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rid of transfats. baltimore followed suit in 2009. now, the fda is thinking long and hard about it. years after several major cities, baltimore banned transfats in restaurants, the fda is joining the move against transfats, calling them unsafe. now, they are considering a nationwide ban on the artery- clogging oils. >> there is absolutely no redeeming quality in transfats and absolutely every reason in the world to get them off our shelves. >> reporter: transfats are considered the worst oils in your hearts. and allowing the products to last longer on store shelves. but researchers have linked the oils to a higher risk of heart attack and other diseases. >> they actually increase inflammation throughout the body, which we have seen as a precursor for many disease entities. >> i'm surprised it took so long. >> the cooks at jimmy's restaurant in fells point made the healthy switch five years
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ago, months before baltimore banned transfats in restaurants. >> owner jimmy phillipides said customers asked for it back then. he believes the fda will make a swift move to get the ban in place. >> i have no doubt that it will be approved. no doubt. people are too health conscious. and these transfats have been linked with a lot of serious issues. >> reporter: now, this fda ban is not a done deal just yet. over the next 60 days, the agency will hear from food industry experts and health experts to get their take on it. a ban, a full ban, could take a few years. mary, back to you. >> all right, gigi. thank you. and researchers say at least 20,000 heart attacks can be prevented every year, just by removing transfats from processed foods. >> reporter: a former teacher at a baltimore catholic high school is being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. vic is in the newsroom with more. >> being investigated for
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alleged abuse taking place in the 70s. archbishop curly. a former student from that time period said he abused them on several occasions. colosay was most recently a vickor from new jersey and has been expelled from public ministry. the archdiocese says it is unaware of charges against him but they are cooperating with police in the investigation am. >> colojay has also taught at schools in massachusetts. one of the notorious gangs of violence is dealt a crippling blow. members and associates of the black guerrilla family gang. derek valcourt with more on this major bust. derek? >> reporter: 48 people in all. most of them have been arrested. some of them are still on the run. police say they are responsible for years of bloody violence and drug trafficking.
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>> reporter: for the first time, dozens are suspected of black guerrilla gang members. police say they were in the green mount neighborhood. and this morning, police and federal atf agents swept through that area, arresting dozens of suspected members of that gang. >> they are responsible for the vast majority of the violence, the death, the destruction that's happening in our communities. for us, within our organizations, they are our target. this is where we start to stablize them. this is where we start cutting the head off of that organized group and bringing them to justice. >> reporter: investigators connected the gang and its associates to at least 13 murders and 12 nonfatal shootings. primarily in the greenmount corridor, dating back as far back as 2005. the alleged gang members face charges under maryland's gang law, passed in 2007. state's attorney greg bensteen says this case represents a change and prosecute these gang- related cases. >> reporter: by charging the defendants under this statute,
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we can charge the gang members together together, as a group, and present to the jury at trial, each of the overt acts in furtherance of the gang activity. so that the jury understands the full mosaic of these defendants' swats of terror. >> the arrests welcomed neighborhoods that for long have felt under siege. >> we get tired of hearing all of the murders and the robberies. and you know, all the stuff that's going on. it's good to hear some good news sometimes. >> reporter: as of late this afternoon, police say they have -- they are still trying to track down and arrest about 15 of those suspected black guerrilla family gang members. we're live, derek valcourt, wjz eyewitness news remember. >> all right, derek. thank you. and police promise this is not the end of their effort to crack down on what is left of the black guerrilla family here in baltimore. a cecil county fire department is mourning the
