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the department of public works dispatched a crew to clean it up. in springfield, branches fell from a tall tree piercing the roof of a home. a woman sitting in her dining room table was hurt when the branch came down on top of her. she is expected to be all right. here's a look at conditions now. the winds knocked the power out of some area homes and businesses. right now pepco reports just under 2,000 customers in the dark. dominion, virginia power has about 1700 powerless and bg & e has more than 13,000 customers in the washington/baltimore area waiting for lights to come back on. bob ryan joins us with more on the conditions. hard to believe when we look outside and see the sparkling blue sky in october. usually we don't get winds like this in october. we are officially under a wind advisory for another hour. the winds are diminishing but, still, look at the current wind gusts. this is as of 5:00, just in. can see washington, now earlier it was up to 45 miles an hour. but nonetheless, still gusting 30 or more miles per hour so the
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wind advisory is still with us. the winds will be diminishing as they are now but once we get into 8:00, 9:00 they'll really begin to drop off. and tomorrow there will be light winds. a lot of sunshine tomorrow once again and speaking of winds, what do you think has been the highest wind gust we've had here in washington recently? today we are up to 45 miles an hour. i'll tell you about that and you'll have the answer of course and the outlook on into the weekend when i join you in a few minutes. but the winds diminishing over the next few hours. >> all right. thank you, bob. police in fairfax county today caught a convicted sex offender who advertised his services as a piano teacher on the internet. 58-year-old charles dwayne dillon was taken into custody. investigators tell us he neglected to inform the state sex offender registry about his plans. jane wrel is live in springfield, virginia, with the latest on this story. >> reporter: jim, under virginia law registered sex offenders have only 30 minutes to register any internet communications they
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have including setting up e-mail accounts or creating a website. fairfax county authorities say in this case the west springfield piano teacher failed to do so. this youtube video shows charles dwayne dillon playing a favorite song. the registered sex offender also gives piano lessons out of his fairfax county home to children ages 4 and up, which he outlines in great detail on his website, piano dreams studio.com. the trouble is dillon never told state and local authorities about his internet business venture and was arrested tuesday for failing to do so. >> virginia code requires anyone who has such registered has to notify authorities within 30 minutes of making any change of their profile online. >> reporter: news 4 has learned dillon's website is nearly 6 years old and wanted to ask the west springfield piano teacher
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why he failed to register it with authorities in 2003. we went to his home. >> i'm jane watrel from channel 4. we're doing a story today. >> sorry. can't talk to you. >> reporter: okay. thank you. it was 1998 when dillon then a prince william county piano teacher was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for possessing more than two dozen computer images of child pornography. some involving children as young as >> he approached us to ask one of our daughters to see if one of our daughters wanted to do piano with him. we kind of blew him off. >> one neighbor said she was well aware of his past history and piano website and noticed the spelling of his first name was different on the website than his legal spelling. he was not using his issued name and all of that. we didn't know -- we keep our kids, you know, pretty much on a leash and they know not to cross
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the street. they know not to talk to anybody on that side of the street. >> reporter: the charge, failing to register internet communications, is a class one misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and up to a $2500 fine. reporting live in fairfax county, jane watrel. back to you, jim. >> thank you. new details, a ruling this afternoon in the case of a convicted cop killer who went to court to get his prison sentence changed. donovan strickland was given a life sentence for the murder of d.c. police officer oliver smith jr. 12 years ago. last week he asked a judge for early parole citing a back room deal he says he made with the judge who was hearing his case. derrick ward is in upper marlboro to tell us about this. >> reporter: there was an impassioned statement from the convicted man's mother about how he was a loving child and his adult life spiraled out of control thanks to drugs. the convicted man himself addressed the court,
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apologizing, saying he was a changed man in part because of the words of the victim's father. however, he was in court because of that deal he said he had with a previous judge and today the judge weighed in and his ruling was, no deal. he pled guilty to murder back in 1998 in connection with his role in the 1997 murder and robbery of 28-year-old off-duty d.c. police officer oliver smith jr. outside his forestville home. his sentence, life in prison. but during a 2005 reconsideration hearing, strickland said he had been promised by a previous judge a plea agreement that all but 50 years of the life sentence would be reduced in exchange for the guilty plea. today's ruling by judge michael whalen all but eliminated the notion that such a deal existed. >> we thank god for the sentence that was the result of this particular case. by no means do we think this is the end.
