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victory. >> reporter: washington insiders from both parties winning primaries, despite the bad economic news. the lessen seems to be don't count incumbents out. if meek wins in november, that could help democrats keep the senate majority. i'm steve handlesman, nbc news, capitol hill. the primary in d.c. is approaching. vincent gray will debut a new commercial on cable tv. painting himself as a member of working class and accusing mayor fenty of giving contracts to his friends. the candidates are engaged in a new debate over voter eligibility. earlier a board said only those registered 30 days before the election can vote. they are asking the board to reconsider and allow those reregistered as independence to
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reregister as democrats on voting day. officials will meet to make a decision. it is time to check in with tom. are we continuing this augtober trend as you coined yesterday? >> a little bit more sun than yesterday. overnight a few sprinkles and drizzle but there is one shower there, bottom of the shower and patch of green. there's a shower heading west to east moving into spotsylvania county. it's probably going to be heading towards fredericksburg in another half hour. temperatures are cool this morning. we're down into the mid 60s. we've been holding steady since midnight. 67 in washington, low to mid 60s in prince george's counties. in the mountains of west virginia, temperatures there are in the low 60s. it's near 60 in western maryland.
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this cool pattern and cloudy pattern due to an upper level low spinning away. the shower activity through southern virginia may rotate through noontime and during the afternoon there's a small chance of a passing shower. ought to get up to 80 or so by the afternoon. tomorrow a dry pattern friday into the weekend. good morning, how's the wednesday commute? >> good morning everyone. the wednesday commute is off to a quiet start. 95 northbound, no hangups, stafford to the capitol beltway looking mighty fine. for those heading southbound, no early worries there. the capitol beltway inner loop, very light volume of traffic, outer loop, light to moderate. >> a local marine is among the latest u.s. casualties in afghanistan. the pentagon says ronald
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rodriguez of falls church was killed in an ied explosion. sergeant rodriguez joined the marine corps in 2002 and earned more than a dozen service awards, including the purple heart. he was 26 years old. this morning police in leesburg are investigating their first murder of the year. 52-year-old corps kneel ya arnold's body was discovered in the park. her death comes on the heels of a suspected serial killer attacking three people earlier this month. john schriffen reports. >> it doesn't make sense. it absolutely doesn't make sense. >> reporter: the death of 52-year-old cornelia arnold is puzzling money. her charred body was found at 5:25 p.m. in the woods. >> she was really caring. she was very bubbly and seemed
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to get along with everybody. >> reporter: police were alerted to the scene which is not far from arnold's house after suspicious smoke was spotted coming from a shed in the woods. all day tuesday the loudoun county sheriff's department looked for clues trying to piece together what happened. at this point authorities say there is no motive or suspect and they don't even know how the 52-year-old died. >> we have to technically and officially rule it as a suspicious death, however we are looking at it as a homicide. the family is willing to cooperate. the neighbors, co-workers and friends, anybody we can think of to talk to that may be able to shed light on this. >> reporter: as news spreads of the first murder of the year, many are continuing to ask the question, why? >> coming off the heels of what happened in leesburg with the stabbings and now this, right in my neighborhood, it's shocking. >> i can't imagine what -- what went badly for her or why, why
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anybody would want to hurt her at all. >> reporter: the loudoun county sheriff's department did conduct a search of the victim's home but will not say what if anything is found. it is very early on in the investigation and authorities say it may take weeks before the medical examiner determines what really killed this 52-year-old moesh mother. john schriffen, news 4 today. a 17-year-old is dead, electrocuted in fairfax last night in the 4200 block of barrett street. a teen was cutting down a tree when the branch he was holding came in contact with a 19,000 volt line. he died a short time later. the teen's name has not been released. the washington region has been awarded more than 300 million federal dollars for education. it's all part of the education
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department's competition called race to the top. the district won $75 million, the state of maryland won $250 million. nbc's tom costello reports on how the program is changing schools. >> reporter: it's back to school week in prince george's county maryland and at j james goldson they are hoping this week marks the school's rebirth. for the first time dress shirts and ties and a new paint job and with the co-principal's assist is a new attitude at a school that desperately needs it. >> we have scholars in the building, every child needs to understand they are a scholar and we have high expectations. >> reporter: for years they were underperforming with big discipline problems. in april the school district fired the administrators and removed half of the teaching staff, the aggressive step the obama administration is encouraging. >> we have to stop lying to
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children, high standards for every single child. >> reporter: it's one reason why maryland was one of nine states to be awarded prairace to the t grant money. sharing $4.3 billion. states have been overhauling their curriculums and adopting new math and reading berth marks and focusing on underperforming schools. nationwide, 25% of kids drop out before graduating from high school. advocates say race to the top pushes desperately needed reform. many teacher's u.nions oppose te growth in charter schools. kol passed a law tieing teacher pay to performance. colorado wasn't chosen for a grant today and the governor isn't happy. >> if you take the land mass of the united states that is sort of west of the appalachian mountains, no state got funded.
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>> reporter: the president's home state of hawaii is the only state west to receive money. >> maryland received the full amount it requested. virginia finished far out of the running in the first round and then just skipped the second. it's 4:38. who is being called on to improve safety? a college student is begun down while biking through the neighborhood. a check of your weather and traffic are next. [ female announcer ] swiffer wetjet absorbs and traps so much dirt
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good morning, early on this wednesday morning, we have quite a bit of cloudiness around. as we look at radar there is one shower moving west to east and about to move into spotsylvania county. elsewhere we've had a few sprinkles and drizzle overnight but it has dissipated. temperatures around the region in the 60s. we ought to make it up to around 80 with more sunshine breaking out than yesterday. there is a chance of a passing shower, a greater chance this afternoon. not a very big chance. tomorrow partly cloudy in the mid-80s and sunny and dry on saturday. a look at the weekend and the weekend next week in ten minutes. how's the traffic? >> as we get going here.
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395 northbound to the 14th street bridge inbound, moving nicely. light volume of traffic, same lane configuration as the beginning of the week. greenbelt to silver spring, no worries. through the northeast we're doing fine and southeast is looking good. short and sweet. >> our time is 4:42. 65 degrees. still to come, virginia's governor weighs in on the abortion debate. if you're lying in bed watching us, can you scoot so we can join you. who says d.c. has a big bed bug
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time for a check on this morning's stories. a local marine has been killed in afghanistan. ronald rodriguez died on monday. the pentagon said he was killed in an i.e.d. blast in the
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helmand province. he won a dozen awards, including the purple heart. he was just 26 years old. police in loudoun county are looking for a killer, cornelia marie arnold was found near a burning shed in a wooded area near ball's bluff regional part. lisa murkowski is in a tight race to hold onto the senate seat. gulf war veteran joe miller has been leading. senator john mccain won the republican primary in arizona, a step closer to his fifth term in the u.s. senate. washington region won millions for schools, part of race for the top. this is the second round. the district won $75 million, the state of maryland won $250 million. virginia did not apply in the second round after not ranking as a finalist in first round.
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a nationwide search begins immediately for a montgomery county school superintendent. jerry weest will continue at the end of the school year when his contract ends in june. he's held that position for 11 years. he is one of nation's longest serving large school district superintendents and talked with news 4 about his decision. >> i'm eager to maybe take a break and think about things for a while and see if i can, you know, have as much passion as i've had for education in some other area. hopefully i'll get to see my family a little bit more. >> reporter: the search begins immediately for his replacement. in 2003 -- go ahead. >> in 2003, he was named maryland superintendent of the year and one of four finalists for the national superintendent of the year. bob mcdonnell weighed in on regulating abortion clinics and said he believes all surgical
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facilities should be regular lated by the state, including abortion clinics. this move comes after ken cuccinelli issued an opinion asking the state board of health to hold clinics to the same standards as hospitals. it could force all of virginia's clinics to close. his staff is reviewing the opinion and changes could take more than a year to implement. another opinion from virginia's attorney general, he supports religious displays. they can put up christmas displays on the property as long as other faiths are displayed. cuccinelli also says loudoun county must make clear the county itself isn't communicating a religious message. local lawmakers are calling for changes to a community after the murder of a catholic
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university student. neil godleski was killed and it happened sunday morning as he rode his bicycle home from work. local lawmakers said the national park service which maintains the circle needs to add more lighting. >> we had a tragedy this become. we don't know if lights would have prevented it. we do know adding lights will make people feel safer going forward. >> lawmakers would like to see easier access to the area for pedestrians who have to navigate around busy traffic circles. prince george's county police say a former track coach faces charges for touching a teen inappropriately. glenn jones invited a 16-year-old boy to his apartment to talk about a school assignment. that's when police say the former coach touched the teen sexually. detectives arrested jones last friday and charged him with sexual assault. this morning investigators are blaming an electrical
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problem for a fire that burned out a school bus in the district. this happened yesterday along language langston place. several children were on the bus when the driver smelled smoke. moments later the bus burst into flam flames. no one was injured. the paper's owner has reached a preliminary agreement to sell the times to news world media development, a company afill yalted with the unification church. the church's leader founded that paper in 1982. his son is its current owner. "the washington times" has been struggling to stay afloat and recently cut 40% of the staff. wiki leaks will release cia documents today. they did not say when or what would be in the documents. the pentagon has called the
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website irresponsible for leaking secret documentses about u.s. military in afghanistan. swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the founder for rape. asaj called it a smear campaign and investigators quickly withdrew the charge. shirley sherrod says she is moving forward with a lawsuit against a blogger who made her look like a racist. she made the announcement after turning down a job offer with the agriculture department. she was asked to resign last month when blogger poeflted part of a speech she gave online. it appeared she made racist comments about a white farmer but it is a lesson in her overcoming prejudice. she hopes the agriculture department does a better job in handling discrimination. >> a new process is in place and i hope it works. i don't want to be the one to test it.