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deaths of one of their own. 64-year-old david bar, jr., a 13-year veteran of perryville was passed a-- passed away today. funeral arrangements are still being planned at this time. well, rain roll through the area today? but now it cleared out. we are dealing with gusty winds. sky eye chopper 13 is over fort mchenry, where the flags are flying. in fact, presenting two-way operations at the bay bridge right now. and taking a live look outside. another spectacular sunset tonight. definitely going to feel a drop in the temperature, as we enjoy this night, though. wjz is your complete first warning weather coverage. meteorologist tim williams is in the outback. and bob turk is in the weather center, updating temperatures for us. bob? >> at sunset, at 4:58. it's been about eight minutes or so. take a look at radar. front came through with the rain. to the east. around massachusetts,
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connecticut and rhode island, southern main, moving off with these. we have cleared out. and the breeze has picked up. yes. right now. it's dropped down to 9. but still 21 up in elkton. 21 in pax river. some areas had gusts. and 30 miles an hour. right now, it just dropped down a bit. from time to time, we will see those gusts, anywhere from 20 to 25 miles an hour. the temperature came down, too. down to 54 here. 32 in oakland. 48, hagerstown. it will get chilly again, tonight and next several days. the dew point is now down to 35. much dryer air coming in. tim is in outback now with a bit of a breeze out there i'm sure. >> well, not a whole lot, at least from what i'm seeing. with a look at friday and into the weekend. >> the breeze calmed down now. but guaranteed, when it picks up, it will likely get your attention. i'll put my heavy jacket on here. we're looking at blustery and cold conditions, heading into the northeast for the next few days. temperatures in the 60s today, will be about 10 degrees colder
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going into tomorrow. but the jet stream is keeping the cold, cold air, well to our north. but that's expected to dip down far enough that we'll start to really feel a definite change in our forecast. heading into next week. in the meantime, dry, sunny conditions, heading into the next weekend. or this weekend and the next several days. but next week, well, it's going to get our attention because it's going to get even colder. bob will have your complete first warning forecast coming up. for now, back inside. >> tim, thank you. high drama in annapolis. two days after the mayoral election in the state capital. still no word on who won that race. political reporter pat warren is there. she has the latest on today's vote count. >> hi, kai. good evening, everybody. you know, this is the surprisingly long process in a race that is surprisingly close. accepting or rejecting voters' ballots. >> i make motion to reject ballot. >> inputs the outcome of the annapolis mayoral race at
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stake. what's happening now is more complicated than you'd think. >> there is no ballot. however, the envelope is sealed. >> reporter: lawyers for both mayoral candidates stand over the shoulders ever election officials, determining if absentee or professional ballots are valid. the republican challenger, mike pandalides leads by less than 100 votes. but the democrat incumbent, josh cohen, has the democratic party outnumbering his voters, two to one. >> here are the additional ballots. also removed by the voters. >> i know it's been a slow, arduous process. i'm not sure if they going going to stay. but they have to go through it first. >> some are discontented with high water bills. and plans to renovate the beloved city dock. election day ended with an 84- vote lead for pantalides.
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and this cliffhanger for the city. >> once they get through deciding which ballots are legitimate, and which are not. then they'll be -- [ inaudible ] >> all right. thank you. that's pat warren, reporting live. now, both candidates are optimistic about the outcome. did it shrink? experts are checking out the washington monument today, to make sure it is still 555-feet tall. the survey is the first of its kind since 1999. crews can only access the peak of the monument when it is covered in scaffolding, which is happening right now, as parts of the repairs, following the august 2011 earthquake. the goal of the survey is to establish a definitive height of the monument and make sure it hasn't sunk further into the ground. >> so does our monument need a chiropractor? >> it might need a break. still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00.
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did somebody shooting up garden state plaza now. >> panic in new jersey. the panic when a man enters a shopping mall and opens fire. baltimore city hits 200 murders this year. just as an arrest is made and a double homicide in upper fells point. i'm rochelle ritchie. that story is next. i'm ron matz in south baltimore. helping local veterans and others, with some unique therapy. the story coming up, here on wjz. a major cooldown is on the way. don't miss the updated first warning forecast coming up. ,,,,
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mostly clear. and 52 degrees. the complete first warning weather testify is coming up. a troubling milestone for baltimore city.
