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welcome to "news4 this week." hello. i'm pat lawson muse. today we're going to show you some of the more interesting stories from around the washington area this week. among them a dramatic delivery. why this little guy's arrival is now the talk of the local hospital. a "brave" new workout. we'll check out the free fitness class based on a disney/pixar movie. plus he's being compared to nadal and federer, and he's only 14. meet the local teen poised to become the next big tennis sensation. first, though, we're meeting some athletes hoping to become swimming sensations at the london olympics. news4's richard jordan caught up with them as they waited to see who made the cut to represent team usa. >> reporter: the road to the
olympics starts at home, but assist katy ladeki is among local swimmers reaching strides. she trains here, but is now proving to be a strong competitor at the trials in omaha. she finished third in the 400-meter freestyle. just short of the london games. her best chance to qualify is this weekend. >> her best event is still to come. everybody is excited for sunday. >> the curlburke swim club has a strong showing at the olympic trials. 19 of the club's swimmers are competing in omaha. these coaches say seeing their swimmers get to this level, so close to the olympic games, it's the highlight of their careers. >> these athletes are all good athletes. times are just half seconds apart. so you can never tell. >> reporter: there were other area swimmers at trials. matt mclean had a strong finish in the 200-meter frystyle
semifiles. dave green coaches tess rockville swim club. eight of those bimmers are at trials. jack conger is in the finals for the first time. >> he's probably one of the top three swimmers in his age group in the country. quite possibly one of the top five swimmers in his age group in the world. >> reporter: the swimmers back home anxiously wait for the results. >> the whole team is going to watch and get all excited, probably yet and scream at the tv. >> reporter: in invite washington, richard jordan, news4. would you beg to be arrested? one d.c. driver did in his effort to seek justice from the dmv. pat collins explains the motive behind this one-man protest. >> i don't want to do it. but what choice does a body have? >> reporter: he clasped one handcuff on his right wrist, stood up, took a sip of coffee,
and attached the other cuff to the door of the dmv. with that, he got what he came for. arrested. cuffed for real by the cops. >> too tight? >> no, i just had to turn the wrist. >> reporter: his name is wally seberino, he says he's known as wally duwall. he was at the dmv to protest a $98 fee that he says is ten years old, that he says he didn't know about, that he says he didn't want to pay, that he says is keeping him from getting his license renewed. >> you chained yourself to the door? >> yes, sir, i have, because i have no other avenues. i've done everything they've told me to do. >> reporter: now i have never seen cops work so hard not to arrest somebody. they didn't give wally just a second chance. they gave him a third, fourth and fifth chance to just simply
walk away. >> this is not going to solve anything other than get you locked up, okay? >> i would much rather be arrested to be sent home like a crybaby. >> reporter: but wally, who says he's a 60-year-old retired vet, said he wanted to make a point, he wanted to make a stand, he wanted to win this battle with the dmv, even if it meant going to jail. >> these gentlemen have been kind to me. let's hope i find a kind judge who listens to my plight. maybe then i can get some justice. >> reporter: in northwest, i'm pat collins, news4. you've heard the saying "it teenage a village to raise a child." recently in prince georges county, it took a village to bring a child into the world. jackie bensen has the exclusive details about a dramatic delivery. >> reporter: from the top of his precious head to the tips of his tiny toes, richard marvin
johnson is simply perfect. he rests peacefully next to hess mother after arriving in a great big hurry. >> 911. >> pie wife is in labor. her water has broken. it's time to go. >> mar vet johnson, said things began happening fast, scary fast. >> both his father and i were very, very shocked at how fast he came. >> reporter: her husband andre called 911. >> patient. >> 36. >> reporter: the call came into veteran 911 call-taker brian fob, who now proudly wears this stork pin. >> oh, i see the head. i said, you do? so i went back into the program, and the program talks you through birth, and so i was trying to calm the father down. >> reporter: fobs dispatched an ambulance to the johnsons' temple hills home. paramedics and firefighters from station 29 listened to the
dispatcher on the way. >> en route they told us the baby had already been delivered. when we were pulling out, they said the head is showing. >> yes, i was. i was very happy to see them. at that point i don't think i could have made it to my car. >> reporter: baby richard has become somebody of a celebrity here at united medical center. everybody wants to hear the story of how he came into the world. jackie bensen, news4. with the help of hero daddy. well, what's the truth about grilled foods and cancer? still ahead on news4 this week, we debunk the myths about your favorite summertime foods. and why one man who's heifer in a sip of alcohol in his life is hoping that red wine can hold the key to curing his alzheimer'
riverwalk trail. in addition to lincoln dozens of local trails in d.c. and matterhand, the extension will also connect 16 waterfront communities, including nationals park, rfk stadium, and the national arboretum. and if you are looking to hit the beach instead of the bike trail, we've got good news. two area beaches are among the cleanest in the nation. dewey beach in delaware and ocean city beach in maryland were among 12 destinations to earn a five-star rating from the national resources defense council. that means they follow guidelines and comply with health standards at least 95% of the time. delaware also ranked first in the nation for beach water quality. 3,000 beaches were surveyed. if you're packing some food for that trip to the beach, listen to this. summertime heat combined with your favorite treats can be a dangerous combination. liz crenshaw helps clear up some of the common food-safety myths.