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>> sherrod may one day work with the department as a consultant, but not full-time. time again for a look at weather forecast. here's tom kierein. >> we have quite a bit of cloudiness this morning. we have an area of sprinkles and drizzle overnight but that has dissipated. we have considerable cloudiness over the washington monument. the humidity is rather low and the temperatures are cool and comemy. now 67 at national airport and the sky is rather bright with the moon that is shinying through some of the clouds and the radar is showing a little bit of light rain just drifting from west to east into spotsylvania county. that may move towards fredericksburg in another half hour or so. elsewhere southern shenandoah valley is getting showers giving us these cool temperatures, 60s in the atlantic beaches to the shenandoah valley. low 60s in prince george's county. arlington in the upper 60s.
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out in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia only near 60 now, eastern shore in the low 60s, a cool morning in the atlantic beaches and this low will be drifting off to the east today and there are showers beginning to head towards the hoe a over the lower part of the eastern shores. southwestern virginia, that may move up towards our region by later today. but between now and then we should stay dry around the metro area. this afternoon, a 30% of a passing shower. sunrise this morning is at 6:31. and we will have our temperatures climbing to the low 80s today. overnight tonight, just a small chance of a shower then we'll have temperatures in the upper 60s by dawn tomorrow and partly cloudy just a slight chance of a shower tomorrow. 80 on friday and low humidity. warming up, saturday into the mid-80s. may hit near 90 sunday, monday
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and tuesday but not very humid. we're still doing pretty well. a little volume here and there but nothing to hit the panic button about. from dale city to the capitol beltway, 395 moving nicely. a few folks heading southbound, no worries down to stafford county. let's see how we're doing through northeast washington at this hour. overnight road work, looks like the construction cones are still out. this is new york avenue inbound at the intersection of bladensburg road. one lane getting by at the moment. >> thanks very much, jerry. 65 degrees. coming up, bed bugs have been big news lately. now d.c. has landsed on a notorious list. a local pastor is on a new mission to change lives and waistlines. also coming up at 5:00 a.m., with just days before her
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wedding, a surprise announcement, why the nupt you'lls have been pushed back. the dangerous delivery that triggered a scare in a virginia neighb
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a woman and her son are waking up in a hotel because her home received a large shipment of heating oil. there's just one problem, the delivery wasn't supposed to go
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to her home. craig melvin has more on the dangerous delivery that created quite a mess. >> reporter: around 2:00 tuesday afternoon, a griffith energy truck pulled up to this townhouse in alexandria and delivered hundreds of gallons of home heating oil, the problem is, the house isn't even heated with oil. the tank has been removed. >> he was making a delivery to a resident down the street and thought he was connecting to that residence. >> reporter: sarah peterson lives in the house where the oil was supposed to show up. >> when i drove up, there were fire trucks everywhere, there were hazmat crews and all of our neighbors are out on the street. >> reporter: here's the tank where all 325 gallons of the home heating oil was supposed to go. one of women who lives here realizes it is not her fault but she feels really bad anyway. >> i felt bad for the guy who made the mistake because everybody makes mistakes.
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felt bad for the firefighters who had to come out and take care of the mess. >> reporter: nearly all of oil flowed into a basement floor drain and into a sanitary storm system. they gave the sewage treatment plan a heads-up so they could take precautions as well. this time it was more of an inconvenience than a threat. officials wonder what could have been. >> it is a combustible liquid so obviously you have concerns about the vapors coming in contact with sources of ignition. >> reporter: as contractors cleaned up what was left and hauled away oil soaked stuff, the woman who lives in a townhouse took off for a hotel. how long before you can get back in? >> in alexandria, craig melvin, news 4. >> pastor darren cloud started with a challenge with his
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congre congregation, planning to lose 50 pounds and wants the congregation to fall suit, your family and quality of life and spiritual we will being. many parishioners have pledged as well. did you sleep well last night? you may not sleep as well tonight after this story. washington is the ninth most bed bud infested city in the country. new york city is the most infected, followed by philadelphia and detroit. in case you're not aware of what bed bugs are, they are insects that show up in mattresses and furniture and clothing and feed off animal and human blood.
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lovely. >> pull back the covers. "news 4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. the notes are in this morning, there are surprises in a number of critical primaries. >> commercial appeal, one d.c. mayoral candidate unveils a new ad while another pushes for a critical ruling. i'm joe krebs. >> welcome to "news 4 today," it is wednesday, august 25th, 2010. let's take a live look outside. cool temperatures again this morning. 65 degrees i'm loving it. >> almost fall-like out there. here's tom to talk about the rest of the day. >> we'll get back to more august-like weather as we get into tomorrow and the weekend. this morning quite a bit of cloudiness around. we are getting a few sprinkles just now coming from southwest
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to northeast into spotsylvania county and there's another area of some broader rain now, just east of the blue ridge and soun shenandoah valley but it will be moving up perhaps towards the metro area by later this afternoon. right now 66 at national airport. low 60s in prince george's and montgomery county. weather watchers reporting this morning, low 60s around the bay and the eastern shore. out in the mountains of west virginia, weather watchers there reporting upper 50s and low 60s. all of this due to an upper level circulation continuing to drift over our region. as it does, we have a chance for a passing shower this afternoon mainly. and highs reaching perhaps 80 or so with breaks in the clouds. then partly cloudy and warmer tomorrow as high pressure moves in. it will be in place friday and saturday into the weekend with dry and warmer weather. house the traffic?
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>> good morning. the drive in on new york avenue, a backup has delivered from south dakota avenue construction taking away the far right lane. i thought i saw the barrels being pulled up, not the case. that leaves one lane of traffic getting by. heads-up if you're heading that direction. 66 and the toll road very quiet. no worries through stafford, last check on 95. unlike yesterday. wilson bridge is a-okay. in north virginia, a 17-year-old was killed trying to cut down a tree. emergency crews were called to this home in barrett street last night. the teen was working on a tree at the home when a branch he was holding came in contact with a 19,000 volt line. he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived but died a short time later. the teen's name has not been released. a local marine is among the
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latest u.s. casualties in afghanistan. the pentagon says ronald rodriguez of falls church was killed monday in an ied explosion in the helmand province. he joined the marine corps in 2002 and earned more than a dozen service awards, including the purple heart. sergeant rodriguez was 26 years old. the search is on for a killer in leesburg, the body of a 5 2-year-old woman was found in a burning shed. elaine reyes is live with more on the county's first murder of the year. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. investigators are still trying to figure out exactly how this victim died because the autopsy wasn't clear. right now there are still no suspects in the case. emergency crews found the body of 52-year-old cornelia marie arnold near ball's bluff regional park. sheriff's investigators aren't
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sure how long the body was near the shed. we're told the victim lived in the nearby potomac crossing neighborhood. she had been reported missing on monday. investigators did search the victim's home yesterday but again still no suspects. coming up in our next half hour, you'll hear from neighbors about the case. joe, back to you. >> thanks very much, elaine. stock futures are flat after a disappointing tuesday on wall street. the dow lost 134 points closing at 10,040. s&p 500 was down to 1,052. nasdaq down to 2,124. sales of existing homes showed at the lowest levels in 15 years. july sales fell more than 27%, that's the biggest one-month drop in history. the drop is more than twice what analysts expected. in the d.c. area, sales were down more than 18% but our area is prospering when it comes to
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home prices, which are up 4% from a year ago to $351,000. now to decision 2010, voter's angry over the economy could be a disaster for incumbents, but overnight that didn't play out. john mccain won his primary in arizona beating a challenging favored by tea party advocates. >> i promise you, i take nothing for granted. i'll fight with every ounce of strength and conviction i possess to make the case for my continued service in the senate and the policies and principles i will advocate and defend if i'm fortunate enough to be re-elected. tea party republican rick scott won the senate primary in florida. he'll take on democrat mark rubio and and charlie crist running as an independent candidate this year. today the kennedy family
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will honor the life the ted kennedy. today marks one year since his death. he was the younger brother of a former president and attorney general. he spent 47 years as a u.s. senator, the third longest of any lawmaker. family members are expected to attend a private mass in massachusetts. the jfk library will display flowers in his honor. the justice department is vowing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily halts funding for stem sell research. p the director of the national institute of health says that could affect more than 50 pending grants and shut oftens of millions of dollars in medical research funding. tiger woods' ex-wife opening up for the first time about what she went through as her marriage unraveled in the public eye. a call for changes to a d.c.
