you worked me hard. it was good. but you inspired me. - thank you. - i've talked to your general manager. and we're gonna bring that property back to the shape that it ought to be in. - i would love that. - the other thing, i need to have you be more efficient, get more work done. as a result, the property will be better. so you know what i'm gonna do? - i don't know. - i'm gonna buy you that golf cart. - i don't know what to say. - you all right? - yeah. i'm all right. - how do you feel? - i feel good. - you feel good? - i feel good, jack. - i'm--i'm not jack. i'm steve. you can call me steve now. - sorry, steve. - you know, i don't know anybody that works harder than you do. what you're doing for your son is amazing. seven days a week, two jobs to put him through med school. so here's what i'm gonna do, we have a scholarship program for people here that work at choice.
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you've inspired me to make that program available to all the folks that work in all of choice's hotels. and i want your son to be the first recipient. - no. - seriously. - i don't believe it. - i really, really want to say thank you for what you're doing. - i--i really--thank you. - reminds me of why i got into this business in the first place. - thanks. - thanks. - thank you. i'm feeling great. like, i can walk home with my head up with a scholarship for my son. that's number one for me now. maybe i could retire early. who knows? - everybody welcome steve joyce. [cheers and applause] - i'steve joyce. and for the past week, i've been undercover at choice hotels. [audience murmuring]
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i've always thought that i worked hard. i discovered this week that i don't work nearly as hard as these folks sitting here. if my livelihood and taking care of my family depended on these jobs, i just couldn't physically cut it. let's take a look at some of my experiences. i'm supposed to get this done before the end of my shift? is that the idea? - actually within five minutes. - oh, crap. [laughter] - hi, bob, this is steve-- uh, this is, uh... [laughter] - he's overwhelmed. jack needs to go to housekeeping boot camp. [laughter] [applause] - i knew i was gonna learn a lot about our company, about our programs. what i got surprised by is the quality of the people we've got in our hotels. and as i think about it, we're all part of the choice family at this point. we don't always act like it.
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but we should. thank you all very much. [cheers and applause] - i thought that nobody cares. but i--since this happened, i think everybody cares. - today's a new day. and i'm gonna start a new chapter in my life. and it's great to be able to say that steve is part of it. - no question. it is harder than i thought. i wasn't very good at most of the hotel jobs. not being able to cut some of these jobs physically, i owe it to myself and my family to get in better shape. i've got a long way to go.
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place your bets, in just hours maryland first casino opens. the official announcement came late today. the hollywood casino is opening sooner than expected. >> reporter: after a successful test run yesterday, the lottery commissioner has signed the license for this hollywood casino meaning they are ready to open their doors on monday. inside perryville's hollywood casino the staff is putting their finishing touches. >> we would like to get open because we want people to come and try us out. >> reporter: it's full of machines from classics to new ones like sex in the city.
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>> we went out and got slots that even las vegas casinos don't have. >> reporter: the show busy theme here lends itself to the latest movie promotions, but the casino says what they are really promoting is maryland. expecting to generate more than a million year in local state taxes and employing people from hartford and cecil county. >> i was really fortunate to get the job. gladly i didn't have to look for too long for it. >> reporter: the operators are hoping to lure gamblers from casinos in delaware. >> i'm really excited. i'm going for my birthday. >> reporter: grand opening
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won't happen until thursday morning. in perryville, derek valcourt. >> the casino will open its doors every day at 8:00 in the morning and close at 2:00 a.m. a state mental hospital patient is found guilty of killing another patient. 46-year-old wahabi also known as saladine taylor was also found guilty. both the victim and the accused killer were committed to that hospital for murder charges. well some terrifying moments during an emergency landing at new york city's jfk airport and now there is video taken from inside that plane. you can hear the flight
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attendant there yelling instructions. take a look here through the window. and the planes wing drug along the tarmac. no one was hurt at the delta flight that took off from atlanta? the pastor of a mega church faced his congregation since he was accused of sexual harassment. long is now fighting the allegations. >> reporter: georgia mega church bishop eddy long received a rousing welcome after being accused of sexual abuse. four men filed lawsuits against the famed preacher claiming he used his spiritual authority, cars, clothes and electronics as well as private and public jets at luxury hotels around the world to coerce him into sex acts with him.