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and in the state of maryland there is going to be an appeal after an appeal and i know there's going to be motions. >> reporter: the prosecuting attorney john maloney summed up the state's case with a simple definition of a plea agreement. >> a plea agreement is a meeting of the minds between the defense counsel and the state's attorney. there was no such thing in this case. >> reporter: that's what the first judge testified to last week and today's judge agreed. as with oth hearings on this matter d.c. police were in the courtroom in force. >> we don't forget. we can't forget. we'll never forget. that's why we're all here. >> reporter: ironically, the convicted man will be eligible for parole soon and the victim's father says he's ready to accept that strickland m be paroled though it may not be his desired outcome. >> if the law had dictated today that he would be set free, i would have to live with that. >> reporter: now, prince george's county state's attorney glen ivy says this points to the problem that some prosecutors have with the reconsideration la here in maryland.
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that's a matter for the legislature. live in upper marlboro, back to you in the studio. >> thank you, derrick. swine flu concerns left the hallways of one local school empty today. administrators here at st. vincent high in laurel, maryland, shut down the entire building. nearly 100 students there reported feeling ill with at least five confirmed cases of h1n1. cleaning crews disinfected the building today. classes should resume tomorrow. that is just one of many small schools in our area dealing with the swine flu prevention. in the district private schools are working with the city to make sure all their students get access to the h1n1 vaccine in enough time to help hold off a potential outbreak. news 4's eun yang is here with more on that part of the story. >> reporter: officials are working around the clock to hammer out the final plans on how to vaccinate the thousands students who attend school in the district in a timely fashion. the first 3600 doses went to health care workers. the school-age children are a
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priority. in a week and a half schools across the city will be open after hours for mass distribution of the swine flu vaccine. and children from all types of schools will be eligible. >> this child who had this ball first sneezed here. okay? happens all the time. >> reporter: ms. crowley's 7th grade science class is learning how quickly germs spread. >> because you're picking up germs when you touch somebody else's desk, when you borrow a pencil. >> reporter: she uses a blue light to show students all the germs left behind even after they wash their hands. >> oh, there is more glow there. every place that's glowing is a germ. >> reporter: the lesson is part of the regul curriculum at annunciation catholic school in northwest washington but it couldn't be more timely. >> i guess we're ahead of the curve. it's taking precautions. i always think i'd rather do plan a than have to work on plan b. and it just is good sense. >> reporter: 34,000 children attend independent or parochial schools in the district. the washington archdiocese is working closely with city
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officials to make sure its students have equal access to the swine flu vaccine and get it at the same time. >> they'll be playing on the basketball court just like everybody else or walking down the street. it's a public health issue. >> reporter: tom to being is the executive director of the association of independent schools of greater washington. >> each of those jurisdictions and the counties within them are using slightly different methods and strategies and schedules. so we just have to keep everybody informed. >> reporter: city health officials say starting the week of october 19th they will receive enough of the swine flu vaccine to open up schools and recreation centers for mass distribution. >> maximum quantity increases our ability to provide this and so initially school children will be prioritized ahead of say healthy young adults. >> reporter: the doctor believes in the beginning the demand for the swine flu vaccine will exceed supply but eventually as the city receives more vaccine there will be more than enough to go around.
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>> eun, thank you. we are learning more about other swine flu distribution plans in our region. fairfax county's health director said today there are 1900 doses available in mist form for health care workers. mass vaccinations for kids will begin october # 24th. >> the hlth department also plans to operate vaccination clinics in schools on the weekend. the health department then anticipates that we will broaden our public vaccination efforts to other high risk groups and the general public in the following weeks. >> reporter: right now montgomery county has 2500 doses of the h1n1 nasal spray vaccine. they'll be given out at a clinic this friday to children between 2 and 18. adults aged 49 and younger who take care of infants and health care workers aged 49 and younger. pregnant women and chronically ill children cannot take the vaccine in its nasal spray form.