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neighborhood after a student is gunned down while riding his bicycle. a check on the early morning weather and traffic at 5:11.
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another fall-like day out there but that's going to end, tom says. >> it's been a really nice reprieve. >> it has but it's not going to get too hot or humid into the weekend but it will be dry.
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great weather for beaches and pools, plan your weekend accordingly. right now it is mostly cloudy and on radar, we do have a few light sprinkles just now beginning to move into spotsylvania county, southern spotsylvania drifting to the east northeast and heading towards the northern neck in another hour. there's a broader area of rain where you can see the area of green. that's to the east of the blue ridge around lynchburg and that's going to be drifting up towards charlottesville and perhaps up towards the metro area by later today. temperatures right now are in the 60s all around the region. 66 at national airport. more sun than yesterday but a small chance of a passing shower. then tomorrow partly cloudy just a slight chance of a shower in the mid-80s and dry for saturday and sunday. a look at sunday and into next week in ten minutes. taking a live look at this hour, we're talking about yesterday the mess we had along 95 through spotsylvania.
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no worries northbound and southbound lanes are open. there's one incident in quantcoy drawing a little attention but i don't think it's going to be a big issue right now. let's see how we're doing at the wilson bridge, looking good. southern maryland, you folks are having a decent trip to the beltway. southeast corridor, all is well so far. it's 5:11 right now. ahead on "news 4 today," newly single and telling her story. tiger woods' ex-wife talking openly about the last ten months of her life. coming to a television near you, vince gray fires a shot, a new commercial attacks fenty and friends. you're looking live at the results of a overnight crime spree in the district. several cars
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a local marine has been called in afghanistan, ronald rodriguez died monday. the pentagon said he was killed in an ied blast in the helmand province. he earned more than a dozen awards, including the purple heart. he was 26 years old. police in leesburg are looking for a killer this morning. cornelia marie arnold was found
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near a burning shed in ball's bluff regional park. they don't have suspects or motives for the murder. lisa murkowski is on a tight race to hold on to her senate seat. joe miller has been leading and john mccain won the republican primary in arizona. he is one step closer to his sixth term in the u.s. senate. the washington region won more than 300 million federal dollars for schools. it's all part of the education department's called race to the top. the state of maryland won $250 million. virginia did not apply in tin te second round. heading back to school gets longer today. three more virginia school systems are adding to the list. students in frederick and clark counties as well as the city of win chester begin classes this morning. fairfax and arlington schools
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doentd go back until after labor day. next up, students in montgomery county head back on monday. as students head back to class next week, this will be the final year they will have jerry weast as superintendent of schools. he told the school board he will retire in june. weast is one of nation's longest serving large school district superintendents and talked with news 4 about his decision to retire. >> i'm eager to maybe take a break and think about things for a while and then see if i can, you know, have as much passion as i've had for education in some other area. hopefully i'll get to see my family a little bit more. >> in 2003 he was named superintendent of year and one of four for national superintendent of the year. the race for mayor is a few weeks away and the candidates are doing everything now to try to win. >> times are tough for many
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folks in d.c., not adrian fenty's kroennys. >> an ad taking part, accusing fenty of cronyism. earlier this month the d.c. election board said those registered with a political party 30 days before an election can vote. the fenty campaign is asking for those registered as independence to be able to re-register as democrats on election day to vote. d.c. officials will meet today to make a decision. an early morning crime spree in the district. someone set fire to several cars in northwest. let's check in now with tracee wilkins. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, kimberly. this is happening right now.
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police are on the scene and investigators are here trying to figure out exactly what happened here. firefighters just put this fire out. this all started around 4:15. let me show you the damage they are dealing with here. we have two cars set on fire and three mopeds this happened on 16th street in northwest. at this point police are saying they don't have witnesses and no motive for why this happened. but they do believe that someone is responsible for setting these two cars on fire and also the mopeds as well. we spoke with one man who is vehicle was set on fire. he said when he came out of a friend's house and looked the car was ablaze, the entire street was lit up after the fires were set. the firefighters put it out quickly. they are investigating to see what story the damaged vehicles and mopeds can tell. kimberly, back to you in the studio. tonight a community will gather to remember the life of a
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catholic university student who was murdered. someone shot and killed neil godleski early on sunday morning, he was riding his bicycle through the dark area home from work. federal lawmakers advivisited t area and said they could add more lighting. >> we had a tragedy this weekend. we don't know if lights would have prevented it. we do know adding lights will make people feel safer going forward. >> a candlelight vigil for godleski is planned for 8:30 tonight right there at sherman circle. prince george's county police say a former track coach faces charmgz for touching a teen inappropriately. back in june, a 45-year-old glenn jones invited a 16-year-old boy to his apartment to discuss a school assignment, when police say the former coach touched him inappropriately. detectives arrested jones last friday and charged him with sexual assault. tiger woods' now ex-wife is
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speaking out about the scandal that landed her on cover of tabloids and led to her divorce. elin nordegren says the scandal forced her to lose weight and even some of her hair. she denies rumors she attacked woods in the moments before his car accident. as for the future, she plans to raise her two children in florida, near their father. don't expect to see donovan mcnabb taking snaps? the next pre-season game. the skins' new qb will miss the game because of an ankle injury. he hasn't practiced the last two days which what is reportedly a high ankle sprain. head coach mike shanahan says mcnabb will have to miss out.
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>> it's still sore. he's walking on the treadmill, won't be playing this game, he'll be out for this game and sellers will be out, he's sore too. i think everybody will be ready too go. >> shanahan says mcnabb probably wouldn't be healthy enough to play if this were a regular season game. >> it feels like football weather out there right now. by saturday, maybe not, right? >> it's going to be warming up once we get into the weekend but good weather for the beaches and pools. right now it is cool and it is mostly cloudy. good morning, i'm tom kierein. we are seeing a few sprinkles showing up in southern spotsylvania county. those sprinkles are heading off to the north and east. there's another larger area of rain. that's drifting north and east as well. that may move towards the metro area later today. right now we're in the 60s for the shenandoah valley to the atlantic beaches. right now 66 in washington. highs today around 80.
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we'll probably have more sun than yesterday and small chance of a passing shower. very small chance of a shower tomorrow with highs into the mid-80s, saturday into the mid-80s with sunshine. then sunday and monday with sunshine we should make it up to 90 as well as on tuesday. it shouldn't be very humid. let's check the traffic on this wednesday morning. jerry, good morning, how's it looking? >> we'll check things out, new york avenue inbound still have the construction going on through the trip northeast. it's the left lane only getting by at bladensburg road. capitol beltway, both directions between i-66 and the 270 spur, a little volume but not to worry. metro rail and vre and marc all doing fine so far. kimberly and joe? >> 64 degrees, d.c. lands on a notorious list that will make your skin crawl. >> an update on a former
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hotels will pay airline baggage fees for weekend stays between september 1st and december 30th. there is a limit of $50 per party per stay and the reimbursement comes via visa debit card. washington is the ninth most bed bug infested city in the country, according to a new report by the pest control company term nix. the study listed new york city as the most infected and followed by philadelphia and detroit. in case you're not aware of what they are, they show up in mattresses and furniture and clothing and they feed off of animal and human blood. no word on what they like the current vampire novels. still ahead, a surprise announcement from d.c. school's chancellor michelle rea, it's not professional, it's personal. a quiet town, a woman's body
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found burned. what we know now about the victim. >> a
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breaking news this morning, police are looking for an arsonist who torched several cars and mopess in a d.c.