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standing in front of thousands of his followers sunday, the pastor turned to the bible. >> i feel like david against goliath. but i got five rocks and i haven't thrown one yet. >> reporter: he did not specifically deny the allegations and wouldn't address their specifics. police wouldn't discuss them either and are not investigating the because the men allege the sex acts began when they were 17 and 18 years old. the consenting age in georgia is 17. long has been an outspoken
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opposer of gay marriage. well the parents of a salisbury girl who was killed wants the state's attorney to stay on his lead prosecutors. foxwell was found guilty and leggs jr. now faces murder chargeless. foxwell's family wants him to remain in charge of the prosecution. the two candidates for state's attorney say they are considering it. 31 cars in the city of fredrick had their tired slashed earlier this morning but that's not all to it. according to fredrick police, all but one of those vehicles either white or light in color. police don't have a suspect at this time but they're not speculating as to why someone
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would only target late colored cars and this one darker suv right there. bp is under fire right now for engineering experts. they say there's holes in the investigation of the oil well explosion. bp says it's report was only meant to be preliminary. 11 workers were found dead after an education motion. the environmental protection agency says they need to enforce their plan to do it. gigi barnett explains, the move could have a big impact. >> reporter: now two years into the time line, the
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environmental protection agency threatened to start holing states accountable with stronger enforcement measures. >> this could be a new day for the chesapeake bay. >> reporter: the days when states police themselves on the clean up are over. >> it's incumbent upon the federal government to exercise that authority, no one state can do it alone. >> reporter: the bp wants states to cut nitrogen solutions, they also want the back river that flow into the chesapeake bay. >> they are critical to the system. >> some states are against the epa stepping in just yet, the agency says states like virginia and pennsylvania aren't doing enough to make an impact. while the epa has approved maryland's clean up effort, the chest peek won't survive
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without the help of all bordering states. >> this point in time must be seized, the federal government and the state's must reduce pollution to turn the bay around. >> i'm gigi barnett, wjz eyewitness news. now the bay states have until november 9th to beef up their clean up plans. it started off a little gloomy today, a little wet out there but it wasn't a total wash up. taking a live look outside there tonight. let's go to bob turk, he is live with the updating -- >> take a look at radar. we have light rain this morning and this evening. there's some heavier batches moving in from the south and the east. around denton and st. michael, heavy showers and thunder down there as well. also north of charlotte and prince fredrick. northern sections good shower
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activity there. around waldorf all that's moving off to the north and north, northwest actually. heading right to the baltimore region. we have thunderstorms and decent rain coming up. >> the baltimore ravens are now undefeated at home after a hard fought win this afternoon in the home opener of cleveland. the ravens home opener was expected to be a blow out of the cleveland browns, but again we are reminded that nothing comes easily in the nfl. >> the first home game brings the feeling of a holiday, more than 70,000 fans flock to see the ravens and the browns. >> come on raiders. >> numb one. >> the ravens were heavily favored but that turned into heavy concerns. when payton hillis proved unstoppable rumbling over the ravens for a stunning one # 4 yards and cleveland had a
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surprising fourth quarter lead. for 27-yard toss gives baltimore the lead and they hold on for a 24/7 team come back victory. >> it was awesome. if you're whole offense to go down there and be able to put points on the board. we spread a touchdown. >> i felt great. the energy from the crowd was unbelievable. you know i played here only once in my career about two years ago. and you know, the crowd was the same old, but to be a part of it now is unbelievable. >> i must say, i've never heard that stadium get that loud. but they definitely brought it and showed we are their team no matter how the season is going. >> reporter: next week back into hostile territory, maybe the toughest of all as the
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ravens go to pittsburgh. back to you. >> all right, mark. thank you. that game next week on the road in pittsburgh. it'll be back here on wjz13. you can see the game right here on channel 13. the game will be followed by the news. also coming up on wjz, they tried to make her go to rehab, lyndsey lohan now takes the next step. now that she's out of jail. and a terrifying incident at a texas fair as a father watches as his child dangles from this roller coaster. also new life for a west baltimore landmark, see this fantastic renovation coming up. lots of rain coming our way. i'm bob turk, i'll have your complete first warning forecast, coming up next. ♪
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it's time to hook your tv up to a 100% fiber optic network. it's time for fios. visit call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-6006 tty/v. an unusual scene in pennsylvania. take a look here at a silo just comes crashing down and the barn comes down where the cows were felt. the farm owners say this is the second silo to fall over on their property. a texas father is shaken after his 8-year-old son fell out of a roller coaster. the boy was riding the wacky worm when he somehow slipped out of his seat. the incident is a first of its
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kind in 20 years. the boy's father says he is stunned. >> we've got bruises all on his chest from my understanding, he hit his head once on a bar. hit his chest on the second bar, i let my son get on that ride thinking he would be safe. >> the kid is very lucky. all the rides were inspected and approved. the accident remained under investigation tonight. lyndsey lohan is reportedly heading back to rehappen after checking out. she has a probation violation on november 20th. a member of the maryland national guard is suing the state board of elections. the lawsuit claims that the
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board did not give overseas voters enough time. he says he wants to protect the voting rights of people in uniform. well when a baltimore city's oldest and most recognizable churches is now even better. first in franklin street presbyterian church has under went upgrades. the congregation will also be cooler now that they have a new ac system. that church has been around since the 1850s and here's the fun fact for you. it currently had the tallest steeple in baltimore city. >> well a milestone in the night against prostate cancer to the thousands of people hráeut rally took that issue to the streets raising a record amount of money in tulsa. >> reporter: more than 3,000


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