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wjz is live at city police headquarters. rochelle ritchie is there and spoke with police commissioner anthony bats about the crime. and about what really needs to be done. >> good evening, kai. well, despite a number of criminals being put behind bars and thousands of guns being taken off the street, the murder rate continues to go up, just as suspects are arrested. >> reporter: 26-year-old davon ferguson is under arrest for the murders of two men, execution style. >> he was upset because one of the bahrain brother his spoken to his ex-girlfriend. >> these crimes are committed by people who shouldn't have guns. >> reporter: this morning, a woman died after being shot on the 1500 block of west baltimore street. >> when communities don't feel safe, it bothers me. it troubles me when children die in our street. it keeps me up at night. >> reporter: police, the mayor, police commissioner, and state's attorney, express their frustration, with a blood bath
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on city streets. >> 200 -- 200 is unacceptable, one is unacceptable, five is unacceptable. am i angry about it? i'm beyond angry about it. >> reporter: in 2012, 217 people were killed. in 2011, 198. >> reporter: in response to the crime, baltimore city police placed more officers on the streets. and the mayor added two additional prosecutors to the state's attorney's office. so why aren't the murder numbers going down. >> i think that people do get frustrated when people are found not guilty of charges. i think more importantly, though, i think when there is a delay in the case getting to trial, which we too often see, that that's where you start to run into problems. >> reporter: police commissioner anthony bats says in order to lock criminals up for good, the process of justice has to change. >> we should have mandatory sentences. and one of the things i'm going to try to push at the state level is actually changing
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those laws. >> reporter: and the police commissioner went on to say that his department continues to change its strategy, as criminals adapt to their operations. we're live tonight. i'm rochelle ritchie, wjz eyewitness news. >> rochelle, thank you. it's been two years since baltimore has had fewer than 200 murders. >> reporter: if you're waiting for somebody to get home from work, let's check on our roads right now. here's christy breslin, live at wjz traffic control. >> hi, mary. hi, were. well, the main roadways have gotten quite busy out there. watch for a slowdown, from pedonia to the beltway itself. major trouble on the top side inner loop. traffic slowing down from stevenson to harford road. average speed, around harford, only 22 miles per hour average. brake lights continue from 895 past liberty road. no improvement to speak of. 70 westbound, begin from the beltway, going over to marriottsville road. and northbound 95, continues to be a problem this afternoon.
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delays stretching from 32 to 100. then it slowless down again on northbound 95, as you make your approach to 395. and the delay going past whitemarsh boulevard. one accident we are watching so far, bay dale drive, at college parkway. let's take a live look. you can see, things have eased up a bit there. 70 west of the beltway. this traffic report is brought to you by bge smart energy savers program. don't forget your cfl bulbs. visit bge smart back to you. >> thanks, kristy. it is a unique program, designed to help local veterans and others. it's happening in south baltimore. ron matz has more on how art therapy is helping some men transform their lives in charm city. >> this one will probably take me another two weeks. >> reporter: mark jones used to do heroin. but through his art work, he's finding his way. >> it put my mind at ease. it puts me in the place where
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i'm happy. it is -- relieves a lot of stress. >> reporter: mark is one of the 90 residents at the baltimore station. a place where veterans and the homeless can live, for up to two years. >> they find them out on the street. sort of trying to cope with reality. and we bring them in here and give them an opportunity to make the changes that they need to make. >> reporter: mark has seized that opportunity with his talent. others have turned to art, too. a unique therapy, for those in transition. >> they teach us about life skills. about life. about living without the use of drugs. and it's been wonderful ever since i've been here. >> reporter: a new reality, for veterans, too. >> we're just now beginning to -- as a society, to figure out how we're going to really help these guys cope and reenter society in a productive way. >> mark jones says he expects to be here year. with the help of his artwork, turning his life around.
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>> you know, i don't want a whole lot out of life. i don't want to be rich. i just want to be -- just happy. just normal. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> on november 15th, the baltimore station will celebrate its fifth annual restart with art. the art auction and veterans day reception will be held at the church of the redeemer on north charles street. >> we were just talking. they have been in our community for so long, since 1989. baltimore station has been helping. not just vets, but home little men, too. >> all right. we've got some fair, dry, cooler weather headed our way. right now. and it's dropped again down to 52. west/northwest winds at 9. but gusts to 20 to 25 miles an hour. and the barometer is on the way back up. come back and look at a very nice fall weekend after this. ,,
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you got to love the weekend. it's like everyone came to, "if it's good, let's save it for the weekend." so here's to the kfc ten buck weekend bucket. ten pieces, ten bucks. any recipe. just ten bucks every saturday and sunday. today tastes so good.