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neighborhood. murder mystery in a small town. a woman's burned body found in a shed. good morning, welcome to "news 4 today." eun yang has the morning off. >> i'm joe krebs on this wednesday, the 25th day of august 2010. we have cloudy skies here in the nation's capitol. 65, kind of refreshing degrees right now but that may change as we go through the week. >> kind of refreshing. not wholly refreshing. >> that will be coming soon enough but it does feel like an october morning than late august. we have consider bl cloudiness around. right now as we approach 5:30 in the morning, radar scanning the sky, no precipitation over washington. we did have a few sprinkles and drizzle. right now where you see the patch of blue and green and southern spotsylvania county, that is drifting towards caroline county. to the west of there, there's
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another larger band of rain heading off to the north and east. that may be moving towards the metro area and perhaps northern neck, southern maryland by the middle of the day. right now ahead of that, quite a bit of cloudiness, in the 60s around the region from the shenandoah valley to the atlantic beaches. 66 in washington. low 60s prince george's county and mid-60s in arlington and fairfax. near 60 in the mountains of west virginia. cool morning on the eastern shore as well. over the last 12 hours this upper level low that's been spinning over us giving us clouds and cooler weather is drifting over the region but it's beginning to move off to the east now and it is triggering rain to our south and likely that may be moving towards us by later today. but most areas should stay dry but might have a passing shower. then tomorrow partly cloudy, just a small chance of a shower and warmer. sunny and dry friday into the weekend and warmer. >> we'll start out in northern virginia along interstate 66. no repeat of computer problems.
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looks like we're moving along pretty well. getting past 123 to the beltway, everything west of that point as well, not bad. no worries so far. big worries here, getting pretty concerned about this new york avenue inbound with the construction leaving only one left lane getting by. looks like they are adjusting the camera right at the intersection of bladensburg road. the delays begin at south da tote dakota avenue. start thinking of alternate routes, maybe kenilworth avenue. metro rail and vre and marc doing fine. conventional wisdom says it's the economy stupid. but some washington insiders, including john mccain, won primary elections overnight. steve handlesman is live on capitol hill with what the two things mean. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning.
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voter's angry over the economy still might doom a lot of incumbents up here on capitol hill. in the november general election, but yesterday and overnight and in a bunch of state's primaries it did not. >> reporter: called not conservative enough, the best-known incumbent hung on. john mccain won the primary in arizona. >> we'll keep families in their homes and create new jobs. >> reporter: but a tea party republican won the senate primary in florida. >> if you like the direction washington is taking us, i'm not your candidate. >> reporter: sales of exiting home were reported down 27%. terrible economic news. house republican leader john boehner blamed democrats, he demanded president obama fire treasury secretary geithner. and not time, said the republican to
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hike taxes on the wealthy. vice president biden took on boehner. >> he has created a myth that tax cuts for millionaires actually cut taxes for small businesses. >> reporter: in the new reuteres poll, only 45% approve of president obama on the economy. as kendrick meek won the senate primary, he credited his party's leader. >> i want to thank president obama for helping me with this victory. >> reporter: washington insiders from both parties winning primaries, despite the bad economic news. the lesson seems to be don't count incumbents out. if meek wins in november, that could help democrats keep the senate majority. back to you. >> thank you, steve. we're following breaking news out of northwest washington. overnight several cars in one
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block were set on fire. this all happened in the 3600 block of 16th street northwest. the damage is evident, tracee wilkins is live there right now. good morning, tracee. >> reporter: good morning, joe. police are here investigating along with fire officials trying to figure out exactly what happened here and why. we do know that two cars were set on fire along with three moppeds, we have an update from police telling us that at 3:30 this morning, they were called here to put out an fire in front of a apartment building. three mopeds were caught on fire. a police car was pulled over and called back to the same location, for this time two cars set on fire. hear now from one of car owners. >> to go home and the car was on fire. there was two cars on fire. >> reporter: what did it look like? >> the whole front end was on
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fire and the whole street was lit up, obviously because both cars were on fire. >> reporter: what do you think about this? >> i have no idea. i was born and raised in d.c. and never seen anything like this. >> there are obviously dealing with a fire bug here in this area. police say at this point they have no suspect information, no motive for what's happened here. they are going to continue their investigation. i'm tracee wilkins, live in northwest, back to you in the studio. thanks very much. in other news this morning, former president jimmy carter is on his way to north korea to try to bring home an imprisoned american. a south korea news agency is reporting that the former president will arrive sometime today. the trip is aimed at freeing aijalon gomes. a senior u.s. official says north korea agreed to release gomes if carter comes from him.
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he is expected to return with gomes on thursday. a local marine is among the latest casualties in afghanistan. ronald rodriguez of falls church was killed monday in an ied explosion in afghanistan's helmand province. he joined the marine corps in 2002 and earned more than a dozen service awards, including the purple heart. he was 26 years old. another northern virginia family is mourning the loss of their child. 17-year-old was electrocuted in fairfax on barrett street. the teen was cutting a tree down at the home when a branch he was holding came in contact with a 19,000 volt line. he was conscious and breathe whg paramedics arrived but died a short time later. the teen's name has not been released. shirley sherrod plans to sue the blogger who made her look like a racist. she would not discuss specifics
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during her press conference with the agriculture secretary tom vil sack she announced she was turning down a job offer. a blogger posted part of a speech she gave online. it depicted her as racist but the speech was about her overcoming prejudice. sherrod says she is simply moving on. >> he's apologized and i accept that. and the new process is in place and i hope that it works. i don't want to be the one to test it. >> sherrod says she may one day work with the department as a consultant but not full-time. the justice department is vowing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily halts funding for some stem cell research. it prohibits money for funding for destroying human embryos. that could affect 50 pending
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grants and shut oftens of billions dollars in medical research funding. it is 5:38. still ahead, a local pastor's message. he's calling on his congregation to make serious choices. chancellor michelle rhee has announced she's postponing her wedding, which was set to be days away. next, a check on the very
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time for weather and traffic. looking at radar, we don't have any more sprinkle or drizzle activity around the metro area overnight but there is a shower just now exiting southern carroll county and elsewhere. clouds and cool temperatures, 60s, shenandoah valley to the atlantic beaches. highs today around 80. might have a passing shower and tomorrow partly cloudy and a small chance of a shower into the mid- 0's. sunny on saturday, a look at sunday and next week at 5:51. we have continuing problems this morning inbound new york avenue right at the intersection of bladensburg road. one travel lane is getting by. construction crews have been out there tearing up and repaving roadway and we don't know at this hour why there's only one lane getting by. we're trying to get in touch
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withd dot to see what the plan is. kenilworth avenue is a better bet for you. southeast doing okay east to the anacostia bridges. our time is 5:42. still ahead, a dangerous delivery to a virginia home. how hundreds of gallons of oil ended up being pumped into the wrong home. the race for mayor turning into something of a boxing match, the latest blow delivered by vince gray.
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p appears chancellor michelle rhee will not be getting married this weekend. they have decided to change the date and location of the wedding
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to make it a more private affair. rhee has become a major part of the mayor al election as well. kevin johnson released a statement that read in part, the reason we're making this change, our current wedding plans are not what we intended. we underestimated the interest in the wedding and didn't manage it well, a new date has not been announced. michelle rhee is talking about the millions of dollars district schools just received from the federal government. it's all part of the education department's competition called race to the top. this is the second round. the state of maryland won 250 million. how will the district use that money? >> in the time of economic difficulties, this is going to really ensure that we can keep the innovations and aggressive reform efforts moving forward.