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this friday's clinic is from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the dennis avenue health center in silver spring. security guards who used to protect d.c. public schools and other city buildings are now asking the city council for help. they want their last pay checks. the company they used to work for, hawk one, went out of business last week. the guards said when they went to the company's downtown offices to pick up their final pay checks they were told they would not be paid. a few of the guards spoke to d.c. council members qwame brown and tommy wells outside the wilson building this morning. brown said he'd look into the matter. >> they come and work for us and protect us to make sure we're safe and we get a check every two weeks. i get one direct deposited and the same people that protect me and protect workers here should also be paid. that's just fairness and what we should do. so i'm hoping they'll release a statement and we'll get to the bottom of this to ensure it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: many of the former hawk one security guards said they're due at least two weeks pay. the city hired two new companies
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to handle building security now. we're just getting started here on news 4 at 5:00. coming up deadly metro crash. safety precautions mean a longer commute for most. up next, find out why officials say times are changing. more metro news if you're planning on taking the train this weekend. you may want to think again. and a reminder of how quickly flames can devour your house.
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for the first time since the deadly metro subway crash in june service near the accident scene has returned to normal. the accident brought some changes along some parts of the red line. jackie bensen joins us live from totson in northeast. >> reporter: most people tell us they haven't noticed the difference just yet. metro says service on the red line near the totten station has returned to normal following the june 22nd accident. trains have been traveling at reduced speed or taking turns moving one at a time between the fort todayen and tacoma stations. metro has increased capacity on the red line operating more trains during the morning and evening rush hours. >> one would anticipate it would be bad, considering what happened. i came from virginia but i don't know exactly.
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>> reporter: the national transportation safety board is investigating the cause of the june 22nd accident. the cause of that accident has not yet been determined. wendy, back you to. >> thanks, jackie. meanwhile metro picked another holiday weekend to close several stations to do repair work. this columbus day weekend several stations will be out of service. the water front, archives navy memorial, penn quarter and la font plaza stations will close friday night at 9:30 and reopen tuesday. metro will replace four rail switches attala font plaza as well as bridge safety inspection and maintenance. labor day weekend traffic shuts down stations at national airport and pentagon city early. 20 colleges and universities around the world competed in this year's solar decathlon in washington. today they gathered on the national mall to see which school could design, build, and operate the most energy-efficient solar home. the homes had to be completely
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powered by the sun but could also be any shape or size. those are amazing what those students come up with. really clever. >> on a bright day like this they had plenty of solar power. >> and none blew away with those winds. >> wow. >> it was strong. >> rough out there. >> reporter: it is still windy outside. here's our question of the -- there we are outside. >> the camera's steady. >> yeah. the camera's steady but it's panning around. you can see the flags. they're really standing at attention. the wind gusts today, down at washington, this is washington, 45 miles an hour. what do you think has been the highest wind gust we've had in october? just in the month of october? there are your choices. 45, 52, 59, or have we ever had a wind in october? 67 miles an hour. >> a tropical storm or a hurricane? >> just october, anything. anything. >> go for it. >> i'm going for d. >> 67 miles an hour. in october. well, not really. >> oh, felt like it though.
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>> i put that one in there. the highest one recentlyas been up to 57 miles -- 59 miles an hour as a matter of fact. almost 60 miles an hour. the highest wind gust we've ever had in washington was from a hurricane back in october, 1954. some folks remember that terrible, terrible time when the winds were almost 100 miles an hour. outside now here's what's going on. winds earlier today in leesburg were up to 42 miles an hour. right now 68 degrees. that's the unusual thing. we see these winds, 40, oo miles an hour with temperatures around 70. the winds about 40 miles an hour, northeast philadelphia. look at the winds up there. we're up to 52 miles an hour today. it's still windy around new york city. but we are beginning to settle down a bit. nonetheless, there is still that wind advisory and gale warnings up along the new england coast line. those will be up and throughout the day, throughout the night and during the early part of tomorrow. 69 here.