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you can see. it's a little warmer on the eastern shore. they'll be the last to get the cooler air moving in. already chilling down. oakland is down to 34 now. 20 degrees warmer. we're at 52 in the 40s to the west. so tonight, with the dew point in the 30s. we'll get down into the mid and upper 30s. and the breeze will make it feel a bit colder than that. so if you're going out this evening, definitely take some kind of wrap. 55, annapolis and kent island and rock hall at 54 right now. the breeze, it's varied between 10 and 20 some spots. 13, d.c. 31 in elkton and pax river. to the west of us, a little lighter. 14, 6 and 10 in oakland. from time to time this evening will we'll still be dealing with breezes. the front came through this morning. with light rain activity. in fact, the airport only had 5/100ths of an inch. a little more north of the city. and particularly across
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southern p.a. and new jersey. heaviest way offshore now. there's a little lake-effect rain shower activity right now. which could become some snowflakes between erie and buffalo later tonight. the lakes are very, very warm. and chilly air. we've got a plume of moisture this morning that came from alabama all up the east coast, with that frontal boundary. it's now off to the east. dryer and cooler air is coming in. it's going to be with us all weekend. however, it looks like it will moderate somewhat by sunday and monday. friday and saturday will be the coolest days out of the next 4. the front off to the east. precip is gone. cooler temps coming in. however, by the end of the weekend, this high will position itself off the east coast. and that allows the winds to come back to the south. ahead of it, we'll warm up a little sunday and monday. before another shot of cold air. this could be pretty chilly air coming in tuesday and middle of next week. we'll be watching that for you. could get highs only in the low
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to mid-40s someday next week. northwest winds, 10 to 15, with gusts to 25. small craft advisory through friday afternoon. bay temp, still stuck there around 58. tonight, call it patchy clouds. certainly colder than last night. low in the upper 30s to low 40s in the city. 54 tomorrow. sunny, breezy, a nice fall day. >> still around 61 degrees this morning. >> tomorrow, we go below normal for a couple of days. then we warm up again sunday. >> sunday for the game. >> 60 degrees in the afternoon. >> perfect. >> perfect for fall weather then. >> thanks, bob. >> still ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 5:00. >> dolphin bullying controversy. the startling allegations, made against a key member of the miami front office. the secret life of a killer. i'm linh bui.
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a new book takes an in-depth look at one of the most notorious murderers in maryland. we sat down with the author. too many alcohol ads, reaching too many young people. that's what a new study from johns hopkins researchers is showing. i'm christie ileto, and i'll explain, when wjz returns. here's today's report from wall street. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it is 5:29. 52 degrees. and clear and beautiful out in central maryland tonight. look at that picture. good evening, everybody. thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. wjz has an in-depth look into one of the most notorious murders in maryland. in 2011, a young woman, brutally killed her coworker inside a lulu lemon store in bethesda. now, a book, released this week, offers new details of the crime. wjz is live. linh bui sat down with the author. linh? >> mary, this case captured a lot of attention. and this new book details the killers -- killer's double life. >> a gruesome murder and dramatic cover-up. jeanne worked at the lulu lemon store. prosecutors say murray confronted norwood about stolen
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pantdzs. -- pants. it turned violent. >> not only were the murders horrific, but this was also an affluent suburb, where violent crime is rare. she attempted to cover up, saying two masked men attacked them. >> it became a bizarre twist in a case that was already being followed. >> reporter: dan moore just released his book, the yoga store murder. he looked at thousands of text messages, revealing the sides of a killer. >> you could see the dark side of her. there was sort of this nice, bubbly side. then there was a side that something in her would allow her to do something like this. >> reporter: he found no indications of violence in norwood's past. but tells wjz, experts say she had the clear markers of a socio path. >> it was not so much rage, but that grit britney just wanted to kill her.