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we are particularly excited that with these dollars we'll be able to enhance impact, which is our teacher evaluation system and grow that -- >> virginia did not apply in the second round after not ranking as a finalist in the first round. the candidates are throwing in all resources. >> times of tough for many folks in d.c. but not for -- >> taking aim at fenty, he accuses him of cronyism, making contacts with his friends. earlier a d.c. election board says only those registerwide a particular party 30 days before an election can vote. the fenty campaign is asking them to reconsider and allowing those registered as independents
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to re-register as democrats on voting date. d.c. officials meet today to make a decision. loudoun county's first murder victim of the year is a 52-year-old leesburg woman. cornelia marie arnold was found in a burning shed near a leesburg park on monday. her killer is still on the loose. elaine reyes is live with the latest on this investigation. good morning, elaine. >> good morning, kimberly. investigators say they are talking to everyone but still have no suspects in the case. they are also trying to figure out exactly how she died because the autopsy wasn't clear. emergency crews found the body of cornelia marie arnold near ball's bluff regional park. they aren't sure how long the body was near the shed that was found burning. it appeared the fire was set to cover up the crime. victim lived in the nearby potomac crossing neighborhood and had been reporting shortly
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before her body was found on monday. >> very sweet woman, always said hello. i can't imagine what that -- what went badly for her or why or why anybody would want to hurt her at all. >> connie was a great person, very caring, very bubbly and seemed to get along with everybody. >> reporter: investigators searched the victim's home yesterday, again they are talking to everyone in the area, including family members, still no suspects, kimberly, she's very well known in her neighborhood. >> and well liked. thanks, elaine. bob mcdonnell is weighing in on regulating abortion clinics. he said he believes all surgical facilities should be regulated by the state, including abortion
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clinics, this comes after virginia attorney general cuccinelli issued an opinion asking them to hold to the same standards as hospitals. it could force all of virginia's clinics to close. the govern ir says his staff is reviewing cuccinelli's opinion and changes could take a year to implement. he says he supports religious displays erected by local governments, cuccinelli says they can put up public christmas displays as well as other faiths and beliefs are representsed as well this comes when a delegate asked under what conditions they could be able to display the birth of jesus christ. a senate committee will hold a hearing on the decision to close a major military installation in hampton roads,
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virginia. the decision to shut down joint forces command, which employs more than 6,000 people, the hearing will be scheduled when the senate is back in session next month. it will also address other initiatives that robert gates recent lip announced. . wikileaks will release c imt a documents today. this announcement came on twitter. it did not say when or what would be in the documents. the pentagon called the website irresponsible for recently leaking secret documents about u.s. military activity in afghanistan. on top of all of that, swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for wikileaks founder julian is a saj for rape. he called it a smear campaign and investigators quickly withdrew the charge. "the washington times" may have a new owner, its old owner. the paper's owner has reached a preliminary agreement to sell to news world media development,
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the church's leader founded the paper back in 1982. his son is the current owner. the times has been struggling to stay afloat and recently cut 40% of its staff. 68 degrees right now at 5:51. tom kierein joins us now to talk about the weather. >> good morning, another cool and refreshing start with quite a bit of cloudiness around. we did have a few sprinkles and areas of drizzle but that has all dissipated. there's capitol hill under the cloudy sky. reagan national is at 66 and it's not very humid. we do have a north-northwesterly breeze. on radar, we are picking up a few sprinkles just now moving into caroline county out of southern spotsylvania county. that's drifting off to the east-northeast. elsewhere, we have another area -- broader area of rain and south of western virginia drifting to the north and east. that may head to the metro area
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by later today. right now around our region, we are in the 60s all the way to the atlantic beaches. weather watchers reporting this morning and thank you again for your observations. right now around our area, we have quite a bit of cloudiness, low 60s in prince george's county, mid-60s ar lilington fairfax. mid 60s on the eastern shore. all of this cloud cover is due to an area of circulation about 10 or 15,000 feet in the atmosphere circulating over virginia. that will be drifting off to the east. as it does move over, it may give a small chance of a passing shower from noontime until 6 :00 p.m. otherwise clouds in and out and highs around 80. overnight partly cloudy. and tomorrow partly cloudy and a small chance of a shower into the mid-80s. lots of sun and sunny and warmer over the weekend. saturday's mid-80s near 90
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sunday, monday and tuesday. this is ugly this morning. inbound on new york avenue as you approach bladensburg road in northeast washington, only one travel lane getting by the far left side of the roadway, far left side of the screen, which is the right side of the roadway looks like the road has been dug up. there's a dip there. this part looks like it's been new pavement put down, only one lane gets by. just spoke to somebody on the found. the backup begin bs before you t to kenilworth avenue. stay away from new york area until we can find out what's up with that. 395 looking good to the 14th street bridge. on the rails rights now for the most part we're doing okay. metro rail and vre are okay. marc rail one delay, penn line 503 is slightly delayed at this hour. this morning a call for more lighting in a community where a
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catholic university student was murdersed. someone shot and killed neil godleski over the weekend. it happened as he was biking home from work. local lawmakers who visited the area said the national park service needs to make improvements. >> what was astonished to find only about half of their parks in our neighborhoods do have lights. when you consider almost all of our parks, our park service parks. they do a wonderful job keeping it up, but you've got to be able to enjoy it. >> tonight at 8:30. friends and family are expected to gather for a candlelight vigil in his memory. an alexandria woman and her son are waking up in a hotel because their home received a large shipment of heating oil. just one problem, that delivery was not supposed to go to their house. craig melvin has more on the dangerous delivery that created quite a mess.
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>> a grij i have energy truck pulled up and delivered hundreds of gallons of home heating oil. home heating oil, the problem is, the house isn't even heated with oil. the tank has been removed. >> he was making a delivery to a resident down the street and thought he was connecting to that residence. >> reporter: sarah peterson lives in the house where the oil was supposed to show up. >> when i drove up, there were fire trucks everywhere, there were hazmat crews and all of our neighbors are out on the street. >> reporter: here's the tank where all 325 gallons of the home heating oil was supposed to go. one of the women who lives here realizes it is not her fault but she feels really bad anyway. >> i felt bad for the guy who made the mistake because everybody makes mistakes. felt bad for the firefighters who had to come out and take care of the mess. >> reporter: nearly all of oil flowed into a basement floor
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drain and into a sanitary storm system. they gave the sewage treatment plant a heads-up so they could take precautions as well. this time it was more of an inconvenience than a threat. officials wonder what could have been. >> it is a combustible liquid so obviously you have concerns about the vapors coming in contact with sources of ignition. >> reporter: as contractors cleaned up what was left and hauled away oil soaked stuff, the woman who lives in a townhouse took off for a hotel. how long before you can get back in? >> in alexandria, craig melvin, news 4. a local pastor is on an interesting mission this morning, to get his congregation to lose weather together. darren cloud started the challenge with his congregation at the soul factory in forestville, he's pledging to lose between 40 and 50 pounds in the next 90 days. he wants his congregation to follow suit. he says it's not just about your
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physical body but about your family and your quality of life and your spiritual well being. >> health connects our mind and spirit and connects our bodies. and if your body is not together, then it's going to be hard for your spirit to act and it's going to be hard for you to think. >> pastor cloud says lots of parishioners have pledged to joints the weight loss challenge. he's hoping they will lose a combined 4,000 pounds by the end of november. >> we certainly wish him luck, one of the major critical issues facing our society. >> that's a loftie goal. >> just after thanksgiving, that will be a rough stretch. >> more speed cameras are up in maryland. >> neighbors wake up to find their cars on fire.
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breaking news, residents of one neighborhood in the district wake up to find their cars on fire. we're live on the scene to tell you what happened and where. we have more breaking news this morning, take a look at this. we have serious traffic problems, unexpected construction is causing big delays for drivers coming into the district. >> good morning, and welcome to quts news had today, i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm kimberly suiters in nor eun yang. what a pretty sunrise. pre-dawn glow as tom kierein -- >> are we going to see the sunrise? >> sunrise is in 30 minutes. it is getting later and later this time of year and off to another cloudy and school start.
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there is some light rain where you see the little blip of blue moving into western caroline county in virginia. there's an area of broader rain where the area of green is in the bottom of your screen, that is pulling east of lynchburg. and elsewhere, we have the low clouds in place and it's a cool morning, temperatures in the 60s all around the region. from the panhandle of west virginia and the shenandoah valley to the eastern shore, we've got quite a bit of cloudiness and temperatures in the 60s. it's only in the upper 50s in western maryland. eastern shore away from the water, only the low 60s now. all of this cool weather and cloudy weather caused by a circulation in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere. that will head out over the western atlantic. but we ought to get more sun breaking out, low 0's by mid might have afternoon. small chance of a shower and a warming trend. how's the traffic? >> very tough going this morning
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as we follow the breaking news that will affect your commute into northeast this morning. it's all going on at this hour. live pictures of new york avenue inbound at bladensburg road northeast. repaving operation continuing well into the rush hour. only one travel lane of new york avenue approaching blade nz burburg open to traffic. before you get to kenilworth avenue, it won't be long before the backup reaches back to columbia park road. alternate routes, on kenilworth avenue, that's not too bad, picking up a little bit of volume. you can use kenilworth avenue, the other alternate to hop over to rhode island avenue carrying a light volume of traffic. metro rail and vre is okay, penn line 503 is seven minutes behind schedule. on the camden line up at the laurel station the ticket machine is out of service.