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a bit chillier air beginning to come in. over the last 12 hours, there you can see that storm system. that has been moved a thousand miles in 24 hours so that in a way is the reason that we've had the strong winds, even though it's been dry. now the winds will be moving off as we go through the next 24 hours. overnight tonight for the rest of the day and night high pressure comes in. so tomorrow morning, you're really going to notice the difference. there will be a bit of moisture beginning to come in around the back side of the high as we get into friday but i think again a lot of that moisture will move to our north. one of the things we've got a deficit now of rainfall since way back in june of more than five inches. that's the reason things are quite dry around us. tomorrow morning temperatures into the 50s. once again in the 70s so really delightful. still a bit windy for this evening. then tomorrow morning when you get up, skies will be clear. it will be a chilly morning but winds will be light. the big thing tomorrow. temperatures 45 to 53 degrees. delightful day tomorrow. a lot of sunshine.
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a few of the fair weather clouds around but light winds tomorrow. that's the main thing with temperatures again about 70 degrees. after that the next seven days, i think we'll be seeing some fine weather. the weekend will be featuring some clouds coming in and maybe a few light rain showers. anything would be light on saturday. maybe some clouds hanging around. right now sunday looks nice with temperatures in the 60s and no repeat of 45, 50-mile-per-hour winds and power outages we had today. >> okay. thank you, bob. coming up next on news 4 at 5:00 tonight cutting from charities. a support system for the homeless hangs in the balance in d.c. we go straight to city leaders to find out what's going to be done about it. and it was a video of the day yesterday when that car crashed into a salon. up next t survivor tells his story. tomorrow morning on "news4 today," how to get the most for ur venn gees. >> why eating them raw may not
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be the best option. >> d.c. mayor adrian fenty joins us live in our studio.
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prince george's county firefighters demonstrated how quickly a fire can spread through a small house that doesn't have a splker system. today the department released details of a 15-year study where not one person died with a working sprinkler. the county was the first in the nation to mandate residential sprinklers in all new homes. one minute and he says he
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would have died. >> a victim who dodged that car that crashed into a salon is talking about what happened. christopher nandalau says an out of control car went straight through the front window of citrine salon on arlington road. >> it happened yesterday around 3:30. he had just walked away from the reception desk. he'll never forget what he saw. >> seeing the exhaust flying out of the car and spilling everywhere and glass from the window and also the car just everywhere in my hair, on my clothes. you know, the desk crumpled into a little ball on the ground. >> the driver of the car, an elderly woman, remains hospitalized tonight. still ahead, the white house goes contemporary. new art goes up on the historic halls of the most famous home in d.c. we'll show you how the obamas are decorating. and making their mark. find out how war protestors
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stirred up trouble on the 8th anniversary of the war in afghanistan. and a murder/mystery, a crime more than a decade old gets new life. we'll show you what may help crack the case. traveling the capitol beltway at this hour, the inner loop very heavy. it's going toeut of tyson as you continue around the capital beltway. both the inner loop and outer loop very congested, outer loop delays starting in college park continuing toward 270. out of springfield 95 is in the clear southbound. no problems down into fredericksburg. stay tuned
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welcome back everybody. at 5:30 now i'm jim handly i'm wendy rieger. coming up a bizarre grand sendoff for edgar allen po. art history, the obamas pick paintings for their private residence. and homeless in the city. money is running out while the demand continues to grow. we begin this half hour with a new 4 exclusive. never before seen video of a mystery woman who could provide a key clue in the high profile murder case. it was in 1997 when she was killed inside her home in washington after walking in on a burglary. tonight police have new information in the case. pat collins reports. >> reporter: police are hoping this newly discovered picture of this mystery woman, taken by security cameras at this grocery store in northwest, will help them solve a 12-year-old high profile murder case. january 21st, 1997, 26-year-old
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sharon moskowitz found dead inside this street on biltmore street. sharon moskowitz, an honors graduate from connecticut, a japanese studies expert. she had only lived in our city for a few weeks before this happened. on the day this happened, she felt ill. she called in sick. she went to a health food store, got some tea and herbs and came back to biltmore street to rest up. as she walked through the door of that house, they say she was jumped. she was bound. she was murdered. she was robbed. >> 12 years, seven months, 15 days. >> reporter: that's commander rodney parks. he's in charge of all the detectives now. but as a homicide lieutenant, he