>> reporter: summertimes spent outside can be a dangerous place for for a, but some summertime food fears are simply unfounded. diane vann with the u.s. depend of agriculture helped us bust some food safety myths. the most common myth -- mayonnaise-based salads left unrefrigerated can make you sick. >> man nailed is not the problem. it's the food you put them on that support bacterial growth. >> so treat them like any food. refrigerate after two hours, one hour if it's hot weather. if time, put your picnic foods on ice. -foot safety myth number two -- you should never cook directly on a public grill. >> well, that's not true. as long as you clean it before you use it, there's no reason why you can't use a public grill our your home grill if it's dirty. the best way is to heat the charcoal or gas up and make sure it gets to about 500 degrees.
that will burn off any dirt on the grill. you can take a brush or some foil and just clean your grill. >> another common myth, wash meat and poultry before cooking. that's false. in fact, bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can splash and spread to other foods and utensils and surface you rinse before cooking. the next myth -- grilled foods increase your cancer risk. >> grilled foods are safe in moderation. certainly you want to avoid charring on any of the meat, according to the national cancer institute. >> reporter: you can prevent charring by cutting the fat off before grilling. use indirect heat when grilling. if the food does char, cut it off before eating. here's another myth -- you can tell when your food is cooked by looking at it. >> not true. 1 in 4 hamburgers may look brown and done, but it hasn't reached the safe minimum.
the only way to tell is to use a food thermometer and make sure it reaches 160 degrees. >> reporter: myth -- plastic or glass cutting boards don't hold bacteria like wooden boards. >> not true. the important thing is to make sure you watch them in hot, copy water. >> reporter: and occasionally clean 24i78 with a mild bleach solution, but don't fall into the myth that the more bleach, the more bacteria you cool. use one tablespoon better gallon of water. here's the myth -- never put hod food in the refrigerator. >> that's not true. it's more dangerous to forget and leave it out too long. >> reporter: so forget the myths and keep the food safety facts in mind this summer. it will help keep you and your family safe. liz crenshaw, news4. for more information on how to keep your food and family safe this summer, go to our website, www.nbcwashington.com, and search "food safety."
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in news for your health now, red wine has long been considered beneficial for heart health. now scientists have a new reason for you to enjoy taking a sip. they're looking to see if it can help your brain. doreen gentzler explains. >> i'm not a fellow who gives up. and i haven't given up yet. >> reporter: bob sessions is 86 years old. he's never had a sip of alcohol in his life, but now he's hoping that red wine will be the key to stopping his always hypers disease. >> i'm buying time, prolonging my life. >> reporter: he recently
enrolled in the red wine study at georgetown university medical center, where doctors are investigating a compound called resveratrol can stop the progression of alzheimer's disease. >> this is a totally new approach. >> reporter: neurologist dr. raymond turner is leading the study at george town. he says researchers don't know exactly how it works but they believe it can activate a gene associated with the brain's aging. >> and of course aging is the major risk fartheror for alzheimer's and diabetes, cancer and heart disease. so we think if it really does target these genes that regulate the ages process, that we may have a potential benefit in many disorders. not just in alzheimer's, but also diabetes, perhaps other diseases as well. >> reporter:acious won't actually be drinking red wine. they'll be given bills with a concentrated form of the
compound. the dosage will increase every three months and by the end of the studies they'll have the equivalent of 1,000 bottles of red wine. >> you couldn't possibly drink this much at home. >> anything that will slow the progress is going to be worth it. >> reporter: julia and bob sessions say they realize this study won't cure his disease, but even if it slows it down or helps prevent alzheimer's in the future, it's all worth it. >> i want to stay as alive as i can. for as long as i can. >> reporter: doreen gentzler, news4. george town unirsity is one of the 26 institutions across the country taking part in that study. and here's some news that could make a difference for millions of americans who are struggling to lose weight. the food & drug administration has approved the first prescription weight-loss drug in more than tense years. it's called belziq, and it's