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can you buy your tickets on the train with no penalties. we're following breaks news in the district, police are in northwest trying to figure out who set fire to several cars and mopeds, tracee wilkins joins u.s. live with more. >> reporter: the investigation here is ongoing. let's talk traffic. because of this investigation, they have shut down this portion of 16th street here in the 3600 block. let me show you over my shoulder the major backup that's happening. this is a major commuter route. if you're trying to make your way into the city, you'll have to make a left on to spring place then circle around and then get back on to 16th street a little farther up. let me show you why. take a look at this damage. two cars were set on fire overnight. four cars damaged total because of the cars near the two cars caught on fire also have damage. one of vehicles included a cab.
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this is how police say this all went down. they say they were called around 3:30 for three mopeds set on fire. after they cleared the scene they were back here a little while later for the two vehicles set on fire as well. two cars. we spoke with the owner of one of those cars. >> to go home and the car was on fire. there was two cars on fire. >> reporter: what did it look like? how big was it? >> the whole front end was on fire. and the whole street was lit up because cars were on fire. >> reporter: what do you think about this? >> i have no idea. i have born and raised in d.c. and never seen anything like this. >> reporter: so police are now looking for their suspect. they are looking for the arsonist who is responsible for setting these cars and also mopeds on fire in the 3600
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block. you'll want to avoid this immediate area. at this point they say they have no suspect description and no motive. tracee wilkins live in northwest, back to you in the studio. >> now the night sky is lit up with the headlights behind you, tracee. thank you. >> heartbreak in northern virginia after a 17-year-old boy was electrocuted trying to cut down a tree. emergency crews were called to this home in the 4200 block of barrett street. officials say the teen was cutting a tree down when a branch he was holding came in contact with a 19,000 volt line. he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived but died a short time later. his name has not been released. a 52-year-old leesburg woman is dead this morning. cornelia arnold was found in a burning shed near a leesburg park. she is the first loudoun county murder victim this year.
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elaine reyes has more on the story. >> reporter: investigators are trying to figure how the woman died because the autopsy wasn't clear t could take a couple or more weeks. they are also talking to everybody who knew this woman because they are telling ugs they still have no suspects in the case. emergency crews found the body of 52-year-old cornelia marie arnold near ball's bluff regional park. they aren't sure how long her body was near this burning shed. it appeared that a fire was set to cover up the crime. now the victim lived in the nearby potomac crossing neighborhood. she had been reported miss shortly before her body was found on monday. >> this is kind of shocking coming off the heels of what happened in leesburg with the stabbings and now this, it's shocking. it's a little disturbing. >> reporter: again, no suspects in this case.
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police did search the victim's home yesterday but, again, no suspects. joe, back to you. >> elaine reyes, thanks very much. >> now to decision 2010, despite terrible news on home sales on tuesday and anger about the economy that has led to speculation about tough times for incoupkucumbents some washi insiders won rprimary elections overnight. >> reporter: called not conservative enough, the best-known incumbent hung on. john mccain won the primary in arizona. >> we'll keep families in their homes and create new jobs. >> reporter: but a tea party republican won the senate primary in florida. >> if you like the direction washington is taking us, i'm not your candidate. >> reporter: as votesers went to the polls sales of existing homes were reported down 27%. terrible economic news.
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house republican leader john boehner blamed democrats, demanded president obama fire treasury secretary geithner. >> it's time to put grown-ups in charge. >> reporter: and not time to hike taxes on the wealthy. vice president biden took on boehner. >> he has created a myth that tax cuts for millionaires actually cut taxes for small businesses. >> reporter: in the new reuters poll, only 45% approve of president obama on the economy. kendrick meek credited his paertd's leader. >> i want to thank president obama for helping me with this victory. >> reporter: washington insiders from both parties winning primaries, despite the bad economic news. the lesson seems to be don't count incumbents out.
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if meek wins in november, that could help democrats keep the senate majority. steve handlesman, nbc news, capitol hill. coming up, a major traffic alert. the construction project that will cause major traffic headaches on i-6 over the next few days. >> now a single woman, tiger woods' ex-wife elin nordegren is starting to tell her side of the story. we have cloudy skies out there this morning. 67 degrees here in the nation's capital. we'll have traffic and weather
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we've got low clouds and temperatures are in the 60s. a few sprinkles in care lean county, may have a passing shower with highs around 80. mid-80s tomorrow, small chance of a shower near 80 on friday and mostly sunny. should be sunny on saturday and warmer on sunday. jerry, how's traffic? >> we're following breaking news, folks in prince george's county, heads-up, chopper 4 over the scene now. beginning of the backup on route 50. the issue is the continuing construction inbound on new york avenue on bladensburg road. we'll get it from ground level. if you're making the drive in,
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only the far left lane getting by. time to start thinking alternate route for sure. kenilworth avenue and rhode island avenue as alternates. another controversial legal opinion from virginia's attorney general, this time about holiday displays. the rare request from d.c. mayor adrian fenty to get more voters to the polls on election day. a big problem when his parachute gets caught on a flagpole.
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traffic alert, westbound interstate i-66 will be completely shut down at the dulles connector road. metro rail system, the silver line will merge into the orange line. this closing will begin at midnight and the road should reopen for rush hour on thursday morning, tomorrow morning. the washington times may soon have a new owner. its former own. the paper's owner has reached a preliminary agreement to sell the times to new world media development, a company affiliated with the unification
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church. the church's leader founded the paper in 1982. his son is its current owner. the washington times has been struggling to stay afloat and recently cut 40% of its staff. >> the mayoral race right around the corner. a new commercial is taking aim at current mayor adrian fenty. it accuses him of giving contracts to his friends. >> times are folks for many folks in d.c. but not for fenty's cronies, frat buddies illegally awarded $82 million in city contracts. >> earlier this month, the d.c. election board said only those registered with a political party 30 days before the election could vote on september the 14th, the fenty campaign has
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asked the board to reconsider that and allow those registered as independents to re-register as democrats as late as election day. vincent gray says the mayor is trying to change the rules. officials will meet this morning to make a decision. >> investigators are now blaming an electrical problem for a fire that burned out a school bus in the district. it happened yesterday along langston place in garland heights neighborhood. the driver smelled smoke and everyone got off safely. moments later the bus burst into flames. no one was injured. students head back to class in montgomery county next week and this will be the last year they'll have jerry weast as superintendent. he has held that position for 11 years, weast is one of nation's longest serving superintendents.
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he talked with news 4 about the decision to retire. >> i'm eager to take a break and see if i can, you know, have as much passion as i've had for education in some other area. hopefully i'll get to see my family a little bit more. >> in 2003 weast was named maryland superintendent of the year and was one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year. this morning the head of d.c.'s school system is talking about the millions of dollars city schools just received from the federal government. it's part of the education competition called race to the top. this is the second round. the state of maryland won $250 million. the district will take $75 million. so how will the city use all of that money? >> in this time of economic difficulties, this is going to really ensure that we can keep the innovations and the aggressive reform efforts moving forward. we are particularly excited that
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with these dollars we'll be able to enhance impact, which is our teacher evaluation system and grow that to new iter races. virginia did not apply after not ranking as a finalist in the first round. a new chapter in the battle over a holiday display at the loudoun county courthouse. virginia's attorney general is saying he supports religious displays erected by local governments. they can put up christmas displays on public property as well as other faiths and beliefs are represented. this comes after a loudoun county delegate asked under what conditions they would be allowed to display the birth of jesus christ and cuccinelli says they must make clear county itself is not communicating a religious message. >> don't expect to see donovan mcnabb taking snaps in the next game against the jets.