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>> grief is always with you. there's always an ache in your heart for your daughter. however, there are always moments of laughter, when you remember all the fun things you did together. >> reporter: norwood was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, without parole. reporting live, linh bui, wjz eyewitness news. >> linh, thank you. the book, the yoga store murder was released on tuesday and is available on panic in new jersey today. we're learning more about the 911 calls from people trapped inside a mall, where gunmen opened fire early this week. >> well, kai, the gunshots sent people scrambling for cover, inside new jersey's largest mall. >> somebody is shooting up garden state plaza right now. >> there's somebody shooting? >> somebody is shooting up garden state plaza right now. i'm in the bathroom. >> stay on the phone,
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sweetheart. how many people are in the bathroom with you? >> three. >> are they in your store? >> yes. >> reporter: many of those people called for help, while hiding under counters, in bathrooms, closets. retailers quickly closed their store gates and turned off the lights to protect customers inside. 911 operators tried to keep the callers calm. many were speaking softly, so the gunman, richard shupe did not hear them. shupe later shot himself in the head. no one else was ever hit by gunfire. >> police say shupe either intended to kill himself or to do something that would cause police to shoot him. too many young people catch too many alcohol ads on tv. it's a trend hopkins researchers say is on the rise. wjz is live. christie ileto explains it for us. >> reporter: the new hopkins study shows that about one in four alcohol ads, aired during national programming, watched by young people. >> reporter: it's ads like this. viewers say they see -- >> pretty often. especially like around this
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time of year, like with football and stuff. >> reporter: in 2003, alcohol companies agreed not to air any ads during program where more than 30% of the audience watching is young. dr. david jernigan says that agreement isn't exactly being followed. >> one in four of the alcohol ads were playing at times when they shouldn't have been. >> reporter: jernigan said it is most prev leapt in plays -- prevalent instacy like houston. and in baltimore, where one in five ads air when they shouldn't. >> if we remove those, we would have elim eliminated about a third of the alcoholic ads which kids got exposed to. >> marketers say our member companies rigorously comply with the 71.8% adult demographic required by our industry code. the ftc regularly monitors our advertising and say its is directed to adults. >> what is your response to it? >> our response is, these are
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the numbers. we're using nielsen. according to our study, they're not using them. we happening they could do a better job. >> reporter: experts say long- time exposure to alcohol ads can expose kids to risk of drinking. >> i don't think it's that big of an issue if you talk to your kids. >> reporter: but? parents say deterring your kids from alcohol starts at home. >> and reports say most of those aired during programs. like keeping up with the kardashians or deadliest warrior. on spike. >> studies show the average tv watcher, between ages 12 and 20, watches 366 alcohol ads a year. new surveillance raises more questions in the death of a teen from georgia. this clip is the own one that shows the jim mats in the upper left-hand corner, where kendrick johnson's body was found. on the tape, johnson is seen walking, jogging or running out of view. police say johnson, who was 17,
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crawled in to a rolled up mat and got stuck and suffocated. his parents believe he was murdered. there could be a new trial for the man convicted in the murder of white house intern chandra levy. attorneys asked for a new hearing. ingmar guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison. levy's body was found this rock creek park more than a year after she disappeared in 2001. miami dolphins players are coming forward to say the bullying allegations, aimed at richie incognito don't make sense. the nfl now is hiring a well- respected lawyer to investigate the possible misconduct inside the dolphins organization. jarica duncan has the latest for wjz. >> reporter: miami dolphins' offensive lineman, richie incognito, and jonathan martin, play side by side together to protect the quarterback. we all accounts, players say they seemed to get along. >> richie said, jonathan is like my little brother. and i think that's an accurate
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depiction. he gave him a hard time, messed with him but he was the first one there to have his back in any situation. >> reporter: martin accuse the incognito of threatening him, alwaysing text messages and voice mails with racial slurs. the nfl appointed ted wells to investigate. he's one of new york city's most powerful trial lawyers. >> if the review needs to be corrected, we will take all necessary measures to fix it, to enshower that this doesn't happen again. >> cbs sports special correspondent, james brown said, nfl locker rooms are not chapels, but what happened in miami went too far. >> let me be perfectly clear, the use of racial epithat thes, derogatory language by his mother, by any stretch of the imagination is not to be condoned. >> reporter: jarica duncan, wjz eyewitness news. >> tonight, according to the website, pro football talk,
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when martin told the miami general manager about the way he was being treated. the gm allegedly told martin, he should go punch incognito. time for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in tomorrow morning's edition. baltimore sun. meet the power of pop punk fan paramore. headlines this weekend at the patriots center. a preview of the upcoming season for mark turmingon'son's immediate -- mark turgeon's maryland team. and sunday's ravens' bengals game. for these stories and more, read the baltimoreun sun. and remember to look for the forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. the olympic torch is on quite a journey. literally, out of this world. here's the torch on board the international space station. the trip is part of a torch relay. as russia prepares to host the 2014 winter olympics in a couple of months in sochee. it will also be on a part of
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the longest spacewalk. >> that's pretty cool. >> it's nice. >> like that. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. new sites, same name. the fbi shuts down the silk road website. but is it back up and running? everyone is talking about twitter. the social site makes its debut on the new york stock exchange. we'll tell you if the ipo is paying off. i'm bob turk. the first warning weather center. dryer and cooler end to the week. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,
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cooler, dryer night out there tonight. definitely gets cooler tonight. that's where we start tomorrow. we'll see the temperatures dropping down. around 40 degrees around most of the area -- with clouds and through the day, we'll see more sunshine. getting up only to about 54 degrees. then we'll taper off, back down into the 40s and eventually into the 30s, heading into your friday night. for the next five days, we send it in to bob. >> nice fall weekend. 54, 32 tomorrow. a normal high now is down to 59. normal low is the upper 30s.