supposed to help lose about 3% of adults' body weights. the fda in 2010 had concerns about tumors that developed in animals. after new evidence, though, government regulators now say there is low risk to humans. hey, there's a free class at washington sports club inspired by a super heroine. it's all based on a new disney/pixar movie, so we asked these brave gym rats, what's your workout? >> 13, 12, 11, 10. >> the classes called the with his brave" change your fate workout, inspired by the new disney/pixar movie "brave." the casualty is merida, very spirited, strong-willed, independent, so i wanted to capture that essence. it's a high-energy workout that combines strength training,
cardiovascular, and some flexibility toward the end. >> as you hold it -- >> we use untraditional equipment. in the movie she's a very untraditional princess. she likes to swore fight, she likes archery, horseback riding, so i brought that equipment into the studio. in that way we're also going to change people's bodies. >> up, and again, 3, 2 -- we use the ball in between the knee toss reflect horseback riding. that includes a lot of inner thigh work and deep core muscles. with the sword, you use your abs to stabilize. with the bow, we do a lot of upper body work. a lot of times people feel it in the back of their shoulders. with the equipment, we add a strength component to the cardio, so it's a full bodied cardiovascular workout. back we combine the two, you boost the metabolism. >> pivot and -- >> it's definitely kem my heart
rate going. i'm all like sweaty. the hardest part was the bow and arrow. i will definitely feel it tomorrow. >> because you're using such different props, i don't think it's -- i don't think you need to be at a specific level in order to do the class. i think anyone can do it and i think everyone would love it. >> 14, 13, 12, 11. fascinating. the "brave" workout is being offered free of charge at several washington sports club locations the to find out more, go to www.nbcwashington.com and search "what's your workout?" up next, the father leaves a war-torn country for a better life. now his son is poised to become the next international tennis superstar. we'll meet
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386 survives members of the montford point marines were giving a special gold medal. they were served in the 1940s. a spokesman accepted the award on behalf of the entire group. it's the highest appreciation from congress. he's only 14. francis tiafoe discovered tennis while he father worked at the tennis center in college park. now the top-ranked junior player in the nation. zachary kiesch has his story. >> francis came here when he was about 1 years old. >> he's been thinking, eating breathing tennis since he was born. >> i think he is very hungry. he wants it badly, and knows the position he's in. >> he sees the court better than some of the professionals, and it all comes because when he was 1 and 2 years old, he was just
walking around, crawling here, running after the tennis balls. >> being a tennis player is a lifesty lifestyle. i've been doing it all my life so far. it means a lot to me. >> when constance and altina eskyped sierra leone, they were chase ago dream. 14 years later their son francis is living it. >> i always -- it's like having kids in this country. you have to have a kid that grew up in a good good environment. hands down. to grow up in a good environment, you can succeed in life. >> reporter: it all started when mr. tiafoe was hired as a maintenance worker at the tennis center in college park. times were tough, the only way to keep his long hours were by bringing his twin boys, francis and franklin, to work.
>> people inspired me, people that just came and -- >> reporter: it didn't take long for the boy toss grow on the staff and for the game to grow on them. >> i think he has what roger federer has, what nadal has, what jimmy conor had. he has the pure joy of hitting a tennis ball. that goes a long way. >> reporter: what separates you from the other tennis players out there your age? >> i just want it so much more than they do. every time i step on the court it's like i'm here to work as hard as i can. >> reporter: he's considered the number one ranked player in the world in his age group. hey, at least i got a racket on it. >> hey. >> but the message is clear at home. i appreciate you showing me a thing or two on the court. you didn't hurt me too bad. what does it take to take your game to the next level? what does it take for me to turn on the tv and see you on sundays?
>> a lot of hard work. a lot of belief. in tennis you go through ups and downs, so it takes a lot of belief, knowing that i can always do it, no matter what i go through. >> reporter: zachary kiesch, news4 sports. the tennis center allowed francis to train for free, waiving the normal $27,000 annual fee for that program. and that's all for news4 this week. thanks for joining us. i'm pat lawson muse. have a good one. we'll see you next time.