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the new skins' qb will miss the game because of an ankle injury. he hasn't practiced with what's reportedly a high ankle sprain. friday is the third pre-season game when they usually play the most but mcnabb will have to miss out. >> it's still sore. he's walking on the treadmill, won't be playing this game. he'll be out for this game. and sellers will be out, he's sore too. other than that, i think everybody will be ready to go. >> shanahan says mcnabb probably would be healthy enough to play if this were a regular season game. a pre-game ceremony hit a big snag last night in texas. a member of u.s. army golden knights parachute team got caught on a flagpole at the minnesota twins baseball game. the jumper cut his harness to get down and he was not hurt. >> there's a little bit more
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than precarious. >> that's a strong chute. >> that is a strong chute. thank goodness. it held him there for a while. cutting those strings and hanging onto the flagpole is a little precarious. >> you never know if these things are planned or not -- >> i don't think that was planned. >> looks like quite a bit of wind with the flag flapping xgt it's difficult for them to land in that specific spot. this morning we don't have much wind, unlike yesterday, a bit of a stiff wind out of the northeast. this morning that has settled down. no precipitation but we did have sprinkles overnight. a little bit of light rain eastern spotsylvania county on the line. that extends east of 95 and moving northeast through caroline county. another area of rain east of lynchburg heading northeast and may be moving closer to the metro area by midday. it's in the 60s all around the
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region. small chance of a shower. a small chance of a shower tomorrow. dry weather with low humidity friday into the weekend and saturday mid 80s and as well as monday and tuesday and mid-week next week. jerry, how's the traffic? >> inbound on bw parkway in maryland, only one lane gets by. chopper 4 is over the backup. the issue here, the continuing work zone inbound on new york avenue at bladensburg road northeast. only one travel lane is open this morning. your best bet, rhode island avenue or kenilworth avenue as alternate routes, we tried to reach ddot to get their perspective, we've been unsuccessful in trying to find them. we'll keep trying. me metro rail doing okay, marc, two delays, eight minutes each, penn
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503 and brunswick 874. 7 degrees. tiger woods' ex-wife is talking about her divorce from the golf superstar. michelle rhee's we had ddin planned for labor day, not because of cold feet but heat in public interest. the end of a horse rate like you've never heard before.
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tiger woods' ex-wife is talking about the scandal, telling "people" magazine that she had no idea her husband was cheating on her. the stress consumed her and forced had her to lose weight and lose hair. she denies rumors she attacked tiger before the car accident. she plans on raising their two children in florida near their paernlg. two uniquely named animals gave the announcer a mouthful. >> my wife knows everything, the
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wife doesn't know, their 1-2, of course they are. my wife knows everything up front to the outside the wife doesn't know. my wife knows everything. the wife doesn't know. my wife -- >> well, we'll have to pretend that was the end. too bad it froze. anyway, that was unbelievable names of those horses. the announcement was larry kul mus, a native of baltimore. >> do we know who won? >> i don't. >> okay. >> the wife doesn't know. the wife may know. >> hopefully we'll let you know before the end of the show. a major mix-up, a company delivering home heating oil pumps hundreds of gallons of oil no the wrong house. residents wake up to find their vehicles on fire. take a look at this new york avenue inbound into the district, a parking lot. we'll tell you what's going on there.
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breaking news, bra before you step out the door, we have major traffic problems, unexpected construction causing delays for drivers in the district. cars and motor scooters set on fire in one d.c. neighborhood.
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that's causing big backups this morning in the city as well. good morning, welcome back to "news 4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> i'm kimberly suiters in for eun yang. it is 65 degrees, kind of cloudy out electric but nice to have cooler temperatures. >> tom ihere to tell us what kind of day we're going to have. >> another autumn like start on this wednesday morning. quite a bit of cloudiness and no precipitation in washington. we are getting light showers just now moving southwest to northeast through caroline county in virginia, east of interstate 95, just moving to the southeast of fredericksburg. another area of some rain, broader area that's east of lynchburg drifting off to the northeast as well. that may get closer to the metro area by midday and during the afternoon. and all around the region, weather watchers reporting from the shenandoah valley and mountains of eastern mountain in
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the 50s. this cloud cover due to a circulation in the atmosphere spinning over virginia and heading out to sea later today and a small chance of a shower, partly sunny and mid-80s. then sunshine friday into the weekend and warming. how's the traffic? >> we continue to follow big delays coming out of maryland towards the district. chopper 4 with the beginning of backup route 50 are slammed beginning not too long after you leave the capitol beltway with only one lane getting by. it looks like a change has taken place. the construction crews tieing up all but one lane appeared to have moved on. thax left a little bit of a depression but it's passable and a couple of lanes getsing by. i don't know what the hub bub was all about, we're slammed big time. we'll keep a watch on whether or not they get the barrel out and open all lanes. kenilworth avenue a much better
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bet. slowing after the pentagon to the 14th street bridge. one to the left and two to the right will get you by into the district. let's check the rails, metro rail doing okay. vre one delay. fredericksburg penn line 503 is delayed as is brunswick 8 92, less than ten minutes each. we're following more breaking news that's causing more traffic backups. several cars and mopeds were torched. tracee wilkins joins us live from the scene with more on the troubles there. >> reporter: good morning, police are still investigating with fire investigators as well trying to figure out exactly what happened here. this is impacting traffic. take a look behind me. right up a hill, that's the folks trying to head inbound to 16th street making their way
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into the city. they are being redirected. if you come down, you'll have to make a leflt at spring place. they are not allowing you down 16th street. you'll have to circle around and get back on to 16th street. this is also impacting metro buses. let me show you the damage that happened. two cars were set on fire along with three mopeds and possibly a scooter as well. this is the time line, around 3:30, these mopeds were set on fire. they came here and put the fire out and then about an hour later, were back here for two vehicles on fire as well in opposite sides of the street. two cars set on fire. and then actually burned the vehicles that were near them as well. four vehicles damaged here and police are continuing their investigation to try to figure out what happened. now, police tell me they have no suspect information here, no information on any possible motive. they are investigating this to
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try to figure out exactly what has happened. i'm tracee wilkins live in northwest. back to you in the studio. >> to go home and car was on fire. there was two cars on fire. >> reporter: what did it look like? how big was it? ? the whole front end was on fire. and just the whole street was lit up because both cars were on fire. >> reporter: what do you think about this? >> i have no idea. i was born and raised in d.c. and never seen anything like this. >> reporter: that was one of victims impacted by this. he was leaving a friend's house when he found his vehicle on fire. he's a part of this investigation as well. now back to you in the studio. heartbreak in northern virginia after a 17-year-old boy was electrocuted trying to cut down a tree. emergency crews were called to a home in barrett street last night. he was cutting a tree down when
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a branch he was holding came in contact with a 19,000 volt line. he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived but died a short time later. the teen's name has not been released. a community will gather to remember the life of a catholic university student murdered. a vigil is planned for neil godleski murdered in sherman circle, he was riding his bicycle home from work through a dark area. local lawmakers visited that area yesterday and said the national park service which maintains the circle could add more lighting. >> we had a tragedy this weekend. we don't know if lights would have prevented it, but we do know that adding lights will make people feel safer going forward. lawmakers would also like to see easier access for pedestrians who have to navigate around the busy circles. a former track coach faces charges for touching a teen in a
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sexual manner. detectives say back in june, 45-year-old glenn jones invited a 16-year-old boy to his apartment to discuss a school assignment, that's when police say the former coach touched the boy inappropriately. detectives arrested jones last friday and charged him with sexual assault. the list of kids heading back to school is a little longer today. this morning three more virginia school systems are added to the list. students in frederick and clark county all began classes this morning. so do classes in saint mary's county maryland. next step, students in montgomery and charles counties will go back on monday. fairfax county and prince william don't start back up until after labor day. the montgomery schools do reopen on monday, several new speed cameras will be turned on. "washington post" reports two new cameras have been installed near white oak middle school located in the 12,000 block of
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new hampshire avenue. the time is 6:38. the "today" show is coming up next. let's check in with matt lauer. good to see you, matt. >> nice to see you as always. coming up on a wednesday, down to the wire in key primary races overnight. we'll have the latest results, including a possible upset in alaska. also ahead, tiger woods' ex-wife elin speaks out about the divorce, what really happened the nice he crashed his car and whether she knew he was cheating on her. lindsay lohan out of rehab after only three weeks. is that too soon? we'll have the latest on that. you've met our four final wedding couples and probably voted. now it's time to reveem the winners on a wednesday morning right here on "today." back to you. >> we'll be watching. thanks, matt. >> all right, take care. coming up, a story that may make your skin crawl, where d.c.
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ranks among cities with bed bugs. >> the big changes to d.c. school chancellor michelle rhee's wedding. why it is now postponed. >> we have major traffic problems this morning.