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was at that buiiltmore scene th day and hasn't forgotten what happened. >> this is personal. it is as personal as any unsolved case that we have. >> reporter: after the murder the killer took sharon moskowitz's credit card and went on a buying spree. they caught him on security camera in maryland. he was wearing this hooded sweatshirt with the name "pit" on the front of it. now, after all these years, enhanced security tape from this giant food store on "o" street shows the pit suspect man with a female acquaintance shopping for breakfast foods. it happened late at night on the day of the murder. police believe this woman lives around 8th and "o" and they believe she can provide important information to help them solve this case of murder. this murder that left sharon moskowitz' father with a broken heart. >> i think god gives out so many
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of these personalities and he said, sharon, you already had your 26 years. you've got to give it to somebody else. >> reporter: i'm pat collins, news 4, washington. >> if you know the woman pictured intonight's story, police urge that you call 202-727-9099. ask for detective tony brigadine. there is a $25,000 reward. in the war in afghanistan, there is sad news. a local soldier was among eight troops killed on saturday. army specialist steven mace was from lovtsville, virginia assigned to the fourth brigade combat team from the fourth infantry division based at fort carson, colorado. mace and seven other members of the squadron were killed when taliban forces attacked their small outpost. specialist steven mace was just 21 years old. tonight news 4 has learned that the district government is reversing a plan to cut $11 million from its homeless services budget. the city acted after threats
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that five shelters, housing more than a thousand people, would have to close if the cuts were implemented. tom sherwood is working the story for us and joins us now. close call, tom. >> yes, it is. jim, the people who run the homeless shelters feel like they've dodged a bullet. the need is greater than ever. >> reporter: at the community of hope homeless shelter, maria lopes is a young mother caring for two children while her husband looks for work. she needs the help from hope. >> we don't know what we're going to do without the community of hope. i love this program. i love the people here. >> reporter: workers across the city say the bad economy has caused homelessness of all types to spike even as local governments face many budget woes. >> the need right now for housing and shelter for homeless families is huge. the reports have been about 400 families right now are on a waiting list to get housing and especially as we enter into the winter months i think that number will continue to increase. >> we're seeing many new families and individuals that
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we've never seen before. people who have lost their jobs have no other place to go. >> reporter: catholic charities is the city's biggest provider of homeless services. this week it warned it would have to stop operating five homeless shelters, serving a thousand people because of a 30% budget cut the city announced only last week. >> a figure that was untenable. we would not be able to continue to operate those shelters after october 31st. >> the first thing is that the district is required by law during the hypothermia season to provide shelter for those that need it. >> reporter: late wednesday afternoon, after inquiries from news 4 about the threatened shutdown, d.c. officials said an emergency $11 million would be found to keep the programs working. humaservices director clarence carter told news 4 the district will fully ensure that resources are available to keep shelters open. the approaching winter cold makes the need only worse. families are anxious that help is available. >> this is my first time in a situation like this where i'm
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homeless and don't have anywhere to go. my family, they have theirs, but there's not room there for me and my children. >> reporter: next week the district will formally announce its latest plans to serve the homeless during the coming winter. this is good news for people this afternoon about the jobs lost and the services. >> a lot of desperation out there. >> a long, cold season. >> transportation programs. a lot of things were in jeopardy until this afternoon. >> great news, tom. thank you. still to come, silent witnesses, serbian children in kosovo were given cameras. we'll take a look at the world through their eyes. and winds whip up trouble today. bob returns with a look at the seven-day forecast after
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tonight's wednesday's child wants to be a police officer some day. he is an adorable little guy who more than anything wants a family to call his own. barbara harrison takes us to meet malachi. >> reporter: hi, malachi. >> hi. >> reporter: i'm so glad to meet you. >> so am i. >> reporter: you look great for pumpkin hunting today. lots of pumpkins. look at these big ones. hi. good to see you. this is malachi. >> hi, malachi. how are you? >> hi. >> reporter: laurie grew up among the pumpkins here on her family farm in great falls where they harvested some prize winners this year. laurie's dad larry was waiting to take us to one of the pumpkin fields. malachi loved hearing about the nine kids that grew up on this beautiful farm. at 10 years old he's been waiting a long time to be a part of a family, too.