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54, 37. saturday. warmer on sunday. may get to 60. close to that on monday. then generally colder on tuesday. 46. western maryland could see a few wet snowflakes perhaps, by the mitt of next week. we have breaking news to report. there's been an accident on 395, southbound near the city. sky eye chopper 13 is live over the scene. let's go to captain jeff long with more. >> the past lane has taken up pie three vehicles and a cop car. and a fire truck involved with this accident. here on 395 southbound, right at the stadium. so three lanes going down to single fire to get by this. backing things up a little bit. back up towards pratt street. reporting live from sky eye chopper 13, i'm captain jeff long. back to you. >> all right, captain jeff. we'll bring you more information as we get it. criminal charges are filed in this summer's deadly boat accident on the hudson river in new york. according to new information, top indictment was made public
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today. sayssay pilot of the powerboat was drunk when he crashed into a construction boat in july. threw a bride to be and her fiance into the water. the pilot, was charged with boating while drunk. five weeks ago, the fbi shut down what it called the most sophisticated and extensive criminal market on the internet. silk road was a website selling illegal weapons, drugs and guns. but tonight, it may be finding new life. store new site has the same look, offering drugs. new report of silk road back up. >> this could be a gigantic scam. >> fran burtman says, the person who is running the website claims to be more than 1,000 alwaysers an hour.
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>> it's a cause. and they're really invested in it. they really want to see it succeed. >> silk road first launched in 2011, as an underground website, where users could browse anonymously for drugs. they paid in hard-to-track cyber currency called bit coin. it was amazon. com. selling heroin and cocaine, as well as guns and fake ids. after a two-year investigation, the fbi shut the site down last month. and arrested its suspected operator, 29-year-old ross olbrick. who is also charged in maryland for ordering the torture of a witness in an undercover sting operation. but the new person claims to be taking the high road. banning child pornography and weapons. claiming silk road, while under my watch will never harm a soul. if we did, then we are no better than the thugs on the street. if the new site is legit, customers are expected to start buying their drugs this weekend. >> they can't be around
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forever. and when he's gone, he's confident. someone will step up and fill the void. you can take down the man but you can't take down the idea. >> the fbi says it can't comment on an ongoing investigation. but has said that the original website processed $1.2 billion in transactions. >> stunning surveillance video from chicago, as a flash mob robbery hits a sporting goods store. take a look, as the suspects are seen wheeling out entire racks of clothes. police say five people rushed into the store and began grabbing large amounts of merchandise. so far, no arrests have been made. it is a bill the late senator ted kennedy introduced, almost two decades ago. and now, it is finally getting a vote. as danielle nottingham reports for wjz, the measure extends, anti-discrimination workplace laws, to gay bisexual and
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transgender employees. >> bill, as amended is passed. >> 10 republicans join senate democrats to gay rights advocates, 20 years in the making. >> we have now said, no more on the basis of your sexual orientation or gender identity. it's a historic occasion, the united states senate. >> reporter: the employment, nondiscrimination act, make its a crime for employees to discriminate against gay, transgender or bisexual. >> a cherish said value of freedom of expression and religion. and i believe this bill violates that freedom. >> reporter: but the chances of the bill becoming law are slim. speaker john boehner has signaled he will not bring it up for a vote in the republican- controlled house. >> speaker boehner said the law would open up businesses to frivolous lawsuits. conservative groups agree.