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right now it's cloudy and cool in 60s. could get a passing shower around the region with highs near 80 '. partly cloudy and near 80 tomorrow. then warmer with sunshine saturday and into sunday. a look at sunday and next week in ten minutes. >> taking a live look traveling inbound on new york avenue, once you get the bladensburg road, you're okay through the construction zone, getting there is going to be the big problem with only one travel lane getting by as you filter down to the northeast. this is where the problem was on new york avenue at bladensburg, once you get there the lanes are open but still one lane getting by before i anacostia bridge. elsewhere making the trip 16th street closed in both directions
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near arkansas avenue. continuing police activity from the vehicle fires. 16th street not a way to go. a little bit of a detour set up. back to you. >> find out who's offering to pay for those baggage fees the next time you night. >> a local pastor tells his congregation they are too fat. the rare request from d.c. mayor adrian fenty as vincent gray releases his first tv ad. >> the only candidate with the real plan to create jobs.
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rmgts loudoun county is dealing with the first murder of 2010. she was found in a burning shed in leesburg. elaine reyes is live with the very latest. good morning, elaine. >> reporter: good morning, so far no suspects in this case. investigators say it will take at least a few weeks for them to determine how this woman died.
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emergency crews found the body of 52-year-old cornelia marie arnold near ball's bluff park. sheriff's investigators aren't sure how long her body was near the burning shed. it appeared the fire was set up to cover up the crime. the victim lived in the nearby potomac crossing neighborhood and had been reported missing before her body was found on monday. very sweet woman. always said hello. i can't imagine what went badly for her or why, why anybody would want to hurt her at all. >> connie was a great person, really caring, she was very bubbly and seemed to get along with everybody. >> connie arnold, well known and well liked in her neighborhood. police are talking to her family
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members. they searched her home yesterday but no suspects in this case. kimberly, back to you. >> thanks, elaine. >> the race for mayor is a few weeks away and the candidates are pulling out the red zone plays. vincent gray will debut a new commercial that takes aim at his current rival. painting gray as a member of working class and accusing fenty of cronyism or giving contracts to friends. >> another crony awarded millions of dollars. who's looking out for us? vince gray will end the cronyism and is the only candidate with the real plan to create jobs. the candidates also engaged in a new debate over voter eligibility. earlier the d.c. board said only those registerwide a political party 30 days before an election could vote. but the fenty campaign is asking the board to reconsider that and allow those registered as independents to re-register as
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democrats as late as election day. gray says the mayor is trying to change the rules. d.c. election officials will meet to try to make a decision on that. looks like michelle rhee will not be getting married this labor day. she have decided to change the date and location of the wedding to make it a more private affair. rhee has become a major part of the mayor alley election here because only fenty has promised to keep her in the job after the election. the reason we're making this change is that our current wedding plans are not what we intended. we underestimated the intensity of interest in the wedding and didn't manage it well. a new date has not been announced yet. an alexandria woman and her son are waking up in a hotel because their home received a large shipment of heating oil. there's just a problem with that.
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the delivery was not supposed to go to her house. the energy truck delivered hundreds of gallons of oil to the home into the basement, which is not heated with oil. most of the oil flowed into a basement floor drain and then into the san teary storm system. the person who may feel worse about -- worst about all of this is the woman who was supposed to receive the shipment in the first place. >> i felt bad for the guy who made the mistake because everybody makes mistakes, felt bad for the firefighters who had to come out and take care of the mess. >> firefighters say it could have been much worse, the oil is combustible so this might have resulted in a fire. stock futures are giving investors a bit of encourage. wall street tumbled yesterday on dismal housing data. nicole lapinjoins us what what to expect today. >> reporter: these things can change in a flash and fut ors were pointing to a higher open.
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in the last half hour or so we've flipped around and looking at markets opening lower across the board following yesterday's sell-off that saw the dow briefly dip below the key 10,000 level for the first time in seven weeks. stocks sinking after that disastrous report on existing home sales which fell to a 15-year low last month fueling even more concerns about the u.s. economy. we get more housing data today. new home sales forecast arrives, although there are far fewer of them on the market. europe was a touch higher this morning but basically on the flat line. the dow falling 133 points to 10,040. the washington times is changing hands, a political deal is in place to sell the paper to a company affiliated with the reverend moon's unification church. p it is currently owned by his son and struggling financially
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and cutting 40% of staff and getting rid of the sports section. some hotel chains are looking to spur business by picking up the hefty airline bag fees. usa today reporting intercontinental runs holiday inn and crown plaza will pay fees on any airline up to $50. you've got to stay the weekend and between september and december at kim pton hotels. kimberly, you'll get a $25 credit to your bill. >> very creative, thanks, nicole. did you sleep well last night? you may not sleep quite that well tonight after hearing this story. washington is ninth, the ninth most bed bug infested city in the country. that's according to a new report by the pest control company. the study lists new york city as the most infected, followed by philadelphia and detroit. in case you're not aware of what they are, they are insect that's
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show up in mattress and furniture and clothing and feed off animal and human blood. >> if you slept well last night, we're going to ruin it for you. a local pastor is on a mission to change people's lives and their waistlines. pastor darren cloud started a weight loss challenge with the con grags, pledging himself to lose between 40 and 50 pounds over the next 90 days. and i'd like his con grags to follow suit. he says it's not just about your physical body but your family and quality of life and spiritual well-being. >> health connects our mind and spirit and bodies. if your body is not together, it's going to be hard for your spirit to act and it's going to be hard for you to think. >> he says lots of par igseners
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have joined the weight loss challenging and hoping to lose a combined 2,000 tons by the end of november. >> let's check in with tom for a check on the weather. >> a gray start to this wednesday, cool, temperatures in the 60s around the region. looking at the view from space over the last 12 hours, we have a circulation spinning over virginia and giving a few sprinkles in caroline county and southwestern virginia. the bus stop forecast, cloudy and in the 60s for the next several hours. later today low 80s with a small chance of a passing shower and maybe a little sun snout. partly cloudy tonight and upper 60s by dawn tomorrow. during the day on thursday, mid-80s and a small chance of a shower. saturday sunny and bit more warmer into the mid-80s. sunday should be sunny with highs near 90 and monday and tuesday as well. and not very humid. and that's the way it looks right now. how's the traffic? >> we continue to follow the
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breaking news that will affect your commute coming in from the capitol beltway. chopper 4 over the scene to show you delays which are substantial coming in from the beltway on inbound route 50 and the bw parkway. the work zone that started all of this on new york avenue is out of there. the lanes are reopened but this is what we're left with and it is crawling trying to get into the northeast. this is the work zone we were talking about right at the location. lanes reopen. it's going to be a bumpy ride in the far right lane. wilson bridge is good and the rails we can tell you we're looking pretty good. minimal delays if any at all on metro, vre and marc. we're also following other breaking news, early this morning several vehicles in the northwest area were set on fire in the 3600 block of 16th street. traffic is having a tough time
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getting around the area. tracee wilkins joins us live from the scene. >> good morning, let me show you what it's looking like here. you can take a look there and see two the vehicles we've been talking about on the left hand side of the road. one car was set on fire, a volkswagen and the car in front of it was also damaged. the same thing happened on the other side of the street with two vehicles involved in the fire there as well. now, i want to take you become down 16th street to see the traffic backup. you look all the way up there towards silver spring, those are folks trying to commute. they are going to have to turn off of 16th street and make the left on spring place. for folks who used 16th street, traffic is way backed up, down the road. you may want to find another round. let me show you what the damage looked like as you continue their investigation. around 3:30 they were called to the scene to take care of three
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mopeds set on fire here. then they cheered the scene. then about an hour later they were called back to handle two vehicles set on fire here. as i said, they damaged two other cars. four vehicles and a total of three scooters/mopeds that have been affected by the fires. police and fire officials are investigating. back to you in the studio. thanks very much. before we do go, we want to let you hear the end of the horse race in new jersey. >> two uniquely named animals gave the announcer a mouthful. >> into the final furlong, my wife knows everything, the wife doesn't know. they are 1-2, of course they are. my wife knows everything in front. to the out is the the wife doesn't know. my wife knows everything! the wife doesn't know! my wife knows everything, more than the wife doesn't know. >> he is good. he is a native of baltimore. so my wife knows everything
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beats out my wife doesn't know, natural order is restored. >> my wife could have told you that a long time ago. thanks for starting yurg day with us. >> both beat out little miss macho. wake up with us at 4:30. >> bye.
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