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>> malachi is very sweet, loving, caring child. he has excellent manners, very polite. he's a little shy at first but once you get to know him he warms up really quickly. >> reporter: in the pumpkin field he searched for the perfect pumpkin and found one he liked. >> because it's really round and i'm going to draw on it. it has enough room for a face and a nose and a mouth. >> reporter: what do you think you want to be when you grow up? >> a cop. >> reporter: really. how did you decide that? >> reporter: because i want to chase down people that are criminals. >> reporter: malachi is good at making decisions. he knows what he wants, especially when it comes to an adopted family. >> i want a nice, caring family that loves me and i want to love them, too. and i want some pets. >> reporter: some of the dogs malachi works with at the group home where he lives now stopped by and we g to see the skill
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he has at handling pets. but he says the most important thing to him is having a mom and dad. >> a 10 on a scale from one to 10. >> reporter: a ride back from the sunshine was fun but maybe the best part of the day was what we discovered in the corn crib. you won four tickets! the gifts were provided by disney on ice and with cinderella they know a little something about pumpkins. and so did the family who sent malachi packing with a pumpkin to remember this day. barbara harrison, news 4 for "wednesday's child." >> if you have room in your home and your heart for a child who is waiting please call our special adoption hotline at 1-888-adopt or logon to our home page at nbc washington.com. the leaves are falling and getting plenty of help from the nd, bob. >> yes indeed, jim and wendy. as a matter of fact, our sky watcher camera is still shaking a little bit. you can see the winds. this is the city cam looking
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over the national airport area and still winds are up to 25, 30 miles an hour. here's baltimore, which was having a wind gust at 49 miles an hour. so it is still mighty blustery out there. there's that storm area that has raced all the way from wisconsin and minnesota up into northern new england. that was the cause for the winds. some great color coming up right in our own, not too far away. this will be the best weekend to see the color. the high elevations out of the appalachians, even the skyline drive beginning to show nice color. it will be a chilly morning tomorrow but it will be also light winds. that's what you'll really notice tomorrow. none of the winds that we had today. temperatures tomorrow afternoon, once again mighty fine. be a few clouds for you folks out toward winchester, western loudoun county. after that, more sunshine ahead. could be some morning showers on saturday. saturday right now is the iffier and has been sort of in and out but i think things will move by so by later saturday and
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especially sunday we're in for more great weather and then i see a bit of a change next week especially the early to mid part of the week rather cold with mornings into the low to m 40s even around town tomorrow. a feel of fall if not the winds of fall. back to you. >> thanks, bob. coming up on news 4 at 5:00 a funeral for one of baltimore's most famous residents. we'll take you there. and timing is everything. why taking your meds at the wrong time of the day could have harmful effects on your body. plus, former quarterbacks at maryland and virginia tech break down their old schools so far
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in news for your health are you getting the most from your meds? if you're taking the medication
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at the wrong time of day there is a chance it's not working. >> this is some information that affects a lot of people. new studies are showing that the body processes medications differently at different times of the day. and for some people, it could make a huge difference. >> in the evening i line up my evening pills. >> reporter: 78-year-old kay is diabetic and she has hypertension so she needs to take ten different medications every day to keep her healthy. >> here i have xanax. >> reporter: she's not supposed to take them all at once so she divides them up, some in the morning and the rest before bed time. >> they seem to work better and the hypertension medication, you want that in the morning. so it takes care of you during the day. not when you're sleeping. >> some medicines work best in the morning. some medicines work bt overnight. your body has certain rhythms that are set by your brain's biological clock. >> reporter: consumers union spokesman david butler says different types of cells in the body have their own schedules,
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also called circadian rythyms, the internal clock. so medications are processed at different times depending on which part of the body is affected. >> if you properly time yr medicines, you can increase their effectiveness and hopefully minimize the side effects. >> how do you think the cur enlt dose is working out? >> reporter: this internist says he treats a lot of patients for high cholesterol. drugs for that condition should be taken at bed time. >> because they prohibit the liver from making cholesterol which is more active at night. if a patient takes it in the morning, it just means they would not g as much help from the medicine for the cholesterol. >> reporter: another te of medicine that should be taken after dark, oral asthma and hayfever medications, because the body builds up histamines at night and those can trigger asthma attacks or allergy symptoms. >> you also produce less adrenalin and other hormones that fight off those attacks. >> reporter: medications for heartburn and ulcers, well, that depends on the type of drug.