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>> when we're talking about this kind of employment discrimination law, what we're talking about is the right to sue. >> gay rights organizations will put pressure on the president to issue anti-gay bashing orders from practices. 88% of fortune 500 companies, along with 22 states in the district of columbia, already ban discrimination, based on sexual orientation and gender identity. surprising safety recommendation to tell you about. car experts telling parents to keep their children in booster seats inside their vehicles until they are 12 years old. it's all part of a new report from the insurance institute for highway safety. the study also looked into the safety record of particular car seat brands and found that the most expensive are not always the safest. children in boosters or car seats are 45% less likely to sustain injuries in crashes of
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kids restrained by car seats alone. twitter is now trading on wall street. have you heard? invest overs have spent billions on the stock. even though it has never made a profit. alison harmelin has the story from wall street. >> reporter: twitter opened the trading day and treated just one word. ring. >> twitter users introduced the new stock. >> it quickly jumped to over $45. >> everything went exactly as planned. i think the company is very happy. and i think investors are very happy. >> reporter: in just seven years, twitter has grown to over 300 million users. >> i used it for business. >> i used twitter for social networking. >> reporter: celebrities, the president and the pope tweet. it was even used to organize the arab spring. >> twitter is profitable. and lost $65 million in the last quarter. >> reporter: twitter execs say
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they have a plan to attract advertisers. but right now, investors are being asked to take a leap of faith. >> investors are investigating in two different things. the outlook that they will term profitable. >> facebook had a disastrous opening. but the social network is up. twitter is currently valued at $30 billion. >> alison harmelin, wjz eyewitness news. >> a recent poll showed 36% of people who signed up for a twitter account say they don't use it. that's not us, kai. we use our twitter accounts. >> tweet, tweet, tweet. every day. that's right. check in for more on these stories coming up. vic is standing by with the preview. phasing out transfat. the fda's full plan to get rid of the artery clogging substance. why the agency is making changes now. late-breaking details on this latest incident. check in for more on these stories and the breaking news, coming up at 6:00 now.
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back to you. well, the duke and duchess of cambridge surprised hundreds of london commuters today, by taking a royal bus ride. >> i was using my british accent, kai, when i said that. prince william jokes with bus drivers, before he and his wife, kate, board a double- decker for a ride to london. the couple was celebrating london's hockey day, in an event to remember veterans of war. royal watchers say this event is another sign of the young couple staying connected to the public. they are so down to earth. >> they really are. and who is watching the baby. >> i'm sure. the grand nanny is watching. >> absolutely. >> all right. still ahead onune tonight. the ravens work on a game plan to beat the bengals. mark has the latest on preparations coming up. ,,,,,,,,
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win for the ravens. >> eight games down. eight more to go. the ravens are below the standard they set when they won the super bowl. three wins and five losses. and the ravens offense bears the brunt of the blame for that record. but the defense has been subparat times, too. in that-- subpar at times too. a play that peat -- made all the highlights for the wrong reasons. fake off his feet by browns receiver. now, in general, the ravens' defense has played well enough for the team to win if the offense could score more. and the defense does rank well, statistically. but veterans like haloti ngata know, they just all need to be better. >> i feel like i can do more. just because i think that we're losing. i think a lot of the guys start looking at themselves, what can i do. and -- bithat could also be a trap, because you don't want to do too much, where you're doing
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two jobs, instead of doing your own job. >> reporter: an indoor workout in owings mills today. four players did not participate. darrell smith, a thigh injury. ask cory gram, out with a calf injury today. gotta heal those bumps and bruises. see the game right here, on wjz, kickoff sunday, at 1:00. i'll have more on the ravens coming up next hour. plus the university of maryland football team, gets set to face syracuse in college park. and we'll hear from coach randy edsel in sports at 6:00. back to you for now. >> mark, thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news. i'm derek valcourt, in baltimore's greenmount corridor, where city police say they have dealt a crip bring blow-- crippling blow to the it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between
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coming up now on wjz eyewitness news at 6:00. off the streets and facing charges. dozens of members ever a notorious gang are arrested. the major operations to catch the suspected criminals. banning transfats, nationwide. why the fda is joining in on the move. i'm gigi barnett. that story is straight ahead. countdown to victory. i'm pat warren. you are watching the annapolis board of elections count absentee ballots that will determine the outcome of the
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city's mayor's race. >> rain, sun and wind. we've seen it all today. what's next? the updated first warning forecast coming up. >> check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. major bust. >> a series of raids, leads to dozens of arrests in a well- known gang. >> hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. here's what people are talking about tonight. >> police and prosecutors say they've dealt a crippling blow to one of the most violent and crippling gangs in the city. derek valcourt has more on the arrests and indictments of dozens of members and associates of the black guerrilla family gang. >> this is a huge case, in all, 48


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