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proton pump inhibitors also called ppis should be taken in the morning but fast acting h 2 blockers like pepcid should be taken with dinner. he warns even though a medication is more effective at night you may not want to deal with the drug's side effects while sleeping. heart and blood pressure drugs for example should typically be taken before bed because most heart problems occur early in the morning when blood pressure has a tendency to spichblgt. >> many people take fluid pills for high blood pressure and those are better in the morning because they cause increased urination. as a patient it's a good idea to read up, learn the facts, and take the information to your doctor, to your pharmacist, to choose not just the medicine best for you but the best time to take it. >> reporter: we're all different so it is always a good idea to check with your doctor and your pharmacist to see what's the best time for you to take your medication. i know this gets confusing, particularly if you're taking
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different medications for different issues but take the time to talk it over. the timing can be really important. >> interesting. >> you never read that on the labels. very interesting. >> it's like once a day take it. >> yeah. it can be a personal issue. it can be related to the other meds you're taking too. you have to check it out. >> great. thanks, doreen. one of baltimore's more famous former residents is finally getting a proper burial or funeral. edgar allen po died on this day in 1849. days earlier he was found delirious outside a tavern in baltimore and 160 years later the cause of his death is still not clear. fewer than 10 people attended the hasty funeral his cousin put together f him way back when. but on sunday the funeral will get an elaborate do-over at a former church next to his grave. actors will portray other writers of po's era and will read eulogies to him. there will be two services
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expected to draw about 700 people this time around. at the po house today in west baltimore, an eerie mockup, a posed corpse is lying in state. >> wow. still got quite the following. >> he es. let's find out what's in the works for news 4 at 6:00. jim vance is here with a preview. tonight we'll continue reporting on the swine flu. today local health officials gave us a better idea how the vaccine will be distributed in the d.c. area. the supreme court heard a case today regarding whether a cross can be legally displayed on public land. and there is new evidence this evening that some people say solves the mystery surrounding england's famous stone henge. those stories and more tonight at 6:00. >> all right. interesting. we'll see you in a bit. thank you, jim. some guests, a couple former quarterbacks i believe. >> a couple busy former quarterbacks. college football is well under way. today we're checking back in
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with two former college star quarterbacks both with local ties. shawn glennon from centreville, virginia held the reins at virginia tech and six years ago it was scott mcbrian from rockville who led the terps to a gator bowl win. i want to talk to you guys about what you're doing now. everybody knows what you've done on the field and, scott, i want to ask you. people saw you there looegd maryla -- leading maryland. what have you been up to? >> my day job, i work for a printing company here in bethesda. i do the preand post game show for maryland football and run quarterback camp. i find ways totay busy throughout the year when i'm not coaching on the field. >> is it strange being on the broadcasting side versus playing? >> it is. i feel like i'm sitting in your seat now. it's fun to be around the game. i coach a lot of kids and i'm out there every saturday for the maryland games so i'm still around the game. >> how about you? obviously your days at virginia tech now passed but what have you been up to? >> after i got released from the vikings i held on to that nfl
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dream for a little bit but lately i've tried to find way to move on. i've been working with a private lender called home savings and trust mortgage and been helping out my old high school. >> westfield in centreville. >> tutoring some of the quarterbacks and giving private lessons to younger quarterbacks. >> you mentioned being released by the vikings. that happened this summer. incidentally you both have a random connection to brett favre because you were released because favre basically headed to town and then i know that also, scott, you have a connection because you were his backup in 2004 with the packers. i want to know, first and foremost, what was that experience for you like as you were released? >> i mean, i was obviously very disappointed. but i guess to be replaced by a future hall of fame quarterback is always a good story to tell. it was disappointing. but it was a great time while i was up there. >> scott, how about you? what was it like being brett favre's backup back in 2004? >> it was a great experience to go up and play behind your
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childhood idol. it was great. he's a great guy just like you see on tv. down to earth and he really took me under his wing. he didn't have to do that but day in and day out he taught me the offense and gave me advice so, you know, to look up to him and play behind him was great. >> now that you're beyond football, are there any things that he taught you that you kind of take into the world outside of football so to speak? >> well, i just keep working. keep working hard day in and day out even in practice he would say, hey,ake a bad throw, keep your head up. keep working. you know, i would just look at him and how he played the game and how he tutors everybody on the field and he gets this team behind him and gets a lot of troops around so he's a great guy on and off the field and i try to do the same. >> i want to ask you both about your former teams. when we look at virginia tech i know last year you split time with taylor at qb. when you look at what taylor has been able to do so far with virginia tech what are your thoughts? we recently saw their huge win over miami. >> unbelievable win. they're on that side of the conference with miami.
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to get that win against what looks to be the next best competition in the acc was a huge momentum swing for virginia tech. i think he's really startg to come into his own ever since that miraculous victory over nebraska. he really seems to have gotten confidence in himself and his arm and seems like the rest of the team is believing in him a lot, too, now. >> scott, you said you do broadcasting for maryland. so can you tell us what the heck is going on? >> i wish i knew. i wish i knew. but they had a rough start but, you know, a lot of people remember, we had a rough start, too, back when i was playing. we never got off the gund running but chris turner has done a great job so far and hopefully continues but that was a big win against clemsonnd for me i hope they can continue. and once we meet these guys it'll be a different story than it has in the past. >> hopefully. future hopes for you guys. scott, i want to start with you. what are you looking to do here? >> i'm looking to get into the broadcasting stuff. you know, i've been doing it for three years and slowly but surely it's coming along and i've talked to a lot of great people and it's just all about
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keep working and good things will happen. >> and still nfl dreams? >> i'm holding onto that dream hoping a call will come but if not, i love doing stuff like this. you know, just talking football. i'm enjoying my job, too. >> guys, i think they could have a showtogether. what do you think? >> yeah. >> then we can be a guest. >> there you go. >> it would be nice. >> thank you. still ahead, art at the white house. times are changing now that the obamas have moved in.
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a d.c. military recruiting office was vandalized. police say the vandals splattered the windows with red pat. it's located at 14th and allen in northwest. the vandals hit on the 8th anniversary of the war in afghistan. an exhibit with a unique perspective at the washington school of photography. serbian children in kosovo were given cameras and they were asked to record their daily lives. many don't enjoy basic conveniences like healthy food or electricity. kosovo declared its independence in 2008. albanians are the dominant ethnic group there. many serbs view kosovo as their cultural heart land. we're now getting our first look at the president and first lady's taste in art. dozens of works from museums and galleries around our city are now on lend to the white house, hand picked by the first couple themselves. michael? >> some people are calling it a quiet cultural revolution taking
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place on the walls of the white house. it's customary that presidents and their families borrow art works for the white house. the obamas went bold. for this modern first family, modern art seemed to be the overwhelming top pick for what to hang in the private rooms at the white house. it's a bold break from the more traditional selections by previous first families. >> they have great taste in art and it's not limited to any one period. >> reporter: kerry is the deputy director and chief cure rater at the smithsonian's museum which has lent the obamas nine pieces of art with two bronze cast works from the turn of the last century and this bold painting. there are also striking works from african-american artists. this painting, called "black light me number two" is made up of words. there are also two works from the late d.c. painter alma thomas. one called "sky light" from 1973.
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the other is called "watusi" from 1963. >> i think they've chosen a rather hip approach. they were able to bring a variety of things together and introduce different periods together which most people wouldn't think of doing but the obamas seem to be open to art all the way from daga to the latest contemporary fires. >> reporter: the obamas borrowed dozens of pieces from galleries and museums around the district -- the national gallery of art has lent these modern pieces. visitors say they like the obamas' break from tradition and their choices. >> they're different. i like it. >> knowing those are in the white house is something that can be appreciated. >> the people they went for, it's diversity of objects and paintings. >> the obamas chose only works at museums that were not on display. they worked with california decorator michael smith and
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white house curator michael allman. the obamas' picks are on nbc washington.com and search for obama art. >> it's also edgy. i love that they're introducing the public to some of these artists you may not know about. it's a great education. >> tnk you, michael. that's it for us. coming up, a convicted sex offender caught breaking the law. >> stay right there. jim gans and doreen gentzler next with news 4 at 6:00. windy weather is bringing down tree branches and caused power outages across the d.c. area. it was eight years ago today u.s. forces invaded afghanistan. fairfax county health officials gave an update this afternoon on the distribution of the swine flu vaccine there. police in fairfax county say they've arrested a sex offender accused of setting up

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